how can i work online during my university studies?

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Hey everyone
I wondered if I can work online beside my studies . I have only about 1 or 2 hours of free time per day .
I will graduate after 3 years so my plan is to learn digital marketing during this period to be professional when I finish my studies and start to earn money online beside my original job ,is it a good plan?

if I can't enter this field now how can I update my information till I graduate.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
    This is just my opinion, but

    If you have to ask... the answer is probably "No".
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    • Profile picture of the author Amr Alaa
      Originally Posted by Sid Hale View Post

      This is just my opinion, but

      If you have to ask... the answer is probably "No".
      Excuse me but why no ?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan S
    Originally Posted by Amr Alaa View Post

    Hey everyone
    I wondered if I can work online beside my studies . I have only about 1 or 2 hours of free time per day .
    I will graduate after 3 years so my plan is to learn digital marketing during this period to be professional when I finish my studies and start to earn money online beside my original job ,is it a good plan?

    if I can't enter this field now how can I update my information till I graduate.
    You are better off than many marketers who have day jobs at the same time a family to look after... have you heard of a marketer who's doing online business or coding after a long day job while carrying a 4 months old baby? 1-2 hours free time per day amounted to around 12 hours per week, it may increase if you add listening to audiobooks while driving, toilet university, while waiting for your college professor, etc. so many ways to do it so yes it is a very good plan. Goodluck.
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  • Profile picture of the author LoraG
    sure do that, who knows if you need your education I mean your studies in university in your future, but a skill of making money will stay with you forever!
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Nilsson
    Spending a couple of those hours exploring the world of Internet marketing sounds like a good idea. Don't try to take on too much though. You don't want to be so starstruck by the shiny internet marketing world that you forget your university studies.

    My suggestion would be to have just one thing that you are studying or trying out at any given time. As they say, slow and steady usually wins out in the end.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amr Alaa
    I have forgotten to said that I have a vacation of 4 months a year that I can start my business in and just follow it in those 2 hours .
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  • Profile picture of the author 3wCorner
    Sure you can but part time.

    Which work do you do best? Do you have experienced or samples works to show? These are just samples questions they might ask you. You can post your resume to upwork.com, elance, outsourcely, or forums with jobs wanted on their topic.
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    • Profile picture of the author Amr Alaa
      Originally Posted by 3wCorner View Post

      Sure you can but part time.

      Which work do you do best? Do you have experienced or samples works to show? These are just samples questions they might ask you. You can post your resume to upwork.com, elance, outsourcely, or forums with jobs wanted on their topic.
      I don't have any experience yet in IM field but I like to start by seo techniques and earning money from Google Adsense. then I hope to post my resume to upwork and other freelancing websites.
      Thank you for your answer
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    Well, that should be okay if you have the skills and employ people to work for you.
    It won't happen overnight, sometime you may have to put in more time and forgo somethings.

    In this case, i recommend you try freelancing.
    It gives you time and you complete task at your own will
    and reject jobs you don't have time for.

    Perhaps Fiverr will be a great place to start.
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    • Profile picture of the author gooroo
      Originally Posted by johnben1444 View Post

      Perhaps Fiverr will be a great place to start.
      Fiverr should be a great choice, since it's mostly based on doing tasks that don't take much time. But working on Fiverr will not give him that much experience he would gain when exploring other fields of IM.
      1-2 hours a day is enough to learn and do many things, managing your own blog + social media accounts(especially with buffer) is easily doable in 2 hours and that would probably be the best choice, but you have to decide what is it that you will work on, some things would take more time to complete(like constantly writing articles and updating your website), some less (like writing reviews that you don't have to update very often). But there is obviously more choices than that, you could perhaps start a nice blog about whatever you're studying right now?
      You said you want to try AdSense, from what I've heard most people don't earn very much from it, also the rates have dropped down not long ago. Think about what you're good at that you could sell, directly or indirectly, you can monetize virtually anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by Amr Alaa View Post

    I wondered if I can work online beside my studies . . . if I can't enter this field now how can I update my information till I graduate.

    Make sure your studies are your top priority. Learning about Internet marketing can become addictive so set a limit of 1 hour per day (or whatever time you choose) to be online.

    There are many, many ways you could do this. Here is just approach for you:

    Start a blog about your chosen career path (major subject) at the university. You'll have plenty of topics for your blog posts because you will be exposed to lots of ideas at the university. Be sure to begin a subscriber list for all those that visit your blog. Get their email addresses and their permission for you to send them emails about this subject.

