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The Best Part-Time Job for Students that’s Flexible, Fun and Better for the Planet
Brandi Smith, Marketing Director
Part-time jobs for college students are almost as coveted as university acceptance letters and searching for classes. They’re a critical element to being able to support yourself while also paying for your studies.
But cash money isn’t all a part-time job is good for. Multiple studies, as reported by CNBC Make It, show that when you hold a part-time job, you have better grades. And as new research from Mount Holyoke College found, students who have better grades—coupled with a handful of internships—are more likely to find a job within six months of graduation.
Trying to fit a job into a hectic school schedule can be a lot like playing a game of Tetris. Between classes and clubs, maybe even Greek life obligations, you need a job that works for you, rather than the other way around.
A good college job will offer flexible hours (like nights and weekends when you’re not in class) and maybe even allow for you to get some studying done when the job isn’t too busy. They’ll also offer some great perks too. They help you make rent, buy books or have some cash for the bars when Thirsty Thursday rolls around.
There are a number of part-time jobs available to students from dog walker, barista, bartender, brand ambassador, cashier, retail associate, line cook or server in a restaurant. There are so many possibilities but often times some leave limitations on flexibility and require you to work specific shifts. That’s where being a ShipperBee driver comes in.
Students are choosing to become a ShipperBee driver as a part-time gig for a variety of reasons:
Whatever your day looks like, being a ShipperBee driver allows you to work as much or as little as you like. You can work every day or once a week. It’s all about when you have the time and can commit to picking up and dropping off a parcel or two. You can be the pick-up driver at a shipper’s location, run a parcel from hive to hive, or be the last driver out doing deliveries while on route to class, have some spare time in between classes or over the weekend when convenient for you and your social calendar. Whatever your day or week looks like, ShipperBee can easily fit in.
Yes, I just went there! Now, from what I have read and hear from rideshare drivers, most passengers are normal, everyday people just going about their lives. On their way to work, the airport for a business trip or a local bar for or from a night out. The list is endless. But, let’s be honest, they are still complete and utter strangers, getting into your personal space and sitting right behind you. I don’t know about you, but it would feel creepy to me. Add in strangers who have unpleasant body odors, leave cigar bars reeking of cigar smoke, or worse, are drunk and vomit in your vehicle. Perhaps you decided that you don’t want to deal with passengers but would still like to do a side hustle doing food delivery. You can end up with some foods in your vehicle that aren’t sealed properly by the restaurant leaving you with a sticky mess or with some that are very smelly. In the end, regardless of it being people or food, smells can permeate your car’s interior and can linger for days. And the mess they make can be a nightmare to clean up.
Chances are, you’ve placed an online order for your fav products. Maybe it was an impulse buy, or you took advantage of a cyber deal, or even purchased an item in several sizes to ensure you got the right fit and planned to return it later. Harmless, right? Not so much. Our instant gratification society and expectations of fast one-day shipping, is taking a tremendous toll on the environment through increased carbon emissions. More so than heading to the store to make a purchase.
Let me explain. Normal shipping consolidates orders into as few boxes as possible. Trucks are packed to the brim and are sent on a route that is far more efficient in making as many deliveries as possible over the shortest distance. With faster shipping options, it’s the opposite. Emptier trucks have to deliver to fewer customers who are further apart in order to meet deadlines. In the end, this means more trucks driving longer distances for every delivery generating far more carbon emissions and traffic.
As a ShipperBee driver, you can help change the way parcels are moved in North America — that’s better for people and the planet — by tapping into the unused space in your vehicle. By leveraging this space, we can reduce carbon emissions by up to 70%+ per parcel. By making a simple shift in how we deliver parcels at a local level, together we will make a big impact on our environment and future.
If you’ve never heard of the Power of While concept before, it’s essentially looking at what you can do while doing something else. Our CEO and Founder uses the Power of While every day. For example, he holds 30-minute walking meetings, just long enough to get some fresh air and short enough to be efficient.
As a ShipperBee driver, you’ll also tap into the Power of While. It’s quite simple. As you head out to school, you’ll stop for a parcel pick-up at a Hive near you. As you arrive to school, you’ll drop-off the parcel(s) at another nearby Hive location. Because your pick-up and drop-off points are close to your home and school, there’s no need to veer off the beaten path.
Our driver’s safety and well-being are of the utmost importance to us. That’s why the biggest parcel that our Hive compartments can hold is 31” x 27” x 14” and a maximum weight of 30 lbs. In other words, anyone can pick up and drop off our parcels. More times than not, parcels will not be this large, as our Hives are built to accommodate smaller packages and 138 parcels at a size of 6” x 6” x 6”. We also do not allow for harmful or dangerous goods to be shipped across our Hive network allowing you to be rest assured that anything you are transporting will not create a situation that could negatively affect you.
These are just a few reasons why students choose ShipperBee as their side gig. With ShipperBee, you’re simply picking up parcels and transferring them from point A to point B. Throw clean boxes and parcels into your trunk, backseat, wherever you have space, and hit the road. No mess, no smells, no passengers to deal with. Just the ability to turn up your tunes or listen to your latest audiobook or favorite podcast while in transit.
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