19 Flexible Jobs for College Students with Great Pay
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I’m going to be quite frank with you; college is very tough. Just going to class and balancing all the coursework is a full-time job by itself. Adding in a part-time or even full-time job and a social life make it 10x more hectic. Finding the time to balance it all is sometimes near impossible.
Luckily, the online job world is magical and is the perfect place to find jobs for college students. All I can say is I wish I would have found these sooner.
Should any of these jobs for college students spark your interest, make sure you do research so you know exactly what you’re getting into and how much you personally should charge.
Flexible Jobs for College Students Way Better Than a 9-5
All of these jobs are flexible, meaning you set the hours you can work! Almost all of them can be done from the comfort of your own home (or dorm), meaning you don’t have to throw on a uniform and drive somewhere to do your work. And to make these jobs for college students even better, you can work on your homework or studying whenever you need, as long as your work deadlines are met in time. In addition, a lot of these jobs require you to let your creative side out and be yourself. How fun?!
Now let’s dive in to these awesome jobs for college students!
A freelancer is essentially someone who is self-employed. Freelancers can help businesses with marketing, creating blog posts, creating a website, making an app, publicity, tech support, etc. So basically you work from your location of choice and help out companies with day-to-day tasks.
At Freelancer.com, you can post your services or search for businesses looking for your expertise. In addition, there are several other websites you can find freelancing work on with a quick Google search. You can also post your services on your own website or social media sites.
Pay: $25+ an hour, sometimes more depending on your skills and the company you’re working for.
Skills Needed: Varies depending on the job, but a strong knowledge in a specific field and/or great writing skills are necessary.
2. Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant (VA) is exactly what it sounds like; someone who assists another person or business online. Therefore, VA’s are responsible for handling all of the clerical and administrative tasks a business may have. But again, this is all done virtually, so you can be on the complete opposite side of the world as the company you are working for.
Some common VA tasks include:
• Email management
• Making phone calls
• Calendar management
• Preparing presentations
• Setting up social media accounts
As you can see, there are so many different things a VA can do, so the job should never be boring. More information on becoming a VA can be found here.
Pay: $15+ an hour.
Skills Needed: Organization, structure, dependability, attention to detail, great communication skills, and the ability to keep learning!
3. Writing Book Reviews
For any book lovers out there, here’s the chance to make money doing something you love! With this job, you are responsible for reading books and writing 250-600 word reviews. There are time constraints, so you need to be able to start and finish the job within the time frame. You can find a great list of online book review sites here to get you started.
Pay: Anywhere from $5-$60+ per review.
Skills Needed: Excellent writing skills and the ability to complete tasks on time.
Proofreading comes after editing. A proofreaders job is to examine the final draft of a copy or text for any missed errors in the text or images. These errors include punctuation errors, misspellings, typos, and anything else that’s not correct.
Skills Needed: Close attention to detail, patience, and the ability to meet deadlines.
Whether you’re bilingual, are getting a degree in a foreign language, or studying to become a professional translator, this job is for you. Translating is a great way to retain and improve your linguistic skills while also making money.
A great place to look for translation jobs is through Unbabel. The application process, or “evaluation,” consists of at least 20 tasks that allow experts to rate your translation skills. This evaluation will determine your hourly rate and the customers you are allowed to assist. Unbabel also pairs you with a language expert to help you improve your translation skills. Translators also get paid weekly via PayPal or Skrill, so you’ll always have money when you need it.
Pay: $15+ an hour, depending on your translation skills.
Skills Needed: Fluent in at least 2 languages with the ability to keep learning and growing as a translator.
6. Video Captioner with Rev
Captioning videos is a great way to make some money. In order to be accepted into the Rev Captioning Program, you have to complete their application. It includes rules for captioning videos correctly, how to add captions to videos and sync them correctly, and a typing speed test. In addition, captioners have to caption 3 videos, all of which are 3 minutes or less.
I officially became a captioner for Rev a week ago and so far I really like it. You choose the videos you want to caption, when you want to work as long as the videos are submitted in time, and you get paid every Monday via PayPal. It’s honestly a pretty great gig and since it requires zero contact with other people, it’s the perfect job for introverts (like me).
Pay: $1 per minute, up to $2000/month.
Skills Needed: Basic knowledge of computers, a decent typing speed (mine is ~63 WPM), and the ability to follow rules.
