Approximately 17.5 million Americans will be attending college this fall. If you’re one of them, you’re probably thinking about how you will pay for it. Even with grants, scholarships, loans, and savings many students come up short every semester, forcing many to look for an additional source of income.
While many students are given the traditional get a job advice, working while attending school full-time isn’t always easy. In this economy, very few employers are willing to work around school schedules during a semester; not to mention the difficulty of finding different jobs every time the semester ends and you move back home. If you’re having trouble finding a job (or just not getting enough hours) here are a few suggestions:
1. Ask your professors about working for them as a Teaching Assistant, Lab Assistant, or Paper Grader. Many schools do not list these kinds of jobs in their campus work centers; in fact many of the students who work in these kind of jobs had to convince their professor to create a job for them. Expect to make about minimum wage or slightly higher.
2. Tutor other students. Specifically, think about high school and middle school students. The parents of high school students look for ways to give their kids some extra help without embarrassing them. Being in college means their kids won’t have to tell everyone they’re being tutored. Rates go between $10-$25/hour (decide if you’ll go to their house if the students will come to you).
3. Clean houses and/or offices. It’s not glamorous work, but you can set your own schedule and the pay is good. Most house cleaners keep costs down by advertising on craigslist or by posting flyers in faculty areas, and they can earn about $25/hour.
4. Babysit. Today, many parents are leery of leaving their children with people they don’t know, so most college students who babysit meet potential clients through their church or other civil groups.
5. Elder-sit. Don’t like kids? Many families look for someone who can help an elderly relative clean house, cook a few meals, or just keep company. While some positions may require you to move in with someone (a bonus if you’re renting an apartment and need to save on rent) other families just need someone to come by a few times a week.
6. Yardwork. Yes, this will remind you of your first “job” mowing lawns, but many people are willing to pay someone $30 or more to mow their lawn. If you’re living in a dorm, say that you have to use the client’s equipment.