Keeping a regular job in college can be quite #thestruggle. Between your spread out and crazy course schedule, making time for homework and projects and staying involved- many employers can find hiring college students to be a little too tedious. Of course, you could settle for a minimum wage work study opportunity at your school’s library or as a teacher’s assistant, but eventually you may notice you just aren’t making enough money for it to even make a difference in your bank account.
Being your own boss in college is completely possible and with the resources we all have at school, it can be done with very little investment. All you need is a computer, your school’s free Wi-Fi and some thoughts on what you might be good at.
For the overachiever
If you’ve always been someone who does well in school there are many opportunities to pass down your knowledge to those who need some extra help. Odds are you can find tutoring opportunities at your school to help your peers but if you are looking for something more flexible check Care.com and Tutor.com. Care.com is commonly recognized a babysitting website, however, you can find tons of flexible tutoring opportunities. Tutor.com is a great choice as well because you can choose your own schedule and tutor right from your own dorm room.
For the photographer
If you have a good eye (and a good camera) there are a few ways you can make money by taking photos. First off, you can start your own photography business offering photo sessions for senior photos, big and little photos and holiday photos students can send home to their family. The best way to advertise yourself is to create social media account and have all of your friends share them. I have a few friends who have been very successful creating a following on their photography pages just through advertising to other college students.
You can also try selling stock images through sites like istockphoto.com and dreamstine.com. Each of these sites give you the ability to make a few bucks for each photo. Many companies look for stock images to use on their social media, blogs and websites versus hiring an actual photographer. You can literally sell anything from a close up photo of grass to a photo of your new iPhone.
For the writer
If you love to write or are just good at it- you can sell your article just like stock images on sites like contentrunner.com and ghostbloggers.com. Many companies don’t have the time to write every article that goes into their newsletter or on their blog, so they go to sites like these to find articles about their industry. The great things about freelance writing sites is that you can completely choose what topics you write about, how much you charge and how much you write.
The best opportunity I have found during my college career is ODesk.com. The opportunities I have found have been endless. Between building newsletters, managing companies social media, writing articles, connecting with multiple marketing and advertising agencies I have been able to grow my portfolio and knowledge and make money doing fun jobs at my own pace. ODesk also has freelance opportunities for video editing, website design, virtual assistance, bookkeeping and business document writing. The site also protects all of your contracts so you are guaranteed to get paid for the work you do.
All of these options for being your own boss look great on a resume and in a portfolio. They also provide the opportunity to work around your schedule without a boss nagging you over your shoulder about your unavailability during rush week or finals week. All you have to do is sign up for one of the sites and get started at your own pace and before you know it you will never look back at having a “real” part time job again.