22 Ways for College Students to Make Money on the Side

22 Ways for College Students to Make Money on the Side

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Off-Campus Jobs for College Students

10. Work in a cafe or restaurant

There might be a lot of cafes or restaurants near campus that hire part-time employees for positions like chefs or servers. These jobs can hourly wages, tip-based, or a combination of both.

11. Become a driver for a rideshare company

If you have a reliable car, it’s easy to pick up driving jobs through sites like Uber and Lyft to make extra money in college. Typically, you’ll work as an independent contractor and have the freedom to set your schedule. Plus, you can pick up extra hours on evenings and weekends when you’re not in class.

Tip: You will likely need proof of car insurance to get started. You’ll also need to report your earnings during annual tax time.

12. Deliver food and groceries

Food delivery is another job that’s gained popularity with the appearance of apps like Uber Eats, DoorDash, Postmates, and grocery delivery services with Instacart and Amazon. You can easily sign up to work for these services online and choose your schedule as you go.

13. Work as a store associate

Stores selling goods and clothing usually will hire part-time store associates to keep the store clean, stocked, and cashiers readily available. If you have a brand that you are passionate about, consider applying for positions there.

14. Tutor in your native language

Ever thought about tutoring in your native language? You can easily turn this talent into a part-time job. Many language learners are looking for native speakers who can tutor the language and the culture. Don’t speak another language other than English? You can tutor English, too.

15. Get an internship

Consider doing an internship while you are still in school. Depending on the company that you work for, you can get paid for during internship. An internship is also a great way for you to build up your resume and gain work experience, which will enable you to have a competitive advantage when graduating from college and entering the workforce. Internships sometimes can also lead to permanent positions post-graduation.

16. Get a temp job

Check with local employment agencies for temp jobs. Agencies will help you find temporary part-time jobs like administrative work (such as answering phones or data entry) or customer service tasks. You can also pick up freelance work as a writer to make extra cash while in college.

Tip: Ask if the staffing agency takes out taxes from your check or if that’s something you need to pay to the state and federal government yourself during tax season. Some agencies also offer benefits if you work over a certain number of hours per week.


38. Make money from social media

Social media might be a no-brainer for you, but many small business owners have no idea what they’re doing. They turn to young professionals for help. This is where you come in.

Start by searching Craigslist and local Facebook groups for small business owners looking for social media help. They may call the position things like social media manager, social media assistant, and social media freelancer.

The jobs they will want you to do typically include managing engagement, creating posts, and responding to messages. All things that seem obvious to you.

You can also search on freelancing job boards like Upwork and Freelancer for virtual jobs.

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What you can expect to earn: According to Glassdoor, social media managers can make about $50,000 a year. However, since this will only be a college side hustle for you, you can expect to earn between $15 and $20 per hour.

19. Take up odd jobs

If you’re one of those Jack-of-all-trades, you can make some quick money as a college student doing random jobs. For example, TaskRabbit.com is filled with random jobs such as screwing in light bulbs, lifting heavy boxes, mounting TVs, building IKEA furniture, and a wide variety of other random tasks.

The best part? If you are consistently doing jobs, you can actually turn this into a good side hustle.

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What you can expect to earn: How much you earn ultimately depends on how many odd jobs you are willing to do in a single week. For example, the average “mount a TV” job will pay you between $42 and $117. Once you get the hang of how to do this, you can easily mount a TV in well under an hour. Do imagine mounting four TVs per day for $100. That’s $400 right there. Now do that a few times per week. You’re talking potentially $1000+ per week.

47. Get Into Voice Overs or Voice Acting

Got some good pipes and are a dab hand at acting? A typical voice actor can be booked for commercials, animated movies and series, YouTube videos, podcasts, and other business advertisements. You can record demos and upload them to sites like Voice Over Xtra or look for job postings in Fiverr or Upwork. 

41. Busk on the Street

Singing in subway stations and in the streets can also be an option to earn some money while doing what you love. All you need is a license or a permit from the city to start serenading commuters — and collecting some cash. 

On-Campus Jobs to Consider

There are plenty of opportunities to make money in college without leaving campus. You can typically find these jobs online through your school’s student job portal. If you don’t know where to find it, Google “[YOUR SCHOOL NAME] student jobs”.

20. Apply for work study

Work-study is a federal program that provides jobs for students with a financial need.

To apply for it, you’ll need to fill out the FAFSA and select the box that states you’re interested in a work-study position. If you land one, your college will include it as part of your financial aid package. Whether or not you qualify will depend on the number of available positions, your financial need, and other financial aid you qualify for.

