Six ways to make some summer cash

Nicola Jones on 23 July 2020
Six ways to make some summer cash

Avoid being broke this summer by using this advice to make yourself a few quid. There's a world of opportunity out there!

You’ve been stuck at home for months, waiting for results day, and praying that lockdown will soon be over. But the student loan is dwindling fast and there’s a whole summer stretching ahead of you. So how can you make some extra ££s when the world has ground to a halt? We’ve got you covered.

1. Work from home

Right now, there’s never been a better time to get a remote working job, with pretty much every office job going online-only for the foreseeable future. Take a look through temp ads and register for recruitment agencies online - there’s a surprising amount of WFH roles available. If you know your Google docs from your PowerPoint, working the 9-5 from home could be a great way to boost your finances and your CV - a professional-sounding role is sure to impress future employers..

2. Share your skills

Are you fluent in French? Or a musical maestro? Why not use your talents to boost your bank balance and offer online lessons over Zoom. You could even tutor in the subjects you’re taking at school or university such as English or Maths, helping pupils who may have fallen behind due to lockdown. Tutoring will give you great experience of teaching, if this is something you’re interested in as a career, as well as improving your communication skills.

3. Be a babysitter

If you’ve seen the news recently, you’ll know that a lot of working parents are struggling to find decent childcare over the summer. So why not offer your services as a babysitter? It’s good money and you get to play games and watch Disney+ all summer, what’s not to like? Sign up with or advertise your services on local Facebook groups. 

4. Sell your stuff online

Have a wardrobe clear out and sell your clothes on eBay, Depop or Shpock. Not only will you be making extra cash, you’ll be decluttering your life too, perfect for when you have to pack for uni. If you’re up for it, you could also visit charity shops and car boot sales to see if you can find some bargains to sell on at a higher price. 

5. Take part in a clinical trial

A weird one, but a lucrative one. Clinical trials usually involve staying on-site for a few weeks and being monitored whilst testing a new drug or treatment. Most studies pay £100s, if not £1000s, for your time so it could be worth your while if you’re generally fit and healthy, or if you have specific health conditions. Search online to find trials happening in your local area. 

6. Get involved in the gig economy

It may not be a job for life, but if you’re looking for some extra cash over the summer, getting a gig job could be a great move. If you’ve got a car or motorbike, sign up as a Deliveroo driver or Hermes courier, and if not, look at sites like Fivrr - from illustration to cleaning, there’s something for everyone. 

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Nicola  Jones
Nicola Jones on 23 July 2020