Jobs For Teenagers: Expert Series – Dr. Janet Hurt

Dr. Janet Hurt, associate superintendent of Logan County Schools, is the next installment of our expert series.

With a wide variety of experience, she offers some helpful advice to all job seekers, and in particular teens looking for a job.

1. Briefly tell us about your role and experience in staffing and recruiting.

Over the years, the project staff (Janet Hurt, Director; Steve Moats, Manager, Elisa Brown, Manager; Dennis Horn, Manager  have hired many in their roles from principals to associaticate superintendents of school districts to non-profit agencies.

Currently we are in the process of hiring almost 50 employees to work with us to achieve the goals to Race to the Top.

2. What are some of the best jobs for teenagers that help gain valuable experience for the future?

This really depends on the teens’ interests and plans for the future. I always look for ways that teens can gain from multiple experiences, while also making a little money.

Depending on where they live, often there are interest-related internships available with local companies. These look great on resumes.

However, there are ways to gain valuable skills in jobs that will involve teens in working with large groups (summer festivals, church picnics), interaction with the public and problem-solving (hardware store), communication and customer service (waitressing) and time management.

3. What would be your top 1 or 2 pieces of advice for a teenager preparing for their first job interview?

1. Do some research. Prior to the interview, get to know the company you’re interviewing with.

It looks and feels much better to the prospective employer if the interviewee can demonstrate prior knowledge of the company, and then be able to talk about how their skills and interests “fit” with the company’s mission, vision, or core business.

Show that you will be a valued-added investment. Go to the company website and look at things like current and planned directions, and even senior staff bios.

2. Be “present” for the interview. Remember that effective communication is 70% body language and “affect” and less than 30% what you actually say. Extend a firm handshake and look the interviewer in the eye.

Lean forward and show that you are genuinely interested in learning about, as well as giving to the company. Be a good listener and reply directly to questions asked. Bright eyes and a wide (but natural) smile also go a long way.

Teens should also consult resources via trusted online sources like Monster.com for tips on interviews, resume building, networking, etc.

4. For a teen who just needs money now, what are some of the best job opportunities to make decent money with no experience for someone 17 or 18 years old.

Tough to answer because our communities are so different. Some very small communities offer little beyond the fast food industry, farm work, etc., so a breadth of opportunities is not really available.

I always look for ways that teens can gain from multiple experiences, while also making money.

Depending on where they live, in larger communicates, often there are interest-related internships available with local companies. These look great on resumes.

5. Outside of a typical online search, are there other creative ways a teen could look for part-time or seasonal work?

See response to #6

6. Besides what we’ve asked already, what other advice would you give to a teenager entering the workforce for the first time?

Be willing to expand your circle of friends and acquaintances now. Networking is a skill best learned early.

Teens should find ways to connect themselves with larger groups and with individuals who have access to others who may one day be able to offer assistance.

Through these early networks, connections and friendships will form that will last a  lifetime.

Jobs For Teenagers: Expert Series – Jamie Cox

We heard from Jamie Cox, a high school guidance counselor. In that role, Jamie works with high school seniors everyday and has some great insight as to the things you should be focusing on as a teen looking for a job.

1. Briefly tell us about your role and experience in counseling and guidance.

The majority of my caseload are high school seniors, I also work with a few juniors. I provide social/emotional counseling, academic advising, and career and college counseling.
I work with students individually and in small groups. Last summer, I taught a Career Exploration class for incoming freshmen to help them start planning for their future careers.

2. What are some of the best jobs for teenagers that help gain valuable experience for the future?

I think ANY job will provide valuable experience for teenagers! Employers like to see teamwork and problem solving skills, such as efficiency in dealing with an irritated customer or cooperating with co-workers to finish a job.

Any job experience that will help develop these skills, I believe, would be especially valuable.

