How to Make Money In College

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The biggest hurdle with how to make money in college is usually figuring out exactly what to do. After all, you’ve already got your school schedule to contend with. Not only will you need a money making activity that will fit neatly within that schedule, but one that will also be interesting and maximize both your current skills and income potential.

That may take a bit of self-analysis – we recommend spending some time thinking about a few of these:

How soon do you need the money? If you need to start making money right away, getting a job may be the best solution. You’ll get paid only a week or two after you start. The best place to start is by checking the college job boards to see what will work best for you.

Can you earn money from work related to your coursework or interests? Give serious thought to anything you’re studying in school or have a strong interest in, and investigate ways to monetize what you already know. For example, are you good enough with computers that you can help other students set theirs up or troubleshoot them? Are you studying accounting or marketing, and if so, could you apply those skills to do freelance work for local businesses?

Are there ways to make extra money at school? Talk to your professors, guidance counselor and department chair, and see if there are any opportunities to earn and learn. For example, you might be able to get paid work doing research for your major department, or even for one of your professors. They may also be able to direct you toward tutoring students in need. Or, one of them may be aware of a paid internship. Sniff around, ask questions, and be open to whatever might be available.

Tune into your fellow students. You may be able to identify a common need that will present an opportunity to earn extra money. It could be providing help with term papers, tutoring, or helping other students become more fluid with their computers. If you find a niche, you may even be able to turn it into a future business. You’re probably aware that Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook out of his college dorm room. Think big – you could be next!

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Be a babysitter or nanny

If your neighborhood is home to families and young couples with babies, apply as a babysitter for them. This would be the easiest and safest way to land a nanny job. You already know your neighbors and vice versa, so it’s a win-win situation for both of you. The median salary for babysitters in America is $10.85 per hour, and that is somewhat good pay already.

Assist and manage college online resources

The requirement for this job is essential to the professional level of web skills. You will be tasked and assigned by college professors or instructors to help and assist them with the right online resources for their students and learners. You can find and apply for this job directly to your school’s faculty or professors.

6. Walk dogs

I worked as a dog walker during a gap year between college and graduate school, and it was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had! If you love animals and are looking to spend more time outdoors, dog walking is a great choice to make some extra money. It’s also a low-key and relaxing option if you’re an introvert or looking for a job where you don’t have to deal with people. Best of all, for college students, it is an easy job to fit in between classes and study sessions. You may even find that you keep off the “Freshman 15” a little easier.

You can offer dog walking services on your own, or apply to work for a dog walking company in your area. Just like with babysitting kids, a great place to offer up your service is around campus. 

Creative Ways to Make Money in College

You probably won’t make a fortune on these ideas, but you can bring in some extra spending money while flexing your creative muscles.

15. Flip items for a profit

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If you love to find great deals on clothing, accessories, electronics, and other goods, flipping may be a fun way for you to make money in college. I have a friend who started a furniture flipping side hustle in college and still enjoys it as a nice side income today.

To find items you can flip for a profit, visit garage sales, discount stores, and consignment shops in your area. It takes practice to know what types of items are undervalued. Depending on what items you flip, you may need to learn a new skill in order to turn a profit on your purchases.

For example, you can often find used furniture at a good price on sites like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. With a little sanding, some paint, and a nice finish, you could turn an old wooden table into a beautiful new kitchen statement piece.

This side hustle is especially suitable for interior design majors or anyone who’s crafty or wants to learn new handyperson skills.

16. Design and sell T-shirts (or leggings, phone cases, backpacks, and more)

In the past, if you wanted to sell T-shirts, you would’ve had to create the design, find a printer, have them printed, advertise them, and deal with the hassle of fulfilling orders. Now there are websites like Teespring that do all the back-end work for you, so all you have to do is create a design and choose your selling price.

With Teespring, you use its software to create a design. Once you’re finished, Teespring will tell you the base cost for your product. You choose how much profit you want to make on each item, which determines the selling price.

Teespring offers marketing tools to help you make sales, but you can boost your earnings in a couple ways:

  1. Be creative with your design. Choose something that appeals to a specific person. For example, you can make funny T-shirts that only people in your major would relate to.
  2. Do your own advertising. Share your designs with friends and family on social media. If you have a following online (Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, a blog, etc.), then share with your audience.

When someone buys your design, Teespring takes care of order fulfillment and customer service. You can request your payout within 24 to 48 hours after your order is sent to the buyer.

17. Edit or proofread papers

English, communications, or journalism majors may be especially well suited for this college side hustle. However, all you really need is solid grammar and writing skills.

If you or any of your friends are in a major that requires a lot of writing, start spreading the word around about your editing and proofreading services. Editing isn’t the same thing as rewriting. Make it clear that you’re offering feedback and notes, but you won’t be writing other people’s papers for them.

18. Offer resume coaching

When I was in college, I worked for the office for student affairs. One of the perks of my job was that the department would host free resume and career workshops for student employees. I attended a few and got really good at putting together resumes.

