4 Part-Time Jobs to Apply For as a College Student

By Sam Casteris on December 4, 2018

Being a college student is no walk in the park. In between staying on top of assignments, you also have to find a way to scrape by financially. It can be incredibly stressful trying to figure out how to pay for everything from course books to rent.

That’s why you may need to consider getting a part-time job you can either do before, after, or in between your classes (or on the weekends!). You’ll need to find a job that is flexible enough to fit in with your school schedule, as well as worth your time and effort.

So what are some of these magical jobs? Below, we’ve listed 4 of the best part-time jobs to apply for as a college student.

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1. Freelance Writer

Freelance writing is perhaps one of the most popular part-time jobs many college students do. The beauty of freelance writing is that there’s a lot of work to go around in a variety of subjects.

While being a skillful writer with a niche will certainly help put you ahead of the pack, you don’t need to be an expert to find a freelance writing job. Just make sure you have a couple of strong examples of your writing to include in your portfolio.

Potential clients will also want to see you at least know fundamentals such as “your” from “you’re,” and have the discipline to get the job done. You’ll also need the ability to hustle – don’t just give up if you get rejected. Refine your application and try again!

2. Translator

While we’re on the topic of freelancing, do you know how to speak another language? If so, you’re in luck! Translation jobs tend to pay quite well – with a pay rate that is usually more than other types of freelance work.
So where can you look to snag your first translation job? There are tons of sites online to choose from. For a handy list of some of the best ones, check out this roundup of online portals to find freelance translator work.

Another strategy is to find offline translation work – perhaps a local business needs their menu translated, or maybe your neighbor needs some documents translated.

3. Warehouse Packer

Another job you should consider if you want to earn some good money is warehouse packing. Warehouses are always on the lookout for reliable warehouse staff due to holidays, staff illnesses, or because of increasing business demands. It’s a fantastic job particularly for those who don’t mind a bit of a workout!

Warehouse packing is a top pick for those who are looking for flexibility – you can often work when you want, in a location that’s convenient for you. As a college student, it’s particularly important you don’t start skipping class to attend a job, so this line of work isn’t ideal if you’ve got a tight schedule.

What’s more, you may be able to make some useful connections – you never know who you’ll meet on the job, after all!

4. Tutor

Is there a subject you aced in school that you would feel confident teaching to others? Tutoring might be the ideal part-time job for you. The fantastic thing is that the possibilities of what you can tutor are endless! Perhaps your forte was Spanish, or maybe it was computer science. Don’t forget about more creative subjects too, such as art, dance, or music. So long as there’s a demand, you’re set to go!

One of the best ways to score a tutoring job is to simply ask around. Word of mouth is an incredibly handy way to line up your schedule of tutees. For example, if you have younger siblings, get them to ask their friends if they’re in need of some extra assistance.

Let your family friends with children know that you’re eager to tutor them if needed. You can even post a flyer around your town, or post an ad on a site like Craigslist. And don’t just target youngins, perhaps some adults require your expertise as well!

Virginia Commonwealth University Student out to learn all I can about travel, personal finance, and student success.

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