Some people (actually more like many people) are in the unfortunate position of not being able to obtain a student loan, or qualify for a grant. Whatever the case may be, there are a number of students out there who are faced with the prospect of a future without the means to go to college.
It can be daunting, no doubt. But don’t despair, because all isn’t lost.
There are always methods of getting things done. Sure, it will take some effort, but considering the rewards, it’s well worth it, wouldn’t you say?
While studying, in an ideal world you would like to be able to focus your attention on your studies – and not worry about having to work to make ends meet, which could impact your grades, not to mention your mental health.
College breaks can be utilized to earn money – which, if fully exploited, makes the difference (for many students already doing it) between being able to complete their studies and not being able to go to college at all.
There are a number of options you might consider to earn money – and depending on your location and situation, you might even want to combine some of these options if necessary. It will depend entirely on you and your cash flow needs.
1. Take a job in the retail industry
Since holidays are usually busy, many stores tend to employ temporary staff to help cope with the extra pressure, without wanting the responsibility of taking on full time employees. These positions can include anything from cashiers to promoters, deliveries, etc.
2. Take care of someone
Typically, people often only think of babysitting jobs when considering caring for someone. But there are always elderly and ill people who, while not necessarily in need of medical supervision, could still do with a helping hand to tend to their needs.
In some cases, the hours could become long. However the money is often decent to very good. The amount you earn is relative to the amount of work involved, and can be extremely worthwhile in most cases. Depending upon the area you live in, you might also consider pet care and dog walking as well if you’re not partial to caring for people!
3. Become a waiter or waitress
Fast food outlets, diners and restaurants all take on additional staff from time to time. Depending on where you live, the restaurant itself and the typical average income of people in the area, it can become quite lucrative. There is a reason you find many college students waiting tables and tending bar for so many years! They are often using the funds to pay their way through college.
4. Sell your services on a freelance basis
You could look at something as simple as mowing lawns, preparing meals for lazy and busy people (you may be surprised to know just how many folks fall into these categories!) or offering assistant services to small business owners to get their filing up to date, help get a handle on paperwork, etc.
Once you sit down and plan, there are always ways to make money regardless of your level of skills and experience.
Besides the monetary rewards, there’s something else you need to keep in mind…
When you add these “simple jobs” to your resume once you’ve completed your studies, your prospective employers will have a markedly different impression of you as a person than if you didn’t have them.
What you have achieved (financially) by being willing to work hard and go the extra mile to fund your education will make a statement regardless of any lack of professional experience…and that gives you a decided edge on the competition!