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College-Friendly Side Hustles To Try If You Need Extra Allowance

Working a side gig while you're in school will probably do wonders for your resume in the future, too.
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If you’ve taken a class or two in Economics, one of the most useful insights you’ll ever learn is that there’s a scarcity in resources and overabundance in wants and needs. When applied in your daily life as a college student, you'll see that cash is limited but your wish list is always going to be never ending. Yup, that’s really how it is. 

On the other hand, if you were to ask most business moguls for a piece of advice they wish they’d given their younger selves, they’d probably tell them to save up sooner. 

Whether it’s to get those sneakers you’ve been dreaming of copping for months now, funding a well-deserved trip, or simply saving up for the rainy dayscollege is the perfect time to get into the hustle. It doesn’t hurt that working a side gig while you’re in school will probably do wonders for your resume in the future, too. 

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With that, here’s a list of college-friendly side hustles you might want to check out to make 2020 your best ~financial~ year yet. 

Buy & Sell

With Facebook, Instagram, and the rise of several apps on online sellingbuy & sell is a good start. Take cues from online shops started by college students like yourself. If you don’t have that much capital to bank on and you wanna play it a little safeyou can start by selling wearable or usable stuff you'll find in your room. You might not make a lot at first but it’s a start, right? 

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Tutoring

Are you particularly great at a specific subject, like perhaps, Math, History or Science? Put it to good use and offer tutoring services. You’re not only sharpening your skills in these fields, you’ll be able to help out other struggling students, too! Start off by asking your titos and titas if your little cousins are open for a tutoring sesh. It's a plus, too, if you love kids! 

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Pet /Baby/House Sitting

Pet/baby/house sitting in general might not be common here in the Philippines as much as it is in the U.S., but thinking about it, it’s actually a pretty legit side hustle! We’re pretty sure you have at least one friend who couldn’t leave because there’s no one to watch her pet, a tita who needs help watching your little cousin, or someone who just needs to sleep over at their house while on vacay. Just make sure to be safe though, start asking around from people you personally know first. 

Crewing

Up for a challenge? Try crewing for your favorite fast food or coffee shop. A lot of the establishments we all love, especially start-up ones, are very open to having part-time staff. You’re sure to learn lots of things along the way. 

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Somewhere out there, there’s a struggling college student who’s already preoccupied with so many things for their thesis and would potentially be happy to pay anyone willing to help out. It’s not that difficult; it trains you to pay keen attention to details (a definite must-have skill in the workforce!) and, trust me, there’s always going to be a demand for it. 

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Creative Work

Do you have a penchant for writing? Video editing? Graphic design? Lucky for you, remote work has become a thing and a lot of brands, both big and small, have become more open to freelancers and part-timers. Should you decide to pursue that creative track in the future, it’s a great way to build your portfolio, too! 

Always remember that deciding to work may not be easy at first but getting a head start will definitely pay off in the future. Good luck! 

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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