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Summer Cash for the Entrepreneurial Minded

July 17th, 2007 by rosie · 6 Comments

Summer is once again upon us – a time for relaxing and having more free time. For many people it’s time to go on vacation; for others it’s time to get some remodeling projects done. But for others, summertime is time to make a few extra bucks.

Summer presents new opportunities for making some extra money. Whether you’re a recent graduate, or a teacher or student who is off for the summer, or someone who just wants to make some extra cash, summertime is a great time to start a business. All you need is a bit of money, the willingness to work, and an entrepreneurial drive and you are on your way to raking in some extra cash. And you can put a hold on your work when September comes, or it may be worth it to stay in business.

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Here are some summer job ideas that require a minimum monetary investment and no specific training. But they do require an entrepreneurial spirit.

1. Lawn Care Services. Summer is the perfect time to get into this profitable business. Many people don’t want to or can’t keep up with mowing once or twice a week, and they also don’t want to sign a contract as most of the major lawn care businesses like to push. Drive around and distribute fliers where you see neglected lawns. This would be ideal especially if you own your own lawn equipment already. You can stay in your own neighborhood, or not, depending on how much money you want to make. On average, you can make about $25-$40 per yard.

2. House/Pet sitting. Summer is vacation time, so take advantage of the fact that many people will be out of town and will need someone to take care of their pets and home. You will need fliers, could run an ad in the classifieds, and definitely need to network with your friends, family, and neighbors. The pay ranges from $5-$15 per visit, depending on the nature of the work performed: number of pets, number of visits , length of visits, etc.

3. Childcare. Summer vacation time means kids are out of school and parents need extra help with childcare. Depending on your experience and desire, you could take in one or more children to watch. Pay depends on how many children you take in and level of experience. Check with your local laws for regulations on how many children can be watched before you need a license.

4. Tutoring/Offering Classes. Summertime is also a time when parents want their children to catch up with school work or take a fun class. If you are academically inclined, you can offer tutoring or fun topic-oriented class session. Or, maybe you are more qualified to offer art classes or introduce and teach about a hobby (fishing, gardening). Either way, parents often want their children to have an educational, enriching experience during the summer and that can mean extra money for you.

5. Garage sales. Summer time is garage sale time. Undoubtedly, there is stuff around the house that you don’t need but someone would pay you for it. Get all that stuff together and have a garage sale or two. Go a step further and offer to take other’s people’s stuff that they want to get rid of; then turn around and sell it. Craigslist is a great site for getting free stuff that you could then sell.

6. Keep people cool. It’s hot during the summer, but that doesn’t keep people indoors. Go where there are crowds in the outdoors and sell ice-cold beverages, battery-powered fans, and cheap visors. Places this would work include parks, the beach, and crowded street corners. Of course, you need to check with the local laws. But after you find the best places to go, then you can focus your energy there and buy your goods at wholesale prices.

7. E-commerce. Since you have more free time, you could start an e-commerce business. Instead of having a garage sale, sell smaller more collectible items on E-bay. Go to thrift stores or garage sales looking for items you could sell on-line: popular items and collectibles might include books, music, designer clothes, video games, baseball cards, etc.

There are plenty of other summertime opportunities out there for making some extra money besides these few. The entrepreneur with initiative and gumption should keep his eyes open to recognize when opportunity comes knocking and then go out and get his share of easy summer cash.

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    2007-07-19 16:43:57

    nice post, i will print it and show to my son. he sites all day doing nothing

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    Comment by shawn
    2007-07-19 21:52:04

    Put that boy to work!

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    Comment by Mover
    2007-07-25 04:30:21

    I recommended your #7 tip to my nephew. Go to garage sales early in the morning on Saturday (or on Friday if they have a preview).

    Buy stuff that you know will sell well on eBay. Post/upload everything to eBay on Sunday… ship during the week. Rinse and Repeat.

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    Comment by Lia
    2007-07-25 05:34:47

    Online jobs may pay well too. There are people who would much rather blog rather than sell something. Why not get money off something you love doing?

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    2008-09-24 07:11:03

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    Comment by Garden Gates
    2008-10-30 13:48:26

    I recommended your #7 tip to my nephew. Go to garage sales early in the morning on Saturday (or on Friday if they have a preview).

    Buy stuff that you know will sell well on eBay. Post/upload everything to eBay on Sunday… ship during the week. Rinse and Repeat.

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