Ask Away...: Smart Ways to Make Money in College

Friday, December 4, 2015

Smart Ways to Make Money in College

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College can be a very expensive time in your life, and it's when you tend to have the least money. Even if you have help from scholarships, loans and parents, you don't always have enough to survive. And being able to stay afloat isn't enough when everyone else is going out all the time. You need money to socialize too. If you need to make some extra money in college, you're going to need to find a job. And if you don't look for an employer, you at least need to find another way to make money. Try the methods below to start bringing in more cash.

Look for Work at Your College

If you want to find a job, one of the first places you can look is at your school. You'll often find there are lots of part-time and temporary positions to make money. You might get a job in the campus bar or as a cleaner in one of the buildings. Or you could keep an eye out for any temporary jobs that become available. For example, the university might want people to show prospective students around the campus. There might be events you can help with or other one-off ways to make money.

Work in Fast Food

There are lots of things you can do as a part-time job, but one of the most popular is working in fast food. Many students get positions at fast food restaurants, largely because the hours can be very flexible. People from undergraduates all the way to those doing their master's or PhDs can pick up a few hours in their nearest restaurant. Most restaurants now have an online application system. See this site for an example of how to apply: http://www.jobapplicationcenter.com/fast-food-job-applications/white-castle-application/. You should be able to pick up evening and weekend shifts, as well as some when you have time during the week.

Start Freelancing

If you would rather work from the comfort of your dorm room, you could consider being a freelancer. It's a good way to build experience for your future career by offering your skills. You might write for a blog, produce graphics for businesses and individuals, or offer another skill you have. It's an easier way to fit your work around your studies, but there is a downside. It can be difficult to pick up work, especially when you first get started. If you're lucky, you'll find a regular client you can rely on.

Sell Things

Another way to be a self-starter is to start a small business. You can sell things that you make or that you buy to sell on. However, you have to decide how much effort you want to put into doing this. It can take a lot of commitment to make sure that you satisfy your customers and can deal with any issues. Be prepared to be available as much as possible so that you can respond to enquiries and send orders off on time.

You have a few options if you want to make some money while you're at college. Consider which one suits you best to help yourself out.

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