Time outside the classroom while studying at college is valuable. It’s important to find the right mix of extracurricular activities, social time, and downtime amid studying, classes, and exams. Finding a job that allows time and flexibility for finding that balance can be a challenge, especially for those with limited experience.
Maybe you have a complicated class workload where some weeks are busy and others are a breeze. Or maybe your internship calls you in as needed, so your availability is subject to change week to week. Whatever your specific needs, you want a job that can quickly and easily adapt to your schedule, and that will hopefully provide a nice escape from coursework stress.
Whether you’re a college student looking for full-time or part-time work, you have a bigger playing field than you think. Supplement the college experience with a rewarding job you’ll look forward to each day. Here are a few options for flexible work:
Share your creativity with others
Did you know those natural soaps and lip balms you make for fun could earn you fast money on Etsy? From jewelry to photography to memorabilia, if you’re looking to make some money look no further than your hobby.
Become a dog sitter with Rover
If you’re a dog lover but can’t commit to owning one, become a dog walker with Rover. You’ll be able to get some fresh air and exercise, plus all the perks of dog ownership without the kibble expenses. Or if you want to make some extra money while you’re home over break, become a dog sitter and keep an eye on the neighbor’s labradoodle while he’s away. What could be better than a job that’s got flexible hours and requires you to hang out with dogs?
Get paid to look good
If you’re more into the spokesmodel idea, you can become a brand ambassador for CampusHero. You’d be surprised at how many brands and start-ups appreciate the opportunity for representation on campus. You may earn your keep by wearing their logo regularly, passing out information and samples, or even helping spread the word at campus events.
Become a driver with Lyft
Lyft is a ridesharing app that matches riders in need to nearby drivers. If you become a driver you’ll make your own hours, keep all your tips, and get increased pay if you drive during peak hours. It’s great if you’re a night owl or have class all day, and you can work as little or as much as you like.
Build up your portfolio
If you’ll be seeking a writing career, you’ll need clips for your portfolio. Use Elance to pick from an array of writing or editing jobs you get to complete on your own schedule. You’ll basically get paid to create content for your portfolio. Diversify your skillset by writing on all kinds of different subjects and try various styles to develop your own.
With so many flexible options for work, the possibilities for college students are promising. You can choose to make a business out of a hobby, or find ways to get paid to do activities you love. You may even be able to find a way to start paving your professional path — so get to it!
Jennifer Scott has experienced anxiety and depression since she was a teen. With SpiritFinder.org, she hopes to share her story with others and in doing so empower them to take steps to improve their overall wellbeing. In her free time, she loves to write, spend time with animals, and is always up for an adventure.