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Ways to make money while in college

Going to college is expensive. For many students, simply covering the cost of tuition, fees, and room and board is a challenge. After paying those expenses, there may be little left in your budget. You need some spending money to fully enjoy the university experience. Going out with your friends, or just having pizza delivered to your dorm, requires cash. There are many ways students can make money while in college.

On Campus

An array of part-time jobs is available on university campuses. They may not pay much, but usually can be crafted around your schedule of classes and school activities. You can work in an administrative office, the cafeteria, the library or another university facility. Sign up to be a residence assistant, in the dorms; or a professor’s assistant, grading papers and doing research. Find out if a custodian job is available. Fraternities and sororities often hire students to do housecleaning and other chores. Take part in a research study, or take notes in class and sell them. Some colleges hire students to give campus tours to prospective students, or conduct orientation sessions for incoming freshmen.

Parents are increasingly hiring tutors to help their children. Many university students also need assistance with their studies. There are always students, in high school and college, who require individual instruction in math, science or other subjects. You also may be able to give music lessons or assist kids with other artistic pursuits. Determine your strongest subject, then post flyers and perhaps advertise in a college publication. Check to see if there are any local tutoring services that hire students. Check out the Sylvan and Kumon tutoring services, and visit tutor.com.

In the Community

Other types of jobs may be found off campus, in the community. If your college is in a small town, you have fewer opportunities. You have to be creative, patient and persistent. Prepare a resume and learn good interviewing skills. You need to sell yourself to an employer, so do not be bashful about emphasizing your knowledge and skills.

Retailers frequently hire students for sales clerk, cashier and other positions. Many are willing to work around students’ schedules. Start by speaking with owners of stores selling things that you find interesting. Emphasize your knowledge of the products or services, as well as your customer-service skills. Check help-wanted advertisements in local newspapers and shoppers, as well as on Craigslist. Look at postings on bulletin boards and in college publications. Keep in mind that sales jobs that offer commissions pay better than standard part-time, minimum-wage work. Sales positions may be in shops, on the telephone or door-to-door.

Other ideas for working in the community include paid internships, work-study programs, delivering newspapers and donating blood. Among the jobs at private homes are babysitting, dog walking, lawn mowing, snow shoveling and house painting. Some students make money by running errands, like grocery shopping, for people. An elderly resident of the community may need a driver. Create an eye-catching flyer advertising your services, and post it in prominent locations around town.

Online

Some students use their computers to earn money. Various websites offer opportunities to review products or services, and take part in focus groups or other market research. There are companies that will pay you to fill out opinion surveys, or evaluate products and services as a mystery shopper. Sites like Odesk and Elance list a range of online jobs, including article writing, web design and programming.

Back home in your old bedroom, or the attic or garage, you may have possessions with some value that you no longer want. Sell them on eBay or Craigslist. You also can make money by buying stuff at garage sales, yard sales and thrift shops that can be resold online. Sell other people’s items, too, and keep a percentage of the profit. If you are good at taking pictures, check out websites that pay for photographs. If you enjoy shooting videos, come up with an original idea for a YouTube channel to showcase your work.

You need to assess your strengths to determine the type of part-time work that is best for you. Your financial needs and college schedule also are factors. A part-time retail job is a good idea for those with strong communication and people skills, while more introverted students may prefer online work. Consider all the available options and see which ones match your interests. You just may find an enjoyable way to make money while in college.

10 creative ways to earn money in college

As a college student, it can be difficult to balance your studies and extracurricular activities with a job. However, it helps to have a little extra cash on hand so you can participate in weekend outings with friends and purchase non-essential items on occasion. Here are a few of the best ways you can earn money and still make time for your studies and yourself.

1. Tutor

Tutoring is a great way to make extra money and maintain a flexible schedule. Begin by checking with your university to see if there are tutoring positions available on campus. If you prefer to work for yourself, look for bulletin boards around campus where you can advertise your services or consider posting to websites like Craigslist.

2. Get Crafty

Love to craft? Consider making a business out of it. Sell your creations on websites like Etsy, ArtFire and DaWanda. You can do it in your free time so there’s no pressure to be somewhere specific when it’s time to put in extra study hours for exams.

3. Social Media

Blogs and YouTube have quickly become popular ways for individuals to earn a small income, and in some cases these hobbies have even turn into jobs. Claim your space on the internet by talking about what you love, what you’re learning or what you experience on a daily basis. Bloggers can earn by placing advertisements on their blogs or by contributing blog content on other websites. YouTubers can apply to be a YouTube partner and earn by their number of views. Remember to think through what you share. Is this something you’re okay with the entire world seeing or reading? Could you eventually offer your social media skills to a future employer and use your blog or channel as a work sample?

4. Sit Something

Babysitting, pet sitting or house sitting.  All of these options allow you to earn a little extra in your free time. If you develop a good relationship with your client, you’re likely to be asked back for more work. If you’re babysitting, you may find that you get a free meal out of it in addition to hourly pay. With house sitting, you may have the opportunity to escape the dorms and spend a few nights somewhere quiet.

5. Freelance

Are you a good writer or editor? Are you great with a camera or computer code? Try your hand at some freelance work to make some additional money and perhaps build your resume. Websites like Elance oDesk and Freelance Photo Jobs have countless jobs that you can complete from the comfort of your own home.

6. Be an Ambassador

Is there a particular brand you love? Many brands look for die-hard fans and advocates to help promote their products to the rest of the world. You’ll find a lot of these jobs with food and beauty brands. You may have the opportunity to educate people about a product and let them sample it. Visit the websites of the brands you’re interested in to search for positions and reach out to them on social media as well. This is a great job to put on your resume if you’re studying business or marketing.

7. Get Personal

These days, everyone is busy and a little help can go a long way. Consider starting your own personal assistant business. This could mean anything from running errands to providing light computer work or organizing. You can advertise on Craigslist, at local coffee shops, or anywhere with a community board. Search the key words “personal assistant” on websites like Indeed.com. Try spreading the word on your social networks. You may be surprised how many people need help with simple tasks.

8. Temp

Temping is a great way to get flexible part-time professional experience while earning your degree. And you never know, the connections you make at a temp job could lead to a full-time offer after you graduate. Locate a temp agency near you and call to learn more about the jobs they have to fill. Some agencies only fill positions in certain industries.

9. Sell Something

There’s always something to sell when you’re in college. Sell your used books back to your campus bookstore if possible. Get rid of clothes you no longer wear at the end of each season. Locate resale shops near you and clean out your closet. Use online services like Poshmark and Threadflip if your local resale shop won’t take them. Get rid of other unwanted items by posting flyers on bulletin boards around campus.

10. Participate in Research Studies

Universities with science and psychology departments will often have trials you can be paid to participate in. Contact department heads or talk to other students in those particular departments to learn more. Additionally, you can look for market research companies near you. You will likely be required to fill out some paperwork and you will be selected for studies based on things like your age, gender and product usage. Studies are often a great way to make a large amount of money in a short amount of time.

There are plenty of ways to earn a little extra as a college student. As you begin to look for new opportunities, remember to consider your schedule, your interests and how the opportunity may benefit you in the future.

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