3. What would be your top 1 or 2 pieces of advice for a teenager preparing for their first job interview?

Do your research and be professional. Doing your research means learning about the company and job you are interviewing for, as well as practicing how you will answer common interview questions.

Being professional means being respectful, greeting people in a friendly way, dressing nicely, and leaving your cell phone off.

4. For a teen who just needs money now, what are some of the best job opportunities to make decent money with no experience for someone 17 or 18 years old.

Factory jobs, construction, cleaning, childcare, and food service are all jobs where young people can make decent money with little or no experience.

5. Outside of a typical online search, are there other creative ways a teen could look for part-time or seasonal work?

Ask your parents, friends of your parents, your friends, teachers, counselors, etc. if they know about any job opportunities. Teens can also go directly to the company, in person or on their website, to see about seasonal job opportunities.

Waterparks, park districts, school districts, theme parks, the YMCA, zoos, landscaping companies, painting companies, etc. are all great places to look for seasonal employment.

6. Besides what we’ve asked already, what other advice would you give to a teenager entering the workforce for the first time?

Don’t be nervous during the job interview; the employer wants to find a great employee for the job just as much as you want to find a great job. Any job will provide valuable experience and help you learn about yourself, so don’t worry if your first few jobs aren’t your “dream jobs.”

Always be on time, do your best, and don’t be afraid to politely ask for clarification if you don’t understand what your supervisor is asking you to do.

Jobs For Teenagers: Expert Series – Luke Hohlt

In the next installment of our expert series, we talked to Luke Hohlt, a high school counselor. He had some good advice for those teenagers seeking jobs that you won’t want to miss.

1. Briefly tell us about your role and experience as a counselor.

Being a counselor has been a very rewarding job. Helping student handle growing through their adolescence is very important. I wasn’t aware of the amount of students that actually struggle with this.

Helping meet their academic, career, and personal needs has been an important part of my job for the last 6 years.

2. What are some of the best jobs for teenagers that help gain valuable experience for the future?

I believe any job that requires responsibility and develops work ethic is key. We encourage students to go out an get a part time job from someone they don’t know.

Students need the experience on not having a connection in getting a job. Many times when seeking a full time job you aren’t going to know your boss or employer. Relying on getting a break for knowing someone isn’t helping them for the next level.

3. What would be your top 1 or 2 pieces of advice for a teenager preparing for their first job interview?

Be confident in yourself. You have filled our an application and been called in for an interview. So far, the employer sees you as someone that could be valuable to their business.

Go in there with the confidence that you can do anything they ask of you.

4. For a teen who just needs money now, what are some of the best job opportunities to make decent money with no experience for someone 17 or 18 years old.

Deliver pizzas, mow yards, deliver newspapers.

5. Outside of a typical online search, are there other creative ways a teen could look for part-time or seasonal work?

Local ads, there are all kinds of odd jobs in our local Shopper.

6. Besides what we’ve asked already, what other advice would you give to a teenager entering the workforce for the first time?

If you never learn how to work hard and take care of yourself, then you will never be able to take care of a spouse and family later in life.

Jobs For Teenagers: Expert Series – Cooper’s Cave Ale Company

The most recent interview in our Expert Series was with one of the leaders at Cooper’s Cave Ale Company in New York.

Here is what they had to say about teenagers looking for a job, and some advice for those who may want to start their own business some day. Enjoy!

1. What are some of the best jobs for teenagers that help gain valuable experience for the future?

Any job.  Learning time management, accountability, multi-tasking, how to handle money, how to work with others etc.

2. What would be your top 1 or 2 pieces of advice for a teenager preparing for their first job interview?

DO NOT BRING YOUR MOM, DAD, BOYFRIEND, GIRLFRIEND ETC TO YOUR INTERVIEW.  Do, bring a smile.

Learn your social security number.  It shows an employer that you are taking applying for a job, seriously.  Turn off your cell phone!

3. For a young person who may want to start a business one day, what would you advise them to do now to prepare themselves for this?

