The convenience of a side hustle

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Students are back in town and finding additional sources of income that are legitimate may be challenging while being a full-time student.

There are side hustles in Tallahassee, Florida, that are compatible with individual schedules, such as UberEats, Doordash, donating plasma, etc. These side hustles allow students to focus on academic responsibilities and their social lives. The extra funds could also help to cover rent, gas and extracurricular activities.

Individuals who have access to a vehicle are eligible to apply for UberEats. UberEats allows drivers to create their schedules around their availability. Who does not want to drive and listen to their music at their leisure?

Like several other companies, Instacart requires employees to be at least 18 years old, able to lift 40 pounds, and have access to a smartphone.  

Shamya Oscar, a student at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, addresses the best and worst parts of UberEats and Instacart while being a full-time student.

“UberEats and Insacart allow me to make quick, easy money and be able to pay my bills without working a strict schedule,” Oscar said. “There are cons to doing too many deliveries. Driving too much causes wear and tear on a car. In order to make good money, you must be out there driving for hours. Moreover, driving around can get annoying.”

There are a variety of side gigs throughout Tallahassee and being a blood donor is at the top of the list.

Several places in town, including BioLife Plasma Services, allow students to donate their plasma to earn an extra income. BioLife Plasma Services offer an incentive to donate as long they meet the criteria of donors. Donors must meet 18 years old and at least 110 pounds preconditions while passing any additional requirements. Even though donors receive incentives to donate as much as two times a week, there are plenty of moral reasons to donate.

FAMU student, Jade Allen, elaborates on the benefits and disadvantages of doing UberEats.

“The best part of doing UberEats is making quick money,” Allen said. “The worst part is that I have a greater risk of driving accidents to deliver or pick up a customer’s order. I recommend other students do UberEats for the convenience and money.”

Many individuals obtain side hustles, and it is common with college students who may not have a full or part-time job. 

According to, “Millennial groups, in comparison to their parents and grandparents, are more likely to have a side hustle. Furthermore, younger folks rely on side hustles to make a different edition in their income. Around 45% of millennials who have a side hustle claim that it provides at least half of their monthly income.”

Not only does the previously stated forms of income help out with bills and other expenses; it could also inspire a career change.