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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!

              Featured photo credit: Nerd Wallet via assets.nerdwallet.com

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              How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

              How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

              After a few months of hard work and dozens of phone calls later, you finally land a job opportunity.

              But then, you’re asked about your salary requirements and your mind goes blank. So, you offer a lower salary believing this will increase your odds at getting hired.

              Unfortunately, this is the wrong approach.

              Your salary requirements can make or break your odds at getting hired. But only if you’re not prepared.

              Ask for a salary too high with no room for negotiation and your potential employer will not be able to afford you. Aim too low and employers will perceive as you offering low value. The trick is to aim as high as possible while keeping both parties feel happy.

              Of course, you can’t command a high price without bringing value.

              The good news is that learning how to be a high-value employee is possible. You have to work on the right tasks to grow in the right areas. Here are a few tactics to negotiate your salary requirements with confidence.

              1. Hack time to accomplish more than most

              Do you want to get paid well for your hard work? Of course you do. I hate to break it to you, but so do most people.

              With so much competition, this won’t be an easy task to achieve. That’s why you need to become a pro at time management.

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              Do you know how much free time you have? Not the free time during your lunch break or after you’ve finished working at your day job. Rather, the free time when you’re looking at your phone or watching your favorite TV show.

              Data from 2017 shows that Americans spend roughly 3 hours watching TV. This is time poorly spent if you’re not happy with your current lifestyle. Instead, focus on working on your goals whenever you have free time.

              For example, if your commute to/from work is 1 hour, listen to an educational Podcast. If your lunch break is 30 minutes, read for 10 to 15 minutes. And if you have a busy life with only 30–60 minutes to spare after work, use this time to work on your personal goals.

              Create a morning routine that will set you up for success every day. Start waking up 1 to 2 hours earlier to have more time to work on your most important tasks. Use tools like ATracker to break down which activities you’re spending the most time in.

              It won’t be easy to analyze your entire day, so set boundaries. For example, if you have 4 hours of free time each day, spend at least 2 of these hours working on important tasks.

              2. Set your own boundaries

              Having a successful career isn’t always about the money. According to Gallup, about 70% of employees aren’t satisfied with their current jobs.[1]

              Earning more money isn’t a bad thing, but choosing a higher salary over the traits that are the most important to you is. For example, if you enjoy spending time with your family, reject job offers requiring a lot of travel.

              Here are some important traits to consider:

              • Work and life balance – The last thing you’d want is a job that forces you to work 60+ hours each week. Unless this is the type of environment you’d want. Understand how your potential employer emphasizes work/life balance.
              • Self-development opportunities – Having the option to grow within your company is important. Once you learn how to do your tasks well, you’ll start becoming less engaged. Choose a company that encourages employee growth.
              • Company culture – The stereotypical cubicle job where one feels miserable doesn’t have to be your fate. Not all companies are equal in culture. Take, for example, Google, who invests heavily in keeping their employees happy.[2]

              These are some of the most important traits to look for in a company, but there are others. Make it your mission to rank which traits are important to you. This way you’ll stop applying to the wrong companies and stay focused on what matters to you more.

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              3. Continuously invest in yourself

              Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Cliche I know, but true nonetheless.

              You’ll grow as a person and gain confidence with the value you’ll be able to bring to others. Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, you can read books to expand your knowledge in different fields.

              Don’t get stuck into the habit of reading without a purpose. Instead, choose books that will help you expand in a field you’re looking to grow. At the same time, don’t limit yourself to reading books in one subject–create a healthy balance.

              Podcasts are also a great medium to learn new subjects from experts in different fields. The best part is they’re free and you can consume them on your commute to/from work.

              Paid education makes sense if you have little to no debt. If you decide to go back to school, be sure to apply for scholarships and grants to have the least amount of debt. Regardless of which route you take to make it a habit to grow every day.

              It won’t be easy, but this will work to your advantage. Most people won’t spend most of their free time investing in themselves. This will allow you to grow faster than most, and stand out from your competition.

              4. Document the value you bring

              Resumes are a common way companies filter employees through the hiring process. Here’s the big secret: It’s not the only way you can showcase your skills.

              To request for a higher salary than most, you have to do what most are unwilling to do. Since you’re already investing in yourself, make it a habit to showcase your skills online.

              A great way to do this is to create your own website. Pick your first and last name as your domain name. If this domain is already taken, get creative and choose one that makes sense.

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              Here are some ideas:

              • joesmith.com
              • joeasmith.com
              • joesmithprojects.com

              Nowadays, building a website is easy. Once you have your website setup, begin producing content. For example, if you a developer you can post the applications you’re building.

              During your interviews, you’ll have an online reference to showcase your accomplishments. You can use your accomplishments to justify your salary requirements. Since most people don’t do this, you’ll have a higher chance of employers accepting your offer

              5. Hide your salary requirements

              Avoid giving you salary requirements early in the interview process.

              But if you get asked early, deflect this question in a non-defensive manner. Explain to the employer that you’d like to understand your role better first. They’ll most likely agree with you; but if they don’t, give them a range.

              The truth is great employers are more concerned about your skills and the value you bring to the company. They understand that a great employee is an investment, able to earn them more than their salary.

              Remember that a job interview isn’t only for the employer, it’s also for you. If the employer is more interested in your salary requirements, this may not be a good sign. Use this question to gauge if the company you’re interviewing is worth working for.

              6. Do just enough research

              Research average salary compensation in your industry, then wing it.

              Use tools like Glassdoor to research the average salary compensation for your industry. Then leverage LinkedIn’s company data that’s provided with its Pro membership. You can view a company’s employee growth and the total number of job openings.

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              Use this information to make informed decisions when deciding on your salary requirements. But don’t limit yourself to the average salary range. Companies will usually pay you more for the value you have.

              Big companies will often pay more than smaller ones.[3] Whatever your desired salary amount is, always ask for a higher amount. Employers will often reject your initial offer. In fact, offer a salary range that’ll give you and your employer enough room to negotiate.

              7. Get compensated by your value

              Asking for the salary you deserve is an art. On one end, you have to constantly invest in yourself to offer massive value. But this isn’t enough. You also have to become a great negotiator.

              Imagine requesting a high salary and because you bring a lot of value, employers are willing to pay you this. Wouldn’t this be amazing?

              Most settle for average because they’re not confident with what they have to offer. Most don’t invest in themselves because they’re not dedicated enough. But not you.

              You know you deserve to get paid well, and you’re willing to put in the work. Yet, you won’t sacrifice your most important values over a higher salary.

              The bottom line

              You’ve got what it takes to succeed in your career. Invest in yourself, learn how to negotiate, and do research. The next time you’re asked about your salary requirements, you won’t fumble.

              You’ll showcase your skills with confidence and get the salary you deserve. What’s holding you back now?

              Featured photo credit: LinkedIn Sales Navigator via unsplash.com

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