Summer Side Hustles: Creative Ways for Students to Earn Extra Cash During the Break

Looking to make the most of your summer break? Dive into the world of side hustles! 

Whether you’re saving up for a trip, paying off student loans, or just looking to boost your bank account, there are plenty of creative ways for students to earn extra cash during the break. 

From freelancing and tutoring to selling handmade crafts, the options are endless.

In this blog, we’ll explore a variety of summer side hustles tailored to students, offering tips, ideas, and inspiration to help you turn your skills and passions into profitable opportunities.

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Legal Bits of Side Hustles

Before we start giving you a list of creative summer side hustles, let us discuss the legal aspect of it all. 

When you are a student, regardless of which job you do, if your income crosses £1048, you will be required to pay Income Tax and National Insurance if you earn more than £242.

You also have a year tax-free allowance of £12000, after which you start paying tax.

This will usually be sorted by an employer, but if you are self employed, you need to keep track of your monthly and yearly income so that you can pay the required aount of tax. 

You also need to fill out a self-assessment tax return to ensure that nothing is missed.

Visit the GOV.UK page Students Paying Tax to find our more details on how you cn manage your income from both your summer side hustles and other part-time jobs throughout the year.

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Tutoring is one of the best summer side hustles where you can put your knowledge and skills to good use! 

Regardless of which course you are pursuing at university, we are sure that there are a lot of subjects that you are good at.

The easiest way to get started with tutoring is through family and friends. If you know your relative or a friend who is struggling with a subject, you can offer to help them with it and if they find it helpful, you can then start charging them for it.

The other way to reach out to more people is by searching online. Once you have picked your core subjects, you can then look towards different apps and websites online that will allow you to register with them to be a private tutor.

Some of them have interviews, while some don’t. Once you have successfully registered, you can set your own rates and start your new tutoring job. 

Read this blog on the Top 10 Tutoring Websites in the UK to find out the right one for you. 

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If you have always loved caring for and supporting a child, then babysitting is a good choice for you. 

In order to be a babysitter, you will have to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

It is also good to have other necessary certifications and training like CPR, Emergency first aid and so on. 

Similar to tutoring, you can then register yourself with local babysitting websites and find new clients through there or also use word of mouth to be able to find new clients. 

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Dogsitting  / Dog Walking

We personally think this is one of the most fun activities among all of the summer side hustles. 

If you are a dog lover, you should absolutely be doing dog sitting over the summer to get some extra cash.

A lot of people who work full-time might not have the time to take care of their pets when they travel or sometimes when they have a full day of commitments. 

That is where you can help them with taking care of their pets. Your responsibilities will typically include walking them, feeding them at designated times and bathing them. 

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If you have a bicycle and you have some spare time then it is a great idea to consider food delivery. 

There are different apps like Deliveroo and Uber Eats where you can register and you will be able to earn a good amount from this summer side hustle. 

Always remember to be safe while you are driving!

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Art Sales

If there is any artistic skill that you are good at whether that is painting, or bracelet making amongst others, then you should definitely consider monetising it for the summer. 

While we understand that not all interests and hobbies need to be monetised, if there is something you really enjoy doing and are looking to save up some cash before uni begins again, then this could be helpful.

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Contracted Events

Yet another fun job in our list of summer side hustles is contracted jobs for events. 

There are so many exhibitions, concerts and other exciting events that take place throughout the summer, which presents the opportunity to take up jobs to help with these events. 

This can be organising, crowd management, and security among so many other roles that could be open. 

Be sure to check regularly on websites like Indeed to be able to register for such events when they open up!

We hope that you found this blog on summer side hustles helpful. 

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As summer wraps up, celebrate the money that you have earned through your side hustles. From tutoring to crafting and selling your goodies, you’ve hustled hard and made bank!

Remember, the skills you’ve learned through these can help you boost your CV and land you a great job after university as well.

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