Are you currently studying to have your dream job while working in a minimum-wage job you hate? Being in school isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but you can make a lot of cash, it’s just a matter of how. Become rich by doing a lot of different things. We’re going to talk about some of the ways to make money through your college years.

People often worry about how to become a rich person, but the goal right now is to make enough money in college so that they can live comfortably.

How to Get Rich While in College

Online Options

1. Online Surveys and Tasking

Take online surveys and complete tasks. Though you may not get wealthy, you may have some time on your hands. Many people find it easy to take a few surveys or complete online tasks. It’s a great way to make money and wasn’t available years ago.

Completing online surveys and doing tasks for people can be really easy. Learning about it is equally easy.

There are lots of great guides on how to do it, but here are a few that we highly recommend:

How To Make Money with Paid Surveys Guides
How To Make Money Doing Tasks

2. Sell an Online Course

Create an online course. If there’s something you know how to do well, making money from it just makes sense. Years ago, you had to go to a physical location, but now you can learn anything online. As a college student, you probably want to impart what knowledge you

Thinkific, one of the better online course building tools, has a terrific long-form post about how to create and sell an online course. It’s a step-by-step guide and comes highly recommended.

Miguel from Grumo Media, who is a serial course builder and entrepreneur, has a brilliant walkthrough video on his YouTube channel which takes you through the process he uses for the Thinkific courses he builds. You can watch there here or below.

Alternatively, you could sell a course on Udemy, another highly popular platform for selling courses. There are dozens, no, hundreds of courses on Udemy which will teach you how to create a successful business selling courses, but the one we recommend is the “Build a Six-Figure Business Selling Courses” course by Eli Natoli.

And if Thinkific or Udemy aren’t your thing, you could always try Teachable. It’s equally as good as the other two, but our preference at the moment is Thinkific.

3. Become a Graphic Designer

Offer graphic designs. It’s a (relatively) simple skill to learn. And there are hundreds of ways in which you can use even the most basic design skills to make money. You could sell your graphic design services to people part-time, you could create website templates people can use, you can design or redesign brands for local companies, or you could create graphics that can be sold passively whilst you sleep.

Some great examples include:

There are some great YouTube channels for learning about how to creating graphics for products you can sell online (this is called “print-on-demand”). The best channel, by far, is Wholesale Ted. They have hundreds of videos about turning even the simplest designs into money-making products.

They even have a video about websites you can use to make money online.

And you don’t need to work with clients either. You could sell design work to people which they can use themselves, such as templates and brushes.

To learn more about how to make some side money doing graphic design, check out these simple guides:

Driving Options

4. Become an Uber Driver

If you already know how to drive and own a car (which apparently 93% of us in America do), you could make some extra cash as an Uber driver in your spare time.

Whilst driving for Uber, you could also sign-up for Uber Eats and deliver food for them too. This usage of this service has skyrocketed since 2020 and looks to continue to be a success as people have grown used to the time-saving convenience.

The best video you could possibly watch on how to become an uber driver is this one by Rideshare Driver Partner.

If Uber isn’t your thing, you could drive for Lyft instead. Lyft has (roughly) a 40% market share and it’s increasing every year. So if Lyft is in your city it’s quite possible they’re in urgent need of drivers just like you.

If you want to become a successful Uber or Lyft driver — and if you don’t, then you’re not going to be making that extra money you need — then the 19 Tips for Success with Uber and Lyft is a great starting point guide.

Does driving an Uber sound like the right option for you? Here are two more guides to get you started:

5. Be a Food Delivery Driver

If driving people to-and-fro isn’t your thing, maybe driving food is? In your spare time, you could work as a food delivery driver delivering food to other college students or to people off-campus.

You could speak to restaurants local to you, starting with local pizza places. If you want to keep it simple you could deliver for the main chains, such as Papa Johns or Pizza Hut.

Or if you need a more flexible choice with the time you work, delivering via Uber Eats would be a much better choice for you. Alternatively, you could try Postmates, GrubHub, or DoorDash.

As with driving with Uber or Lyft, consider how much wear-and-tear your vehicle could go through first as you’ll have to offset the cost of this from your total earnings.

6. Become a Grocery Shopper and Deliverer

As with food delivery, grocery delivery can be really great for making a bit of money on the site.

Not only can you set your own schedule, but you can also get an instant cash payout (rather than having to wait for a specific pay date or payment threshold).

