The secret to making money over the summer


The answer is here! I have your millions!


Step one: Read this article

Step two: Finish school

Step three: Do a LOT more work


A sample track:

Go to college for 10 years, find internships, work, start your own business with the best idea since the iPhone, fail from mismanagement, back to work, try another business, fail, try again, fail, work, invest, somehow create a profitable business, make millions


Timeframe: 40-50ish years


See how easy it is? Just follow each step exactly and you’ll be making so much money you won’t know what to do with it all.


Ok, I guess it’s not that easy, I guess it’s not super fast. But we’re talking millions, are we not? Unless you inherit them, there’s only one way to get them: work. Strategies for fast cash are scams.


Still searching for fast cash?

We’re extremely lazy. As technology makes everything more readily available, we’re becoming more impatient, more spoiled, more apathetic–less ready to work.


The work isn’t grueling, but it’s a new experience. We’re used to watching Netflix all day, not flipping burgers. Moreover, it’s especially difficult to find interest in these low skill jobs because the work you’re doing isn’t unique and doesn’t feel important.


If there’s absolutely no chance you’ll look for a summer job, you can still make some money on the side. Many websites offer ways for students to make a little cash, but the results are never the same as real jobs. *And, of course, watch out for scams and other general fishiness.


Satisfying work is rare

High schoolers can’t often find high-paying skilled jobs because we’re jacks of all trades. We’re unreliable and uneducated. Even if we work and work and work–we gather enough knowledge to compete, we pull ahead, we apply, we interview–a recent college grad still crushes us.


Despite difficulty, some high schoolers find great summer jobs. My advice, seek out internships by asking around–don’t be afraid, you’ve got nothing to lose. Ask your parents, your friends’ parents, your teachers, local businesses, anyone you can. There are certainly a few opportunities out there.


Benefits of working

Working as a student is about making money. Whether you need it to help out at home, save for college (which you should really start thinking about), or buy some $450 Beats (which I’d reconsider), money comes easily with a summer job.


Besides that, working gives you something invaluable: experience. It’s the reason why everyone around you seems to know more than you. It’s experience that teaches you how to handle yourself in a professional environment, take orders, interact with customers and co-workers. These parts of what you learn working over the summer will apply to any career path you choose.


And did I mention the money? Without rent and utilities, even minimum wage is decent.


It also gives you something to put on your résumé. To an employer, it’s empty right now. The sports teams you’ve been on, the bands you’ve been in, the letters you’ve received, they don’t carry much weight in the professional world. As soon as you tack a summer job on there, you’re instantly above other candidates.


Employers care about experience; it tells them that you can function in their workplace and make them money. If you were hired previously (and worked for a decent amount of time), that shows a future employer that you are valuable.


And money! Buy yourself candy, go on a date, make it rain 100s.


The teen entrepreneur

I would encourage you to try competing in the world market place. It’s possible, with a little luck and a lot of willpower…just keep in mind that entrepreneurs usually don’t profit quickly.


If you enter the market, you’re not going up against high schoolers–you’re up against everyone else. Just because you’re a straight A student doesn’t mean you have what it takes to make a successful business.


Still think it’s for you?

  • Can you consistently push yourself to work?
  • Are you willing to work a lot for little short term reward?
  • Can you sacrifice the opportunity of earning from a traditional job?
  • Do you have a great idea?


Convinced yet?

I don’t love working a summer job, but I’ve realized how helpful it is. Starting to save early is one of the best decisions you can make as a student. Certainly, I wish that I could work in a field where I have more passion, but before you become a CEO, you have to start by bussing dishes. And, as high school students, now is not the time to look for the easy way out–for the next few years, we just have to buckle down and pave our path to success.


Image credit: Bogdan Rosu

Sam Burian

The founder of Study Forth. Sam graduated top 10 in his class and is attending St. Olaf College to major in economics. Sam strives to help himself and others be the best they can. He hopes to motivate other high schoolers and give them the resources they need to thrive.