Why tutoring is a great part-time job for highschoolers and college studentsJuly 23rd, 2015
Tutoring can be a great way for high school and college students to enter the workforce. Not only does teaching others build relationships and provide help to those who need it, but it also reinforces the material that the tutor is teaching. There is a saying that goes along the lines of ”You don’t fully understand something unless you can teach it.” This is definitely true in the case of tutors whose learning is reinforced with each lesson. Here are some reasons you might consider if you are thinking about becoming a tutor:
<b> The Pay</b>
In addition, tutoring can be a financially rewarding job or gig for part time students. Depending on your experience level, the subject matter, and the difficulty of the subject, tutors can earn decent money while teaching a subject they love. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, teaching is no easy task and every person learns differently so you have to adapt to each person’s learning style and ability. For example, if you love chemistry and love teaching it, be my guest. Create an account on www.flipgigs.com and look for people who need your help. However, be prepared to encounter people who may not share your passion for the subject and need help just to pass the class.
<b> The Flexibility</b>
Tutors are lucky enough to set their own schedules. Maybe after school or lecture works best for you. Choose the time that best fits your schedule. Of course, plan your time wisely since even you have homework to finish and exams to prepare for. Unlike a regular job you are your own boss which means that the hours you work are determined between you and your clients. You can be as hard or lazy worker as you want, but your success depends on how much effort you put into finding and maintaining clients as well as the quality of your teaching.
<b> Impressive listing for the resume</b>
There aren’t too many resumes floating around that have “Tutor” written on them so having this experience helps distinguish you from other job seekers. This can give you an edge when applying for high-level internships and jobs because it shows that you are educationally driven and able to work with others successfully and achieve goals. What more can an employer ask for?
So if you’re still deciding if you want to be a tutor, first find the subject that you excel in. Check out www.flipgigs.com and ask the tutors there how they like it. They can provide you with tips and tricks to make you the smartest kid on the block.
Written by Henry Spivey for Flipgigs.
Posted in College, Job, Parents | No Comments »
Student Loans. Demystified.December 6th, 2014
As thousands of students around the world make their way back to college, many of them are experience first-hand the notion of being in debt. According to the chart from Sallie Mae, a leading student loan lender, Student Borrowing accounted for 18% of financing for college. In addition, another takeaway is that Student Income and Savings accounted for 12%. This means that on average, students footed 30% of their college bill.
Student loans can be a way to pay for higher education. In other words, students are making an investment in their future. However, the loan documents can be confusing and choosing the right loan is difficult. This page is designed to help students and parents understand the basics of student loans and provide additional resources.
To get a student loan, you will need to start off by first filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is imperative that you fill this out because the Federal Government provides grants and scholarships to those who qualify. To fill out the FAFSA you will need a copy of your last year’s income tax return. Here is a list of Federal Grants that you can apply for.
Grants and scholarships are essentially gifts to you to pay for your education and you do not have to pay them back. Yet grants and scholarships do not always pay for the entire cost of attending college. So that you’re prepared, I want to introduce you to the most common student loans. They include:
- Perkins Loans
These loans are available to all students: part-time, full-time, graduate, and undergraduate. Highlights of a Perkins loan include: low interest rate, deferred payments, and no prepayment penalty. Depending on your status, undergraduates can get up to $20,000 over their undergraduate years while graduate students can get up to $40,000 of over their graduate years.
2. Stafford Loans
Like the Perkins Loans, these loans are available to all students. Highlights of this loan include: flexible repayment options, fixed interest rate (6.8%), and the interest can be subsidized if you demonstrate need. The loan limit ranges from $2000-$20000.
3. PLUS Loan
Lastly, the most popular form of a loan is the PLUS Loan. These are unique because students can get large amounts depending on the cost of attendance. Careful! This type of loan can only be taken out by parents, so they will need to pass a credit check. Unlike the other loans, interest is higher at 8.5% and is not subsidized. Also, repayment begins 60 days after the loan is made.
As you may have noticed, loans come in a variety of forms and can be a way to finance the cost of college. The best way to get more information about college funding is to meet with a financial aid advisor at your college. They will be able to provide you information about scholarships available your college and other types of financing. If you’re still seeking more information about federal funding, please visit these two sites:
- The Department of Education’s loan page (where you can view the Student Guide)
- The Federal Student Aid Direct Loans site
Posted in Affording College, Businesses, College, Parents, Students, Super Category, Uncategorized | No Comments »
Resumes are like houses. Here’s why I believe it.August 21st, 2014
When you first look for a job, you probably start looking on www.flipgigs.com. Then, all of a sudden you realize, “Wait! I don’t even have a resume! What are those again?” People usually think of a resume as a fancy piece of paper with your education, experience, and skills on it. Yet, there is more to a resume; it is a document that speaks to a potential employer. Just like you want your house to scream “Buy me! Buy me!” to potential buyers, you want your resume to scream “Hire me! Hire me!” In fact in many ways, a resume is like building a house; you have to follow certain steps to make sure you are left with a beautiful end product.