One of the best apps for doing this is Instacart.

Depending on how popular personal grocery shopping and delivery is in your community, you can make several hundred dollars a day buying and dropping off people’s groceries.

For more detail on how to get started with grocery delivery, try these handy guides:

7. Start Your Own Catering Business

If you consider yourself a whizz in the kitchen then starting your own catering business might be something that’s equally fun and profitable for you.

There are several steps to setting up a catering business. None of them are difficult. Picking a niche is quite important.

Depending on where you live, there might be some legal paperwork to get through, but once you have, you can start advertising yourself immediately.

To begin with, start by focusing on the most common reasons people use outside caterers and start from there. You can use your friends and family network to reach these people, but you’ll have more success by showcasing your cooking on Instagram and using as many relevant local hashtags as possible.

The more local people who see how great your food is the better. Once you’ve established yourself locally you can then promote your business in wider areas.

One of the best ways to get seen locally (without taking your chances on hashtags) is to use Instagram and Facebook Ads. These ad networks allow you to target people in a highly specific radius from where you’re cooking and baking. This means you won’t be getting requests from people you don’t have the time to travel to.

Infographic showing how to make your own home-based catering business

Writing/Research

8. Write Professional Resumes

Simply, professional resume writers turn boring resumes into job-winning ones. Many people, including very successful business people, find themselves falling short when it comes to writing an effective resume. For whatever reason, the fear of getting it wrong affects people’s basic writing skills. They either add too much or too little, or they highlight the wrong things and forget to include those nuggets of previous success that might just win them the job.

More and more, people are turning to professional resume writers. This is great news if you consider yourself a good writer.

There’s not much to figure out with how this job works, but there are a number of considerations you should make.

  • You may need to get certified with the NRWA to compete against other writers who are
  • You may need to write a few resumes at a cheaper price first to earn some credibility
  • You’ll need to market yourself well on professional networks, like LinkedIn (“How to use LinkedIn for Marketing“)

One wise word: Diversify your income by doing other types of writing too. When there are quieter periods you’ll need more income coming in from other sources, such as writing articles for websites (like ours).

9. Become a Blogger

Owning a blog used to be so that people could share their personal lives with the world without compensation. Today, blogs are the primary income sources of millions of people.

There are many reasons why you may start a blog, and making money could be one of them, but the main reason you should start a blog is that you have something to share with the world. Be it a passion, hobby, or simply the sharing of the expertise you have; you need to care about the subject you’ll be blogging about or you’ll lose interest way before you start making money.

First, you need to choose a niche. This is the subject you’ll be writing about. Most blogs start off writing short articles about whatever comes to mind, but for a money-making blog, you’ll need to do your research first.

You’ll need to research what people want to read about and the phrases they’re searching Google for. You’ll also need to know which subjects and types of content people like to share. The more people who share your content, the larger the exposure you’ll have, and the opportunity to make money.

Getting people to your blog is your best option. It can take time, but if you do your research and planning well then you’ll have traffic increasing to your site in just a few months.

There are many (and I mean, many) guides on how to research topics for your blog, but one of the best (by far) is this blog content plan guide by SEMrush.

Once you start to get a picture of what content you’ll be writing about, it’s then time to build the blog itself.

The easiest solution for creating a blog is to use WordPress. WordPress is a free tool for building blogs. It’s a bit fiddly, but because it’s the most used blogging system in the world (at 60,000,000 installs), it’s the most heavily supported. There are thousands of guides and thousands more how-to videos to take you through everything you need to do.

If you need a simple step-by-step guide then this one is pretty decent.

Once your blog is built, there are dozens, and dozens, and dozens of ways in which you can monetize it and make money on the side (and in some cases, up to $203k in the first year).

10. Become a Freelance Writer

If you don’t fancy maintaining a blog then you can write for other blogs instead. But as a freelance writer, you don’t just have to write for blogs. There are dozens of different ways you can make money from writing in your spare time.

You could write:

Hundreds of people add new adverts looking for content writers every day. They need the support of a good writer to create the content they lack the time or skill to create themselves, which is where you come in.

When you first start out, it may take you a little while to find work, but once you do, you’ll have more opportunities for freelance writing work than you’ll have to. The more consistent your work is (and your delivery time), the happier your clients will be and the more money you’ll be able to charge. You can increase your rates, find higher-paying clients, or use upsells to encourage your clients to buy more work from you.