Start at the bottom.  Learn every aspect of your job and/or company.  Do not be afraid of hard work , because it will be hard work.

Perseverance pays off…..it may take a while, so don’t get discouraged.  Stay focused.

4. Besides what we’ve asked already, what other advice would you give to a teenager entering the workforce for the first time?

We look for the following in our employees:  wholesome, happy, hard-working, healthy and honest.  It is your job to show up on time.

Show management what you’re made of….it’s not their job to drag it out of you.

Jobs For Teenagers: Expert Series – Betsy at Long Ago & Far Away

You’ll enjoy this interview in our expert series, as Betsy Turner at Long Ago & Far Away Native Arts in Vermont shares her vast amount of knowledge to young job seekers. Check out what she has to say.

1. What are some of the best jobs for teenagers that help gain valuable experience for the future?

Teenagers can learn a lot by working in a position of service–be it as a grocery store clerk, a retail sales clerk–anything where they have to interact with the public and learn how to help people and be of service.

Learn about the phrase “the customer is always right”–humility is one of the most valuable assets someone can have when entering the work force.

2. What would be your top 1 or 2 pieces of advice for a teenager preparing for their first job interview?

Best advice is what my parents used to say to me–if you really want the job, keep trying for it.  Do not wait for them to call you–you call them.  Not to an extreme–but as they say “the squeaky wheel gets the oil”.

As an employer, I have learned that if I actively pursue an employee without that employee aggressively trying for the job, it usually does not work out.  Let the company know that you are really interested and want the job!

3. For a young person who may want to start a business one day, what would you advise them to do now to prepare themselves for this?

Get as much work experience working for other people as you possibly can. Try different things, work hard, and learn everything you can.  Humility, again, is one of your most valuable assets.

You are a kid and you do not really know anything, much less everything!  Let your employers know that you value their knowledge and experience.

4. Besides what we’ve asked already, what other advice would you give to a teenager entering the workforce for the first time?

Work hard and be responsible for yourself!  Get to work on time, communicate if for some valid reason you will not be there (ahead of time, not after you are supposed to be there!!!!).  Become indispensable as a valued employee.

I am not saying some of the most obvious things (to me) such as having your cell phone turned off during interviews and while at work–unless your employer wants you to have it on.

Do not talk about work on Facebook–I know of a high level executive who made an inside joke on FB about a meeting–which got reported by someone in on the joke– and was asked to find another position.  BIG mistake.

Expert Series – Quick Tips with Meg

We’ve got some advice for those teenagers looking for that first job, from Meg of Bethie B. an interior design company. Here is what she had to say.

1. What are some of the best jobs for teenagers that help gain valuable experience for the future?

I would say the best advice would be to experiment as much as possible in high school and college in jobs that you really have an interest in or passion for… And if one doesn’t exist, figure out ways you could create one yourself and/or to start of your own business.

Don’t be afraid to fail….no failures possible there, only new opportunities.

2. What would be your top 1 or 2 pieces of advice for a teenager preparing for their first job interview?

Be respectful. Show passion.

3. For a young person who may want to start a business one day, what would you advise them to do now to prepare themselves for this?

See #1, but also, find what really interests you and don’t be afraid to try. While building a business is far from easy, the lessons you’ll learn will be invaluable.

A great quote I recently read from Warren Buffet was “you’re able to enjoy the shade today, because someone awhile back decided to plant a tree”

4. Besides what we’ve asked already, what other advice would you give to a teenager entering the workforce for the first time?

If you’re doing what you’re meant to be doing it won’t feel like work.  Find balance.

Audit yourself regularly to ask yourself if where you’re at right now is helping you get to where you want to be in 5 years, 10 years… 20 years…

Jobs For Teenagers: Expert Series – Doug of Taos Cyclery

We recently asked a few questions of Doug from Taos Cyclery in New Mexico. Here are some of his insights when you look for jobs for your teenager.