While blogging is not a get rich quick type of job, it has the potential to become an amazing full-time job. Blogging requires a lot of time and dedication to make any money, but it will reward you in ways you never thought possible. A lot of people make money blogging passively, meaning they can write a post and still make money from it years later.
Michelle from Making Sense of Cents is great proof of this. She has made over $300,000 from ONE post and continues making money from it. This past year, she has been averaging $100,000 per month from her blog. Yes, from a blog! I don’t know about you, but I think that’s insane and Michelle has been an inspiration to me. She’s actually the reason I started blogging!
So like I said, blogging has great potential to make you extra income or become your full-time job. It also means you have to put in a ton of work, but once you start making money, it will all be worth it. Especially when it allows you to work from home doing something you love!
Skills Needed: Decent understanding of computers, some design skills, good writing skills, motivation, hard work, dedication, and the drive to never stop learning and growing!
Many people are good photographers and only do it for fun. But if you’re looking to make a few extra bucks, you should put your talent to use. There are people out there willing to pay for pictures of their high school senior, newborn babies, family portraits, weddings, and more. If you have the skills and this is something you are very interested in, why not give it a shot?
Put your services out there on Facebook or other social media. Who knows, you might even end up loving it and doing this for a living!
Pay: $25+ per hour, more depending on the type of photo shoots and your skill levels.
Skills Needed: Excellent, if not professional, photography skills; great organization; dedication; will always meet deadlines; and keeping things professional.
9. Flip Items
You can actually make a decent living flipping items. A great example of flipping furniture can be found in an interview on 1500 Days to Freedom.
Since many people throw away or sell furniture they no longer want, you can get items for cheap to fix and resell. There are quite a few people who do this as their only source of income and some just do it for extra money. A lot of times, you can flip an item for at least 1.5x the price you paid for it, which can be a lot of money depending on the purchase price.
Pay: Varies, but can become your only source of income.
Skills Needed: An understanding of computers, know how sites like Craigslist and eBay work, and have the ability to fix (sand, paint, clean, etc.) items if necessary.
10. Sell Clothes
Have you seen Girlboss on Netflix? If so, that’s where this idea came from.
When I say sell clothing, I don’t mean just go through your personal closet and sell the things you don’t wear anymore. While that is a great way to make a little extra cash, it’s not a very sustainable form on income.
Now what I’m talking about is finding nice, cheap articles of clothing and accessories to buy and resell for more money. This is the clothing equivalent of flipping furniture. You may have to make a few modifications to some of the items, but it shouldn’t cost much, if anything, to do.
This type of job may require a little more work than others, as you’ll have to find good items at really great prices. Not to mention all the self control you’ll need to have. But it’s fun and way better than the traditional job options out there.
You’ll also need to find means of selling the items. Some common places are listed below:
Skills Needed: An interest or experience in fashion, know how to take good pictures of the items you’re selling, and self control.
11. Virtual Stylist
If you have a passion for fashion, this is the perfect job for you! Virtual stylists are set up with clients in need of a new wardrobe. As your job as a virtual stylist, you are to design outfits your clients will like and want to purchase. With this job, you have to be willing to adapt to picking styles your clients want and need, not just what you personally like.
Some common places to find virtual stylist jobs are Stella&Dot and Stitch Fix. Both of these companies offer flexible hours that you can set yourself, along with discounts on clothing and accessories. You also have the chance to build relationships with your clients, which sounds pretty great to me. If this is something that interests you, here’s some more information on the job.
Pay: $13-$15 an hour, depending on the company you work for.
Skills Needed: Experience or interest in fashion, good understanding of computers, and the ability to keep learning and growing.
12. Personal Trainer
Becoming a personal trainer is one of the most rewarding jobs out there. Whether you’ve turned your whole life around through healthy eating and exercise or you’ve always been fairly fit, being able to give that opportunity to someone else makes the job worth it.
If you aren’t a personal trainer and are interested, the certification process is a lot of work and does cost money. However, it’s a pretty great gig that you can’t find anywhere else. For more information on becoming a personal trainer, check out this great article from bodybuilding.com.
Pay: $17+ an hour, depending on the gym you work with. You have the potential to earn more money by making your own fitness and nutrition guides.
Skills Needed: Personal trainers need to be at least 18 years old, hold a valid CPR/AED certification, have a valid driver’s license, be certified in a specific program, among many other things. More information can be found here.
