Carlos Rivera, August 24, 2018
College years are definitely one of the best stages of our lives. Parties, friends, expanding our intellectual boundaries. Basically, the peak of social interaction.
But books, food, rent and other living expenses can be tough for most middle-income students who strive to do their best while also trying to not over-rely on their parents. And that’s where part-time jobs can be lifesavers.
Are you a college student having a hard time making ends meet? Keep reading and you will find some online part-time jobs you can do to earn some extra money on the side.
Audio transcription jobs can be a great option for students that have zero work experience. You only need to have good English skills, a computer and a good internet connection.
After completing a series of tests related to typing speed, reading comprehension you will have to do a demo transcription and according to the percentage obtained you can start working for them almost immediately. After being accepted you will have access to a platform where you can select audios and work by transcribing them.
Companies like TrascribeMe and Gotranscript are great for newcomers as they don’t require previous experience or other specialized hardware like a transcriptionist pedal. Payment varies between .33$ to .60$ per second of audio and is processed through PayPal.
With so many tasks now performed by AI’s is only natural for some of them to fail. Is at that moment where a real person shines by doing tasks a machine still have some difficulty doing. Welcome to the world of MTurk and Turkers.
A “turker” is actually a worker who performs a specific task called HIT (Human Intelligence Task) for a Requester (The person who posted the HIT). Each HIT is completely different, but most are related to transcription, writing, tagging, editing, content moderation, clicking an ad and so on.
On every HIT you will get all information necessary to complete it as well as the time limit and reward for completing it. You can look forward to earning at least 5$/h while most successful and experimented turkers claim to earn about 1100$ a month.
To get started go to Amazon Mechanical Turk web.
Are you good with English have some intermediate to advanced knowledge of other languages and have some certifications to prove it? Then you can easily become a translator and put your skills to good use.
Online translation jobs are great because you will not only earn some cash on the side but also improve your written skills in other languages. To get started go to Gengo or create a freelancer profile on UpWork, PeoplePerHour or Freelancer.com.
This job offers great flexibility and can be great for language students. Payment would vary greatly according to your expertise, but you can expect to earn something along the lines of .02$-.04$ per word.
If you have native English skills, some previous teaching or tutoring experience and you study and live in the U.S. You can earn some money by teaching English to Chinese kids ages 5-12 and earn a hefty amount of money doing so.
If you are interested, check ALO7 and VIPKids where you can earn anything from 14$/h to 22$/h. Do note that you will have to create/buy some props like puppets and that the selection process is harder than previous options.
Be advised that most of these classes are pre-scheduled and most of them take place on the very early hours of the morning but don’t fret because if the client doesn’t show you will still get paid.
Do you draw? Do voiceovers? Edit photos? Maybe even sing? Then Fiverr is a great platform to put your talents to good use. Fiverr is a community where you can exploit each talent and get money by doing so.
You can post your services and even create different tiers on each i.e a sketch for 5$ or a completely colored drawing for 25$. Communication with each client is often very fluid and you can get paid in a lot of different ways.
If you are planning to be a full-fledged freelancer, then these sites are a better option. While Fiverr is great to earn some extra money doing simple things, on UpWork you can earn permanent contracts with clients and, comparatively, earn a lot more.
After creating your profile and filling it with all your qualifications you can start bidding on jobs. The UpWork platform also offers tests completely free of charge to showcase your abilities to potential clients. UpWork projects range from Content Writing to Web Development.
There’s two kind of jobs hourly and fixed price. On hourly projects, you get paid by submitting a set amount of work time through an app provided by UpWork. While on fixed price projects you get paid either by completing previously discussed milestones or the entire project.
UpWork also provides chat rooms to communicate with clients as well as a payment platform.
If you are a web developer, UI/UX designer or finance expert then you can try your hand at TopTal.
The approach of TopTal is completely different from other sites like Guru, UpWork or PeoplePerHour because there are no bidding contests and you can’t sign up with them right away.
If you manage to pass their very tough screening process and be part of the top 3% of applicants you can work directly for great names in the industry like Zendesk, Airbnb and J.P Morgan just to name a few.
If you manage to come up on top you can earn more than 2500$+ a month and everything is completely from home. Sounds neat right?