Clever ways to make money as a college student

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Affording to go to college alone can be a challenge, and being broke is rough. Fortunately, there are easy ways to make money as a college student without compromising your class schedule and without overwhelming your workload.

I am a busy mom and full-time student who has tried most of these and knows they help bring in some income without much sacrifice!

(Note: I have graduated college since writing this, but many of these tips can help outside of college.)

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It’s amazing what you can do with a laptop to earn a degree and make an income.

1. College Student Jobs on Campus

Working on campus is a great opportunity! Many college campuses offer various work opportunities to their students and they work with your class schedule! This is one that I haven’t done yet, but I have seen several of my classmates do and enjoy it! Check out your campus website or job boards and see what you can do.

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Starting my son out young on earning those extra 10 years of work experience so he can join the workforce with confidence! Joking aside, he enjoys “helping” me work and study.

2. Make Money as a Virtual Assistant.

A virtual assistant is basically someone who takes on tedious tasks to help business owners grow. You work as a contractor and you set your own hours.

I started my journey as a college work-from-home mom as a freelancer and virtual assistant. And I love it! I work mostly nights and weekends, as those are the times that work for me, and I can easily bring in $500 – $1000 per month working 5 – 10 hours a week.

To get started, I highly recommend checking out Micala Quinn’s Freelance Crash Course Free Training. You can also check out her Live Free Academy program, which is super helpful. I highly recommend this!

Micala’s course and the community she built is so positive and supportive. She is great at what she does, and I believe her resources can even help any college student!

The only regret I have is that I did not sign up sooner!

3. Ghostwrite! Use your college student skills to make money.

We all have to write a paper… or a bazillion papers… during our college careers. There is research, formatting, and writing in a way that is not always natural to us.

But, you can use your writing skills to write for other people! I recommend ghostwriting. You can’t put your name on the things you write, BUT because you can’t put your name on the things, you can charge a higher fee.

You can find jobs on Fiverr or Upwork to get started.

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I love writing for fun, so it made sense to try to use my passion and skills to earn a little extra as a full-time college student.

4. Start a Blog! (or Vlog)

Blogging, or vlogging (video blogging), is a fun way to express yourself and make some money. You can start up with as little or as much money as you want.

Best of all, since almost everyone in college has a smartphone or access to a computer, there is no need to invest in equipment.

I will admit that if you are not consistent, your income will be sparse. But, you make this your own. Even if you make a few dollars a month, that is a few dollars more than you had before.

You can easily find out how to start a blog, or vlog, by Googling it. But if you do not want to go down the rabbit hole of Googling it, I recommend investing in a program.

Hear me out!

I thought I could get by with a blog by just Googling all the answers. And yes, there are so many helpful free resources. But, it got so overwhelming, especially while trying to balance life in general and college.

5. Get Caffeinated! Work at a coffee shop.

Good vibes. Meeting interesting people. Working part-time or full-time. Having a free coffee while on the clock (depending on store policies).

What is not to love about being a barista?

I worked in a coffee shop for over 4 years, and I loved every minute of it!

It was the perfect job for a college student to make extra money!

I had…

…a great boss

…fun with co-workers.

…a lifetime of great memories.

The time I spent working in a coffee shop allowed me to relax from the college hustle.

Plus, when I got off the clock, I was able to just grab a table and jump into doing my homework! …if I wasn’t closing.

Bonus: You can get discounted coffee… depending on the store policies.

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My son enjoys helping me out when he is able to.

6. Babysit or Nanny

If I was paid to watch my own child, I would be rolling in cash. Unfortunately, I’m rolling in toys and laundry!

But seriously, working as a babysitter or nanny can be great.

Yes, you need to dedicate solid time to a child, or children.

Children, however, tend to stick to a routine.

You can use a child’s routine to your advantage so you can squeeze in some schoolwork and not worry much.

How do I know? Well, I’m a mom. I had to get to know what works for my son to be able to get things done, especially hours of homework and studying.

So concluding making money as a college student…

There are many options out there to make money as a college student, whether you are full-time, part-time, or sometimes.

Is this a complete list?

Absolutely not.

I wanted to suggest things that I have done, that I know work, and that won’t affect your already busy schedule.

You can be as busy as you want to be with these options, at least most of them.

I didn’t want to give you a master list with little to no feedback.

Tell me what you think about these suggestions in the comments below.

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