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College can be heinously expensive. Whether it was expensive from the start, or you’ve run through your summer savings, you need to recover money — fast.
Luckily, there are many options available to you, spanning all skill levels, fitness levels, and laziness levels. (We get it! Who wants to leave their room on a Saturday, right?)
To help you make money in college, we’ve broken down a list of things you can do to be more money abundant, including selling, buying, and saving.
With 40 subcategories and 55 linked opportunities, there’s a money-making option for everyone.
1. Become a virtual assistant.
There are loads businesses looking for virtual assistants to help them balance life and work.
All you have to do is be organized and timely. These are skills you should already be growing in college, so this should be no sweat, right?
Still not sure you have what it takes?
2. Do graphic design.
Are you a graphic design or art student? Do you like creating digital designs?
Sign up to be a freelance designer and make money doing what you love at 99Designs.
Put your skills to good use and create designs for business cards, magazine covers, illustrations, or book covers.
Here’s the coolest thing about being a freelancer: You can set your price and availability. So you can make this gig work around your busy school (and social) schedule.
3. Tutor over the internet.
If you’re working toward your master’s degree, online tutoring may be a great way to bring in extra cash. Plus, it will help reinforce your own knowledge base!
If you’re still looking for good tips on how to make money in college, this option is a bit broader and may take a bit more work. However, it may open up higher-paying freelance gigs.
If you don’t have many sellable skills, consider taking classes on Skillshare to gain them.
Look for campus jobs like these.
5. Apply to be a resident advisor (RA).
For those wondering how to make money in college, a great way is by becoming a resident advisor.
While you do work long hours sometimes, you also get free or discounted housing, tuition, or meals, depending on your school.
This can make a huge dent in your ever-growing list of college bills.
6. Become a teaching assistant (TA).
Do you excel at certain classes? Would you enjoy explaining the concepts in the class to others?
If so, then becoming a TA is perfect for you. Duties may include working side-by-side with a professor, leading a class, or grading work.
In exchange, you may receive reduced tuition, or be paid directly.
7. Become a campus tour guide.
While this job may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it definitely might suit some!
All you have to do is show prospective students and their families around the campus, answer questions about college life, and share your enthusiasm.
Campus tour guides need to be well-spoken, well-informed, and usually have an upbeat disposition.
They can receive discounted housing, tuition, or meals, or may be paid directly, depending on the school.
If you like animals, check out these gigs.
8. Spend time with dogs.
Do you love dogs?
Stressed about exams? Why not make some money while de-stressing with a puppy or two?
9. Help families.
Somewhere near you, a stressed-out mom needs your help!
There are a range of opportunities to help busy families. Think childcare, pet care, tutoring, aged care, housekeeping, and special needs care.
Sites like Care.com allow you to connect with those who need your help.
10. Babysit in the neighborhood.
Ask anyone how to make money in college, and chances are they’ll recommend babysitting.
Put up flyers in all of the neighborhoods and you’ll have your phone ringing in no time.
The best part is that you can set your wage and availability, allowing you to work more when you’re free and less when you have to study.
Have a car? Put it to work.
11. Drive others.
Most of us have probably called a car to come get us at some point.
But have you considered being the one driving? Lyft makes it possible to make money while driving your own car.
This one of the best business ideas to start at university because around college campuses there are usually many people who may need to find a sober driver to take them home.
12. Sell makeup.
Selling Avon goodies such as makeup, hair care, and body products can be a good way to use any beauty knowledge you may have in order to make money on the side.
Earnings vary, with 20% earned on sales seeming to be the reported norm.
13. Deliver groceries.
Many people, whether elderly or busy, don’t have the time or energy to do their own grocery shopping.
That’s where apps like Instacart come in, providing shoppers who can buy the groceries and deliver them right to their door.
Consider becoming a shopper if you have a car and can carry groceries.
14. Rent your car.
If you’re in class most of the day, you’re not driving your car.
Turn that time into a money-making opportunity with Turo, a car rental service.
Turo helps to list and insure your car so other people can rent it.
It’s a great way to make extra money if you don’t mind general wear and tear.
Here are some oddball jobs for college students.
15. Bring out your inner handyman or handywoman.
Are you good with your hands or tools?
If so, then TaskRabbit may be for you.
It connects Taskers to those who need help with home-related odd jobs such as mounting, installation, home improvement, moving, packing, furniture assembly, and heavy lifting.
16. Clean offices part-time.
Breather is a site that manages workspaces.
They set up workspaces for teams and then, when the teams are done, they clean the space and create another one for a new client.
That transition is where you come in.
They need people who can clean offices. Simple yet lucrative.
17. Serve alcohol.
Perhaps the most fun on this list (besides playing with puppies), bartending is a classic college job for a reason.
You can serve happy people, listen to music, and drink while on the job, provided that you’re 21 years or older.
Even better, the tips are usually great. Look for bartending opportunities near you to make extra cash.
Do you have any other good tips on how to make money in college? Let us know in a comment below!
Speak another language? Check these out.
18. Transcribe audio.
If you speak another language, transcription jobs are a great way to make money on the side between classes and studying.
19. Translate documents.
Translation jobs often involve receiving documents and translating them into another language to reach a different audience.
