If you’re in school, chances are you know a thing or two about certain academic subjects. Whether it’s math, essay writing, chemistry — or standardized testing — use your knowledge to make money and teach others who might be struggling in the areas you excel.
There will always be a high demand for tutors, in college and the resources for promoting your services are expansive. Students who wish to pursue a job as a tutor have multiple options, such as tutoring through your college’s peer-tutoring center; by applying and registering as a tutor at your school you’ll be able to earn extra cash without having to market your services yourself (leave that to the school). If you wish to go independent, find out if your school has an online community board where you can post your services and rates or go into your student center and library and leave flyers at the front desk.
If you excel in a certain subject, talk to those professors and see if they’ll help spread the word. Many schools often let you register as a tutor with them so students are able to look up your information on the school’s website.
Also, tutor high school students in your area. One area particularly in demand is SAT tutoring for both the general SAT and specialized subjects. Nationally recognized SAT prep companies such as Kaplan and The Princeton Review consistently have available job opportunities listed on their websites for tutors around the United States.
Tutors can charge anywhere from $10 to $100 per hour depending on subject matter and the city, however the going rate for SAT tutors tends to skew higher. Look up what tutors are charging in your area before setting your rate.
It’s undeniable that a number of college students get wrapped up in their school’s social scene. Why not capitalize on it?
During his junior year in college, Alex Sanchez cofounded Edgework Entertainment, an event management, promotion and consulting startup. Sanchez noticed an unmet demand for off-campus events in the community.
To bridge the gap, he networked with local venue owners and musicians by acting as a liaison between local entertainers and venues; he was able to plan and execute successful events that his company promoted on-campus through guerilla marketing tactics, such as passing out flyers, putting up posters and speaking to students one-on-one creating buzz among the student body.
They also utilized major social media channels and created a website to get their name out to the community.
It was a win-win for all parties: venues got more customers, musicians got exposure and Edgework Entertainment took a percentage of cover charges and ticket sales.
“Find the right people to work with and make sure you have good chemistry. Everyone is painting a small part of a larger picture so communication is key,” says Sanchez.
On top of exceptional communication skills, having organizational skills as well as a grasp on the fundamentals of business, marketing and finance are necesssary as an event organizer.
Whether applying for a summer internship or preparing for life after college, a majority of college students need a well-written résumé. Internships and jobs are at a competitive high right now and the way a résumé looks and reads can make or break a student’s chances for a position at his or her dream company.
First and foremost, it’s important that your résumé be impeccable so you can guarantee your services to other students. Go into your school’s campus career counseling center to learn about résumé writing and perfect your own. The internet will also be your primary tool to help with research of résumé formatting.
If you’re an excellent writer with a sharp eye for how to organize information clearly, résumé writing is an easy opportunity for you to help others and make money on your own time.
Professional résumé writers can charge hundreds of dollars per résumé; however, as a college student catering to other young up and comers, start off by keeping your hourly rate fairly low ($15-$20).
To be continued in the next post