5 Ways to Raise Money (FAST!) for the Summer

If you’re anything like me, you’re counting down the days until summer and filling your Pinterest boards with road trip destinations, swimsuits to die for, and the perfect appetizers for a cookout with friends. If you’re anything like me, you’re broke. AF. Here are some ways to raise money for my favorite season – and FAST!

1. Babysitting. You probably saw this one coming. Sites like care.com and sittercity.com have given me a plethora of job opportunities. I am currently working as a nanny with a family I found on Care! If you’re just look for a quick gig, no worries: there are plenty once-a-week and date night options. Making a profile is FREE! I recommended having a nice profile pic and writing your bio like its a letter to potential families. Tell them what you love to do, where you go to school, and why you’re a good fit (even if it’s just for a couple of hours to allow a dinner date).

2. Pet sitting. Whoa, shocker, Savannah! But seriously – the two sites I mentioned above also have pet sitting/dog walking jobs. A ton of them!! I got a job walking dogs last semester and made about $50 a week. If you have a free weekend, you could stay at someone’s house with their animals and make good, easy cash that way too.

3. Open an Etsy shop! Do you love painting canvases in your free time? Are you running out of room on your wrists to wear the bracelets you hand made? Set up an Etsy shop and make profit from what you love to do!

4. Sell bumper stickers. My laptop is COVERED with bumper stickers from Red Bubble. I set up a quick shop, designed a few stickers of my own, and I have made some cash here and there from people buying my designs! This is a slower process than the other options, but if you produce designs regularly and market your products, you’ll be sure to make a lot of sales!

5. Collaborate. Now is the time to step out of your comfort zone and work with other brands/blogs you love! You can use the pay to shop for more OOTD posts, tweak the design of your blog, and produce great content. Check out 9 Blog Must-Haves for working with brands, some networks that pay, and more ways to earn $$$.

Do you have any other ideas for saving for summer? Have you tried any of the ones I suggested? Tell me below!

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  • Though I’m not a full time college student anymore I do like looking for ways to earn extra money here and there. Great tips girl!

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Jordyn! Hope you’re having a good week so far!

  • Sara Kate Steadman

    Babysitting is my jam!! Such an easy way to make money. Like who doesn’t want to get paid to play hide and seek!?

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

    • Savannah Ward

      I KNOW, right?! Its so much fun. When its nice outside, I’m always so excited to nanny since that means I get to spend time in the sun too. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • Anna Hubbard

    Thanks for all the tips, girl!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

    • Savannah Ward

      Hey Anna! Thanks for reading!

  • I would LOVE to pet sit over the summer! What a dream! Collaboration is a goal of mine, too, as well as freelancing. Thanks for the ideas!

    • Savannah Ward

      I don’t know too much about freelancing, but I definitely want to look into it. Good luck with your collaboration goals this summer! 🙂

  • I’m babysitting this summer to save up money for school and I’m also hoping to do some fun blog collabs! I’m excited to look through the resources you linked. 🙂

    X,
    Cristina
    cristinawashere.com

    • Savannah Ward

      Yay! That’s awesome. I’m so glad my nannying job goes through the summer. Working with kids is so fun!

  • Dog/house sitting was my go to for money in high school!

    • Savannah Ward

      I didn’t get into it until college, but love it now!

  • I used to baby sit a lot in high school and college. Pet sitting would be great as well. Right now I am working on earning some side income via blogging and freelancing 🙂

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Savannah Ward

      ooooo YGG! I can’t wait to hear more about it! Making some extra money with blogging is always a great feeling.

  • I used to always babysit for this very reason, but I love that now with Etsy you can get a bit more creative and really push yourself to do something you enjoy!

    Kendall
    http://www.styledsnapshots.com

    • Savannah Ward

      That’s so true! I’ve found so many great shops on Etsy and a bunch of my friends sell their work. Its awesome!

  • Ashley

    I used to make so much money babysitting! The money was a definite benefit, but I also loved working with the kids. It’s what led me to becoming a teacher!

    xo Ashley

    • Savannah Ward

      That’s so awesome! Although I don’t want to be a teacher, I definitely want to work with kids, so I agree with how your experience with sitting shaped you!

  • These are great ideas! We have a bunch of trips planned this summer, so extra money would be really nice.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

    • Savannah Ward

      That’s awesome Allison! I can’t wait to hear and see more about those trips!

  • These are all great tips for making extra cash!

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Elana! 🙂

  • Great tips! the thought of babysitting always terrified me, I mean, I’m in charge of someone’s child! Maybe I’ll try pet sitting instead… hahaha

    xoxo

    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    • Savannah Ward

      Yeah, its definitely a big task to take on! The more you do it though, the more comfortable you get. Hope you’re having a good week!

  • nicole simonetti

    Love that you called out pet sitting because it’s something I’ve been wanting to get involved in – this is giving me the extra kick to do so! x Nicole | http://www.thestyledrabbit.com

    • Savannah Ward

      Hey Nicole! It’s SO fun. My pet sitting job was with a lab puppy and an Australian shepherd. I went over to their house every weekday. Since they had a big back yard, we just ran around and played fetch for about 25-30 minutes and that was it! Its so easy and, if you love animals, such a stress relief! If you need any advice on setting up your profile or have any questions, I would be happy to help!

  • I have done the babysitting but never heard of trying bumper stickers. What a great idea!

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Bella! 🙂

  • Olivia Muller

    Great tips!! I am definitely going to try to pick up some babysitting gigs!

    -Olivia

    Miss Olivia Says

  • Selling stickers seems like it might be fun. I like to sell my gently used clothes on Vinted and Poshmark for extra cash.

    Xoxo,
    Amanda
    Trulyyoursa.com

  • Bumper stickers is a great idea with the election coming up!!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  • I opened my own etsy shop, (www.sunnyskyecrochet.etsy.com) thanks for all the advice!
    Skye – http://www.everythingbeyondmyskye.com