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6 Perfect Jobs For Online College Students

6 Perfect Jobs For Online College Students

As many college students know, taking online classes offers a unique set of challenges and opportunities. A lack of face to face contact with peers and instructors can be difficult to adjust to for some, but opens a door of flexibility for others.

As someone who has taken an array of online classes at the high school and university levels, I certainly understand that working while at school is immensely helpful.

These six jobs work well with a flexible online schooling schedule. It’s possible to actually feel like you’re in charge of your scheduling while working and attending school, and these jobs are a gateway to this type of unique freedom.

Nanny or Caregiver

Oftentimes, being a nanny can offer some really flexible work schedules. I have friends who have gone to school online while working as a nanny. They were able to complete their homework at work, while their clients kids took naps.

While I’ve never worked as a nanny specifically, I have worked as a caregiver while I was attending college. My client was a 90-year old man, who often took naps himself, and I remember getting a lot of homework done from my laptop during those times.

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Nothing is better for a college student then being able to double up; completing school work while getting paid to work at your regular job.

Driver

Forget the old-school taxi driver job! Working for a contemporary ride services like Uber is a great way for college students to get extra money. All you need is a solid, newer car, and a decent driving record.

The best part about being an Uber or Lyft driver, is that you work only when you want to. And these companies can even assist you in financing a new car!

Freelance Writer

While my own freelance career took off after attending college, I can certainly see how this line of work would be ideal for those still attending school. If you really enjoy writing and blogging, getting started is probably much easier than you’d expect.

Start by finding blogs that you are personally interested in writing for, start by asking yourself, “what are my genuine areas of interest?” Develop a writing resume and then reach out to website that pay per article.

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This is exactly how I started as a freelance writer, and I couldn’t be happier with my career choice. The following two resources were great resources for finding sites that actually pay per piece:

Make A Living Writing: Websites That Pay Writers 2015: These 79 Sites Offer $50 and Up

The Write Life: 9 Online Gold Mines for Finding Paid Freelance Writing Jobs

Writers in Charge: 45+ Authentic Websites that Will Pay You to Write

Starbucks Barista

You may be wondering, “why is Starbucks on this list? Barista work seems like an outlier.”

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But in fact, it isn’t at all.

As an ex-Starbucks barista, I can say that the corporate giant actually has some great incentives for employees attending college, such as awesome insurance benefits, weekly tips, and even tuition reimbursement for Arizona State University students! What’s better than your job paying for your college tuition?

Music Instructor

If you are musically inclined and have any experience teaching, working as a music instructor can be a job that is rewarding both personally and for your wallet!

Teaching beginning guitar or piano lessons can usually earn about $50/hour. Many students want half hour lessons starting out and that’s okay! The key is to build up a repertoire of clients seeking music instruction, and go from there.

Free websites such as Craigslist’s lessons & tutoring section are great ways to start building up clients. Good old fashioned flyering at relevant locations also works well!

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Web Store Owner

Sites like Etsy and Big Cartel allows anyone to create a web store, with little internet overhead. Do you enjoy screen-printing and have an idea for a t-shirt design that you are confident people would buy? Maybe you love making beautiful crafty accessories such as buttons, lapel pins, or other earrings?

Online storefronts are a great option for this type of work. And best of all, you can run the business from the comfort of your home. Your only limit is your own creativity!

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Last Updated on November 19, 2018

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

I went through a personal experience that acted as a catalyst for an epiphany. When I got fired from a job, I learned something important about myself and where I was headed with my freelance career. I realized that the most important aspect of that one rather small job was the influence of the company owner. I realized that I wasn’t hurt that the company and I weren’t a perfect match; I was devastated by the stark fact that I needed a mentor and I had almost found one but lost her.

Suddenly, I felt like J.D., the main character in “Scrubs,” chasing Dr. Cox and trying to rip insight and wisdom from someone I respect. The realization that a recognized thought-leader and experienced entrepreneur severed ties with me felt crushing. But, I picked myself back up and thought about five ways to acquire a mentor without having the awkwardness of outright asking.

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1. Remember, a professional mentorship must be mutual.

A professional mentor must agree to engage in a mutual relationship because, as the comedy T.V. series showed us, one simply cannot force someone to tutor us. We have to prove that we are worth the time investment through persistence and dedication to the craft.

2. You have to have common interests with your mentor.

Even if a professional mentor appears at your job or school, realize that unless you and this person have common interests, you won’t find the relationship successful. I’ve been in situations where someone I respected had vastly different ideas about what was important in life or what one should spend his or her free time doing. If these things don’t line up, you may find the relationship won’t be as fruitful, even when the mentor knows a great deal about one industry.

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3. Thought-leaders will respect your passion.

One of the ways you can prove yourself worthy to a professional mentor is through your passion and your dedication. No one wants to spend time grooming and teaching another who will not take advice or put the effort in to improve. When following thought-leaders on Twitter and trying to engage with higher-ups in a work setting, realize that your actions most often speak louder than your words.

4. Before worrying if he respects you, ask if you respect him.

On the other side of the coin, you should seriously reflect on those common interests and make sure you respect your professional mentor. Just because someone holds a title, degree or office does not mean that person is trustworthy or honest. Don’t be swayed by appearances and take the time to find a suitable professional mentor.

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5. Failure is often the best way to learn

I honestly have made more mistakes than I can count. I know I’ve learned a great deal from poorly organized businesses and my own poor choices. The most important quality I’ve developed is an ability to swallow my pride and learn from my mistakes. If life knocks me down nine times, I get back up 10 times. One of the songs Megadeth wrote, “Of Mice and Men,” resonates in my mind when I pull myself up by my bootstraps and try again for a goal I’ve set: “So live your life and live it well. There’s not much left of me to tell. I just got back up each time I fell.” Hopefully, this brief post can act as a professional mentor to you in your quest to find not only a brave leader but also a trusted adviser.

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