If you want to know how to make money online while in college, you’ve come to the right place.
I know it’s difficult to go to school full-time and work at the same time, so why not make money online and set your own hours. With an online job, you can choose to work as much as you want, and when you want.
For about 2 years in college, I took a full load of credits while working 2 part time jobs. The jobs weren’t so bad, but because I was a college student, they paid very little. In fact, it paid less than minimum wage….I guess that was legal since I worked on campus (is it legal? It definitely didn’t feel that way when I saw my paycheck).
There were times where I struggled with money, but I always had enough to pay the bills (ok, I might have been late a couple of times). I started to experiment with ways to make money online back then, but never found anything that worked.
There are so many ways to make money online, but most of them don’t work, or are scams to take your money. . Only now, many years later, I know what works and what doesn’t. Here are the best, proven to work, and legitimate jobs you can do while in college
Here’s a List of Ways to Make Money Online While You’re in College
- Making Money With A Website /Blog
- Freelance Work
- Selling Products or Services Online
1. Creating a Money Making Blog / Website
This is by far the best way to make money online. It is not as hard as you think. It is actually very simple do in terms of technical skills, but it will take time to build traffic and start to make money. Once you start making money though, it usually only gets better and better from there.
Creating a website also gives you the chance to publish your options or work to the world. You will help people by giving them the knowledge and skills they need to solve a problem they have. You will do all of this by writing useful content…that’s pretty much about it.
You can write about something you love doing.
Check out the Steps to Making Money Online Page for more information on how making money online works.
Or check out the Step-by-Step Guide To Creating a Money Making Website if you want to see exactly how it’s done.
Pros vs Cons
- You can make money by sharing something that you love doing (a hobby, passion, or interest).
- You can work as much or as little as you choose to.
- It cost very little to create and maintain a website, even 100% free options.
- You make money by helping people, by giving them information they are looking for.
- Legit way to make money. You don’t need to do anything shady.
- Easy to create and maintain a website.
- A website/blog is your business. You will have your own business online instead of working for someone else.
- High potential to make the most money online that will last for years to come.
- For a complete beginner, it will take some time to learn the ropes.
- It takes a significant amount of time and effort to build a lot of traffic to your website.
- It can be tough to write articles for people who really hate writing.
If you have any skills or even a hobby that you are good at, freelance work might be a good option for you.
There are sites like Elance that posts jobs online for freelancers. There are thousands of job postings that freelancers can bid on. There are jobs like computer program, design, writing articles, transcription, translation, marketing, and tons more.
If you are new to freelance work, it might be difficult to find jobs at first. The competition is pretty stiff, and experience plays a big part in getting you jobs. On most freelancing websites, people who have hired you for jobs can leave you reviews which can help you get other jobs. If you don’t have any reviews, a lot of clients might pass you by since you are new. However, there are so many jobs that are posted there is a good chance you can find something.
Check out the Freelancing Work Online page for more information.
Pros vs Cons
- Sites like Elance make it easy to browse through available jobs and connect with employers.
- You can choose which jobs are the best match for you.
- You can set the price you want to get paid by bidding.
- Possible to work full time as an online freelancer as you gain experience.
- Can be very difficult to get jobs when you are just starting out.
- If you don’t have much experience, employers might not want to hire you.
- You can bid for jobs, but the employer has the last say. They will chose who to hire or not.
- Free to sign-up, but most freelancing companies online take a percentage of your pay for their services.
- Unless you have lots of experience, the time it takes for you to do a job compared to how much you get paid might be less than minimum wage.
3. Selling Your Own Products
Have you ever bought something from eBay or Etsy before? There’s probably a good chance you have. Instead of buying products, why not be the seller? You can make money just by selling things you have around the house that you don’t need any more.
For the entrepreneurs out there, you can look for products that people want and then find places to buy it for cheap. You can then resell it on sites like eBay. Or maybe you love making handmade crafts. You can sell your work on Etsy and make some cash.
Check out the Selling Your Own Products/Services Page for more information.
Pros vs Cons
- If you like making your own products, you can make money with your hobby.
- Potential to make good money
- Possible to sell anything to make some cash (things you no longer need at home, etc.)
- Sites like eBay costs money to use their services.
- Possible risk of losing money if you purchase products to resell and no one buys them.
- You must handle all of the shipping to your customers.
- You must take care of customer service and complaints.
- Lots of competition.
Not Recommended – Online Surveys
I decided to talk about online surveys not because it’s a good way to make money, but because it seems popular among college students. So are online surveys good? Nope! Not if you want to make more than a few bucks a month at best. If you did a lot of online surveys, you might be able to make a few dollars per week. Yes, you read that right. A FEW DOLLARS PER WEEK at best.
This is because most survey companies, regardless of what they tell you, only pays pennies per survey, or no money at all.
In addition to this, you have to make a certain amount of money before you can cash out your earnings. This means that if you need to make $15 dollars to cash out, and you can only take a few surveys per day that might pay 10 cents, it will take you 5 months before you can collect that $15.
So I would pass on online surveys if you want to make enough money to at least buy you lunch. If you want more information, check out the online surveys page.