Summer is a great time to earn some extra money doing side hustles. However, the typical summer side hustles you learn about just might not cut it. If you’re looking for some ideas to make extra income, you’ve come to the right place.
In this list, I’ve included some of my favorite summer side hustles along with some very unique ones. Also, you won’t have to worry about seeing side hustles like cleaning pools or driving for Uber on this list. Not only are those side hustles not unique, but they also aren’t my favorite. They put wear on your cars and can be competitive depending on the city you’re in.
Without any further delay, here’s my list of unique summer side hustle ideas.
- Try earning money on Wag! this summer
- Reselling on eBay is a great summer side hustle
- Write online as a side gig
- Rent out your space to dogs
- Rent your car out for extra income
- Take online surveys to earn money
1) Try earning money on Wag! this summer
Wag! is an app that pays you to walk dogs and pet sit. Yes, I’ll repeat that. Wag! pays you to walk dogs!
How amazing is that? Spend your hot summer days walking cute puppers and doggos while collecting tips and dishing out belly rubs. A YouTuber named Ryan Trahan traveled across the entire country and paid his way mainly by earning money from Wag!.
All you have to do is download the Wag! app to sign up. There is usually a wait list to start working for Wag! but it’s still an early service. Get in while it’s still more of a low-key side hustle and you could make some great money this summer.
Not a dog person? You can also pet sit for cats instead if that’s your thing.
2) Reselling on eBay is a great summer side hustle
Summer is the season of yard sales and garage sales. You can source a ton of great items for super cheap at garage sales and resell them online for a profit. From reselling sneakers to shirts and all kinds of other items, the summer is the best time of year for this side hustle.
I’m a believer that reselling on eBay can be done all-year-round. However, the deals you find during these yard sales are just too good to beat. In the past, I’ve bought items like boots for $3 and resold them for $100 on eBay.
Normally, I source my products from places like the Goodwill Outlet, but in the summer I don’t have to because there are so many garage and yard sales.
Not sure what to sell? Use our guide of the best 26 pre-owned items to start reselling on eBay.
3) Write online as a side gig
I’m a writer so I had to include this one. You can start earning money by writing online. My favorite way to do it is by writing on Medium. Medium is a platform that will pay you for your stories while simultaneously helping you build an audience. Learn more about writing on Medium.
If you don’t like the idea of Medium, you can always try writing for a platform like Textbroker. The money comes in quicker than Medium once you learn what you’re doing. We also have a list of some other alternatives to Textbroker.
4) Rent out your space to dogs
Back to the dogs. This time, we’re talking about Sniffspot. This is another relatively new side hustle so get in before it gets too popular. Basically, Sniffspot is like an Airbnb for dogs. You agree to let other dogs use your yard for outdoor activities and make money from it.
Clearly, you’ll make more money in the summer from a side hustle like Sniffspot because more dogs will be out. Pet owners can schedule times to bring their dogs onto your property and use it to play, relax and “take care of business” if you know what I mean. In major cities where property space is limited, this can be a huge help to animal owners.
The app is only available in certain cities, so make sure you check before you sign up. Also, one can imagine that any service like this opens up the opportunity for a lot of dogs to “take care of business” all over your property. This platform could be a deal-breaker if you can’t get past that part of it.
However, if you don’t mind cleaning up after some dogs, this could be a great side hustle for you.
5) Rent your car out for extra income
Turo is a platform that allows you to rent your car out. Summer is a time when plenty of people travel and need to rent cars on their vacations. You can be the person who makes the money from these tourists renting your car.
Depending on what kind of vehicle you own, you can rent your car out and make anywhere between $50 and $200 every night.
The only downside to Turo is if you only have one car. For these reasons, I don’t like Uber or any driving side hustle. But if you’ve got extra vehicles around your home, you could make thousands of dollars every month from Turo.
6) Take online surveys to earn money
Last, but not least, are online surveys. Sit at home and take surveys from the comfort of your couch. Online survey sites like MTurk or Swagbucks are great places to start.
I started side hustling from online survey sites and made hundreds in my first few months. It beats a lot of other side hustles on this list because you can do it from home and it’s really easy work.
Here’s the best summer side hustle I suggest
My personal favorites from this list are Wag! and reselling on eBay. There’s a lot of great money to be made between the two and it’s not back-breaking labor.
Sure, you could spend your entire summer mowing lawns for money, but wouldn’t you rather pet dogs instead?