8 Ways to Make Money This Summer

Make Your Skills Work For You

If you have a sellable skill for the summer (or the winter for that matter) put up a free ad on forum-based website Jobsgrapevine. The site is free and allows you to post your skills, search job opportunities and even find people with rooms and space for rent!

Distribute Leaflets

As a paid job with added exercise, distributing leaflets for shops, businesses, nightclubs etc. is the ideal way to get paid while getting fit. Often leafleters are only needed a couple of times a week and usually earn upwards of £6/hour, making it a simple and convenient way of earning extra cash. Try searching Gumtree to find a job as a leaflet distributor.

Be a freelance interviewer

The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) has a national panel of over 1000 interviewers, and all receive paid training and reimbursement of transport costs (if you have a car then this is ideal). You can get around £15 for a 35 minute interview, and around £5.50 for every hour spent travelling – for full details, visit the NatCen website and click on ‘jobs’.

Be a Pedicab driver

Driving a Pedicab/bug/rickshaw is a great way to stay in shape, meet loads of people and offer emission free transport to London’s visitors. The BugBugs Community offers training with an accredited National Cycling Certificate awarded. Training costs £50, with a £100 deposit required for the duration of your employment – you keep everything you earn, so the harder you work, the more you make.


Streetcar employs teams including students to promote their brand on the street, especially in London. You can even ride a bike covered in their advertising around London for £8 an hour, stopping occasionally to promote the brand. The shift times are 10:00am to 4:30pm with occasional extended hours, and they request that you’re physically fit, fun, and confident in promoting their brand. To become a team leader on the foot based street teams, you can earn £10 an hour. They ask for a minimum commitment of 25 hours per week which can be spread over a seven day period. As well as looking at the Streetcar website, you can also find more details by keeping an eye on websites like Gumtree and Promojobspro.

Become a dog walker

If you’d like to combine your love of the outdoors and animals then dog walking can be a great way to earn some extra money too! You can advertise yourself as a dog-walker for free on websites including Jobsgrapevine. Earnings range from £6-£10 per half hour.

Work at events

Jam Staffing is looking to employ people for events all over the UK. Depending on your age you’ll be starting on £5.50-£6.15/hr. It’s looking for waiters/waitresses, security, models and much more. You can apply through the Jamstaffing website and clicking on the ‘apply’ tab.

Be a travel writer

The publishing company Lonely Planet is looking for freelance writers and editors with special knowledge of a city, country or region.You must be an experienced traveller and have professional writing experience, be able to write with authority, have excellent research and organisational skills and meet deadlines. If you have an idea for a book or book series then send details of your idea, your CV/resume, and two examples of your writing (preferably travel related) by clicking on the ‘work for us’ link at the bottom of the Lonely Planet homepage. A word of warning – as you’ll be working freelance, work is not guaranteed.