Some great points about the search process and the interview.

1. What are some of the best jobs for teenagers that help gain valuable experience for the future?

Because teenagers don’t have a lot of work experience yet, they will be
asked to do the most simple and least paid jobs.  This means picking up
after a supervisor and cleaning up, “boring”.

However, the ability to do these jobs well and without complaining will mean moving up into better paying jobs quicker.  The first thing teenagers need to do is learn how to work.

That means doing something repeatedly for six to eight hours.  Easier said than done, as many adults I know can’t do this well.  Busing tables or washing dishes in a restaurant are good jobs for teenagers.

If you like being outside, then try landscaping or construction.  Don’t focus too much on a particular type of job, but on learning how to work.

2. What would be your top 1 or 2 pieces of advice for a teenager preparing for their first job interview?

Prepare a resume.  Even if you don’t have a lot of work experience, list
accomplishments or organizations you have been a part of.

The resume is the first thing a potential employer will see as far as someone who is serious about a job.  I don’t have job applications because anyone can
fill those out, only serious applicants will show up with a resume.

Clean up, not all adults understand teenager’s sense of style.  A potential
employer may not want an employee who does not represent their business
well.

3. For a young person who may want to start a business one day, what would you advise them to do now to prepare themselves for this?

What are your goals for starting a business?  Are you so passionate about
something that you want to pursue it as a business?

Or, are you interested in making a profit?  Both are legitimate questions.  If you are passion driven, become a student of your chosen passion.  Understand that this is a life long journey and become the best at what you do.

Making a lot of money may or may not happen.  If you are profit driven, study
business and how to make a profit in changing economic times.

Be flexible and learn which businesses work in the place you want to live, or live in the place you can make the most profit, or find the best compromise.

4. Besides what we’ve asked already, what other advice would you give to a teenager entering the workforce for the first time?

Work in the service industry when starting out.  Doing service work does
not mean being a servant.

There is a real art to good service and it’s being lost.  If you can learn how to please a customer you will go far.

Jobs For Teenagers: Expert Series – Jennifer Byrd

We journey on with our Expert Series, providing you valuable advice toward landing that first job and preparing for the road ahead.

We’ve asked questions of recruiters, small business owners, and other experienced professionals. In this edition, we hear from recruiting manager Jennifer Byrd. She shares some great insight!

1. Briefly tell us about your role and experience in staffing and recruiting.

I am the Recruiting Manager at York. We use a Centralized Recruiting model, meaning all of our initial interviews are conducted in Louisville over the phone.

We have offices in Louisville, Shepherdsville, Nashville and southern Indiana. By using centralized recruiting we can recruit all across the country if needed.

2. What are some of the best jobs for teenagers that help gain valuable experience for the future?

Any job experience is great. We know it isn’t as easy as it used to be to get a job before turning 18, so if you do get one, make sure you hold on to it!

It’s not necessarily the position you work in, but the responsibility that you gain.

3. What would be your top 1 or 2 pieces of advice for a teenager preparing for their first job interview?

Be prepared. Interviewing is a lot like giving a speech. If you are prepared for it, it’s not quite as bad. If you know what you are going to say and have practiced it, you will do much better.

Research the company you are interviewing with instead of walking in blindly and look up some sample interview questions before you go. Bring a copy of your resume if you have one.

Dress appropriately- don’t overdress or undress. Look at how the employees dress who are already employed and this should help you decide on what to wear. When in doubt, khakis and a nice shirt will work.

Also, bring  a notebook with a few questions you may have already written down. More than likely they will ask you if you have any questions during the interview and you may be nervous which will make it hard to think of something on “the fly” if you have them written down they will be easily accessable.

The notebook is also good for you to take notes as you go through your interview.

4. For a teen who just needs money now, what are some of the best, perhaps less obvious, job opportunities to make decent money with no experience for someone 17 or 18 years old.

