51 Great Ways to Make Extra Money This Summer

Make extra money this summer to help reach your financial goals. Here are 51 great ways to make extra cash this summer with little talent or upfront cost.

Want to make extra money this summer but don’t know where to start? There are many ways to make money over the summer, even if you feel like you don’t have much skill. You simply need to have a goal in mind and be willing to think outside the box. I can think of many ways why you might want to earn extra money – from needing to pay off debt, saving up to buy a new house, saving for retirement or no reason at all. The great thing about summer is there are added seasonal ways to make extra money.

Truth be told, you really shouldn’t only be looking for money making opportunities in the summer – why take the rest of the year off from earning extra income? Like I mentioned earlier, there are a number of unique opportunities present in the summer that allow for many to make a little extra cash. Some of these opportunities won’t allow you to make money quickly but they can provide a little extra cash to stretch your budget further.

I do have to mention one thing before I get started with the list of ways to make extra money this summer. If you believe you don’t have the skills or ability to make income I have one thing to tell you – don’t believe that lie! Sure, some things require advanced skill, but many don’t. Assuming you have basic life skills, you can monetize virtually anything – you just have to want it.

Awesome Ways to Make Extra Money This Summer


  1. Housesitting – How many people do you know who are going on vacation this summer? We paid a friend $150 for about a week and a half last year to stay at our house. If you can be a warm body, this is money in the bank!
  2. Taking surveys –Taking surveys won’t allow you to get rich quick, but can be a nice way to make a little extra money for your budget. Some even allow you to make money by watching TV shows or testing free products. You can sign up for some of the top survey sites like Opinion Outpost,VIP Voice, Earning Station, OneOpinionProOpinionHarris PollReward TV, Pinecone ResearchNielsen Digital Voice, National Consumer Panel, Mobile XpressionHarris Poll Canada, Pinecone Research CanadaNielsen Homescan Canada and Opinion Outpost Canada and earn extra money in your free time. Sign up for a few and increase your earning ability!
  3. Yard work – People hate to do yard work. Take advantage of their laziness. Mow yards, pull weeds or aerate lawns and you can make some nice cash.
  4. Lifeguard – You might still have time to be a lifeguard. In many cases you can make at least $10 per hour if you’re CPR certified.
  5. Drive an ice cream truck – I personally couldn’t do this as hearing the same incessant song all freaking day would make me go postal, but hey, if it’s your thing you can make nice money.
  6. Be a caddie – Golfing is an expensive hobby to like, but it’s nothing for a caddie to make at least $50 to $100 for a few hours of work walking around with a bag.
  7. Walk dogs – Dogs need to walk too! Ask people in your neighborhood or advertise on Craigslist and this can be a great way to make some extra cash.
  8. Invest – Have you opened a retirement account? Many brokerages give you cash for bringing them your business. You can get up to $150 cash back with Motif Investing or up to $600 cash back with Etrade.
  9. Get rid of your crap – Are you tripping over the stuff…err crap…in your house? Sell it on Ebay, have a garage sale or sell it on Craigslist and monetize your junk.
  10. Grocery shopping – Don’t want to house sit, but still take advantage of people going on vacation? Offer to do grocery shopping so they can come home to a kitchen full of groceries.
  11. Stage homes – Summer is home buying season. If you’re creative and have an eye for detail, stage houses to make extra money.
  12. Help people move – See above. Double dip on the selling and help people move.
  13. Sell bottled water – If you have a Costco membership, buy several cases of bottled water and sell them outside outdoor events – just make sure your city allows you to this prior to doing it. 😉
  14. Paint – Pretty much anyone can paint. You need very few items to do it, you get to be outside, and you can make extra money to boot!
  15. Get a part-time job – This isn’t my personal favorite, but you can always get a part-time job for some extra cash.
  16. Flip garage sale finds – I’ve never done this, but there is a whole group of people who buy items at garage sales and sell them on Ebay or Amazon for a profit.
  17. Sign up for a new credit card – This is one of my personal favorites. If you have a major purchase planned this summer, sign up for a new rewards credit card and get some cash or points back for the spending.
  18. Start a blog –Blogging is a great way to make extra money. I’ve more than replaced the income I earned at my former day job through blogging. If I can start a blog, anyone can. You can sign up for cheap hosting, such as $3.49 per month through Bluehostand be up and running in a few minutes.
  19. Rent your house – Going on vacation this summer? You can rent out your house or condo on VRBO to make a little extra money.
  20. Get paid to shop – Why not get a little cash back for shopping you do online? You can use sites like Ebates to get some cash back for shopping you’d already be doing anyway. They’re free to use, which you can’t beat. You can sign up for Ebates here.
  21. Sell a bodily fluid – You can definitely make extra money this summer selling a bodily fluid. Pretty, no, but do you really need all that plasma? 😉
  22. Tutor – Are you proficient in a certain skill or subject? People are always looking for tutors in different subjects.
