Although I graduated from college many moons ago, one thing that I still find common is that college students are always looking for ways to earn more money. It’s pretty envious to see what you guys have right now because with the internet, there are tonnes of online jobs that you can start for free.
Job #1 – Sell Your Books
As a college student, I am sure you are constantly surrounded by books. To help ease off some room space, you should consider selling the books (if you don’t need them anymore) to earn some extra money.
Textbooks are generally more popular than magazines or antique books and they have good market values if they meet these criteria;
- Good condition with minimal wear and tear.
- Contain relevant and up-to-date information.
- Constantly in demand by other students.
- Has a valid ISBN (International Standard Book Number) that’s visible on the book.
So if you think you have such textbooks, simply provide the ISBN to get a quotation from the book buyers. If you like what they have to offer, you could gather a few more books before sending them over.
These companies usually offer free postage so you don’t have to pay for any shipping fee. Once your books arrive, they will be evaluated again for the above criteria. So, you are probably looking at about 5-7 days before you can get any payment.
Some of the popular book resellers are Powel, BookScouter and SellBackYourBook.
Job #2 – Online Freelancing
The nature of this job is that you receive an assignment, complete the task as per required and returned the finished work to the people who hire you. Anyone with relevant skills (writing, web development, design and multimedia, etc.) and a reliable internet connection are good candidates to become online freelancers.
The flexibility of working at your own space and time is a great advantage for college students. In addition, you could also be working alongside some high-powered tech companies (both local and international) that can give you a great exposure for your skills.
Generally, your earnings increase with experience and performance. Those who are really good actually earns a lot more than their peers at local employments and as a bonus, they get to enjoy working from home full-time.
Some of the popular freelancing companies that you should check out are Upwork and Guru.
Job #3 – Online Tutoring
This kind of job is really exciting for the younger generation because it is so much more interactive than your typical classroom setting. You could call it a form of online education, except that it is more casual and therefore makes learning less stressful.
Every college student has their own specialty (or even passion) in certain topics and guess what? Other students would love to learn from you too. By offering your knowledge and allocating 1-2 hours to conduct an online class on a one-to-one basis, you could earn up to a few hundred dollars each week.
Here are some tutoring platform to help you get started – InstadEdu, italki and Tutor.com
Job #4 – Affiliate Marketing
If you haven’t heard about affiliate marketing, you should have at least heard of Amazon, right? Basically, it is a virtual marketplace that allows you to promote other people’s product online and earn a referral commission from it.
In fact, you don’t have to be an expert about the product in order to sell it. You could promote it through 1) purchasing the product to try it out yourself or 2) do some research online to come up with a review recommending or comparing it to other better products. All in all, you want to give the readers useful information and honest feedback so that they can decide which product is best for them.
What you do need as a part-time affiliate marketer is a website and again, a reliable internet connection. While most affiliate networks like ClickBank and ShareASale are free to join, setting up a functional website will require you to pay for a good hosting. However, do take note that owning a website is a form of an online asset, in which the more you work on it, the more valuable it becomes over a period of time.
If you don’t know how to set up a website, simply use SiteRubix to create one for free.
Become an Online Entrepreneur
I could hear you saying “But I don’t major in business!” Who says you need to have a degree in business to be an entrepreneur? That’s the greatest misconception that most college students have these days. We have so much information around us that we stop seeing beyond the box anymore.
All you need is a visionary idea; although an extra dose of passion could really help along the way 🙂
The biggest advantage about starting your own business while you are in college is that you have the freedom of time to experiment with different strategies without feeling too pressured for results. You have time to learn from your mistakes, fine tune your skills and plan short and long-term business goals.
You could build your own book selling company, create a freelancing team, hire online tutors or even create your own affiliate programs.
Can you see where I am going right here? Anything your idea desires, your online business could transpire. And, there’s really no limit to how much you can earn as an entrepreneur, is there?
If this idea excites you, you should start planning right now. Get a pen and paper to write down your goals for success and join my recommended training at Wealthy Affiliate to learn how to become an online entrepreneur.
Now Is the Time…
To make good use of your college days to earn some extra money and experiences to help you become successful later in life. Whether it is a job employment or a business set-up, there is plenty of opportunities online if you really put your effort into it.
If you need any help getting started, just leave me a comment below and I am more than happy to help you out.