11. Become a Researcher

Not everyone is a natural-born writer. And even fewer people are naturally skilled researchers. Fortunately for you, many of those people are happy to pay someone else to do that work for them.

You can do research for companies or professionals, or you can do research for your schoolmates. For a price, you can do the research they’d rather not do and make some money in the process.

Depending on what you’re studying, you may be able to charge a higher rate for researching more complicated subjects, like science and medical research.

There are many websites you can use to find research work, but simple posters around your college can be enough to find your first few clients.

Rentals

12. Rent Our Your Basement

Rent out some basement space and store people’s things. If you live at home or own a house with enough room, offer to keep things for them. Charge less than storage facilities, but enough to cover your costs. Just ensure that their items are safe while there.

13. Rent Out Your Vehicle

If you have something that other people want, you can probably rent it to them for a profit. That includes your car.

There are more websites appearing all the time which allow you to rent out your car. One of the most popular (at the time of writing) is Turo.

If you find yourself not using your car often (because of classes) or you have it parked up and almost never used (because everything you do is so close to home), renting out your car makes the most sense out of any of the money-making options here.

Coincidentally, Turo has a very good blog post on side hustles you can do to make a little extra cash.

14. Rent Our Your Spare Rooms

If you live in a house whilst at college, rent out any spare rooms you have to increase your income. Now, whilst the idea of using a spare room as a theatre and gaming room sounds awesome, you can watch movies wherever and make some extra money instead.

There are a few things to keep in mind before you start renting out your room:

  • Check local and federal laws, plus any homeowner association rules that may apply to your property
  • Check with your insurance company
  • Set a fair price. Without a fair price, you’ll get nobody enquiring.
  • Create a strict, strict interview process
  • Check how to complete background checks (there are many options)

Finding someone shouldn’t be too difficult (there are always people looking for rooms to rent), but if you want to keep things simple, you can use Craigslist or a roommate-specific website like roommates.com, SpareRoom, and Roomster.

Selling Options

15. Sell School Papers and Textbooks

On average, students spend $1,250 a year on books and supplies during a typical four-year program. This is why 70% of all students buy second-hand textbooks. Maybe your own textbooks were purchased second-hand?

If you have textbooks lying around at home that you’re not using, selling them would be a good first step in increasing your income. But it doesn’t have to stop there.

You could start a small business buying and selling textbooks to other college students. You could start by using your network of friends to find books to sell. You can then branch out using social media to reach other college students, starting with the Facebook Marketplace. When the ball really gets rolling you can use one of the many available bookselling sites to sell books to people much further afield.

And if you want to cross-sell related products, you could move into selling study notes too.

16. Sells Your Crafts

If you’re crafty at heart and spend your time away from your studies designing and creating beautiful things, then selling crafts online might be the best money-making solution for you.

You first need to decide what you want to make. If you’re already making something that you enjoy doing (and you do it well) then sell that. But, it’s worth looking around social media networks, like Instagram, to see what people are loving right now and instead try turning your hand towards that.

A big seller at the moment is soap. It’s pretty easy to make and easy to adapt to trends as they come in and out of fashion.

If you consider yourself pretty crafty, there are lots of ideas you can test out and try and sell via social media. Once you find one that gets a lot of interest, you can then become a specialist in that one item.

Here are a few craft ideas you can test out:

The key to making it a success will be your marketing skills. You can sell through platforms like the Facebook Marketplace (here’s a guide on how to do that) and you can sell on Instagram too (here’s how), but your best option is to sell on Etsy, the home of online homemade craft selling (plus there’s Folksy too).

The marketing strategy required for success on Etsy isn’t so different from marketing a website. You have a shop that lists your products, you then need people to find your shop, which can be done quickly using paid advertising using Etsy’s ads platform. If the reach within Etsy isn’t enough for you (no traffic is ever enough) then you can increase traffic to your shop using external ads, such as Instagram Ads and Facebook Ads.

For a cheaper (albeit slower) approach, you can drive organic traffic to your website using Instagram and Pinterest.

You can use the same Instagram marketing tactics as successful brands such as mvmt, but only as a guideline. You need to find what your target audience likes best and create content they love so much they hit the “Like” button, which increases your account’s reach.

