How to Make Extra Money Online As A Student

Content of the material

  1. 1. Waiter:
  2. Video
  3. 11. Apply for scholarships
  4. Become a Freelance Social Media Manager
  5. 7. Offer tutoring services
  6. Sign up to deliver food
  7. Other Great Part-TimeJobs for College Students
  8. Bartending or Waiting Tables
  9. Painting Houses
  10. Lifeguarding
  11. Landscaping
  12. Shoveling Snow
  13. Babysitting
  14. Side Gigs You Can Do Online
  15. Take Surveys
  16. Perform Tasks for Amazon Mechanical Turk
  17. Turn Audio into Text
  18. Turn Text into Audio
  19. Consider Freelance Writing
  20. Become a Virtual Assistant
  21. Sell Your Stuff on eBay
  22. Gain New Skills
  23. 92. Skillshare
  24. 93. Your Local Library
  25. Earn Money Shopping Online
  26. Chapter 2: Get paid to watch videos
  27. Fun Things
  28. 99. Share Your Opinion with Survey Junkie
  29. 100. Earn Cash Rewards with Drop
  30. 101. Panel App
  31. On-Campus Jobs to Consider
  32. 21. Apply for work study.
  33. 22. Work as a teaching assistant (TA).
  34. 23. Become a resident assistant (RA).
  35. 24. Work at a dining hall.
  36. 25. Apply at the recreation or fitness center.
  37. 26. Work at an on-campus bookstore or library.
  38. 27. Become a brand ambassador.
  39. 28. Give campus tours.
  40. 4. Tutor:
  41. Work
  42. 67. Babysitting
  43. 68. Become A Petsitter
  44. 69. House Sitting
  45. 70. Clean Houses
  46. 71. Do Catering On Weekends
  47. 72. Computer Repair
  48. Best way to earn money with gadgets
  49. 19) Recycle old gadgets for cash
  50. Entrepreneurial Ways to Make Money in College
  51. 17. Start a blog or website.
  52. 18. Try your hand at video blogging.
  53. 19. Be a freelance writer for blogs and businesses.
  54. 20. Do online design work.
  55. 21. Sell crafts on Etsy.
  56. How to make extra money with a job
  57. 10) Coronavirus-focused jobs
  58. 11) Healthcare jobs
  59. 12) Supermarket jobs
  60. 13) Delivery drivers
  61. 14) Get a job in retail
  62. 15) Look out for bar/restaurant jobs
  63. Chapter 5: Brainstorm more ideas
  64. The Scholarship Hub

1. Waiter:

This tried and trusted option has stood the test of time as the majority of students work at various coffee shops, restaurants and cafes all around campus. The managers are also flexible and understanding to student schedules, so you may work around your class times. Visit the job section on sites such as Gumtree or go directly to the website of that trendy coffee shop you love and send your application.


11. Apply for scholarships

If you’re a good student looking for additional funding, scholarships are a great way to gain access to them. There are many different kinds of scholarships that you can apply for, including scholarships for students with good grades, students studying particular subjects, and students from minority groups.

Depending on your school’s policies, any scholarships you receive may be deducted from your financial aid, so be sure to check with your school’s financial aid office to see how a scholarship will affect your aid before officially accepting. Also, it is important to note that many scholarships require you to use the funds for specific, college-related, expenses.

Become a Freelance Social Media Manager

Businesses have come to realize that social media is a great tool to create brand awareness with consumers. But many business owners don’t have the skills or the time to keep up with all the social media channels or to learn about new platforms. TikTok anyone?

Build your resume by volunteering to handle social media for your church, school group, or a local small business. Once you have some experience, apply for freelance positions at larger businesses that will be happy to pay for your services.

7. Offer tutoring services

Are you a really good writer, a whiz at organic chemistry, or a history nerd? Chances are you can offer your services to your peers as a personal tutor. If your college or university has a tutoring center, look into applying to work there as an official tutor. If that’s not an option, you can also offer private tutoring services for students who need a little extra help. In fact, you might make even more money by offering your tutoring services privately. 

You can let your peers know about tutoring in person, post flyers around campus, and even advertise your services online. If you’re interested in tutoring younger students, many public schools hire college students to tutor students or to help with homework after school. 

Sign up to deliver food

It seems like people everywhere are getting lazier . . . or maybe just busier. Either way, it’s great for companies like UberEats and SkipTheDishes, and by extension, for students like us. If you’re looking to make some money on your own time, you should consider delivering food for these companies. And the best part? You don’t even need access to a car! Having a bicycle works just as well, and it can serve as your workout at the same time. 

