20 Easy Ways To Make Extra Money In College

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It’s so easy to think that it’s hard, or even impossible, to make some money while you’re in college! Most things I hear is “I don’t have the time” or “I don’t know where to start” but I’m here to show you what you can do!

Expenses like textbooks and food can burn through your savings pretty fast before you even have enough for some money left over for fun. And that’s not even looking at how miserable you would be right after you graduate!

Let’s look at ways to earn some extra money while you’re in college, without missing your classes either!

1. Doordash

Doordash is a delivery service that delivers food from restaurants to people. It’s super easy to get started. All you need is a valid driver’s license and insurance on your car. Check it out here

2. Uber

This is an excellent way to make a significant side income. Driving for Uber, especially on the weekends for a college town, has pretty good demand. Long as you have a decent car, clean background, and a valid driver’s license, you should be able to drive for Uber. Check it out here.

3. Tutor other students

Are you good at a particular subject? Maybe you should consider tutoring! You can go check out your school’s employment office or head of the department to see if there are opportunities you can take there.

Another way to get noticed around your school and get tutoring gigs is by posting on notice boards, forums, or Facebook groups that students around your college use.

4. Campus tour guide

If you’re a people’s person and love to meet with new people, then you should consider becoming a tour guide. You’ll meet with potential students and their parents and you show them around the campus. You’ll also answer questions they have about your school and you can give your opinion!

5. Campus IT support

If you’re good at computers and love to troubleshoot, then this can be a fun on-campus job you should consider. When I was in college, I personally worked in IT for the campus and enjoyed the job very much!

6. Campus security

Most larger campuses offer students the opportunity to become security guards and patrol officers for the campus. Don’t worry, weapons aren’t involved, so you’ll likely just be walking around and accompanying other students that are out and about during evenings.

7. Residence advisor

With this role, you’ll basically ensure rules are followed and provide leadership for your dorm. This works if you live on campus and are in a particular dorm. You also ensure maintenance issues are reported timely. Another HUGE perk is sometimes, your room and board would be free!

8. Library assistant

As the title says, you’ll be working typical library tasks like checking in and out students and books. Most of the time will be you just sitting on a computer doing your homework or studying! Not a bad gig!

9. Sell crafts on Etsy

If you love being crafty and make handmade stuff on your free time, you can actually turn that into money! There are people that earn over six figures from making simple things like Greeting Cards! Definitely check it out.

10. Start a blog

This one is my personal favorite. This isn’t a get rich quick way of earning extra cash, but over a few years of consistency and focus, you can make even millions of dollars from blogging! The best part is you can write your articles after hours or even during the weekends!

11. Create an app

Are you a coder and able to write iOS or Android apps? Well, it’s fascinating to know that so many great apps and websites were made by people while they were in college! Check out these 50+ app ideas you can start!

12. Sell an online course

It’s really not as hard as it sounds! Chances are you are pretty knowledgeable in a particular field that other people could benefit from. You can use sites like Teachable and sell your very own online course. Depending on how popular it becomes, you can make a significant return from it!

13. Sell your textbooks

As each semester passes by, chances are you have textbooks for classes you’re probably not going to use anymore. You can either sell these to students that are about to take the same class or even online using websites like BookScouter.

14. Become a YouTuber

If you love video and have the gift of speaking, becoming a YouTube blogger might be the calling for you! Your videos make money by advertisements on the video. Basically the more views you get, the more money you can make! I wrote an extensive How-To Start a successful YouTube channel here. Check it out.

15. Sell T-Shirts

Now here is a relatively newer but very lucrative way to earn extra cash! By using services like Printful, you can earn extra cash by designing shirts and uploading your designs to a platform of choice like Shopify! Printful then handles all the shipping and returns for you! Super easy way to earn extra cash if you’re good at some art! Check them out here.

16. Do voice-over work

If you’ve got a computer, voice, and a microphone, you can also do Voice-Over work! With the rise in services like Pandora and Spotify, there are advertisers out there looking for people to do voice-overs by recording their voice with a given script! You can sign up on websites like Fiverr and sell your voice! Check it out

17. Become a landlord

If you have an extra room in your house, you can actually rent it out to other roommates! The rent you get could even cover your rent and all expenses if priced right!

You can list your place on services like AirBnb!

18. Rent out your car

If you own a car and don’t use it much, or maybe you’ve got an extra one, you can actually rent it out and earn some really good cash! Super easy to get started. You can use services like Turo to rent out your car to others and get paid for it! Win win! Check it out

19. Do online surveys

Another way to earn some good extra cash on your free time is to do online surveys. You’re usually rewarded for doing them by receiving free gifts and actual cash. There are several services you can use, but I recommend Survey Junkie. All you have to do is share your thoughts and opinions and that’s it! Simple as that!

20. Sell stuff online

If you have things you don’t need or use anymore, you can sell them on various platforms like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and eBay. If you want to make it into an actual business, you should consider buying things from thrift stores and selling them online for a profit! You’d be surprised at how much income you can make from buying and selling online!

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