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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 September 23, 2020

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Are you waking up each day looking for that perfect thing, activity, or job that will make your life work? Or, maybe you are looking for that perfect relationship. Once you “get” this new thing that will allow you to do what you love, you are sure that you will be happy forever.

In reality, life doesn’t work like that, and we would probably get bored if it did. There is likely no one thing, experience, or activity that will keep you feeling passionate and engaged all the time. What’s important is staying connected to what you love and continuing to grow in the process.

Here, we’ll talk about how to get started doing what you love and achieving more in life through the motivation it brings. Doing this doesn’t have to take a long time; it just takes determination and energy.

Most People Already Know Their Passion

So many people walk around in life “looking for” their passion. They look for it as if true passion is some mysterious thing that is difficult to find and runs away once you find it. However, the problem is rarely lack of passion.

Most of us already know what we love to do. We know what excites us, even if we haven’t done it for years. Instead, we focus on what we think we “must” do.

For example, maybe you love building model cars or painting pet portraits. Yet, each day you work a completely unrelated job and make no time for the activity you already know you love. The truth is you probably don’t need to find your passion; you just need to start doing what you already know you’re passionate about[1].

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No Activity Is Exciting All the Time

Even people who are living their dream lifestyle or working their dream job don’t love it all the time. Every job or lifestyle has parts of it that we won’t like.

Let’s say your dream is to become an actress, and you succeed. You may not enjoy the process of auditioning and facing rejection. You may experience moments of boredom when you practice your lines over and over again. But the overall experience is totally worth it.

Most of life is like that. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by demanding that life be perfect all the time. If things were perfect and easy, you would ultimately stop learning and growing, and life would begin to lack even more meaning in that case.

Be grateful for both the good and bad moments as they are both entirely necessary if you genuinely want to do what you love and love what you do.

Doing What You Love May Not Be Easy

Living a life you love is unlikely to be easy. If it was, you would not grow very much as a person. And, if you think about a great book or movie, the growth of the main character is what matters most.

What if the challenges you meet along your path to living a life you love were designed to make you grow as a person? You may actually start looking forward to challenges instead of dreading them. An easy life hardly ever makes a compelling story.

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If you struggle to overcome challenges, try writing them down each time you encounter one. Then, write down three ways you could tackle it. Try one, and if it doesn’t work, try another. This way, you’ll learn what does and doesn’t work for you.

How to Do What You Love

There are many small steps you can take to ensure you are making time to do the things you love. Start with these, and you’ll likely find that you’re already on the right track.

1. Choose Your Priorities Wisely

Many people claim they want to do something, yet they don’t do it. The truth is they might not really want to do it in the first place[2].

We all end up following through on what matters most to us. We make decisions moment by moment about what we need to focus on. What we choose to do is what we deem most important in our lives.

If there is something you claim you want to do but you don’t do it, try asking yourself how much you really want it or where it’s currently placed on priority list. Are there other things you want more?

Be honest with yourself: what you currently do each day is a reflection of your priorities. Recognize that you can change your priorities at any time.

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Make a list of your priorities. Really take the time to think this through. Then, ask yourself if what you are doing each day reflects them. For example, if you believe your top priority is spending more time with your family, but you consistently take on extra hours at work, you’re not really prioritizing things in the way you think you are.

If this is happening, it’s time to make a change.

2. Do One Small Thing Each Day

As stated above, doing what you love doesn’t have to mean finding that perfect job that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. If you want to do what you love, start with one small thing each day.

Maybe you love reading a good book. Take ten minutes before bed to read.

Maybe you love swimming. Get a membership at the local YMCA, and go there for thirty minutes after work each day.

Dedicating even a short amount of time to something that brings you joy each day will improve your life overall. You may find that, over time, a career path related to what you love to do pops up. After doing the thing you love each day, you’ll be more than prepared to take it on when the opportunity arises.

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If you need help making time for your passions, check out this article to get started.

3. Prepare to Make Sacrifices

If you are an exceptionally busy person (aren’t we all?), you may have to make sacrifices in order to make space for the things you are passionate about. Maybe you take on less extra hours at the office or take thirty minutes away from another hobby in order to develop another that you enjoy.

Looking at your priority list will help you decide what can get put on the back burner and what can’t. Remember, do this thinking about what will help you feel good about how you’re spending your time. 

For example, if you love writing but rarely make time for it, consider getting up 30 minutes earlier than normal. Or instead of browsing your phone for 30 minutes before bed, you can write instead. There is always a way to find time for what you love.

Final Thoughts

If you love what you do, each day becomes a joyful adventure. If you don’t love what you are doing, life feels like a chore. The best way to achieve success is to design a life you love and live it every day.

Remember, doing something you love doesn’t have to include big gestures or time-consuming projects. Start small and grow from there.

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