There is no doubt that the time during the university days is the best of all. And it can be hardly argued, isn’t it? It is the time when you grow as a person professionally, build networks, decide your career path and many more. But it is also the time when you live on a strict budget and are always on a lookout for ways to make money.
However lack of time for studies and little work experience make finding a job a real challenge. And if you find work, it will always be part-time. So you’ll have to work work hard to make ends meet.
However, there are many ways for you to earn money while studying in college and without affecting your grades.
And here’s how:
1. Find out more about the scholarships and apply
Colleges usually have a scholarship program to help their students. All you need is good grades to be able to apply for one.
However, there are other institutions or websites that offer university scholarships, so it is a matter of researching all the different possibilities available.
2. Become a tutor
Do you excel in any subject? E.g. programming, designing, playing musical instrument, etc. If your answer is yes, then you should start taking advantage of that to make extra income while in college. Contact one of your professors to see if there is a chance that the university will pay you for a course.
Also, you can put up posters (i.e. advertisement) around the university where you offer your services as a tutor on a certain subject. Be flexible and give them the option of both personalized as well as group tutoring.
And definitely you will find students needing a trainer.
3. Take notes for someone else
In every university there are students with disabilities who need extra help to study. Nowadays it is very common to see the university assign another student to take notes, perform tasks on the computer, print them out or send them by e-mail. It’s an hourly task and you get paid too.
4. Correcting student work
This job is ideal for those who have impeccable writing and spelling skills. This not only allows you to earn money, but also continue learning.
In addition to reviewing their written work, you can offer to make presentations. Post ads on your social networks, and distribute small posters at the university, you’ll see that many students will contact you to get their job done!
5. Apply at the university’s employment program
Universities always have employment programs for their students. One of the biggest advantage of such program is that you can change your schedules according to your classes without any problems.
It is common to find employments such as secretary, librarian, cafeteria assistant, or receptionist.
6. Sell your study material
If at the end of each semester your books are in good condition, then you can sell them to other students or at used book stores.
It is normal for anyone to buy books which would be never used again. So what’s the point in keeping them?
7. Sell food
Everyone in this world has craving for some special food. And when you are young then definitely you will have more cravings. This can be a good money making opportunity. What you need to do is researching on what food is not sold in the cafeteria and then offer it to your classmates. For e.g. cakes are loved by most of us and if your cafeteria don’t sell cakes or dessert, it’s your chance to make it available and earn money doing this.
In addition, you can offer breakfast services on request, you only have to make ads with good pictures and spread the news.
8. Look for a job as a waiter
Working as a waiter is a good way to generate extra income, as you earn money through tips in addition to your salary. In fact, the amount of money you make in tips is always more than the salary you get.
You can make money as waiter, a food delivery boy, a bartender and others.
9. Share your car
If you have a car, you can make the most of it. There are students who live far away or who need to go to a certain place but do not want to take public transport or pay a lot for a taxi.
Offer your services like transportation for lower fares. But remember to charge a reasonable money as students don’t have much money.
Being a college student and making money at the same time is difficult, but it depends on your attitude and flexibility to make this change. In addition to the above mentioned options, there are many other ways to earn money while studying. But the above listed ones are most common and tested by students worldwide especially in the United States and United Kingdom.
So it’s time to get creative and start making money while studying.