1. Sell your Old Stuff- Do you have things lying around in your room that you could get rid of? A top that was cute, but just not you? There are tons of resell sites including Poshmark for higher end clothing, Craigslist and Facebook yard sale groups. I bet if you looked around, you could find atleast 10-20 items to sell that you aren’t using. This could include notes from old classes, organization items for dorms and more. You could also check out the local Goodwill or consignment shops on campus to look for items to resell. Did someone donate their Lucky Brand Jeans and now they’re on sale for $5 but you could resell them for $25 on Ebay? Making money in college can be that easy.
2. Babysit/Tutor- This was the main way I paid my rent in college. I babysat, tutored, house and pet sat like crazy. But I didn’t want to take just any babysitting job. In order to maximize my profit, I wanted to be able to work for families who required college level services and who could pay for those services. Living close to a college campus are many professionals who work for the university including professors and administration. They wanted someone from the college who could help provide higher quality tutoring services for their children and were willing to pay a premium for those services. Can you run errands, drop their kids off at soccer practice or water their plants while they’re on sabbatical? This could pay big money.
3. Interning- Finding a paid internship is one of the best ways that students can earn money for college. While in college, I found an internship at the USDA which happened to have a building on campus in our agriculture department. It paid REALLY well. I was able to get credit for an “internship experience” and I got real job experience in an office, which helped me land my first job after college. Bonus: if you find an internship on campus, they often times are very understanding about your class schedule and will even let you study or do homework in downtime.
4. Online Rewards Sites-Taking surveys, watching videos, simply opening emails or completing searches can pay off big. There are many trusted sites out there that offer cash and gift cards for using their online sites. This is a great way to earn extra money in your free time without putting in much effort. My favorite site is Swagbucks. You can earn points (which can be traded in for Paypal money or giftcards) by completing searches in their browser or by simply letting videos run. I just made sure I was connected to the Wifi and then I would let the videos run (on mute) while I was sleeping, getting ready for class or studying. I earned enough gift cards one semester to pay for my books! Inbox dollars and Cash Crate are other reliable sources that you can earn a check each month by completing surveys and tasks such as simply opening their emails. I also loved using Ebates when I had to buy or rent textbooks to earn cashback on my purchases
5. Be a Brand Ambassador- While I don’t have firsthand experience with this, many of my friends in college served as brand ambassadors. One friend of mine worked as a brand ambassador for a new bookstore that was coming to campus when we were freshmen. She earned free books just by standing outside of lecture halls after class and handing out their pens and promotional products. A lot of these companies offer free “swag” and discounts on their products and some even pay! They also offer great experience with marketing and communication skills and require little time and effort.