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A Student’s Guide on Blogging: 10 Questions You Should Ask Yourself

The following guest article comes from Greg Narayan. As a preface, I think that blogging has a number of benefits beyond the financial aspect but I have witnessed some students become very successful with their blogs and earn a supplemental income to help get them through their college years...

There’s no denying it, people are making a living online today.

Not in the sense of the “mom who makes $5000/month” nonsense; no, people are actually developing powerful content through tools like WordPress to make a respectable full-time living.

If you’ve ever wondered “how do I blog for money” you’ll want to read this. Here are 10 helpful questions which should indicate if the blogging life is right for you. If you pass, go put your PJs on and brew a coffee, because trust me it’s a whole lot of fun.

1- Are you creative minded?

Do you work better under a boss or by yourself? Back in school, were you a group project player or more of an individualist? If you question authority and find your path is usually the best way to do things, then you’ll like blogging. It’s an outlet for your thoughts and your path to becoming a self-defined expert.

2- Are you tech-savvy?

Do you navigate Twitter with ease? Are you inclined to learn HTML and CSS? These skills are mandatory to go far in blogging. If you’d rather just sit back and let someone else do that stuff, you should certainly blog but maybe not seriously.

3- Can you write well?

Did you do well on that SAT writing test? Were essays your thing in college or did you HATE them? You’ll have to write a lot, on your blog and other peoples’, to get by as a professional blogger. You had been enjoy it and have some previous writing prowess under your belt.

4- Can you network?

Do you find meeting people easy, and more importantly enjoyable? Do you “get” others and understand what makes them tick? Meeting new bloggers and building lasting relationships with readers is super important to your online success. If you’d rather not do the people side of it, you can always code on WordPress’ open-source platforms and do just great.

5- Are you patient?

Do you crave immediate success, or can you get by with marginal gains? Starting up a blog is tedious, after you decide where to blog you’re left with an empty canvas and virtually no readers. Sure, the free tools out there will get you sailing and soon too, but you’ve got to savor every tiny new reader, Facebook Like, and email subscriber like it’s your last.

6- Are you overly busy?

Blogging requires daily work. If your day-to-day is too jam packed with jobs, studies, maybe even kids, you may find blogging too stressful. The fun must outweigh the stress.

7- Are you persistent?

How do you deal with rejection? Poorly? Do you pick yourself up right away and keep fighting? Rejection is a huge part of starting a blog, whether it’s from a potential client, from Google, or just from a spiteful commenter. You’ve got to find a way around it.

8- Are you an entrepreneur?

Have you had aspirations to start your own company and work for yourself? This is a big one. You should want, almost crave, that lifestyle of independence, and have the risk-loving persona to get there.

9- Do your friends blog?

An odd question, but if your friends already either blog or work in entrepreneurial endeavors it’ll make it a lot easier for you to get started. You’ll have people to encourage you and help you out with a friendly back-link or two.

10- Are you an expert?

The final question is one of those intangibles. Do you have some knowledge you really think the world could benefit from? You are unique, I’ll tell you that, but do you also want to teach? Whether its cooking, interior design, gardening, or gadgets, you should love a specific niche and be able to fill up a blog with your knowledge.

Conclusion: Write it down

I’d recommend you reread those 10 questions, then jot down your answers on a piece of scratch paper. Save that piece of paper – when you’re off and running with your blog you may want to refer back to it to see what you were thinking when you just started off.

So what do you think, is blogging for a living for you? Let me know by commenting right here.

About Today’s Author

Greg Narayan is the manager of two blogs, and He codes professionally on websites. You can find Greg on Google +.

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College Years Provide Amazingly Awesome Resume

If you’re like most of us – you’re not overburdened with worldly wealth during your time at college. Not by a long shot – and that probably means you need to work to supplement your savings and loans.

However, getting a decent job when you’re a student isn’t always easy. Convincing an employer that you’re ready to take on the kind of responsibility and tasks that use your skills and pay you a living wage is hard! And often, they want you to have already graduated and worked for two or three years in the field before they even consider your application.