I offered to help some of my friends with their resumes for job applications, but I missed out on a prime opportunity to make money in college by offering paid resume coaching services to more people. If you’ve done your research and have the skills to put together a resume that wows potential employers, then don’t squander your gift like I did.

You can find clients by posting in school-related Facebook groups or hanging fliers in dining halls. But for a service like this, word of mouth can be the most powerful marketing.

Tell your friends to tell their friends that you’re helping people with resumes. With everyone applying for jobs and summer internships, spring is likely to be your busiest time of year. However, this side hustle has the potential to bring in a solid income year-round.

19. Sell your photos

Unless you’re a cinema or photography major, then selling photos might not sound like much of a resume builder. However, employers like to see hobbies and interests on your resume, especially for undergraduates. It can also give you some good talking points for your interview.

As long as you have a smartphone with a high-quality camera, you can start this side hustle without investing in any expensive equipment. If you want, you can order lenses for your phone on Amazon for less than $100. Practice taking pictures of landscapes, people (with their permission), or buildings.

Then submit them to one of the many sites that pay for original photography, like Shutterstock or Getty Images. You can also turn your images into art and sell them on Etsy. This probably won’t be your biggest money maker, but it can be a fun way to monetize an existing hobby.

20. Start a YouTube channel

Similar to blogging, making money with a YouTube channel isn’t typically a quick thing. You’ll need to create and publish videos consistently. But if you’re a cinematography or video production major, then creating YouTube videos could be a great way to practice your craft.

Eight-year-old Ryan Kaji, whose channel Ryan’s World has 22.9 million subscribers, earned $26 million in 2019 — up $4 million from his earnings in 2018, when he also gained the highest-earning YouTuber spot

— CNN Business (@CNNBusiness) December 26, 2019

In order to make money with this side hustle, you’ll need to do your research on hashtags and how to optimize your videos for search so people find them organically. Once you have enough views and followers, you can start monetizing your channel with ads.

Other monetization options are similar to blogging: add affiliate links to your video descriptions, create and sell your own products, or reach out to companies to see if they’d like to sponsor your content for a mention in your videos.

Related: 13 Legit Online Jobs for College Students

Gain New Skills

If you don’t have a way to make money on your own,

If you don’t have a way to make money on your own, you need to learn some new skills. Here are a few of our favorite resources for doing so. All are free or cheap.

92. Skillshare

Once again, this isn’t exactly a way to make money directly. But to make money, you need to have the right skills. Skillshare is our favorite place to learn them. You can learn pretty much anything you can imagine, from drawing to design to woodworking. Check it out here to get 2 weeks free.

93. Your Local Library

Want to get a great education for free? The library is the place. You can get books that will teach you about any subject you want to learn, as well as access online learning databases like Lynda.com. And the librarians really would love to help you—just ask.

10. Promotional campaigns

Offer your tech and social media savvy to businesses who want to promote products or holiday sales. A few hours of your time can be worth a lot of money to business owners who don’t have the time or knowledge to set up their own campaigns.

13. Get in touch with career services

If you’re struggling to find a way to earn m

If you’re struggling to find a way to earn money and aren’t sure where to start, it’s a good idea to check in with career services. While many students think of career services as primarily helping students find jobs after graduation, they can also help you while you’re still in school.

Career service departments often receive requests from local businesses, as well as community members, who are looking for college students ready to work. Whether this means helping elderly folks learn to operate their computers, or working for a small business near campus, career services is often full of leads for part-time ways to make money while still in school. 

6. Take care of Fido (and Bessie)

Pet owners who will be away for an extended period of time may prefer to have a responsible person come in to feed, exercise and clean up after their furry friends. If you live in or near a rural area, don’t forget that farmers often need someone to take care of their stock every day. Advertise early to line up several commitments over break.

Become a Translator

Are you majoring in a foreign language? Start making money as a translator even before you earn your degree. Many businesses, schools, and other organizations often need help translating content from English to other languages. Inquire at your college or local public schools to see whether your services might be needed. You can translate written materials or act as a verbal translator to help foreign guests at special events.

Fun Things

To finish this guide out, we wanted to include a f

To finish this guide out, we wanted to include a few fun random things you can do to make money. You won’t get rich doing them, but if you have a bit of time to kill while waiting in line for something, they’re a way to monetize that time.

99. Share Your Opinion with Survey Junkie

Your high school English teacher may have told you that your opinion doesn’t matter without evidence to back it up. While that’s true for essays, it’s not the case at Survey Junkie. On this site, you can get paid to share what you think about a range of topics. Survey Junkie uses this information to help brands deliver better products and services.

In exchange for taking the time to share your response, you can earn points to redeem for gift cards to stores like Amazon or Target  (or even cash payouts via PayPal). Start getting paid to share your opinion.

