Remember when you were a kid and summer meant building sand castles at the beach and playing hide-and-seek in the sun? These lazy summer days, however alluring, are just not possible for most people. Students have to start paying off loans; working professionals need supplemental income. Many people are still unemployed. And, since economists are saying those looking for summer work should start now (as in, literally, right this very second), we thought we'd streamline your search by making some seasonal suggestions, guaranteed to bring in more money than that old lemonade stand.
Damon Green made more money as a golf caddy in 2007 than he did as a professional golf player in 1995. Top-tier PGA caddies make more than $1,000 a week plus gratuities (Tigers Woods once gave his caddy, Steve Williams, a $140,000 Ford GT as a tip) and a percentage of their golfer's winnings.
Sure, you probably won't score a summer job caddying for Phil Mickelson, but non-pro caddies can also make considerable cash: anywhere from $35-$100 a bag plus tips, depending on the exclusivity of the golf club. Those of you with a love for the game (or, maybe, just a love of money) should apply at the swankiest golf course within driving distance and work your way to the Masters.
Makes sense, doesn't it? Summer is about the sun and the sand, so why not work on a beach? Lifeguards are all paid differently. Most make from $12 to $24 an hour, depending on experience and venue. Working at the YMCA probably won't net as much income as working on a private beach, but neither job requires you to spend any money on work clothes.