Other Great Part-TimeJobs for College Students

In addition to the above, there is a slew of tried-and-true side gigs you can always turn to, including:

Bartending or Waiting Tables

There’s no shame in the part-time service job. Depending on where you’re located, there can be serious cash (and fun) to be had with these jobs, and most offer flexible scheduling so you can make it to classes with no problem.

Painting Houses

A little fresh air, some good old-fashioned manual labor, and a decent wage. Many house-painting companies, such as College Pro House Painters, make a point of hiring students who need extra cash and have no previous experience.


Many high school students earn their first paychecks working as lifeguards in the summer months. It’s still a great option for students in college who are, of course, proficient swimmers and enjoy sitting poolside ensuring everybody stays safe.


Lawns need to be mowed and trees need to be trimmed. Why can’t you be the one to do the mowing and the trimming? If you like working outside with your hands and love the smell of freshly cut grass, find the nearest landscaping company on the hunt for good workers.

Shoveling Snow

Students in northern states don’t need to be reminded that opportunities abound to shovel sidewalks and front steps in the winter months. You could volunteer to do your neighbor’s walk for free (which is a nice thing), or you could offer up your services to anyone on the block for a small fee.


Although many college campuses offer daycare to staff and administration, some do not. See if your professors ever need a hand watching the kids while they’re in class or target local families by posting an ad online.

Side Gigs You Can Do Online

Don’t have a car? No problem. There are countless ways to make more money from the comfort of your dorm room:

Take Surveys

Although they won’t earn you a massive income, surveys are a great option for busy students with a few extra minutes to spare throughout the day. Survey sites like MyPoints, Swagbucks, and others offer small remuneration or gift cards in exchange for your opinions on various topics, whereas Nielsen Mobile Panel lets you participate in market research panels for decent chunks of change.

Perform Tasks for Amazon Mechanical Turk

Utilize your human skills and spend spare time on Amazon Mechanical Turk, which pays workers small sums for completing tasks that AI can’t yet execute. As with surveys, these tasks won’t cover all of your monthly expenses, but any money is good money.

Turn Audio into Text

For those who type quickly and accurately and enjoy doing so, transcribing can be a great source of extra money. All sorts of industries are looking for people to transfer their audio files to text, so the work is never in short supply.

Turn Text into Audio

On the flip side, that impressive voice of yours could also score you some much-needed pocket change. You can narrate audiobooks, do voiceover work, or read text articles for various publications.

Consider Freelance Writing

Companies know content is king. Most pay a decent rate for blog posts on varying topics. If you’re interested in a specific subject, try to find websites that publish content similar to what you’d want to write about and reach out to them directly. Alternately, you can create profiles on sites like Upwork and Fiverr. 

Become a Virtual Assistant

Leverage your organizational and communication skills by helping busy people take care of the little things. Virtual assistants do everything from answering emails and managing social media accounts to scheduling appointments and booking travel. The best part? You guessed it — tasks can usually be done online.

Sell Your Stuff on eBay

Making money on eBay on your own schedule has never been easier. By selling your unused items (think clothing, video games, etc.) online at a fair price, you can earn cash with very little out-of-pocket costs.

Gain New Skills

If you don’t have a way to make money on your own,

If you don’t have a way to make money on your own, you need to learn some new skills. Here are a few of our favorite resources for doing so. All are free or cheap.

92. Skillshare

Once again, this isn’t exactly a way to make money directly. But to make money, you need to have the right skills. Skillshare is our favorite place to learn them. You can learn pretty much anything you can imagine, from drawing to design to woodworking. Check it out here to get 2 weeks free.

93. Your Local Library

Want to get a great education for free? The library is the place. You can get books that will teach you about any subject you want to learn, as well as access online learning databases like And the librarians really would love to help you—just ask.

Earn Money Shopping Online

From clothes to toiletries and gifts, we buy lots of things online. There are websites where you can earn cash and coupons while buying the things you need. Some popular sites you may have heard of are Rakuten, Swagbucks, and Mr. Rebates, but there are many more. Just remember to buy things you’re already planning to purchase and don’t waste money on things you don’t need.

Chapter 2: Get paid to watch videos

If you prefer to get paid to watch videos rather than make them, there are several sites who offer payments or vouchers in return for rating promotional videos and adverts.

