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10 Ways for College Students to Make Money on the Side

Lila Sonnenschein L

We've all been there -- it's second semester of your sophomore year in college and funds are running at an all-time low. Regardless of where your college is located, being a college student certainly isn't cheap. And along with crippling student loans and ever-rising tuition costs, going to college comes with a myriad of other ways to suck your bank account dry. But, have no fear -- for the entrepreneurial at heart, there are countless ways to earn some extra cash at college that won't force you to compromise your grades. 

Making money in college can also expand your college experience. Through nothing but experimentation  there are many opportunities to start making money in school, here’s a list of 10:

1. Become a freelance writer

As students, we spend hours and hours writing for our classes. But what many students are not aware of is that you can get paid for doing high quality writing in the real world.

Believe it or not, many brands really need people with great writing skills to help communicate their message. Freelance writing is an excellent way to make money after class because it allows for remote work, flexible hours, and more practice at a skill students are already developing with their classwork.

2. Start tutoring

When you finish a class, you not only get a grade but you also acquire the skills you need to teach the subject to another person. Luckily (for you), there are always students struggling with material that you’ve already mastered.

Tutoring is a great opportunity to both help others and improve your teaching skills, while also making a serious income on the side.

3. Consult for businesses

There’s a high demand for the youth perspective from consumer-facing brands. Companies not only want to know what young people think but also how to reach them.

As a college student, you innately possess the strategic perspective that businesses need. With a simple website and a business card, you can turn your inside knowledge into a business and start helping companies connect with college students.

4. Intern remotely

Through hustle and cold emailing, I managed to land two internships with tech companies during school. Interning remotely is not only a great opportunity to learn and add value, but also a way for to earn a real income on the side (if the position is paid).

5. Start a company

A great part about being on a college campus is that you are close to so many potential customers. Being a part of student life is a great way to find a problem that a lot of students need solved.

Using your entrepreneurial spirit, you can not only gain valuable experience from starting your own company, but also take full advantage of the unique resources around you and build something that will profit. College campuses are ideal grounds for creating companies: they have high network density, lots of spending power, and access to customers.

6. Build websites

Being a student often means you have a deep understanding of technology. Even if you are not the most tech savvy person at your school, chances are you know how to operate a computer or even code far better than your average local business owner.

A great way to monetize this knowledge gap is to provide businesses with web development solutions. You can reach out to local companies, like restaurants, law firms, or doctor’s offices, and build out their website so they can better connect with customers. If you know your way around digital tools like WordPress and Squarespace, building and designing website can be easy.

7. Run social media marketing

Do you spend a lot of time using social media? Well you can make money from that, too. The truth is that the best social media experts are those with the most experience on the platforms themselves. They understand what users want to see and how to get it to them.

You can get paid to run social media accounts for companies. This practice is a great way to make income by doing something you are already accustomed to doing.

8. Get a work study job

There are always opportunities to find a job on campus in work study positions. Whether that is in the library or in the athletic complex, generally you’ll find a spot not too far from your dorm room. A great part of this role is that the school is flexible enough to work around your class schedule.

9. Sell at a farmer’s market

Most college campuses are near a local farmer’s market. Finding a job at a booth or starting your own is a great way to earn money and just work on the weekends.

Although it’s not the most glamorous job in the world, working at a farmer’s market can be a great way to acquire real world sales skills and earn a profit.

10. Buy and sell furniture

College campuses are full of turnover. Every year, there’s a huge influx and outflux of new students, and with them, exchanges of furniture and appliances.

You can make money by knowing when and how to buy and sell off this market. Most transactions are run through either Facebook or craigslist.