The marketing strategy required is a little different for Pinterest, but is still tied to how popular your shared content is. We recommend the Oh She Creates’ beginner guide to using Pinterest for Etsy as a good starting point, but you’ll need to test and find what works best for your brand.

17. Become a Tutor

Becoming a tutor can be really fun. You’ll have a financial motivation to do this job, but there’s a big emotional payout from helping people to learn and improved. This is especially the case when people prepare for their exams.

You can teach anything, really. And there are lots of websites you can use to find tutoring jobs, both part-time and full-time (if you can manage the hours).

Work the Body

18. Become a Dog Walker

If you love dogs and the great outdoors, then doing part-time dog walking could be the perfect side hustle for you.

Depending on where you live, you might be able to charge more than $20 for an hour-long group dog walk. With five or six dogs at a time, you could make $120 in an hour between classes. And if you can walk dogs at the beginning, middle, and end of the day; that’s $360 a day every day. Do the math. That’s $10,080 in four weeks.

Between terms, you could work throughout the day doing as many group or private walks as possible, making the money you need to see you through to the next term.

And, for an additional fee, you can charge extra for special pick-ups and drop-offs, dog sitting (overnight and multi-day), as well as offering a special meal service (there’s a great section on this in “Breaking the Time Barrier“).

19. Become a Professional House Sitter

House sitting is amazing.

Our number one reason for loving house sitting is that it allows people to travel the world for next to nothing, our second reason is that anyone can do it.

House sitting is where someone stays in someone else’s house whilst they’re away. The primary reason people do this is that they’re unable to take a pet with them whilst they’re away, so rather than having to put the pet into a kennel (which is a very stressful experience for the pet) the pet stays at home and is watched over by someone staying in the property.

For travelers, this is great as it (typically) means free accommodation, but for people doing it as a side hustle, it’s super convenient as it can be done without leaving town (or, at least, without going too far away).

Because of the love people have for their pets, people are willing to pay pretty well to have their animals watched over well. So, if you’re an animal lover and respectable adult, professional house sitting might be perfect for you.

20. Become a Medical Test Subject.

This isn’t for everyone, and you’ve got to research everything to ensure it’s safe. However, clinical trials often pay handsomely, and you’re helping others.

Others

Almost Anything Works

21. Invest in Real Estate

The requirement for this is that you need some starting capital to do this, but if you are one of the select few who do, it can be a fantastic way to earn a steady side income.

You’ll need time on your side to make this work. You’ll need time to handle the purchasing, selling, and legal sides of buying and selling real estate, but you’ll also need a lot of time for renovating the properties you buy too.

You need strong DIY skills to fix up the homes you buy or you can use contractors to speed up the process, although this will mean a smaller profit margin in the end.

If you don’t have these skills, you can pick them up along the way, you’ll just need plenty of time for trial and error.

22. Become an Outsourced Work Manager

Manage a team of outsourcers (to do almost anything). Be a boss while going to school. You can create a free account on various websites and hire others to do different projects for you. Alternatively, ask friends for help and offer to pay them when you have the funds.

23. Create a Successful YouTube Channel

You don’t have to be as big as MrBeast to have a successful YouTube channel. Even with just a few hundred or thousand subscribers, you can make a good amount of extra money.

What’s great about this is, although it’s a big time commitment to create content, whilst you’re asleep the videos keep earning views and more money for you.

To build a successful money-making YouTube channel, you need to invest time and research in the following things:

The following guides are incredibly useful for getting started with building your YouTube channel:

24. Invest Your Money Wisely

This depends on your having money already, but if you do, it can be a very smart way to increase your funds without as much physical effort as some of the other side hustles above.

First, you have to invest safely. Do your research, speak to experts, and never invest high amounts of money you can’t afford to lose.

Second, read every book you can find on sensible investing. The best book you could possibly buy is “The Intelligent Investor“* by Benjamin Graham.

Third, visit Reddit’s Personal Finance subreddit and read, read, read. Then, visit the Investing subreddit. These two subreddits will teach you plenty about being smart with the money you have and clever with how you invest it.

Conclusion

Whether you desire a full day of school or feel that you have another calling, it’s essential to hit the books, build your credit score, and focus on the services or products you can offer. If you’re planning to stay in school, consider making money slowly so that you have the energy for schoolwork. Even if you desire to be wealthy, you should still consider your education carefully. That way, you’re going to have the skills you need to be a fearless entrepreneur later.


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