Last updated on August 27th, 2021 at 07:25 pm
Are you a college student who is short on both time and cash? Do you need a super flexible job that can work around your classes and study time?
The jobs on this list of 15 flexible ways college students can earn money can be worked around any college class schedule. You can work them as many hours as your college workload allows.
15 Flexible Ways College Students Can Earn Money
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Your campus may have a place where you can sign up to do local face to face tutoring, but if it doesn’t, you can try online tutoring through places like Wyzant for Tutors, Chegg Tutor, and Care.com.
Starting with families you know is usually the best way to get started with babysitting. If you are a college student though, you may not know that many families with kids in your college town. If that is the case, try these following websites to launch your babysitting career, urban sitter and care.com.
3. Uber Or Lyft Driver
You have to be 21 or older to work for either Uber or Lyft, and of course, you need to own a car. You might think living in a large urban center is also a must for these type of jobs, but really you just have to live near one. I know people who drive up to an hour to a larger urban center than where they live to guarantee they get a decent workload for the day they can work as a driver.
Remember Uber also has a food delivery option so if driving others doesn’t feel safe to you, you can look into that. There are other food delivery services out there too like Instacart.
4. Answer Surveys And Work Point Programs
Here is a list of 15 places where you can earn gift cards–some offer a Paypal payout option and others offer gift cards to places where you probably either buy food or clothing or more. Some offer ways to earn points such as searching the web or shopping online; my guess is you are already doing that so why not earn gift cards for it?
My top 3 point programs include:
- Swagbucks–read 10 simple ways to earn gift cards with Swagbucks here.
- InstaGC–read my 4 favorite ways to earn gift cards with InstaGC here.
- MyPoints–read about how to earn gift cards using MyPoints here.
My top 3 Survey programs include:
- PrizeRebel–read about how to earn gift cards using PrizeRebel here.
- Branded Surveys–this company was once called MintVine.
- SurveyJunkie–read about how to earn gift cards using SurveyJunkie here.
My top 3 apps include:
- FetchRewards–my referral code is RE9FU. Enter it when signing up and earn points. (only good if you buy groceries)
- Ibotta–read my tutorial on how to use Ibotta here. (good for all types of shopping and entertainment)
- Shopkick–read my tutorial on how to use Shopkick here. (good for all types of stores)
5. Earn Money By Helping Others Move Big Things
Do you own a truck and have a pretty good set of muscles? Well, you might want to look into the apps Lugg and TaskRabbit (must be 21 years old) where you can hire yourself out to do moving jobs big and small.
6. Walk Dogs
If you love pets and love walking them, then working through a pet sitting app like Rover might be a good source of income for you.
7. Create A Blog Or YouTube Channel
Creating a blog or YouTube channel that pays a decent wage is not instant. It took me three years to earn what I would call a decent hourly wage from my blog. But if you love doing either and stick with it, slowly over time blogging or vlogging can become a great source of income.
Starting a blog is as easy as 1. 2. 3. 4:
- Pick a domain name (blog name) and register it: I use Go Daddy. This is so simple and inexpensive to do.
- Pick a Web Host: I started out with BlueHost. It is inexpensive and makes a good first hosting company for newbie bloggers.
- Get started on WordPress.org: I started with a free WordPress template and saved up money until I could afford Genesis with the Prose child theme.
- Start blogging: I simply jumped right in (Yep, that is my first post. It makes me cringe, but I did it!). I learned as I went and I don’t regret it.
(and if you want to earn money from your blog, check out this post)
I don’t have personal experience with a YouTube channel that I can share with you, but my guess is if you Google “creating a Youtube channel”, you will find enough free information to get started.
8. Resell Thrifty Store Finds On eBay Or Poshmark (18 and over)
So you are going to need a bit of storage area to do this, but if you can figure out where to put at least one tote of stuff to sell plus another filled with packing supplies, then you have enough room to try reselling items for profit. You also need a place to find undervalued still in great shape items. Start with local thrift stores.
If you are a fashionista and know a great place to find undervalued like new clothing, you could try selling your fashion finds through the app Poshmark (psst…if you want to shop at Poshmark, use my referral code SNAILPACER and get $5 off your first purchase).
9. Find Great Clearance Deals And Sell Them On Amazon (18 and over)
There are people making a full-time income buying highly discounted items and reselling them on Amazon. Here is a post about a family doing just that.
10. Create Crafts And Sell Them On Etsy or Shopify
Do you create crafts that people continuously compliment you on? Perhaps you can sell them to earn a flexible part-time income around your college classes.
Here are two places to sell your crafts online:
Etsy is a large marketplace of crafters. It offers low fees and a vast network of other sellers that you can learn from.
Shopify allows you to start your own online store. They offer two different options. For $9 a month you can build a store into an existing website (so essentially you would also have to add in the fees mentioned in the blogging section) or for $29 a month you can build a home for your brand and your very own online store.
Shopify makes every step along the way straightforward with support available to you 24/7. Plus they offer free podcasts and marketing tips to help you. They even have a mobile app so that you can manage your business with ease when you are on the go.
11. Post Jobs On Fiverr Or Upworks
Fiverr allows you to post jobs that allow your talents to shine through, whether that be graphics & design, writing & translation, video & animation or much, much more. Check out all the job listing tabs at the top of the Fiverr site to get a few ideas of what you might be able to offer.
Upworks puts freelancers in touch with businesses big and small. There is some overlap in what services you can offer at Fiverr and Upworks, but you won’t find people posting jobs such as “I am willing to make prank calls for you” on Upworks like you can on Fiverr. Upworks is strictly business job offerings such as web designers, developers, and coders.
12. Be A Virtual Assitant
Virtual assistants are used by bloggers and online entrepreneurs to help them with everything from scheduling social media, proofreading articles, creating graphics and more. I have heard that a great eBook to read if you want to jump into the world of becoming a virtual assistant is The Bootstrap VA: The Go-Getter’s Guide To Becoming A Virtual Assistant, Getting & Keeping Clients, and More!
13. Test And Review Websites
Here is a list of 14 website testing companies I found through a simple Google search.
Here is a post I found on Pinterest that shares 19 transcription companies you can work for.
15. Create And Sell Digital Items
Photo stock sites
There are sites out there where you can lists your photos for a per-download price for website owners and bloggers to use on their sites. Here is a list of 13 places to sell your photos by the Work At Home Wife.
Do you love to write fiction or nonfiction? Did you know that you can write and sell your own books on Amazon through Kindle Self-Publishing? Or you can create a blog and sell them there. It helps to have a blog following first, but I have read about people who are having good financial success at this even without a blog. Oh, and by the way–I did this!
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- How To Earn More Money: 12 Side Jobs Almost Anyone Can Do
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