Temporary and seasonal positions are good for this- especially if they are planning to go away to college in the near future. Most temporary agencies will require candidates to be 18 in order to be eligible for hire.

Also, look at ball fields and retail places that only need summer or seasonal help.

5. Outside of a typical online search, are there other creative ways a teen could look for part-time or seasonal work?

Again, staffing agencies are great for this, and I’m not just saying that b/c we are one J A lot of companies leave their recruiting/ hiring up to staffing agencies now- especially for seasonal employment.

6. Besides what we’ve asked already, what other advice would you give to a teenager entering the workforce for the first time?

The main things most employers are going to look for is punctuality, attendance, a good attitude and performance. When you start a new job, take it serious.

You have to be there when you are supposed to be, don’t call in unless it’s truly an emergency. Most employers want someone who shows they are responsible and mature.

Expert Series – 3 Great Tips with Laura Lichiello

Laura Lichiello from The Little Spot of Red in New Hampshire was kind enough to share some advice for teens looking for a job, based on her experience with a small business.

It is broken down in to 3 basic categories.

1. Best jobs for experience

I think it’s anything that has them work with multiple systems and with many people.  Retail and restaurants are great starting spots because there are a ton of details you must learn and remember all while working with the public and with many co-workers.
In the past when I’ve hired I’ve looked for retail experience because then I feel the basics have been learned and I only need to refine them.
My husband worked in a brick yard as a teen and he worked with men who had been doing bricks for a long time but he learned their craft from them, learned how to deal with each of them individually, and learned how to handle responsibility.
It’s important for young workers to remember that when they are asked/told to do something it’s for a reason: the job must be done but how you handle the doing makes all the difference.

2. Job interview

Assuming you get that far you should be well-dressed according to the type of job.  Teenagers do a lot of cold-calling for jobs and when they do they look terrible.
Whenever you are mentioning needing a job to a potential employer you should look reasonably put together.  Most of us in small business are used to jeans–but not ripped ones (I don’t care how much you paid for them) because it drops you into an unfortunate category.
Don’t come in and ask if I’m hiring wearing torn clothes or not enough of them.  For interviews: shower please, shave, dress nicely and conservatively, no perfume, no aftershave, no moving earrings (I know it sounds weird but you want to be remembered for what you say not your cute earrings wobbling to and fro) and have some sort of a resume with you.
Smile and try to relax.

3. Your own business

Work in the industry you think you want to enter.  The more knowledge you have the better prepared you are.  Listen to the experts; read books and magazines on opening a business, opening your business, and what other entrepreneurs are doing.
On your way up pay attention to what the higher ups tell you because they’ve been there.  And be prepared to work hard–harder than you will ever work for someone else.

Online Jobs For College Students

Is there any group of people more stereotypically in need of money than college students? The tough part is, college tuition is infamously on the rise with no signs of slowing down.

This means that many students are in need of extra income to pay for tuition and living expenses while taking a full load of classes. Since going into a job isn’t always practical, lets look at some online jobs for college students.

What Kind Of Job Do You Want?

Online Jobs For College Students

Our guess is, there are probably a couple of reasons you are looking for “online jobs for college students.” One could be that you don’t have reliable transportation or a way to get to work regularly.

An online job would allow you to make money without having to commute. Some may be thinking that an online job is nice because you can work by yourself and don’t have to worry about dealing with customers and/or co-workers while slaving away as a waiter or cashier.

For others, when you think online jobs you think about working for yourself with no “boss” to answer to. Maybe in the end it is all about flexibility and the feeling that nobody is looking over your shoulder.

Perhaps you are hoping to find something with a flexible schedule, so you can work when you want. (If flexibility is the biggest reason for you, we’ll share why “selling stuff” is the best route to go!)

All of these are valid reasons, but it is important to point out that those thinking that an online job is away to escape dealing with other people isn’t necessarily the case.

In fact, many of the online jobs for college students are very similar to jobs that you would find in a brick and mortar location, only you are based out of your house.

