Students are always in need of extra cash. Whether they’re paying for tuition, parties, or study aids, the money has to keep flowing. Beyond the usual bar or hospitality work, what other jobs are out there for students?
Working as a professional essay writer might appeal to some, although it is a bit of a busman’s holiday. Only the most committed people will take this route; while for others, the internet can offer a host of ways to make money. Be your own boss and start making cash today by opting for the following types of business:
Dropshipping is an order fulfilment process that lets businesses run completely virtually. There are no bricks and mortar stores or depots required on your end. What happens is that a store sells a product, then they pass the order onto another supplier who will ship the order to the customer.
Although dropshipping can be lucrative, there are risks attached. Poor quality control, shipping and import costs, unstable profit margins, and competition all make it a challenging niche. But if you have a real nose for a trending product or category, you could make some serious bank – all from your college dorm.
Dropshipping entails several skills and roles, website creation, marketing, and research to name just a few. You will be a social media manager, a logistics manager and a graphic designer all rolled into one; unless you decide to outsource some of these tasks.
Being a freelance writer means taking lots of different kinds of work. These could be great portfolio pieces for your burgeoning journalism career, or it could be content for websites looking to climb the Google search rankings.
Either way, writing is a good avenue for those who can type quickly and think creatively. Work is often free-flowing and can be completed on demand. This means that you can work around your studies, increasing and decreasing your load depending on the number of deadlines and exams you have going on.
Education is a massive niche online, and you can sell materials that people will learn from – or even create your own YouTube tutorial series. Another route to consider is tutoring. During the pandemic and its various lockdowns, education largely went online, whether that was infant school, high school, college or university. Students were missing out on class time and the number of people seeking tutors went up.
This trend may continue as parents and pupils alike find that it is actually easy to get a bit of extra help via Zoom. Becoming a tutor is easy; you only need to choose a topic you know well, or one that is sufficiently simple (like early years math), so that you can deliver good lessons.
It isn’t only school pupils who want tutoring – many adults wish to improve their skills and abilities, so you could teach coding, foreign languages, or even things like yoga and baking.
Websites are surprisingly easy to make these days. Adverts for Wix and Squarespace are everywhere, so you might think that web design jobs are over the hill, which is wrong. Many people still don’t know how to use a computer, many businesses are working with very old websites, and you can reach those people and offer your services.
You don’t need to be a fantastic coder to build websites; WYSIWIG platforms have made it easy to build simple, elegant, and beautiful websites using drag and drop GUIs. Instead of focusing so hard on coding skills, develop some simple packages that you can offer to lots of businesses, and wait for the clients to roll in.
Hopefully, these business ideas have sparked your imagination. It’s always possible to earn some more cash for college when you have access to the internet and a few free hours per week. So start small, manage expectations, and build from there.