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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

11 Unique, Entrepreneurial Summer Jobs for College Students

I can almost guarantee you've heard of Uber and Lyft being a trendy, tech-savvy college student. They are the mobile apps you use to get around town, as the companies behind them swiftly take down the entire taxi cab industry. But have you thought about it from the other side? If your car is nice enough (and you are old enough), you could be an Uber driver and earn some extra money this summer driving around town.

These 11 marketplaces all offer great opportunities for you to earn some extra income across many different fields. For Uber and Lyft, you'll be a driver... but with TakeLessons or Wyzant, you could be a teacher/tutor and get some great experience in the process.

Here are 11 new(ish) companies to check out that could replace your typical summer employment this break:

1. Gigwalk - Gigwalk helps companies get connected with local workers on projects. For example, a company will post a job for $10 where you can check the price of milk at a local grocery store or two. If you sign up to be a Gigwalker, you can check in on jobs and pick up some extra cash.
Check it out here.

2. Elance - Elance is an online marketplace for freelancers. If you're studying programming or graphic design, marketing or photography, or many other disciplines, you could find work this summer on Elance. Not only could you earn some extra cash but you'll receive some entrepreneurial work experience, too.
Check it out here.

3. Fiverr - Fiverr is similar to Elance, but usually for cheaper/quicker jobs. The concept initially started around the idea that you could find projects for under $5. However, you can get jobs at a much higher rate now. Post your skills, apply to jobs, and see how it goes.
Check it out here.

4. Odesk - Odesk is another competitor of the two above. You'll find many opportunities for web development, market research, sales projects, writing and translating, and many more around the business world.
Check it out here.

5. TakeLessons - If you're a musician, have any interest in tutoring, or want to offer some 1-on-1 sports coaching, TakeLessons is a great place to start. You create a free profile on the site to be seen in your area by whoever is searching for what you offer (ie, piano lessons in Boston). Students and parents can book lessons with you, and you'll earn some extra income and experience in the process.
Check it out here.

6. Wyzant - Wyzant is similar to TakeLessons in that it's a marketplace for one-on-one learning. It differs in that the focus is on academic tutoring. So if you'd like to tutor some local high school or middle school students over the summer, Wyzant is a good option.
Check it out here.

Are you a high school student looking for summer job ideas? 

7. Etsy - Esty allows you to open an online shop where you can sell handmade goods, vintage items, and craft supplies if you're over 20 years old. If you have any crafting skills, this is a good option for you to make some money on whatever you create and build.
Check it out here.

8. 99 Designs - 99 Designs is like Etsy for designers. If you are studying design (in many forms), you could list your services and bid on jobs to create a logo, website, landing page, clothing, magazine cover, or many other types of designs for companies requesting those services.
Check it out here.

9. Contently - As a writer or journalist, you can set up an online profile to showcase your skills and work. From there, companies visit the site to find freelancers and contract projects to the writer or writers they select. If you're a journalism or English major and are looking for some cash and experience, consider posting a profile on Contently.
Check it out here.

10. Uber - As mentioned in the intro, Uber connects private drivers with people looking to get around town. This one may be a stretch for college kids because they have requirements for your car and age (you must be 23).
Check it out here.

11. Lyft - Lyft is the main competitor to Uber, but has lower requirements. You still must be 21 and have a car that was made in the 2000s. If you meet those requirements, you could sign up to earn money when you want to drive.
Check it out here.

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