For instance, many companies are open to “telecommuting” (AKA working from home) as a customer service representative. Here are a few examples.

Online Jobs For College Students In Customer Service

Online Jobs For College Students In Customer Service

Convergys

1-800 Flowers (in some states)

Teletech Customer Service

Xact Telesolutions

Sykes

In order to have a work from home customer service job, you typically need a dedicated land line and reliable home internet connection.

While you don’t have to leave your house, it can still be a high stress and fast paced environment to work in.

You need to be realistic about what you are getting yourself into.  This definitely isn’t “working for yourself” and you will have lots of responsibility.

How Much Will I Make?

Working a customer service job at home will pay similar to what you would make working in a call center or office. This means it could be in the $9 – $13 an hour range, as a general guideline.

These positions tend to be high turnover, meaning people don’t stay on for too long as it is easy to get burnt out.

Beyond customer service for a large company, you can also find a number of “virtual assistant” jobs online. A virtual assistant generally just means someone who is a personal assistant, perhaps for a small business owner or entrepreneur, and you work from another location (like your house).

Since most everything can be done online and over the phone, many people don’t need their assistant to be physically present.

One way to start looking for a job as a virtual assistant is to sign up as a freelancer on Up Work, which is a site where people in need of finding freelancers can post opportunities.

You can get started for free, and apply to a certain number of jobs. Some are ongoing jobs and others are just for a project. This could be helpful if you are merely looking for an online summer job until school starts back up.

Up Work could keep you busy for a couple of months on a project or two. Lets dig further into freelancing.

Online Jobs For College Students As A Freelancer

Online Jobs For College Students As A Freelancer

You’ve probably heard the term “freelancer” before, and this can really mean quite a few things. In general, a freelancer is someone who works for themselves – not really employed by one company.

They do whatever it is they do on a project basis, or in short term gigs to make money.

This could include being a freelance translator, graphic designer, video editor, writer, assistant, and the list goes on and on. Pretty much, anything that can be done without being physically present can be done online as a freelancer.

This is a great way to find a job with little to no experience. No doubt, the person hiring will want to know your work history and you’ll have to demonstrate value, but you can make up for that by pricing your services a little lower than others bidding.

As you start to get some positive reviews and a work history, you can raise your fees to reflect that. This is also a great opportunity to gain experience for your future career, to build a resume.

How Much Will I Make?

This really depends. The more in demand your particular skill is the more you will be able to make. For instance, a virtual assistant is more “replaceable” than someone who is really skilled at designing logos.

This may not be completely fair, but working as an assistant would likely pay in the line of a customer service rep mentioned above.

Working as something like a designer would be more likely to pay by the project. Someone may look for a logo design and say they have a budget of $500.

There is no set amount of time for you to create the logo, so that could represent only a few hours of your time in order to make $500.

So in short, the more unique your skill the more likely you are to make decent money as a freelancer.

Online Jobs For College Students That Aren’t Jobs

How to sell things online

What? Jobs that aren’t jobs?

Correct.

What is the point of having a job? As a student, why are you looking for something you can do online to make money? The key phrase: “To make money”

There are tons of ways to make money without having what you might call “a real job.”

The power of the internet makes this more and more of a viable option, with seemingly new opportunities rising all the time. The first non-job to make money while in college is my favorite.

Sell Stuff Online

That is pretty wide open, right? Sell stuff online. Really?!

Yes, you can do this.

Selling stuff online is beautiful because you don’t have to be a “salesman” to do it. Really, you just need to be able to spot value and exploit it online. Here are some real examples of how I made money, in college, selling stuff online.

eBay

Everyone knows about eBay, and if you don’t it is basically the world’s largest online auction site. You can sell virtually anything on eBay and there are 2 basic categories of how to get your inventory to sell:

1. Find items from wholesale

There are tons of wholesale suppliers out there, but it does take some experience to find them. Once you do the opportunity exists to list items and have them “dropshipped” where the wholesaler ships them on your behalf to the buyer, for an extra fee.

