Students always need work. Especially international students of American universities. As you know, the student visa F-1 gives an opportunity to work at universities. But often this is not enough. Despite the fact that the infrastructure of educational institutions in the US is hugely developed, not all those who want work are getting jobs. But if you look at the lives of students and teachers, you can understand their needs. And an entrepreneurial vein, savvy and flexible schedule of studies will prompt a way to earn using these observations.
Americans, whose business acumen is well known to everyone, offer six original ideas for student earnings on campus, which will not only bring income, but also develop valuable qualities and, perhaps, eventually grow into their own business.
Instead of working in the cafeteria
Tend to accuracy, order and excellent service? It’s time to put these qualities outside the university canteen and send them to the homes of students and teachers! An excellent variant of freelance work for such pedantic natures is “a consultant in order”. Help your classmates and university staff clean up their homes, papers and workplaces for a reasonable fee. You will get a more exciting job, and they are a more efficient and organized.
Instead of working in the library
Do you orient yourself well in the bookshelves of libraries and archives? Then the university is a great place to help others. Many students are stunned by piles of papers, among which you need to find the right one, and are ready to pay for your help. Advertise yourself as a “literature search assistant.” The work will be much more interesting, and the income is more.
Instead of working in the postal service
You know the situation when you need to send something inside the university, but do not want to run around with the package yourself? And, for example, many students want to order something from a store nearby, but do not want to waste time waiting for delivery. Use this and organize your courier service on campus and nearby areas. If you have a car, then the list of paid courier services can be significantly expanded.
Instead of working in a computer lab
Why work in a boring laboratory, if you can provide computer services privately! Customers will be pleased with the opportunity not to appeal to the frown of computer class personnel, and you can enjoy the life of a freelancer by working in a convenient place for you and getting a stable income.
Instead of working in the parking
Do you like cars? Buy basic and necessary parts and tools – a connecting cable, a wrench and so on – and become on campus “to those who are called in case of problems with the machine.” And if you still know how to change wheels, you will be surprised by the number of received calls!
Instead of working at a store
Do you know a particular recipe for delicious pastries that your friends adore? Why work at a university store, if you can bake yourself and sell your creations! Your kitchen is your workshop. Buyers will soon be found and will be contacted again and again! Create a simple website with your products and enter the email address where customers can send their orders.
How is your ideal student work look like?