It’s that time of year again: Summer job time. Teenagers out of school and college kids home fro the summer are often looking for a way to make some money. While the classics (yard/lawn maintenance, retail, food service) are still available, there are some other ideas that are a little more unique. And you might be surprised at how many people are looking for a little help. Here are 3 summer job ideas that you might not have thought about:
- Youth league referee. Summer means youth sports in many cases. My son is playing soccer, and the refs are all in high school. My uncle made a good amount of cash on the side as a sports official for youth leagues and high school games. You might have to go to training, and buy some equipment, but for the most part it is fairly inexpensive. Here is what George, writing at Money Ning, got paid for being a referee: “I got paid on a per game basis and my goal was to work at least 2 games
an evening. At $25 a game and two games a night, the $50 is not bad at
all for a part time job.”
- Nanny. I live in Utah, and it’s very common for young college students to go to New York or Connecticut as nannies for the summer. But you don’t have to go that far to find work. There are plenty of people (like me) who would like some help looking after little ones when school lets out for the summer. You can earn between $5 and $30 an hour, depending on the area, terms of your employment, hours worked and the number of children you are tending.
- Pet care. You can take care of others’ pets, feeding them and walking them when the owners are on vacation. I did this for a neighbor’s iguana one summer, and my parents often pay someone to make sure that their dogs are cared for when they take trips. Some working professionals even pay people to come in and play with their pets for an hour or two during the day. Even if you don’t watch a pet for someone who is gone, you can still be a dog walker or something similar.
Just remember that you will have to pay taxes on any earnings that exceed $400. If you don’t fill out a W-4, it is a pretty good indicator that you are being hired on a contract basis, and you will have to cover your own Social Security and Medicare taxes. Double check with a knowledgeable tax professional to make sure that you are properly reporting income and paying what you owe.