Whether you are a highschool student or a college student, you probably wouldn’t mind making some money… right? The catch to this is that you have to get a job… but don’t let the idea scare you! It’s important to work as soon as you are legally able… it prepares you better for the real world. However, if you are still in school, you are on the right track with your life so you don’t have to settle for stocking Walmart shelves.
Jobs like that take up so much of your time, and you won’t be able to enjoy the warm weather or take advantage of your summer vacation if you’re inside all day, ringing people out as a cashier or waiting tables. You don’t have to settle for a job like that. But if you do want to enjoy your vacation… you do need to have an income. So here are some summer jobs you can work… “commitment free”!
You can make a lot of money if you are a good people person, selling a good product… or just put a lot of work into it.
Be sure the product you are selling is a product you know a bit about, have some interest in… or can make some valid recommendations about. Learn about what it takes to be successful as a sales person!
For most teenagers and college student, the perfect product to sell is cell phones.
The catch to this, to any sales job, is that you’re income (in most cases) relies solely on commission. Working at a kiosk to sell cell phones may require a more committed schedule than other sales jobs, and for that reason there will be a ‘base pay’.
If free time is more important to you, but you still want an income… you can take your chances at a door to door sales job. This will require a financial deposit, and there is no guarantee that it won’t be a lost investment.
Vector Marketing is a good example of this type of position. This is a job designed for college students who want to set their own working hours, and that is exactly what it does. There is a base pay, that varies from location to location. For example, you will get paid $17.25 for each appointment you make… even if you don’t sell anything. If you do sell something, you get a certain percentage of your sale if that percentage is more than your base pay.
You make your own appointments, and you don’t have to go into the office every day. You are actually an independent subcontractor, meaning you are not considered an employee. You can’t ask for less commitment than that!
There is another way you can make money by selling things, and without committing yourself to a set schedule. You don’t even really have to invest any money if you have things you already own that you want to sell. Things you no longer need, or want. Turn those things into cash in two easy ways.
One way you can turn your unwanted items into cash is by selling them on Ebay. (Learn how to be a successful Ebay seller by clicking here!)
Another way to make some extra money by selling things you own is by having a garage sale.(Learn some helpful tips on how to have a successful garage sale by clicking here!)
Garage sales are also a way to lounge in your yard with some friends, some lemonade or beer in hand, and catch a tan… and make money at the same time!
Freelance is very self explanatory… the key word is ‘free’. No, you are not working for free (usually) but you are you’re own boss when you freelance. You say what, you say when, you say why…
There are many forms of freelance, but the two popular examples are photography and writing. You can turn a hobby you love into a little extra money. Wouldn’t that be nice?
BigStockPhoto.com is just one of many websites that will pay you for ‘stock photography’… meaning photos that others may buy. General photos that certain companies would need for a website or other form of publication are always in demand, and photographers are needed to supply them.
You can learn more about selling stock photography by clicking here!
Associated Content and Constant Content are two of the best websites you can sell articles to as a freelance writer. While a devoted freelance writer may spend time pursuing higher paying markets, Associated Content is a great place to start for a ‘base pay’. You can make submissions quicker and easier if you are writing articles for an online media center like Associated Content, as well as be paid more regularly.
Keep in mind that you have to put some devotion and work into your article if you want to sell it. Click here for some lessons on how to be a successful content producer for an online media center such as Associated Content.
Freelancing is similar to a sales job, but instead of selling objects you are selling services… whether you are a freelance roofer or a freelance writer. You have the ability to work as much or as little as you wish, but the income is just as consistent.
Carnivals, Fairs, Festivals, etc.
Take full advantage of the seasons best weekend outings. Sure, working concession or running a ride may tie up a weekend for you. You may prefer to be one of the patrons there spending money rather than a “carny” making money… but you can flirt your butt off and get away with it. In fact, it’s what you’re paid to do, in a way.
Working at carnivals have the advantage of being temporary, and it is possible to commit into becoming a “carny” and travel… but even that decision should not be considered a permanent career choice! It is easy to get swept away with the dream of travelling, living in a tent and the ‘gypsy lifestyle’, but if you are on the right road you don’t want to lose yourself with a highschool drop-out’s life. Not that there is anything wrong with it… but working at a carnival or fair should be considered a temporary job to make some money while they are in town, not to end up taking off with them!
Part time jobs
Not all, but some places, will hire you part time and allow you to set your own weekly schedule. Some examples may include working in a fast food restaurant (McDonald’s) or waitressing at a small diner. Most of these jobs do involve working with food, and you will have to stick to the schedule you set. These are ‘semi-commitment’ jobs in the sense that you are not ‘self employed’ as you would be in the previous examples. You are working under someone’s payroll.
The benefit to this is that you know how much money you will be making on a weekly basis. The only job that guarantees reliable income is a reliable, committed job. So working a part time job, especially in a food related service, is the closest you will come to commitment free without sacrificing the reliable paycheck.