What is your current course of study at Community College? As Kim mentioned, being a paralegal isn't "easy" and does require at least a certification or Associate's Degree. It may be possible to get some kind of paying internship or job through one of your professors, if you are in fact working on paralegal studies at CC. Unfortunately, PA's minimum wage is still staggeringly low, so you may be stuck with this as you work your way towards a degree. Jobs that are more physically demanding are the ones now that you can make more money at, as the trades are in demand. They usually don't require a degree, but do require training or an apprenticeship, however most of this training is paid.
If you qualify, there are programs (many offered on community college campuses) that help assist students with job training, tax preparation and emergency food/housing if you feel this might be necessary. Check out Single Stop and see if you qualify, or if there is an office near you: https://singlestopusa.org/
Jenna recommends the following next steps:
- Try to match what job/experience you are looking for with what you are studying at Community College
- Decide whether your work needs to be higher paying (i.e. to pay the bills) or experiential (possibly unpaid, but related to your field of study).