College Jobs That Work For You

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By Sarah Harris

You thought you could go to college on scholarships and student loans, freeing yourself up to focus exclusively on your studies. But between the rising cost of tuition, the outrageous price of books, and all the little fees and unexpected extras, your money was spent before you even set foot on campus. In the meantime, you’re going to need to eat.

college studentsBut you balk at the thought of wasting precious study (or sleep) hours on scraping by at some minimum wage job that you wouldn’t even wish upon your bratty little brother. You need to make some money, and fast, but you’d rather die than spend the wee hours of the morning mixing non-fat, half-caff, frappe-mocha-chino lattes for a bunch of annoying, phone-toting yuppies.

Your Options

Luckily, there are other options that are infinitely more appealing than working in the food service industry. For starters, you got into college based on your academic prowess. Why not put it to work for you by offering your services as a tutor? You can either freelance by posting flyers at local schools, or try to gain employment at a service like Sylvan Learning Center or The Princeton Review. Either way, you will make a lot more money than at the Java Jungle and you can likely set your own hours (although generally, you will have to work afternoons, evenings, or weekends when kids aren’t in school).

You can also seek employment online at freelance-friendly sites like ODesk or Elance. These sites allow you to create a profile, post samples (if applicable), and apply for jobs (which are posted by companies seeking to contract specific types of work). If you are good at writing, web design, editing, or a number of other online activities, chances are you can find work on these sites.

Pay Day

Companies may pay by the hour or on a flat rate basis (ODesk has their own time-tracker software that ensures you get paid for the time you work). And the best part is, they have several payment options like PayPal or direct deposit.

So if you are looking for the type of job where you get paid what you ask and can set your own hours, these are some options that could work for you. You could be earning money, gaining experience, and creating a portfolio of your work all at the same time. At the very least, it beats wearing a hairnet and plastic gloves all day.


Guest post by Sarah Harris, of Zen College Life, the premier directory for online schools. Find out more information about criminal justice degrees.

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