There is a little more of an “art” to this process, so click here to learn more about finding wholesalers.

2. Sell random stuff

This is just a general category of things to sell. Personally, I lived in a small college town with a used shoe store that always had tons of hunting boots.

Some were in really good shape, so I started searching eBay for certain models to find out what they were selling for. What I realized is there were a number of boots that I could get for $25 that sold for $75 on eBay.

You can use eBay’s advanced search to look for only completed listings to see what things truly sell for.

Maybe it isn’t boots for you, but maybe you have an “in” on new or used equipment, electronics, etc. that would have a market on eBay.

Generally since you are going to be shipping things, you don’t want to sell things that are too big. The shipping cost may make it cost prohibitive to a buyer, and cut into your profits.

Amazon

I’ll be brief here, but see my insanely thorough guide to selling on Amazon here. Amazon is like the Walmart of the internet, they sell everything.

The good news for you is that over 30% of the stuff sold on Amazon comes from people like you and me – not Amazon.

That means you can have access to their incredible reach, and sell your products via Amazon’s website.

If you “google” just about any product, Amazon is almost always the first online retailer to pop-up in the search. People love buying from Amazon.

The cliff notes version of how you can capitalize on this is by selling “Fulfilled By Amazon” which means you ship stuff to Amazon, and then Amazon actually ships it to the customer when people buy it.

There are many advantages to this, one is that it saves you a ton of time because you can ship everything you are selling just once and not worry about running to the post office every time you sell something.

You may be wondering what kinds of things you can sell FBA, and here is a short list of things that I have personally sold for a profit using this method:

  • Pop Tarts
  • Starbucks K-cups
  • Foot Massagers
  • Trader Joe’s Food Items
  • Dog Treats
  • Toys

And the list goes on and on… As mentioned earlier, I go very much in depth on selling through Amazon here. I am a big believer that this makes for a great online job for college students.

Etsy

If you are more of a creative or crafty person, then selling on Etsy may be for you. The goal of this site is to provide a forum for people who make things to be able to sell them while not paying outrageous fees.

Generally, Etsy does have very conservative commissions allowing you to keep much of what you make.

Here are some great tips on how to get started selling on Etsy.

Craigslist

Of our list of places to sell stuff online to make money while in college, Craigslist is probably the easiest. That is because you don’t have to sign up for an account to post to their free classified list. There are also no fees you have to pay, so it can truly be tried for free.

We’ll assume you have an idea about what Craigslist is, and skip straight to how Craigslist fits into our online jobs for college students guide.

You can definitely sell things you have around your house or apartment on Craigslist, but there are a limited amount of things available this way. Another approach to take is to search on Craigslist’s free section, to find things that really have some value.

You aren’t going to find things you can sell for hundreds of dollars each, but $15 here and $30 there can really add up.

There are apps available which can send Craigslist notifications to your phone, like when a new free item has been listed. It is important, because the decent free stuff will go fast. So get notified, and go pick that couch up!

After you’ve found a free item that isn’t complete junk, post it immediately for sale in the right category on Craigslist. Price it fairly cheap, so you don’t have to hang onto it for long. Once you’ve done this a few times, you may just get addicted!

A similar strategy that works even better is if you are a Mr. fix-it. You can find free things or things that need repair on Craigslist and refurbish them to sell.

There are plenty of things that get put on Craigslist which may need just a minor repair, but rather than mess with it, the owner prefers to unload it. What a great opportunity to add some value and get paid for it.

Closing Thoughts

Hopefully you’ve found this guide helpful. If anything, please realize that finding ways to make money online don’t have to include finding a “real” job.

In fact, I would argue that selling things online through the various mediums mentioned above (and probably many more available) can make you more money and provide immensely more flexibility than working another job.