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Back To School: 15 Freelance Jobs For Students To Make Money And To Boost Resumé

Back To School: 15 Freelance Jobs For Students To Make Money And To Boost Resumé

Going back to school can be the best decision in your life in the long term. In the short term, though, you still a job and money to make it through those college years. Getting a stable job is tough because classes and studying will take up an unpredictable amount of time. Thus, one of the best ways to survive college is to find freelance work. Here are some of the best student freelance jobs.

1. Become a blogger

This is what I did three years ago and I still do it today. It won’t buy me a house but it pays the bills and really that’s all that’s important. There are a lot of places that are hiring bloggers. You just have to have a good grasp on the English language and you have to like writing. The best site to find blogging jobs is ProBlogger.net. Best of luck!

2. Landscaping

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    Yard work of various types are great for students. You can work during pretty much any time when it’s daylight because the equipment is too loud for night time work. You can go totally freelance and do things like mow lawns and make a decent amount or work as a freelancer for a landscaping business and make a decent amount of money. If you love the outdoors and manual labor, this is a great job for you.

    3. On-Campus IT Support

    A great way to work around your hectic college schedule is to actually work for your college. Thanks to it being the digital revolution, people who know how to set up, fix, and otherwise maintain computers is becoming a valuable job skill. If you can get into the IT department at your school, you’ll gain real life experience and we hear it looks good on a resume.

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    4. Graphic Designer

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      One of the more frequent requests for freelance work is for graphic design. Companies, small business owners, and other individuals are always looking for someone to design their website banner, company logo, or other graphical assets. You find jobs on a variety of websites, take them, and then do the work. You get money, a gold star on your resume (especially if you’re studying for something in graphics), and it’s fun!

      5. Become a freelancer in almost anything

      There are websites out there like Freelancer.com that is a cornucopia of work. We mentioned graphic design earlier but these freelance style sites can be for anyone. Developing mobile apps, creating websites, blogging, video editing, graphic design, and pretty much any other type of online work can be found on these types of sites. They work and once you earn a good reputation, you can get jobs pretty easily.

      6. Do some online tutoring

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        You are in school to learn so why not help others who are in school to learn. Chances are you’re good in at least one school subject. Chances are there are others who need help in that subject and will pay you to teach them. Tutors can make a decent living and you can determine your own hours. Plus you’re helping someone else learn and that gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling inside.

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        7. Social media specialist

        There are actually companies out there that will pay you to make their social networking profiles sparkle. You’ll be responsible for making posts, interacting with people, and making social media profiles stand out above the rest. It’s both an easy and a hard job at the same time. On one hand you hang out on social media all the time but then the downside is that you hang out on social media all the time. If you can handle it, it’s a good opportunity and it looks good on resumes.

        8. Flip furniture

        student freelance jobs

          This is a little unique but you can make quite a bit of money out of it. Especially if you live near or on campus. You simply go find furniture that people are throwing away such as tables, chairs, couches, etc and you refurbish them. It requires a little money to start because you’ll need tools and whatnot. However, you can get a couch for free on the curb, clean it up, and resell it for a few bucks. It’s not frequent money but you can also grab a bunch of discarded stuff at the end of the school year when students move home and have a lucrative summer job.

          9. Sell stuff at fairs, festivals, and social events

          If you’re a maker of bracelets, painter of paintings, or knitter of clothing items, then pretty much any large social event is a change to make money. Most cities have festivals, fairs, carnivals, and other large social events. You simply set up a booth with your wares and get people to buy your items. You can make a pretty penny this way if you’re persistent and chances are that you’re doing something you love.

          10. Become a photographer or a videographer

          These days a lot of people have pretty nice DSLR cameras. You can use that fun little hobby item as a professional item if you so choose. There are a load of people who are looking for photographers and videographers to shoot events like weddings, large social events, concerts, school events, and other things. It can pay a lot if you’re good at it and you can use these events to start a portfolio if you ever decide to do this professionally. Plus, it lets you accept the jobs you want at the hours you want so it doesn’t interfere with studying.

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          11. Become a freelance programmer

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            This one requires some expertise in computer programming but if you happen to know at least one language there is always a job out there for you. Many companies hire web developers or mobile app developers to either help out or spearhead apps. The development cycle can be anywhere from a few days to several months and you’re doing something you enjoy. Also, freelance development is extremely attractive on a resume.

            12. You can do some home improvement

            Practically every home improvement contractor on this planet will hire college students. You’ll be painting houses, laying down carpet, installing bathtubs, and other things like that. Obviously, you’ll be working with someone who is licensed and bonded (we hope) who will do the super technical stuff. However, it doesn’t take a degree or a certification to paint a house. They can pay pretty well and it is a year-round job so you don’t have to worry about your money drying up at the end of the season.

