When it comes to higher education, it seems like all we hear about is the rising cost of tuition -- in today’s economy paying for college can be extremely difficult and expensive. Most students are forced to take out thousands of dollars in loans to help offset the cost of college while others skip secondary school all together.
Although some students take on part-time and full-time jobs while in school, there are others who aren’t able to work. Not having a steady income in school can be hard, hence the term “starving students.” As a college student, I know the struggle of being broke all too well -- but my struggle in college has also taught me creative ways to make money. Just because you don’t have a traditional job doesn’t mean you have to be broke. It's a good idea to figure out what you're good at and what people will pay for your talents. Making a little extra money on the side can also help you pay for tuition.
Here are some things college students can do to make extra money:
1. Do hair!
Hair is probably the number one side hustle for college students. Most students don’t have money to go to the hair salon, so finding someone on campus that can do hair for a reasonable price is the next best thing. If you can braid or know how to work a curling wand you’ve got yourself a business. All you have to do is build up your clientele and pass out some flyers and you’ll be on your way!
2. Be a nanny!
Who said you're too old to babysit? Babysitting or nannying (if you like to get technical) is a great way to earn some extra cash. Get in touch with all your friends and family who have kids and let them know you’re in the business of babysitting. Make sure you put together a kit with books and toys to entertain the kids so you are prepared whenever a job comes up.
3. Be a tutor!
Tutoring is a very lucrative business for college students because students always need help with their studies. There are many different subjects to tutor in from French to math -- so find out what your good at, and get to work. The best way to find clients is to simply talk to your classmates and ask them what subjects they need help with. You can also hand out flyers and cards to get exposure.
4. Be an entrepreneur!
Are you a graphic designer, an excellent baker or good with your hands? You could turn these things into successful businesses. Starting your own business in college is probably more difficult than tutoring or doing hair, but luckily you have access to professors and other students who can use their talents and connections to help you build your brand.
There are many different ways to earn extra cash while in college. The days of only working a 9-5 to get a paycheck are over. Put your gifts and talents to use while your getting your education. Who knows? You might end up being the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs in the process.
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