8 Great Ways to Make Money in College
Let’s face it; having no extra cash is never fun. After paying an arm and a leg for books, most college students may find that the only thing left in their wallet is pocket lint.
Getting a part-time job may not be ideal since school may take up most of anyone’s time. So what can you do to make a quick buck around campus? Here’s the top 8 ways to make money in college:
Own your own Blog: These days technology is available to make it quite simple to start a blog, you use free services such as tumblr.com or wordpress.com and have a blog up within minutes. You can base your blog on any topic you choose; its best to not be general and have a focused niche where people will remember you and keep coming back for that purpose. In order to make money, you must monetizing your blog with Google Adsense or other related Ad Services. It’s not the easiest way to make money because you need to get traffic to the site but with a little work and CONSISTENCY, you can start making a few extra bucks in the first week.
Paid Surveys: Have a few minutes worth of free time on your hand? Many marketing companies are looking for consumer opinions on different products and they’re willing to pay for it! Try www.globaltestmarket.com to start with.
eBay: Have anything laying around your dorm that you don’t use anymore? “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” as the old saying goes. Try selling your old valuables online. You can also up the effort by going to garage sales picking up other peoples old stuff and selling them online. I'm sure you have a few things you don't use anymore and is probably just hoarding it - we all do, sell it and make that money!
Be an entrepreneur: Have an interesting business idea that you think your peers would want to see on campus? Try starting your own good or service business on campus. Many kids I know threw parties in college charging admission fees. Some even went an extra step by getting a club close to campus and promoting it in the local town and in the college itself. If this party pops off and is a success you can earn a couple thousand on one night of fun! You can also buy shirts in bulk and sell it to college kids, or even offer a tutoring service. The possibilities are endless, just be hungry for money and get to it! Sidenote: Def Jam Records was started in a college dorm…
Content Writing: Many websites fire freelance writers to generate interesting content for their website. So if you like to write, this job is perfect for you. You can search sites such as craigslist or contact blogs that you would like to write for and see if there are any opportunities available for you. Trust me, even our site hires freelance writers.
Sell Textbooks: The buying and selling of textbooks can be a big moneymaker in college. Obviously, you might not want to purchase your books from your campus bookstore which will over-price you. You can check out sites like www.chegg.com, www.ebay.com or other alternate means that could provide you with a good deal. You can then in return sell the, most time used, books to your colleagues for less than what they book store is selling them for. Them being as tight strapped money as are will be more than willing to buy it!
Part-Time Job: Even though working part-time isn’t ideal for the average college student, if you can find a job with a flexible schedule, that doesn’t take up most of your time, give it a shot. It’s a surefire way to make money and you’ll always know when you’re getting paid. Look into opportunities at your school, most schools have programs where they hire college students and pay them minimum wage to do certain tasks.
Human Research: Many hospitals or nursing colleges are always looking for research study participants. These studies may require you to take a survey online, over the phone, or sometimes require a physical prior to being selected. Most of the time, these tests pay very well and take up little of your time. Try giving the nursing college or local university hospital in your area a call and inquire about it. These are some of the best and fast ways to make money in college. I would only be cautious to stay away from any that would be hazardous to my health, such as radiactive testing, DNA modifying or any creepy things like that.
You have the some ideas, take your pick and start making money! If you know of any other ways to make money in college please feel free to drop a comment below.
by Jasmine Whaley