If you’re in college, you’re probably looking for work to either help ease your student loan burdens or avoid debt altogether. Or maybe you want some extra spending money or cash for an emergency fund. That’s where a convenient side-hustle can come into play. Who knows? Your side-hustle may even be a huge step to jump-starting your career.
While you’re hitting the books, you’ll likely be strapped for both time and money. So here are a few ways you can earn money on the side without a lot of up-front investment or time commitment.
Become an Online Personality
You can start a blog, YouTube channel or become an Instagram star. Whether your topics covers motivational quips, religious themes or toy reviews, you can monetize your online presence many ways. There are ways to turn eyeballs into dollars online: affiliate products, sponsored content or infoproducts your loyal fans and followers would love to purchase from you. This can be SUPER fun if it’s related to your career or favorite hobby. If you can pull in an audience, you’ve got what you need to start earning money!
If you have things you don’t use anymore, you could sell them on Craiglist or Ebay. From textbooks to human hair and old video games, you’d be surprised at what the internets will buy. If you enjoy crafting, you could make and sell your wares on Etsy. Then, there’s wholesale and Amazon arbitrage. Don’t forget flipping free items on Craiglist for profit is a huge hustle these days, too.
Services are incredibly convenient because they can work around your schedule. Good, flexible service jobs include babysitting, tutoring, house-cleaning, house sitting, weekend catering, house-painting, bartending, gardening, pool service, snow-shoveling, car washing, personal training, or DJ’ing. The list is endless. Nowadays, there are tons of apps like Rover, Care.com, Gig Salad and Task Rabbit to help you promote your services and connect with people who need you.
Work from Home
There are many freelance writing gigs that can help pad your wallet pretty quickly. You can do work online as a brand ambassador or customer service agent for many companies that offer work from home jobs. You could even become a virtual assistant or a proofreader. These type of jobs permit you to work anywhere at any time.
Participate in the Gig Economy
If you have a reliable car, you can tap into driving jobs for quick cash through sites like Uber. You can also get involved in on-demand services, where you can get paid to deliver items (usually food) to someplace in town or do user testing online for companies. With these gigs, you help others and make money at the same time.
There is no limit to how much money you can make if you work hard at exploiting your free time and what you’re good at. So why not use some of your free time and make a little extra money?