With the new college semester just kicking back into full swing, it’s not hard to be sadly reminded of the constant costs and bills we students rack up. Whether it be a bite to eat here or gas money for the weekend trip there— the struggle is real.Truth is, jobs aren’t so easy to get these days, and that goes tenfold especially when you have a limited schedule between classes and homework. Finding a job, let alone a flexible part-timer, seems a little out of reach, but the perfect student job does exist! (Well, a few of them do actually!)
When anyone hears the mention of an online job it’s either a scam or a novelty; but in this era, working from home is not only becoming a common practice; it’s also very legitimate. There’s no need to attach your resume— all that is required is a computer with a high-speed Internet connection, a phone and your own skills. The payoff is a flexible workday that fits your schedule, and a job that might just afford you an easy student lifestyle.
Here are some of the more common online jobs and opportunities for college students (all author tested for your convenience!)
5. Online Tutor
Overview: The concept of tutoring has been around for years and earning money by doing it is a plus. But these days, many busy families prefer the option of convenience and online tutoring does just that. This is a really great work-from-home option for both tutor and student. If you happen to love math or have a gift for writing essays, there is guaranteed to be someone out there who isn’t and is willing to pay for the extra help.
The Payout: This can roughly earn anywhere from $10 to $40 per hour. Most of the time, you can set your own rates.
4. Virtual Assistant
Overview: While this is a more versatile job, it is also particular flexible. As a virtual assistant, you will come across various tasks people request help with; this may range from proofreading a document, scheduling someone’s appointments, or even booking hotel reservations and details for a family (That actually was a real task I did).
The Payout: With versatile jobs come versatile pay as the tasks vary. Each person requesting a task sets the price and you as the assistant can choose whether or not you wish to take the job.
3. Website Tester
Overview: This is also known as “User Experience”. Many big companies need an audience to test out and give feedback on the ability of use of their website or app. As a user tester, you experience a particular website or app as you normally would— you test it out, see what works and what does, explain what is good or bad, confusing or clear, etc. There are two websites in particular that I go between; UserFeel and UserTesting.
The Payout: The payouts for these are actually really good! Each test usually took me about 15-20 minutes and per test you can make $10-15 each right to your paypal.
2. Online Seller
Overview: The name speaks for itself, and maybe most of you have thought about selling your Xbox 360 that you haven’t played since you bought the Xbox One (Me!) or sell those nude platform heels you wore only once. Most people know about Ebay but there are other sites out there for those who want to sell something and sell it fast! This is not just limited to unwanted electronics, you can sell your clothes as well. While there are many apps for this; there are only three I truly recommend in regards to the actual traffic you can get on the products you want to sell as well as success of sale; OfferUp, Letgo and Poshmark.
The Payout: This of course varies. I sold my Xbox 360 plus a few games added into the mix on OfferUp for $180, but hey, $180 in cash is better than whatever GameStop would have offered me, and the experience was a little bit more friendlier.
Overview: Now this isn’t a true “online job” as it requires you to actually leave your house, but for those of you who aren’t completely work-from-home savvy, still want to see the living day light AND love pets, then this is the purrfect match. Rover is a pet-sitting service. They offer services like dog-walking, dog-sitting, drop-ins, and Doggy-Day Care and best of all, it’s flexible as you not only set up what days and what hours you want to work, but also what type of dogs you want to sit ranging from age to weight and size as well as even limit or expand the area radius you want to travel in. The thing that ultimately sold me (obviously besides the puppies) was that I could set my own rate. The Payout: It varies per your own rate, but here, let me break it down for you. I currently sit five dogs a week— I walk two of them once a day and three of them three times a day; Monday thru Friday at times I set up with the owners. I charge only $12 per walk. By the end of the week I make $132, and that’s just walking. For drop-ins or house stays, the fee changes, and to top it all off, I am the cheapest sitter in my area. Rover takes 15% of your earnings but this purely goes toward the expansion of the business itself as well as insurance for both the owner and the pet sitter.