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01-20-2014, 09:07 PM
Hello! I am a college freshman and I am not allowed to have a job. According to my father, if he is going to pay for my college, I have to focus on my work. I have to pay for my own gas so I do yard work and small jobs around the house to earn money. I really want to find a way to make money elsewhere. I never have anything extra to spend or save. I would like to start a very small business or partake in an online job. I was curious if anyone had any advice for me to start my endeavor with. Any sort of reply would be very appreciated! Thank you so much.

01-27-2014, 03:29 AM
Firstly, I'm glad to hear that your father wants you to focus on your studies and that he'll pay for you to do so. However, if you won't get into trouble for doing some paid work when you have time, and still putting school first, there are many ways to make money online. The trouble with starting a small business in your situation is that it can require your time and attention on a regular basis, and not just when you can spare a few hours here and there. If you can work during the vacations, you could of course do yard work, wait tables or be a lifeguard full time over the summer, for example. Before and during Christmas and New year retail stores always need extra staff too.

But if you can only put in a small amount of work when school is quiet, and then have to drop your job when preparing for exams or finishing assignments, there are online gigs that might suit you. If you can write articles, blog posts, press releases etc for other people, for example, you can always get work through various forums such as the Warrior Forum or Wickedfire. They don't pay a huge amount per article, but if you're w fast writer you can do OK, and there are always people looking. There are also sites like Textbroker, iWriter, and Scripted where you can pick up writing assignments, and also Freelancer, oDesk and eLance where are are jobs for writer and also for people such as web designers, video or audio editors, programmers, marketing consultants and lots more. Fiverr and similar gig sites can also be a place to pick up work as and when you have time, but can't commit to an ongoing job.

So, think about the types or work you can do, and that you enjoy doing, and maybe you can get some online gigs to help pay for some fun things! Then you could start a real business after you graduate with a great degree.

01-27-2014, 04:36 AM
I would also recommend blogging. You can do it on your free time, you can blog about things that interests you, and you can earn extra by placing ads on your blog site. Blogging will also help you improve your writing and research skills, help established yourself as an expert on something, help you meet new people and gain new connections that you may find beneficial after you graduate from college.

Also, If you decided to get a part-time job in freelance job sites like Elance or Odesk.com, having a blog can give you a competitive edge over other job seekers. You can include it in your online portfolio as reference when a prospect client wants proof of what you can do online. :wink:

01-27-2014, 06:41 AM
Depends on what is your expertise. Are you good at selling? Or programming? Or blogging?

If you do not have an expertise, then maybe you would want to find where your passion lies. Starting a business is not easy. You might want to perhaps do some part-time tutoring instead.

01-27-2014, 09:03 AM
Freelance writing is something that might be good for you. This is of course assuming that you can write properly, and are interested in it. Not only will it bring in a bit of money (not a lot though) it will also help you with your vocabularly etc. which could always be handy at school.

01-28-2014, 05:37 AM
Before we can help you, you'd have to tell us where your passion lies. Venturing into the business or freelance market for solely the sake of making money won't do you any good. You won't be proficient at what you're doing unless you also have passion in it. Skills such as programming and graphic design are in high demand, but they're also high in supply. You're going to be competing with people who have been practicing these skills for years. So I hope you can understand that it won't be as simple as you think.

01-28-2014, 01:35 PM
When I was still in school, I have been in the same situation like you and I know that I really cannot go anywhere else because of my studies and my family knows when I am supposed to be back home - but because of my sincere desire to earn something for myself without asking any financial support from my family, I approached the management office and asked if there is a chance to work as a student assistant in the computer laboratory or library assistant, lucky me, they have given me the chance to be a compulab assistant and from there, I started maximizing my time in the school, during my break time, and some time after my class.

Maybe you can try this technique.

01-28-2014, 02:09 PM
You should be glad, first of all, that your father is paying for your college. It takes a huge weight off your shoulder. I'd recommend trying to make money online, Adsense is a great earner. I bring in around $2k/month with Adsense, which is definitely enough for your gas and other personal expenses. Any questions about Adsense, feel free to shoot me a PM!

01-29-2014, 03:41 AM
If you are a US citizen, you could do some work on Amazon Mechanical Turk. All the jobs are easy and some jobs pay as much as $50 to transcribe audio to text. Keep in mind that whenever you are skipping classes to do the work, you're doing it wrong. Your dad is right and in the end, your diploma will be the most important thing you have and it will make you waaaay more money than any online job will ever make you.

