5 Ways to Earn Extra Cash while Transferring to Ivy League

by A Guest Author

Many a student has had to find ways to scrape by during their time in community college on their way to transferring to Ivy League, surviving on a steady diet of Ramen noodles and potatoes (boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew, as Samwise Gamgee famously quipped).

Some community college transfer student ditch their cars and go for more affordable options like a bike or public transportation. Other share apartments or rent houses with multiple people to save on rent before transferring to Ivy League. And plenty of students have even found ways to cut back on their necessary school expenses by sharing books with classmates rather than paying full price for new editions.

But if you're looking to dig yourself out of a steadily-growing financial hole of student loan debt from your 2 year college degree or future 4 year bachelors degree, perhaps it's time to look for a few good ways to bring home the bacon while transferring to Ivy League from community college.

These tips are especially helpful if you're aiming to transfer from community college to Ivy League.

Here are some options you may want to pursue.

Sell stuff. Whether you're hosting garage sales every so often to sell of your own unwanted items or you decide to turn one man's trash into another man's treasure by starting a consignment eBay store or scouring Craigslist for freebies and picking up furniture that people leave on the side of the road to fix it up and sell it, you can make money off old junk. It may not be the most attractive option, but at least you can set your own hours.

Online freelancing. This avenue of earning has only become popular over the last decade or so, but it provides students with an excellent opportunity to earn some money on the side. With accounts on freelance sites like ODesk, Elance, Textbroker, and 99Designs, just to name a few, you can apply for jobs in writing, graphic design, and even virtual assistance and take only as much work as you can squeeze into your schedule. These jobs are skills that you can add to your resume and experiences you can talk about when transferring to Ivy League from CC.

Or if these jobs are too technical, consider TaskRabbit, which allows you to run errands (picking up groceries and dry cleaning) and complete simple tasks (doing laundry, assembling IKEA furniture) for those in need.

Barista. If you absolutely have to take a regular kind of job, working in food service may offer you the flexibility you're seeking along with a steady paycheck that can add up a lot on your way to transferring from community college to Ivy League. Coffee shops and restaurants are a good option for students because they offer many shifts, most are willing to work around a school schedule, and there are plenty of other workers to trade shifts with as necessary. Plus, you'll have access to health insurance benefits in some cases and you won't have to worry about all the tax withdrawals, unlike self-employment.

Campus security. This tends to be one of the better-paying community college campus jobs, and the best part is that you don't have to rush from class to work - you're already there! Of course, escorting students to their cars and responding to calls for help may not be the safest occupation, so this job isn't for everyone. But there's always mace so you'll still make it to the Ivy League from community college.

Tutoring. This is one of the best jobs for 2 year students who are transferring to Ivy League from community college, whether it entails offering your services to peers, advertising to K-12 students, or participating in online tutoring programs. The pay is decent, you can often set a flexible schedule, and it allows you to utilize your knowledge base in the interest of helping other students.

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