9 Ways for College Students to Earn Money Online

Why work remotely?

As remote work increases in popularity in multiple industries, college students are finding creative, flexible work opportunities that fit with their busy class schedule. 

You might be thinking, “I can’t find any flexible jobs that are related to my passion or my major, so this isn’t for me”

In fact, there are opportunities for online jobs for college students no matter your major, interests or extracurricular involvement. Art students are monetizing their skills by designing logos and branding materials for small businesses. Students studying in the STEM fields are maximizing their time tutoring online. And community service volunteers and leaders are applying their fundraising skills to writing copy and marketing materials for online businesses. 

Not only does remote work allow busy students the opportunity to make an income, but it builds valuable skills needed to enter the workforce. Industry leaders predict that remote work will rival location-based offices as early as 2025- which means that current students need to prepare for the reality of remote work.

Remote work teaches transferable skills, like time management and self-discipline, that are essential to most industries. Students are leveraging these remote work positions on their resumes to highlight their ability to self-motivate, manage their time, and communicate asynchronously. Regardless of your major or your dream industry, starting your first remote job as a college student will put you at a great advantage entering the workforce after graduation.

If you’ve been thinking about starting a remote side hustle to earn money as a college student, all you need to get started is a computer, decent wifi, and a comfy place to sit!


Data Entry

Computers are better than ever at processing data, but they still struggle with turning handwritten documents into digital ones. For this reason, you can still earn decent money doing data entry.

In essence, data entry just means taking data from one source/format and transcribing it into another (usually a spreadsheet or database management system.) Provided you’re detail-oriented and efficient, it’s a job that almost anyone can do.

What it pays:

  • According to PayScale, the average hourly pay for data entry is $12.92.
  • However, I know from talking to friends that it’s possible to make twice that much, particularly if you’re skilled in using Excel.

How to get the job:

  • You don’t need many skills to do this job; fluent English, typing skills, and an understanding of spreadsheets are all you need.
  • Your best bet for finding a data entry gig is to post your services on a platform such as Fiverr or Upwork.
  • To boost your hireability, take this course on how to use Excel.

Jobs You Can Do on Your Feet

Two birds, one stone. Earn extra cash and enjoy some exercise in between your class schedule. These side gigs are ideal for the student who needs the money and a quick break from the grind:

Try Dog Walking

Forecasters predict there will be more dogs than people in America by 2025. OK, that’s not true, but dogs are everywhere nowadays. Those furry friends of ours need to stretch their legs, and owners who work long days are willing to pay dog walkers for a bit of midday exercise. Advertise your services by word of mouth or enlist with companies such as Wag! and Rover, both of which find clients for you. If you live off-campus, you might also consider pet-sitting.

Help People Stay in Shape

If you’re a fitness junkie who wants to help others get in shape, consider becoming a personal trainer at your campus rec center or local gym. Many people need the motivation and guidance of a trainer to maximize their workouts.

Take Stock Photos

Do you have a good camera and an eye for photography? See if you can get your work posted on sites such as iStock and Shutterstock, which offer up to 50% of the price tag when they sell your stock photos.

Clean Houses

Particularly in big college towns and cities, students could have ample opportunity to find cleaning work nearby. Tools are cheap, the labor is straightforward, and unlike working for campus custodial services, the profits are all yours.

Make the Move

As with walking dogs, helping people move is a nice way to get in your exercise and make a few bucks while you’re at it. Many moving companies hire college students for busy periods, and there’s something special about an honest day’s work of lifting and lugging.

Audio Transcription

Computers continue to get better at recognizing and interpreting human speech, but they aren’t perfect.

Because of this, there’s still a demand for people who can listen to audio and turn that audio into written words. This is the skill of audio transcription, and it can be a flexible way to earn extra money from your computer.

What it pays:

  • One of the largest audio transcription companies, Rev, starts freelancers at $0.36 per minute of audio transcribed.
  • Assuming you can transcribe 10 hours of audio per week, that works out to $216 a week ($864 per month).
  • Transcriptionists with more experience can earn double that. Transcription Outsourcing, which specializes in areas such as legal and medical transcription, pays anywhere from $0.80 – $1.10/minute.

How to get the job:

  • All you need are great listening skills and the ability to type.
  • The easiest way to get started is to apply at a site like Rev or Transcription Outsourcing.
  • You’ll then take a transcription assessment.
  • If you pass the assessment, you’ll be eligible to start doing work.

Sell Your Old Textbooks

Textbooks can be very expensive. Before you sell your used textbooks back to the campus bookstore, check out online retailers to see whether you can get a better price. Turn this into a no-stress business by selling your friend’s old textbooks for a small fee.

Become an Online tutor

Work as a tutor from the comfort of your dorm room or apartment to make extra money for college. Online tutoring services will connect you with other students in need of academic assistance. Thanks to the internet, a math major in Maryland can get paid to tutor a high school student in North Carolina who’s struggling with algebra.


Of course, you can always earn money by working. These are jobs that college students and young adults are well suited for given school schedules, summer vacations, and more.

67. Babysitting

If you’re responsible, babysitting is a great way to earn some extra money. The typical babysitter gets about $20 per hour. If you have friends and neighbors with kids, start asking them if they want to have a night out!

If you want to be “more reputable”, sign up on a site like Care.com.

68. Become A Petsitter

Along the same lines as babysitting, when people go out of town, they need someone to watch their pets. If you love animals, pet sitting can be a great way to earn some extra money and hang out with some furry friends.

Try signing up for Rover to get connected with people who need a pet sitter.