Check out the forums for sites like Maximiles and Jingit amongst others, to see how other people find the system is working for them and to try and avoid getting involved in a scheme that is either not very lucrative or doesn’t pay out how you would expect them to.

Rate My Video should serve as a warning. It was very popular and had plenty of members signed up, but closed without warning a while ago. Always keep in contact with other on forums to keep up to date with any developments on sites you are doing work for.

Using Maximiles as an example, they upload new videos every day and you earn points for each one that you view. Watching these quick ads won’t earn you a fortune and might amount to about $250 of vouchers for the year, but getting some money in your Amazon account in the form of a gift voucher, is always a welcome bonus.

Other sites to consider include Swagbucks and Gift Hulk, which offer other ways of making money as well as by watching videos, such as searching the internet, answering online polls and other related web activities.

Fun Things

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To finish this guide out, we wanted to include a few fun random things you can do to make money. You won’t get rich doing them, but if you have a bit of time to kill while waiting in line for something, they’re a way to monetize that time.

99. Share Your Opinion with Survey Junkie

Your high school English teacher may have told you that your opinion doesn’t matter without evidence to back it up. While that’s true for essays, it’s not the case at Survey Junkie. On this site, you can get paid to share what you think about a range of topics. Survey Junkie uses this information to help brands deliver better products and services.

In exchange for taking the time to share your response, you can earn points to redeem for gift cards to stores like Amazon or Target  (or even cash payouts via PayPal). Start getting paid to share your opinion.

100. Earn Cash Rewards with Drop

Link your credit or debit card to Drop, and you can start earning points for shopping at your favorite retailers or merchants. Examples include grocery shopping, restaurant spending, and using Uber.

101. Panel App

Panel is a way to earn rewards in exchange for taking surveys. Consider it a more convenient version of the online surveys we mentioned earlier. Rewards are typically gift cards or entrance into sweepstakes to win other prizes.

On-Campus Jobs to Consider

There are plenty of opportunities to make money in college without leaving campus. You can typically find these jobs online through your school’s student job portal. If you don’t know where to find it, Google “[YOUR SCHOOL NAME] student jobs”.

21. Apply for work study

Work-study is a federal program that provides jobs for students with a financial need.

To apply for it, you’ll need to fill out the FAFSA and select the box that states you’re interested in a work-study position. If you land one, your college will include it as part of your financial aid package. Whether or not you qualify will depend on the number of available positions, your financial need, and other financial aid you qualify for.

22. Work as a teaching assistant (TA)

As a TA, you’ll perform many of the same tasks professors do. You may help students in labs, grade papers, perform research, and even teach lower-level classes.

Your school and the professors will determine the requirements necessary to become a TA. In most cases, however, you’ll be asked to submit copies of your transcripts and letters of recommendation.

While some colleges only offer TA positions to graduate students, others make them available to undergraduates in their junior or senior years as well.

23. Become a resident assistant (RA)

An RA is an upperclassman who serves as a resource to college students who live in dorms and residence halls.

If you become an RA, you’ll be responsible for enforcing the rules and policies of the resident life department, conducting regular room checks, holding meetings with residents, and checking in visitors. In exchange for your services, you may receive free or discounted room and board and/or stipends or hourly pay.

24. Work at a dining hall

There are a variety of jobs available in college dining halls. You could work as a cashier, caterer, dishwasher, or food preparer.

It’s not the most glamorous job, but it could save money on food costs if you’re able to enjoy the occasional free meals or snacks. If you’re looking for a way to reduce your on-campus living expenses, a dining hall position may make sense.

25. Apply at the recreation or fitness center

If your college has a large recreation or fitness center on campus, it likely has openings for jobs like a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, or recreation assistant. These are some of the most fun and rewarding on-campus jobs, especially if you get to be involved with a sport or activity you love.

If you’re not interested in physical activities, there may also be opportunities in areas like member services, marketing, and event planning.

26. Work at an on-campus bookstore or library

On-campus libraries or shops can be a good option if you’re looking for a job that allows you to study during downtime. You’ll probably earn minimum wage, or close to it, but these positions are fairly low-key.

You may need to help other students find books, check people out, and restock shelves, but when things get quiet, you can work on assignments and get paid to do homework.

27. Become a brand ambassador

Big brands often hire students to promote them on college campuses. If you’re passionate about a particular product or brand, you could make an extra income as a brand ambassador.

