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India is a country of strong family bonding and intense community connects.
This has translated to the way we protect our kids as well. We consider it a matter of pride to be able to fend for our children, way past their 18th birthday. While this provides a security net for the young, it denies our children the development of independent thinking and street smartness.
The concept of working odd jobs while studying is looked down upon traditionally and considered a necessity for only those who are financially weak. However, having that early job experience, no matter in what field, can give a young mind the extra edge needed in life. It makes one confident, and worldly-wise!
So, if you have just joined college and are scouring for side-hustle opportunities, here are 5 options for students in India:
This is possibly the only option that has always been deemed acceptable in our country. You can consider teaching fellow students or juniors in exchange for a fee. Now, there are websites that allow you to teach online and from the comfort of your home. So, those of you who are not ready to commute can explore the option of taking online classes.This will strengthen your own concepts while easing your cash worries!!
Check out some of the following sites in case you are looking for similar opportunities:
Are you crafty with words? Do you write poetry while watching the rains splatter outside your classroom window? You can put your writing flair to great use by being a freelance writer. Many websites (including Blank Slate Chronicles) are looking for freelance writers. Depending on the terms of the website, your chances of getting published or remunerated might vary. But, there are so many options to choose from, that you are sure to find some suitable opportunity. If your submission does get selected, a single article of 300-500 words might fetch you anywhere between a few hundreds to thousands of rupees. Now you do the math!
Fundraising for NGOs:
These jobs are seasonal, They can open your horizons, help develop your personality and most importantly, give you the satisfaction of contributing towards a larger good. You can find plenty of fundraising jobs for NGOs online. These stints don’t pay much up front, but they look damn good on your CV. So, treat these jobs as an investment in your future.
Life insurance consulting:
You can either be a consultant on your own or shadow someone at the field. Selling life insurance policies is not easy, but you can get some sales experience and make a little dough on the side. If nothing else, this job will teach you people skills, communication skills, sales skills, and humility. A great combination in my opinion!
If computers and gadgets are your thing, then you will find plenty of ways to make that extra bit, while gaining practical experience, which your college lab may not offer. Be it hardware or software, there are enormous opportunities in this field. You can create apps, do beta testing (even for facebook or other big names), create videos, or code.
So what are you waiting for! Do some good work in your spare time, pick up some life skills and make some cash – all while remaining a fully engaged student!
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