College students are always looking for ways to make a few extra dollars for spending money around campus. Having some extra cash around without having to ask your parents, tapping your savings accounts or using a credit card can make any college student feel a little more in control of their own situation.
Here you will discover six ways that many college students are finding those extra dollars on and off campus during the school year. We will not be looking at any of the summer jobs, work-study or internships that most college students are already looking into if they are eligible.
On Campus Opportunities:
1. Intramural referee: Most college campuses offer a plethora of intramural activities for students to participate in. If you have ever noticed these games, you also observed that the referees of these games were usually other students from the college.
How do you get these jobs? First get involved by participating in the intramural sports and activities. Get to know the referees and ask who is in charge of scheduling. Contact that person and ask if you can submit an application to work some games. They do not pay a lot, but they can be fun and lead to other opportunities.
2. Time or score keeper: Nearly every college campus has a variety of college level athletic programs. Whether they are division one, two or three doesn’t matter. They will usually hire students to keep score, run the game timers, sell tickets, monitor doors or gates, etc.
How do you get these jobs? Contact the athletic department, find out who hires and schedules student jobs. Introduce yourself and ask if you can submit an application. It is a good idea to regularly attend games and make a point of greeting the person in charge if there. With a little “Schmoozing’, you may be get a call to work a game or two. These usually pay a flat fee and you get to watch the game.
3. Campus tour guide: If you ever visited a college campus during and open house or scheduled tour date, you were guided around campus by a student tour guide. Guess what? These are not volunteers, they do get paid. Tours are held throughout the school year and colleges hire a new crop of younger students to replace those that just graduated.
How do you get these jobs? As a freshman, head to the admissions office and ask about these positions. Ask what you need to qualify. They will usually provide an application and may offer a basic training program. Ask if you can shadow an existing tour guide, just to observe what is entailed. Once they get to know you better, you may have a nice little part-time job for your next three years.
Off Campus Opportunities:
4. Local college retailers, restaurant or bars: Most college towns have many small businesses that cater to college students. Whether it is a book store, jewelry boutique, coffee shop or college bar, they may hire a few students to help out. These are usually part-time jobs and generally pay minimum wage, but can be fun and very social.
How do you get these jobs? As you patronize these merchants, ask who the owner or manager is. Introduce yourself and inquire about future job opportunities. If you visit regularly make sure that you let them know you are still interested and why you are qualified to help their business. If your friends are regulars as well, they might want to have you on the books as an incentive for other college students.
Self Employment Opportunities:
5. Website design: Today’s college students were born with computers in their hands, but many small business owners remain computer idiots or too busy to learn HTML. Blogging, You-Tube video production and web design can be a very lucrative part-time business. Social media marketing with Twitter, Facebook and others can be intimidating to some, but students use it every day.
How do you get these contracts? Build a simple website, embed some video, blogs and social media marketing tools on it. Next, design a one page graphic flier and a business card with your new site on it. Distribute 100 copies to local merchants that do not have a web presence or poor one. Talk about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), keywords and interactivity. Tell them you can handle it all for a small monthly fee. Don’t be afraid to charge more as your business grows and especially if their business grows.
6. Handyman or housekeeping service: College communities have many residential neighborhoods just past the local campus housing. Busy married couples working long hours are more than happy to hire college students to perform spring/fall landscaping or clean-up, painting, house cleaning, window washing or a variety of other tasks. These can be great contracts that can lead to more or regular projects with a nice hourly rate.
How do you get these contracts? Prepare a flier your services. Mention “mature, responsible and friendly” in the ad. Tell them if “They provide the materials and tools, you will provide the labor at only: $12.00 per man-hour”. Give them a phone number to call that has voice mail and post them on local bulletin boards, churches, supermarkets, etc. Just a few jobs could lead to many more.