You can get around this, however, by looking at some of the “soft skills” you’ve acquired while a student.

While you’ve been studying have you ever done any of the following:

  • Worked in a team?
  • Analyzed data?
  • Prepared documents on a topic?
  • Edited your work?
  • Solved problems?
  • Researched a topic?
  • Given a presentation?

If you remember nothing else form this article, I want you to remember this one thing:

Doing something in the controlled environment of college still means you did it.

That’s right. That time when you handed in three papers in over two days? If you were able to do that it means that you managed your time well, set priorities, worked efficiently and respected deadlines.

There is no job where that is not useful.

Are you starting to see where I’m coming from?

When you prepare a resume, your experience can and should include all of your experience – not just the things you were paid for. The things you actually did in school count.

So instead of having a “Work Experience” section where you simple list how well you wipe down tables and count out cash, you can have a “Relevant Experience” section where you can also include how well you prioritize and communicate and research and problem-solve.

I’m not telling you to be dishonest here – not by a long shot. You should include your relevant traditional work experience as well. I’m just asking you to give the useful, relevant skills you developed in and out of class as much importance as the ones you acquired in the jobs you’ve held.

This alone will set you miles ahead of the competition when it comes time to apply for work, and will broaden your options to boot.

The people who make hiring decisions are looking for the solution to a problem. That problem varies from place to place, but it is always present. If it wasn’t, they wouldn’t be hiring at all.

You can use your skills and experience to solve that problem, but an employer won’t know you can do it unless you tell them.

Today’s guest article comes from Megan Dougherty. She finds it hugely frustrating that doing the “right thing” by following your passion, going to college or trying to start something for yourself so often leads to years of financial desperation. It shouldn’t. You should be able to live the life you want, now. It’s not easy, but it is possible. Find out more over on her site, Paying for Life.

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Making Money in College Without A Traditional Job

It’s your first year at college and the first time you’ve had access to a bank account and a credit card. At this point in late November, you’re probably finding yourself pretty strapped for cash after a few weeks of hard partying (and some of the upperclassmen might be feeling the strain as well).

But, with a full course load, extracurriculars, and an active social life, how are you supposed to hold down a real job to pay for the lifestyle?

Quick cash is easier to find than you think…

1) Sell Your Books

Don’t ever EVER give away your books for free. The turn around is so easy at the beginning and end of each semester. Not only do you get cash fast, but you also clear up the space in the broom cupboard that is your college double.

2) TAing

As long as you don’t have to do research for the professor, the life of a TA is pretty sweet. You have maybe a couple of sections a week that you have to lead, and it’s usually a discussion, a.k.a. BS Fridays. None of the students probably have done the Friday reading because they went out the night before. Also, in a lot of cases, the prof will probably have already provided you an answer key for each of the exams, which can probably graded during meal times.

3) Dining Services Card Swiper

If you’re at the main dining hall, this might be a bit of pain, but otherwise, at any on campus eatery, it is a very low stress job. One girl I know perfected the art of being able to swipe with one hand while holding her Anatomy of Sea Mammals textbook in the other hand. I think she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

4) Help People Move In/Move Out

Get a group of friends together and arrive early on Move-in Day and help people lift heavy boxes and set up their rooms. Move-Out Day is even more profitable because everyone is exhausted by the time exams end and have no desire to pack up or throw things out. Charge a hefty fee to dispose of items and patch up holes in walls. Once word gets around the dorm, you’ll be in business for the long haul.

5) Dorm-Room Garage Sale

Sell your stuff. I’m sure you have a ton of it. More than that, if anyone in your dorm is trying to get rid of anything, take it and sell it on eBay or Amazon. It really can’t get much simpler than that.

6) Proctor the SATs

Check around the local high schools or contact the ETS/College Board and ask them if they’re in need of proctors. The gig pays $125 for 5 hours of just sitting in a room and making sure a bunch of high schoolers don’t cheat.

