5 Ways to Earn Extra Money this Summer

Written By Jeff Hindenach
Last updated December 1, 2020

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Personal Finance
April 22, 2015

Simple. Thrifty. Living.

If you’re like most people, you may be looking for some ways to earn a little bit of extra cash this summer. Maybe you’d like to pay for a luxury vacation or make a large purchase. Whatever your reason for wanting to bank some extra dough, there are lots of ways you can bring in more moolah during the summer months. In fact, this is the perfect time to cash in on a few summertime money-making opportunities.

You can rent out your living space for the summer to folks who want to get away. It’s easy to set your home up to be a summer rental with the multitude of websites that allow homeowners to advertise their digs as a summer vacation spot.

There are now a couple of popular sites like Lyft that let you start your own taxi service using your car. You can hire your vehicle out on these sites that connect you with people needing rides. It’s a lot friendlier than typical taxi services and perfect for people who like making money and meeting interesting people.

If you’ve got a lot of books or textbooks lying around you can make a little extra dough. If you’re especially adventurous and frequent thrift stores and book stores, you can turn this part-time money-making scheme into a full-time venture. Lots of websites pay good money for used books and textbooks.

If you like selling things and meeting people, you can set up a booth in a busy venue and sell items like sunglasses, visors, fans, sports drinks, and water. There are lots of websites where you can buy these items wholesale online and make money flipping them where people need them the most.

If you have a green thumb you might find selling your produce enjoyable and fulfilling. There is a growing demand for local produce and if you have enough space and grow enough of a crop you may be able to get a contract with a local grocery store. Think out of the box and try to grow something that other people in your area aren’t specializing in.

As you can see, there are lots of different ways you can make a little extra money this summer. You don’t necessarily have to take on an extra job to be rolling in some dough. Almost anyone can use these tips to create their own cash-generating cottage industry.

About the Author

Jeff Hindenach

Jeff Hindenach is the co-founder of Simple. Thrifty. Living. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. He has a long history of financial journalism, with a background writing for newspapers such as the San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Examiner, as well as writing on personal finance for The Huffington Post, New York Times, Business Insider, CNBC, Newsday and The Street. He believes in giving readers the tools they need to get out of debt.

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