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Heated Hustle

Tips for making money this summer
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While the school year might be too busy, summer is the perfect time for a job. There are all kinds of jobs available for ages 14 and up. Having a job will alleviate some of that summer boredom that we all experience and supply some of your own money to buy whatever you want. Most summer jobs are enjoyable, as they are mostly filled with other teenagers who make the job more fun. There are several different types of job hirings out there for highschoolers, including clothing stores, grocery stores, bakeries, pools, restaurants, and more

Customer service jobs can be very fun and provide lots of additional opportunities. Normally if you are working in a fast food restaurant or at a clothing store, there is a lot of down time to chat with your coworkers and get paid. Also, customer service jobs are good if you struggle with social anxiety or need a fine-tuning of your social skills because you speak with multiple customers every day. The only downside of any of these jobs is the money you actually spend while working. If you work a long shift at a fast food restaurant, you will probably end up needing to buy food to make it through the end of your shift. Similarly, most clothing stores make you wear their merchandise to work, so you end up spending a significant portion of your first few paychecks on clothes to wear to work. Even with the downsides, customer service jobs can leave you with more qualifications and skills for jobs later in your life. 

A very popular summer job if you can swim is being a lifeguard. Lifeguarding is a lot of fun if you do it with friends, or meet friends along the way. Some important benefits to note are free refreshments in the hot weather, a golden tan due to multiple hours in the sun, and a lot of social time if the pool isn’t too busy. Most pools also offer extra money on top of your paycheck to teach swim lessons or coach a rec swim team, which is very easy and a lot of fun. 

Another perfect job for the summer is being a camp counselor. If you enjoy being around kids and being outside, this would be the perfect job. Being a camp counselor usually entails participating in and helping with activities with the kids, such as ziplining, pool time, kickball, art projects, campfires, and more. You not only make it fun for the kids, but also have fun yourself. 

Babysitting is a perfect low-commitment job if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands but still want to make a decent amount of money over the summer. Babysitting usually pays a significant amount, especially if it is on a weekend night where the parents are out late. It is also very easy, as you just have to keep the children happy and entertained. You might have to make them a meal or put them to bed, but otherwise, you can just play games or watch TV with them. 

Another option for a summer job is starting your own business. Small businesses have been growing a lot in the past few years and it is a great option if you want a more creative and more flexible job. With owning your own small business, everything relies on you and you don’t need to stress about being on time to work because you are your own boss. A few ideas for businesses are making artsy things, like candles, bodycare, prints, makeup, clothes, wall art, and much, much more. You can also make baked goods to sell like cupcakes, cookies, brownies, cakes and more. 

These are just a few options for a summer job and there are so many more out there. Getting a summer job is such a fun way to occupy you during the summer, especially if you get a job with your friend and have fun while making money. The summer is the best time for a job because you don’t have schoolwork or stress to deal with, so you might as well take one of these options and make it your summer job.

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Faith Skudlarek, Reporter
Hi, my name is Faith and I am a sophomore here at Elkhorn South. This is my first year on Storm Alert, and I love writing and designing stories for everyone to read! I'm so excited to be a part of this team!

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