Earlier this month I proctored the October SAT, and the only difficult part was staying awake during the last 2 hours of the test. I had gone out and partied hard the night before, so I had a massive headache and was exhausted. Otherwise, it’s fantastic.

7) Alumni Call Center

The shifts last all of 2 hours, and it puts you in the position to talk to affluent alumni who could potentially hire you for summer internships and real jobs after you graduate from college.

8) Craigslist Miscellaneous Jobs

This may create the most grief because of the lack of screening process, but Craigslist always has ads for temp work, some of which can be completed entirely online. It’s a bit risky to go the Craigslist route because there is no accountability where your employer is concerned, but it’s something to at least browse to get an idea of the kinds of ads you could put up on your campus.

9) Baby-sit/Dog-sit for Professors

Ideally, you shouldn’t do this for any professor you currently have, because if anything happens to the kid or dog, you might see a dramatic drop in your GPA. Professors are always going off to conferences, and a lot of them probably live near campus. Not only do you get to hang out in their cribs, watch free TV, and eat free food, but you can probably get a good chunk of your homework done.

10) Invent Something

Put those entrepreneurial skills to use and make something creative or expose your campus to something new that is commonplace elsewhere. When I was a senior in college, these two guys I know started up a Dutch waffle company called Van Wafels. Stroop waffles are basically street food in Amsterdam, but they’re pretty pricy and difficult to find in Rhode Island. These guys started out by giving free samples on the main green, and eventually, the campus eateries started to stock their products.

Author Bio

Today’s guest article comes from Sara Tahir.  She is a managing editor at The Campus Companion, a college media network dedicated to helping college students academically, financially, socially, and spiritually. She graduated from Brown University in 2010 with an A.B. in English. She spent the year after college living in and traveling throughout China. Currently, she teaches Chinese and Urdu at the Wheeler School in Rhode Island.

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Part Time Jobs & Great Resume Builders For Students

Students may feel that good grades alone will help them secure the right job after graduation. In recent years, however, employers are looking for a multifaceted approach to career building. There are plenty of part-time jobs that can give fantastic experience opportunities that will make a resume stand out; however, many budding professionals will pass them up because they think either the pay is too low, the hours too inconvenient or the level of experience is inadequate. It can be a big mistake to overlook some of the great part-time opportunities that can actually help build your resume, diversify your experience and make you more attractive to employers. The following jobs are relatively easy to secure, offer flexible hours and help develop easily translatable job skills:

Retail and Hospitality

Retail and hospitality are often the go-to positions for part-time or temporary job seekers. Many people consider these jobs a necessary means to an end, but working in retail or in the restaurant or bar business can have an additional perk: it looks great on a resume. If you have ever been in a bar, restaurant or retail store during a busy time—Saturday evening or the day after Thanksgiving, for example—you may wonder how those employees keep their cool when their work space is exploding into chaos around them. Working retail and hospitality helps you develop the ability to work well under pressure, to multitask, and to think quickly on your feet. If the career you want requires you to deal with people or complete multiple assignments under a strict deadline, your retail job can develop the skills that can help you get ahead.


Some students have an area of expertise that they can use to help other students excel. Whether you’re great at math, music or foreign languages, tutoring can be a great way to earn extra cash while helping other students get better grades. You can tutor students of any age, grade, or skill level, and you can often set your own hours—an added job perk, since you can adjust your schedule when it comes time for midterms and finals. Tutoring is an ideal position for students who want to convey that they have a good grasp of a subject or skill to potential employers; so much so that they are able to simplify complex ideas for others. Students can look for tutoring jobs through campus newspapers, where parents in nearby neighborhoods often post listings seeking tutors for their children. On-campus tutoring centers are also an option, and usually hire students every quarter.

