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A College Student’s Guide to Earning Money

The life of a working student is challenging. Aside from writing term papers and studying for exams, you have to squeeze in time for odd jobs or freelance work in your schedule. If you are looking for ideas on how to make extra money, take a look at this quick guide.

Go Shopping

Every once in a while, businesses in the hospitality and retail industry get the help of mystery shoppers to appraise the quality of customer service in their shops. All you have to do is visit a store and buy a product, then rate your experience. This is perfect for students with excellent communication skills and an undying love for shopping.

Consider applying for a loan

Look into personal loans. You can use it as a supplement to your earnings and student loans. If you do not need much, check out local money centers in your Salt Lake City area that offer small personal loans. Moneylenders set a minimum amount on loans that they offer. If the minimum exceeds the amount you need, you may be forced to borrow more money than needed. The good news is there are small personal loans that range from $250–$50,000.

Drive People Around or Deliver Stuff

If you know how to drive, own a car or a motorcycle, and have a driver’s license, consider being a ride-share or delivery driver in your spare time. Take advantage of the current popularity of food delivery services, ride-sharing apps, and online shopping sites. Doing this grants you the freedom of a flexible schedule. If you want to earn more, accept rides when there is high demand. This usually falls on Friday and Saturday nights. Plus, it is convenient to send an application. You can easily do it with the use of your laptop or phone.

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Become a Virtual Assistant

If you have great time management and organization skills, why not become a virtual assistant? It can be done remotely, so you can work from the comfort of your dormitory room or a cafe or anywhere with a stable internet connection.

Aside from the aforementioned skills, you are also going to need good communication skills and working knowledge of commonly used business software applications. It would also be a huge plus if you are bilingual or multilingual because there are chances that your client might do business with locals and foreigners alike.

Look into Market Research

Calls for participants of market research studies are plastered all over the campuses of most universities and colleges. Sign up for a couple of these to get gift cards or cash. Market research simply means that companies want to know the thoughts of their target market, so you will most likely be interviewed or asked to fill out surveys.

Take Care of Pets

If you are fond of household pets like dogs, cats, and rabbits, then pet sitting may be a perfect side hustle for you. You could choose to work at a pet boarding facility or be self-employed. Another option you can look into is dog walking.

Now that you know what to do when you need extra cash, it is time to evaluate your skills. Take note of your strengths and find a way to make money from them.

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