Anyone who has ever been to college will agree that it’s hard work. Many college grads may also admit to wondering if the four to six years was worth the financial and mental investment, particularly when job search is difficult after getting a degree. While virtually every college student tries to get his or her degree in an “employable” field, even the popular industries, like technology, can experience highs and lows, making it an uncertain and cloudy future.
Whether you’ve recently received your degree in Information Technology or just a general Associate’s degree, here are some tips for making some extra money while the perfect and lucrative job comes along:
Become a Rideshare Driver
If you have a reliable car and like to drive, becoming a rideshare driver for services like Lyft or Uber might be a good fit for you. The concept is pretty easy and is all at the tap of a finger on your smartphone. You accept a ride request, pick up a passenger, drive, and the app does the rest. While Lyft claims that drivers can make up to $35 per hour, make sure you do your research, read the terms and conditions thoroughly, and be smart about the rides you accept. Ride sharing has a potential to be profitable wherever you live, but will be most lucrative if you live in a bigger city.
Want to make a little money and have a little fun? Why not try your luck at online gambling? Sure, you could head to an in-house casino, but online gambling is convenient because you can do it from home or on the go (and you don’t have to get dressed up or battle the crowds). If you think you’ve got winning skills like Daniel Cates, you’ve had great luck with sports betting, or know your way around a blackjack table, online gambling could be a money making venture for you.
Depending on what you got your degree in, you may be able to put your skills to work on a job by job basis. For instance, are you a good writer, an excellent trouble shooter, or proficient in web design? Checking out websites like Glass door, Indeed, and Upwork may be a successful way to connect you with individual projects or temporary work. If you’re lucky, you might find a long term position, too. Bonus? Often times, these types of jobs are remote, which means you can work from the comfort of your home or the convenience of the neighborhood coffee shop.
Run Errands for Others
Don’t mind going grocery shopping or stopping at a deli during the lunch rush? Running errands for others can be a great way to make money. Sign up to be a Tasker on Task Rabbit and you have the opportunity to control the tasks you want (or don’t want) to do, all from the convenience of your smartphone. You can set your own rate and according to an article in Time, some Taskers can make up to thousands a month.