How to Land an Online Job as a Student

By December 14, 2021News

Many student jobs have traditionally meant working on site and fitting shifts around your classes, personal study, and other commitments. Today, though, there are numerous online jobs you can do from home. These tend to have flexible hours and there are many options even if you have limited experience — although the pay is higher once you do have experience.

To land one of these jobs, there are a few ways to prepare.

1. Set Up a Blog

If you enjoy writing, a good option for you could be to work as a freelance writer. The first step is to create your own blog. Since there’s no need to request approval to publish posts, this is an easy way to develop a portfolio of work. Whereas it is possible to monetize your blog, you’ll likely find it easier to use your blog as a stepping stone to write for others — either by searching on freelance sites or by reaching out to website owners.

2. Volunteer as an Editor for Your College Magazine

If you prefer editing over writing, find out if your college magazine or newspaper is looking for an editor. This is a great way to develop skills and show you have experience editing. It’s also helpful to have contacts in the editing world, as it can be more difficult to break into editing than writing.

3. Learn Basic Graphic Design Skills

Graphic designers are in high demand for everything from logos and images to accompany blog posts to brochures. If you’re majoring in graphic design, you already have the skills you need to start working. Otherwise, invest in some software and follow tutorials until you’re able to produce work that’s good enough to sell. Again, you can find opportunities on freelance sites as well as on job boards.

4. Take Courses

There are many courses you can take for free or a small fee that will prepare you for all sorts of online jobs. They’ll both teach you the key skills you need and show others that you’re capable.

Some types of courses to consider include:

  • Web development
  • Video editing
  • Photography
  • Social media marketing
  • PPC marketing

5. Sign Up on a Survey Site

Survey sites are a great way of making small amounts of cash that can add up to large amounts and accumulating gift cards for stores you’d buy from anyway. Sign up on one or more survey sites and fill out your profile. Then you can search surveys you’re eligible to take and complete them whenever you have free time throughout the day.

6. Practice Typing

Typing skills can come in useful for many online jobs and may even be a necessity for some. For instance, you need to be able to type reasonably fast and accurately for audio transcription, video captioning, and data entry. You’ll find that there are many jobs available through freelance platforms and agencies. Better-paying opportunities may open up once you have experience. However, if you’re slow at typing, even these may pay too low to be worthwhile.

7. Improve Your Note-Taking Skills

Many students are terrible at taking notes and are willing to pay for notes they can use to prepare for exams or write a paper. There’s no need to find these students directly: you can sell your notes to online platforms. As you may need to submit your notes on a weekly basis, make sure you maintain perfect attendance. Furthermore, your notes will need to be particularly high quality, which may mean you need to brush up on your note-taking skills before you’re able to start earning anything.

To work an online job, you need high-speed internet and a quality desk. Students who live at Foundry 1805 receive both — and much more. Our Durham College student housing provides you with everything you need to live the college experience in luxury, including a range of great amenities for an all-inclusive price. Apply now before we’re filled up.


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