Unconventional ways to earn cash after graduation

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You might have held some part-time work while you were still in college, but most people don’t get their first “real” jobs until after graduation. However, the reality is that even if you’ve completed college in a top university, you are still considered an entry-level professional. The pressure to be successful right away is, at times, immeasurable. If you have just received your degree in college and are planning to make ends meet and put a dent in student loan debt, then here are some unconventional tips for you.

For first-timers, it’s important to gain experience by getting freelance home based jobs online. There are various websites that offer a wide range of available freelance jobs such as Elance.com and Freelance.com. You can work while at home and earn money.

Some new college grads squeeze in additional part-time jobs or play and win on online games. Sure, you could play your odds in Vegas, but why even dress up and go to luxurious casinos when you can play poker online and win cash prizes while sitting in your pajamas? There are also various tournaments to join online such as the Sit and Go Table and the Multi-table tournaments. Whether you’re competing for a few thousand or the hundred thousands, there’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when you outsmart, out-bet and outplay everyone else on the table and walk away with the pot. Some people even shift from their professional day job after knowing that they can get more money by playing poker professionally. But don’t take this risk at an early stage; be sure you’re financially stable before considering any shift in your career.

There are other means of earning money aside from being employed or playing competitive poker. You could try going into business—just remember investing in a business is a very important financial decision to make therefore, make sure you have studied all possibilities. More than the money, you need to develop the right attitude which is an initial requirement if you want to be successful in your business. If this is something that resonates with you, then check out some more advice in our Brave Alternatives to the Day Job post.

And, in the meantime, while your hunting for jobs, freelancing, and perhaps playing poker online, be sure to consult our list of do’s and don’ts for surviving the real world on zero income!

Getting a degree is a very important milestone in a young adult’s life. When it comes to financial stability having a degree offers better chances than dropping out of college. What you should remember is that—even more than a college diploma—the best way to ensure financial stability is to have the right attitude when it comes to finances. Don’t lose heart and keep applying for new jobs. Good luck!

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