Create Your Own Summer Job Opportunity
This article was originally published on May 1, 2012 and expired on July 31, 2012. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.
Students looking for a summer job, might look beyond lawn care, fast foods and other traditional jobs. Think about your talents and interests first, and try to match those with a need in the community. Not everyone can paint a mural on a wall, but if you are artistic, let your neighbors, family and friends know that you'd love to paint for them.
You might end up painting a motif on a child's room. The key to success is finding your talent and doing a good job.
You can advertise your service; cleaning homes, pressure washing, detailing cars, handyman, babysitting, tutoring, swim lessons, eldercare, setting up websites, digitizing family photos, even cleaning out garages! These services are probably needed right in your own neighborhood and the best advertisement is by word of mouth. When you do a good job, the word will spread. The money you make can be more than minimum wage, and can help you buy a car or pay for college.
You need to consider how to advertise, how much to charge, and how much time you are willing to commit and then follow through. Once you make a commitment, it is imperative that you keep your word and do the job. If you have a legitimate reason you can't, call the person immediately to reschedule and apologize.
For free individual help with your business idea, contact Ann Emken, Small Business Development Educator with the U of I Extension at 618-943-5219 or email@example.com to discuss your idea. We can meet at the Extension Office at your convenience.
Starting a business isn't for everyone. But if you are self-motivated and like to work hard and be creative, you can become an entrepreneur. This might be your first step toward owning your own business. Your summer job may lead you to an exciting, fulfilling career. The experience you gain can be life changing. This advice goes for adults as well as young people.
Community & Economic Development Educator
Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Edwards & Wayne Counties
University of Illinois Extension
600 Cherry Lane
Lawrenceville, IL 62439
Source: Ann Emken, Extension Educator, Community and Economic Development, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pull date: July 31, 2012