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12 Great Part-Time Jobs For College Students

12 Great Part-Time Jobs For College Students

If you’re a college student, chances are you’re strapped for cash, or if you’re not, you’d at least like to have a little more of it. The good news is you don’t have to wait until you earn your diploma to start padding your wallet. Read on to discover awesome part-time job opportunities that will help you earn cash without cramping your college lifestyle:

1. Academic Tutor

If there’s a class that you excel in, whether it’s organic chemistry, calculus, Arabic, or anything else, you can leverage your smarts to rake in cash by tutoring students who struggle with that subject. Set an hourly rate, meet with the student to clearly establish performance goals, and then meet with the student once or twice a week until those goals are met. If the idea of tutoring people your own age makes you uncomfortable, you could also help high school students get ready for the SAT or ACT.

2. Babysitter

If you thought babysitting was something reserved for the teenage crowd, think again; you can rake in serious cash as a babysitter. If you have certain days of the week with no classes, you could use those days to babysit kids, while their parents are at work. If they’re elementary school students, you could even plan a babysitting gig anytime you have a free afternoon. Try using the website Care.com to find families in need of a sitter near you.

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3. Fitness Instructor

If you’re someone who loves working out, why not start getting paid for what you love? As a fitness instructor at your campus gym, you can teach classes in yoga, spin, Zumba, and more, providing that you get the proper certifications that your gym requires. Not only will working as a fitness instructor give you that good feeling that comes with getting in a solid workout, but you’ll also feel great knowing you’ve helped other people get fit too!

4. Office Assistant

Pretty much all of the departments on your campus will need an assistant who handles responsibilities such as answering phones, scheduling appointments, and maintaining files. Although this might not be the most fascinating job out there, the organizational skills you will develop will be a great asset to you as you go through the rest of college and eventually launch your career.

5. Freelance Writer

Thanks to the flexibility of being able to work from home or at school, freelance writing is a great job for college students who have an interest in journalism or just a knack for writing. Check the site Upwork or the Pro Blogger job board to find plenty of opportunities and freelance job listings.

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6. Residence Advisors

Sure, there might be some random late night wake-ups involving pulled fire alarms and trips to the ER, but working as an RA also comes with plenty of perks. For one thing, most RA positions come with your college room, board and classes paid for, and for another, this job demands the highly coveted leadership skills that will look excellent on your resume.

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    7. Campus Tour Guide

    If you’re an outgoing, friendly person and you know your campus backwards and forwards, you should consider signing up to become a campus tour guide. Potential students and their families will really appreciate all the insight you can give them.

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    8. Princess/Superhero

    Yes, you read that right—you can actually find a job where you get to dress up as a princess or superhero for little kids’ birthday parties and get paid for it. Click here to get an idea of the types of characters you can be and pricing.

    9. Sales Representative For a Work From Home Company

    If you’ve got top notch persuasive skills, and you always did well with those school fundraisers, you should consider becoming a sales rep for companies such as Amway, Thirty-One, Mary Kay, etc. These companies allow you to work from the comfort of your own home (or dorm room), and with a little time and effort, you can bring in some serious cash flow!

    10. Teaching Assistant

    Students who are upperclassmen can usually land jobs as teaching assistants for large underclassmen seminar classes. Check in with professors you’ve had in the past to inquire about any opportunities they might have.

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    11. Grader

    If you can’t find a job as a teaching assistant, you might be able to land something grading assignments. Classes that have a lot of students also come with a lot of papers that need to be graded. It can be a little tedious at times, but the workload is generally spread out so you’ll still have time for your own classes and extracurricular activities. Most times, you can get a job as a grader even for online schools.

    12. Work Study Jobs

    Students who qualify for financial aid can get a job through the Federal Work Study program. You can get part-time or full-time work depending on your schedule and needs, and typically you can find work that’s relevant to your major or field of study (for example, a kinesiology major could land a job working with their college’s sports team).

    Check out the part-time jobs for college students listed above and you just might come away with a better looking bank account and resume!

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    Last Updated on April 3, 2019

    How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

    How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

    Debt is never a fun thing to be in. But, there are many actions that you can take that will help you rid yourself of the burden of debt once and for all.

    By coming up with a set plan, eliminating your debt can feel much easier than constantly thinking about it.

    This post will provide some tips on how you can do this to help you nix your credit card debt in less than 3 years.

    Hint: there are ways that are easier than you think.

    1. Consider Consolidating Multiple Credit Cards If Possible

    This may not be applicable to you, but if you have multiple cards – it is something to consider. Keeping up with multiple bills is time consuming.

    It will depend on the balance you have on each. Consolidate ones you can but do not do it to the point that you get too close to the maximum limit. Also, it is ideal to pick the card with the lower interest rate.

