Now that my classes are over for this term, I want to spend some time thinking about how to make some side money while going to school full-time. This got me thinking about jobs that I’ve done before when I was studying for undergraduate. There has been a good variety. Let’s see what we got, from lowest paying to highest:
Drive-Through Cashier, $6/hour – A mom and pop fast-food type restuarant. Took orders for drive-through, made drinks, cashier stuff.
University Security Escort, ~$7/hour – Walked people home at night from the library to their dormitory or off-campus housing. It was nice, you get to work at night and meet a lot of new people. I actually met my wife this way!
Restaurant Host/Cashier, ~$8/hour – Another mom and pop, but a sit-down restaurant. Took reservations, handled to-go orders, sat people at tables, provided silverware and water, cashier stuff, counted money and receipts at the end of the day.
Parking Attendant – $10/hour – Worked football games and basketball games. Stood around, talked on CB radio, and sold parking permits. Boring, but good pay considering the full-time parking people made less than we did (but got benefits). Working one football game would get you $75, and you’d be done by 2pm. Very easy to pick up shifts when you need some extra dough (say, for a date)
Math/Science Tutor – $10-14/hour – As a university-employed tutor. I love teaching and working with people, so tutoring was great. Pretty flexible hours.
Research Monkey, $12/hour – Ran tests and collected data for a professor during the summer. Terribly mind-numbingly boring.
Research Monkey #2, $12/hour – Used Microsoft Word’s Equation Editor to convert handwritten formulas into fancy-looking formulas. For antoher professor. Even more boring.
Private Tutoring, $15-$25/hour – This is where the money is at. You also get paid cash, and have to deal with the tax issues yourself. When you build up a good reference list, you can pretty much set up your own hours and charge what you think people will pay. Helps to have a car for high school students. But for college students it’s pretty easy. This is the only job I’m considering starting again next term.
There may be more that I forgot. Note that I never did any real food service. I just know that I would’ve lost a finger or something if I had to deal with knives or cooking or frying.
Of course in retrospect, it might have been better to try and start my own business like Napster or Google, but I was pretty much just looking to buy food and toys at the time. What are some interesting jobs you all have done to make some money?
By Jonathan Ping | General | 12/16/05, 9:53am