Jobs for College Students
Need a job? It’s tough to find full-time work when you’re a college student. Many adult students think they have to quit school or put their degree on hold in order to work. But earning a living doesn’t mean you have to chain yourself to a desk all day. After all, technology makes education available anywhere. And technology has the same effect on work. Here are a few innovative ways you could earn money without dropping out of school. Check out these six jobs for college students.
Search the listings on your local Craigslist under “admin / office” or “web / info design.” New jobs get added every day. Typically these are tedious jobs that full-time workers prefer not to do, so they pay other people to do the work for them. These gigs involve entering numbers into a spreadsheet or copying and pasting texts. A company might ask you to take product descriptions from a spreadsheet and drop them into a website. Or maybe you’ll do a little research to compile a list of links. Sound complicated? It’s really not, once you’ve gotten the hang of it. Most clients should be willing to give you a little training to get started. After that, it’s very repetitive. Data entry work doesn’t always pay much, but it’s simple and you can do the work in your spare time.
As long as your car’s in good working order, you could sign up to be a driver with Uber or Lyft. Both of these companies require you to complete basic training before you start, but once you’re in, they let you set your own schedule as you pick up people and give them rides to their destination. Not only do you get paid, you get to meet new people, and get to know your city streets, too.
Online magazines and blogs are always looking for new content, and overworked editors rarely have time to do all the writing themselves. You could write product descriptions and reviews. If you’ve done some travelling, you might write about destinations you’ve visited. The challenge is to write in the unique voice of the venue where your words will appear – you don’t want to sound too formal or too casual, so you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the publication so that you can match their house style. Payment could either be flat-rate or based on the number of words you write. And pieces that require you to do research usually pay more. Besides Craigslist, there’s a website called Elance.com where you can find freelance writing gigs.
Sometimes those spam messages are right! You really can make some money by taking surveys online. Probably not enough to pay your rent, but you may be surprised at how easy it is. Different surveys pay different amounts. The key is to prove you fit the survey maker’s target demographic. Just answer honestly! Pinecone Research and iPoll are just two of the many websites where you can sign up to take surveys for cash.
Imagine having your own personal assistant – someone to maintain your calendar, answer your email, and plan your vacations for you. Now imagine being that assistant, and getting paid for it. You might do someone’s gift shopping on Amazon, conduct some quick research, schedule appointments, make dinner reservations – pretty much any task you could manage from your home computer. The more clients you assist, the more money you’ll make. Taskrabbit, Guru, and oDesk are the places to find these kinds of projects.
And finally, you could make your spare room available for guests through AirBnB. Okay, it’s not really a job, unless you consider it work to host guests from out of town. But it is a smart way to make some spare cash without much labor. You set your own nightly rate, lay down some ground rules, and you’re free to confirm or deny any requests to book. Pro tip: European travelers tend to clean up after themselves, while Americans love to ask you for directions.
Written by Michael Mussman
Michael is Editor of Forward Thinking, the Ashford University blog.