Regardless of your school or major, most college students have one thing in common:
They all want money.
Working while going to school can be a challenge. But having a part-time job can be the difference between graduating with crippling debt or with a few extra dollars in your bank account.
From remote work to freelance gigs to on-campus positions, here are the top five part-time jobs for college students.
Working as a tutor is a great way to make some extra money, and college students can work as tutors in various capacities.
You can tutor students of all ages, including middle school students, high school kids, and even your peers on campus. Just pick the one subject that you excel in most and work with students that need extra help in that area.
One reason that working as a tutor is such a great option is that it’s extremely flexible. Middle school and high school students are in a class all day, so they’ll only want to be tutored in the evening or on weekends.
Prefer to work in the mornings or late at night? Look for other college students that need a tutor and choose a time that works for both of you. You might even find students to tutor who lives in the same dorm or apartment complex as you.
2. Freelance Writer/Photographer/Graphic Designer
If you’re a creative major, you can start working a real job right now, and you won’t even have to leave your dorm.
There are dozens of freelance websites that post remote jobs for writers, photographers, designers, and other creative professionals.
You can write blog posts, emails, or web content. You can take and submit photos for sites that need unique images. You can design graphics for websites or create logos for small businesses. Check out sites like Upwork and Freelancer — the job opportunities are endless!
Freelancing is an excellent way to make some extra money. It’s also a great way to get some real-world experience to put on your resume.
Having a legitimate freelance experience on your resume can help you land a permanent job once you graduate.
3. Virtual Assistant
Don’t have the creative skills to take on freelance writing or design gig? Become a virtual assistant instead. A lot of companies hire virtual assistants to handle customer service, track orders and do all sorts of remote work from home.
What makes this part-time job so ideal for college students is that you can work whenever you want to. Freelance websites include global job postings, so there’s usually no restriction on the days and times that you can work.
Plus, you’ll never have to leave your dorm!
Are you good with kids? Do you love animals? Consider working as a nanny, a dog walker, or a pet sitter.
If you live off-campus, look for jobs as a pet sitter. If you live on campus (and can’t have pets in your dorm), look for local pet owners in need of dog walkers. You can decide when you want to work and what neighborhood you want to work in.
If you prefer people over pets, consider working as a nanny or as a care companion for older adults. Find your niche, create a profile on a few websites, and you’re sure to find a flexible job that’s fun, and pays well!
5. Rideshare Driver
As long as you have a car, working as an Uber or Lyft driver is a great way to make some extra money. Just think about all of the students at your own school who don’t have cars. You might be able to focus solely on driving them to and from stores, bars, and restaurants off campus.
Most Uber and Lyft drivers make the bulk of their money by driving during the morning rush hour and late at night when the bars close. So as long as you’re willing to get up early or skip a night out with your friends, you can make lots of money just by working a few hours each week.
Don’t want to drive people around in your car? Consider delivering groceries or packages instead. Instacart, GrubHub, DoorDash, and other delivery sites are almost always looking for new drivers!
Other Good Part-Time Jobs for College Students
These five jobs are some of the best and most flexible opportunities for college students, but there are plenty of other job options out there.
Work as a barista or a server in a local coffee shop or a restaurant near campus.
Head to your local mall or retail center and find work as a clerk or salesperson at night and on weekends.
If you’re a trend-setter or have a large social media following, you could become a brand ambassador by promoting products.
Have a passion for working out? Look for work as a part-time trainer or a fitness instructor at a local gym.
As long as you’re willing to work, there are jobs out there, even for college students who only want to work a few hours per week.
From freelance jobs to delivery jobs to caregiving opportunities, the gig economy has forever changed the way people work. And for college students, it’s opened up a world of possibilities and endless ways to make money.
Whether you walk dogs, deliver packages, tutor, or find freelance assignments, there are lots of jobs out there that you can do right now.
So get out there, find a part-time job, and start making some money. That is, unless you want to eat Ramen Noodles every night for the next four years.
Aaron Hunt is the Property Manager for Prime Place KSU.
Igniting opportunity and setting the world in motion. We’re building something people use every day. From how you get home from work, to how you eat meals, or how you move huge shipments of absolutely anything, the work we contribute moves the world a few steps forward. And that’s one of the best parts about working here—knowing that the work you do helps shape the future.