Step 1: Design
Before every house is built, architects come together to brainstorm what the finished house will look like. If you are a job seeker, you need to brainstorm as well, but in a different way. Start off by asking yourself these questions:
- What is my career goal?
- Have I received any kind of special award?
- Where have I gone to school?
- What other jobs have I had?
- What skills do I have?
The list is endless. Employers love to see candidates who bring something new to the table. Your focus at this stage is to brainstorm what content to include on your resume.
Step 2: Foundation
After the architects agree on a design, construction of the house begins with laying the foundation. For a resume the most important part is your education. Stating your education first shows a potential employer what your interests and how you can fit into the workplace.
Step 3: Walls
The next step in construction is building the walls. Valuable experience such as internships, a long history of work experience, and volunteer activities can help build up your resume. Haven’t found a part-time jobs or internship yet? No worries! Start by looking on www.flipgigs.com! If you have tons of extracurricular activities and can’t decide which to use, I suggest adding the top 5. Remember that you need to provide a short description of specifically what you did and its importance. You want to show the potential employer that you did something useful and beneficial.
Step 4: Roof
No house is complete without a roof. To cap off your resume, polish it off by stating your skills. Skills? From your brainstorming session, add in the skills that you are good at. Maybe you are a good artist? In the skills section write that you possess a fantastic artistic ability. Support this by including your portfolio and any awards you have won.
Step 5: Decorate!
Walls? Check. Roof? Check. Floor? Check. Time to paint! The last step in building a resume is to make it look professional. This means choosing the right font, placement of your different sections, type of paper, etc. At the top of your resume add your name is large, bold text. You want your employers to associate your name with your face. Then add your contact information below your name. Here are a few words about email addresses: Make sure it is appropriate. Would you want the potential employer to remember you as the person who has great skills or the guy who uses email@example.com? Create a new one if you have to. Then add your career goal, then education, then experience, then skills. Use Times New Roman font as it is a clean and professional font. If you need a visual representation, check this out: http://bit.ly/15bjvsJ
Remember! First impression mean a big deal in the job market, so when it comes time to introduce yourself the employer, greet them with a smile, give them a firm handshake, look them in the eye and tell them why you would make a great employee.
Written for Flipgigs by Henry Spivey
Posted in Businesses, College, Job, Parents, Students, Super Category | No Comments »
Top 5 Best Jobs for StudentsMarch 4th, 2013
Looking for a job this year? Do you happen to be a student? This is the right article for you then! The following 10 jobs are great choices for students because they will look good on a résumé, work around class schedules, and offer decent pay. Here are some of the best jobs that you can get as a student…
1. Social Media- With the up and rising social media websites, many companies (especially start ups) are looking for people to run their social media websites, add content, and update the website. Many start up companies like the idea of having students work for them as social media consultants. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, are just some of the many social media websites that companies may want you to update on a regular basis. Getting to know these websites will enable you to assist other companies…and get paid in the process.
2. Paid Internships- Not your typical part-time job. Try to find a paid internship in the field that you would like to work at one day. The benefits are that you can gain more skills for your resume while still getting paid for it! Get paid to learn! If you show good working skills at the time of your internship you may even be able to get promoted up to a real job at that company! Some businesses that offer paid internships are: Flipgigs, EA Games, and more! Check your local companies to see if they offer paid internships!
3. Virtual/On Site Tutor- Never leave the room and make money! Or help people in your community/ school! You can help other people to know the subjects that you are best at…and get paid for it! It will also sharpen your own skills in the subject. You cannot go wrong as a virtual or on-site tutor. You can sign up to find people that on-site tutor in your area at Flipgigs or a virtual tutor at Champion Learning or Academic Advantage.
4. Babysitting/Petsitting- If you know lots of parents with a lot of kids or pets, than babysitting and petsitting might be the job for you. This is a great way to earn money up front. It is often known as one of the “go-to” ways to earn money as a student, but it really works! Babysitting can be as limited as just watching the children to as extensive as making meals and cleaning up the house. Make sure that you know what you are signing up for. Are you a parent looking for a babysitter? Check out our other blog post that deals with that subject! Click here to find a Good Babysitter for Your Children. Parents can also sign up at Flipgigs to search for students to hire for the babysitting gig.