13. Dog Walker & Pet Sitter
This is definitely THE best job anyone could ever wish for. You get to spend all your time with pets!
The great thing about walking dogs is the flexibility the job offers. You get to choose your pay rate, how often you work, and which areas your services are available. Not to mention all the exercise you’ll be getting while doing something you love!
I recommend signing up with Rover, as they are “The nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.” Setting up an account is very easy and you’ll be walking and caring for dogs in no time! Let me just tell you, $15+ for a 30-minute walk with a furry friend is the dream and it’s something you should seriously consider.
Pay: $15+ for dog walking, drop-in visits, house sitting, and boarding.
Skills Needed: Experience with pets in general and walking dogs is preferred.
14. Nanny or Babysitter
Nannying and babysitting are fun jobs, but they can become pretty hectic. Nonetheless, it’s a great way to make some extra cash or your full-time income. Yes, you might have to chase kids around and clean up their messes, but it will keep you active. You also have the opportunity to teach them how to be good people and clean up after themselves. And you get to revisit your childhood with all those Disney movies, Legos, and Barbies.
Pay: $15+ an hour, but depends on the age and number of children.
Skills Needed: Childcare experience is necessary, as you’re handling another person’s baby or child.
15. Campus Work Study
This one isn’t anything special, but there are plenty of jobs available on campus. I worked in the Art Center at my school for 2 years and I basically got paid to do my homework. You certainly can’t do that working in retail or at a restaurant.
Aside from the Art Center, there are plenty of other on campus job opportunities. Here are some:
• Teacher’s aid
• Research assistant
• Working in the rec center
• Supervising the residence hall kitchen
• Manning the residence hall front desk
• Working in the library
• Campus tour guide
• Fitness class instructor
The great thing about working on campus is that you won’t be overworked; most, if not all, campuses only allow students to work a certain amount of hours a week. This gives you plenty of time to still be able to focus on your coursework and studying.
Pay: $8+ an hour, depending on the job and class standing.
Skills Needed: Depends on the job, but most usually don’t require anything but communication skills.
16. Resident Assistant (RA)
Chances are you know what an RA is, but for those who don’t, I’ll briefly summarize it. An RA is a fellow student trained to supervise students living in residence halls. So essentially, you would be in charge of a certain amount of peers to make sure they follow the rules your residence hall and campus have set in place.
Some schools pay the RA’s like a regular job, while others offer free things such as meals and housing. Every school is different, but the RA’s at my school got 2 dorm rooms free of charge and free meals for being RA’s. Either way, it’s a great way to save or earn money.
Pay: Varies based on school.
Skills Needed: Need to show strong leadership skills and pass whatever test your school’s RA program requires.
17. Camp Counselor
Becoming a camp counselor during your summer break is a fun way to make money. Working at a summer camp, or any camp for that matter, is also a great way to showcase your leadership skills. Not only that, but it’s a great way to meet new people and partake in exciting outdoor activities. It will also look really good on your resume!
Pay: An average of $306 a week for summer camp.
Skills Needed: Leadership skills, experience in the activities you’ll be instructing, and demonstrating good practices in front of children.
18. Chegg Tutor
If you are particularly good with a certain subject, you can become a Chegg Tutor. You can tutor students in all grades ranging from middle school, high school, college, and professionals. Tutoring in high-demand subjects can earn you even more money, too.
You can work whenever you want and anywhere you want as long as you have an internet connection. Chegg will send you students to help when you’re logged in. You can also answer questions students have asked on Chegg. Chegg Tutoring is an excellent way to make some money from the comfort of your own room, all while sharing your knowledge on a subject you enjoy.
Pay: $20+ hour.
Skills Needed: Excellent knowledge in at least one subject that Chegg offers help with and the ability to explain the material to someone else.
19. Take Surveys
There are so many survey sites out there just waiting for you to take advantage of. So instead of browsing social media for the 4th hour today, why not take some surveys and make some money instead? Taking maybe 10 surveys in one afternoon, I made $5. Yeah it’s not a TON of money, but doing this anytime you have free time can add up to some good money.
Some of my favorites are listed below:
Skills Needed: Just the ability to use a computer or phone!
If you’re struggling to stay sane and balance work, coursework, and a social life, pursue some of these jobs for college students. You never know, you might end up finding a new passion! Don’t forget to share this post if you found it helpful. 🙂