While summer can be a time to relax and detox from the stress-filled school year, it’s also a great time to start a job or pick up some extra hours at your current job. It is obviously difficult to find a job, especially as a high school student. However, with the summer coming, there are many fields are looking for positions to fill. Lucky for you, here are some of the ways you might be able to make money over the summer.
- A job!
Big surprise, I know. Here is some prior knowledge: finding a job is not easy. Honestly, apply anywhere if you truly want a job. It may take only one or two applications before you find a hit, but for some, it can take around ten to fifteen tries to obtain a job. Some popular places that teenagers tend to apply to include:
- Chipotle (16)
- CVS (16 or 18 depending on the position)
- Target (16, 18 for distribution centers)
- Panera Bread (16)
- Jamba Juice (16)
However, being a teenager makes it a lot more difficult to find a job. Many companies look for responsibility, so try to maintain your credibility.
- Fill out online surveys!
Filling out surveys may seem mundane, but some websites actually pay you to take surveys based on your opinion and sometimes they even allow for you to try out their products! However, the one downside to this is that it does take a while to complete some surveys, as some range from 5 minutes to an hour or even longer.. and even then, sometimes, the company decides that your opinion or your background doesn’t fit their product (but you will be able to find some companies that are looking for diversity!). It also will definitely not make you rich overnight, so if you’re looking for that, this definitely will not be suited for you. This little side hustle is unlike any other, this does not require any sort of special skills, all you need is an Internet connection. Some companies have apps, but others require you to go on their website.
- Survey Junkie → simple to use + can redeem through PayPal or a gift card
- Pinecone Research → pays well ($3 per completed survey and when you sign up)
- Opinion Outpost → can redeem your money when you reach $5
- Sell some things!
This is a very broad example, but you can really sell anything! From your old electronics to that shirt your aunt got you two Christmases ago that you’ve never worn, to your organs (though I really would not recommend it!!!). Some websites and/or apps that allow users to sell their own belongings include:
- Electronics → Gazelle, Decluttr, eBay, Letgo
- Clothes → Depop, Poshmark, Mercari
- Old books → Cash4Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
- Art → Etsy, Fiverr, ArtFire, Rebubble
- Help out others!
Lastly, helping out others is a great way to get that bread! You can do a lot to help out others from walking someone’s dog to babysitting to virtually anything. Babysitting jobs can be found on websites like Care.com, Indeed, and Sitter.com. Other random projects are listed on AgentAnything.com, it actually outsources tasks for you to choose from.