9 Flexible Jobs for College Students

By Ian Acosta on January 29, 2017
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The common joke amongst college students is that they are always broke or low on money. Sometimes that is, unfortunately, the case. What is the best way to remedy this issue and gain some extra money while still keeping up with the daily grind of classes, homework, quizzes, exams, and other activities?

Ideally, jobs for the busy college student should be flexible to their schedule so that they can fit into their daily routine without much issue or rearrangement. Here are nine jobs students can do without much hassle while also earning some spending money in the process.

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1. Dining Hall Student Worker

The dining hall is a pretty low-key and non-flashy job you can apply for to get some good extra spending money. Speaking from experience, the dining hall accommodates your schedule (and in some instances, can provide for some free meals) and the tasks are not too demanding. School cafeterias across the country are run by student workers — why not join the crowd?

Advancement is also fairly quick in this role. I was promoted to supervisor after only just two semesters of working. Get some great spending money while also earning leadership experience.

2. Library Assistant

Like the dining hall, many libraries across campuses have some type of student backbone to them. A couple of my friends worked in our main campus library. If you do not mind restocking books, helping students find their way to the computer lab, and helping out with the occasional printer issue, the library might just be the place for you.

3. Resident Assistant

Being an RA is a great leadership role. In some instances, schools pay for an RA’s entire room and board. If you enjoyed the communal sense that came with living in the dorm, or want to pass along your words of wisdom to the next generation of college students, consider applying to be an RA. You may have to sacrifice some weekends in order to accommodate the job. But, if you consider having a major expense of college being completely paid for a suitable trade-off, consider applying.

4. Study Participant 

Whether you hear it from your major, or maybe an ad above your seat on the bus, study participants are always in demand. For a menial hour or two of your time, you could potentially get anywhere from $30 to $40 or up to $50 to $100. Keep an eye out for email announcements, campus newsletters, or postings in campus buildings. You do not know how rewarding a research study could be until you participate.

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5. Tutor

Students typically need help in one area or another. Anyone who says otherwise is either getting a 4.0 or is a pretty good liar. No matter the case, apply to be a tutor for a class you aced. Whether it was a gen-ed or an introductory class in your major, tutoring someone else for $10 an hour for 10-15 hours a week can add up really fast. Not only is it a great way to earn a little extra cash, it is a great add to any resume.

6. Bartender

This job will instantly make you the most popular friend in your friend group. Bartending is great for those of you who have always wanted to know how to make your favorite drink and like to have a good time. It can get pretty hectic, as I am sure many of you know. However, if you are speedy, make a good drink, and provide great service those tips can rack up in no time.

7. Babysitter

Everyone has children they need care for. Put an ad out in the local paper or research online to see how to get into the local babysitting circle. Be mindful of the skills needed to be a babysitter such as trustworthiness, kindness, and patience, and possess the necessary skills for emergencies. Adding a babysitting job to your weekly schedule will create some regular income for you while you develop a great relationship with a family.

8. Blood/Plasma Donor

Pretty simple way to earn some money and help out others. There was a center down the street from my apartment which I would go to once every two weeks. The initial visit took about 2-3 hours but every time after that was about 20-30 minutes tops. If you are looking for a pretty quick and painless way to earn money (if you are not afraid of needles) consider stopping by your local blood bank today.

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9. Waiter/Waitress

Mostly along the same lines of working in a dining hall, many campus town restaurants are staffed by college students just like you. Many supervisors are willing to work around a busy college schedule for a little help. Earn some extra money, in addition to tips, and maybe take some food home after a busy shift if you can.

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