How to Earn Income as a College Student

Nine times out of ten, most young people decide to attend college after finishing high school. While this decision can be beneficial regarding success in various occupations, earning at least one source of income during one’s time in college is always an advantageous decision.

Earning income not only grants students the ability to have their own money but moreover breeds personal responsibility. However, there are certain jobs and opportunities which are best suited for students who must prioritize university and their studies. The ultimate key to succeeding as a college student entails recognizing the best opportunities and then knowing how to make the most of them.

Take Advantage of the Gig Economy

At this point in the world of work, the gig economy is the best friend of college students seeking to earn income without losing focus on their academic studies. There are countless opportunities for financial gain within the gig economy; many options are listed on The Penny Hoarder and include (but are definitely not limited to): selling schoolbooks, driving for Lyft or Uber (assuming that the student owns a car), selling class notes, tutoring other students, setting up accounts on freelancing platforms like Upwork, Fiverr, or Freelancer, etc.

The flexibility and variety which inherently come along with the gig economy will also be quite helpful for young people in college. Jobs can be done during free time and will not interfere with students’ academic work assuming that they properly manage their time.

Of course, different opportunities in the gig economy will be better for different people. Students may have to experience mild degrees of trial-and-error until they discover the jobs which work for them.

Pursue Job Opportunities on Campus

One of the most obvious ways for college students to earn income is by seeking out job opportunities which are already available on their campuses. The majority of colleges and universities understand the importance of young people working and engaging in productive activities during times when they are not in class; moreover, working on campus may allow college students to dedicate a percentage of their earnings towards paying off student loans.

The ability to pay off student loans before graduating from university truly comes in handy; student loans have a way of insidiously piling up. Interest added on top of the aforementioned loans can make matters worst and be financially devastating. Virtually everyone is familiar with the horror stories which chronicle the years (or sometimes decades) which pass before people finally pay back what they owe to the government.

Look Into a Paid Internship

One of the upsides of attending college comes in the form of exposure to internships. Even though these opportunities generally last for relatively short time periods, paid internships are great for earning income and learning information in various fields. Furthermore, taking up an internship can (and often does) lead to additional business openings and even a successful career in the future.

Many college students wind up making invaluable connections and coming across inspirational mentors during their internships.

 

Authored by Gabrielle Renee Seunagal

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