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January 11, 2011 12:24 PM Subscribe
Any part time online work ideas for full time students?
posted by byanyothername to work & money (17 answers total) 66 users marked this as a favorite
Hi, there. I am currently a full time student (classes start next week) with enough in the bank to coast through another year, but desperately in need of a basic income ($200+) to help me pay for day to day (well, month to month for a penny pincher like me) necessities. The smaller the bite taken out of my balance, the better. A simple, low stress part time job would be ideal but--problem! I live in a postapocalyptic wasteland where the only employment opportunities are full time, highly specialized technical fields (one of which I am qualified for! but don't have time to do) so I've had the crazy idea of looking for something that can be done online or otherwise over a long distance.
My hunt has...not been successful. The internet overflows with scammy, scummy, shady "opportunities" preying on people in dire circumstances and even legitimate job boards are unbelievably lazy about policing this stuff. I know--that's your surprised face, right? So, after an hour of scratching through scambait, I thought I'd ask here for any ideas or recommendations.
As far as skills go, I consider myself a competent photographer, writer and editor (feel free to judge the latter two by this post, as decidedly unprofessional as it is). I intend to sell some stock photography (recommendations for stock sites would be lovely) and hope for the best, but I imagine that will be a slow climber (if it climbs at all) as far as earnings go. I have a very rudimentary grasp on basic web design, and could probably buckle down for a few months to produce some competent simple sites, but I will never be able to produce a shiny corporate home or the Facebook clones that seem to be so in vogue.
My professional skills are, unfortunately, pretty incompatible with what most online work demands, but surely there's fairly simple stuff out there where competence may not get you as far as brilliance, but ehn, good enough.
I'm open to any ideas at this point.