Every college student can use some extra cash in today’s economy. The question is, “Where do you find it?” Even in a down economy, finding a side job isn’t that hard. It’s all about who you know and where to look. Many students make the mistakes of going door to door asking places that aren’t hiring, if they are hiring. This isn’t the way to do it. Let me give you some ideas on how you can make extra money as a college student today.
Hit up Ebay right now
Everyone has heard of Ebay. If you haven’t signed up for an account yet, I would recommend that you go over there, sign up for an account and start researching how to sell things. If you have a lot of junk just laying around, it probably has value to someone else. Selling a few old video games and even clothes can net you a hundred quick dollars.
Get paid to shop
Yes, I know it sounds like a scam but there are companies out there that are willing to pay you when it comes to shopping at a store, eating a restaurant, and more. The reason these research companies want you to do this is because they are looking for things such as customer service qualities, cleanliness of the store and more. You can read a great guide over at ThePaidShopper.
Help out other students
Whether you want to help other college students in need or younger students, there are always people out there looking for help. If you have found that you’re good in a particular subject, you may want to consider tutoring. You may find that you can make up to $15 – $20/ hour. Hold a couple sessions a week and you can make some pretty good money.
Babysit the neighbor kids
Every parent needs to get away from the house once in a while and when it comes down to it, they probably need someone to watch their children. Now, the parent will most likely need to get to know you first but if you can gain access to two or three families, this is a great way to earn money on the side because it takes little to no effort. Once you put the kids down in bed, it’s your turn to get paid while you study or watch TV.
Take advantage of your skills
Look at your hobbies right now and see how you can capitalize on them. Let’s say that you’re great at graphic design. Head on over to freelance sites like Elance.com or Craigslist and post your services, or bid on other projects. Who knows? This side gig could potentially turn into a full-time job.
There are so many ways to make money on the side. You don’t necessarily have to go into a retail shop and work 20 hours a week. There are plenty of side jobs available out there when it comes down to working. Try some of the tips above or ask friends how they make money on the side. You may be surprised with some of their answers.