The worry is real: college-loan balances in the U.S. have jumped to an all-time high, with the average balance at $34,144 (CNBC).
D’anna LeBlanc, a math major at the University of Louisiana, who at one point held five-part time jobs to make ends meet, found her calling as a Pampered Chef cooking consultant when she signed on in January 2017.
It can be difficult to fit in a part-time job on top of classes, studying and homework, but LeBlanc found that direct sales jobs like the opportunity with Pampered Chef offered her the most flexibility.
For women, direct selling is the second most popular type of gig work, behind personal freelance work, due to the flexible hours and control over earnings.
Here are some tips from LeBlanc about balancing side gigs for full-time college students:
- Be Passionate – Spending time on something you actually want to do will typically yield greater results. LeBlanc had tried another direct selling business but found that the products didn’t fit into her particular lifestyle. Pampered Chef was a better fit, as she already loves to cook, and so her passion propelled her to stick with the company.
- Find What Works for You – For LeBlanc, virtual parties work into her schedule more easily than in-home parties. She leaves Sundays free of other jobs and classes so that she can focus on her PC business.
- Be Efficient – Being virtual also helps LeBlanc remain efficient with her time. “I don’t waste a minute,” says LeBlanc. “I’m on my phone messaging my hosts as I walk between classes or to my car. I’m often scheduling posts for the next day when I know I’ll be in class or busy with other commitments.” Also, LeBlanc preps most of her meals using Pampered Chef products, so she’s not spending any additional time testing out products that she wouldn’t otherwise have.
- Break Down the Schedule – College class schedules often present an odd one-hour or two-hour break, which can be challenging to make the most use of. LeBlanc carefully breaks up this time between her business and class work. “If I have a two-hour break, I dedicate the first hour to taking care of my hosts and customers, and I use the second hour for homework and studying,” says LeBlanc.
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