Being able to work while you’re waist high in homework, classes, and demanding professors can seem like a horribly daunting task. You barely have time to finish all that work, eat, bathe and let alone sleep. How on earth can you even imagine inserting a job into your schedule?
Unfortunately, it has to be done if you want to be able to pay back those student loans. Instead of feeling frustrated and negative about it, try shifting your mentality to believing that it’s something that you chose because you are making an investment into your future. The hard work you are putting in now is so you can have a brighter future doing what you love instead of working just to pay the bills.
The trick is choosing a job that has flexibility and the highest amount of reward for less amount of time. Here are some of the best and most popular jobs for college students trying to pay off their student loans.
A barista is a great job because if you have classes in the afternoon or evening, this schedule permits you to get your work day over with well ahead of time so that you can dedicate the rest of your day to your studies.
Baristas are expected to wake up early, however customers are generally nice and easy going. It’s not like you’re a debt collector or a traffic officer. Occasionally you will meet a Negative Nancy but that’s true for any job in life.
Another reason this job is great for students is because you can make more than an hourly wage. Depending on whether you’re the only barista working or not, tips can range from $30-$100 in a shift. Ideally, finding a barista job in a stand where you work alone is the best option since this guarantees all the tips will go to you.
Waiting tables is great because of the flexibility in schedule. Generally, the restaurant will have a fairly large staff of various part time employees so everyone is willing to trade shifts and it’s usually easy to accommodate your schedule.
Apart from the schedule factor, you can make hundreds of dollars in a single shift depending on how busy the establishment is and how good you are. This can be an extremely lucrative opportunity if you fall into the right gig.
Babysitting is one of the most flexible jobs that you can get since you are essentially an independent contractor who either accepts or rejects jobs.
You can work at night while the children sleep and get paid to do your homework. Not a bad deal!