14 UNCONVENTIONAL WAYS TO MAKE EXTRA INCOME AS A STUDENT.
There's no way around it: college is expensive. If you're a college student and you need to earn money for tuition and expenses - or you would just like to have a little more cash to spend on the weekends - here are a few alternative ways to earn an income.
TutorIf you're proficient in a specific subject and you enjoy (or at least don't hate!) teaching, you can tutor other students at your school.
Be The Ad In this economy any business targeting college students is looking for cheap ways to get their attention. That's where you come in. Consider to advertise for local businesses or organizations by wearing a t-shirt with their message. Getting paid for getting dressed? Now that's a great way of earning an income. (Get more tips on keeping college affordable.
Blog If you're online a lot anyway and enjoy writing, consider blogging for bucks. It will take some real work to get it started, but if you can find a unique angle to draw readership you can make money through programs like adsense. . Get good enough and you may even draw the attention of advertisers who will pay to put ads on your site or give you free stuff for you to review.
Sell Stuff Sure, you can sell a few things here and there when you no longer need them, but think about the potential customers right outside your door. For example, could you sell chips and drinks to tailgaters? What about becoming the late-night cookie-baking queen (and delivery service) on campus?
Design School Stuff Students, parents, alumni, staffers - there's a whole universe of people who are fans of your school and you can make money off them by designing stuff they'll buy, like t-shirts, bumper stickers, mugs, hats, jewelry.
Run ErrandsTake advantage of your flexible schedule and help on-campus staff or local residents by offering to run errands for them during their workdays. Throw in a little dog-walking and get paid to get some exercise at the same time! (Should you invest in yourself?
Get Paid For Your Opinion Or Participation Professors have to get published in order to get tenure and part of that process often involves running studies - for which they need subjects. Check to see if there are on-campus studies that pay students for participation. Expand your scope and call local companies or organizations (businesses, associations, museums, hospitals, etc.) to see if they are running studies or organizing focus groups and if you could qualify for participation.
Be A Valet If you live in a house with adequate parking potential offer to save fans the headache of finding parking by renting out your driveway or yard spot on game days.
Teach If you have a skill that you know other students or local residents may need or be interested in advertise for a small class, workshop or one-day seminar at a reasonable price. There's a potentially endless list of topics you could teach about - skiing, tennis, writing, acting, web design, knitting, cooking, weight training, scrapbooking, car repair, etc. If it goes well word-of-mouth advertising will boost your attendance and profits in no time.
Sell Your SmartsYou're probably thinking this is a suggestion to tutor - and that may be a good way for you to make some money - but why work one-on-one when you can reach a wider audience? Instead of limiting the amount of money you can make to the hours you can provide one-on-one tutoring, advertise that you've aced a class (or more) and sell your notes and study tools to students who need the help.
Organize A Trip Find out if there are groups on campus that have a common interest and offer (for a fee) to make all the arrangements for a trip to the destination of their choice. It will take some work - including booking air fare, securing on-the-ground transportation (i.e. buses, taxis, etc.), reserving lodging and spots at local destinations, etc. - but it can be a fun way to earn some money and help out an on-campus group in the process. And you could even work out the terms of your agreement that you get to come on the trip for free!
Make sure you've included some trip insurance to cover you both financially and legally in the event that the trip doesn't go exactly as planned.
Sell TextbooksYes, sell your textbooks back to recoup some of the money you originally laid out, but also offer (for a small fee) to collect other students' textbooks for re-sale to save them time (and earn you some money by keeping a small percentage of the sale). (Not all student loans are the same. Know what you're getting into before signing on the dotted line.
Repair CarsIt's a sure bet that the majority of college students who have a car don't know the first thing about how to maintain them or make minor repairs on their own. If you do, you're in luck. Consider making a small investment in tools and supplies and then advertise for reasonably-priced onsite repairs and maintenance work like oil changes.