Going to school can be expensive and sometimes you need to get a part-time job in order to take care of your costs. A part-time job does not have to mean that your school work suffers though. There are many types of employment that are ideal for students. They might just serve the purpose of brining in extra money or they might actually provide valuable job experience that will contribute towards your career choice.
If money is your main priority and your main reason behind getting a job while you are in school, the restaurant industry can be the ideal place to find employment. Although serving jobs do not typically pay a lot of money, you can supplement your wages with tips and that can make a huge difference. Servers – both male and female – take orders, serve meals, and tend to the general satisfaction of diners in an establishment. The more costly the meals, the more you are likely to make in tips. You will work harder but the tips can make it well worthwhile.
Another job in the restaurant industry that you might want to consider is bartending. Serving alcoholic beverages in a tavern or a bar or a dance club can also bring in a substantial amount of tips. Be fast and friendly and you will be sure to make some good money.
The key to making good money in the restaurant industry, as a server or a bartender, is to genuinely like working with people. If you are more of a loner and find that you don’t like most people very much, you are going to have a hard time with this job and how you feel will show in your attitude. This will decrease the amount of money that you make.
One warning about the restaurant and bar industry – it does include some very late hours. You could be working until the early hours of the morning. If you do get a job in this field and will have to be at work late into the night, you should try to schedule most of your classes for late mornings and afternoons so that you get enough sleep to pay attention to your studies.
If you have good grades and are very good at explaining things to others, you might want to consider making yourself available as a tutor. Tutors can charge $20 and hour and more, depending on where you live. This can be easy work for some people. And some believe that teaching others helps reinforce the knowledge that you have, making it even easier for you to learn new things. Bonus!
Another type of work that tends to pay higher than average is manual labor. That could mean working in a junk yard, pouring concrete, or any kind of job that involves heavy lifting. The hours are often early in the morning, which can be good for students. As an added bonus, you can get a workout in, get paid for it and skip the gym fees at the same time!
If you are looking for work that you can do on your own hours, working around your class and study time, working online might be the best bet for you. There are many types of jobs you can do online. You can choose the work and you can always pick up more when you need to save for something special. Some of the jobs you can do online include social media work (manage Facebook Pages, Twitter accounts, Google+, LinkedIn, and even Pinterest for small businesses), freelance writing, graphic design, and virtual assistant work. Most of these jobs pay per gig or per job but, when you average it out per hour, people doing these jobs often make $20 an hour or more.
Obviously, you’ll need to have great writing skills for a job like this or you’ll need to be skilled in other areas like with computer graphic design or office skills. The other thing you will need is superb marketing skills. You will not have one job that you have to seek out once. You will need to constantly look for work in order to keep money flowing in on a constant basis.
If you live in a big city try marketing yourself as a house sitter. Not only can you get paid to do nothing but stay home and make sure that the home you are taking care of is safe, but you can study while you work! And, if you get good at your job, you may not even have to pay rent on your own place! Just house sit for other people.
If you choose to do this there are a few things you’ll need to remember. First, if you are not keeping your own place of residence, you will have to get used to living with very few items! You’ll be living out of a suitcase and you need to be ready to pack up and go on a moment’s notice. The other thing is that you might need to have a vehicle. Some of the places you housesit at might be quite a distance from your school and public transportation might not be readily available.
Think about the type of work that you like to do. You may also be able to find internships that are based on the education that you are pursuing. These types of jobs may not pay as much but the good part about them is that the help you gain valuable experience for your future. Check bulletin boards at the career center of your education institution for internships and jobs that are entry level in companies that you want to work for.
Part-time jobs for students are plentiful. You just need to choose what kind of work you want to do and whether or not money is most important to you. Consider the hours that will work best around your class schedules and remember that you need to have a little bit of time left over for you to have some fun, too. All work and no play makes for an exhausted and boring student life!