    Starting and maintaining a blog will help you to stay in touch with the online business world. It will help you to learn about business and marketing. Engage your readers as you focus on one specific topic. You will learn alot about your major field of study and at the same time you will learn something about online blogging and doing business.

    If you eventually decide not to do Internet marketing, you will still have learned alot about your career subject.

    If you decide after graduation that you want to do IM full time, you will already have online web site experience, a subscriber list, and authority in your chosen field of study.

    The very best to you,

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  • Profile picture of the author bella14
    Well 1 or 2 hours are not enough, if you want to work online even as a part time job. You should reconsider your working hours up to at least 5 hours a day. Best of luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
    Hi Amr,

    I'm sorry my response was so blunt - but I just can't imagine even considering ANY entrepreneurial endeavor without first having a commitment to being successful.


    Originally Posted by Amr Alaa View Post

    Excuse me but why no ?
    No "wondering" allowed.

    I think that success in any entrepreneurial endeavor requires a certain mindset.
    If you don't have the confidence going in... then you have to at least have determination.


    Originally Posted by Amr Alaa View Post

    Hey everyone
    I wondered if I can work online beside my studies . I have only about 1 or 2 hours of free time per day .
    I will graduate after 3 years so my plan is to learn digital marketing during this period to be professional when I finish my studies and start to earn money online beside my original job ,is it a good plan?
    In online marketing, it's difficult to "learn" without actually doing it. It's the only way to actually "grade" yourself and gauge your progress.

    A couple of hours per day is enough to start, but be almost fanatical about it. Schedule your time, stick to your schedule, and set goals for yourself so you know how well you are doing. It's OK to review your plan on a quarterly basis, and adjust the plan if necessary, but during each quarter, do everything you can to stay on schedule with regard to your goals. If needed, make the extra hours to get back on schedule when necessary.

    Hold yourself to a higher standard than your professors require of you.
    They don't have any skin in the game.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    1-2 hours a day might get you started but ideally it's easier if you invest more time. Keep in mind if you put that time in, don't expect to be making too much.
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  • Profile picture of the author jakol
    Time budgeting, since you have 1 to 2 hrs. vacant utilize it but never force your self to do the things that make you sick just go with the flow.
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  • Profile picture of the author sananu107
    I think now a days most of the bloggers are becoming successful in their first year of studies only. Find out some time for your online business.
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  • Profile picture of the author GetPLRhere
    To work online while you're still in school, you have to do short Gigs, like some of those on Fiverr. The best type of gigs for your situation are the automated gigs, such as SEO.

    There are many students that blog too, earning small income through affiliate and adsense links place on their blogs.

    Stay away from creative services as these are very time consuming.
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  • Profile picture of the author annyabanana
    Try doing freelance jobs. There are a lot to choose from. Try something that will "float your boat." But make your education your priority. Don't exert too much time and effort on digital marketing. Just learn the basics.
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    • Profile picture of the author VerdinaNET
      Originally Posted by annyabanana View Post

      Try doing freelance jobs. There are a lot to choose from. Try something that will "float your boat." But make your education your priority. Don't exert too much time and effort on digital marketing. Just learn the basics.
      Absolutely agree. I also would advice you the same. Education is on top. Try to find some freelance job. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author YourGoToWriter
    I advice you to apply freelance jobs since you're still schooling.It's actually a good plan to work on your free time, but you have to make sure you can balance work and studies. You can learn the basics about digital marketing in order for you to not stress yourself out for the complicated ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    Originally Posted by Amr Alaa View Post

    Hey everyone
    I wondered if I can work online beside my studies . I have only about 1 or 2 hours of free time per day .
    I will graduate after 3 years so my plan is to learn digital marketing during this period to be professional when I finish my studies and start to earn money online beside my original job ,is it a good plan?

    if I can't enter this field now how can I update my information till I graduate.
    'Digital marketing' doesn't explain what you intend to establish and sell.

    Promotion is the second step. The first is manifesting a product or rendering ability to provide a service.

    You can figure out if / how you can do things when you have more of an idea of what you want to do.
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  • I have done this and it worked well for me. Most of the affiliate marketers here also have day time jobs so yes, spending a few hours a week online can certainly help you achieve your goal. You have to take note that there are a lot of ways you can earn online. Besides affiliate marketing, you can also put up a blog and monetize it. You may also look at several online jobs in Upwork or Fiverr. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author zrsbd
    Originally Posted by Amr Alaa View Post

    Hey everyone
    I wondered if I can work online beside my studies . I have only about 1 or 2 hours of free time per day .
    I will graduate after 3 years so my plan is to learn digital marketing during this period to be professional when I finish my studies and start to earn money online beside my original job ,is it a good plan?

    if I can't enter this field now how can I update my information till I graduate.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Pearl
    First, I congratulate to your decision, you are good scheduled. But you can priority your studies as well as contributing to digital marketing as per your planning.

