Warmer weather is upon us and has many of us thinking of long sunny days and starry nights. Summer is a great time to earn some extra money with a full- or part-time job. Summertime in Maryland offers plenty of opportunities to make money to set aside for school, a new car, or a computer upgrade. Whatever your savings goals are, there’s a job nearby to help you achieve them.
Some things to consider when thinking about a summer job:
How many hours per day or week are you available to work? Are they regular hours or are you available extended hours like early in the morning or late in the evening? Are you available to work on weekends? Remember to include commuting time, if you have to travel some distance to your job.
Do you need transportation, besides your own two feet, to get to your summer job? Do you have adequate transportation? Do you know the local public transportation system? Be sure to calculate for fuel costs as part of your summer budget.
Are you planning any vacations this summer? Maybe a getaway weekend with friends or a family reunion across the country? You should ask about the option of time off when applying for a summer job – some summer jobs don’t allow for time off since the job itself only lasts about three months.
Do you need any special skills or certifications? Does the employer provide the training? Do you know where/how to access any specialized training you might need?
After you’ve taken stock of your financial needs, the resources, and the skills a summer job might require it’s time to start applying. Here are five great options for you to consider:
It may seem like the best part of this job is getting paid to get a great tan, but lifeguards develop a lot of transferable skills like: customer service, teamwork, money handling, scheduling, and attention to detail. There are generally a lot of hours available and you can work seven days a week. Lifeguards are required to have some specialized training. Continental Pools provides all the necessary training to become a lifeguard including CPR, First-aid, AED training and water rescue techniques. They will also help you find a life guarding job in your area. Contact Continental Pools for more information on their lifeguard training and placement programs.
2. Summer Camp Counselor
S’mores, fun activities and lots of outside time are just a few of the perks of being a summer camp counselor. Camps throughout the state offer you the chance to share your interests with campers. If you’re interested in Esports – there’s a camp for that. If you’re interested in horseback riding – there’s a camp for that. If you’re interested in theater – there’s a camp for that. You get the point – there’s likely a camp where you can have fun and make money, too.
3. Landscape Assistant/Gardener
Summer sunshine means there’s no end to yard work, which also means nearly endless opportunities for employment. This is a time-consuming job many people can’t keep up with, so they’re more than willing to hire someone to help during the summer months, when yard work is at its peak. You may need to provide your own equipment for this job, so that’s a good question to ask during the interview process.
With school children on their summer vacation, parents are often looking for full-time childcare. Many parents also look for part-time babysitters just to take the kids for a few hours a day to go to the local swimming pool, library or park. Whether full- or part-time, you may have to provide your own transportation to drive the children to activities. Some parents also may request that you’ve taken a babysitting class or that you be CPR certified.
If you have a passion for math, science, or history, a job as a tutor may be right up your alley. You can advertise your own services or work for a tutoring company. Your guidance will help other students achieve their academic goals, and help you to keep up your skills and knowledge during the summer months.