“Long-term, we must begin to build our internal strengths. It isn’t just skills like computer technology. It’s the old-fashioned basics of self-reliance, self-motivation, self-reinforcement, self-discipline, self-command.”
– Steven Pressfield
A lot of people have had this idea cross their minds more than once in their lives. Some of them succeed while others have failed and I’m sure that you may have too! But the problem is that it’s not how to work on the idea and turn it into reality, no, the problem is that people either don’t know how and refuse to accept that it can be done. Truth be told, more and more students would prefer to support themselves in college than to ask money from their parents or get student loans. So why don’t we stop wondering whether or not it can be done and see how it can be accomplished.
Identify your Objectives and Goals
You may not be able to control everything in your life all the time, but you can control the important parts of it if you have a plan; that’s why it’s always good to set your goals before you do anything. Getting a college education is not an easy thing to do. There are a gamut of rules that you’ll have to adhere to such as timely schedules, paper works, grades and other things; therefore you’ll need to plan how to live independently and support yourself. You may want to
1. Attempt to get a college scholarship grant
2. Look for inexpensive degrees but has good employment ratio
3. Look for part time jobs (preferably online blog writing or social media marketing)
4. Try to rent an apartment instead of living with roommates in college dorms. Being with roommates or classmates sometimes can lure into the temptation of not performing well in school, at least having your own apartment gives you the option to go to parties with them or just no completely. Apartments may cost you extra, but you’ll be in control of your time.
5. Set your monthly budget for rent, food, clothing, fare and other stuff. Don’t overspend.
Search for the Means to Live Independently (Especially in Financial Terms)
I did a few digging and found that if you’ll work as a pizza delivery guy on a local pizza store, you’ll most probably earn $6.7 – $8.02 an hour. Meanwhile, women who will work as a florist earns between $8 – $14 an hour. On the other hand, some writing jobs pays from $16 – $30 per page, while e-books of at least 5,000 words pays $50 – $90 apiece! If you also land a job as a social media manager where you are only required to manage several social media accounts of your client, you can get paid $25 – $40 an hour.
Getting paid this much will not only give you the option to live independently, but you can pay all of your tuition fees in 1 – 2 years time and still have enough money to spend and save for later! The point is you must choose wisely as some jobs are indispensable in terms of the experience and skills that you will gain from them.
Divide your Time Between Work and School
While it’s important for you to work in order to make money to support yourself, do not neglect your obligations at school as well. Make sure that you handle both your job and school in a well spaced balance in your life, so you won’t have unnecessary problems in the long run. But this shouldn’t be a problem if you’re diligent and focused.
Finish College with Zero Debt!
Being self reliant and being able to support yourself financially through college will not only make your parents proud, but will give you the ultimate advantage of getting your degree with zero student loan debt! You’ll be set for real life because you’ve already tried it all the time while you were in college, therefore you’ll be more confident in getting the kind of jobs you want. Or you could build your online career and create a business out of it in as little as 5 years. It’s entirely up to you and you’re never out of options.