  23. Be a handyman – Are you good with your hands? Many like to do home-improvement projects in the summer but not everyone knows what they’re doing. With a few tools and word of mouth advertising you can make some nice money in your free time.
  24. Watch kids – Daycare during the summer can be expensive for parents. If you like being around kids you can undercut daycares and still make a nice sum.
  25. Drive – Yep, if you know how to drive and have free time you can make nice cash driving for Lyft or Uber.
  26. Write for bloggers – Do you like to write? There are countless opportunities to write for bloggers and businesses online. Check out this course by my friend Cat if you’d like to make money writing for blogs but need help to start.
  27. Sign up for FIVERR Fiverr can be a great way to make a little extra cash doing things like animation, design or writing.
  28. Get paid for your social media posts – Are you active on social media? You can sign up for IZEA to promote campaigns for a variety of companies on your social media channels.
  29. Work security – I worked security quite a bit while in college for different events. You usually get to be outside and is an easy way to make some extra money.
  30. Shop on Amazon – Who doesn’t like shopping on Amazon? Did you know you can actually get money back when you shop on Amazon? Many know the prices on Amazon change all the time, but did you know you can get money back if the price goes down? Paribus is my favorite new tool that gives you cash back when prices on items you’ve bought on Amazon, not to mention many other websites, go down in price. If you shop on Amazon as much as I do, then this is a no-brainer.
  31. Scoop dog poop – no, not very glamorous but still a way to make extra money.
  32. Clean houses – Unless you’re like me and clean the house to clear your mind, most don’t like to clean their house. Cleaning houses can be a great way to make extra money this summer if people are moving and want to tidy up their homes.
  33. Wash windows – We have a friend who has a side business washing windows and he does quite well at it. You’ll need a few supplies but is a great way to make extra money – especially if you get business from franchises.
  34. Deliver pizzas – My youngest brother delivered pizzas for several years and made a killing doing it – especially in the summer. If you have a car and don’t mind the odd hours you can make some nice bank.
  35. Rent your friendship – I don’t know that I’d do this, but if you’re up for helping people have platonic friendships, you can sign up for RentAFriend and make up to $50 per hour plus free meals or movies as well.
  36. Take Selfies – Do you take a lot of selfies? The Stylinity app allows you to tag products you like and share them on your social channels. If a friend makes a purchase you get a little kickback.
  37. Self publish a book – Mrs. Frugal Rules wrote a short book as a gift to my mom for last Christmas. Just out of curiosity we put it on Amazon and we’ve made about $500 in sales thus far. You can self-publish through CreateSpace who makes the whole process simple to manage.
  38. Test websites –Can you use a computer? You can get $10 for 15 minutes of your time testing sites and apps on
  39. Work weddings – Summer is also wedding season. You can make extra money in many ways through weddings from being a DJ, to cleaning up afterwards to taking pictures.
  40. Editor – Remember the writing above? All that writing needs to be edited. Just promise not to be a grammar Nazi. 😉
  41. Pet sit – Kennels can be expensive and not always the best for pets. If you like to spend time with animals, it can be a great way to make extra money while people are on summer vacation.
  42. Coach – This might require more time than being a referee, but summer and fall are huge for sports. If you like a particular sport, why not monetize it?
  43. Be an Extra – Television shows and movies are always filming. You can check out sites like Backstage or even your local paper for productions looking for extras.
  44. Mystery shop – I’ve never mystery shopped, but know many who use it as a way to make some extra cash. You might also get a free meal or oil change out of it.
  45. Sell your old clothes – This is one of the ways we save money on kids clothes. Many consignment stores and sales need clothes to sell. If you have clothing items you no longer wear this can be a great way to make a little extra cash.
  46. Be a tour guide – Do you live in a tourist location or have sites people like to visit when they come to your hometown? Share your knowledge of the sites and make a little extra cash while you’re at it.
  47. Surf the web – If you’re like me, you’re on the Internet all the time. Why not make a little money while on it? With Swagbucks you can earn points, called SB points, that can be turned into money. You can sign up for Swagbucks and earn an extra $5 sign-up bonus to earn things like Amazon gift cards for completing different actions on their browser.
  48. Sell unused electronics – If you’re like us you likely have a fair number of old electronics lying around the house. Believe it or not, there are people out there looking for such things. We’ve made several hundred dollars selling old items on Craigslist. I’ll take that any day!
  49. Sell produce – Is your garden overproducing? Freezing produce is one option, but you could also sell said produce in your neighborhood or at a Farmer’s Market to make a little extra money.
  50. Wash cars – When was the last time you paid to wash your car? They can be pretty costly. With a few supplies you can wash cars around your neighborhood this summer.
  51. Teach something – Do you know how to play an instrument? Do you have some other skill you’re good at? Sell your time by teaching others how to do the same thing.

