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The 5 Best Summer Side Hustles You Can Do In Your Free Time

Need some ideas to get some extra money over the summer?

By Jay KobayashiPublished 10 months ago 4 min read
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The 5 Best Summer Side Hustles You Can Do In Your Free Time
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Summer is a vibrant season that is filled with opportunities to explore exciting side hustles and make some extra cash. Whether if you’re a student on break or just a 9 to 5 worker looking to get some additional income, finding a summer side hustle can be a fun and rewarding way to boost your earnings. So in this article, we will dive right into the best summer side hustles you can do in your free time and discover how they can help you make the most of the sunny season.

1. Summer Festival Photographer

The moment summer arrives also comes the vast array of music festivals and outdoor events. By being a festival photographer, you can capture the vibrant atmosphere, the memorable performances, and of course, the joyful moments experienced by attendees. To get started you would need to invest in some quality camera equipment and polish your photography skills so you can capture the best moments of each event.

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In order to be a festival photographer you would need to promote your services to event organizers, and showcase your skill on social media platforms in order to attract clients and secure gigs. By delivering exceptional images that encapsulate the spirit of the festivals, you are not only able to earn some additional income, but you can also use it to build a strong portfolio to showcase your talent.

2. Smoothie/Juice Bar Operator

As the temperature rises, people will gravitate toward refreshing beverages. So being a smoothie and/or a juice bar operator can be a great summer side hustle. Whether if you want to work at your local smoothie shop or set up your own mobile juice bar in high-traffic locations, there's no denying that a good smoothie can draw in a crowd.

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Locations such as beaches, parks, outdoor events, and your local farmers market are all perfect spots where you can maximize your profits. By emphasizing the use of fresh, seasonal fruits and ingredients you can entice customers to try every flavor you sell. In addition, you can market your business through social media, local advertising, and make collaborations with fitness centers or wellness communities to increase your reach.

3. Sell Ice Cream

Let’s face it, ice cream is the defining treat of the summer and the best way to beat the heat. So why not start selling ice cream and experience one of the best summer side hustles of the season. You can scout popular locations such as parks, beaches, and community events to attract customers, and all it takes is a fun looking ice cream cart that is filled to the brim with ice cream.

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You can even develop a creative menu, add a fun gimmick to the business, or even advertise it as a seasonal stand on social media to create hype. Whatever you do, make sure that you offer a wide range of options from vegan to lactose-free so you can cater to a large and diverse customer base. Whether if you are selling ice cream by the scoop or by the pop, no one can deny a ice cold summer treat when its over a hundred degrees outside.

4. Watersports Instructor

For those who love the water and possess skills like surfing, paddle boarding, or kayaking, then becoming a watersports instructor can be an exciting summer side hustle. You can share your expertise and passion for watersports by offering lessons or guided tours and all you have to do is to advertise your services at beaches, waterfronts, and through local tourism offices.

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Obviously, you need to obtain any necessary certifications or licenses to teach watersports, but once you have that, you can develop lesson plans that cater to various skill levels, and provide a fun enjoyable experience for your students. By focusing on delivering personalized instructions, fostering a supportive environment, and emphasizing water safety, this summer side hustle can lead to positive word-of-mouth referrals and can lead to a number of potential clients.

5. Summer Camp Counselor

Lastly, summer camps provide a fantastic opportunity for people looking for a summer side hustle. By becoming a summer camp counselor, it allows you to inspire and mentor young minds while earning some extra income. Once you have all of the necessary qualifications, such as CPR and First Aid certification, you can start working as a camp counselor and guide kids on a fun summer adventure.

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Best way to work as a camp counselor is to find your local summer camps and apply there or if you are feeling ambitious then consider starting your own specialized camp in areas such as arts and crafts, sports, or any other outdoor adventures. Either way, once you built a positive reputation for creating memorable experiences for campers, it can help you generate repeat business and referrals that will keep your summers busy with work.

Ready To Make Some Money Over The Summer?

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Whether if you’re selling smoothies or teaching people how to surf, these summer side hustles offer unique experiences and potential income during the sunny season. You can even make these summer side hustles more profitable if you employ some basic marketing strategies, and deliver exceptional customer experiences. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself a summer side hustle and embrace the spirit of summer so you can embark on an exciting entrepreneurial journey.

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About the Creator

Jay Kobayashi

A starving writer from LA who aspires to be plagiarized one day. I like to write about academic pieces that identifies philosophy and psychology in pop culture, and sometimes random fun pieces that interests me or the algorithm!

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