100. Earn Cash Rewards with Drop

Link your credit or debit card to Drop, and you can start earning points for shopping at your favorite retailers or merchants. Examples include grocery shopping, restaurant spending, and using Uber.

101. Panel App

Panel is a way to earn rewards in exchange for taking surveys. Consider it a more convenient version of the online surveys we mentioned earlier. Rewards are typically gift cards or entrance into sweepstakes to win other prizes.

Side Gigs You Can Do Online

Don’t have a car? No problem. There are countless ways to make more money from the comfort of your dorm room:

Take Surveys

Although they won’t earn you a massive income, surveys are a great option for busy students with a few extra minutes to spare throughout the day. Survey sites like MyPoints, Swagbucks, and others offer small remuneration or gift cards in exchange for your opinions on various topics, whereas Nielsen Mobile Panel lets you participate in market research panels for decent chunks of change.

Perform Tasks for Amazon Mechanical Turk

Utilize your human skills and spend spare time on Amazon Mechanical Turk, which pays workers small sums for completing tasks that AI can’t yet execute. As with surveys, these tasks won’t cover all of your monthly expenses, but any money is good money.

Turn Audio into Text

For those who type quickly and accurately and enjoy doing so, transcribing can be a great source of extra money. All sorts of industries are looking for people to transfer their audio files to text, so the work is never in short supply.

Turn Text into Audio

On the flip side, that impressive voice of yours could also score you some much-needed pocket change. You can narrate audiobooks, do voiceover work, or read text articles for various publications.

Consider Freelance Writing

Companies know content is king. Most pay a decent rate for blog posts on varying topics. If you’re interested in a specific subject, try to find websites that publish content similar to what you’d want to write about and reach out to them directly. Alternately, you can create profiles on sites like Upwork and Fiverr. 

Become a Virtual Assistant

Leverage your organizational and communication skills by helping busy people take care of the little things. Virtual assistants do everything from answering emails and managing social media accounts to scheduling appointments and booking travel. The best part? You guessed it — tasks can usually be done online.

Sell Your Stuff on eBay

Making money on eBay on your own schedule has never been easier. By selling your unused items (think clothing, video games, etc.) online at a fair price, you can earn cash with very little out-of-pocket costs.

Running Errands

If you have a car or access to good public transportation, consider running errands for people who need extra help. Senior citizens, new moms, and even small business owners will appreciate the helping hand! Find jobs by checking out local message boards on social media and online websites.

Delivery services, such as Postmates, have become popular in the last few years. This offers you a very flexible schedule and most of the time you get to keep 100% of the tips!

Entrepreneurial Ways to Make Money in College

17. Start a blog or website

Have something that you are passionate about and want to share with others? You can easily get a website domain for cheap and start your blogging journey. Bloggers get paid by promoting other brands and products, embedding advertisements onto their website, and producing sponsored content.

18. Try your hand at video blogging

Similar to creating a blog website, YouTube is another great way to share your stories and profit from it. YouTubers, or vloggers, make money by creating sponsored videos and allowing ads to be shown before or during their videos. It does take time to build up an audience and following to monetize your YouTube channel, but with effort and time, it could become a great side hustle to make extra money in college.

19. Be a freelance writer for blogs and businesses

Don’t like the uncertainty behind starting your own blogging business? Consider becoming a freelance writer for other blogs and businesses. You will make money for the work that you produce. You also can set your schedule, which is essential for college students who also have classes to attend and school assignments to do.

20. Do online design work

Are you a creative design student? Consider becoming a freelance designer. You can express your creativity and make money at the same time doing online design work.

21. Sell crafts on Etsy

If you are a crafty person, consider selling your crafts on Etsy. You’ll incur a small listing fee of 20 cents for each item, but you can make back that money with each sale.

Work

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.

Donate Your Body (and Time) to Science

For those wondering how to make money in college in a less labor-intensive way, we recommend searching for opportunities in the medical sector:

Join a Drug Trial

Lots of companies turn to college campuses for willing research. Drug trials tend to pay well, and you might be able to participate in multiple trials throughout the year,.

Sell Your Plasma/Sperm/Eggs

With IVF treatment constantly improving and becoming more appealing, there is a steady need for healthy sperm and eggs. Compensation and restrictions vary by region, but it’s often a worthwhile avenue to consider. The same is true for plasma donation.

Review Food Flavors

If you attend school near a research institute that tests natural and artificial flavors for potential release, this could be a fun and interesting money-making avenue. Challenge your palate, try something unique, and get paid for your opinions? Sounds like a win-win.

Test Your Brain

Colleges and universities with psychology departments generally conduct a constant stream of experiments that require human subjects. In most cases, you’re compensated for your time and effort, and you might learn something cool about yourself.

The Bottom Line

So whether you need to stay on campus or have the ability to travel a bit for work, there are plenty of easy options to earn extra money in college.

And, with the internet providing more options than ever to make an additional buck, being that "broke college student" is no longer the unavoidable fate

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