You can see the light at the end of the tunnel that is your college career. You have everything you need to finish: your class schedule, motivation and sweet spring break plans. You have everything except enough cash to get you through the school year. For many students, holding a traditional full- or part-time job is difficult to manage with their ever-changing class and extra-curricular activity schedules. If you know where to look, though, there are plenty of job opportunities that can fit into your hectic lifestyle and earn you enough money to fund the necessities, such as books and rent, and maybe even a few well-earned spring break excursions.
If you have excellent typing skills and a decent tolerance for repetition, online transcription may be for you. The work is straight-forward: listen to an audio file (and then listen to it a few more times) and then type exactly what you hear in a provided format. Transcription companies such as TranscribeMe, Rev and Quicktate hire new employees who pass a skills test. You generally only need a computer and high-speed internet connection to work and you can pick up as much or as little work as you can handle. Companies usually pay between $15 and $25 per audio hour (your actual pay per hour depends on your efficiency).
Taking online surveys is probably not going to cover all of your expenses, but it is an easy way to earn a little extra money in your free time. Money Saving Mom links to six legitimate survey companies on her website that you can check out to help you earn some cash.
There are a plethora of online sites that connect skilled workers to employers. For example, Handy pairs cleaners (at $22/hr) and handymen (or women) (at $45/hr) with jobs, allowing workers to chose the jobs and schedule. Likewise, websites like Zirtual and TaskRabbit connect people in need of virtual (or at times, in person) assistants for specific tasks. If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a company like Amway, the 26th largest company in the U.S., provides a framework to earn money while honing online sales and other creative marketing skills.
If you’re hoping to work in a creative field, there is no better way to earn money while building your portfolio than freelancing. While freelancing has a longer startup time than something like online transcription, the potential career payoff is much greater. Freelancing is not just for writers, either; websites like Upwork list freelance opportunities for everything from graphic designers to editors to news producers.
If you’re looking for something that won’t tax your brain but will earn you a little extra money, many college students sell plasma for up to $70 per week. The process, a quick physical and then a nurse drawing blood, takes less than two hours and can be done safely two times a week.