Generate additional income outside the school holidays by working as a student

Just like festival lover Bouba, have you been to several festivals recently and let loose the party animal inside you? Did the travel bug get you so bad that you couldn’t sit still for two months? Or did you let the shopaholic out a little too much during the sales? If so, perhaps there’s a hole in your budget. It’s lucky, then, that alongside holiday work you can earn a few extra cents throughout the year by getting a student job. We lay out a few options for you.

2 Entrepreneurship – if you do your best, you’ll get there.

Are you a man or woman with a plan? If so, the status of student entrepreneur is the one for you. Don’t wait until after your studies to start your own business if you have lots of great ideas and huge plans. With a healthy dose of courage, you can get your business off the ground while you’re a student.

The men behind Noodle Burger are already setting an example. People of Tomorrow may have seen Gilles Schepens and Xin Lu around at DreamVille, where they were selling their hamburgers with a twist – in the form of a noodle bun instead of the usual bread bun. That was their greatest achievement of the summer, alongside Release Festival, The Qontinent and various food truck festivals, to name a few. They even had to turn down several events to cope with the demand.

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Two years ago, they started laying the groundwork for their food tent on wheels, which has been up and running since November of last year. They combine running a business with studying. And yes, sometimes they have to make tough choices. Studies are spread over a somewhat longer period and, in this case, choosing from a number of resits to be passed is the result. But it’s worth it, as the practical experience they have gained is often lacking in traditional studies. Why, then, continue to crawl through the books? Self-learning is important to be able to make informed choices. That’s why a combination of working and learning is ideal.

The cost of ignorance is bigger than

the investment in personal and professional development.

Carl Van de Velde — Business Mentor

Gilles and Xin have since learnt the ins and outs of running a business. They give future student entrepreneurs three golden tips.

  • Surround yourself with the right people
  • Making it through a busy festival season in one piece isn’t easy. A good network seems to be the key. Your close circle of family and friends who offer a helping hand every now and then, experts in areas where you lack knowledge, a good and reliable accountant… A fridge that suddenly breaks down is then less of a concern than first thought. Tip: Ask for help if you find yourself in a pickle. Some friendly advice and common sense will often see you through. You don’t need to panic!
  • Ensure a good cash flowThe biggest challenge for a student entrepreneur is having a good cash flow. Gilles and Xin have the advantage here of being able to get cash in through their food stand and they still live at home. Both men recommend giving yourself a large enough budget when you start your project. To be on the safe side, you should include an error margin for unforeseen expenses so you can avoid any nasty surprises.
  • Dare to take the plungeGilles and Xin admit that they were a little too cautious when starting out. If they could start again, they would dare to take steps quicker and spend less time making certain decisions. The message is therefore dare to take the plunge. You’ll only regret the chances you didn’t take later on.

You can read everything you need to know about the challenge of becoming a student entrepreneur on Xerius‘ website.

3 Dual learning? What’s that all about?

If you prefer to get your hands dirty than having your nose in schoolbooks all the time, dual learning may be the solution for you. You go to school part-time, while the rest of the week you are working for an employer. This allows you to gain lots of practical experience, getting you ready for the job market.

What else do you get? If you follow dual learning, you are also entitled to paid holidays, just like any other employee. In addition, you’ll also receive a salary for the work you carry out. You cannot get a student job during the academic year, but there are options to get a student job over the summer holidays. You can find everything you need to know about dual learning on Syntra’s website.

And there’s more? Are you already itching to find the student job of your dreams? If so, pay attention. There are a few conditions you must stick to when working as a student so that you don’t have to give your hard-earned cash back to the taxman. It’s a good idea to keep track of your hours worked and your salary so you don’t exceed your limits. To help you do so, use JobTeller. Enter when you work and how much you earn – the tool will ensure you don’t lose any money by respecting your limits.

Good luck and have fun at work!

Evi van Overveld

Expert studentenzaken

Geschreven op 18/09/2017

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