5 Part Time Jobs for Students Looking to Stack that Cash

Not working during college was one of my biggest regrets.

The long days of summer are flying by, and before you know it, you’ll be back in class, procrastinating on homework and papers.

Before that happens, take a moment to consider these five part time jobs for students who want to save up extra money and get a head-start on paying student loans.

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It's time to get your grind on
You don’t need to work 25 hours a week; even 10 hours (or weekends) helps both your wallet and your resume. Convinced? Check out these options to make some extra dough while cracking the books.
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1.) Work-study
This is a no-brainer. You’re already on campus, and the department you work for should understand classes come first. Many of my friends who held part-time jobs during college were enrolled in a work-study program. It’s convenient and it’s also a great way to boost your network, especially if you can work in a department that correlates with your major. The only “downside” to this is that you must meet certain financial aid requirements to qualify, which can make getting a job tricky.
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2.) Local retail jobs
If you live on campus and have limited access to transportation, then look around at what’s within walking/biking/busing distance. Most places in college towns are used to hiring students and can work with your schedule. As much as working retail can suck, the hours are flexible, and if you work for a decent-sized company, you might be able to transfer to other locations. This is useful if you return home during breaks.
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3.) Tutor
This is another no-brainer, especially if you love the subject you’re studying or eventually want to become a teacher. You may be able to coordinate this through your college, but if you can’t, make it known! Tell your friends and tell them to tell their friends. Tell your professors in case they don’t have the capacity to help students.Spread the word on any social media networks. Ask if it’s okay to leave business cards at the library or learning center on campus. Make it easy for students to find and contact you.
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4.) Talk to the Prof
If you attend a large college, chances are, your professors have decent networks. It’s worth asking if they’re aware of any openings in the field you’re studying, whether it’s for a paid internship, or an entry-level position. They’ll be more than happy to give you a recommendation so you can get your foot in the door. This is the best way to ramp up your resume, but it may take more work and time if you’re going into a professional field.
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5.) Get freelancing
I’ve mentioned this one before, and it’s worth repeating because it’s so flexible and easy to work with while you’re in school. You can work from anywhere, whenever you want! You don’t have to freelance in something you’re studying, although it certainly doesn’t hurt. People and companies online need help with everything from writing to social media to graphic design to websites and more. If you’re tech savvy, there’s a good chance you have a marketable skill to offer.
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Not working during college was one of my biggest regrets. I worked through my first two years, but after scheduling conflicts, figured it wasn’t worth the hassle. Wrong!

When I graduated, I found myself wishing I had more money saved up to make a dent in my student loans, and something to tide me over while I found a full-time job.

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Posted 07.22.2016 - 01:00 pm EST