What are some of the best ways college students make money while going to college?
Below you’ll find some great ideas that students can use to make some extra cash after class.
I personally did about half of these jobs while going to CSU (Colorado State University), but I wish I would have done the last one instead. What can you say, hindsight’s always 20/20.
If you need a bit of motivation before you get to work, read this quick quote for some inspiration.
“Do today what others will not do, so that tomorrow you will have what others will not have” – author unknown
OK, now on to the jobs…
15 +1 Ways College Students Make Money:
Find a popular restaurant and let your personality shine through. Tips are great and you’ll never know what kind of networking connection you can make.
2. Fast Food Industry:
Not the best work, but you can almost always find something and it’s reliable.
3. Deliver Pizzas:
This was one of my go-to college jobs. Get free pizza and soda and the tips are always fairly decent when bringing someone a hot and delicious pizza pie.
Telemarketing sucks, but you can get consistent work, and often times you can make sales bonuses.
You know what telemarketing did for me? A lot. I went from a somewhat shy college student to a guy who could talk about anything and sell products fairly well.
I hated telemarketing, but being able to cold call someone and turn them into a warm lead is an amazing skill set to have. That’s one of the best skills you can have in most any future job, especially if you plan to create your own business someday.
5. Campus Work:
You can always find work in college dorms, food-courts, athletic departments, etc. It may not pay the best but it’s hard to beat the location.
6. Tutoring other Students:
Look into whatever field of study you’re into and see if they need tutors to help new students. If you’ve got a special gift in math or science, this could be a great way to make some extra side cash while helping others.
7. Care Provider, Nursing Assistant:
I did this job for several years and the nice thing about it is that it pays. You can typically earn double the minimum wage depending on your skill level.
Many nursing assistant programs will actually pay for your time and education to take the training to get state certified. This also looks good on resumes.
8. Selling Your Past Papers/Class Notes:
If you take organized notes, this could be great way to make some residual income off the work you once did.
I love this concept and I now do this online, you’ve got to appreciate this.
You can take your notes, copy them, advertise them on a school board/website and let lazy students be your clients. As long as the class curriculum doesn’t change too much, you’ve got a winner.
9. Donating Blood or Plasma:
Blood and plasma are always in demand and so this can be a stable way for you to make some extra cash from your DNA.
10. Baby/Pet/House Sitting:
Out of these three options, strive to be a house sitter. This is a great college job because you can get a ton of homework done while watching someone’s place.
Just put up an ad in your local paper or craigslist and screen your clients. Establish trust with them and you’re good to go.
11. Be a Laboratory Guinea Pig:
Most college science departments can hook you up with this kind of job. Just make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before you sign up.
12. Be the Designated Driver for Friends:
When your friends go out to party, let them know that you’ll be the designated driver if every person pitches in 20 dollars. If you’ve got 3 friends going out, you can make a quick $60 and be assured your friends will arrive home safe.
13. University Research Questionnaires:
Again, hit the university Psychology and Human Behavioral Science departments and see if they need help.
14. Class Notes Service:
Hit up your friends and offer a service to type up your classmate’s papers for a small fee.
15. Participate in Psychology Experiments:
Same concept as above.
+ 1. Start a Simple Online Business:
All of the first 15 jobs will definitely fill your pockets with a little green, but if I could go back to college, this is what I would have done.
I would have started a simple only business based on something I love. It’s not really hard now that I know what’s involved, it’s a no brainer.
Essentially it starts out like writing book reports and doing things like YouTube videos.
But the concept is simple:
- Find a niche idea.
- Build a website.
- Bring in traffic to the site.
- Refer that traffic to a helpful product based on the niche.
It’s pretty easy really and any college student can do it.
Once you get your own affiliate marketing niche website built, it’s just a matter of scaling the business to make more money.
Think Outside the Box!
If you work at this during your spare time, consistently and with the same diligence you put into your college courses, you’d be amazed at what you can create.
You could have an online business that produces you $2,000 to $10,000 per month by the time you graduate college.
How awesome would that be? Let me show you how it works.
College Students and Online Business:
College students are smart and have excellent skills to create their own online business. Many already know how to start a blog or website.
But it takes a bit more than that to make consistent money online.