Work Study

Work-study positions are only available to students who qualify, and can only be offered at schools that participate in the Federal Work Study Program. For those students who do qualify, however, it can be great work experience with added benefits for the student. If your financial aid package includes work study, you can have financial aid applicable to your tuition, living expenses, and student loans, while building connections with professionals in your intended field. One of the goals of work study is that a job position be closely tied with your area of study, so it is a great way to gain relevant experience. Work study programs offer positions both on and off campus, and most off-campus positions are with non-profit or government programs. The added benefit of a work study position really lies with the student: these positions allow for a portion of your income to go towards financing your education, and offer flexible schedules so students can keep up with course work.

Tech Support/IT

With current college students being part of what is known as the “Internet generation,” it’s no surprise that more and more professors are using online lectures, podcasts and test-taking software. With so many professors relying on technology to lead lectures and administer assignments, it’s no surprise that when computers fail, there must be an immediate solution available. This is where tech support comes in. With minimal training, plenty of computer science majors or other tech-minded students can land a job in tech support. On-campus tech support is a great part-time job that can build your computer skills and help you to forge connections with professionals in your industry. Employers will value a candidate that has extensive experience solving technological issues, and computer science majors will benefit from hands-on experience with new technology.

Volunteer Work

Volunteer work can come in many forms, whether it’s working a couple nights a week in a soup kitchen or overseeing a large non-profit organization. While it may seem that your unpaid volunteering is just a good deed, it also helps you build skills you can use in your career. Volunteering can help develop high-level organizational skills, people skills and an even temper. Many employers appreciate a potential employee who is concerned about her community. Volunteer work is an ideal opportunity for students whose class schedules leave little time available for a part-time job. Employers like to see that a prospective employee is always looking to gain experience—meaning your good deed may just pay out in the end. When you list your volunteer position on your resume, however, be wary of any employers that may be turned off by the organization. If your position is with a very religious a very political organization, it may not be a wise choice to include it in your resume.

While maintaining your course work is important, never underestimate the value of experience. Employers understand that with a recent economic downturn, current students and recent college graduates may not have a resume packed with relevant experience. These part-time positions will help develop basic skills—like customer service, computer skills and organizational skills—that can translate well to any resume. Be careful to parse your skill set and tailor your resume with those skills your future employer wants to see. While in college, part-time jobs can be more than just a source of extra cash; they can help you build your career in creative and interesting ways.

Today’s guest article is provided by Stacy Rost. She worked in several areas mentioned above during her college years. One of her most rewarding part time jobs was tutoring prospective computer technicians for their A+ Certification exams.

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5 Tips to Making the Most of Your College Careers Service

Whether it’s in the first year or last month of your college career, there comes a time when you’re going to have to start thinking about your working life after university. Yes, that’s right, unfortunately there is such a thing, and you’re time to begin this not-so-fun chapter of your life will come around quicker than you think. But you will, however, find your college will have something called a ‘Careers Service’ to make sure your transition into the world of work is as smooth and successful as possible. So, in this post, I point out a few of the ways you can utilize and make the most of your university careers service.

Ignore those Emails and Leaflets at Your Peril

If you’ve been deleting and ignoring emails from your careers service then stop and start reading them. Every careers service will differ from university to university, but you’ll find most will keep their students updated with information about jobs fairs and presentations. You also want to pay attention to any leaflets which are handed out or dotted around your college buildings. Sure, a lot of them won’t be relevant to you: if you’re an arts student, you’re not going to be interested in employer presentations seeking electrical engineering graduates for example. But keep an eye out and make a note of any up and coming events or application deadlines that your careers service tells you about.

Go About Job Fairs the Right Way

Most universities will have a number of jobs/careers fairs throughout the year. Some of these will be specifically targeted towards certain careers or students on specific degree courses but often they will be fairly general and open to everyone – from freshmen to finalists. Jobs fairs provide a fantastic opportunity to speak to representatives from different firms and to find out more about your potential recruiters. But it’s easy to wonder around them fairly aimlessly and achieve very little by turning up.

