10 Best Online Jobs For College Students For Extra Money
So you’re in school and you need a bit of money to do the fun things you like to do in your life, like shopping, drinking, and eating out.
Sweet. I got you covered.
Today, I want to share with you the 10 best online jobs for college students.
These online jobs are great because they will help you make money without leaving your home… or your dorm!
That’s the beauty of online jobs isn’t it!
Now, a lot of people don’t really understand the idea of making money online and may think it can be scammy. And yes!! It definitely can be scammy. But there’s also a lot of online jobs that are completely legit. Today, I will be sharing with you the BEST online jobs for college students that are totally legit and can make you a hell of a lot of money. See below
10 Best Online Jobs For College Students
1. Take Surveys For Cash
Taking surveys is one of the easiest ways to make an income online. It’s really as simple as it sounds. Companies will give you surveys to complete. You express your opinions on these surveys and then the company will pay you money. The more surveys you complete, the more money you make. It truly is that simple!
How much do survey companies pay? Surveys typically pay a few dollars to up to 75 dollars or so if it’s a more in depth survey. Different survey companies pay you differently. Some will give you straight cash (a check) while other companies will pay you through Paypal, or you can redeem your money in the form of gift cards for super popular retailers like Amazon.com, Starbucks, iTunes, Macy’s, Target, and other big brands.
How do you get started making money with surveys? You’ll need to sign up with survey companies to get started. The sign up process is quick and you can get started taking surveys for cash right away.
I highly recommend signing up for all the survey companies I’ve listed below – because how it works is that each company gives you a certain amount of surveys to answer. If you are a part of many survey companies, you will be given MORE surveys to complete for money. It just gives you more opportunities to make money, so why limit yourself by just signing up for 1 or two. Take the extra few minutes to sign up for all of them.
Below, I’ve listed TRUSTED survey companies that are very popular and have been around for a long time.
Note: Most survey companies will require you to verify your email after you register, so don’t forget to do that! Or you won’t be given surveys!
2. Start A Money Making Blog
Starting a blog is, in my opinion, the best online job for a college student to make money long term. With a blog, you could make hundreds of dollars per month, to several thousand dollars per month in 6 months or so. It’s truly possible.
Now you’re probably wondering how do you do this!!! I’ve put together a guide for beginners who are new to blogging and want to start a blog that focuses on making money. If you’re interested in making money with a blog, click here to see my guide on blogging here.
3. Make Youtube Videos
You know what Youtube is. But did you know a lot of people on Youtube are just raking in the cash!?!? How do they do this? The goal with Youtube is to get your videos viewed. You need to become popular on it. Whether you make funny videos or serious self help videos, it doesn’t matter. As long as people have a need to watch your Youtube videos, you will be getting traffic to your videos, and you can make a lot of money with Youtube ads if enough people watch your videos.
If you didn’t know, people actually click on those ads. Maybe you don’t (I know I never do), but other people do! And when they click on those ads, you make money! Sometimes the money you make will be small, like 10-20 cents a click (very low end), but sometimes the clicks will be a lot (a few dollars a click). It will completely depend on what the ad is displaying. For example, if the ad is displaying a BestBuy advertisement, expect a click under a dollar. But if the ad is displaying something lawyer related, or insurance, or maybe something medical (think things where people spend A LOT of money on), then you could certainly expect clicks worth a dollar or more.
4. Write An E-Book
Writing an e-book (an online book) is an incredible money making idea. It’s one of those online jobs that will pay you back again and again once you have done the work to write your book.
All you need to do is share your expertise on a topic that people care to read about, and then publish your book. You can publish your book at many online websites where people search for books about your topic. For example, Amazon.com or Clickbank are great places to publish your work.
You might think you don’t know anything or aren’t an expert about anything! You’re probably wrong! You don’t need to have a elite level of knowledge on a topic to have a successful book anyways. You just need to make sure you help people solve a problem they have, and make it easy for them to put to practice what your book teaches (if that’s the type of book it is).
