Going to college is a big commitment.
It is a full-time, full on experience, where you put your current life on hold in the hopes of setting yourself up for a better, brighter life in the not-too-distant future.
With this commitment comes another: a student loan of impressive proportions and a sign-on-the-dotted line promise that you will pay back the money you’re borrowing now in exchange for a successful career, and it’s no small feat.
For that reason, many students line up a side hustle for the time they are at college; a means of living off your earnings and not racking up bigger debts, or saving your earnings to get started paying your loan off as soon as you can.
You’re not an expert yet – that’s why you’re at college, right? – but you’ve no doubt got plenty you can offer in exchange for money in the meantime, so your student existence is a little less, well, student-like.
You don’t have to slum it to be a student anymore, and in today’s digital age, you can do it from the relative comfort of your student digs, in between parties at the student bar. Time is limited, but there’s always a less busy day in the week or a free afternoon to dedicate to a money-making endeavor.
Here is a list of ideas to get you started on your entrepreneurial side hustle. Who knows, it could be the makings of the perfect career when you graduate!
1. Clean House, Clean Mind
One thing the average student has in common, (apologies for the stereotype), is that cleaning is generally not first on their list of priorities. Some more than others, it goes without saying, but why not offer your services to your neighbours/classmates/roommates – or even teachers – and earn a quick buck?
Once word catches on that you’re offering a clean room at a competitive price, you’ll be pocketing big money each month.
Ironing is another one that people hate, so if it’s something you can bear to do, there’s more than enough business to keep you afloat.
2. The Way to a Student’s Heart?
Keep student scurvy at bay with your cooking talents!
If you are a bit of a culinary creative type, why not arrange to distribute Tupperware boxes a few nights a week? Perhaps suggest late-night snacks for students pulling all-nighters!
There’ll be more than a few takers for a good weeknight feed.
3. Share a Little of What You Know
What do you know how to do that you could teach others?
Do you play an instrument, speak a foreign language or dance?
Whatever it is you do, there is bound to be a group of others interested in signing up for a lesson or two.
Less likely your student friends will need this service, but locals from the area are probably desperately awaiting the start of term time to avail of student childcare services.
Offer your services on local café’s, churches’ or town hall noticeboards.
5. Write up a Storm
Freelancing as a writer is as flexible as you want it to be.
Work on your free days, evenings or whenever suits you and earn pretty good money too. You don’t even have to leave the house to sign up to local writing agencies or service websites.
Maybe consider setting up as a resumé writer?
As a student, you’re in the prime place to target job seekers who might need to brush up on their CV.
6. Go Social
Social Media done right is a big business.
If you’re creating useful material about college life, your university’s marketing team might even sponsor you to give prospective students a “fly-on-the-wall” view of what life is like at your school.
If you’re an Ivy Leaguer, not only will they benefit from your insider info, you’ll end up with a pretty healthy following yourself and could make some serious cash to boot.
Otherwise, a blog can earn you thousands a month: pick a topic and get writing/videoing!
7. Uber Excited
If you have a car, you’re already on your way to a tried and tested hustle.
Uber has taken driving to a whole new level and once you get to know the town your university is in, you can make short trips for a decent wage.
Another idea that you could use your car for.
A job that you can do at any time of the day or night, it can fit in perfectly with your schedule. Companies like Postmates could earn you $25 an hour.
Not bad for taking a box of sushi from A to B!
9. Rent Space on Airbnb
Use any extra space in your house or apartment by renting it out on Airbnb, and consider renting out the whole place when you go home for the vacation.
When you take leave, so does half the country, so capitalize on it and make money while you chill back at your folk’s house!
10. And Lastly, Sell, Sell… Sell!
You don’t need a particular skill to make a few dollars selling stuff you no longer use… consider a clean-out, have a monthly garage sale, or enlist your peers to do it with you and split the takings.
Great fun, good business and a sure-fire way to make new friends.