Photo: Niklas Strandanäs
Location: Storulvån Sweden
Summer is on for real, and we’re all kicking back relaxing. Or are we? Summer is the time for the skibum or seasonaire to gather the funds for next winters long vacation. It’s the complete opposite from the rest of society, but it’s how it has to be done. Someone’s got to work the summer, right?
In the odd case that you aren’t reading this on a toilet break at work already, here’s a few classic summer jobs for the children of winter.
Working in a restaurant is a true classic in the skiing community. Waiting tables, washing dishes or cooking.
The restaurant business doesn’t have a very good reputation. And maybe that’s fair. It’s hard work, long hours and lousy wages. But the thing is, even though the hourly pay isn’t all that great, the long days make the money stack up. And then there’s the fact that you can work basically wherever you want, as much as you want. At least if you can do simple things like go to work on time, stay after your shift ends and survive on coffee and left overs.
If you feel like you need a job, go to the closest restaurant and ask when you can start. You’ll work you way up from the bottom. but you’ll earn money, eat good food and make some friends during the summer.
Just try and not spend all you hard earned cash in the bar when you walk off your shift.
The Swedish health care systems allows for people with certain disabilities to have a personal assistant to help with their everyday needs. This is a great job for young people who are reasonably responsible, and it has financed many ski seasons throughout the years.The wages are pretty good, and the work isn’t always that demanding physically. But that means nothing compared to the fulfillment and the joy of helping someone who actually needs it. Can you even think of a better way to spend a summer, than to make someones life so much better, by hanging out hand helping them with their life?
Another great thing is that if you’re doing a good job, chances are you’ll be wanted back next summer, and the summer after that. Though harder to get, it’s a lot steadier than say, a restaurant job. Photo: Niklas Strandanäs Location: Åre
This is another true classic, both glorified and hated. Not being a people oriented job, some love it, some hate it. We’ve all heard the stories of skiers who put on winter clothes to drive truck inside a big freezer, doing their thing, listening to a podcast or some music. Or the ones who perfect the art of packing things in boxes. All day, everyday.
It can get boring, yes. And you will miss being outdoors, or well, even seeing the outdoors. It might not be fulfilling or inspiring, but at least you’ll earn a decent amount of money. And it’s an honest job, reasonable hours and secure employment.
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This one is for all the Swedes out there. Go to Norway, work with any of the above. Personal Assistant may be a bit hard, but restaurants and different warehouses are aplenty. Apply for many and go where you get the best offer. Fish factories, grocery store logistic centras and frozen food manufacturers are common places to work. If you want to be really hard core, you apply for a job gutting and cleaning fish, in a place where you earn by the amount of fish you work through. There’s potential for some very good money there.
The Norwegian jobs pay a lot more. Wherever you end up in Norway, it’s going to be more beautiful and bigger mountains than home. But also way more expensive. If you can, try and find a company that can also set you up with somewhere to live. Apartments hard hard to come by, all over Norway. It can also be a good, and fun, idea to get together with a group of friends and find a place to live somewhere. Working hard and saving money in the neighboring country can be a rough time, because you most likely have to lower you standard of living. So it’s nice to have some friends there with you.
Ahh, the dream job. Work with your phone and your computer, from anywhere there’s an internet connection.
The fact of the matter is, that first of all, becoming a digital nomad is quite hard. You have be able to provide something valuable enough that someone is willing to pay for it, within the digital spectra. That means text, photo, video or any service that can be sent through these media. Second, you have to find that companies or customers to sell your service to. Third, you have to send bills, pay bills, and keep books in the correct manner.
And forth, and this one is the hardest, you will have to actually work. A lot. You’ll have to write countless emails, before even starting with whatever it is that you get paid for. You’ll have to come up with new ideas and concepts, and you will never ever be truly off from work. You have to do all this, swhile you’re in a cool place, with other people that might be on actual vacation.
But then again, there’s that freedom. Doing what you want, when you want. The incredibly fulfilling feeling of accomplishing something on your own. And you can do it if you just start. Nobody is going to invite you or ask you to send a bill if you haven’t started yourself.
And while all this sounds cool and all, there are easier ways to go nomadic. There are numerous sites where you can translate texts, do some light accounting, click on ads, fill out surveys and so on, for a bit of money. This will not make you rich, or even break even, but it’s a start.