It’s tough to hold down a part-time job with set hours while carrying a full course load. Yet, you need the money. Cancun is calling, and you don’t want to be left behind. It’s time to think about getting yourself a gig where you have flexibility over your schedule and the kinds of work you do.
Today’s economy offers hundreds of opportunities. Here’s 10 worth considering today:
- Sell your freelance services –Are you getting your degree in graphic design, web design, communications or journalism? Here’s an opportunity to gain some experience by offering your services. There are numerous sites for freelancers, like Fiverr, UpWork and 99Designs. You set your rates within some parameters.
- Become a textbook rep on campus – If you have an iphone or android smart phone, this might be the job for you. Textbook Valet will pay you to help other students sell back their textbooks, and it only takes an app. This work can easily fit around your school schedule, and happen wherever and whenever, with most of it taking place at the beginning and end of the semester. Apply today and earn up to $30 an hour.
- Deliver stuff – We live in a world where we want what we want when we want it whether it’s prepared food, groceries, household items, or dry cleaning. It takes a lot of people to cover all the delivery gigs out there. Check out Instacart, Amazon Flex, GrubHub, and numerous others. If you have transportation, they need you. Pay may range between $10-$28 an hour, depending on the company.
- Represent Apple on your campus – Apple hires campus reps at colleges across the country. If you understand Apple technology and you can lead, plan events, inspire others, work fast, and get things done, this might be the perfect job for you. This job not only allows you to contribute to Apple’s work in transforming education, but it also serves as a solid resume builder. Reps make between $10-$15 an hour.
- Capitalize on your web search or social media skills – Is tech your world? If so, there are numerous flexible opportunities out there. Pull in a paycheck if you’re a daily social media user by becoming a social media evaluator for Appen. If interested in evaluating web search, Appen hires those too, along with sites like Leapforce and Lionbridge. Pay ranges between $10-$14 per hour.
- Become a pet sitter – People love their pets and they are willing to pay someone to watch them while they’re away. It could be for a long weekend or a few weeks. A little watching, feeding and sometimes even housesitting along with it could make for a sweet gig, especially if you love pets. Sites like Rover.com can match you up, or check with local veterinarians and pet stores. Pay is dependent on how many dogs and how often you sit. If you take two or three dogs a couple of weeks a month you can earn around $1,000 a month.
- Make money off your smarts or talent – Turn your love of science, mastery of math, or gift of music into extra money. Teachers and tutors for education and the arts are needed at all levels, elementary through college. Work part-time and when it fits your schedule. Sometimes word-of-mouth lands you a job. There are several sites like Chegg Tutors, TakeLessons, StudySoup, SkillShare, and Tutor.com that can also help you find the right gig for you. Tutors typically make between $15-$20 an hour.
- Hang out with kids – There is always a high demand for babysitting or nannying. The hours are often flexible and the pay can be decent. If you enjoy children, consider signing up on Care.com, a heavily-trafficked website parents use to find babysitters. Or just ask around campus. Professors are prime candidates for needing babysitting help. The hourly rate for babysitting is around $13-$16 per hour.
- Become a campus tour guide – Every campus is in need of college students who are interested in proudly serving as ambassadors for their school and sharing that enthusiasm as a tour guide. Hone your public speaking skills, put some steps on your fitness tracker, and proudly promote your campus to prospective students while getting paid. Check with your admissions office for open opportunities. Pay rates vary between $8 – $15 an hour depending on the college.
- Make money off your love of literature – If you’re a voracious reader and have a knack for summarizing what you’ve written, consider writing book reviews. There are a handful of companies who are willing to pay you to write succinct summaries, including TheUSReview, AnySubject and Kirkus. Most pay per review, based on the length of the book. Check individual company guidelines for pay rates.
We’ve done your homework for you. Now, it’s your turn. Whether it’s delivering, touring, transporting, transacting, pet or kid sitting, reading, writing, reviewing or whatever your passion, go out and find the right fit for you, and make some cash in the process. What are you waiting for?