Working through college is a good way to offset the high costs of school.
But it can be tough to find a decent-paying job you can balance with classes and extracurriculars.
Instead, look into legitimate ways to make money online for a more flexible source of income.
For a regular paycheck and work-at-home schedule, check out these 15 online jobs for college students.
1. Social Media Manager
Starting Pay: $15-$40/hour
Managing a company’s social media accounts can be a fun way to make money on a flexible schedule. It’s also a cool way to connect with businesses you love.
A social media manager serves as the voice and face of a business on a number of engagement platforms. You’ll promote deals and content and interact with followers.
How to Get Started
You could post your resume on random job boards, but it’s better to contact local companies directly. Better yet, connect with a business you already patronize.
Focus on social platforms you love and know inside out to boost your pay. If you’re a Twitter fiend, talk up your experience. If you spend all your free time on Pinterest, put your pinning skills to use.
Then, get creative: Outline a plan to connect with customers via Snapchat or Instagram. Smaller companies might not have thought about exploring these platforms, making you an integral part of the team.
2. Online Tutor
Pay: $13-$20/hour or more
Take your academic strengths and knowledge online to start your own tutoring business.
Offer peer tutoring for fellow college students or connect with K-12 students in home-school programs.
And it’s not just academic: Focus on your extracurricular talents, and offer tutoring or consulting in things like music, art, social media, fashion or nutrition, too.