Finding your Hustle: Alternative Ways To Make Money in College

Published in the September 28, 2016 issue of The Bells

College is filled with so many amazing moments. Academics may seem stressful, but there’s no doubt that the social part of college is a truly fun experience  There’s hanging with friends, playing sports, going to events, joining church groups and clubs, and so much more. But let’s be honest: college is hard to enjoy when you’re broke. There’s the cliché that after paying for tuition, room and board, books, and other necessities, college students struggle financially and consider themselves “poor, which sadly, most of the time rings true. It’s understandable. A lot of times as college students, we work minimum wage jobs. If you want to find a hustle (a clean, legal hustle) that does not involve flipping burgers, here are a few suggestions First, find what you are good at. Your best shot at making extra money is to find something you are good at. Get better at it, and network and advertise those skills. You can be a service to people, with a little effort and practice. There are plenty of jobs that come just from practicing the skill and having a little faith.

That is usually how people make extra money on the side. Here are just a few jobs for an example: Barbering/Hairstyling This is mostly for the guys, but it can be for the ladies, too. All you need is some clippers, some sheen, and a mirror. Practice makes perfect, and soon, you can be cutting all your friends’ hair for a rate. Ladies, if you are also good at cutting or dying hair, your friends can come to you for convenience and a discounted rate compared to a salon. Babysitting or Tutoring Some people love working with kids. There are always jobs for aiding and helping kids, and babysitting or tutoring are incredibly needed, especially in the Belton/Temple community.

Families are always looking for college students to help watch kids after school, and Temple ISD even has an afterschool program so you can help kids with their homework. It is a great way to make money while also making an impact on the next generation. Freelance Writer Although this would take some time to build traffic, companies pay for writing. You can either make your own blog and write about popular, relevant topics (such as how-tos or pop culture articles), or you can find someone who wants you to write a particular piece and will pay you for it. There are tons of media outlets looking for bloggers/ writers. These are just a few ways you can be a service to others and they’ll happily be obliged to pay you! There’s also dog sitting/ walking, wedding planning, and even yoga instructing.

Here are a few jobs that do not involve much skill, but are done more online. Sell on Ebay, Amazon, Etsy If you want to get rid of a few things, you can always sell them on Amazon and Ebay. This is simple: take a picture of the product, give all it’s details and descriptions, and wait for a buyer. Once they buy it, you ship it to them, and you get paid. Etsy is similar, except you make your own crafts and have your own store. If you are into crafts (making shirts, mugs, shorts, etc.), you can sell your own products through Etsy. It is fun to make, and then you get money in return. Survey Taker Marketing firms get paid to aggregate people’s opinions about a wide variety of things. They sell their research to companies who use that information to create an sell new products. This is where you come in. Marketing firms are looking for real people to fill out surveys and they will pay you for it. Google “online surveys” and you will find a variety that are pretty easy to fill out. These are just an extremely small portion of side jobs you can find.

The best advice is to have initiative, and put in effort in finding a system that works for you. The more effort you put in, the more success you will find. Search for jobs, find a technical skill, and cha-ching. You are paid, and you have found your hustle.

Author: Starr Rivers

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