If you’re a college or university student you’ll probably want to earn some money this summer!

Many parents are probably struggling to support you as it is so perhaps it is time to start earning a little money of your own.

  • First – Decide whether you need flexible or full-time hours during the holiday.
  • Second – Decide your earnings goal for this summer.
  • Third – Establish whether or not you want to work for an established company or be self-employed.

Some suggestions for both types of employment follow:

Restaurants and Coffee shops

Restaurants offer a range of positions to choose from such as waiters, cashier, cook, cleaner or even delivery driver. Perks of a restaurant job can include food discounts and tips to increase a student’s earning potential.

Retail shops

Retail shops also provide great summer employment. They offer positions in sales, merchandising and stocking. Perks might include a store discount on clothes for the upcoming college year, definitely a perk for the fashionably-minded student.

Amusement parks

Amusement parks, call centres and supermarkets are just a few of the places to demonstrate your great “people skills” while earning a wage packet. The challenge of appeasing a disgruntled customer might later translate to “good negotiating skills” on your CV.

Your own small business

If you are an entrepreneurial employment-seeking student then you might want to turn a hobby or skill into a money-making venture. Nothing says that work cannot also be rewarding and fun. If you’re good with computers, IT or design work you could fulfilling projects on sites like fivver.com

Other less skilled self-employment endeavours could range from regular car washing or gardening stint for an elderly person or a neighbour on holiday.

Summer camps for children or pet-sitting companies that take care of pets while the owners are on holiday is another area that can be rewarding, flexible job which pays well. For this type of employment some reliable character references will probably be required to obtain the position.

Whatever job-hunting venture you find yourself doing, end the summer funds exceeding those at the beginning!


Peter has received many accreditation's including many from the Times Online. As founder of You Could Save (2005) and What Stationers (2007) Peter regularly helps consumers and national organisation ‘save money’. He believes that the only successful way to bring people together online is to provide an open marketplace where people can all work together in a friendly, unbiased environment. You can contact Peter Millikin either through his Google+ account or via his websites.

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