            13. Volunteer to work events

            Most large events require temporary people to work them. For instance, working security at a concert hall during a show or working cleanup after a large social event. These jobs can pay hundreds of dollars for a weekend’s worth of work depending on the event and what you end up doing. Since there is always an event going on then you always have a chance to find some work.

            14. Pet-sit or babysit

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            student freelance jobs

              There are people everywhere that are looking to get rid of their pet or their kid for an evening to get out and have a little fun. Where there are people who need a break, there is money to be made. It isn’t a whole bunch of money, but it’s enough to keep a few bucks in your pocket. Plus, if you have repeat customers, you won’t have to work so hard to find new work because you’ll always have people who will call you to sit their little critters.

              15. Become a marketer or a promoter

              Perhaps the hardest job on this list is also potentially one of the most rewarding. Marketing and promoting use vastly different methods but invariably perform the same task. They get people aware of something so they can go spend money on it. Promoters are people that hand out flyers for concerts or show up at bars or pubs with promotional items to get people aware of a product. Marketers do pretty much the same thing except there’s less leg work and a much larger audience. It can be a lot of work but it can also make a lot of money.

               

              Becoming a freelancer is difficult. It takes a while to build your portfolio so it may take some time to make some real money. If you have a little trouble starting out, don’t get discouraged. It’ll get better if you keep trying!

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              Published on May 7, 2019

              How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

              How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

              When it comes to stocks, I bet you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing.

              Everyone who’s not a financial expert has been there. I’ve been there. But, time is passing and you need to be crystal clear with how you’re investing for your retirement.

              Otherwise, it’s back to work until you can afford not to. So, how can you invest for retirement when you’re not a financial expert?

              You take the time to learn the fundamentals well. If you do, you can grow your wealth and retire happy. The best part is that you don’t need to be a financial expert to make smart investment decisions.

              Here’s how to invest for retirement the smart and stress-free way:

              1. Know Clearly Why You Invest

              Odds are you already know why should invest for retirement.

              But, maybe you know the wrong reasons. It’s time you get clear on why you’d like to retire. Here are some questions to help you get started:

              • Will you spend more time with your family?
              • What does retirement mean to you?
              • Are you looking to launch that business you’ve been holding off for years?

              Everyone wants to retire but not for the same reasons. Once you’re clear for why retirement is important for you, you’ll focus on making it happen.

              Investing in the stock market allows you to take advantage of compound interest.[1] All this means is that your money earns money on top of its interest. A reason why investment in the stock market is one of the best ways to plan for retirement.

              2. Figure out When to Invest

              “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”– Chinese Proverb

              It’s true if you’d had started investing when you were 10 years old, you’d have a lot more money than you do today.

              The reality is that most people don’t start investing until it’s too late. So, if you’re currently waiting for the perfect time to start an investment, it would be today. Open your calendar and block out 2 to 3 hours to choose how you’ll invest for retirement.

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              A quick way to get a snapshot of where you stand is to use Personal Capital. Input all your personal information and spend some time setting your retirement goals. Once completed, you’ll know where you stand with your retirement.

              Having a savings account for retirement isn’t planning for retirement. Why? Your money loses value when you factor in US inflation.[2]

              3. Evaluate Your Risk Tolerance to Create the Perfect Portfolio

              Investing your money well depends on your emotions.

              Why?

              Because when the market drops most people panic and withdraw their money. On average, the US stock market yields an annual 6% to 7% ROI (return on your investment.) But, this won’t happen if you’re worried about short-term loses.

              Before you invest your next dollar, know your risk tolerance.[3] Your risk tolerance determines the number of risky and safe investments you’d have.

              Regardless of your investing style, you need to view investing for retirement as a long term game. Know that some years you’ll lose money but recoup this in the long-term.

              Avoid watching market-related new. Also, create a double authentication to log in your investment account. This way you’re less likely to withdraw your money.

              4. Open a Reliable Retirement Account

              Depending on your circumstance, you may need to open a new brokerage account. This is the account is where you’ll invest your money.

              If you’re currently working for a company, odds are that they offer a 410K investing account. If so, here’s where you’ll invest most of your money. The only problem with this is that you’re limited to the stock options that are available.

              You do have the option to open a separate IRA (individual retirement account.) Here are some of the best brokers:

              1. Vanguard
              2. TD Ameritrade
              3. Charles Schwab

              5. Challenge Yourself to Invest Consistently

              Committing to invest for retirement is hard, but continuing to do so is harder.

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              Once you’ve started investment for your retirement, you run at risk from stopping. Often you’ll want to contribute less, so you’d have more money in your pocket.