21. Work as a teaching assistant (TA)

As a TA, you’ll perform many of the same tasks professors do. You may help students in labs, grade papers, perform research, and even teach lower-level classes.

Your school and the professors will determine the requirements necessary to become a TA. In most cases, however, you’ll be asked to submit copies of your transcripts and letters of recommendation.

While some colleges only offer TA positions to graduate students, others make them available to undergraduates in their junior or senior years as well.

22. Become a resident assistant (RA)

An RA is an upperclassman who serves as a resource to college students who live in dorms and residence halls.

If you become an RA, you’ll be responsible for enforcing the rules and policies of the resident life department, conducting regular room checks, holding meetings with residents, and checking in visitors. In exchange for your services, you may receive free or discounted room and board and/or stipends or hourly pay.

23. Work at a dining hall

There are a variety of jobs available in college dining halls. You could work as a cashier, caterer, dishwasher, or food preparer.

It’s not the most glamorous job, but it could save money on food costs if you’re able to enjoy the occasional free meals or snacks. If you’re looking for a way to reduce your on-campus living expenses, a dining hall position may make sense.

24. Apply at the recreation or fitness center

If your college has a large recreation or fitness center on campus, it likely has openings for jobs like a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, or recreation assistant. These are some of the most fun and rewarding on-campus jobs, especially if you get to be involved with a sport or activity you love.

If you’re not interested in physical activities, there may also be opportunities in areas like member services, marketing, and event planning.

25. Work at an on-campus bookstore or library

On-campus libraries or shops can be a good option if you’re looking for a job that allows you to study during downtime. You’ll probably earn minimum wage, or close to it, but these positions are fairly low-key.

You may need to help other students find books, check people out, and restock shelves, but when things get quiet, you can work on assignments and get paid to do homework.

26. Become a brand ambassador

Big brands often hire students to promote them on college campuses. If you’re passionate about a particular product or brand, you could make an extra income as a brand ambassador.

Check out this awesome step-by-step guide by @thisonlineworld, showing how he was able to make money with paid advertising in college. Definitely a worthy read!

— Wallet Wise Guy (@WalletWiseGuy) November 19, 2019

Some brands require their ambassadors to perform college outreach where they try to convince students to purchase a certain product. Others ask them to hand out free merchandise at football games and other on-campus events.

As a brand ambassador, you’ll gain valuable marketing experience that looks great on a resume, especially if you want to work in marketing in the future.

27. Give campus tours

If you have an outgoing personality and love your college, a campus tour guide job can be a good option.

Your main responsibility will be to show prospective students and their families around campus. You’ll get to share your experience with up-and-coming freshmen and help them decide if your school is a good fit. This may be a seasonal job with more opportunities to work during the warmer seasons. If you need a consistent income throughout the semester, you may want to combine it with another part-time gig.

Related: 25 Online Jobs That Are Legitimate, Easy, and Flexible

3. Test new apps and websites

We’re guessing you’re pretty comfortable critiquing websites and apps (like maybe you made a few comments about that Snapchat update). Why not get paid to test sites for usability? It’s a seriously great gig that you can do on your schedule. Check out this list of sites that pay you to judge their functionality.

Get a Catering Job

If your Monday-Friday is too busy with school to work as a server in a restaurant, why not try catering? Most events are held on the weekends when you have extra time. Start with the conference center on campus to find out whether they’re hiring.

14. Become a freelance writer

If you ace all your English classes, you could make some serious money on the side as a freelance writer. Freelance writers typically write content for a company’s blog, website, emails, marketing materials, and more. If you’re just starting out, don’t be afraid to take a couple of lower-paying jobs to brush up your skills and build your portfolio. Then, you can apply for more work with companies and clients using your previous work samples. You can also find freelance writing jobs on platforms like Problogger and Upwork.

Delivery person

Every college town or city needs delivery people. You can work for food-delivery services, such as Postmates or Seamless, or you can deliver for local food-delivery businesses. The average delivery person can make $13.40 an hour, plus tips.

Related: 10 Lucrative Side Gigs for Millennials Looking to Earn Extra Money

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We all have academic strengths, so find out what your subject strength is and use it to tutor, either fellow students or grade school students in your area. If you scored high on the SAT, that’s another plum opportunity to tutor high school students. The pay range for tutoring varies according to where you live and subject. Tutors for SAT and test preparation can charge more. However, you can start at $18 per hour.

Learn more about how to make money tutoring in college.