01-29-2014, 08:26 AM
A job or business is only good for you if you have the matching skills and the experience to deal with people on a daily basis. The internet is filled with freelancing jobs which allows you to learn while working. If you opt to do a small business you should find a field of interest that you are personally excited about doing. If you love gaming, you should sell and trade hardwares of computers, consoles, electronics and the like.

02-01-2014, 06:06 PM
Hello xwolfiex13x!
You are caught between a rock and a hard place. I agree with your dad. I also agree with you and your financial situation. One of the things you do on a daily basis is read and write papers for school. Have you considered blogging? It will not compete with your education and it will bring you spending money or a full time income. Thats up to you! I'd honor my father's conditions because college is very expensive and if he is willing to pay for it on condition that you finish school within a reasonable amount of time - I'd do just that. This is a great opportunity your dad is offering you.

Another way you could honor your dad and finish school is by collecting recycled bottles. I know students drink a ton of bottled beverages and most of the bottles are tossed in the trash. Now see those bottles as dollars and cents being tossed in the trash. You could collect those bottles and before you know it, you will have a substantial amount of money in your pocket just from helping keep the campus un-littered. You picked up beverage bottles.

02-01-2014, 07:09 PM
I think it's really a good idea to focus on your studies. I worked while putting myself through college. That made college harder than it really had to be. But I do understand what to have some spending cash in your wallet.

A small online venture can be run with just a few dedicated hours a day. The type of venture that you start will depend on your skills and interests. My very online venture was selling via eBay. It can be relatively easy to set up. The trick is finding something to sell.

02-02-2014, 04:13 PM
The more skills you have/develop the more money-making opportunities will arise for you.
Pick up some books, learn how to be a great writer or a great programmer etc. Sell your services online or start a website, there are many ways to make money online or offline. All you need is desire and a skill which people will pay for.

If you need any help with specific subjects, shoot me a PM.

02-02-2014, 08:59 PM
How much money are you looking to make? Have you thought about creating a blog? You can make your own blog and monetize it through AdSense or other sources. There is another great blogging site called, Bubblews that just pays you 1/2 the revenue share from their advertisers. You won't make a whole lot, but it is worth a couple hundred dollars if you post and interact regularly. ChatAbout is also another site that pays you to post opinions and comments on various topics. I make $5 every other day there. Building a business from scratch might cut into your work load at school, but there are a lot of other websites out there that will just pay you for different things. Mturk.com is a site that pays for performing small tasks. It is hosted by Amazon.

Phillip G. Pacheco
03-18-2014, 10:56 PM
Do you have any suggestion on particular interest that you would like to pursue ? If yes, then you can start of the journey towards in small steps. Otherwise as many others pointed out you can start blogging or freelance writing. Starting a business even if it is small will be difficult. You will have to find a suitable business, then go to a good business incorporation service (https://www.newbusinessnow.com/incorporation-services.php) and start on it. It would be difficult for you manage it along with your studies. So for the time being you can go for some small freelance job and the business can wait till you complete your studies.

03-18-2014, 11:49 PM
If you are good in writing, then I would say that you try to use freelance writing sites. There are so many freelance writing sites but be careful to make sure that you do not fall into scams. I think reading reviews about a company first, it will be much easier to know if it is a scam or genuine. I would recommend that you start with iwriter and textbroker.

03-26-2014, 12:40 PM
If you are just wanting a little spending money surveys are a great way to get that. Cash Crate, Swag bucks, Inbox Dollars are all good ways to earn
a little money. They are not very time consuming either. You can spend a few hours a day and by the end of the month you will have money for going out with friends.

03-27-2014, 04:34 AM
You can pretty much turn any interest of yours into an online business, but most of it takes a lot of dedication and effort, and if you would like to keep it from your father that you are diving into such ventures, then I'm guessing that selling physical goods would be out of the question. If this is the case, then just consider making some digital goods like e-books, music, or graphic work, then maybe buy a domain and a nice site with a good logo to brand yourself. Also, whatever you come up with, don't be afraid to test different things out to find out which one works best for you.

10-27-2014, 10:40 PM
ditto on blogging. It can take several months to over a year for a blog to really get some good traffic going(without investing in advertising). This is just fine though since as a student you can't put all of your time into it.

12-20-2017, 10:09 PM
Freelance writing is something that might be good for you. This is of course assuming that you can write properly, and are interested in it. Not only will it bring in a bit of money (not a lot though) it will also help you with your vocabularly etc. which could always be handy at school.

11-22-2019, 06:41 AM
go for online job as a freelancer

01-11-2021, 11:11 AM
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