07 Apr Great Micro-job Opportunities for College Students
Working a part-time job while in college can be a challenge. Students need work that allows them the flexibility necessary to study and attend classes, and although university jobs are available, there are only so many to go around. Micro-jobs are great options for students because they are usually totally flexible. Need to pad your bank account to get ready for a trip over spring break? Work more. Want to take off midterm week so that you have plenty of time to study? Schedule more work in the weeks before and after to make up that cash.
There are several good reasons to consider a micro-job while in college. First, as already mentioned, is the flexibility. Some jobs might require a minimum weekly time commitment, but most you can do when it is convenient for you. Another awesome benefit of micro-jobs is that you often get paid frequently. Many micro-job companies pay up to twice a week. It’s a great way to get pizza money fast. You can also gain some experience in your field of study. It may not be something that leads to a great resume stuffer, but it might help you gain some skills others don’t have at your level of education. Or it may help you decide if you really enjoy the actual work you are training for. Finally, depending on the skills you are using, you may end up landing a longer-term gig. There are entrepreneurs and small businesses out there using micro-job sites who are thrilled to find a solid employee who has the skills they need, so they hire them directly to do freelance work. There truly are micro-jobs out there for all types of interests and skills.
Of course, there are scams out there, so you must be diligent in reading reviews of the micro-job companies you are considering. Common sense is a must so that you don’t get taken. But there is money to be made. And since college students usually don’t need to earn a huge income, micro-jobs may give you cash plus the additional flexibility that can be hard to come by in a traditional job. Sound good, but not sure where to start? Here are some micro-jobs that you may not have even known existed!
Sell your skills—Can you set up a WordPress theme with your eyes closed? Create awesome graphics or format Excel spread sheets? You can find all types of work using your skills, because not everyone has them. These types of jobs can allow for creativity too.
Mystery shop—For this job you will actually have to put on pants since you have to visit stores and restaurants, but it is worth it. You can get “free” meals and items, along with getting a check.
Sit on a mock jury—You may hope to never be called to attend jury duty, but this micro-job can be fun and educational. It may be of particular interest to law students.
Complete surveys—College students have opinions for sure. You can give yours and make cash.
Comment on websites and forums—This micro-job is great for those students who do this anyway.
Buy stuff—We all know we can sell stuff to make extra cash, but there are valid sites out there that give you points that you can trade in for cash or gift cards for buying the stuff you would buy anyway.
Reviewstuff—Many sites out there are looking for reviewers for all types of things, like websites, ads, music, apps, books and products. You can give your opinions and get paid for it.