12 Ways to Make Money at the Beach and Still Have Fun
How you can make money at the beach.
Need a job but want to be at the beach instead? Perhaps you can combine the two things and make some money while spending time at the beach.
There are often jobs available for the asking in beach bars and cafes. They will have a high turnover of people so if you are prepared to work, you will have a job throughout the summer.
There are also other more entrepreneurial avenues to look at too. I have listed just a few, take a look and see if any of these appeal to you.
Sell cold water on the beach
1: How many times have you been at the beach and were just dying for a drink of water or a soft drink? You should have brought more but you didn't, and the line at the drinks counter is so long, you could die of thirst standing there waiting to be served. But wait, here comes someone with an ice box full of drinks.
Imagine the joyful customers you could have by providing them with this service. Think that isn't possible? Let's do the math.
I have just seen a 48 pack of 8 oz bottled water at Sam's Club for $5.88.
$5.88 ÷ 48 = 0.1225 or 12¢ a bottle.
We will assume your parents will allow you to use their refrigerator/freezer to chill them. If not you will need to factor in a bag of ice.
What would you pay for an ice cold bottle of water on the beach? $1.00? $1.50?
Let's go conservative and say $1.00 a bottle.
48 bottles for $1.00 each 48 x 1.00 = $48
Remember you paid $5.88 for your 48 pack of water.
$48.00- $5.88 = $42.12
If you think that isn't that much, you don't stop at just one pack. If you come to a family on the beach, that could be 4 or 5 bottles in one transaction.
This is just an example but you can see that you could make some hefty money doing this. It looks like the drinks are on you!
Beach Umbrellas and Shelters
2: Depending on what beach you are at, you may be able to rent out beach umbrellas or beach shelters. Often families in their excitement to get to the beach don't realize that they may be sitting in the blazing sun without any shade available for hours.
This is where you can have a selection of beach umbrellas for them to rent for the day. You can do this two ways, either have an area where you hire from or you could take the pro-active approach. If you aren't asked for them, go up to people and ask if they would like to hire one. If you have a business card , they will feel this is more of a professional business and as such will be more likely to rent one from you. The people to approach first will be those with small children or elderly members of the family. They will be more likely to rent one as this enables them to stay at the beach longer without their nearest and dearest cooking in the sun.
If you can hire a beach hut to use as a base that is ideal but even renting them out of a VW bus with logos would be cool. You may want to check ahead to see if you will need any sort of license or permission to do this.
Beach bar or cafe jobs
3: This is an obvious choice. Beach bars are always looking for well presented and out-going people. Often a bar will be frequented not just for its location but also for its staff. If you can get a crowd going, whilst being polite and serving drinks promptly and precisely, you will do well in this type of job.
Some of these will be selling drinks, waiting on tables, or working in the kitchen. Outside the bars are often outgoing people touting for business. This can pay quite well.
Jobs at Beach Bars
Teach surfing, Kite Surfing or Wind Surfing
4: Do you surf, kitesurf or wind surf well enough to teach it? Look into the qualifications, if any, in your area that would enable you to do this. Or alternatively, arrange a private lesson with friends who wish to improve.
This is a skill that you could use not just in summer where you currently live but also around the globe. You could travel, teach and surf to your heart's content.
Sell paperback books
5: Often people go to the beach for the day and in their haste in packing they forget their summer reading. This is where you come in. If you have a selection of used paperback books, you can sell these to people who want something more than just the sand and sea.
These can be acquired from sales at the library, garage sales or even your own used books. Having a good selection on an easy to push cart or large satchel will have them flocking to you for something to read.
Also consider coloring books and colored pencils for the kids.
Who wants a HareBurger?
6: Raphael Marques da Silva Krás Borges started selling his vegetarian burgers, called HareBurgers, on the beaches in Rio De Janeiro. He became famous for claiming his burgers were the best in the galaxy. Below is a fun commercial about his burgers. He now has opened a vegetarian restaurant In Rio selling his famous burgers and more.
Depending on where you live, you may or maynot need permission to sell food on the beach. Check with your local council for clarification on any laws regarding this.
Where I live we often have people selling cooked shrimp walking from person to person on the beach.
Become a lifeguard
7: Anyone who has watched Baywatch will know there are worse jobs to have than being a lifeguard. If this is something that appeals to you, there are courses you can take to become a lifeguard. The pay is between $8-$20 an hour depending on where you are located and when you aren't working at the beach, there are indoor swimming pools that will need lifeguards as well.
Sell ice cream at the beach
8: You may have seen people walking up and down the beach with an insulated cart selling ice cream. They buy it at a wholesalers and bring it down to the beach. Ringing a bell alerts beach goers of your presence. If not, you can always call out, "Ice Cream, Get your ice cream here."
As in the example of the water above, there are people who will pay for the convenience.
Rent out Sports Equipment
9: Think of the equipment people would use on the beach, surf boards, body boards, kayaks, swim fins, masks, kites, and plastic buckets with spades. All of these could be rented out to the people on the beach. You will probably need a large van or a small booth to rent from.
Where I live there is a man who does just this and people flock to him. They find it much easier than bringing their own. The equipment has paid for itself many times over.
Become a tour guide
10: Is your favorite beach loaded with interesting historical facts? Does your beach attract many tourists or is it mainly the locals who visit? If you are knowledgeable about the local sites, you could hire yourself out as a tour guide and take groups of people around the beach and the near-by area.
This could be as simple as an hour walking tour. You could include talks about the local area, history, the beach, shells, fishing, birdwatching, the changing landscape of beach life etc.
Rent out beach huts
11: If you have connections with some of the owners of the local beach huts, you could rent these out for them. They would earn from the rental as would you. The guest would pay half when they make a booking and the other half when they arrive. This could be for just one day or for a weekend. The huts are always in demand and often many just stand empty every weekend. Finding the owner could be done via a search on the internet or at the land registry office.
I hope this has given you a few ideas of how to make money and enjoy the summer sun. If you would like to leave a comment, I would love to read them.