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Would You Do Any of These Summer Jobs?

Sometimes, no matter how much we try and cut back on spending, things continue to pop up that keep us from meeting our savings goals or from keeping our credit card balances low. Maybe you have a packed wedding season that you're not sure how to survive without putting it all on your credit card, the rise in prices is too much for your stagnant salary, or you've had some surprising bills come your way. When you're doing all you can to modify your spending habits and money still forms a dark cloud over your head, earning extra income may be the best solution to accommodate your immediate needs. And if becoming an eBay seller like 1.3 million people isn't your thing, CNN published a list of 10 Summer jobs that usually hire additional staff for Summer — would you consider any of their recommendations?

  1. Childcare workers
  2. Restaurant servers
  3. Sales associates
  4. Lifeguards
  5. Office assistants
  6. Hotel and resort staff
  7. Amusement park attendants
  8. Home-improvement workers
  9. Landscapers
  10. Camp workers


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callmecheezcubes callmecheezcubes 9 years
every time i go out to a restaurant I wonder how the heck I did it. I made a ridiculous amount of money---but it was hard work! I don't think I could ever go back to that---not because I wouldn't, but because I don't think my body could handle it anymore!!!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
If I was still in college, I'd do these - otherwise I'd totally pick up something on the weekends or evenings like babysitting, etc. for extra cash.
frimpled frimpled 9 years
I'm a restaurant server year-round and I just quit my old job and got a new one in a more tourist-trap area so I can make some more money while I'm out of school for the summer :) (I live in Hawaii so tourists=our whole economy...)
mtothawhat mtothawhat 9 years
I wouldn't mind the childcare worker one.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
i pet sit on the side for a couple of families
Megatron Megatron 9 years
Yea, I don't know about hotels hiring seasonally, I have never heard of that. I was a hotel front desk agent as my second job for about six months ( I am paying my way through college).
bluebird bluebird 9 years
I, in the past, have been a: *lifeguard *sales associate *restaurant server *childcare/camp worker (They're kind of intertwined, you know?) None of these jobs are as bad as they seem, and for a college student I make a very pretty penny as a server year-round.
jspeed jspeed 9 years
I guess I'd pick up a sales or office job if necessary.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I wouldn't mind working with kids and in a hotel or office.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Most of those jobs would be fine. I'm still in college so those are the jobs I'm working anyway. I hate the whole seasonal job thing because they never tell you up front that it's just seasonal and you find out when you have like 4 hours a week after the season is over.
Rini Rini 9 years
Being a new grad from college and without a formal job set up just yet, I'm definitely looking into working. I've been lucky such that I never needed to work before but now that I need to be financially independent I'm definitely looking around to work...probably working at a gym or as a sales associate or an office assistant!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I wouldnt mind being a: Restaurant server Sales associate Office assistant Camp worker I need a job this August! I am also going to see if the local ice cream shop needs help.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Yeah, I understand that these are "summer jobs," but I am a legal assistant, which is basically an office assistant, plus some extra qualifications I guess. I mean, a lot of people work these jobs as real jobs too (I'm including waitstaff, etc.)! As for why they would need office jobs....well I am planning on taking 2-3 weeks off this summer (aka QUITTING in August!!) and a lot of people take vacations in the summer, so maybe they would hire some extra help, at least temp help to fill in.
Pistil Pistil 9 years
I already have one of these jobs, so, yes.
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 9 years
I'd do any of those things except the lifeguard one, because I'm a bad swimmer. Some of them actually sound fun, like the amusement park attendant or the camp worker.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Where I live it's backwards. Our area practically closes down during the summer. My boyfriend works at a jewelry store (very upscale) and they close for 6 week around August. It gets too hot here and everyone leaves. But all these jobs come back in the Winter.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
For me the Hotel one is odd unless it is a resort because city hotels dont hire seasonally. I know this because I work in a hotel and I am always asked if they do and they dont! I want to look into working in a coffee shop or something way different than what I do right now for a bit of extra cash and to also break up my day so more.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
I wouldn't mind doing any of those if I was short on cash.
hmcmcd hmcmcd 9 years
I wonder why they hire additional office assistants in the summer, the rest of them pretty much make sense, it;s just that one that seems out of place?
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
I did work in retail during college and during the summers when I was in college. I wouldn't consider any of these now though.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
Tell be about the wedding season thing...if I wasn't GOING to weddigs the whole time, I would consider another job to pay for them!
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 9 years
If I needed the extra cash I wouldn't mind doing any of those things. I'm against credit cards so I don't put extra stuff on them. And doing something completely out of your comfort zone is really refreshing.
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