My Odd Jobs Taught Me I’m Queen of the Creative Side Hustle

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As a full-time student, it’s often hard to be on top of a strenuous work schedule, too. While I do encourage you to pursue internships and other job experience in fields related to your study,  sometimes you just need to buckle down and make money quickly. When I was in high school, I never had a “real” job. A few of my friends worked at grocery stores or fast food restaurants, and hated every minute of it. I chose a more creative approach with odd jobs–maybe it’ll inspire you to take on the same.

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While it may seem like an obvious one, and even if you don’t like kids (guilty), babysitting is a fun and easy way to make decent money. To step up your babysitting game, download an app called Nextdoor.  After entering this info, you pretty quickly start getting requests for babysitters or mother’s helpers from families in your area. The parents are appreciative that you’re helping them go out, or get some alone time, so they’re inclined to pay you nicely.

Plus, since most of my babysitting was done at night, it was a great way for me to do homework after putting the kids in bed. Even though babysitting to make money isn’t a revolutionary concept, it feels really good to be in college, still babysitting for people I did in high school, as well as finding new jobs on my own.


As long as you don’t have any allergies or aversions to furry friends, see if anybody you know is in need of a dog-walker or petsitter. I’ve found that a lot of the time, people who go on vacation want to avoid paying insanely high costs for a pet hotel or kennel, and instead, they hire someone  they trust to walk and feed their pets. Personally, I love animals (especially cats) so petsitting never even feels like work to me.

I get to hangout with your pets and I get paid? Score.

I get to hangout with your pets and I get paid? Score. A lot of my friends and neighbors have relied on me to take care of their pets, and I’ve made a little extra money here and there through doing it. Talk to your friends and family who have pets, and see if they can use you for any walking, grooming, feeding, or caregiving in the near future.

These are two of my favorites, but there are plenty of others. Between things like tutoring, housework, and completing chores and errands for people that they just simply don’t want to do, there are plenty of odd jobs at your disposal if you need to make some cash in a pinch. I encourage you to check them out! I have learned so much about dedication through my odd jobs; that no amount of money is too small and that no job is too beneath me when it comes to making good financial choices for myself.