Most Flexible Part-Time Jobs for Students

By Kaitlin Hurtado on November 27, 2022

Any college student can attest to the fact that there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything that needs to be done, done. There are lectures to attend, study sessions to be had, personal life commitments, extracurriculars, and for many the necessary part-time job(s) to help fund your college endeavors. Unfortunately, while part-time jobs may be high on your list of priorities, you may find yourself struggling to find a part-time job that is flexible enough to suit your college lifestyle and your seemingly endlessly changing schedule.

Not every part-time job offers a flexible schedule, but there are definitely jobs you can keep an eye out for if you value flexibility above everything else. Keep reading for the most flexible part-time jobs for students.

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Tutoring

When it comes to academics, why not take advantage of the work you have already put into your studies? If you know you excel in a particular subject or aced a certain class, offer your expertise via paid tutoring gigs. Tutoring can be as flexible as you want it to be.

You can also tutor through online sites and services, allowing you to work from the comfort of your own home as you have time.

You can apply to your campus tutoring session to get a more formal tutor gig or opt to be more freelance and find your own clients as you see fit. If you opt for the latter, you can have more freedom over the type of students you encounter (fellow college students down to elementary school students) and the pay you are working with as you have full power over pay negotiations.

Remember, if you opt to tutor on your own, you are entirely in charge of getting your own clients, maintaining them, and so on.

Babysitting

Being a babysitter and flexibility can only coexist if you are looking for the right type of job and/or family. Each family has different expectations for the babysitters they hire. Some want a babysitter to be with their child every day after school, while others just want someone to be there a few nights a week.

As a college student, having a few families you are able to be on call for as a babysitter can help you keep a flexible part-time job.

Freelance writing 

If you love to write or have the skill, free-lance writing can be a great way to have a flexible part-time job during your college years. While you may be dealing with strict deadlines most of the time, they aren’t going to be popped up on you at the last minute. With writing, you can pick up your assignments when you have time, whether it be between classes or once you wrapped up your homework and readings for the night.

This type of part-time job may not be the best source of income, especially if you are a college student with limited experience. However, if you are looking for some additional income with building your own portfolio, it is an ideal part-time job to have as a college student.

Gig-based jobs through apps 

If you are looking for part-time jobs with limited commitments, gig work is something you may be considering. From driving for Uber and Lyft, to shopping and doing delivery through GrubHub and Instacart, gig work allows you to control your schedule and complete work as you have time for it.

Unfortunately, these gigs do come with some drawbacks. For example, Lyft or Uber requires you to open up your car to strangers, and this is something you may become uncomfortable with. Or, the amount of money you can make will vary. Some nights may have you booked and busy with tons of completed orders and generous tips, while other nights may be lacking in terms of completed orders and tips.

Remember: Location matters

Depending on where you live, you may be living in a college town or living close to your college campus. If this is the case, many businesses close to campus, from retail to restaurants can feature a staff that consists mainly of college students from the nearby college. In many cases, the management of these places tend to schedule or hire students with flexibility in mind knowing that schedules can change from term to term or that last-minute things pop up.

When interviewing, your role as a college student is most likely to come up, and it should. Establish your role as a college student, just so your potential manager is aware that that is going to most likely always going to take priority after any part-time job you work on.

Staying on top of all your commitments as a college student can be stressful and daunting. With these flexible part-time job ideas, you can help yourself better plan out your time and shift your focus (and priorities) to your studies and personal life.

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