- Working in college can lessen the amount of debt you incur for your college education. Financial aid loans have to be paid back and often take years to clear. Preventing debt is the best option if you can manage it.
- You gain valuable on-the-job experience by working during college, especially if you work in the field of your college major. Most employers after college will want to hire the candidates with real-world experience. Of course, if you decide to work from home on an internet-based job, you will want to be very sure you are signing up with legitimate employers.
- By holding down a college job, you will learn to manage your time more effectively. You will have your usual studies and school projects to handle, in addition to responsibilities and deadlines from your job. Learning time-management and self-motivation will give you two skills you can use for the rest of your life, regardless of your career choices.
- Believe it or not, having a job in school can teach you to get better grades. Just by having to be more focused and make the best use of your time, you will find ways to study more efficiently and stay organized in class.
Like any other job, online positions require hard work, marketable skills and dedication to the job.
Five great jobs to consider while you are in college:
Virtual Assistant (VA).
As more businesses work solely through the internet, the use of virtual assistants is skyrocketing. Internet businesses may not have a physical office, but they still have tasks that need doing. Virtual assistants might perform research, handle calls from customers or take care of billing for internet companies. Being reliable and able to manage deadlines while keeping good customer service are the keys to becoming a successful VA.
If you are planning a career in communications, journalism or advertising, freelance writing jobs are ideal for college students. Many websites, bloggers, ad agencies and marketing companies hire out their copywriting and article writing tasks to freelancers on line rather than having more full time staff. Online sites such as Fiverr.com, Textbroker.com and eLance.com are among the hundreds of freelance writing or “writing for hire” sites available. You accept the types of assignments that appeal to you on the frequency you choose.
Data entry requires no special skills to do, and many companies allow you to do the work on your own schedule. To do data entry, you enter information into forms or spreadsheets, or you transcribe audio statements to typed work. oDesk.com is one website that specializes in data entry jobs. Because the work is relatively easy, it may not always pay well. There are many sites that offer these jobs so check around for the best paying gigs.
There is enormous demand for people who can create functional and engaging websites. Businesses may be looking for people to create WordPress designs or blogs, programming, do advertising or website management or handle their social media presence. For college students, these jobs can be a good chance to improve technology and marketing skills or computer science skills, in addition to making some money.
Referring people to freelance writing sites through affiliate programs.
If you have already taken the leap into freelance writing jobs, you may be able to add to your income by referring other authors or clients to your writing sites. Sites such as WriterBay.com, Bukisa.com, Zemandi.com, WritingDocs, Edu-profit.com and eLance all pay current contractors a referral fee or a commission when a person they referred starts earning money through their site. The sites give you a referral code that the other person attaches to their application or first submission. The more people you refer, the more you earn.
There are many other online or internet-based jobs that would work well for a college student. Once you have built up a client base and demonstrated your talent, it becomes possible to earn hundreds of dollars per month. You will be working on your schedule in a field that is relevant to your intended career, all without leaving home.