If you're anything like me and have campus jobs but moved back for the summer and had to take two weeks off for tonsil surgery (and need to go back two weeks early for another on-campus job); OR you already had a solid part-time, but now that school's out, you could use a second (but no one or their mama is hiring); OR you spent all of your money on summer school, this article is for YOU.
First off, I just wanted to volunteer these businesses in Lafayette that are looking for summer employees:
- Dean-O's: kitchen
- Poupart Bakery: cake decorator with experience
1. CASHING IN SPARE CHANGE
This is most underrated activity of the century! Cash in your spare change at the Coinstar at Albertsons. The machine does take an 11% cut but c'mon, when was the last time you used MORE than 3 quarters and a dime in a transaction? A full, medium-sized Mason jar is worth about $62. Here's a stock photo to prove my point:
2. HOSTING A GARAGE SALE
I know what you're thinking: Kate, none of these ideas are original. To which I would say, why would they have to be?
There are SO many mental benefits from physically decluttering. You'd be surprised what someone would pay for that dress your aunt bought you that's two sizes too small, or the book you'll never open. Pop in an ad at "Quick Quarter," and you're Good To Geaux. If you're worried you don't have enough sellable items, tag team it with a friend, family member or neighbor (I did)! I've made about $150 from my Grab N Geaux, so the possibilities are endless.
3. BABYSITTING / LAWN MOWING
Help out the neighborhood AND your wallet with the original side hustle. Not everyone can sell off their jewelry or provide graphic design work, but these are services that are easily acquired AND in high demand as the summer goes on. Your young parent neighbors need a nice night out, or Uncle Stewart just CANNOT take care of his yard when it's 100 degrees. You're young, go make that money!
Pet sitting: exactly what it sounds like. Same concept as babysitting but with pets. Rich people love a good dog walker or someone to watch their cat while they're on vacation so they don't have to mess with boarding.
4. DRIVING FOR UBER
Deciding when you work, getting paid to listen to the radio and/or life stories, and ignoring the weirdos by simply not picking them up? A dream job. My cousin worked for Uber and made almost double on the weekends, so it's perfect if you don't like being reminded of your non-existent social life.
- 21 years old
- License + personal auto insurance
- 4-door car in good condition
- 2 weeks of registration/training
For more information, check out this article from Business Insider: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.businessinsider.com/how-much-you-earn-as-an-uber-driver-2014-6
In the words of Smash Mouth, we could all use a little change.