It’s a cumulative process of learning to…
- Find out what people are Googling within a specific niche.
- Targeting and ranking content based on the topic in Google.
- Referring that FREE traffic to a helpful product.
- Making commissions of online sales.
The process really isn’t too difficult, especially if you break it down into daily tasks. This is what I did using the help of a professional educational system called Wealthy Affiliate.
They have created two first-class educational programs to teach website development and finding your niche.
You’ll then learn search engine optimization (SEO) techniques to get your site ranked and on page one of Google. As well as how to write content that converts into sales, all while providing a warm and inviting environment for new students to learn.
What Kind of Classes Do They Have:
Wealthy Affiliate provides video style classrooms that can be taken at your leisure. You have step by step instructions to get things done on a daily basis.
It’s no different than taking college classes, except it’s more interesting. Plus you’re building your own business at the same time.
This will ensure that you complete each step correctly so that you will achieve top Google rankings and not commit costly errors as you build your website/business.
Check out an example of classroom sessions in the video below. You’ll get a better idea of the style and format that you can use to learn to create your own online business.
Hit the link, it will take you to the classroom, then hit play again for the video.
How Much Time Does It Take?
Well, that depends on the number of credits and classes you’re taking. You’ve got to balance in life and education together.
But let me ask you a couple of questions.
- Do you spend a couple of hours per day on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram?
- Do you watch TV a couple of hours a day?
If your answer is yes, then you have time.
All you need is to set a specific amount of time per week and stick to it. I recommend at least dedicating 10 hours/week. Two hours a day for 5 days/week, or you could do it on the weekend.
Better yet, think of your time as an investment in your future. Once you have your website up and running, you will reap the rewards of an online income.
How Much Does an Online Business Cost?
Most businesses take a good amount of initial start-up capital to get going. But with an online business, this can be minimized.
With Wealthy Affiliate, they have two options. A Free Membership that allows you to sit in on 10 introductory classes, put up 2 free websites, watch video Webinars, and attend training classrooms.
You don’t get all the convenience and benefits of a Premium Membership, but enough to get started.
The Premium Membership costs $49/month or you can do a yearly fee of $359 (a little bit under $30/month).
The chart below compares the two memberships and displays what they each offer. Take a look for further details.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the average yearly costs for tuition, room & board in the 2017-2018 year was $34,740 at private colleges, $9,970 for state residents at public colleges, and $25,620
When you compare this with the yearly Wealthy Affiliate fees of $359 dollars, it’s pretty much close to nothing for a proper education.
Should You Forget About College?
You might even be tempted to forget college and pursue Internet Marketing as a full-time career. The information that Wealthy Affiliate teaches is at university level standards.
When you compare your college courses with what you can learn using the WA program, there’s no comparison.
Take a look at what my young friend Jerry has accomplished.
Spend 10 – 20 thousand dollars per year, or $359 dollars. Plus think of the amount of debt that most college students end up accumulating.
Is it starting to make sense?
It did for this young student who dropped out of college at age 18.
College Drop-Out from Taiwan is Killing it with His Online Business:
What’s even better is Jerry’s September check was just under $4,800.
What’s the Big Picture Here?
You’re going to college to find a career that you will enjoy and that will make you money.
Why pay thousands of dollars, accumulate a ridiculous amount of debt, and spend 4-8 years of your life learning subjects that you most likely won’t apply in the real world.
At the same time, for a fraction of the money, you’ll spend on college, you can take what you learn on a daily basis and build a business that will provide you with income for years to come.
Regardless of whatever field you study, there will be some aspect of your career that will involve the internet or an online presence in the future.
Get Ahead of the Game:
Learn these skills now and you will be way ahead of the game.
Take advantage of learning how to do online marketing, website development, and using your own critical thinking skills.
All of these things will make you a more marketable young professional. And the cost is next to nothing when you compare it to a typical college education.
I graduated from Colorado State University with a major in Occupational Therapy and a minor in Anatomy. I spent way over $50,000 on my education. Granted I had a good career, but I could have had so much more if I started learning these concepts at an earlier stage in life.
If you want to learn how to create your own online business through a professional educational platform, now’s a great time to start.
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If you have any comments about our list of awesome ways college students make money, let me know what’s on your mind and I’ll get back to you right away.