College days are definitely not easy. Especially having in mind how much tuitions cost these days. Because of it, most students have major debts even before graduating. To make matters worse, college days are the days when you should truly enjoy life. It’s a time for parties, for getting to know new places and doing new things. And nothing of that comes for free anymore.
That is why students have to take on various jobs while simultaneously getting their college degrees. These are the most lucrative jobs for college students looking to make the most of their lives.
1. Massage Therapist
Sure, you do need a certificate to become a massage therapist, but once you do you will not have to worry about money anymore. The perks of this job are flexible working hours and that you get to choose your own clients. Earning around $22 per hour isn’t bad at all, especially considering you are your own boss and can decide how many hours a day you will work. You may even make it to your lectures as well!
If you have big gaps in your schedule at college, you might consider babysitting as your call. Not only will you have extra time for studying while the kids are sleeping, but you may also get to live with the family you’re babysitting for, which could save enormous amounts of money you can spend on traveling and partying. Also, having to spend time with annoying children will make you want to live your life to the fullest until the day you get married and get your own children.
There is probably at least one subject you’re passionate and knowledgeable about. So, why not cash in your knowledge? Tutoring other college students (or high school kids if you think that option is better for you) could be very profitable if you provide them with the expected results. This is also an amazing way to make great connections and meet a ton of new people who will make your college days more memorable and fun.
4. Office Assistant
This job is probably the most boring one on our list. But, it can introduce you to the world of business and teach you important skills. It will surely prove to be a significant asset in your resume when you finish college and start looking for a full-time job. Also, being an office assistant can be very well paid if you consider that most of your responsibilities will be to sit around, make notes and answer phones.
If you possess good social skills, taking a side job as a waiter or bartender can be astonishingly lucrative. The more you’re able to make good impressions and connect with your customers, the bigger the tips are going to be. And, they can be really big. Sure, there are some downsides to this kind of job, but you also get to meet many interesting people. Plus, you will have a lot of fun stories to tell your friends.
6. Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
If you are more of an outgoing and athletic type, then choose to be a dog walker. This way, you get to exercise while doing your job. If not, then you can be a pet sitter. This way, you get to sit around and study or watch a movie while keeping an eye on pets. No matter what you choose, if you manage to provide these services to wealthy people, you can make surprisingly large amounts of cash.
7. Freelance Writer
The great thing about being a freelance writer is that you can do it from any place you want. You can write from your bed, during some boring classes, or even on your way to and from college (that is, if you’re not easily distracted). Also, once you perfect your writing style and fill up your portfolio not only do you start getting higher-paying gigs, but also get to choose the topics you’ll write about. And, who knows, maybe this will jumpstart a serious writing career. Maybe, it will inspire you to become one of America’s best-selling authors one day.
Ok, the last one on the list is maybe a bit controversial to some. But, if you have a great-looking body and you know how to move it, why not show it off? And better yet, why not get paid (a lot) for doing it? Of course, if you choose to become a dancer or even a stripper, be careful and don’t agree to do it at some shady places. If you do your research first, you might soon find yourself having more money than you can imagine spending.