One of the things people never miss about college is the fact that they were always strapped for cash.
College may be one of the most exciting and pivotal points in someone’s life, but it’s no secret that it’s almost always the point in life where you are truly flat broke.
For this very reason, having a job is super important when you’re trying to get through those four years. However, conflicting schedules and a booming social life doesn’t always for a full-time job.
If this is true for you currently, having something on the side might be your best bet. Here are 4 side hustles to help you keep some money in your pocket in 2020.
Rideshare and delivery.
As if we didn’t already live in the age of convenience, the current pandemic has made it to where we can do any and everything from the comfort of our own homes.
You can have groceries placed on your doorstep, hot meals from your favorite restaurant brought to you at any hour, get a car ride via app, and you can even have your dirty laundry washed, folded, picked up, and brought right back to you.
This is great when you’re on the receiving end of such luxuries, but all of these services also make solid side hustles for college students who can’t commit to a full-time job.
Companies such as Uber, Lyft, Doordash, Rinse, Instacart, and Seamless let you control your own schedule and can either be worked as a full-time job or just when you need a little extra change in your pocket.
Being a college student, you know firsthand that there’s no shortage of people who need some assistance when it comes to their education.
From in-class woes to simply not grasping certain concepts, we all struggle with something at some point.
If one person’s struggle just so happens to be your strong suit, why not help them out and make some money from it in the meantime? You can:
- Translate text into a different language.
- Offer tutoring services.
- Teach another language.
- Test preparation.
- Proofreading and editing.
- Assisting homeschooled children/teens.
Freelance your skills.
No matter how saturated a particular market maybe, if you are good at doing anything, someone is ready to pay you for it.
Perhaps you’ve developed a knack for graphic designing, or maybe your attention to detail makes you really good at proofreading and editing; you can absolutely take those skills and monetize them.
You may be under the impression that this is hard to do, but there are tons of avenues you can take to jumpstart freelancing:
Fiverr. It’s an online marketplace for freelancers. All you have to do is showcase your skills on their platform, name your price, and connect with customers looking for your exact service.
Social media. Word of mouth is still one of the most effective marketing strategies there is. Make a post or two detailing your services and get it circulating through your friends and family.
YouTube. YouTube is home to the video tutorial. Millions and millions of people pour in looking to learn a new skill every day. It may take a while to monetize, but if done correctly, the payout is worth it.
Search for work. Like all other jobs, people looking to hire freelancers to post opportunities on job boards and on their personal websites. Seek and you shall find!
Personal assistant for everyday people.
The pandemic has created an interesting set of problems when it comes to successfully managing our schedules.
A lot of parents who previously had no issue with their work schedules now find themselves struggling between working and staying at home with their children while school is virtual.
Many people with compromised immune systems have to think twice before leaving the house and may have a hard time running errands.
Acting as a personal assistant for those in need can be a mutually beneficial experience. Some services you could offer are:
- Grocery pick up and delivery for the elderly and disabled.
- Assisting children in virtual learning.
- Creating and managing effective schedules for parents.
- Running basic errands for home-based businesses.
- Personal transportation services.
Are you a college student? What creative ways have you been utilizing to make money while at school?