Related: 9 Business Ideas Under $1,000 You Can Run From Anywhere

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16. Work as a delivery driver

Have some free time and a car? You can make some extra cash by working as a delivery driver. Apps like Dumpling, Chownow, and Chowhound make it easy to sign up and score your first delivery orders, and are often better for workers, retailers, and restaurants than other apps. You can also work as a delivery driver for local restaurants that offer delivery themselves.

If other apps aren’t available in your area, you can download more common apps like DoorDash, GrubHub, UberEats, and Instacart to deliver food and groceries to local customers.


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A more accurate title for this section would be “selling your body,” since not all of these cases are strictly related to medicine. But that seemed like it would give the wrong idea.

Here are some ways to make money selling parts or byproducts of something everybody has (unless you’re a ghost reading this, in which case I apologize).

94. Sell Plasma

This is the classic college kid gig, but it’s perfectly legitimate. You go to a local center (research it online first to make sure it’s not sketchy) and spend anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours as your blood is drawn from your body.

The blood is filtered to remove red blood cells and other cellular components. The company keeps the plasma, and they return what they’ve filtered out to your body along with a sterile saline solution.

You won’t get rich doing it, but as long as you’re in good health, you’re probably eligible.

95. Sell Hair

If selling your blood plasma seems too painful and creepy, then you can sell your hair (okay, it’s still a bit creepy, but no needles involved). Companies that make wigs out of human hair will pay for your locks, though the requirements are often pretty strict (no dyed hair and certain hair colors are preferred).

Don’t have any experience with this, but HairSellOn looks like a good place to start.

96. Sell Sperm or Eggs

Yes, you really can make money doing this. Sperm and eggs are needed for research purposes, as well as for fertility clinics. Selling either will be uncomfortable or even painful, but you can make serious money in certain cases (especially for egg donations). Note that requirements tend to be pretty strict (you can’t be infertile, for example). Learn more about sperm donation here and egg donation here.

(Note that we don’t have any experience or affiliation with these companies. Always do your own diligent research before selling parts of your body).

97. Sell Your Poop

Yep, we went there. I know it sounds hard to believe, but some people will pay for your poop. The uses include research on the human microbiome and treatment of C. diff infections, which can be cured using a stool transplant in extreme cases. To learn more, visit .

98. Be a Standardized Patient

If your university has a medical school, you could have the chance to make money portraying medical conditions for med students to practice identifying. Essentially, you’re a human practice patient. Don’t worry, no one is going to be performing surgery on you.

Generally, you just have to sit in a room and describe symptoms you have while a succession of medical students interviews you. It’s not the most exciting job (and can be a little awkward depending on the nature of the condition you’re portraying). But it pays. Visit your university’s medical school website (or the website of a local med school) to learn more.

Apply for Scholarships

Applying for scholarships can mean big bucks! You may already be the recipient of a merit scholarship from your college or university when you were first accepted. Don’t stop there. Make extra money for college by applying for more scholarships.

Check out the scholarship resources at . Watch a video about finding scholarships, use the scholarship tracking spreadsheet to keep applications organized, and find a free list of scholarships you may be qualified to win. A few hours of your time could turn into hundreds of dollars in your pocket!

Jobs You Can Do on Your Feet

Two birds, one stone. Earn extra cash and enjoy some exercise in between your class schedule. These side gigs are ideal for the student who needs the money and a quick break from the grind:

Try Dog Walking

Forecasters predict there will be more dogs than people in America by 2025. OK, that’s not true, but dogs are everywhere nowadays. Those furry friends of ours need to stretch their legs, and owners who work long days are willing to pay dog walkers for a bit of midday exercise. Advertise your services by word of mouth or enlist with companies such as Wag! and Rover, both of which find clients for you. If you live off-campus, you might also consider pet-sitting.

Help People Stay in Shape

If you’re a fitness junkie who wants to help others get in shape, consider becoming a personal trainer at your campus rec center or local gym. Many people need the motivation and guidance of a trainer to maximize their workouts.

Take Stock Photos

Do you have a good camera and an eye for photography? See if you can get your work posted on sites such as iStock and Shutterstock, which offer up to 50% of the price tag when they sell your stock photos.

Clean Houses

Particularly in big college towns and cities, students could have ample opportunity to find cleaning work nearby. Tools are cheap, the labor is straightforward, and unlike working for campus custodial services, the profits are all yours.

Make the Move

As with walking dogs, helping people move is a nice way to get in your exercise and make a few bucks while you’re at it. Many moving companies hire college students for busy periods, and there’s something special about an honest day’s work of lifting and lugging.