69. House Sitting

If you know someone is taking a vacation, offer to house sit for them. Nobody wants bad things to happen to their homes – from pipe leaks to burglaries. House sitting avoids this and also can be combined with pet sitting. It can be a lucrative gig if you have time on your hands.

You can also sign up on Care.com and see if you can get leads that way as well. People will value responsible students to house sit.

70. Clean Houses

Another great gig for college students is house cleaning. It takes several hours, but it can be done easily in college and requires no real experience. You can team up with an experienced cleaning company or look to run your own business.

You can also look at something new like Amazon Services, and list your service there.

71. Do Catering On Weekends

Catering companies are always looking for extra help because their schedules are so odd. Most catering companies have little work during the week, but need a large staff on the weekends. This works well for college students who are just looking to earn an extra few dollars.

If you don’t know where to find these gigs, check out Craigslist for Jobs or Gigs in your area.

72. Computer Repair

If you’re handy with a computer, helping people get their computers repaired is a great way to make extra money. Typically this will involve setting up software, checking for virus, and more.

See if a computer repair firm is hiring on ZipRecruiter.

Chapter 1: Earn cash from YouTube

YouTube is a global phenomenon and one of the most visited sites on the planet, which means that there is a chance that you could earn some cash by creating some homemade videos that become an online hit.

Many of us are aware of the videos that go viral and earn large sums of money for the owner by racking up millions of views but even if you don’t manage to hit the big time with your offerings, you can certainly create an income stream if you do it right and give people what they want to see.

Get involved with the YouTube Partner Programme, which lets you earn a percentage of cash from the adverts that run alongside your videos. The sums of money that you can earn can vary quite a bit and are reliant on the number of views you manage to achieve, but with a series of videos running, you could generate a regular income stream.

You need to apply to YouTube in order to become a partner and as long as you already regularly upload clips that attract a reasonable amount of views before you make your application, you stand a good chance of being accepted.

It will cost you about $100 to set up, but you have a reasonable chance of earning upwards of $50 per month once you get established. Some people earn a lot more than that and many of the success stories involve establishing a niche in something you are good at demonstrating or doing, so that you become the go-to person on YouTube and every new video you then post, adds more regular income.

Chapter 4: Do some gigs on Fiverr

If you want to do almost anything to earn $5 each time you provide a service, then consider Fiverr, which is believed to be one of the world’s largest marketplaces for making money by selling small services.

These services, which are referred to as gigs, can be literally anything that someone wants you to do for a small fee, like creating a social media post to playing a prank on someone. Although the fee for each gig might seem quite small, there are actually a good number of people who are managing to generate a reasonable income from the site.

Another angle worth considering with Fiverr, is to advertise in other places and on other sites for work and then outsource the job to someone advertising on the site with the required skills, such as a logo designer or whatever it is you need doing. This way, you could quickly turn a $5 cost into a profit by charging your customer at a higher rate.

Become a Mechanical Turk

If you don’t mind being what amounts to a small cog in a large wheel, you could apply to become what is referred to as a Mechanical Turk for the internet behemoth Amazon.

Based on the concept of internet crowdsourcing, business advertise through Amazon for assistance with scalable tasks that require a team of people and a fast turnaround. You will probably be asked to complete some mundane chores like data entry or form filling, but your reward is cash rather than vouchers.

It seems that only U.S based people are currently eligible for sign-up at the moment, but you will probably find something similar at a site like Clickworker.

Other Great Part-TimeJobs for College Students

In addition to the above, there is a slew of tried-and-true side gigs you can always turn to, including:

Bartending or Waiting Tables

There’s no shame in the part-time service job. Depending on where you’re located, there can be serious cash (and fun) to be had with these jobs, and most offer flexible scheduling so you can make it to classes with no problem.

Painting Houses

A little fresh air, some good old-fashioned manual labor, and a decent wage. Many house-painting companies, such as College Pro House Painters, make a point of hiring students who need extra cash and have no previous experience.


Many high school students earn their first paychecks working as lifeguards in the summer months. It’s still a great option for students in college who are, of course, proficient swimmers and enjoy sitting poolside ensuring everybody stays safe.


Lawns need to be mowed and trees need to be trimmed. Why can’t you be the one to do the mowing and the trimming? If you like working outside with your hands and love the smell of freshly cut grass, find the nearest landscaping company on the hunt for good workers.

Shoveling Snow

Students in northern states don’t need to be reminded that opportunities abound to shovel sidewalks and front steps in the winter months. You could volunteer to do your neighbor’s walk for free (which is a nice thing), or you could offer up your services to anyone on the block for a small fee.


Although many college campuses offer daycare to staff and administration, some do not. See if your professors ever need a hand watching the kids while they’re in class or target local families by posting an ad online.

Bonus Opportunity: Scholarships as a Side Hustle

Ever considered the money earning potential that can come from scholarship applications? After crunching the numbers, many students report that their hourly rate earned from scholarships exceeds any side hustle or part-time job they’ve held. If you want to learn how you can use scholarship applications as a money-making opportunity, sign up for this free webinar.

These companies and platforms offer creative opportunities for current college students to make money on their own time. Regardless of your major or area of study, you can find a position that fits your schedule and time constraints. If you’re a college student looking for ways to cut your college bill, pay back student loans, or reduce the overall cost of college, a remote side hustle might be just what you need!

Samantha Lee is a remote work advocate, helping aspiring digital nomads find fully remote work opportunities and build flexible, location-independent lifestyles and careers. As an all remote employee herself, Samantha has developed strategies for people looking to leave their location-based offices and pursue remote careers.

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