You might not be ready to take that big plunge and find a career that’s going to last you for the rest of your life, but you still need to keep some money in your pocket for your journey there. You have school to contend with, so you won’t have the availability for a full-time job, but you still need a paycheck and some work experience to add to your resume. For example, you could work for a lawn care company or babysit for your neighbors. By picking up a fun, flexible part-time job, you’ll be able to kill two birds with one stone. Here are some other great ideas of jobs you can have while still in school.
1. Freelance Designer
Becoming a freelance designer is a very promising part-time job, especially for students studying or majoring in design. Whether it’s web design or graphic design you’re working towards, it’s never too early to start putting your skills to good use and compiling a basic portfolio. You can take on as many clients as you have time for. You can choose to pick one or two regulars, or take up smaller one-time jobs when you have the time and need the cash.
2. Dog Walker
Yes, playing with puppies is a job. If you live in a dorm, you probably don’t get to see many pets, so here’s your chance. People who aren’t home to take their beloved doggies for an afternoon walk would be happy to pay you to do it. You can even take some animal care courses to show your future customers how dedicated you are to helping their furry friends, and stand out from the competition while you’re at it. Walking dogs is a job, but one that animal lovers are bound to enjoy.
All you need to become a copywriter is a firm grasp of the English language. Everything else comes through research and practice. Many companies look for English writers to supply them with content – particularly if their companies are based in other countries. Copywriting is fairly simple to get into, and you can even turn it into a full-time job if you decide you like it. You can decide on a particular niche that interests you and write to serve that audience and share your expertise with the world.
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4. Social Media Expert
These days, just about every company has a social media presence. Over a billion people use social media, making it a valuable tool to provide customer service and updates to customers while drawing in some new ones. Most companies need someone to handle their social media accounts, and they love hiring savvy millennials for the job. Many of these jobs also allow you to work remotely, so you can make some side cash answering tweets or Facebook comments for a brand you love.
5. Night Stocking
When you’re burned out from school, you probably want some time to get your head together. Taking a physical job, such as stocking retail shelves overnight, will allow you to make some money while you recharge your mental batteries without having to interface with many people. Put your earbuds in and listen to an audiobook while you arrange the merchandise and make things look pretty. It’s fairly low pressure, and will allow you to work somewhat independently. If you prefer reliable paychecks and scheduled work hours, taking a regular night job will make that possible as well.
6. Animal Shelter Worker
If you love animals, working at an animal shelter could be a dream job while you're studying. You'll be responsible for cleaning cages and spending time with the animals. Needless to say, this job is just perfect if you want to become a veterinarian. You'll get plenty of hands-on experience when working with the animals and shelter staff. You probably realize that work at an animal shelter includes some sad or heart-wrenching moments. But the rewards make it definitely worth it.
7. Archival Services
Many people need their documents scanned, stored, and archived, but few have the time to do it. It can be legal documents or photographs, scanning and saving it online takes a lot of time. You can start this part-time archival business through networking with your parents' friends. Who knows, maybe they need someone to scan, store, and archive their materials? Before settling the deal, agree on the number of photos or documents that you'll scan or archive. Then set the price per item. It can be something like $0.25 per photo and $0.35 per document page.
8. Pizza Delivery
If you've got a car and a good driving record, delivering pizzas could be a great job for you. It's true that delivery drivers generally don’t get paid very much, but you can count on tips. A pizza delivery person drives back and forth to the pizza place, picks up pizzas and delivers them to customers. Sounds easy, right? The great thing about this job is that you have a lot of autonomy. But the job also teaches a responsibility. After all, you're responsible for delivering pizzas on time and collecting the money. With the right attitude, you can have a great time at work and earn some decent money.
Though part-time jobs during school or college are usually just a way to tide yourself over until you land a high-paying career, you might find that you actually enjoy them. There’s nothing better than a part-time job you find fulfilling to help you pay for the basics while you’re studying your passions.