How to balance your side hustle and your academics

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Side Hustle

Today, it seems like every college student has a side hustle or is at least considering starting one. And that makes a lot of sense! A side hustle is a great way to make extra cash, especially when you have no time to work full time. Plus, you can sneak in work experience and build your resume, or even pursue a passion unrelated to school!

There are several side hustles that campus ladies can pursue. These include babysitting, doing laundry for colleagues on campus, tutoring, running errands, running a fashion thrift shop and online writing. Other side hustles can take the form of a hobby but are still important in helping you out financially.

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If you’re interested in starting this part-time work or side project, but don’t know where to begin, here are some tips to help you make the right choices on the way.

Pick a Side Hustle that fits naturally with your lifestyle.

If you can’t commit to a structured second job, there are still a lot of side hustles that you can make work with your schedule! For example, some students can easily integrate working at a nearby bar or restaurant into their routine because they’re close to campus and have night or weekend shifts available that work with class schedules. If you can only commit to a few hours a week, part time gigs around college, such as tutoring, sales reps and running errands offer a lot of the same flexibility. If you’re unable to commute to work several times a week, there are even opportunities to work online, by taking online surveys or working as an online writer.

Expand on a hobby or passion you already have.

If you’re not in the mood to look for work in an entirely new field, you can just build on what you’re already interested in and find a way to monetize it as your own boss. Do you know how to style hair, or have you always loved taking portraits of your best friends? Advertise your skills and start charging the cash for them! You have a ready market available right there on your campus.

Find something that can add to your Work Experience.

While the thought of having extra cash is really exciting, it’s also important to remember that not all side hustles will pay. It can be hard to find paid work as a student, especially if you can only work part time and in a location near your campus or online. If you can afford it, consider pursuing a side hustle that will get you the work experience you need on your resume. Even if you won’t be paid in the traditional sense, the skills and experience you get will be helpful.

Balance your side hustle with your other responsibilities.

Once you’ve chosen the right-side hustle that fits your schedule (and your budget), it’s time to figure out how to balance it on top of being a student. You want your side hustle toenhancethe other aspects of your life, rather than detract from them or act as another stressor. This means you will need to learn some time management. There are several tools online that can help you manage your time. Some of these include Google Calendar. Be sure to have some way of keeping track of your days and workload so that you don’t fall behind.

Remember to take care of yourself

Having a side hustle will inevitably mean that your days get a lot busier, meaning you might have less time for TLC. Even with a more occupied schedule, it’s important that you continue to take care of your mental and physical health. Be sure to eat regularly, stay hydrated, exercise and sleep, no matter what your schedule may look like.Self-careis important! Remember that a side hustle is only worth it if you are healthy and awake enough to enjoy it.

Starting a side hustle while already in college sounds like a lot to take on at first, but it can be a truly rewarding and worthwhile experience. Whatever your hobbies, location and schedule, there is bound to be something that works for you!

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