Make extra money this summer to help reach your financial goals. Here are 51 great ways to make extra cash this summer with little talent or upfront cost.

The best thing about this list is that it only scratches the surface. If you have the time and have identified a need there are countless ways to make extra cash.


Now, over to you – what are some of your favorite ways to make extra money over the summer? What’s your answer to those who say they do not know how to make extra money?

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  • Michelle says:

    All great ideas! I’m all about making extra money 🙂 There are obviously many, MANY different ways to make money so no one should have an excuse.

  • That’s a pretty comprehensive list! With a group of ideas like that there’s no way people shouldn’t make a few extra hundred this summer.

  • Nice! I had a garage sale this past weekend and made around $300 – that was pretty sweet!

  • LOL, funny about the ice cream truck. My problem wouldn’t be with the song, but with the ice cream. I’d be afraid I’d eat all of my profits before noon. “Sorry, kids – we’re all out of those. And get your da*n hands off of my Chipwich!”. 🙂

    • John Schmoll says:

      ‘”Sorry, kids – we’re all out of those. And get your da*n hands off of my Chipwich!”’ Ha ha, that’s the best comment I’ve seen in awhile. 🙂

  • This is an epic list!! We personally plan to make some money this summer by holding a garage sale, it seems to be the thing to do in our neighborhood and we realized we have built up a bunch of stuff we don’t need in the three years we have lived in this home. We pay others to pet sit in the summer because we are going a away a few days here and there and someone needs to feed our cat. 🙂 Thankfully paying a cat sitter is much cheaper than a dog sitter because they cat just basically needs food and water refilling every few days.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Thanks Shannon! I think we may be forced to go the garage sale route ourselves – or simply make a few donations to the Goodwill. 🙂 It definitely is cheaper, which is always a good thing.

  • One of the ways we make extra cash is with our side business making fine jewelry (Mr. Budgets is the artist, I handle all the business related stuff), we had our biggest sale over the weekend. Things are looking up!

  • Hannah says:

    Rent A Friend is Real! I cannot even believe it. I had a friend in college who always said that she wanted her job to be getting paid to go to weddings as someone’s date… Now she can.

  • Great list of ideas to make some extra dollars. No excuses should be made, get out and make money. I think the real challenge most people struggle with is finding the time.

  • I’ve done some of these. I have a part-time job, I side hustle on the internet, and I had a garage sale. Good tips and list John!

  • A very comprehensive list! Always looking for ways to earn a little bit more cash and some of the ones listed are pretty easy to do so no excuse in not doing it.

  • Great list, John! I did notice that it seems like I take advantage of these services more so than offer than myself, but I am happy to help people earn a little extra money too. It’s not like I don’t get something in return too. 🙂 Plus, people buy lemonade and Girl Scout cookies from girls, so a little quid pro quo, right?

  • This is the list of lists. Life guarding was the cool thing to do in the summer times during high school in las vegas. Not as much demand for it in the midwest.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Thanks Mark! You’d be surprised – I’m in Omaha and there is opportunity here to do it….as long as you don’t mind the only Memorial Day to Labor Day schedule.

  • Kim says:

    That is a wonderful list, and if you can find something there, you really don’t want to earn more money. I do have to say that rent a friend is about the saddest thing I’ve ever seen. I think I would suck at that job because I’d feel too sorry for the person who had to buy a friend.

  • Great list, John! I actually just hired my brother to help with yard work around my house. He’s using the extra money to pay for a Metallica concert in Chicago later this Summer. I’m trying to teach him how awesome side income is and I hope he starts really liking the concept. His schedule is prime for side hustles and he’s a really creative guy.

  • Kristi says:

    Great list! As a family, we do quite a few of these every summer. It’s always nice to have a little bit of extra money.

  • Jules says:

    Hi — good list but I take exception to #14 about painting. I have painted for pay and when doing volunteer work, and believe me, not everyone can paint. Painting take some skill if it is to be done well.

  • Paul Moyer says:

    Great list John! My wife is a teacher and is trying mystery shopping out for the first time this summer. It can be pretty lucrative but people should expect to spend a good bit of time during the start up process. It takes some real effort to get approved, but once you are in with a few good companies there are plenty of opportunities, especially if you live in a larger metro area.

  • Dave says:

    Great post, John!

    I think this is especially helpful for those who are still in college and those who have recently graduated with student loans.

    Those in school can make payments towards their accrued interest which can save tons of money in the long-run.

    Additionally, many of those who have recently graduated don’t have jobs yet. No job + student loan debt = trouble! These are some great ways to earn the money necessary to pay for that debt.

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