Attending college is not a cheap affair. There are too many expenses to be taken care of, and one cannot always ask parents to back up. Whether or not you are a scholarship student, money will surely go out and in a substantial amount. As a result of which, it is quite natural for students to consider working part-time. This is especially common among international students whose expenses are nothing to sneeze at. Now, the question is what kind of part-time jobs students should prefer.
Today, you can find millions of opportunities to earn money. You could go online and offer services in a range of areas or work conventionally. A few of them are quite popular among students, and I will enumerate them below. I am well aware of the fact that work preferences will differ from one student to another depending on one’s needs. Yet, there is no harm in considering the ones I have mentioned below.
Here are a few leads on what you can do:
- Become a Tutor
One of the most common jobs among college students is that of a tutor. You can always spare a few hours to teach students from whichever background you wish and earn money. Trust me; parents are willing to throw money just like that on good tutors; you need the proper qualification and skills. Also, you need not personally go to tutor students. This is the 21st century, and you are free to take your classes online. Ask around, and you are sure to find tutorship opportunities to gain from.
- Work in restaurants, bars, or supermarkets
These are the classic locations to find part-time college students. Generally, restaurants, etc., need extra staff to divide the extra work, and the payment is quite reasonable as well. You are, however, expected to negotiate the terms because you may end up doing long hours, which can hamper your education. Most of the time, these places advertise for the need of an extra staff member; in case you don’t find any, ask around, and you will know. In this pandemic, however, the dining business has been largely affected, so it may become challenging to work in these places at reasonable pay rates. Perhaps, when we reach the state of normalcy, should we expect to go back to what used to be.
Parents need a break from all the parenting they have to go through. Even when there is no question of taking a break, they may end up in a situation where they can’t take care of the child. This is when they need the help of able babysitters. If you don’t find taking care of children annoying, then you may want to give babysitting a try. You have to stay home and watch the child for a number of hours and get paid. Well, of course, I make it sound as if it is the easiest job in the world – it is not! But, there is money!
- Become a freelancer
I told you how dynamic the world has become in the current century. You don’t necessarily have to find traditional part-time jobs to survive. There are tons to explore online. All you need to do is become a freelancer, and you are good to go. As a freelancer, you can do multiple gigs at competitive prices. Websites such as Fiverr, Upwork, and Freelancer are some of the many places where you can find such opportunities. Decide what kind of services you want to offer, bid for the relevant gigs, and make money.
- Get paid internships
This is an excellent way to learn and earn. Plus, you get to step up your resume game with these internships. Tons of internships are paid and flexible in nature. Whichever is your area of interest, explore internship options in the same. Note that many internships offer meager stipends on which you can barely survive. So, it is always advisable to consult your teachers, peers, and seniors on where to intern. What more do you want: you get a decorative certificate to highlight to your potential employer and avoid living from hand to mouth during college years.
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