College is expensive, and student costs go beyond tuition alone. If you’re living on campus, you still need money for discretionary spending. If you’re not, then housing, food, and utilities all need to be considered. And after you graduate, you’ll need to earn enough to pay off any loans.
For a lot of people, a single full-time job isn’t enough — and they find themselves looking for flexible work they can fit into their already-busy schedules.
Accommodating your specific needs
Because school and work schedules also need to accommodate study and social times, finding supplemental income is a challenge. But there are things that can work for you, while you’re in college, and beyond. Here are a few ideas you may want to consider:
1. Drive for a ride-sharing service.
Do you have a car, auto insurance, and some spare time? Ride-sharing apps, like Uber and Lyft, offer an opportunity to make quick cash by driving others in your local area, using your own vehicle. Drivers work as independent contractors and receive a payment based on how many hours or miles are logged each week. “They make it extremely easy to make quick money if I need it,” says Aidan Monheim, a student at the University of Massachusetts-Boston who drives for Lyft in his spare time to earn money for utilities and other bills. “It allows me to be flexible around my classes and earn money without working a set number of hours a week.”
2. Rent your room.
If you happen to have a little extra space where you’re living, you can use it to your advantage. Sharing a home with travelers, through apps like Airbnb and HomeAway, is becoming more and more popular. Just list your place on the site, and screen candidates based on your preferences. By listing your residence during peak travel times in your area, and arranging to stay with friends or family, you can earn supplemental income.
3. Become a direct seller.
Direct selling provides a flexible opportunity for you to earn additional income on your own terms, and within your own network of friends and family. One real-world success: Nakul Arora became an Amway Independent Business Owner to help pay for business school.
While earning his degree, working full time as an accountant, and studying for professional certifications, 25-year-old Nakul worked his direct selling business in the evenings. “I saved every penny I earned through my Amway business to help pay for my education,” says Nakul.
By joining a successful company like Amway — a global leader in direct selling — you can share and sell high-quality products to anyone you know. The unique flexibility of direct selling offers an opportunity for you to work as little or as much as you want, and still fit it in around traditional day jobs, classes, family, or other responsibilities.
4. Work for a home services company.
If you’ve got more time than money, there are plenty of opportunities to help others who have more money than time. Apps like TaskRabbit, Handy, Thumbtack and HomeJoy make it easy to get paid for taking on relatively simple tasks — like cleaning homes, mowing lawns, or assembling furniture. Some gigs can earn you up to $50 an hour. And the best part? Like Uber, direct selling, and similar services, you work on your own terms, and can make your own schedule.
5. Sell your old stuff.
Is your closet piling up with unwanted clothes and shoes? Maybe you have spare furniture cluttering a storage space, or a drawer full of old electronics.
Why not turn your clutter into cash? Apps like ThredUp, PoshMark and LetGo offer opportunities to sell your stuff in an auction-like setting, and they do all the work for you. Just list your items, watch them get purchased, and place them in a shipping bag provided by the company. Selling old items is an easy and painless way to make extra money for tuition, textbooks, or loans.
Because many of these opportunities are run through phone apps and other online services, getting started is as simple as getting online and setting up an account. Just go to the Google Play Store or Apple store to find the apps you need.
This article originally appeared on: The Monroe News