In an ideal world, you could work full time, have a full class load, maintain some sort of social life, and balance everything perfectly. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world.

Having a job while going to college is one of the keys to avoiding monstrous piles of student loans. But it can be difficult to find a job that offers the flexibility you need. Then a flexible part-time job can come in handy.

There are hundreds of perfectly legit ways to earn a part-time income on your own hours from the comfort of your home.

These ten flexible part-time jobs are ideal for college students. Note that these are all freelance jobs – which work great for side gigs.

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1. Freelance Writer

Freelance writing is how I started my work from home and it is a skill that is in high demand. As more and more companies build their presence online, the need for competent writers has also grown.

The pay of a freelance writer can vary widely. At the low end you can expect $20 per item and at the high end you can make $1,000 or more. The pay you earn will depend on your areas of expertise, your writing skills, and how well you can market your services.

The great thing about freelance writing is that although you have deadlines to meet, you don’t have a set schedule. You can also scale up or down your work if your other commitments fluctuate.

Note: Recent laws have made this less lucrative in certain states (like CA and NJ), but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great part-time gig.

If you want to make money writing, check out this post: 14 Ways to Get Paid for Writing.

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2. Social Media Management

Another high paying freelance job is a social media manager.

The median wage rate for a social media manager is $14 per hour, but if you are effective at your job, you can certainly earn a much higher hourly rate.

One of the more popular approaches is helping local small businesses manage their social media accounts – something you could easily do as a side income.

You can search for social media positions on sites like or or you can pitch local businesses.

3. ESL teacher

If you love teaching and are looking for a way to make money from it, there are many places looking for ESL (English Second Language) teachers.

These positions require the ability to teach English to non-native speakers of English. You generally do not need to know a second language.

If you’re interested in becoming an ESL teacher, check out some of the opportunities in our full guide: How to Get Paid for Online Teaching in English.

4. Online Tutor

Tutoring has always been great options for college students, but it can be tricky if you’re on a busy schedule.

With, you can work as little as 5 hours a week and up to 29 hours a week. You can schedule sessions in advance to suit your schedule or you can pick up one of the available sessions at any time.

There is a wide range of subjects that new teachers need. You can view that list here.

5. Transcriptionist

Transcriptionists listen to audio and convert that content into text documents. There are a number of different options for transcriptionists: medical transcription, podcast transcription, speech transcription, and more.

There are also many scams when it comes to transcription so you need to be wary when looking for these types of jobs. A general rule of thumb is to never pay to get a job.

The median pay for transcription is around $15 per hour. However, the pay will depend on your speed and accuracy. Most companies require you to take a skills test if you are a new transcriber.

Here are some places where you can find legit transcription jobs:

6. Start a blog

Let me be clear: blogging is definitely not a get-rich-quick method or an easy way to make money. (Despite what someone tries to tell you.) But if you have a lot of free time, especially since we’re on summer vacation right now, starting a blog and working on it can pay off over time (like in a year or two.)

You can read here how Robert built a blog in his spare time and sold it for $11,000.

While this particular job won’t give you immediate income, it can certainly pay off if you’re willing to put in the effort.

Read our full guide to starting a personal blog or website.

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7. Search Engine Evaluator

Major search engines like Google and Yahoo hire reviewers to ensure that search results are relevant to specific search terms.

These jobs generally pay $10-$15 per hour and are very flexible. To qualify for a job as a search engine evaluator, you need excellent research and communication skills.

Here are some places you can apply for this type of work:

8. Website Tester

Companies always want to make sure that their websites are user-friendly and attractive. This is where website usability testers come in handy.

As a website tester, you review a website and (normally) record a video using that website, along with your audio commentary. If you have good communication skills, this could be a perfect match for you.

There are no fixed hours for this type of work. If you are interested in becoming a usability tester, you can apply to these companies:

(Tests normally take 10-25 minutes to complete.)

9. Data Entry Specialist

Data entry jobs are not the highest paying online jobs but may suit beginners looking for fairly easy work. As a data entry specialist you take a set of data and organize it or put it in a specific program.

You can expect between $6 and $12 per hour for this type of work.

Here are some places to check out:

10. Freelance Researcher

Have you ever had a question that you needed an answer to, but didn’t feel like doing your own research? There are now freelance research sites dedicated to answering those questions.

AskWonder is a site I know that hires freelance researchers to answer their clients’ questions. The pay varies depending on the complexity of the question being asked.

AskWonder’s top researchers earn up to $35 an hour.

Find a flexible part-time job that suits you

There are a plethora of flexible part-time jobs online, but it may take some trial and error to find the one that best suits your skills, schedule, and salary requirements.

If you are looking for a job, be wary of scams. Never pay to get a job unless you purchase the necessary equipment, and when in doubt, check the company’s Better Business Bureau website.

We also have a list of 100 other flexible jobs here.

Are there any flexible part-time jobs you would add to the list?

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