The technology field is highly competitive, and can also be very lucrative. To pursue a technology-related side job while in school, consider these paths:
To an employer, the more you know, the more you are worth. In the job market, education and a strong skill set in a particuluar field is king. To an employer, your educational pursuits indicate that you are both serious and motivated. Moreover, as you learn more, you know more, which makes you that more useful.
Let's face it: getting a promotion or earning more money at work is a Darwinian pursuit where only the strongest thrive. You must strive to appear to be the strongest, most useful employee with the most to offer. Learning more and getting more education is a sure-fire way to show that you deserve to drive the herd.
There is a couple easy ways to get more education to appear more "useful" to your employer:
Find Freelance Work
A good money-making method is to work freelance. Freelance technology professionals, web designers, graphic designers, and internet marking gurus are in high demand. Good resources for finding freelance work in technology are:
However, if you go down this route, there advantages and disadvantages:
Start Your Own Business
Starting your own business can be an exciting, yet challenging experience; all the hard work and sacrifice can either make or break you.
But don't let that scare you. Staring a business venture can be a rewarding way to obtain an extra stream of cash. Here are some tips on starting your own business without driving yourself insane:
Keep Your Eye on the Prize
While looking for a new job, you may be enticed by a job that is closer to where you live or one with a hip or cool environment.Be advised that if you are looking to make more money, you are going to have to compromise a bit. If you accept a position that offers a lower salary than what you are looking for, eventually, you are going to have the same financial frustrations you previously worked to resolve.
Essentially, the key is finding a job that offers upward mobility. A little hard work and face-time with the boss will get you to where you want to be.
"Now is the time to make more money and be happier with your career. You can do it, and I guarantee that you too can be on the road to riches." And if not, in the very least, you will have learned more and done more than the rest of the computer-nerd herd.