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- About the Author
- Be a search engine evaluator
- Work as a cashier
- Other Great Part-TimeJobs for College Students
- Bartending or Waiting Tables
- Painting Houses
- Shoveling Snow
- Creative Ways to Make Money in College
- 14. Flip items for a profit.
- 15. Design and sell T-shirts (or leggings, phone cases, backpacks, and more).
- 16. Edit or proofread papers.
- 17. Offer resume coaching.
- 18. Sell your photos.
- 19. Start a YouTube channel.
- 94. Sell Plasma
- 95. Sell Hair
- 96. Sell Sperm or Eggs
- 97. Sell Your Poop
- 98. Be a Standardized Patient
- Become a Translator
- Dog Sitting
- Entrepreneurial Ways to Make Money in College
- 17. Start a blog or website.
- 18. Try your hand at video blogging.
- 19. Be a freelance writer for blogs and businesses.
- 20. Do online design work.
- 21. Sell crafts on Etsy.
- Join Us
- Sell Your Old Stuff
- 85. Poshmark
- 86. Yard Sales
- 87. Plato’s Closet
- 88. Sell Your Textbooks
- Side Gigs You Can Do Online
- Take Surveys
- Perform Tasks for Amazon Mechanical Turk
- Turn Audio into Text
- Turn Text into Audio
- Consider Freelance Writing
- Become a Virtual Assistant
- Sell Your Stuff on eBay
- School-Related Work
- Take a Job at School
- Tutor Other Students
- Use Your Specializations to Help Other Students
- Assist a Professor or Department Head
- Help Out in the Athletic Department
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About the Author
Daria Uhlig is a personal finance, real estate and travel writer and editor with over 25 years of editorial experience. Her work has been featured on The Motley Fool, MSN, AOL, Yahoo! Finance, CNBC and USA Today. Daria studied journalism at the County College of Morris and earned a degree in communications at Centenary University, both in New Jersey.
Be a search engine evaluator
Some companies and website owners can’t spare enough time to make sure that their sites are freely running without errors and bugs. Your job here is to continually clear up search engines, Google, Bing, and Yahoo. You have to assess and drive the performance of search results. This could be a technical job and is suitable for someone who is a computer and tech-savvy. Glassdoor offers many job listings for this particular skill.
Work as a cashier
Whether you want to work in a restaurant, trading, or merchandising industry, there is always hiring for cashiers all over the United States. Salaries for cashiers would vary depending on your city, but the average salary for this job is $22,430 in the year 2018. As a cashier, you will have to report in the actual shop or store. But it won’t be a trouble as long as you let your boss know about your available time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
14. 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.
15. 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:
- 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.
- 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
A more accurate title for this section would be “selling your body,” since not all of these cases are strictly related to medicine. But that seemed like it would give the wrong idea.
Here are some ways to make money selling parts or byproducts of something everybody has (unless you’re a ghost reading this, in which case I apologize).
94. Sell Plasma
This is the classic college kid gig, but it’s perfectly legitimate. You go to a local center (research it online first to make sure it’s not sketchy) and spend anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours as your blood is drawn from your body.
The blood is filtered to remove red blood cells and other cellular components. The company keeps the plasma, and they return what they’ve filtered out to your body along with a sterile saline solution.
You won’t get rich doing it, but as long as you’re in good health, you’re probably eligible.
95. Sell Hair
If selling your blood plasma seems too painful and creepy, then you can sell your hair (okay, it’s still a bit creepy, but no needles involved). Companies that make wigs out of human hair will pay for your locks, though the requirements are often pretty strict (no dyed hair and certain hair colors are preferred).
Don’t have any experience with this, but HairSellOn looks like a good place to start.
96. Sell Sperm or Eggs
Yes, you really can make money doing this. Sperm and eggs are needed for research purposes, as well as for fertility clinics. Selling either will be uncomfortable or even painful, but you can make serious money in certain cases (especially for egg donations). Note that requirements tend to be pretty strict (you can’t be infertile, for example). Learn more about sperm donation here and egg donation here.
(Note that we don’t have any experience or affiliation with these companies. Always do your own diligent research before selling parts of your body).
97. Sell Your Poop
Yep, we went there. I know it sounds hard to believe, but some people will pay for your poop. The uses include research on the human microbiome and treatment of C. diff infections, which can be cured using a stool transplant in extreme cases. To learn more, visit .
98. Be a Standardized Patient
If your university has a medical school, you could have the chance to make money portraying medical conditions for med students to practice identifying. Essentially, you’re a human practice patient. Don’t worry, no one is going to be performing surgery on you.
