Back to school: Making money during the school year

In high school, my senior quote was “can someone crack my back?”. While, yes this did perfectly sum up a large part of my 4 years at that school, there could only have been one quote I might have said more often than that. “I have to go to work”. I was the girl who was constantly at her job, or should I say jobs. I was working very hard trying to earn money for college. Not only did I gain valuable life experiences, I gained super insightful information about realistic ways to make money while being a full-time student. As I am about to embark on the next phase of my educational journey I’ve come up with a list of ways that I think are perfect jobs for busy college students and high schoolers alike.

Part time jobs

This one is really silly because of course, it’s the first thing you think about. What I really wanted to talk about is finding a part time job that not only suits your schedule but your interests. I made the mistake the first time I took a part time job of just going for whatever is out there. I can tell you I was miserable and quit after only a few month.

Eventually, I landed on working in the babysitting room at a local gym. This job was perfect for me because the hours fit my schedule great and I even got to work on homework while I was there! If you take the time to research you can find something that fits your busy life and allows you to have fun as well!

Rover

Rover is one of my absolute favorite ways to make money during the school year. It’s an online business where you essentially sign up to be a dog walker/sitter. After your profile is set up, potential clients can start messaging you about your services and booking you. The great thing is, you can set your own rates. $10 for a 30-minute walk is a fair rate across this community, meaning you essentially get paid $20 per hour. It’s a super flexible job because it’s all on your time and you decide your schedule. Cute puppies and good pay…need I say more?

Online Business 

Starting your own business has become more and more doable with the internet and social media. Your business could be anything you want, but if you choose something you care about you’re likely to put in more work and time into it. Blogs are great businesses that give you the freedom to post about whatever you want. Youtube is also a great business that allows similar flexibility. If neither of these things is your style check out Fiverr. Fiverr is an online market place where you can sell your services on a freelance basis. You can turn your passion into a legitimate income! If you’re more crafty, consider Etsy. If you put in the effort, eventually you will see the return.

Starting your own business can be time-consuming, but if you manage your time correctly it can be a great way to make money during the school year. It gives you a lot of flexibility and you are your own boss, which is always a plus. On top of that, you can do it all from the comfort of your dorm room or in between classes.

Sell your clothes

This doesn’t necessarily have to be your clothes but can be anything laying around. This isn’t necessarily a steady income source, but it can definitely give you a little extra cash when you need it. I find that cleaning out my closet is also super relaxing and makes my entire life feel more organized.

Next Door 

Next Door is also a super cool site where you can advertise your services to your community. You could advertise babysitting, yard mowing, house cleaning, anything you can think of. This can be an awesome way to make money within your community and ensure you get yourself promoted correctly. You can also sell stuff on Next Door if you don’t want to deal with the shipping or any of the hassle of having to send stuff to people across the country.

Work for amazon 

This is a strange one and something I just found out about recently, but it’s really cool! Amazon Mechanical Turk is “a crowdsourcing Internet marketplace enabling individuals and businesses (known as Requesters) to coordinate the use of human intelligence to perform tasks”. Essentially, businesses ask you to do small tasks that computers can’t currently perform. You may be asked to do something like: “Select the correct spelling for these search terms”. Doing a few tasks for an hour or so a day can be great extra money!