    It would be more beautiful if you can start a blog from now but choose a niche as you are well knowledged. Your gaining knowledge of digital marketing will helpful to the growth of your blog and you should really a good position when you became professional in digital marketing.

    Best wishes to you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Profit Traveler
    If you really took it serious your internet marketing would become a full time income for you. That could be very distracting to your studies.

    I would not even pursue it if you do not see yourself making it worthwhile in a shorter amount of time.

    Do you know how much the net changes constantly?

    Some things you learned today could be useless in 3 years from now my friend.
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  • Profile picture of the author terinah14
    When I was in your situation, it was really hard to find a good place to train myself and earn something at the same time. I had to go through a lot and jump into scam sites Poor and naive me!

    I think it would be best to start looking for VA (Virtual Assistance) jobs. If you find a good client and form a good relationship with them, it would really work.
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  • Profile picture of the author terinah14
    If your situation allows, Fiverr.com is a good website to start with. People there can sell bizarre services like prank videos and make something
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelkoehler92
    Of course you can! I built a 6 figure business while still in uni
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  • Profile picture of the author Kiranattu
    You have a great thinking. If you think that you can earn during study that's very preety good. I'm during my study was only focus on study.
    If you can earn then you can choose any option like freelancer. online survey, blogging etc.
    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author fredi
    There are many other areas available for making money from online. You can choose any of those. I think everyday 1-2 hours would be enough to be an expert within three years. I like your plan.
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    • Profile picture of the author Amr Alaa
      Thank you very much for your opinions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cristy94
    I am a student and have enough free time for both freelancing and working on my own personal projects. I'm not working too hard either, I still have free time. One or two hours a day are enough to learn a skill.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    Some of my most productive days were while I was in Grad school.
    BUT I already knew my craft while I was there. I was not just
    learning about it. So I was writing copy while writing term papers
    at the same time. I had to do a brain shift but I was able to support
    my family while I was in school which is not a bad place to be in.

    One of my most challenging project was a $19K job and the discipline
    of school got me through that project.

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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    It depends on what classes you are taking. When I first started IM, I took some classes related to what I wanted to learn, such as computer graphics, HTML, business, marketing, etc.

    I was building my first web site at the time and used that as my projects for a number of classes, killing a few birds with one stone. If you're taking programming classes, you could create a program to sell and also use it for class projects.
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  • Profile picture of the author harshxxx
    My opinion just concentrate on your studies give 100% once you complete your graduation then you can focus on digital marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author blakesienna
    It's nice to know that you already have plans. There are a lot of ways to earn online. You can do blogging. A lot of people earn from it. Just don't compromise your study, make it your number one priority.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aminul Islam0
    you must online work beside your studies. To do this , you should finish your daily task in timely. I suggest you that you more online work in holiday
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  • Profile picture of the author jackjewels
    you can work parttime as a frelancer
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  • Profile picture of the author roystein121
    1-2 hr is quite less actually if you ask me. I remember the time when I was studying and also doing my intership at Gozoop, it is quite difficult to learn everything in just 1-2 hr. I would suggest to either try to adjust both studies and job if you are really interested to work.
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  • Profile picture of the author powercomm
    Hello Amr, here's my opinion for what it's worth.

    Firstly I don't want to disagree with Sid, but I think you might be in a great position to achieve great results.

    Sid (hi Sid!) is correct in that you have to put a lot of time, energy and sometimes money into a project, but the thing about working online is that it's very forgiving in that you can make many mistakes and also, compared to many offline businesses which can need a huge amount of investment.

    Being limited by time can be positive in that you really have to focus on what's important and not be distracted.

    Good luck
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    • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
      Disagreement is good when you have something worthwhile to contribute...

      Originally Posted by powercomm View Post

      the thing about working online is that it's very forgiving in that you can make many mistakes and also, compared to many offline businesses which can need a huge amount of investment.

      Being limited by time can be positive in that you really have to focus on what's important and not be distracted.

      I tried to "soften" my initial response by explaining it further in a subsequent reply.

