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4 Reasons Hosting Trivia is Perfect for College Students

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Brianna LeCompte

I still remember attending my first Trivia night back in 2013. A group of my coworkers were discussing some options for happy hour venues and when we saw that a spot down the street was hosting a Trivia Night, we decided to go for it. I was instantly hooked. When the opportunity arose to join the Last Call team, I was ecstatic. Working with a talented and creative team to spread my love of trivia across the country-what could be better! I currently manage sales and outreach in our west coast areas. Outside of work, I love to travel and am also an avid equestrian and Disney movie lover.All Posts

If you’re a college student, there are three universal truths that you’re likely aware of: sleep is a precious commodity, ramen noodles are an important part of a balanced diet, and every penny of your budget counts. 

Finding a part-time job is a necessary measure to keep afloat, but positions available to students often suffer from several downfalls. They are low-paying, offer little experience translating to long-term career goals, provide no flexibility, and are, to put it in layman’s terms, boring.

But don’t worry, there is a perfect part-time job that solves for all of the above problems – hosting Trivia Nights! Starting a side-hustle as a trivia host gives you the opportunity to make some serious cash, and to have fun doing it.

Still not convinced? Here are four reasons trivia hosting could be the perfect gig for you.

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1. It’s a serious money-maker.

Making ends meet with a minimum wage, part-time job often feels like a feat that’s nothing short of a miracle.  Now, let’s contrast that with the money you can make hosting Trivia Nights.   

Trivia hosts can charge between $100-$200 per show to host a weekly bar trivia, meaning you could earn the same amount in one evening that it takes a full week to earn at other part-time jobs.
Host multiple nights a week, or offer private events on the weekends and you can increase your income exponentially.
Running a trivia hosting gig is an impressive addition to your resume and an excellent talking point for future job interviews.  Hosting trivia develops skills that translate well to any position, which is a great way to help you stand out from your peers in an increasingly competitive job market.
In other words, you can make a ton of money now, and set yourself up for the long game!

2. It has the flexibility to become what you make it.

Maybe you’re just looking to make enough money to occasionally upgrade to a meal that’s not made in a microwave.  If that’s the case, you can aim to host one night a week to accomplish your goal.

On the other hand, if you’d like to start paying more towards your tuition to keep the student loans at bay, you can pick up more hosting gigs. Host every night of the week if you want! You could be making $55,000 – $75,000 a year!

Is “be your own boss” too cliche? Oh well, it’s a cliche for a reason, right?

3. There are resources available to make hosting simple.

There’s no way around it, writing a good trivia question is tricky. It has to be difficult but not impossible. It has to be accurate, but interesting. It has to feel like a game, but not a gimme. And writing a full show worth of these questions can take an entire day of work.

But don’t worry, this is where we come in! Last Call Trivia allows you to access a trivia show in a matter of minutes, using questions written (and fact-checked) by professionals.

4. It’s FUN!

What do filing billing invoices, folding t-shirts, and making sandwiches all have in common?  At least two things: they are all jobs you could get to pay for your textbooks and they are all excruciatingly boring.   Hosting trivia is a fun way to make money, plain and simple. 

And there aren’t a whole lot of jobs that offer the priceless perk of being inherently entertaining. In fact, it might just be the best job in the world. 

Unless you can be Batman, then always be Batman.

So there you have it, the definitive solution for all of your part-time gig woes.  And now that you have the reasons why, and the resources to help, the only step left is to get started. Because after all, the pursuit of tuition money is anything but trivial.