You can avoid making this mistake by planning your trip in advance. This doesn’t need to be anything too thorough, but look at the list of which companies will be there, think about which firms’ stalls you want to visit and have a few questions ready to ask. It’s also worth making sure you take a notepad and look reasonably smart; jobs fairs aren’t interviews, but there’s nothing to say you might not come across the person you speak to later down the line if you get an interview with that firm. If they remember you were the one that looked like you’d just rolled out of bed when you last spoke to them, that certainly won’t help you land the job.

Get Your Resume Checked Over

OK so you might be studying English and you might think writing a resume is an easy task compared to the last essay you had to grind out. But there’s bound to be someone at your university – irrespective of whether or not you have a large careers service – that’s seen many resumes from college students and can pick out flaws and mistakes that were invisible to you. It’s surprisingly hard to write a decent resume for the first time (and for the second and third time I might add). And getting your résumé checked over by the careers service won’t cost you anything, and it could be the difference between getting an interview and being told to shove it.

Attend Practice Interviews and Assessment Centers

Although less common, careers services will often arrange practice interviews and assessment center-style activities. For many college students, the only form of interview experience they’ve had will have been for a part-time job in a coffee shop or the like when they were 17. The application process for top graduate recruiters is a completely different ball game, however. You might be faced with multiple interviews, psychometric tests, and team-working and presentation exercises. If you have the opportunity to practice these and gain an advantage over your fellow job applicants, then take it.

Check for Jobs Advertised through Your Careers Service

When you’re at college and searching for a job it’s easy to fall into the trap of only Google searching the term ‘graduate jobs’, looking at the web pages of firms you’ve already heard of, or looking at a handful of graduate recruitment directories. But don’t forget to keep your search closer to home too; your university careers service will be contacted by more local, smaller firms who are looking to recruit from your university. If you don’t check out what’s advertised at your careers service then you might miss out on these opportunities.

About the Author:

Today’s guest article is provided by Julian who writes about personal finance, careers, and frugal living. He writes and manages the blog at which is a user-driven website that aims to help people find the best financial products.

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The Dream Job In College – Market Research

Unfortunately, the stereotype of the “broke college student” exists for a reason. Tuition, textbooks, housing, and meals can add up to an extortionate amount, and between attending classes, studying for exams, and participating in extra-curricular activities, many college students find it difficult to hold a full-time job while they earn their degrees. An internship can be a great way to gain experience in your field – but a lot of them are unpaid. Even students working part-time jobs may find themselves in need of some supplemental income. Paid Marketing Research is a quick, easy way for college students to earn some extra spending money and have fun doing so.

Marketing Research studies are perfect for students with busy schedules and irregular hours, or anyone who is looking to supplement his or her income without a long-term commitment. Focus Pointe Global, a leading national marketing research company, offers a variety of paid focus groups and interviews that generally take between 1 and 3 hours to complete and compensate you generously for your time.

Companies know that 18-25 year olds are on the cutting edge of technology, social media, fashion, and pop culture trends – and they are highly interested in your opinions! Paid marketing research allows you to help make improvements to the products and services you currently use and influence the direction a company will take in the future. Whether it’s an unaired ABC TV pilot, a Bank of America credit card for students, or the next generation of iPhone, major companies want to hear what you have to say about them! Your contributions to these discussions are highly valuable, so participants are always paid for their time – usually between $50 and $250 depending on the method and length of the study.

Focus Pointe Global engages young consumers in these research projects that then help companies identify and solve their marketing problems. This research is conducted in a variety of ways, ranging from in-person methods (like focus groups and one-on-one interviews) to online methods (like surveys and message boards). All of the information you provide during a study is kept completely confidential and used for research purposes only. Companies will not try to sell you anything during a focus group – they only want to know what is on consumers’ minds.