      Your addition here is important. It is very inexpensive to get started, but that doesn't mean that you should do so tentatively.

      Amr stated that he only had 1-2 hours per day to commit to the effort, and while that is doable for many, I think that setting limits before you even get started is a sign that maybe one is not as committed as he/she needs to be.

      If you really want it... why place any restrictions on yourself going in?
      If you don't... why bother?
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  • Profile picture of the author gwilfo1988
    Make sure you schedule out some time every day and don't become to carried away with it, otherwise it will eat into your studies and become overwhelming. Start up a blog and just start by writing some quality content thats congruent with your current studies. You want to be splitting your time between your actual writing and learning the fundamentals of the business that are going to drive you forward, such as Copy and SEO ect. Just be sure to gain a little everyday and watch it grow exponentially. Have fun with it.

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  • Profile picture of the author RankWebz
    Your planning is good but as you have lack of time so its near to impossible to earn money online. At-least 4-5 hours if you cant give to work online then making money isn't possible for you. So firstly manage your schedule and study for the digital marketing. There are no. of ways by which you can earn without any limit.
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    • Profile picture of the author Amr Alaa
      Originally Posted by RankWebz View Post

      Your planning is good but as you have lack of time so its near to impossible to earn money online. At-least 4-5 hours if you cant give to work online then making money isn't possible for you. So firstly manage your schedule and study for the digital marketing. There are no. of ways by which you can earn without any limit.
      Ok how can I keep in touch with IM field without applying what I have learnt for 3 years?
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  • Profile picture of the author Amr Alaa
    note :I don't want more than 200-300 $ per month
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  • Profile picture of the author mariofromgermany
    Hi,

    the problem you wrote about is like most problems in marketing. You do not know enough about psychology.
    In this game it is all about manipulating people to make money from them. Sad but true.
    I wrote a free eBook about the topic. Maybe you are interested.

    Here is the ebook:
    marketers-are-manipulators.blogspot.com
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  • Profile picture of the author wordwizard
    I'm surprised that affiliate marketing does not figure more prominently in the advice you've been getting. It's an ideal way to get started with working part-time while building your online business, provided that you also build a list while you're at it.

    You can work an hour or two on it daily, adding pieces to your project as you go.

    I'd start by finding a niche you want to focus on, picking a promising product to promote, and then set up the opt-in form and pre-sell report for that product (and others like it).

    Then get it set up, and start promoting it. Once you have the first product set up, do the same for the second one, and the third one, etc. If you pick products that will work in the long term, you really can build a business that way.

    What about selling your services?

    Sure, that's the fastest way to making some money, but you'll be selling your time for money, and you only have so much of that. If you do need quick money, you could use some of your time for services (and yes, Fiverr could work there), and also work on setting up your affiliate projects.

    Eventually, you could also create your own products... and by the time you graduate, you could have a healthy online business going!

    Of course there's a lot more to it. I'd start by learning about affiliate marketing and getting a blog set up...

    Good luck!

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    • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
      Hey Elisabeth,

      Originally Posted by wordwizard View Post

      I'm surprised that affiliate marketing does not figure more prominently in the advice you've been getting. It's an ideal way to get started with working part-time while building your online business, provided that you also build a list while you're at it.
      I was surprised, as well. Apparently most of the responses are from those with online "jobs" rather than online businesses.

      If one focuses on "piecework", they're still trading time for money, and there are only 24 hours in a day. If they are providing that piecework online - they still have to market those services to get clients.

      Products (yours or someone else's) can be sold over and over again... services cannot.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amr Alaa
    Thanks for every one.
    I hope after one year from now I will share my experience of working online beside my university studies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Martin1977
    My opnion, definitely you work online besides your studies. There is a lot of great online courses where you can learn how you can be successful and make monez online.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dustin Carabello
    My question is "why not?". If you want to and you know you can do it, then go for it. Don't let people tell you why you should or shouldn't. DO IT!

    I hope you're very successful at it too!
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  • Profile picture of the author krys0003
    I have two suggestions for you;

    1. If you are good designer, marketer, or web designer, you can offer some services on freelance website like fiverr.com, You can generate small income and create a list of actives clients

    2. From my experience in online marketing, I believe there is a huge opportunity into list building,
    So look for a niche (Wealth, Health & Fitness, I.M, etc..), when you decide which niche is best for you, you can build a mailing list that you can use later to promote affiliate products, your own products as well or you can sell solo ads with other internet marketer.

    Wish you best of luck in your studies...
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    brother you can do seo and smo for companies
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