It’s not uncommon for students to have “side hustles,” that allow them to make an extra income by working a few hours a week. But many of the offerings might feel too mindless, or don’t work with your schedule.Things like driving for Uber and delivering food are great, but they require a car. Pet-sitting and babysitting doesn’t always work for busy student schedules.Finding a side hustle that is lucrative, works with your schedule, AND is interesting cna feel difficult. But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist! Consider these four side hustles to bring in extra money this semester.
- College Essay Workshops.
As a college student, you’re a success story when it comes to applying to school. Many younger students are looking for guidance to finish their essays make sure it will give them a shot at their dream school. Parents and parents want someone with experience to help through this process, and it’s a bonus if you share their preferred major. Offer to help set guidelines, proofread and edit college essays, as well as look through applications. Start by offering to help younger children of your parent’s friends, friends’ siblings, or family members. If you live near schools, reach out to them and offer your services. It’s a great job that can be done on your own time, and you can feel good about helping a younger you. Over a time, you can promote what schools your clients have gotten into, and start charging more.
- Beta Reading.
If you love reading, this is the job for you. Beta reading is when a writer has finished a writing project and needs an independent reader to provide critical feedback on the text. Look for writers’ chat groups or Goodreads to find authors looking for beta readers. It’s an easy way to read more and make money. Plus, you’re helping writers improve their work. If you’re interested in a career as a writer, this can be especially informative.
This is another great way to bring in an extra income. Tutoring can be done through school, or on your own, and can be done for any age or subject matter. You could help teach a language, tutor students on academic probation, or just edit and improve papers of your peers. If you prefer to work with children, consider helping them with their math and science skills with private tutoring. Standardized test tutoring is also in high-demand, and if you earned high enough scores yourself, parents will be interested. If you can’t find a way to do it on campus, look for an outside agency that will place you with students in the area. There are also online tutoring companies that let you tutor remotely – just make sure you have a way to do video sessions with your students. It can help you improve your own skills as a speaker, teacher, and might remind you of crucial elements of the curriculum. Plus, it’s a great talking point on a resume.
- Content Creating.
An ideal side hustle for students who love to write is content writing for blogs and businesses. Most small businesses want active blogs on their websites, and will pay people to write 500 word articles on a regular basis. This can be done for any industry, and may only take a few hours out of your day. Websites like Upwork.com have hundreds of job listings for businesses around the world. If there’s a business or blog you like already, see if they accept ghostwriters, or ask if they are looking for a blog writer. The work will be easier when it’s a topic you care about! There’s no limit to how much money you can make as a content writer, and it’s another great resume booster.