Focus Pointe Global has facilities conveniently located in 8 major college cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Online and telephone-based interviews are open to people throughout the United States. Becoming a member is free and takes only a few minutes of your time. Click here to join and participate in upcoming paid studies in your area.

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4 Tips for Making the Most of Your Summer Job in College

There are a variety of summer jobs that college students take on to help pay for their education. You can work as a camp counselor or an intern at a law firm. No matter what job you choose to do you can come out of the experience gaining more than just a few bucks to help cover the cost of your summer tuition.  If you are going to work hard over the summer, you will want to make the most of the situation.

Set an Earnings Goal

The goal for most summer jobs is to earn money to cover the expenses during the school year, but if you do not set up a solid earnings goal, it is easy to squander the money you make over the summer. If you know how much you need to make during the summer, you can spend the extra money you make without worrying or feeling guilty. Decide how much money you need to save to cover your expenses over the school year. For example, you may want to cover all of your tuition and books for both semesters over the summer. Simply divide that number by the number of weeks you are working over the summer. Once you put that amount in the bank, you can use the rest to pay for new clothes or new video games. It will make budgeting for the rest of the year much easier.

Build Your Network

Each job is a chance for you to gain references and to build your connections. If you are working with a variety of other college students such as at a camp, you are widening your social network. The people you are working for and the people you are working with are all people you should include in your network when it comes to finding a job. Although you may be tempted to blow off some of your shifts or show up late, take this job seriously and you will build good contacts when it is time to graduate. You may also be able to qualify for scholarships and tuition reimbursement through your summer job. It may also turn into a possible part-time job through the school year, even through telecommuting.

Apply Your Work to Your Major

Not every summer job is going to directly relate to the career field and the major you are in. However, you can look for ways to apply the things you are learning in school to your job. Additionally you can look for ways to take what you learn at work over the summer and use those experiences to write up your papers or pull your examples from. You can take your public relations skills and apply them to a summer marketing campaign for the small business you are working at.

Think About Location

If you are interested in living in a specific city after graduation you may want to use your summer job as a chance to check out the city or state to make sure it is a good fit. It will also help you to build a network of contacts in the city you are interested in. Another option is to choose a job where you are going to college. This can turn into a solid job over the school year, which can also turn into a better position once you graduate.

Today’s guest article comes from Audrey Porterman. She is the main researcher and writer for Her most recent accomplishment includes graduating from Ohio State, with a degree in business management. Her current focus for the site involves a doctorate in education and doctoral degrees online.

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20 of the Best Summer Jobs Geared for College Students

Once that last final is completed, many students head home for a summer’s worth of fun along with the pressing need to find a summer job.  Whether earning money to help pay for tuition, housing, or living expenses, students need a summer job to make the most of their time out of the classroom.  On the other hand, there are many seasonal jobs and temporary positions that rely upon college students to fill their staffing needs.  College students looking for work should check out the following forms of employment to raise cash for college and to pay for their summer fun!


Picking up a waiter or waitressing job is a great way to make fast cash and meet people.  Be sure to check with places that have outdoor patios that are just opening for the season; these types of restaurants or bars typically need extra staff to wait on all the extra tables.  If you already have serving experience, check with some higher end establishments; they may need summer help and the tips tend to be better than at most chain restaurants.

Camp Counselor

Be sure to check for summer work at your local park district.  Most communities have park districts that hire college students to work their summer recreational camps.  Typically, the park district looks for college-age instructors that can teach arts and crafts, tumbling, or tennis.

Community Grounds Crew

Summer is prime time for most towns and college kids are always needed to mow the grass around the parks or other public properties.  College students often work for the town performing painting tasks or helping the regular maintenance staff with summer projects.

Landscape Crew

If you like to get hot, a job working for a landscape crew is just the thing.  It tends to be physical work, but most landscaping companies take on extra help for the summer season.  Landscape crews perform everything from mowing lawns to trimming trees to moving earth.

