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Help U Connects College Students With Jobs

April 28, 2014, 10:10 PM by Angela Kennecke

Help U Connects College Students With Jobs

Need your yard raked? Furniture moved?  Now you can hire a college student with a few clicks of a mouse.

A University of Sioux Falls graduate student has come up with Help University, or Help U.

Most college kids need spending money, but they can't always work regular hours.  That's why University of Sioux Falls athlete Talon Eich signed up for Help U. 

"You have practice time; you have class.  You have all this stuff going on.  You don't have the same set times every week, so if there's a job available you can do and make some easy money, it's just a great idea," Eich said.

MBA student Zak Fick came up with the idea of matching students with odd jobs while an undergraduate and passed out flyers to get the word out.  Fick says the next step was starting the website. 

"It's a win-win for the community to have these jobs offered," Fick said.

Fick's friends quickly jumped on board. 

"That's an awesome idea--all the athletes.  You've got to get to the schools that have all the athletes because they do need that extra income," Denet Christopher said.

So far Fick has 43 students signed up.

"I have students from Nevada that have just heard about this from social media, little stories out there--some from the East Coast, some from down south--so it's spreading," Fick said.

In addition to the University of Sioux Falls, Fick is talking to three other local and regional colleges about getting on board with Help U. This summer, he'll travel to 300 different schools to let them know about the website. 

"So that when their students come back on campus this fall, they can really push this to their students and alumni," Fick said.

Fick's business model has Help U taking 20 percent of what the jobs pay, with 80 percent going to the students.  But he also has a section to connect students with volunteer hours in the community. 

Fick says he hopes to grow Help U into a platform that will offer many kinds of student services in the future.

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