One thing’s for sure when it comes to college: It’s not cheap. Even if you received support for tuition, there’s still lots to pay for—from housing to books to gas money – and even some fun!
So what’s a college student to do to make extra money? Not to worry. There are a lot of jobs that will get you the extra money you need, without requiring too much time away from your schoolwork.
Here are 12 easy ways to make money in college:
1. Become a tutor.
Do you excel at a particular subject? Consider tutoring a younger student or even one of your peers. Check with the employment office or a department head at your university, or even other local schools, for opportunities. You can also sign up to become a tutor through sites like HelpHub.com, which often let you choose your own tutoring rate and terms.
Tip: Once you’ve lined up one happy client, ask them to refer you to their friends to help you get more new business.
2. Get a driving job.
If you have a reliable car, it’s easy to tap into driving jobs for quick cash through sites like Uber. Typically, you’ll work as an independent contractor and have the freedom to set your own schedule. Plus, you can pick up extra hours on evenings and weekends when you’re not in class.
3. House sit for others.
Many people will pay a responsible person to simply stay at their home and keep an eye on things while they’re out of town. This may involve light tasks like taking in the mail or more responsibilities such as caring for pets. You’ll find many websites like care.com and dogvacay.com that connect homeowners with potential house sitters.
4. Get a job as a mover.
Many moving companies hire college students to augment their regular staff on busy weekends. This will also give you a more flexible schedule than many part-time jobs.
Tip: There are plenty of companies out there that claim to be movers and will scam clients and employees out of their money. Avoid these problems by checking out the company beforehand with the Better Business Bureau.
5. Become a brand ambassador.
Major corporations hire people to promote their brand on college campuses. It’s a fun way for outgoing students to earn extra money in college—and if you’re passionate about that particular brand, that’s a great plus too! Sites like Whurk.com make it easy to earn rewards while helping some of the world’s biggest brands.
Tip: Being a brand ambassador is an easy way to get experience with big name brands, which also looks great on your resume!
6. Get a temp job.
Check with local employment agencies for temp jobs. Agencies will help you find temporary, part-time jobs doing things like administrative (such as answering phones or doing data entry) or customer service tasks.
Tip: Ask if the agency takes out taxes from your check or if that’s something you need to be responsible for paying to the state and federal government yourself. Some agencies also offer benefits if you work over a certain number of hours a week.
7. Run errands for people.
You’ll likely find plenty of people who are willing to pay to have someone take care of errands for them. For example, there’s a whole industry cropping up around providing assistance to seniors (for example, driving a client to the doctor or doing their grocery shopping). Or you could become the go-to person to run errands for people in your dorm. You may choose to run this as a solo enterprise or join a service like Rinse.com to make some quick money picking up/dropping off dry cleaning.
8. Apply to be a residence advisor.
In this role, you’ll provide emotional support and leadership to peers in your dorm. Your job is to create a positive living environment by promoting community involvement, educating fellow students about dorm policies, and ensuring maintenance issues are addressed promptly. In this role, you’ll gain important leadership skills that will serve you well in your future career. In most cases, your room and board will be paid for.
9. Become a campus tour guide.
If you’re outgoing and love to meet new people (and passionate about your school), you may want to become a campus tour guide. Likewise, admissions officers often need extra help with fielding queries from prospective students and their families. This is a great way to share your experience with other students looking to follow in your footsteps.
10. Edit and proofread your peer’s papers.
For many students, writing essays is one of the toughest things they do in college, particularly if English isn’t their first language. If you have strong writing skills, offer your services as an editor or proofreader to other students. Bonus: Being your own freelance editor pays well and lets you set your own hours.
11. Become a teaching assistant.
Although some schools reserve teaching assistant jobs for graduate students, there are some universities that offer select teaching assistant positions to undergraduate students in their junior or senior year. Teaching assistants work with students, grade papers, and sometimes teach classes.
12. Apply to be a research assistant.
If you’ve already earned your undergraduate degree, you may want to think about research assistant positions. Typically this involves collecting data in a lab for a professor. This can be a way to make more money and potentially receive additional college credits.
Hint: Now that you’ve learned how to make extra money in college, here’s a way to make your newfound money go further. If you used student loans to help you pay for college, making payments while in school (even just $10 a month) can help you save money in the long run.