5. Campus Positions- High Schools sometimes offer small forms of work for students. If you are in college don’t overlook campus positions. You can in a sense be paid to go to school! The pay may not be too fabulous but you will still gain experience and there is little to no commute (you were planning on going to school anyways, right?). Some jobs include: librarian’s assistant, teacher’s assistant, lunch personnel, and much more!
Written By:Kiana Valdez
Blog Writer, Social Media Consultant, Flipgigs
Posted in Businesses, College, Job, Parents, Students, Uncategorized | 5 Comments »
Need hundreds of teen testers !!!January 23rd, 2013
Street Owl, a partner with Flipgigs has launched a safe driving app for Teen to earn rewards based on their driving experience. According to government statistics, 12,000 Americans, 5,000 of those are teens, die each year due to car crashes directly related to unsafe driving. This app once launched will not only track speeding, but also braking, acceleration and cornering and encourage teens to drive safely. This app will give parents new knowledge and peace of mind about their teen’s driving when they’re not there, Not only will RefuelMe allow parents to support their teen’s independence, but also reward them with cash incentives for driving safely….and motivating them to practice safe driving habits.
Help to test this app while it is still in BETA. This app can save thousands of precious lives when released.
If you are a teen driver between the ages of 15-18 with an iPhone 4 or newer , install and test this app today, drive around for a few weeks and earn a $30 Amazon card from StreetOwl. Requires a parent to register as well . Both parent and teen profiles are verified through Facebook.
Go to www.flipgigs.com and click on the Refuel Me Banner ad today!
- The Flipgigs Team
Posted in Job, Media, Parents, Students | No Comments »
New Instagram Account and Contest!!! @flipgigsJanuary 17th, 2013
Hello All you Instagrammers! Flipgigs just opened a new Instagram account! Right now we are holding a very exciting contest to all of our new followers! YOU HAVE THE CHANCE OF WINNING FREE GIFT CARDS!
What are the rules?
1. You must follow us on Instagram @flipgigs (also be one of the first 500…we will be checking!)
2. Like the contest Picture
3. Write Done in the comments
To receive double or even triple entries:
-Reblog our picture and @flipgigs in the comments
-Sign up online at Flipgigs.com for an account
Then in the comments write double (or triple) done!
And that’s it! You are one step…or three steps closer to a free gift card!
The winner will be posted on our instagram account once we hit 500 followers. The winner will then have 24 hours to respond before we choose a new winner. Spread the word! The sooner we hit the 500 mark, the sooner you could have a gift card in your hands!
Posted in Contests, Featured, Media, Parents, Students, Uncategorized | 7 Comments »
Using Technology to Find a JobDecember 18th, 2012
Looking for some extra cash? What about a job, internship, or even a gig? Work and money are available at the touch of your fingertips. Here are a few tips on getting more cash in your pockets.
Technology is at it’s all time high right now.Everywhere you look there are smart phones, tablets, and laptops in the hands of almost everyone you walk by. There is more to the internet than cat videos and funny memes, you could also be successful in finding new avenues of work, perhaps even a career, all online.
Looking for a job? There is a website for that! flipgigs.com is a great website to start looking for work, especially for students. Here you can post what skills you have to your profile and also post responses to various tasks/jobs that you would like to obtain. It is a very simple and free task.
Another way to use technology to find a job is by making your own portfolio. Websites like Linkedin can help you build an online resume of your skills and past jobs, all in one convinient location. Even more so, people have taken liberty to make their own blog websites dedicated to them. Unfortunately, personal websites may not have as much traffic as a website like Linkedin could bring to yourself. But it still could be a nice reference to put on business applications.
The internet could also help you to learn new things that may help you find a job. YouTube is a great place to learning new things. And what is a better price than free? There are other websites that you can use to help you. Google is a wonderful search engine to finding all that you are searching for.
In the end, the internet holds out endless possibilities on what types of jobs you can obtain to get cash in your pocket today. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for flipgigs to get a head start your future career today!!
Posted By: Kiana Valdez
Social Media Intern for flipgigs.com
Posted in College, Job, Parents, Students, Uncategorized | 6 Comments »
The Benefits of Hiring a StudentNovember 26th, 2012
The older the wiser, as the saying goes. But is there any advantages to hiring students over someone else? It may be surprising that there may be some benefits. For the student and for the business that hire them, it can be a win-win situation for both parties.
