The summer has officially begun. Once term has ended, your exams are done and you find yourself with a few months to fill, why not make the most of your time by earning some cash?
Here are some ideas to make money over the summer holidays so you can top up your loan over the next few months, and gain some all-important work experience.
- Get a summer job
- People are away – take advantage
- Enjoy the festivals
- Stay at uni
- Look after kids
- Use your skills
The most obvious solution to your money woes is to get a summer job, but these are thinner on the ground than they used to be, and they tend to offer few hours and not much in the way of flexibility. Sign up to a local temp agency instead, and you could be working a day at a time, or for weeks or months. This will get you useful office experience, jazz up your CV, and deliver a quick injection to your ailing bank account.
Cutting lawns, washing windows and doing other odd jobs for neighbours and friends might seem like something that only a teenager would do for money, however, this time-honoured tradition might be more lucrative than you think. Plus, its flexible you can take on as much work as you like , and set your own price (keep it reasonable, no one’s going to pay you a fortune for tidying up their garden). Painting, washing cars, gardening, even things like dog walking and babysitting are all little things you can do for cash – commit and it’ll all add up.
It’s summertime, and thousands of people will be jetting off on holiday soon, leaving their homes behind. No, I am absolutely not suggesting burglary as a way to make money – instead, register as a house sitter (or a pet sitter) to look after homes and pets while their owners are away. They get to relax knowing someone’s keeping an eye on the place, and you get to earn cash and even travel a bit, if you fancy escaping your hometown for someone else’s. Check out websites like Minders Keepers, Trusted Housesitters and House Sitters UK for opportunities.
Another idea is to volunteer as a steward at a festival to score free tickets, or you could be paid to work at one and earn some money. Look out for volunteering jobs on websites like Festaff, which lists festival assignments across the UK, or Peppermint, which staffs loads of events from top festivals to one-day bashes and pop-up bars. Individual festivals often source their own workers – for example, Foodies Festival, a touring event, is currently running up until September and recruits locals as paid helpers before each leg of the tour on its Facebook page.
You might have finished for the summer, but universities are still ticking over and need staff for events, conferences and general admin. If you live near your university during the summer, or any other uni in fact, you could work for them over the coming months. Unitemps is a specialised careers site for jobs like this, as well as temporary posts and student-friendly jobs throughout the academic year (not all universities have a branch, but it is expanding). Check the university’s jobs page regularly too.
Playscheme is run by local councils and involves organising activities for local children a daily basis. It’s great for getting experience working with kids, offers full training, and often welcomes its employees back each summer, so you could work each holiday throughout uni. If you’re up for the challenge, keep an eye on your council’s website for opportunities.
Your skills and creativity are a never-ending source of cash if you know how to use them. Specialist sites connect students with people who could use their skills. StudentGems in an online agency which enables you to advertise your talents and abilities on the site, which employers can browse, and hire the people they need for one-off projects and short-term posts.
No matter what you’re good at, through sites like this you can make money from it, from admin and PR to turning and leading guided tours. Fiverr is another low-commitment way for you to offer services, including small pieces of creative design, short articles, SEO, and weird and wonderful things like glitter bombing and psychic readings, for $5 (£3.41 on these shores).