One thing that many students struggle with in college, is affording tuition and something besides ramen! To help you figure out how to actually make money in college, I’ve had a friend share eleven ways that you can make money until you land a job!
College students are known for never having enough of two things: time and money. You have a busy schedule packed with classes, studying, meetings and social events — if you even have the time for that. With so much going on, who has time for a job, too? But do you really want to eat Ramen again tonight? And we all know you need some way to finance your coffee habit.
After you graduate, you have a little bit more time, but the money doesn’t start coming in until you actually land a job — which may not happen right away. How can you possibly make enough to support your daily coffee run, while still having time for job hunting and interviews? Well, never fear. There’s hope. Here’s a list of eleven ways to make some extra cash that will fit into your hectic schedule:
1. Become an Online Vendor
Do you have extra stuff, or do you enjoy yard sale hopping and thrift shopping? There’s a good chance you have some old things lying around that you don’t really need anymore. Why not make some money off of it by selling it on sites like eBay, Craigslist, and Amazon?
Another option for online selling is buying items for cheap and selling them for more. You can find cheap items at yard sales or thrift stores that you think will sell for more online. You could also scoop up electronics that are bound to sell out quick and then resell them online. The amount of money you can make selling things online varies widely depending on what and how much you’re selling. Invest a little bit of time, and you could make a little bit of extra pocket change. Put in a lot of time, and you could potentially make a living from buying and selling items online.
2. Rent Your Stuff Out
Maybe you have some stuff you’re not willing to part with permanently but aren’t using at the moment, either. On Zilok, you can rent out pretty much anything from electronics to musical instruments and cars. The amount you can make also varies widely on Zilok. For example, the charge per day for electronics such as cameras and game systems usually ranges between $10 and $25.
3. Freelance Writing
If you’ve always been something of an English class hero, you could turn your knack for the written word into cash. You can find gigs on sites like Fiverr and Upwork. The pay on these sites varies by client and type of work. Sites such as Cracked accept freelance work with no experience necessary and will pay $100 per article as a starting pay rate. You can also contribute to sites like Studio D that will disseminate your work to their many clients.
If you’re skilled in photography, consider trying to make some extra money with your photos.
Stock photo sites, such as iStock, will pay you a royalty for each time your image is downloaded. iStock pays 15%. The actual payout is rather low per download, but the more images you upload, the more chances you have at making money.
You could also advertise your photography skills online or to friends and offer to take senior pictures, family photos and the like. If you’re a hobbyist, you could charge a maximum of $100 depending on experience level. If you’re more experienced, you might be able to charge a little bit more.
5. Sell Your Notes
You already take notes in class (hopefully), so you might as well make some money off of them. You can sell notes and study guides on online sites, such as NoteUtopia or sell them through a local note-taking service. NoteUtopia suggests charging $1 to $3 per document to start, but they say you can start raising your rates once you get good reviews.
6. Pet Sitting and Walking
It might sound like a dream come true to get paid to hang out with a dog, but it’s reality. People will pay you to watch or walk their furry friends while they’re on vacation, at work, or otherwise unavailable. Let friends and family know you’re in the pet sitting business. Check out online pet sitting sites too, such as Rover and DogVacay. Dog sitters on these sites usually charge between $20 and $50 a night.
If you’re good with less furry creatures, consider babysitting. Like dog sitting, offer your services to friends and family and use online sites like Sitter City. Additionally, completing a training course like the one offered through the Red Cross will make you more marketable. Babysitters usually make between $10 and $20 an hour.
Ridesharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft provide a great moneymaking opportunity for college students and recent grads who have a car. You can work when and as much as you want, and you’re likely to make a little under $20 an hour, depending on the service – Uber drivers give 28% of their profits to the ridesharing service, whereas Lyft drivers only give 20%.
Ridesharing could be especially lucrative in college towns because not all students have cars. They may also need a ride after a night out. The requirements differ slightly between companies, but to work for a ridesharing company, you usually need to be at least 21 years old, have a good driving record, and have a safe, reliable car.
9. Take Online Surveys
Did you know you can make money simply by taking surveys online? You can earn usually up to $5 per survey on sites like Swagbucks and Mysurvey. Some sites, like Swagbucks, will often pay you in gift cards instead of cash — but that still may take care of the coffee habit.
Tutoring students of any age is a great way to make extra cash. Lots of colleges hire tutors for work-study positions. You could also become a private tutor. Find tutoring jobs on job sites like Indeed.com or specialized tutor matching websites like Wyzant. Tutors on the site can make upwards of $30 an hour.
11. Do Chores
Odd jobs remain a great way to make extra money. You can find people looking for help with cleaning, home repairs, moving and yard work on sites like Craigslist, Taskrabbit and CollegeLabor — a site specifically designed for college students looking to make money doing those odd jobs. Pay for work in this category varies depending on the job type. The old-fashioned method of going door-to-door asking to shovel driveways or cut grass always works, too!
Even though time and money may be scarce for college students and recent grads, money-making opportunities are not. Even without getting a part-time or full-time job, you can make money in a myriad of ways that fit into your busy schedule.
Sarah Landrum graduated at the top of her class at Penn State with degrees in Marketing and Economics. Now, she’s a Marketing Specialist and the founder of Punched Clocks. As a part-time freelance writer and career blogger, Sarah shares college and career advice for young professionals seeking to create a career they love. For more advice, follow Sarah on social media and subscribe to her newsletter.
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