              That’s why it’s important that you create a budget that allows you to invest each month. If you’re working for a company, you can set a percentage for the amount you’d like to contribute each month. Most people by default contribute 1% but aim to contribute 10% to 15%.

              Be the judge for how much you can afford to contribute after covering important expenses. To stay motivated, use Personal Capital to view your net worth.

              A benefit to contributing money to your retirement account is not taxed. For example, if you earn $100 and invest 10%, you’d contribute $10, then get taxed on the remaining $90. As of 2019, the most you’re able to contribute towards your 401K is 19K but this can change.

              6. Consider Where to Invest Your Money

              The most common way to invest your money is in stocks, but it’s not the only way. Here are other ways to invest:

              Robo Advisors

              Robo-advisors[4] are fancy algorithms that’ll choose the best investments for you. Sites like Wealthfront make it easy for first-time investors to invest their money. You’d input information about yourself and set your risk tolerance.

              Then, set your monthly contribution amount and your robo-advisor would do the rest. Robo-advisors charge a fee to manage your money, but less than regular advisors.

              Bonds

              Think of bonds as “IOUs” to whomever you buy them from.

              Essentially, you’re lending money and charging interest. Like stocks, not all bonds are equal. Some will be riskier than others depending on their rating.

              Here are the different types of bond categories:[5]

              1. Treasury bonds
              2. Government bonds
              3. Corporate bonds
              4. Foreign bonds
              5. Mortgage-backed bonds
              6. Municipal bonds

              Mutual Funds

              Picture a group of people dumping all their money in a jar that’s managed by a professional. This is how mutual funds work. The fund manager manages the money looking to earn capital gains (interest.)

              One of the best types of mutual funds is index funds. Since these funds don’t try to beat the market and instead follow it, they need less research. Because of this they often charge the lowest fees and yield the best long-term results.

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              Real Estate

              Yes, buying a home is an investment when done correctly.

              Imagine buying a home and using it as a rental property. After repairing it, you receive a monthly surplus check of $100 to $200.

              This may not sound like a lot, but repeat this process enough times and you’d earn a large amount of passive income. That’s why real estate is one of the best investments to not only retire but become wealthy.

              But, it requires a lot of money to start and you should expect losing money along the way as you learn the process.

              Savings Accounts

              Your money can still grow in a savings account. Nowadays most online banks offer a 2% annual return. Although the average inflation is higher your money will be available when you need it.

              7. Master Disincline to Dodge Short Success

              Investing for retirement is a long-term strategy. That’s why you need to master delayed gratification. All this means is delaying short-term pleasure for something bigger in the future. Research shows that those who have delayed gratification are more successful.[6]

              So how can you master delayed gratification?

              By building your discipline.

              Think back to what retirement means to you. A clear purpose will help you avoid withdrawing your money during a market downturn. It’ll help you contribute more towards retirement when you’d want to waste it instead.

              Your journey towards retirement will be long, so reward yourself along the way. Choose a reward that’s relevant and meaningful, so that you reinforce positive behavior. For example, after contributing more towards retirement, treat yourself to dinner.

              8. Aggressively Invest on This One Investment

              I’ve mentioned several types of investments but haven’t covered the most important one.

              It sounds cliche but here’s why you’re your best investment towards retirement. The more you know, the more money you’ll be able to make. The more good habits you adopt, the more secure your retirement will be.

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              More importantly, investing in yourself is an investment that no one can take away. There’s no market downturn nor tragic circumstance that’ll wipe your knowledge and experience.

              But, how can you invest yourself?

              Reading books, blogs, and anything that’ll help you learn new topics daily. Listen to podcasts and audiobooks on your commute to/from work.

              Save money to buy courses and hire coaches. I used to believe hiring coaches was a waste of money when I could learn the subject alone.

              But, coaches see your blind spots and hold you accountable. Hiring the right coach will help you achieve your goals faster than you would’ve alone.

              Retire Happy with Excess Money

              The key to a secure financial future doesn’t only belong to financial experts.

              It’s possible for you and I. What if you were able to retire earlier than most people and weren’t a financial planner? What if you were able to focus on what you enjoy doing the most while your money was working hard for you?

              I know this sounds impossible now, but the truth is you’re capable of taking charge of your retirement. I’m not a financial expert but I’ve learned how to invest my money by reading books and learning from others.

              Investing your money is scary. So start small and invest a small amount of your money with a robo-advisor. Feel your money drop and rise for a month or two. Then, invest more and keep this up until you’re aggressively saving for retirement.

              One day, you’ll wake up with a net worth you’re proud of – confident about your retirement. You now know a few strategies you can use to invest in your retirement. Will you take action to retire happy?

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