Still, $30,000 is a lot of money, and that’s before you even start calculating what you’re going to need to live on. For a lot of college students, the need to pay their own way becomes crippling. It’s not unusual for students to find themselves needing to work what equates to full time hours (more than 30 hours per week is generally considered full time) just to support themselves through their course.
That’s a problem.
While the idea of earning for yourself as you continue your studies doesn’t sound so bad in the abstract, in reality, it can be a nightmare. The amount of hours you have to spend working is the same way of saying the amount of time you spend not studying. Working too much can have a serious impact on the work you produce as part of your degree -
which is the whole reason you’re trying to support yourself through college!
Of course, it’s not like you can follow the usual job advice and “give it your all” or “commit to it” - because you’re in college! If you’re going to give your all to anything, it should be to the course that will improve your future prospects.
So What Can You Do?
1) Save For College
This is a pretty basic idea, but it’s still worth repeating as a surprising number of people don’t do it. The year before you head to college can be used to earn money where you can. Even doing odd jobs for the occasional $10 or $20 could be beneficial if you tuck it away to keep the you of the future from having to exist on Ramen noodles 24/7.
2) Find Work You Can Do From Your Home
It is possible to work while you’re at college, but you need to find something that isn’t going to be time-consuming. Given that commuting is a huge demand on time for anyone, it’s worth considering your options for what you might be able to do from home (or wherever you’re living as you attend college).
If you’re not sure what sort of work might be possible, then consider…
- Search engine evaluation. Done remotely and by project, working with search and social media evaluation can give you a steady income without having to leave the comfort of your room. You can run a simple search for the kind of companies that can offer an insight - though be warned, there might not be much feedback so you’ll have to be comfortable working independently.
- Webcam modeling. If you’re confident and have got a working webcam, then working through a company like Next Level Modeling has its advantages. This type of work is helpful for college, given that you tend to be able to choose your own hours - perfect if you’ve got an essay deadline looming over your head and need to take some time off.
- Telesales. You’re going to need the gift of the gab and plenty of confidence, but if you want a flexible job that involves chatting with people, then telesales might just be for you.
You tend to have to do your research with companies you might consider and see if anything is a good fit for you. Of course, you don’t just have to pursue one avenue of the above - they’re all options, so you could try them out and see what works for you.
3) Be Financially Prudent
So while you don’t have to restrict yourself to no fun at all and staying in every night, do try and remember it’s a future you’re building while at college. It’s your educational future, but it’s also the same steps to your financial future - so keep it secure.