How to Make Money at the Beach This Summer

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Competition for employment at or near beaches is fierce — even in the off season. In summer, the season that for many people is defined by time spent at the beach, the chances of finding an ocean-side job that will fund your stay there diminish radically. Still, an enterprising individual may find many ways to make money while at the beach. A few suggestions follow. Keep in mind that most or all of these will likely require a vendor's license. Fees vary, but they can be quite expensive.

Bags and wares for sale along Venice Beach boardwalk stall, CA.
Bags and wares for sale along Venice Beach boardwalk stall, CA. (Image: Eric Hood/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Sell bottled water. Purchase water by the case and sell it by the bottle.

Close-up of bottled water at the beach
Close-up of bottled water at the beach (Image: armari36/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 2

Sell sun block, a necessity for every beach-goer. Purchase a stock of trial-size sunscreen and sell it for a profit.

Guys having girls apply sunblock on Bondi Beach near Sydney, Australia
Guys having girls apply sunblock on Bondi Beach near Sydney, Australia (Image: Marianna Massey/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Step 3

Collect and recycle bottles and cans. You don't have to take a trash bag and walk around looking for bottles and cans. Instead, bring a large box, lined with a trash bag. Put a sign on your box that says "Please Recycle!"

Plastic bottle litter on the shoreline
Plastic bottle litter on the shoreline (Image: EnolaBrain/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 4

Gather shells and sell them online for craft supplies. You don't need a website. Etsy and eBay both make it possible for you to connect with customers without having your own store.

Group of people searching for shells on beach
Group of people searching for shells on beach (Image: XiXinXing/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 5

Entertain beach-goers. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and your stage-fright. Play a musical instrument, sing, develop a mime routine or juggle. You can even perform stand-up comedy routines or magic acts. Provide a container into which passers-by may leave tips.

Jugglers in action on Coney Island Boardwalk, NY.
Jugglers in action on Coney Island Boardwalk, NY. (Image: Mario Tama/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Step 6

Draw. Take your sketch materials to the beach, along with two chairs and a few samples of your work. Create drawings of beach-goers for a fee, or draw beach scenes that you display for sale.

Canvas and easel at coast
Canvas and easel at coast (Image: ChamilleWhite/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 7

Take and sell photographs. Travel agencies are always looking for new and inspiring images of beach destinations.

Young photographer at work
Young photographer at work (Image: BERKO85/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 8

Scour the beach with a metal detector to find valuables left behind — like watches, change and jewelry.

Using a metal detector to find treasures
Using a metal detector to find treasures (Image: Joe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

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