Check out this awesome step-by-step guide by @thisonlineworld, showing how he was able to make money with paid advertising in college. Definitely a worthy read!

— Wallet Wise Guy (@WalletWiseGuy) November 19, 2019

Some brands require their ambassadors to perform college outreach where they try to convince students to purchase a certain product. Others ask them to hand out free merchandise at football games and other on-campus events.

As a brand ambassador, you’ll gain valuable marketing experience that looks great on a resume, especially if you want to work in marketing in the future.

28. Give campus tours

If you have an outgoing personality and love your college, a campus tour guide job can be a good option.

Your main responsibility will be to show prospective students and their families around campus. You’ll get to share your experience with up-and-coming freshmen and help them decide if your school is a good fit. This may be a seasonal job with more opportunities to work during the warmer seasons. If you need a consistent income throughout the semester, you may want to combine it with another part-time gig.

Related: 25 Online Jobs That Are Legitimate, Easy, and Flexible

4. Tutor:

What better way to earn money than by helping others? If you are especially good at a certain subject, sport or musical instrument why not share it with those who could use the guidance, while lining your pocket. Visit trusted tutoring websites such as Turtlejar and apply online to work as a tutor. The hours are flexible, materials are supplied and the pay is well worth your time.


Of course, you can always earn money by working. These are jobs that college students and young adults are well suited for given school schedules, summer vacations, and more.

67. Babysitting

If you’re responsible, babysitting is a great way to earn some extra money. The typical babysitter gets about $20 per hour. If you have friends and neighbors with kids, start asking them if they want to have a night out!

If you want to be “more reputable”, sign up on a site like

68. Become A Petsitter

Along the same lines as babysitting, when people go out of town, they need someone to watch their pets. If you love animals, pet sitting can be a great way to earn some extra money and hang out with some furry friends.

Try signing up for Rover to get connected with people who need a pet sitter.

69. House Sitting

If you know someone is taking a vacation, offer to house sit for them. Nobody wants bad things to happen to their homes – from pipe leaks to burglaries. House sitting avoids this and also can be combined with pet sitting. It can be a lucrative gig if you have time on your hands.

You can also sign up on and see if you can get leads that way as well. People will value responsible students to house sit.

70. Clean Houses

Another great gig for college students is house cleaning. It takes several hours, but it can be done easily in college and requires no real experience. You can team up with an experienced cleaning company or look to run your own business.

You can also look at something new like Amazon Services, and list your service there.

71. Do Catering On Weekends

Catering companies are always looking for extra help because their schedules are so odd. Most catering companies have little work during the week, but need a large staff on the weekends. This works well for college students who are just looking to earn an extra few dollars.

If you don’t know where to find these gigs, check out Craigslist for Jobs or Gigs in your area.

72. Computer Repair

If you’re handy with a computer, helping people get their computers repaired is a great way to make extra money. Typically this will involve setting up software, checking for virus, and more.

See if a computer repair firm is hiring on ZipRecruiter.

Best way to earn money with gadgets

19) Recycle old gadgets for cash

Many of us will get a new gadget and then pop the old one in a drawer for the foreseeable future. If this is you, dig them out and consider selling/recycling them! You can use sites that are meant specifically for recycling gadgets, or if your gadget is still in good condition, clear your items and sell it onto someone else. You may be surprised at the money you can earn from unused gadgets sitting around.

Entrepreneurial Ways to Make Money in College

17. Start a blog or website

Have something that you are passionate about and want to share with others? You can easily get a website domain for cheap and start your blogging journey. Bloggers get paid by promoting other brands and products, embedding advertisements onto their website, and producing sponsored content.

18. Try your hand at video blogging

Similar to creating a blog website, YouTube is another great way to share your stories and profit from it. YouTubers, or vloggers, make money by creating sponsored videos and allowing ads to be shown before or during their videos. It does take time to build up an audience and following to monetize your YouTube channel, but with effort and time, it could become a great side hustle to make extra money in college.

19. Be a freelance writer for blogs and businesses

Don’t like the uncertainty behind starting your own blogging business? Consider becoming a freelance writer for other blogs and businesses. You will make money for the work that you produce. You also can set your schedule, which is essential for college students who also have classes to attend and school assignments to do.

20. Do online design work

Are you a creative design student? Consider becoming a freelance designer. You can express your creativity and make money at the same time doing online design work.

21. Sell crafts on Etsy

If you are a crafty person, consider selling your crafts on Etsy. You’ll incur a small listing fee of 20 cents for each item, but you can make back that money with each sale.

