College is one of the funnest times of your life and as someone who just graduated college with a First class English degree and now working a full-time job, let me tell you that you will never have the same experience again. So, if you are in college, have fun and enjoy your journey to the fullest.
Study hard and have fun. My motto in college was that study as hard as you party. Having said this, college is also the time that most of us start to live on our own and become financially independent, and this is why you should get a job or two.
Having a job in college will teach you a lot of things that will be helpful later down the line. It teaches you work ethic and how to be punctual. So, without further ado, let’s look into some of the best side hustle for college students.
1. Work as an assistant
As a college student, you are told to follow instructions and pay people to follow the rules and classes. So, you are already halfway there to become the perfect assistant. On top of that, colleges usually provide funds for professors to hire an assistant, and you can apply for one of these job openings. It is a good-paying job, and you are getting to work in your own field if you are lucky.
As a teaching assistant, your job will involve grading papers, researching, data entry, and/or even test monitoring. If you are working as an assistant for a teacher, they are more likely to understand that your working hour should be flexible as a student.
As a professor’s assistant, you get to explore the professor’s specialty you are working under. This gives you more insight into that specific field, and you get to help them in their ongoing research.
2. Dog walker
If babysitting is not for you and you love animals, then this is the perfect job for you. Not only are you getting paid to play and run with dogs, but you are also getting to get your daily dose of activity. Since most pet owners work office jobs or are too busy to walk their dogs, they hire people to do so.
People usually will pay you good money to watch and walk their pets. And especially in college, where you can’t own a pet, do walking can be the perfect way for you to enjoy the company of our little furry friends. You are not only given responsibility and are trusted with another entity’s life, which will teach you how to be more self-sufficient and how to work under someone else.
Not all parents trust teenagers with their kids, and some of them trust older people to watch their kids, and this is where you come in. Babysitting is one of the oldest side hustles in the games, and there is a reason for that. It is a well-paid job where you don’t have too much responsibility.
If you love kids, then babysitting is the most enjoyable and rewarding job out there. It is also helpful if you are working towards an education degree, and it gives you a taste of what your future job will be like. So, if you don’t like children, then this is the perfect job for you. So, watching kids can make you learn a bit of extra money on the side.
This is the most common job for any college student to have. If you are savvy in the subject you are studying, then you are 50% of the part there. If you are studying for an English degree, like I did, then you will have a lot of opportunities. You could teach English to international students and help other people to write their papers.
Tutoring is a really flexible gig to have, and it pays well and is also rewarding. It also gives up an upper hand if you are going to become a teacher. On top of that, as an English major, you can also make money by proofreading and editing college papers.
Tutoring also happens on campus, and this means that you don’t have to pay for transport if you live on campus. Your grades will be a reason why people will choose you to become their tutor, so don’t be afraid to taunt them. You can also advertise your services on bulletin boards or even the college Facebook group (if those still exist).
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