11 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 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 as well. I have listed just a few, take a look and see if any of these appeal to you.
1.Sell Cold Water on the Beach
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 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. If you think it isn't possible to do this and make a profit, 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 (roommate, wife etc) 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!
2. Rent Beach Umbrellas and Shelters
Depending on which beach you're 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 your market is as you can have a selection of beach umbrellas for them to rent for the day. You can do this two ways:
- Take the pro-active approach. If you aren't asked for them, go up to people and ask if they would like to rent one. If you have a business card, they will feel this is 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.
- Have an area set up to rent them from and let the customers come to you. 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'll want to check ahead to see if you will need any sort of license or permission to do this. Some cities are more strict than others but don't be put off by the thought of having to fill in forms to start your summer business.
3. Beach Bar or Cafe Jobs
This is an obvious choice. Beach bars are always looking for well presented and outgoing people. Often a bar will be frequented not just for its location but also for its staff. If you can get a crowd fired up, 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
4. Teach Surfing, Kite Surfing or Wind Surfing
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 their technique.
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.
5. Sell Paperback Books
Often people go to the beach for the day and in their haste in packing they forget their summer reading. Or it can also be they don't want to expose their electronic readers to the salty air and blowing sand. 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. These can be just a few sheets and pencils or crayons they return at the end of the day. This could be done on a donation basis.
6. Who Wants a HareBurger?
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 may not 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 and other various food products walking from person to person on the beach.
7. Become a Lifeguard
Anyone who has watched Baywatch or other similar programs 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.
8. Sell Ice Cream at the Beach
You may have seen people walking up and down the beach with an insulated cart selling ice cream. They buy it wholesale 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 chilled water above, there are people who will pay for the convenience. Target those people with children.
9. Rent out Water Sports Equipment
Think of the equipment people would use on the beach, surf boards, body boards, kayaks, swim fins, masks, kites, and plastic buckets with shovels. 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.
Combine this with your beach chairs and umbrellas as mentioned earlier and you will make yourself a tidy sum at the weekends or school vacation times.
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. Whether you buy new or used equipment, you'll find that the equipment will pay for itself many times over.
10. Become a Local Tour Guide
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're knowledgeable about the local sites, you could hire yourself out as a tour guide and take groups of people along the beach and the near-by area.
This could be as simple as an hour's walking tour. You could include talks about the local area, history, the beach, shells, fishing, birdwatching, pollution the changing landscape of beach life etc.
If you are a bit rusty with the history of the local area, go to the library and study about it, not only will this be beneficial to your new role as a tour guide, it will be interesting as well.
11. Rent Out Beach Huts
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 another idea or have a question, I would love to read them.
Questions & Answers
Can I sell shirts at the beach?
That would depend on where in the world you are and which beach you're on. If there are regulations in place, you would need to get permission and licenses beforehand. Check with your chamber of commerce. It could be that a simple stall or stand wouldn't be objected to, but approaching beachgoers might be offputting. Ask the chamber of commerce for advice about your specific location.
© 2012 Mary Wickison