Top 5 Benefits of Side Hustles for College Students 2021
August 12, 2022
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Top 5 Benefits of Side Hustles for College Students 2021

A guide to starting your college side hustle

It's no secret that college isn't cheap, but fitting in a traditional job for a student with a busy school schedule is highly unlikely. Side hustles are the perfect way for college students to make some extra money in their spare time and maintain a flexible schedule around school work. Learning how to leverage your side hustle can have more benefits than just some obvious extra cash. Keep reading for 5 long term benefits of starting your college side hustles in 2021.

5 Benefits of College Side Hustles

1. Earning Money

With tuition rising, books and supplies, and housing and campus events some extra income is always welcomed. Although traditional jobs on and off campus can sometimes work with a students schedule, it might be more attractive to work for yourself and develop your own business model for future endeavors.

2. Finding Local Clients

As students there is a potential audience all around you on campus. By starting your side hustle early on and marketing your business to peers by asking them what they need you can turn your side hustle into your main hustle down the road.

3. Real World Learning Experience

Depending on what your major is, you can start gaining real world experience through your side hustle. For example if you are a photography major you can create a side hustle helping college students take professional headshots for their resumes and LinkedIn profiles. This type of experience would get you extra side income as well as boost your resume for future freelance opportunities on and off campus.

4. Providing an Outlet for Creativity

Maybe you already have a job on/off campus, but it's not exactly exciting. A side hustle is an amazing way to dive into your creativity and build a rewarding business that allows self expression. The benefits to creative expression are crucial in the developmental college years.

5. Growing as an Entrepreneur

Not every student will take interest in the traditional career path of working for someone else. However, growing your own side business is a great way to dive into the world of entrepreneurism. With a range of remote and in-person side hustles there are many ways to make money while in college. You will learn many valuable business lessons on how to market yourself, budget, and network amongst peers to take with you into your future.

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Written By:
Dominique Ledesma
Dominique Ledesma
Talent Program Manager
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