It's officially summertime in the Hudson Valley, and with all the summer camps, road trips, and ice cream cones to pay for, a little extra money could go a long way.

There are plenty of traditional jobs available in New York (did you hear the Sullivan County Sherriff's Office is hiring?), but these ideas are all about passive income. While plenty of "gig economy jobs" like DoorDash and Uber Eats might be some of the more popular options for extra cash, there are a few little-known opportunities that take even less time... and could make you even more money.

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There are a few simple ways to make some extra cash this summer in New York State (Canva)
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3 Ways to Make Extra Money This Summer in New York

First, this list will be ordered from the most well-known opportunities to the best-kept secret in the local gig economy. Second, these are all jobs that I've had firsthand experience with, either as a customer or as a gig worker looking for some extra cash.

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New Yorkers looking to make extra money should consider signing up for Rover (Canva)
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1. Sign Up for Rover in New York State

Rover, the Internet's most popular pet-sitting app, is also the most well-known (and most labor-intensive) option on the list. Rover options range from quick gigs like dog walking to more time-consuming activities like pet sitting (at your house or the pet owner's house), and can be done on your schedule. Learn more here. If you have property, there's an even easier way to supplement your income...

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New Yorkers who own property can sign up as a Hipcamp host and turn their land into campsites (Canva)
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2. Become a Hipcamp Host in New York State

Hipcamp is an app and website similar to Airbnb, but instead of renting our your home, you can rent out space on your property to adventure-seekers looking for a campsite. The app boasts that New Yorkers have the opportunity to earn up to $4,207 per-month as Hipcamp hosts, and other than making sure the campsite is clean and welcoming, there is little work for hosts to do

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New Yorkers with property can rent it out to dog owners looking for a private yard (TSM Poughkeepsie/Canva)
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3. Become a Sniffspot Host in New York State

Sniffspot may be the least-known option, but it may also be the most rewarding. Similar to Airbnb and Hipcamp, Sniffspot is another hosting platform... but for dogs. The app lets hosts rent their yard by the hour to dogs and their humans who either don't have a fenced in yard of their own or don't do well with other dogs at dog parks. Sniffspot says that top hosts can earn up to $3,000 per month. 

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With the extra money in your pocket, you can take your next New York adventure without worrying about your bank account. Check out some great road trip stops below, and keep scrolling to learn all about the new York Ice Cream Trail.

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Road Trip Through New York's Ice Cream Trail

Did you know there's an ice cream trail here in the great state of New York? Yup. Created by Only In Your State, the trail takes you all throughout the Adirondacks, allowing you to "take in the sights of our tallest mountains and some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of New York" while licking your favorite kind of ice cream.

Hop aboard the New York Ice Cream Trail!

Gallery Credit: Dave Wheeler

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