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Top Gigs for College Students Trying to Make Extra Cash


Written by Kim Rain

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Published: 08/16/2021, edited: 09/02/2022


College is expensive! Books, supplies, housing, transportation and meals- it can pile up quick! Getting a job while going to school is a great way to earn extra cash, but a job can be challenging to fit into a busy class schedule. If you are finding it hard to keep up with bills and have some side cash for a little fun, you’ll need to find something with flexible hours and the ability to work as much, or as little, as you need.

Looking for a job that is available when you are, can fit in between classes and study times, and can even help you lower your stress and anxiety levels to help you stay focused? We’ve got the pawfect gigs for you! 

College girl walking a dog

Dog walking

If you love dogs, working with them isn’t just financially rewarding, but fun too! Taking pawdorable pups for walks also gets you some exercise, and playing with them has been shown to reduce the release of the stress-hormone cortisol, while boosting “good mood” hormones to combat stress, anxiety and depression. 

Becoming a dog walker can allow you to:

  • Decide which days you would like to work
  • Work as much or as little as you want
  • Choose the locations you want to walk in
  • Fit in walks before and after classes, or even between them
  • Choose which dogs you work with
  • Get in your own steps during each walk

College guy sitting on couch with dog taking a photo - Top Gigs for College Students Trying to Make Extra Cash

Dog sitting

Got some more time you can use earning money? Consider dog sitting furbulous pooches in their own home. While there are times when Pet Parents need sitters during the day, often dog sitting jobs are overnight or on the weekends, which can give you lots of time to write that paper or get that calculus homework done while the pup snoozes. Dog sitting often entails walking dogs too, so you’ll still be getting in some exercise, plus you’ll get to enjoy prime play times, and maybe even some cuddle sessions for more “good mood” hormones!

Becoming a dog sitter means you can:

  • Set your own rates
  • Choose when you want to work
  • Set the area you want to dog sit in
  • Work as much or as little as you want
  • Choose which dogs and Pet Parents you sit for

Girl working on laptop while petting a cream Golden Retriever

Dog boarding

If you enjoy dog sitting and live in your own place, you can easily expand to dog boarding. This convenient option allows you to dog sit pawtastic pups in your own home. Dog boarding can be very flexible, as you can run to a class or the library while the pup is safe and secure until you return. Jobs can be for a night, several days, or even weeks at a time, which means one dog boarding job could make you as much as many dog sitting or walking jobs combined.

Becoming a dog boarder gives you:

  • The ability to set your own rates
  • Lots of flexibility with scheduling
  • The convenience of working in your own home
  • The company of a furtastic pooch

Considerations for Pet Caregivers

Becoming a dog walker, sitter or boarder can be a great way to make extra cash. Each of these options allows you to be your own boss, and your dog walking, dog sitting or boarding business will have the ability to change with your ever-changing school schedule, and beyond.

However, running your own business can come with its own challenges. Besides providing excellent service to pooches and their parents, you’ll also be wholly responsible for advertising your business and finding clients, and the legal issues of running a business, such as licensing and insurance. What college student has time for all that?

A great way to start or build a dog walking, dog sitting or dog boarding business is to join a nationwide platform that already has a great reputation and a long list of Pet Parents looking for someone just like you.

Wag walker walking a dog

Get started with Wag!

Ready to start earning money by spending time with furbulous dogs? By joining Wag! as a Pet Caregiver, you can enjoy all the benefits of working for yourself along with the perks a trusted dog care platform can bring to the table. By letting Wag! take care of the business side, you can focus on the best part of the job- spending time with dogs!

With Wag!, you can:

  • Easily connect to Pet Parents seeking dog walkers, sitters and boarders
  • Set your own rates, schedule and locations you wish to work in, and adjust whenever needed
  • Choose from prescheduled or on-demand walks for 20, 30 or 60-minutes each
  • Get notified when a dog walking, sitting or boarding job in your area is available
  • Set any preferences, such as working with only small dogs or elderly pooches
  • Create loyal clients who can make you their preferred Pet Caregiver
  • Grow your business by linking your Wag! profile to your own social media or web pages

It only takes minutes to get started with Wag! Simply download the Wag! App on any device, and click “Become a Dog Walker (or Sitter)” from the main menu! Once you are approved, you can use the Wag! App to find clients and book jobs that fit into your busy schedule.

Think you have what it takes to be a dog walker, sitter or boarder? Don’t wait another moment to start filling your pockets, and begin your dog walking, sitting or boarding business with Wag! today!

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