Most students go through college scrounging for change or waiting for their refunds to drop. There are many other ways for students to make some extra cash. Here are 6 real ways college students can make money.
Number 1 on the list is tutoring. If you excel in a certain subject, you may want to look into doing this. Tutors can make a decent amount of money depending on the subject matter and the amount of people they tutor. Students can look to their peers who might need tutoring by advertising their services on social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter. They can also put posters up around the campus to advertise their services.
2. Part Time Job
Another way popular way for college students to earn extra money is by getting a part-time job. A student can look several places for a part-time job. Nearby restaurants, grocery stores and shopping malls are great places to start.
I went to college in Savannah, Georgia. There were numerous restaurants that hired students all during the school year. Students can also check to see if anyone on campus has any part-time opportunities. I’m sure if you look hard enough, you will be able to find something.
3. Selling Candy or Sweets
This can be a fun way to earn extra money. Sometimes vending machines in dorms or on campus just don’t cut it. People love their sweets and are more than willing to pay for them. During my freshman year, I made so much money off of this candy called “chews”.
Chews are small pieces of taffy that are very addictive. I had people coming to dorm room up until midnight trying to get some. I also was the only person selling them in the city so that definitely helped with sales. Depending on how exclusive or popular your product is along with how many potential customers you are near, you could earn a couple hundred bucks per week.
The 4th way a college student can make money is by babysitting. Depending on the city where their college is located, the need for a sitter may or may not be that great. Then again there may be quite a few student parents who are in need or a babysitter.
Promoting your babysitting business to people you personally know with children is a great way to start. Another option is to search on Craigslist or sign up for a profile on Care.com. You may be able to find potential clients on there.
5. Completing Surveys
Completing surveys is an easy way to earn extra money in your spare time. You can make a couple hundred dollars a year if you put in the time.
The amount that you could make off a survey can vary. Some pay out a measly $0.10 while others could pay $15-$20. Three websites that I’ve used to complete surveys for cash are: Cash Crate, Amazon Mechanical Turk and Swagbucks.
With Swagbucks, you actually start out earning points. The points can be converted to cash or gift cards.
6. Selling items on eBay
As a college student, you may not have that many items to begin with. One item that will definitely make you some money is your old text books. I’m pretty sure you will make more money selling them on eBay than you would selling them back to your school’s book store. Some school book stores might not even buy them back!
Other items that you can sell are old shoes, clothes and school memorabilia. If you need help starting out with eBay check out this post I wrote a few weeks ago titled The Beginners Guide to Selling on eBay.
Editor’s note: I started side hustling out of necessity in college. Looking back, I wish I would have done even more to earn extra money in college since those were some of my brokest days but also helped establish my frugal mindset 🙂 In college I worked a part-time job of course, did a little freelance writing for low pay, and helped my sister out with her online apparel business for about $300/month. If you are a student or returning back to school soon, I encourage you to explore some of these ways to earn extra money.
Did you ever try to earn extra money in college? Which one of these side hustles would you try?