It’s not easy being a college student while also being broke at the same time. It’s two factors to an equation that should never be together because the answer will always be depression.
Being broke takes away the fun in college too. Imagine being invited to a party and you can’t even spare enough to pay the entrance fee? Worse, imagine not being to pay for classes? Now that’s a nightmare.
If any of the two resonate with you, you’re probably a millenial or Gen Z. If that is the case, then all the harangue you’ve heard from your parents about how school back then for them was hard and all that is probably false. I’m not undermining them, but statistics have shown that their generations were a lot less stressed about tuition and school than ours. With that being said, let’s not beat around the bush. You got your financial struggle and I got the solution.
Let’s talk about it. Here 10 easy ways to make money in college:
1. Modeling/Being A Brand Ambassador
With social media being the king of the internet, you already know every teenager and even adults out there are frequently on it. Marketers and companies know that as well, that’s why they’re always reaching out for young talents with a pretty face to advertise products for them. I have a friend who’s making big money modeling DW watches on Instagram. Rumors have it that the pricing goes around $100 per feature. I’m sure it depends on the number of followers you have, but money is money and you must be out of your mind to say no to that. Also, you didn’t hear that rumor from me!
2. Editing Essays
When times are rough, you need to apply everything you’ve learned in your life into good use, including the days in your boring high school English class learning about conjugated verbs. It is actually unbelievable how there are so many people who are so bad at writing today. If you are one of the deviants who actually paid attention in school, then you can take that to your advantage and spread the word of the service you’re offering. Remember, just edit their essays, don’t do it for them!
3. Garage Sale/Selling Online
The cliche goes like “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” I don’t know which hoarder came up with that, but I must say that it can’t be any truer. Antiques go for a lot of money these days and even if you don’t have any antiques, anything usable is sellable. Take a day to set up your garage into a shop or look up how to set up an online shop. If you have enough things to sell at a right time, maybe you can be the next Jeff Bezos.
4. Apply To Be Research Assistant
Most of the time, I guarantee that someone or some department in your school are conducting research that requires human trials. Hunt for them and read up on what you have to do. Most of them pay students who sign up for them. I remember one time I signed up for a psychology research where they put gel all over my head and then attached a metal hat filled with wires. Everything became a blur after that. Maybe they turned me into a mutant for only $20.
5. Donate Blood
Please do not go crazy about this. There is only a certain amount of blood you’re allowed to give before you pass out. If you do this the healthy way, you could make quite a buck for your wallet and a good ring on your resume. It’s good because you get to help people out there who desperately need them. But please again, be safe with this.
6. Become A Commerical Driver:
Uber, Lyft, Seamless, DoorDash, GrubHub, etc. Those are just a few to get you started… or hungry. Anyways, if you have a car, it is probably not a bad idea to sign your car up to be registered for companies stated above. That is unless you’re a really bad driver. Drivers like these reported making good money if they actually put the grind into it. The only con to this would probably be someone vomiting in your car.
You might be a photographer. A writer. A painter. Whatever you are, you have skills that are marketable and demanded in the market. You just have to find your niche. Discovering it will open the doorway where the money will be rolling in your pocket indefinitely, all while you being your own boss with your own rules, regulations, working however long and fast you want. Hit up Google or Craigslist to see what’s going on and shoot your shot.
Don’t let the picture fool you mate. Babysitting can be fun and make you a lot of money if you know how to choose your clients right. But you’re not in it for the money, you’re totally in it for the kids! Babysitting typically has a job description of just making sure they aren’t endangering themselves, making them lunch, taking them for walks and putting them to sleep. Average pay for that? $16. I actually submitted my resume to a few parents as I’m typing this.
9. List Your Space On Airbnb
Vacations are lovely and no one can ever say no to one. But hotels are awkwardly expensive so many flocks to its alternative, Airbnb. Listing your space is one of the best ways to make money. You literally don’t have to do anything besides doing some sheet laundry and sweeping up after their mess. A night’s stay could generate around $50-100 bucks depending on where you live. Overall it’s a really good idea. Just make sure you stay warm when you’re sleeping outside on those nights and you’ll be fine.
10. Get A Conventional Job
Getting a “real” job. The good old fashion way of making money, one of the staples of what’s it’s like to be an American, and probably the most consistent of all. “Real” is just stated as a euphemism for getting a retail or a cashier job at your local stores, jobs that are commonly held by students. They might not pay much, but they are always looking to hire young, broke college students who will almost always say yes to every shift stores need to be covered. The pay is fairly decent but the experience you will have is always going to be something you’re going to look back on with a smile. Take it lightly, a good time is what we can all ask for. We are all here for a good time, not a long time.