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Make bank this summer

What does one call a three-month period in which students recuperate from the trials of school? That’s right, it’s called a summer. Most people use this time to relax, reconnect with friends and get a hot tan. Other more-inspired individuals use the time to make money.  There are thousands of summer jobs, but only a few will make a dent in your student loans. With these jobs ideas you can make money in fun and unique way.

Lifeguarding: Although sitting in direct sunlight for eight hours every day may not be the most comfortable way to spend a summer, there are some pretty good perks to lifeguarding.  For one, you get a nice tan that will make all your friends jealous. Secondly, it serves as a natural reminder to stay in shape and thirdly, lifeguards on average make $8.79 an hour with additional bonuses and benefits. Lifeguards on the major coastlines can make up to $16 an hour or more. It all depends on wear you live.

Nannying: If you love kids and freedom, then becoming a summer nanny is the perfect job for you. As a nanny you have a set schedule with a set wage, but you don’t show up to the office; you get to hang out with kids all day. Expect to spend your days playing games in the park, swimming at the pool and making daily ice-cream runs. Nannies have the option to set their own salary. On average they make between $12 and $20 an hour. That’s about $480 to $800 a week depending on their rate.

Personal Trainer: Fitness fanatics listen up. As a personal trainer you can make $15 an hour and up depending on your expertise. If you already spend large amounts of time in the gym, why not make some money while you’re at it? Work as a freelance trainer or one associated with a gym. Either way you will make more money than you would sacking groceries at Wal-mart.

For those of us with student loans breathing down our necks, any of these summer jobs are sure to send you on your way to a debt-free life. Have a good summer and choose wisely.

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