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8 Legit Ways to Make Money in College

Written by CB Community

Being a college student is challenging enough with all the major and advanced courses that you need to take, so there really is no space for you to worry about other major life issues anymore…like your finances.

This is the reason why, in this article, we are going to share with you our tried and tested ways to make money, and yes, these are all gigs that even college students like you could do!

Simple Online Tasks

Let’s start with something you can squeeze into your schedule easily, even if it means only a few minutes per day.

There are a lot of ways to earn money by fulfilling very simple online tasks such as answering surveys or even just browsing the internet.

The potential earnings every couple of months would be around $500.

Delivery Gigs

Another gig that you can do during your spare time (only this time, it will require more than just a few minutes) is offering delivery services.

You can work with established companies already like Postmates and DoorDash to deliver different things from packages to food.

Educational Sidelines

Looking for a way to earn while studying, literally? Then you’ll feel right at home being a private tutor or teaching assistant.

Offer your services with campus mates that share related courses to the ones you are currently taking.

In this way, it will be just like participating in a joint study session, only this time, your study buddy will be paying you.

Campus Freelancer

Are you more comfortable working behind a screen? Then offer your online skills to your fellow campus mates.

You can offer writing services to create resumes, write blogs or scripts for your classmates that are social media influencers, work as a social media manager for your solopreneur roommate and more.

Can’t find anyone requiring your services within the campus? Then offer them through various online job marketplaces as well. Websites like UpWork and Fiverr seek to partner up freelancers with potential employers making it easier to sign up for your first project.

Be an Online Influencer Yourself

Working as a freelancer definitely provides solid learning opportunities and work experience in the online world, especially if you’ve closely worked with other online professionals.

So why not be an online influencer yourself, now that you know the ins and outs of the industry?

You can start your own blog and earn through affiliate marketing. You can be a YouTube vlogger and earn through streaming income and advertisements. You can even work closely with various brands as a promoter on Instagram.

Of course, creating a profitable reputation online, whether you influence or freelance, does require proper gear. If that’s the case, then there are different small business loans online that you can explore online.

You can use the money to invest in the equipment you need and use your project payments to pay the loan back.

Share Your Skill

But what if your skill is more practical or hands-on? Then that depends on its nature.

There are online job marketplaces that specialize in offline service gigs like babysitting, plumbing, and carpentry work.

If you’re creative, then you can definitely sell your goods online through Etsy. Do you wield different languages? Then you’ll be pleased to know that translation jobs actually pay a pretty price.

Rent Out Your Stuff

You’ll be surprised at how much stuff you can actually rent out.

First, you can rent out your space. You can list down your extra room in AirBnB and earn through short-term rentals.

You can also rent your car to others, especially if you’re not really using it as you’re stuck studying in your campus all the time.

Finally, you can also rent out your things, like your power tools, other pieces of equipment (especially those that are only used rarely), even your clothes.

If you are renting, you can reduce your renting budget.

Sell Stuff

Finally, if you can rent out your things, then, of course, you can sell stuff too.

Apart from selling your creative works on Etsy, here are the other things that you can also sell (but you probably haven’t thought of it yet!):

  • Your Notes. This is especially lucrative if you have taken a difficult course (or professor). In fact, we know of students who can make as much as $10,000 just by simply selling their class notes to others.
  • Your Old Papers. Aside from notes, you can also put up your old papers, assignments, and essays on sale. Who knew they’d come in handy for a reason other than getting a grade?
  • Your Body Parts. Again, don’t get the wrong idea. We just mean that you can also sell your sperm or eggs, your blood plasma, even your hair.

Honestly, you can sell virtually anything online these days. If you don’t need it, we’re sure that someone else on the planet does!

There is money to be made out there for college students – you just have to think outside the box!

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