Pool Gal or Guy

Cleaning people’s pools is one way to get poolside over the summer.  Not terribly demanding and lucrative if you can round up enough pools, pool maintenance is a seasonal job that often relies on college students to see it accomplished.  Check with stores that sell pools or pool supplies to see if opportunities exist in your area.


If you live near a public pool or beach and have the proper certification, being a lifeguard is a rewarding experience that many college age students enjoy.  A responsible position, it is, nevertheless, fun to be near the sand and surf on those hot summer days.

Quiet in the Stacks

Libraries often run summer reading programs that rely on additional staff.  Libraries are usually looking for shelvers and would probably be open to supplying work to a willing college student on his or her breaks.

Going Old School

If you have a good relationship with your old high school or primary school, there may be work to be had.  Summer is a time for special projects and school districts regularly hire college students to help out in the office, assist the maintenance staff with projects like painting, or to manage younger students who are also working in some capacity over the summer.

Two Scoops or Three?

Specialty ice cream shops boom during the summer months.  College students can often find part time employment making banana splits and serving up hot fudge sundaes.  It might not pay for Harvard, but it is a great place to stay cool and make some extra cash.

Golf Caddy

If you enjoy working outdoors and getting a lot of sunshine and exercise, a job as a golf caddy is a great seasonal job.  Check with your local golf course or nearby country clubs to see if you can help out for the summer as a caddy or in some other working capacity.

Office Temp

Check with a temporary agency to gain office experience.  Since today’s college students are often equipped with great computer skills, there is a serious likelihood that finding a temporary office job will be easy—especially if you have access to a large city.  Running a copy machine and answering phones might not be a dream job, but some temp jobs are interesting and pay better than the fast food counters.


Ok—it may seem high school, but many families are prepared to pay more for a college student.  Lots of working parents rely on summer babysitters to help meet their childcare needs when the kids are out of school.  Check with your mom—she probably knows who needs a sitter!

Concert Venue

In many cities, concert venues are hot spots during the summer.  College students can often find work as parking attendants, ticket takers, or concession workers.  You’ll be busy, but you can still hear the music and meet lots of people.

Hold the Anchovies

Making pizza may not seem glamorous, but pizza places do lots of business, particularly during the summer months.  Finding kitchen work or as a delivery driver is often easy.  If the place likes you, they’ll often take you back on subsequent breaks, too.

Amusement Park

Seasonal amusement parks and water parks rely heavily on college staff to meet their staffing needs.  You might be running a merry-go-round or selling cotton candy, but you can certainly count on a pleasant environment and a steady pay check.

Local Hospital

If you’re planning for a healthcare career, it pays to check with local hospitals to see if they have any need for a seasonal employee.  College students are sometimes hired to transport patients, work in the cafeteria, or assist in one of the offices.

Fast Food Attendant

Fast food chains are always hiring and a college student, especially one with prior experience, may be a welcome addition to a busy counter.  It may not be a dream job, but it is a reliable way to earn money and gain work experience.


The mall isn’t for everyone, but if you want a job indoors, you’re likely to find something by submitting your application to any store with an opening.  Mall jobs usually involve cashiering, stocking, and performing basic customer service roles.  If you land a job at a fashion store, you may be allowed a discount when you shop!

Garden Center

Garden centers are popular places to find summer work.  As a seasonal venue, these establishments generally rely on seasonal workers.  You’ll get to know plants and probably need sun block, but you’ll meet people and earn a decent pay check.

Mail Room

If you want business experience, it doesn’t hurt to seek a summer job in a mailroom.  You’ll gain office experience and get to witness how businesses operate.  You may be living at the copy machine or making deliveries to other offices, but you’ll earn better pay than at many other seasonal venues.

These are just a few ideas to consider for summer employment.  Ask yourself where you’d like to work; fill out an application and don’t be afraid to go after that job.  You might be pleasantly surprised.

Today’s guest article is provided by Hayley Spencer on behalf of Hayley is a financial expert who offers advice and tips to students. We are pleased to have her contributions on

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