If you’re a college student, chances are you’re strapped for cash, or if you’re not, you’d at least like to have a little more of it. The good news is you don’t have to wait until you earn your diploma to start padding your wallet. Read on to discover awesome part-time job opportunities that will help you earn cash without cramping your college lifestyle:
1. Academic Tutor
If there’s a class that you excel in, whether it’s organic chemistry, calculus, Arabic, or anything else, you can leverage your smarts to rake in cash by tutoring students who struggle with that subject. Set an hourly rate, meet with the student to clearly establish performance goals, and then meet with the student once or twice a week until those goals are met. If the idea of tutoring people your own age makes you uncomfortable, you could also help high school students get ready for the SAT or ACT.
If you thought babysitting was something reserved for the teenage crowd, think again; you can rake in serious cash as a babysitter. If you have certain days of the week with no classes, you could use those days to babysit kids, while their parents are at work. If they’re elementary school students, you could even plan a babysitting gig anytime you have a free afternoon. Try using the website Care.com to find families in need of a sitter near you.
3. Fitness Instructor
If you’re someone who loves working out, why not start getting paid for what you love? As a fitness instructor at your campus gym, you can teach classes in yoga, spin, Zumba, and more, providing that you get the proper certifications that your gym requires. Not only will working as a fitness instructor give you that good feeling that comes with getting in a solid workout, but you’ll also feel great knowing you’ve helped other people get fit too!
4. Office Assistant
Pretty much all of the departments on your campus will need an assistant who handles responsibilities such as answering phones, scheduling appointments, and maintaining files. Although this might not be the most fascinating job out there, the organizational skills you will develop will be a great asset to you as you go through the rest of college and eventually launch your career.
5. Freelance Writer
Thanks to the flexibility of being able to work from home or at school, freelance writing is a great job for college students who have an interest in journalism or just a knack for writing. Check the site elance.com or the Pro Blogger job board to find plenty of opportunities and freelance job listings.
6. Residence Advisors
Sure, there might be some random late night wake-ups involving pulled fire alarms and trips to the ER, but working as an RA also comes with plenty of perks. For one thing, most RA positions come with your college room, board and classes paid for, and for another, this job demands the highly coveted leadership skills that will look excellent on your resume.
7. Campus Tour Guide
If you’re an outgoing, friendly person and you know your campus backwards and forwards, you should consider signing up to become a campus tour guide. Potential students and their families will really appreciate all the insight you can give them.
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9. Sales Representative For a Work From Home Company
If you’ve got top notch persuasive skills, and you always did well with those school fundraisers, you should consider becoming a sales rep for companies such as Amway, Thirty-One, Mary Kay, etc. These companies allow you to work from the comfort of your own home (or dorm room), and with a little time and effort, you can bring in some serious cash flow!
10. Teaching Assistant
Students who are upperclassmen can usually land jobs as teaching assistants for large underclassmen seminar classes. Check in with professors you’ve had in the past to inquire about any opportunities they might have.
If you can’t find a job as a teaching assistant, you might be able to land something grading assignments. Classes that have a lot of students also come with a lot of papers that need to be graded. It can be a little tedious at times, but the workload is generally spread out so you’ll still have time for your own classes and extracurricular activities. Most times, you can get a job as a grader even for online schools.
12. Work Study Jobs
Students who qualify for financial aid can get a job through the Federal Work Study program. You can get part-time or full-time work depending on your schedule and needs, and typically you can find work that’s relevant to your major or field of study (for example, a kinesiology major could land a job working with their college’s sports team).
Check out the part-time jobs for college students listed above and you just might come away with a better looking bank account and resume!
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