8 Part-Time or Summer Jobs for Extra Cash

Working with Children
Let’s face it. Tuition is more expensive these days and we can barely get by without facing tons of debt. Ease the pain a little bit with these part-time, work-at-home and summer options. You may even find a secret niche or develop a valuable skill for the future.

Earn extra income by trying one of these eight part-time or summer jobs:

  1. Research Assistant (RA)
  2. Don’t let yourself be fooled by the image of laboratory coats and chemicals. Many professors don’t even have a laboratory because they conduct research in the city or surrounding areas. You could be helping to recruit participants, take care of animal research subjects, or collect and analyze data. Working as an RA allows you to gain academic work experience and you may find yourself working on campus between classes. If you stick it out, the best reward is a stellar reference letter from a respected professor!

  3. Freelance Writing
  4. Anyone can start freelance writing and I wish I knew about these opportunities when I was in college. If you don’t have any writing samples starting out, you can always mention reports or essays you’ve done during your studies. Expect to make between $10-15 per short article starting out with content-creating companies. Eventually, you can look for your own clients who pay you what you’re worth.

  5. Virtual Assistant (VA)
  6. Virtual assistants perform administrative tasks from the comfort of their own home. All you’ll need is a good computer that you’re comfortable using and sometimes, you’ll also need a telephone. You could be helping your client with his or her blog, website and social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, among other tasks.

  7. Nanny
  8. Throw the stereotype away because being a nanny isn’t just a job for high school students anymore. In fact, many families prefer hiring mature and responsible college students or graduates who have experience with children. Studying infant or child development in college could also give you an advantage. This can be a highly paid position and you can work your college schedule around it.

  9. Autism Therapist
  10. With increased awareness of autism, more parents are able to start therapy for their children much earlier, which leads to better results in their development. You can contribute to these positive developmental changes by helping out with therapy sessions. In many cases, you don’t need specific experience with developmental disabilities because you’ll work with an interdisciplinary team. You just need to have a positive attitude and the willingness to help these children. This experience can be especially beneficial for those considering a career in the medical field.

  11. Designer
  12. If you’re a hands-on kind of person who already loves making jewelry and crafts, think about starting a side business and selling your work on Etsy.com or eBay. Turn your hobby into a part-time career, pick up some entrepreneurial skills and make some money off of what you already love to do.

  13. Guide
  14. Guides don’t always take people to unknown, exotic places. There’s also a need for local tour guides, museum guides and even fishing guides. Think about the local tourist spots and how you can help make the visitor experience a positive one as you build presentation and customer service skills.

  15. Tutoring and Teaching
  16. If you have a knack for education, consider tutoring students in younger years in your best subjects or teaching English to recent immigrants. For those who are trained in a musical instrument or have a special skill, such as gymnastics or swimming, you can possibly make even more money teaching and you can often work from your very own home.

    Do you have any other ideas to earn extra income?

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  1. Vincent Tufano
    Posted May 7, 2011 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    As usual Samantha, you give excellent advice. I think, however, that some individuals, especially those who lack self confidence, might find it difficult to follow through on some of these suggestions. How about a post on building self-confidence? Can you think of anything that Dale Carnegie hasn’t already mentioned?

  2. Samantha Bangayan
    Posted May 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    What a great idea, Vinny! I’ll make it a priority this coming week! =) Hmm… you’ve got me brainstorming! =)

  3. Abe Palmer
    Posted May 12, 2011 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    I love your enthusiasium!!!!. So many young people rely wholly on their parents or school loans for their educational financing. And they fail to realise that creating a HEALTHY WORK ETHIC is every bit as vital to their success in life as their education is. How I wish your post could reach more kids then it will. I hope what parents read this artical will face their children and encourage them to do their share. Thanks for your insite Samantha

  4. Abe Palmer
    Posted May 12, 2011 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Dale Carnegie ( How to Win Friends and Influance People )
    A great read for people wanting to build self confidance. I read it in 1981 as a young 19 year old out in the world alone trying to share my Faith with others. What a valuable tool for success.

  5. Samantha Bangayan
    Posted May 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for *your* enthusiasm, Abe! =) I wholeheartedly agree about developing discipline and a healthy work ethic. It should have been one of the first things I mentioned in the article! =)

    Thanks for the book recommendation as well, Abe! Dale Carnegie and another friend who recommended him were the inspiration for this post! =)

  6. Posted May 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    I am soooo sharing this with everyone I know!!!

  7. Samantha Bangayan
    Posted May 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Aw thanks so much, Val! =) I hope it’ll be helpful! =)

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