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 days—college 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.
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 selling—buy & 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 safe—you 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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!