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09/30/2016 06:01 pm ET Updated Oct 01, 2017

3 Jobs You May Have Not Thought Of To Help Pay For College

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Does the allure of the server job at a chain restaurant not speak to you? What about the glamorous life of an office temp in between classes? No? If you're looking for a way to pay for school that doesn't involve schlepping diet coke's or fighting with a fax machine, give one of these 3 flexible jobs a try.

Writer/Tutor
While it won't make you rich, there are sites out there that can give you a quick turnaround on payment for basic writing assignments. Content mills provide a steady stream of writing work and can be a great starting point if you want to become a freelancer. If you're more of a speaker than a typer, look up "user testing" on Google. These sites will literally pay you to voice your opinions about websites. You can also give Mechanical Turk on Amazon a shot. While the Mturk system is mostly surveys and one-off tasks, it will provide payouts within 72 hours - perfect if you're rushing to scrap together your rent at the last minute!

If you've got a teachable skill, like anything in the STEM field or music, you may be able to make some good cash tutoring others. If you're a night owl or early riser before class, look into teaching English online (subreddits like /r/beermoney often have reviews and recommendations on which sites pay the best).

Truck Driver

While your first thought might be to write off driving a truck due to time constraints, there are tons of options available for those who might want to give commercial driving a job. Many truck driving jobs offer flexible hours and pay well, and you may not even have to leave your own city.

The United States has a major shortage of qualified truck drivers; therefore, plenty of trucking companies will provide free CDL (Commercial Driver's License) training in exchange for your commitment. All you need is a driver's license to apply and courses can take as little as two weeks to complete. Not only can this provide a viable income while you're studying, it will leave you with a back-up profession for the future.

Task Runner
Got some spare wheels and time? You might be a great fit for the growing industry of task runners. Sites like TaskRabbit allow you to set a price for your time and help out others that need errands run on their behalf, such as dry cleaning, posting letters, shopping, etc.

The best way to make sure you're able to provide for yourself while attending school is to keep your options open and try to earn an income from a number of different sources. I have a friend whose self-employed, but still brings in extra cash with Airbnb, Lyft, and dog sitting. While that might sound exhausting, it helps give him the freedom to live the way he wants, and keep a nest egg for emergencies. If you're also looking to have a flexible (yet profitable) work schedule while in school, give one of these three jobs a try.