How to Earn Extra Cash as a College Student

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

College is expensive and you’re probably looking for ways to make some extra money while you complete your degree.

Don’t worry, there are many ways you can put some extra cash in your pocket without dropping classes or selling any vital organs.

Just use your skills and motivation.

  • Become a teaching assistant

    Some colleges hire undergraduates as teaching assistants. You can find out if your college offers this or any related job for students. If hired you will find yourself grading assignments, assisting students, and possibly even teaching classes. It’s a good way to make extra money and this experience looks great on a resume.

  • House Sitting

    A lot of people pay a responsible adult to temporarily live in their home and watch over their property. You may find yourself doing simple tasks such as shovelling snow off the driveway and bringing in their mail or something as involved as looking after their pet.

    Use sites like DogVacay to connect with people looking for these services. You’re a responsible adult, right? Prove it and make some money while you’re at it.

  • Become a freelance writer

    If you have a good level of writing skills and you’re creative you can try yourself as a freelance writer. Websites such as Upwork provide opportunities to connect with people who will pay you to write for them.

    You can choose what to write. It can include content creation, writing press-releases, shop items description, etc. Think of it as a way to improve your writing skills while getting paid for it and even get an experience as a copywriter.

  • Selling Notes

    If you’re a person who can take down neat and orderly notes then there’s money to be made. You can make $400 per semester selling notes to people who missed class and need them. Finally. your perfect attendance record is about to pay off.

  • Tutoring

    Look into programs available at your college that will connect you with another student to tutor. You can also tutor people online using Wyzant, Academized, and AcademAdvisor. Teaching is a great way to learn so why not improve your subject knowledge and make some money.

  • Temp jobs

    Temp jobs are the most common opportunities for students. A temp agency will help you find part-time and temporary jobs doing things such as manual labour, administrative work, or customer service. It’s also a good way to earn some money and get job experience without having to make a lengthy commitment.

  • Make money with your car

    If you have a car and you love to drive then get ready to earn cash using your driving skills. Companies such as Uber and Lyft will hire you as an independent contractor. A great and flexible job for students looking to make money during evenings and weekends, or whenever they don’t have a class.

  • Online content editing

    You already know how to write so why not get paid for it? Websites such as Big Assignments will pay you to write, edit, and proofread assignments for students. You can use your brain and knowledge to help others to accomplish their tasks. Also, use Grammarix to check your grammar and State of Writing if you need a writing guide.

  • Become a college consultant

    You can also make extra money by providing consultations on research papers, essays, and lab reports for sites such as PaperFellows. Writing and studying is a huge part of college so take advantage of this way to get extra practice while getting paid.

  • Make money taking surveys

    It’s any college student’s dream, getting paid for your opinion. Sites such as MyPoints will pay you in gift cards for completing surveys and answering polls. You won’t have to devote much time and you can make money from the comfort of your own home.

  • Become a test subject

    You always wanted to become a human guinea pig, right? Okay well, maybe not but it’s still a good way to make some money while you’re going to school. Some jobs such as doing market research may only take up a few hours of your time while others, including clinical trials, may take more time and energy out of you. Hey, it still beats working fast food!

  • Class-action lawsuits

    Yes, you read that correctly. You are probably already part of what without even knowing it; there are a lot of them going on at any given time. Take a few minutes to check online at sites like Top Class Actions and see if you’re entitled to any money.

There are a ton of ways for an enterprising young college student to make money while they’re completing their studies. You can even make money using the writing, teaching, and note-taking skills that you use at school anyway.

There are also quite a few online options that allow you to make money without even leaving the comfort of your own home doing work writing, editing, taking surveys, or tutoring someone. So get out there and show the world what a budding young entrepreneur you are.

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Brenda Berg is a professional with over 15 years of experience in business management, marketing and entrepreneurship. Consultant and tutor for college students and entrepreneurs at Oxessays.She believes that constant learning is the only way to success. You can visit her personal blog at

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