Take for example, character. What many students have in lack of experience, some make up for it with character. They are often more humble and willing to take direction and instruction. Students still in school or recently graduated may be looking for avenues of work that fine businesses can supply. Employers are then able to hire someone who may be more energetic and motivated at little or no cost, while the intern learns more about working in the “real world,” enhance their résumé, and a future job reference.
Another benefit is that it is possible to hire a worker that you wouldn’t need to have a long term contract with. But it will bring a new fresh mind on the team.
Students are not just good for babysitting jobs either. Often they can help with things involving social media and marketing. These days, students usually have extensive social media networks allowing them to be in contact with lots of people around the world in short periods of time. That means that with one click of the mouse your business could be looked at by lots of people. Typically in this day and age, technology is easily accessible and widely used by the younger population, which can also be used to increase the popularity of your company.
Use their inexperience to your advantage! Often students are able to learn quickly and be able to perform efficiently. And because they may have less experience than other potential employees, there is no need to make them unlearn any bad habits or old ways that more experienced people may have learned throughout the years. Also because of that fact, students may be more readily available to do jobs that certain people may feel is below them. This may speed up work flow because they would be able to do the more unglamorous tasks that no one else would like to do.
Believe it or not, students may even be more easy to manage. After the initial interrogation of “what do I do here” and “how do I do this,” they often are less likely to complain or argue with your instructions.
All people have talents, it is just a matter of finding those talents and improving on them. And it is good to remember too that, everyone has to start somewhere. And who knows? You may be helping the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates rise to the top!
Looking for some students to hire?
Check out www.flipgigs.com to hire some students today!!
Posted By: Kiana Valdez
Social Media Intern for flipgigs.com
Posted in Businesses, Parents, Students | 6 Comments »
For Parents…Who Can I Trust to Leave My Children With?November 19th, 2012
Whether you are a single parent or not, at some point (although you really do love your children) you may find yourself looking for a babysitter. For some people they have a relative or a close friend or neighbor to hold down the fort while they are out. But what if you don’t have that option? How can you find someone to watch your children that you can trust?
STEP 1: FIND A POTENTIAL SITTER
There are many options to find people that will be able to help the family out.
One way is to ask around. Ask other parents who they call watch their kids. Now at least you can get a real life review and see how their sitter interacts with their kids.
Another good way is to use the internet for advertisements. Flipgigs is a wonderful tool to help find a sitter. Here you can post what types of things you would need a person to do for you under the “gig” portion. You can add anything from “picking Jenny up from school,” to “tutoring Jonny in 2nd grade math.” All interested people will then be able to respond to your ad. It is simple and easy…and it’s all at the price of FREE! What can be better than that?
STEP 2: MAKE CONTACT
Now you think you may have found your “dream babysitter.” But now what? Now is the time to establish contact. Get to know the person a bit more. Trade phone numbers and ask them some questions. How long have you been watching kids? What are the typical ages of the kids that you watch? Are you trained in CPR? What are your methods of discipline? You can also ask if he/she has any references that you could get in contact with.
STEP 3: MEET AND GREET
After establishing the initial contact you may feel like moving on to the next step, meet and greet. Invite the person over for another interview/meet and greet. Have the potential sitter meet with the kids and see how they like each other. Stay a while for a bit and then maybe leave to another room to see how the person and the children act when you are not there staring at them.
STEP 4: BABYSITTING TIME
Now that you feel more comfortable with the person, you may decide to take the plunge and hire them to be a sitter for you. Make sure that you lay out your house ground rules (both for the sitter and your kids). Make sure to give them all important numbers- to contact you, spouse, neighbor, police, fire department, etc.). For the first babysitting day maybe try to be not to far from home. You can call every so often to see how everything is going or even have a neighbor/friend check in every so often. If your circumstances allow, assure the sitter that it is okay to call/text you if they have any questions about certain house rules (if it is okay to let the children watch tv or eat certain things).
ASK YOUR CHILDREN!!!!
(If they are old enough to understand or talk.) Try asking them their opinion on the prospective sitter. They are going to be the ones spending time with that person so make sure that your children like them. Try to talk to them before the first babysitting session, encourage them to behave and to stick to the rules that you have set, but also tell them to see how the babysitter will act while you are gone. Make sure they are able to tell you if they feel uncomfortable in any way, maybe showing them how to use the phone to call you if something goes wrong.
STEP 5: CARRY ON
Hopefully you have been able to find a good and trustworthy caregiver to your children. Soon you may be able to not worry about them while you are busy elsewhere. There are people out there that will be able to fit your needs, it is just a matter of finding them! www.flipgigs.com is a great way to start!
Posted by: Kiana Valdez
Social Media Marketing Intern at Flipgigs.com