For example, Back in the day, I wanted to learn a little more about investing money. So I went on Amazon and ended up buying a bunch of general ebooks on investing. Somebody wrote those books, and when I bought them, somebody got paid! And guess what? Those books has SUPER simple basic advice on investing money. I probably could have written those books myself. But for someone who is absolutely new to investing, those books would have been incredibly useful and practical.
Note: One way to really help get your book out there is to build a blog related to the subject of your book and market your book using your blog. After all, people who visit your blog could be interested in buying your ebook. It’s one of the most popular ways people sell their books online! It’s why I really recommend starting a blog! Again, you can see my beginner blogging guide here.
5. Write For Other People
If you like writing and want to be paid for it, you should have no problem getting a job online writing for other people. These “other people” could be a person like you or me who needs content on their blog, or a company that needs content for their website, etc. The drawback is that you will kinda have to fight through everyone else who wants to write for money (there are a lot of them). But once you establish yourself and have work you can show people, then it will make it much easier for you to get hired.
If you have any expertise in a certain field, that will also help you get writing gigs in that specific topic. Because people want people who know what they’re talking about, right!
To find writing jobs online, you will want to visit freelance market places. A couple popular freelance marketplaces where writers like to advertise themselves is oDesk and Freelancer. If you Seriously like writing though, you should start your own blog and write for yourself, and make money with your own blog instead of doing “jobs” for other people. You can do both to start if you want the best of both worlds.
6. Be A Social Media Manager
Managing a company’s social media accounts is a job you can do anywhere you have an internet connection. So technically, if the company allows it, you can do this job from home which is pretty sweet. You’ll have to find this online job like you would any other job, so you’ll have to search job boards or start emailing companies. Your skills with social media is obviously important. So if you spend a lot of time on social media and have built a following, then I’d say you’re a great candidate to manage someone else’s social media accounts!
7. Be an Online Tutor
Everyone needs a mentor or someone who can help them get more success. You could be that person helping others! And the nice thing is, since this is an online job, it’s a perfect job for when you finish College classes for the day. You can tutor people for just about anything. Most people think about school related things, and yes, these types of things are incredibly popular in the tutor world. But there are other things you could tutor others online, including how to use the guitar and how to sing.
There are a few places online where you can sign up and advertise what you want to tutor. You can try tutor.com as a starting point.
8. Fiverr Gigs
Fiverr is a place where people pay $5 for some sort of service. That service could be singing a song, doing a dance, making a short video, doing a voice over, editing papers, doing a math assignment, or creating graphic or logo. There are just about an unlimited amount of things people sell on Fiverr. Actually, if you ever needed an odd thing done, you should go to Fiverr. Chances are, someone is offering to do exactly what you need for $5!
But in this case, this would be a job YOU could do with your time away from school. So if you have ANYTHING you think someone would pay money for, then you could go to Fiverr and perform “gigs” for people for 5 bucks. If people need what you are selling, then expect to get a lot of jobs. It’s a great online job for a college student because you can do it after school when you are free from the comfort of your own home/dorm.
9. Be a Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is someone who does work for someone else – online. The things you do are completely varied. It could be editing blog posts to writing articles or posting updates on social media, to managing customer service for a company or replying to emails. It can truly be anything, as long as it can be done online. The nice thing about being a virtual assistant is that you don’t need any special skills. It’s pretty much a job that you do online for someone else or another company.
To check what types of virtual assistant jobs are available, you’ll want to visit a few websites where people hire virtual assistants. A few websites you can check out are Freelancer, oDesk, and Guru.
10. Create an Online Course
Just like writing an ebook that I mentioned above, you could also create a course in the form of video where you explain with your voice and pictures how to do something. For example, I’ve purchased online courses about Investing before. Again, you can make a simple investing for beginners course if you have a good foundation of investing principles. Of course, you can teach anything that you have knowledge about.
I think a great idea is to teach people online how to use an instrument. You could put together a tutorial guide how to play the guitar for example, and in the video you could show them how to do it. Let’s say you Sell the course for $50. Well, the more people that buy it, the more money you’ll make. It only takes a few sales a day and you’re laughing right. Creating a product and selling it is an awesome way to spend your time and a great online job for college students.
just like creating a book, you can market your course through your own blog. Or you can market it at a marketplace for online courses like Udemy.