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Summer Jobs Ideas for Adults

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When we think of summer jobs, we often think of teenagers and college students home for the break. We might even think of  pre-teens looking for little jobs to do around the neighborhood. Summer jobs for adults don’t seem to enter into the picture. However, with the employment market recovering slowly, and with some adults looking to make up lost hours, some of those college students and teenagers might find themselves competing for positions with older adults.

Whether you have seen a reduction in hours, or whether you are just looking for a little supplemental income this summer, an extra job can be just the thing. Here are some things to think about if you are an adult looking for a job:

If you Don’t Already Have a Job: Resorts, Hotels, and Summer Camps

For adults who don’t have another job, there are a number of jobs that can be done during the summer time. You can see what seasonal opportunities there are at resorts, hotels and summer camps. Check with local marinas, parks and campgrounds. If you enjoy working with children, you can look for jobs at summer camps or day camps. Apply to be a tour guide at nearby historical sites and attractions if you know a lot about your area. If you don’t mind traveling and need the job, you can apply at amusement parks and tourist attractions in other states.

Even if you have a day job, you can hire on for evening work at nearby seasonal resorts. In some cases, local hotels might hire more help for evenings at the restaurant or bar, and you could do that in addition to your more traditional 9-to-5 job. Find out what summer seasonal opportunities are available in the early morning as well. If you don’t have to be in until a little later, you might be able to pick up a three hours helping at a resort hotel’s 5 am to 8 am breakfast. You might be surprised at the seasonal options in your local area.

Working Around Your Day Job: Evenings and Weekends

During the summer, you might find that you have some options for finding work in your locality. In my college town, there are a number of retail, fast food, restaurant and calling center jobs available during the summer months as the students go away. In many cases, it is possible to find work in the evenings and weekends. An increase in business is expected — coinciding with a decrease in workforce.

Apply at jobs around town. If you are willing to work evenings, weekends and holidays, you might discover that there are a number of options available to you. One of the best options for many is bar tending or waiting tables. You can really clean up in tips if you work in the right place, and you rarely have to work during the day.

Creating Your Own Job

In many cases, it is possible to create your own job as an adult. You can offer a variety of services to work around your own schedule. These services can include:

  • House cleaning
  • Yard care
  • Landscaping
  • Minor maintenance and repairs
  • Hauling (helpful if you own a truck)
  • Helping others with computer research
  • Day care/babysitting

These are all services that many people need during the summer. Hire yourself out for services on the weekends, or on days when you aren’t working. Just make sure that you have all of the proper licenses that might be required in your state.

What other summer jobs can you think of for adults?

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5 Responses to “Summer Jobs Ideas for Adults”

  1. Shirley says:

    As a Certified Early Education instructor, I used to work during the summer school program for a local elementary school. While the pay was admittedly not great, it helped, and my own children were also in summer school so the hours were perfect for me.

  2. Strebkr says:

    I want to offer to mow my neighbors lawn. Partly to make some money, but mostly because they never do it and it annoys me.

  3. Jennie says:

    I have a friend who is a kindergarten teacher, who is looking to figure out what to do over the summer for extra cash. She did retail last summer, and is looking for something with more flexibility. If that’s the case for others, I think the list on “creating your own job” may helpful to look into. It may seem impossible, but there is money to be made in doing things you love – even something like sewing! Post ads on fbook or Craigslist to get your name out, put a note in your community newsletter, do anything possible to market yourself on the cheap. I plan on selling tea towels on Etsy and making some extra dough during the summer months myself.

  4. I agree with this this. I think most people are fooling themselves if they think they can simply contribute 6% to a 401K, get the employer match, invest in index funds and have a great retirement at 65. Guess what, it “ain’t” happening – yet financial planners are still trying to give people that same old koolaide for the past 20 years.

    Find something else you like to do and turn it into a second income stream. For example, a summer lawn service is a great idea plus you get a lot of exercise.


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