It’s difficult enough juggling your classes, homework, and studying, all while attempting to have some semblance of a social life, but what if you also need money? Some students prefer to have financial freedom while they are attending college, and it’s important to find a part-time job that not only provides that freedom, but that also fits in with an already hectic and stressful schedule. Today we’re going to talk about how to find a job that works for you, along with some examples to consider.
Knowing your limits is key to finding a job while you’re a student. Perhaps the most important factor is location, as you’ll likely be traveling from place to place with little time in between. Finding a job that you can get to on time will help show your boss that you’re reliable despite your busy schedule. If you have a car you’ll have more flexibility, just make sure to account for traffic.
Next, make sure that you take a job that fits in with your schedule. A typical part-time job will take up around twenty hours of your week, so it would be best to work with the hiring manager to come up with a weekly schedule that won’t interfere with your studies.
Other factors to consider are pay, and whether your part-time job holds any specific relevance to the career you’ve been hard at work preparing yourself for. Keep in mind that as a student, your part-time job is really just a means to an end, and it isn’t especially important to find something that’s in line with your career choice; however, it certainly won’t hurt if you are able to – just make sure that you aren’t limiting yourself in terms of time and your schedule.
When considering a part-time job as a student, it is best to find something that won’t generate high levels of stress. Stress can and will negatively impact virtually every aspect of your life, and can even affect your grades. Try to be creative; for example: choose a part-time job that can provide some sort of benefit to your life, even if it’s just free or discounted ice cream. Below are some relatively low-stress jobs for you to consider.
If you are particularly knowledgeable and skilled in a certain subject, tutoring might be a good choice for you. You can find work as a tutor through your school, or by signing up to any number of the tutoring websites out there such as Take Lessons. The best part about tutoring is that you will likely have a lot of flexibility in your schedule.
This one is all about the pay potential. If you can score night shifts on Fridays or Saturdays (or both), you’ll likely be taking home a decent amount of sweet, sweet cash in tips. The downside is that you may require some initial training. Oh, and the fact that you may have to hear the same story seventeen times from a few of the regulars. Just be patient and personable, and let the money flow.
Perfect for choosing your own schedule, and you can work as much or as little as you like. This entry includes all driving services such as Uber, Lyft, Doordash, and the like. The only thing to watch out for is wear and tear on your vehicle, and the extra mileage you’re putting on in the event you have a lease.
Dogs are all the rage right now. Don’t believe me? Well then, I challenge you to find the nearest cat walker and then get back to me. This entry includes dog walking, as well as pet-sitting and other jobs that exist to serve our fuzzy overlords. The earnings might not be at the top of the proverbial list, but the flexibility could more than make up for that.
Ice Cream Parlor
You probably thought I forgot about the whole ice cream thing from before, didn’t you? This was a popular one when I was in college way back in- I mean, last year. You won’t require any experience whatsoever, and you will be dealing with more affable clientele because let’s face it – who is ever in a bad mood when they're getting ice cream? Plus, you might have some free or heavily discounted ice cream in the near future; just sayin’.
Freelancing can be particularly convenient to those who are not only students, but who are also looking to start a career in the creative world. Whether you’re a graphic designer, a photographer, or a writer, you should be able to find some freelancing work through websites such as Fivver. The best part? You can make your own schedule, and you can work as much or as little as you’d like.
Those are just some examples of part-time jobs to look into if you’re a student in need of some extra money. It is also worth noting that what may be stressful to some, may not be so to others. It all depends on what you’re willing to put up with while you are completing your coursework. With a little creativity, you’ll be able to earn some cash on the side while maintaining a relatively low-stress college life.
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