How to make extra money with a job

So far, we’ve told you about ways to earn money from home (in the UK). But what about getting employed? Here are some ideas for positions you could fulfil whilst social distancing:

10) Coronavirus-focused jobs

The NHS have been recruiting for Contact Tracers for their track and trace scheme. The job involves speaking with those who have coronavirus and also finding out who they’ve been in contact with. This will be done via text, email and phone and will support the NHS’ track and trace app.

The scheme is still evolving so it may be worth keeping an eye out for more job postings.

11) Healthcare jobs

Whether it be as a Carer, Health Care Assistant or working in the kitchens, you could check out the NHS careers site to see if they have job listings in your area. This could be a rewarding thing to do, but it’s worth considering who you have regular contact with and whether you’d be exposing them to the virus if they’re high risk.

12) Supermarket jobs

Some of the unsung heroes of lockdown are definitely supermarket staff. With increased demand for supermarket staff as they expand their services, there have been plenty of job opportunities available in certain stores. It’s worth checking individual supermarket websites near you to see if there are any vacancies.

13) Delivery drivers

Likewise, with restaurants being closed, the demand for takeaways has seen an increase due to the coronavirus. You could reach out to local takeaway restaurants and see if they need more driving support.

14) Get a job in retail

With shops gradually starting to reopen after lockdown, there are more measures put in place to keep people safe. For this reason, you may find more job opportunities in local shops. Check out recruitment sites, but also keep an eye out on local Facebook groups where managers may be advertising.

15) Look out for bar/restaurant jobs

Similar to the above, bars/restaurants are expected to recruit more staff to deal with the impacts of COVID when they reopen. Keep a look out for job postings and you could even get in touch with local bars/restaurants to ask if they’d consider recruiting you.

Chapter 5: Brainstorm more ideas

Still struggling for ideas or inspiration? Here is a list and a reminder of just some of the best ways to make money on the internet.

Sign up to an affiliate marketing program

There are over 1,000 to choose from and the commission can be up to 75%, but success and glory don’t come easy and some help and training is often needed to make a real success of this idea. You can get some inspiration and pointers from sites like

Set up an ecommerce store

You could be up and running with an internet storefront with a relatively small investment and if you get it right, you will make good money and might even attract an acquisition offer.

Make cash from blogging

There is definitely money to be made from blogging and the trick to making large amounts of money from your online blog, is to generate a high volume of traffic, normally from a specific niche that helps you stand out from the crowd.

Become an eBay seller

Selling on eBay seems to be a feast or famine scenario for a lot of people. Selling successfully is certainly not easy, but if you manage to find the right product line where profit margins are high and competition is minimal, you could become one of those extremely large sellers on eBay. Have a look at a site like  which is a great resource for suppliers and inspiration on what to sell.

Become a trainer or mentor

If you have learned a foreign language skill or maybe have a acquired some qualifications and knowledge that others will find useful, offer your services as a trainer or mentor.

Become an outsourcing resource

Consider setting up a business that offers an outsourcing service. Putting your knowledge and contacts to good use can earn you a profit by charging a margin for your services.

Trade the forex markets

Big money is made and lost with daily fluctuations in the FX markets. Trading currencies is an activity that comes with a  severe wealth warning but if you manage to grasp the analytical skills needed, you can make some serious profits. Take a look at a site like  for a grasp of the basics and to see what others are doing and talking about on the forums.

Learn to create apps

If you are prepared to invest in learning about coding languages and build apps through someone like  you might be able to generate an income by selling the apps for a recurring fixed fee or by charging clients for creating bespoke apps for them.

Use your writing talents

If you have a flair for creative writing and have the ability to produce compelling articles and blogs, there are many ways that you can turn your writing talents into cash.

Internet research

Another good way of building up some regular credits in your bank account is by doing some online research.

There are a number of companies around such as 63336 and The Opinion Panel, as well as American Consumer Opinion, to name a few. These companies offer you the chance to sign up and then get paid to answer questions or provide your opinion on a range of products and services.

You should not expect to pay any money to become a member of many of these companies, so definitely be wary if you find someone offering you a lucrative income stream in return for an up-front payment to become a member.

The Scholarship Hub

The Scholarship Hub was launched in early 2013 and is a company with a social mission. Our purpose is to help students find additional funding for university and facilitate the creation of new scholarships to help widen participation.