A job is one of those love/hate things about summer break. You love it because it puts some extra spending money in your pocket, but you are supposed to hate it – on principle if nothing else – because it takes away from your time to be lazy and do whatever you want. However, you could actually find a fun summer job. Then maybe the love/hate relationship could become a love/tolerate or even a love/like one. That doesn’t sound too shabby to me!
If you already have a summer job and absolutely hate it, or if you haven’t found one yet, here are some nice alternatives to normal summer jobs.
1. Forget babysitting. Be a house-sitter or pet-sitter. Many families take their annual vacation during summer break. As a result, they are left in a bind: Who will take care of Fido and water the plants? Well, that could be you. The difficulty of the job depends on the house or the pet, but the good news is that even if it is ridiculously hard, you only have to do it for a few weeks, at most. The good news is that most people are willing to pay quite a nice rate for this service because you are taking care of things that are very important to them.
2. Be an umpire. If you played a sport in high school, this would be a great job for you. You could umpire a summer league for younger kids. The rewards would be that you would get to be around the sport you love, and hopefully the games would be in the evening hours, when it is not as hot outside. I had a friend do this during college and he said it paid the bills – and then some.
3. Help kids through tutoring. If you are gifted in a subject, offer to tutor kids during the summer. A lot of parents want to help their children prepare during the summer, so why shouldn’t you be the one to help? Many schools compile lists of tutors for parents to choose from, so call your local school and give them your information. Tutoring can be a very rewarding job because you are helping someone else. However, it can also be discouraging if your student just does not understand. You have to take the good with the bad, but keep your fingers crossed for the good.
4. Mow your neighbor’s grass. I cannot count the number of flyers I get on my door offering lawn-care services from neighborhood kids. Take their example and ask your own neighbors if they would like you to take care of this weekly hassle for them. Depending on the size of the lawn, you could make some serious cash pushing a lawnmower around on one or two days each week. If you have a green thumb, you could offer other services such as watering, planting, and landscaping.
5.Work at the drive-in movie theatre. This would be a really fun summer job, if you like movies. You could apply to be the gatekeeper or work the concession stand. Either way, you will get to see movies for free and work during cooler evening hours. Just remember to bring bug spray with you so the mosquitoes don’t get you. Or, you could work at an indoor movie theatre to avoid the bugs altogether.
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