So you’re cash-strapped and could really use some extra dough. Or maybe you’re just trying to save for that summer vacation you haven’t taken in, well, years. Either way, here are some ways for you to pick up a few bucks this summer, while still keeping your day job.
Teach a foreign language. Don’t know any? Learn one! With your verbal and intellectual skills, you’d be a great tutor – and there’s always a need. Take an intensive course and offer your services to exchange students.
Know how to sew? Lots of local shops need people with sewing or tailoring skills. You could find an outlet for your creativity while also making some extra cash.
Become a mystery shopper! You’ve got a keen eye for fashion and are certainly up with current trends. Many companies will hire you to scout out stores and products – and some of them even pay pretty well.
Collect antiques or artwork from garage sales, eBay, and other places. Then sell them to local antique shops or consignment stores to make a buck. With your knack for art and history, you could turn a serious profit.
Do you have a flair for throwing parties? If you’re a typical Dragon, you probably do. Offer to help organize birthdays, weddings, company picnics, and other events this summer – for a lower cost than event planning firms. With just a few clients, you could make some good cash.
With your knack for teaching and education, why not become a life coach? There are many online programs that are relatively inexpensive. Once you’re certified, you can make side income helping people improve their lives.
Run errands! You love to be on the go anyway, so why not offer yourself as an errand-runner? You can write off the mileage come tax season, and you might even meet some interesting people along the way. Market yourself as the fastest assistant in town.
Love to garden? What about selling your organic produce to local restaurants? They always want the freshest ingredients from locally-grown places. If you grow unique fruits and veggies, you might even rake in more cash.
You know those old VHS home videos? Use your technical Monkey skills to help people transfer their memories to DVDs or online files. This is a skill that many older people don’t know how to do, so you’re bound to get a lot of business.
Clean homes or offices. Admit it: you like to clean and organize. Start with friends and family members, and post flyers around town to help you get more business. Bonus? You’re burning calories the whole time!
Become the town pet sitter. You’d be surprised at how much kennels charge, so price your rates just below and get a few referrals to help you with word-of-mouth marketing. This could be especially profitable if you live on a large piece of property or have a big backyard.
Make jams, jellies, salsa, or other treats. Local farmer’s markets, restaurants, or even specialty gift shops might sell them. Or you could just sell them to your friends, neighbors, and family members. Once you have canning equipment, you can make a serious profit if you price them right.