6 Summer Jobs That Fit Your Schedule
Summer jobs come in all shapes and sizes — and it's easy to find one that fits your lifestyle. When New York City-based Meg Hagar thinks back on all her summer jobs, she loved working at the New York Renaissance Faire: "The work was fun and it didn't feel like 10 hours a day." And the convenient weekend-only job let her fit in retail work during the week.
Sometimes you can combine jobs to create the right mix. Dan Nainan, also from New York City, spent active summer days as a bike messenger and more sedentary nights as a telemarketer. Between the two roles, he got lots of exercise, challenges and cash and calls it "the best summer."
And summer is the perfect time to shake things up.
"It's a great opportunity to just get away, freshen your batteries, and do something different," says Alan De Back, author of "Get Hired in a Tough Market."
But where do you start? The right summer job offers money and satisfaction.
"We are all wired differently and wired to look at the world in a different way," says Tim Ragan, owner and performance engineer at Career Constructors.
If summer sun beckons you, seek an outside energetic job. If you want to be cool and comfortable, an office job may fit the bill. Have a busy schedule? Cobble together several different jobs to fit your needs.
Tip: Looking for a summer child care job on Care.com? Let families know you're available for care during the daytime summer months. The benefit: your profile will appear in search results when families are searching for "summer care", making it even easier for them to find you.
And if you score the job, here are 101 Fun Things to Do With Kids This Summer.
Here are six possible summer schedules, and fun jobs you could do to fill your free time and make some money.
1. If You Have the Whole Summer Free
If you're off from school for the summer or your job only runs during the school year (you lucky teachers!), you can find seasonal full-time work, like being a summer nanny and filling in for a regular sitter taking the summer off. Offer senior care services for families who need respite care relief during the summer. Local beaches, lakes and pool facilities need reliable lifeguards and swim instructors. Love to cook? Line up a job as a personal chef or offer picnics for boaters at the local docks.Lots of families go on vacation during the summer and leave pets behind. See if local kennels have job openings or offer your services as a pet sitter.
2. If You Have Random Weeks Off
Even a few weeks here and there during the summer can bring great job opportunities. Local companies might welcome your know how in areas like resume writing, team building or even yoga — so call them up with a lunchtime workshop proposal. Camps often hire enthusiastic counselors to fill in when regular counselors need time off. If you're perpetually organized, clean out garages and offices or use your accounting background to straighten out the books for area small businesses. Reach out to nearby temp agencies to see if they have jobs openings the week you're free. Some agencies focus on specific professions or talents, so find one that fits your resume.
3. If You Have Mornings Free or Open Blocks During the Day
Are you an early riser? A lot of bakeries and farms get cracking when most people are still sleeping. Or you can walk dogs and check in on pets if you have a few hours during the middle of the day. If you have knowledge to share, summer tutoring jobs are plentiful and great for an hour or two during the week. If you equate summer with being outdoors, fill in as a park or city tour guide. Love shopping? Mystery shopping jobs bring in extra money and fit in conveniently with your schedule. Offer your computer skills to design web pages for local businesses in your free time.
Want more options? Check out The Best Part-Time Jobs for Moms.
4. If You Have Summer Fridays
Plenty of companies give employees perks like summer Fridays (leaving early every Friday or getting all or some Fridays off completely). Use that time to make extra cash. Offer your housecleaning services cleaning vacation homes on Fridays, so everything is tidy for families' weekend arrivals. Run errands for a busy family or fill in for a business that is temporarily shorthanded. Check local theaters, stadiums and concert venues to see if they need ushers or food service workers during busy Friday shows.
5. If You Have Summer Nights Available
Restaurants and caterers always need night help, so summer wait staff and bartending jobs are plentiful and the tips add up. Love to drive? Livery companies need drivers (think tips!) for nighttime parties and even airport runs. Want to revel in summer fun? Amusement parks may need help for the crowds that often accompany the setting sun.
6. If You Have Free Time During Weekends at the Beach
Head to a touristy location like a beach, lake or mountain resort and brainstorm ways to make vacationers' lives easier. If you love working with kids, run a kids' craft class. Create a historical tour and pitch it to the Chamber of Commerce, or share your skills by offering a seminar on painting, woodworking or even journaling. And retail stores and hotels always need reliable weekend help.
And once you find that perfect opportunity, make sure you sell yourself the right way. To find a great summer job, you have to look remarkable, Ragan says. Do you think you'd be an ideal summer nanny because you successfully corralled a cabin full of 11-year-old campers last summer? Say that! Would your champion swimming skills make you an excellent lifeguard? Talk up your unique skills and soon enough you'll be spending the summer having a fun time and growing up your bank account.
For more ideas, try these 10 Last-Minute Summer Jobs.
Julia Quinn-Szcesuil is an award-winning freelance writer and a mom to two girls. She lives in Massachusetts and has written for local and national publications.