Things Needed

  • ['Word processing software', 'College-level style guide', 'Floppy disks', 'Blank CDs']

If you are looking for a way to make extra money or build a small home business, try typing for others. College students are a good source of work in this area. They often have worked so hard researching and compiling their term papers, they must catch up on other subjects. You can free their time by typing for them.

Set Up to Type Term Papers

Decide on your prices, hours of operation and notice you need before accepting a new project to type. Make a flyer by typing your contact and pricing information down the center of one full-length sheet of typing paper. Add tabs on each side of the paper that have your name and phone number. Students can tear one off and leave the flyer for others. Using colored paper is a good idea. Be sure to mention formats and availability of a disk or CD (if offered).

Quote your pricing structure in a per page format. Know how many average pages you can do per hour so that you can figure your time either way. Some people may insist on an hourly fee.

Honor your rest and family time. Be firm on your hours of operation. The same goes for the notice you will require from clients before starting a new project. Make an appointment for the student to return and review their term paper.

Advertise your services as a word processor (or typist) on campus. Tape or tack flyers on bulletin boards in the dining area, library and dormitories of the campus.

Familiarize yourself with formats used by the students (MLA and APA are most commonly used) and apply them as you type.

Get at least one good style and grammar book to start this endeavor. You will probably accumulate more as you go along. Ask the student if his or her class follows a particular style guide. Understand the rules of punctuation, spelling, word substitutes and formatting. These are valuable skills.

Start Typing Term Papers

Schedule a time when clients can return to pick up their typed term paper. When you get calls requesting your services, make an appointment for them to come by when it fits both your schedules.

Type the term paper as scheduled. Do not change the paper except for grammatical and spelling errors.

Put the typed term paper into a folder to protect it until the student is able to turn it in to the professor. Be sure to include the appropriate formatting of the bibliography and notes. Remember that there may be changes requested for the final draft, so you must set enough time aside to make them. The student could take the term paper home, pencil in the changes and return to you for a final copy.

Record in your bookkeeping system of the name of the student, project completed, final price and type of work it entailed. Now, you are ready for the next project.