    Consider if there are any fees or alternatively, rewards, with transferring a balance to another card. Watch out for fees. Note that some cards offer rewards for transferring a balance to them. This is extra cash that can help go towards paying off your debt.

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    Having one or two cards can make nixing your debt much simpler than keeping up with the balance of a bunch of cards. Keeping track of paying the minimum towards a bunch of cards is time consuming. Spend the time to consolidate instead to make the overall process simpler going forward.

    My tip: Have one main credit card. Have a second one that you use for necessities – such as groceries or gas – that offers rewards for those purchases (a lot of cards do) and set the second one on auto-pay. You should be able to pay off a smaller amount on auto-pay if it is a necessity. If you think you cannot, then you may need to cut down a lot on expenses.

    Why do I suggest doing this? Having one thing set to auto-pay is one less thing to think about. One less thing to waste time on. Same idea with consolidating to one main card. Tracking down too many is a hassle.

    2. Try to Pay the Full Balance You Spent Each Month at the Very Least

    You need to pay off the amount you are spending each month when that bill comes in. This is the amount you spent THAT month.

    Do not let the debt keep accruing while you work on paying any unpaid debt that has accrued. It will become a never-ending battle. Try as best as you can to be current on paying for each month’s expenses when that month’s bill comes out.

    If this is a strain, consider why. You may need to cut expenses. Or you may need to consider other cards. Or look at where this money is going.

    3. Pay Extra When You Can – Every Small Amount Counts

    This cannot be emphasized enough. If you are looking at a lot of credit card debt, it can look daunting, but each extra amount that you can put towards the debt will really add up – no matter how small it is.

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    It does not just reduce the principal amount that you have left to pay off, but it reduces the amount that is collecting interest. You will always save money with that reduced interest.

    4. Create a Plan on How to Pay Extra

    Back to the main point, having this plan is giving you one less thing to think about.

    This plan should be a plan that works for you. If it does not work for you, your spending habits, and your views on debt, then it will not be an effective plan.

    For instance, if a set plan of an extra $50 (or another amount that you know you can afford) works for you, then do that. Set that aside every month and pay that extra amount. Treat it like a bill. Choose an amount that works for you and pay it like clockwork as though it was a bill you had to pay each month.

    Little amounts will not nix it entirely, but they will help tackle it and having a set plan can make it less of a chore. Creating a new plan of how much to put towards it each month is an unnecessary added stress.

    5. Cut out Costs for Services You Do Not Use

    If you are signed up for subscriptions that you do not use because of some free trial or for some other reason, cut it out. Your overall financial position will look better.

    In turn, that will make cutting your credit card debt easier. Look at your statements to find these expenses. If you do not use them, you may forget you are paying some unnecessary amount each month. Cutting it out can really add up in savings that you can put towards other needed expenses.

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    6. Get Aggressive About It

    Consider these points:

    Depending on the interest and the level of debt, you may need to give up a few indulgences. For example, instead of ordering delivery or going out to eat, cook at home. Everything adds up.

    Other things may be more of a sacrifice. It may be a trip you wanted to go on, or a daily latte habit you’ve picked up. In these instances, consider how important it is to you and if it’s worth the sacrifice. And if it is a costly expense, think whether you can wait to indulge.

    Cutting an extravagant expense can really help make a dent in your overall debt. Try not to add to debt when you are trying to pay it off. It will be a never-ending battle. Make it less of a battle with these tips and it will feel easier.

    Bottom line: Do what you can to make this process easier for you. Implement steps that do this. It takes time now, but will help overall. Also, keep track of your spending and paying down of your debts. Which is the next point.

    7. Reevaluate Your Progress at Set Intervals

    Doing a regular check-in can help you see your efforts pay off or maybe indicate that you need to give this a bit more effort. If you check every 3-6 months, it will not feel so much like a chore or feel so daunting.

    By doing this, you will be able to better understand your progress and perhaps readjust your plan. Bonus: if you see it pay off, it will feel great to do this check-in. You will get there.

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    Finally (and most importantly)…

    8. Keep Trying

    Do not get discouraged. Pushing it off will make it worse. Just keep trying.

    Once your debt becomes lower, each monthly payment will reduce the balance more. Why? You are paying less towards interest. It will be a snowball effect eventually and it will become much easier to manage. Just get to that point. And know once you do, it will feel easier and motivating.

    Start Knocking out Your Debt Today

    The best way to eliminate debt is to get started right away. Begin by implementing the above steps and watch your debt just melt away. Try out some of the above strategies and see what works best for you. Soon you’ll be on your way to a debt free life.

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