20. Teach your language.
Not sure if transcribing or translating is interesting enough for you? Why not tutor those who are interested in learning your language?
For example, italki is a language learning marketplace for 1-on-1 focused learning.
Just make sure to tell your neighbors so they don’t think you’re talking to yourself for hours!
21. Get crafty.
For those with crafting skills, why not sell things you’ve made on Etsy?
If you knit, crochet, throw pottery, decoupage, or design jewelry in your free time, then it’s perfect for you.
All you need is the completed craft and an account to start selling your work and make some extra cash.
Don’t have a craft? Look on the Etsy site and see what you could emulate.
Where there’s a will there’s a way!
22. Host a bake sale.
If there’s one thing college students love, it’s cheap, delicious food.
Start making money in college by making baked goods and selling them on your floor or in your building’s lobby.
Build up a routine and people might just start giving you requests!
23. Turn old clothes into cash.
If you have a bunch of clothes in your closet that you’re not wearing, consider selling them on Poshmark.
All clothing pieces are listed with brand, price, and size. All you need is a photo of the item and internet access.
How much easier could it get?
24. Sell game gold for real money.
Are you a gamer? Consider selling your gold on PlayerAuctions.
Some featured games include: Overwatch, Pokemon Go, FIFA Ultimate Team 19, Runescape, Black Desert, Path of Exile, League of Legends, Fortnite, The Elder Scrolls, Final Fantasy XIV, and World of Warcraft USA.
Here are some campus hustles.
25. Exchange sweat for money.
Do you do a lot of walking or running to stay healthy?
The Sweatcoin app tracks your outdoors progress and then offers you item rewards or cash via PayPal.
All that running to class? It could actually make you money!
26. Resell textbooks.
Often, upon finishing classes or graduating, we may feel like throwing out our heavy textbooks or giving them a Viking funeral as a sign of victory.
If you can stave off the urge, there’s money to be made.
Chegg will give you an instant quote on your books’ values. Then you can print out free shipping labels and ship via UPS.
After 10-15 business days, you’ll receive payment for them.
27. Tutor people near you.
Are you getting good grades and feel like you could teach others?
If online tutoring isn’t your thing, then look for people nearby who need the help.
Apps like Wyzant can connect you with potential students near you to minimize transportation time or cost.
28. Dumpster dive for treasure.
If you’ve ever seen college students on the last day of the school year, you’ll know that they throw away some perfectly good furniture and goods.
In fact, one of the best business ideas for students in university is to hold onto the items until the start of the next school year, when incoming students will likely buy them right back!
Make money while spending money.
29. Audit for money and free beer
If you’re looking for a unique money earning opportunity, consider The Source, an app that offers assignments such as mystery shopping or auditing for money.
For example, you can earn between $5 and $50 per audit, with the usual sitting around $25.
Plus, you’re reimbursed for any purchase needed for the audit.
Translation: If you audit a liquor store and buy beer, that’s yours to keep for free!
30. Earn cash back on what you buy
Buy what you normally would, take a photo of the receipt, upload it to Ibotta, and the app will give you cash back on what you bought.
That cash is delivered via PayPal, Venmo, or gift cards.
Why not get paid to do what you’re already doing?
31. Eat at specific restaurants.
Do you like to eat out but are trying to save money? This app is for you.
Seated is an app that gives gift cards for eating at specific restaurants.
The site says you can earn up to 30% back every time you eat and use the app.
32. Get paid to walk into stores.
Did you know there’s an app called Shopkick (use promo code MDR for a $5 bonus) that gives you gift cards simply for walking into stores?
You don’t even have to buy anything!
So whether you’re a mall rat or just somebody who goes shopping every now and then, you stand to make a little extra cash this way.
33. Apply for federal student aid.
Sometimes, the best way to “make” money is by not spending it in the first place.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a national aid scholarship for those attending college or graduate school.
34. Look for thousands of unique scholarships.
There are many scholarships available to those who take the time to look.
UNIGO, for example, lists millions of scholarships, to whom they’re open, final scholarship amount, instructions, and deadlines. For instance, there’s a Cards Against Humanity Science Ambassador Scholarship for women going into STEM.
Also, many schools have a scholarship based on keeping a high grade point average (GPA).
The exact GPA requirement ranges among schools, but it generally falls between a 3.0 and 4.0 GPA, depending on the level of scholarship, so be sure to keep your grades up during your scholarship search.
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35. Play games and get rewards.
It’s a personalized savings account that features games you can play to reap rewards such as cash or cryptocurrency.
36. Watch videos for easy money.
Yes, you read that right.
You can make money while in college by watching videos from your bed.
MyPoints is an app that allows you to shop online, take surveys, watch videos, or read emails to win points.
Then it will reimburse you in gift cards or PayPal cash. Plus, earn a $5 bonus when you complete your first five surveys.
37. Share your opinions.
While not everyone may be interested in hearing your personal opinions on your shampoo, TV, or food preferences, Survey Junkie sure does!
Fill out surveys and make money while helping companies better understand what consumers want.
38. Take surveys for quick cash.
If you’ve got some down time between classes, you can take simple surveys for Swagbucks and earn points that turn into free gift cards or PayPal cash.
Some gift cards include the likes of Amazon or Walmart.
Choose shorter or longer surveys based on your availability or the amount you want to make.
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