Generally, you just have to sit in a room and describe symptoms you have while a succession of medical students interviews you. It’s not the most exciting job (and can be a little awkward depending on the nature of the condition you’re portraying). But it pays. Visit your university’s medical school website (or the website of a local med school) to learn more.
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.
If babysitting isn’t your thing, what about pet sitting? Many pet owners love going away for the weekend, but they don’t want to put their pets in a kennel. Make extra money for college by spending your weekend taking these loveable pets for walks and spending a little quality time so they don’t get lonely.
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.
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Sell Your Old Stuff
You probably have all kinds of crap just lying around that you don’t even use. Why not clear out some space in your room or apartment while also making some extra cash? Below are a few of our favorite ways to make money selling stuff you don’t need or use.
Have fashionable clothing that you don’t wear? Sell it on Poshmark. Poshmark is an app that connects buyers looking for great deals on quality clothing with people who want to sell it. While the app markets itself toward women, you can also use the app to buy and sell men’s clothing.
86. Yard Sales
Yard sales are a time-honored way of selling the stuff you don’t need, all while meeting some interesting characters (if your yard sales are anything like the ones I’ve been part of).
If you live in a dorm or apartment and don’t have a yard, you can sign up to be part of a larger yard sale at a community center or church (or just ask a homeowner you know if they’d be willing to let you use their yard in exchange for selling some of their stuff).
87. Plato’s Closet
This is another option for selling clothes that you don’t want. Unlike Poshmark, Plato’s Closet has physical stores where you sell your clothes on consignment. The clothing you can sell is “gently used clothing for teens and twenty-something boys and girls.” Visit the company’s website to find a local store.
88. Sell Your Textbooks
As a College Info Geek reader, we know you didn’t pay much for your books because you followed our guide to finding cheap textbooks. Still, you might as well make some money selling these books back to the campus bookstore or even to Amazon.
As much as you might think you’ll crack open that calculus textbook 20 years from now, it’s unlikely (you can just look it up on the internet, anyway).
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:
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.
The best ways to make money may be right on campus – you just have to know where to look. A college is a business organization, and all organizations have jobs that need to be filled. And even apart from formal jobs, there may be opportunities to make some extra cash just helping out where there are specific needs.
Take a Job at School
Your college or university needs people to fill all kinds of jobs. It could be working in the cafeteria, providing cleaning services, maintaining the grounds, or any one of a number of jobs. It would have the advantage of keeping you on campus for work, rather than needing to go to a remote site.
Check with your school’s human resources department, or even get information from people who are already in those jobs. They can probably point you toward the person who does the hiring.
Tutor Other Students
Do you have a specific subject or two where you’re particularly strong? If so, you may be able to earn money tutoring other students who aren’t.
There are two ways you can approach this. You can see if there’s a formal tutoring program set up on campus. If so, you can sign up and get assignments as they come in.
But a more lucrative opportunity may be to offer your services directly to other students. You can do this by word-of-mouth, but it may be better to advertise your services in the campus newspaper, website or Facebook page. As an independent, you can easily make $25 to $50 per hour, particularly if your specializations are in more technical subjects, like math, science, and computer science.
Use Your Specializations to Help Other Students
You probably have certain skills many others don’t. For example, if you’re really good at designing presentations or providing graphic arts, you may be able to help other students with term papers and projects for a fee. If you’re fluid with computers, you may also be able to teach or troubleshoot the technology for other students.
Advertise your services in the school newspaper, website, or Facebook page. You can also market your services through your own social media. If you start getting referrals from existing customers, you’ll have plenty of income to keep your bank account full throughout your time at school.
Assist a Professor or Department Head
A professor or department head has all kinds of tasks that need to be performed. That includes everything from making copies, to creating audiovisual aids, or doing research.
Check with your professors and with the head of your major department and see what kind of opportunities there are. But also check any online school related media where faculty or administrators might be looking for people to perform certain tasks.
Help Out in the Athletic Department
You’re probably familiar with the concept of a bat boy/girl. But virtually all sports organizations have a need for a bat boy/girl equivalent, or even several. Maybe you’re not playing in any sports in college, but if you played in one or more sports in high school, you can become an equipment manager, or assist the coaching staff in some capacity.
Check with the athletic department or directly with specific teams to see what’s available. And while football and basketball may be the big money making sports in college, there are dozens of other less known teams at your school where fewer students will be signing up to help. Those might be your best opportunities.
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