Sell Your Old Stuff

You probably have all kinds of crap just lying aro

You probably have all kinds of crap just lying around that you don’t even use. Why not clear out some space in your room or apartment while also making some extra cash? Below are a few of our favorite ways to make money selling stuff you don’t need or use.

85. Poshmark

Have fashionable clothing that you don’t wear? Sell it on Poshmark. Poshmark is an app that connects buyers looking for great deals on quality clothing with people who want to sell it. While the app markets itself toward women, you can also use the app to buy and sell men’s clothing.

86. Yard Sales

Yard sales are a time-honored way of selling the stuff you don’t need, all while meeting some interesting characters (if your yard sales are anything like the ones I’ve been part of).

If you live in a dorm or apartment and don’t have a yard, you can sign up to be part of a larger yard sale at a community center or church (or just ask a homeowner you know if they’d be willing to let you use their yard in exchange for selling some of their stuff).

87. Plato’s Closet

This is another option for selling clothes that you don’t want. Unlike Poshmark, Plato’s Closet has physical stores where you sell your clothes on consignment. The clothing you can sell is “gently used clothing for teens and twenty-something boys and girls.” Visit the company’s website to find a local store.

88. Sell Your Textbooks

As a College Info Geek reader, we know you didn’t pay much for your books because you followed our guide to finding cheap textbooks. Still, you might as well make some money selling these books back to the campus bookstore or even to Amazon.

As much as you might think you’ll crack open that calculus textbook 20 years from now, it’s unlikely (you can just look it up on the internet, anyway).

6. Sell your clothes

Make your new motto “reduce, reuse, sell.” Even if you don’t already have clothes to sell you can always start thrifting and reselling. Here’s a great list of the best places to resell clothing online.

School-Related Work

The best ways to make money may be right on campus – you just have to know where to look. A college is a business organization, and all organizations have jobs that need to be filled. And even apart from formal jobs, there may be opportunities to make some extra cash just helping out where there are specific needs.

Take a Job at School

Your college or university needs people to fill all kinds of jobs. It could be working in the cafeteria, providing cleaning services, maintaining the grounds, or any one of a number of jobs. It would have the advantage of keeping you on campus for work, rather than needing to go to a remote site.

Check with your school’s human resources department, or even get information from people who are already in those jobs. They can probably point you toward the person who does the hiring.

Tutor Other Students

Do you have a specific subject or two where you’re particularly strong? If so, you may be able to earn money tutoring other students who aren’t.

There are two ways you can approach this. You can see if there’s a formal tutoring program set up on campus. If so, you can sign up and get assignments as they come in.

But a more lucrative opportunity may be to offer your services directly to other students. You can do this by word-of-mouth, but it may be better to advertise your services in the campus newspaper, website or Facebook page. As an independent, you can easily make $25 to $50 per hour, particularly if your specializations are in more technical subjects, like math, science, and computer science.

Use Your Specializations to Help Other Students

You probably have certain skills many others don’t. For example, if you’re really good at designing presentations or providing graphic arts, you may be able to help other students with term papers and projects for a fee. If you’re fluid with computers, you may also be able to teach or troubleshoot the technology for other students.

Advertise your services in the school newspaper, website, or Facebook page. You can also market your services through your own social media. If you start getting referrals from existing customers, you’ll have plenty of income to keep your bank account full throughout your time at school.

Assist a Professor or Department Head

A professor or department head has all kinds of tasks that need to be performed. That includes everything from making copies, to creating audiovisual aids, or doing research.

Check with your professors and with the head of your major department and see what kind of opportunities there are. But also check any online school related media where faculty or administrators might be looking for people to perform certain tasks.

Help Out in the Athletic Department

You’re probably familiar with the concept of a bat boy/girl. But virtually all sports organizations have a need for a bat boy/girl equivalent, or even several. Maybe you’re not playing in any sports in college, but if you played in one or more sports in high school, you can become an equipment manager, or assist the coaching staff in some capacity.

Check with the athletic department or directly with specific teams to see what’s available. And while football and basketball may be the big money making sports in college, there are dozens of other less known teams at your school where fewer students will be signing up to help. Those might be your best opportunities.

Bottom Line

Learning how to make money in college is a matter of due diligence and a solid work ethic. No longer are your options limited to delivering pizzas and manning the alumni donation phones — making money online has never been more popular. Get creative, find your side gig, and take charge of your college cash flow.


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