You’ve got your class schedule and your assignments to keep up with and you don’t have a lot of time to spare.
That said, you need some extra money, or let’s face it, in these tough economic times, you need to work to pay for life’s necessities.
So how can you do this without compromising your schoolwork? You can find work that you can do when you have free time, that’s how. Today there are a number of ways people can and are earning money online.
Here are a few:
Most colleges have tutoring programs where students are hired to assist other students in their coursework. The problem with these programs is that they’re very small scale and there are only a few tutoring opportunities available per semester.
The same students often get hired back until they graduate, making the pool of available jobs even smaller. Fortunately, there are a few companies on the Internet that hire students and others to provide tutoring services online. You’ll need to pass a test on the subject you wish to tutor in, but other than that, getting hired on with these websites is a fairly simple matter.
2. Crowd Sourcing
Crowd sourcing is the act of sourcing out small tasks on a per diem basis to a large number of workers. Many businesses now take part in crowd sourcing through Internet venues such as Amazon or Crowd Flower and workers can access these tasks through these sites.
The pay per task is very small but the number of tasks is almost limitless. If you’re fast enough, you can earn a nice hourly rate for doing very simple stuff on your own time and at your own pace. Because payments are managed centrally by outfits like Amazon, you can be assured that you’ll be paid.
The idea behind making money from blogging is that you create a blog around an area of interest. You fill it with great content and the content will attract readers and generate traffic. You then monetize the blog using contextual advertising like Google’s AdSense.
Your visitors will then click on those ads and generate revenue for you. While it’s a little more complicated than that, you get the general idea. You don’t even need your own website since you can get a free blog from Google’s Blogger, WordPress, LiveJournal, or Weebly.
Paid surveys are a great way to earn some extra cash and have some fun as well.
You do need to be careful and watch out for scams, but there are a lot of reputable market research firms online that offer surveys for pay. It won’t make you rich, but it can earn you some nice cash and free products.
5. Web design/programming
If you know html and web scripting you can get hired on to do freelance web design and programming. Just like with writing, you can post a profile on the freelancing websites and bid for jobs. You can also advertise on Craigslist and locate jobs there, too.
While most online transcription services only hire transcriptionists with experience, there are some companies that hire regardless of experience level. The only thing you need to get hired by these companies is the transcription equipment, wave pedal and headset.
7. Affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing involves selling someone else’s product online. You’ll need a website, but that’s no big deal because there’s free website templates available online as well as free web hosting.
If you can develop a website on your own and have dedicated hosting, so much the better, but it’s not strictly needed. You will need to have some way to drive traffic to your website, though, and that’s where it can get complicated.
8. Get-Paid-to Sites
Get-paid-to sites are sites that pay you for completing a specific action, whether its filling out a survey, uploading a video, or signing up to try a free product.
There are two things you need to watch out for with get-paid-to sites:
First you need to avoid the offers to buy products or that cost anything, no matter how small, and second, you need to avoid sites that are likely to fold due to mismanagement.
9. eBay Seller
If you can find a source of cheap products, you can make a nice profit from eBay as a reseller.
Cheap sources of merchandise are garage sales, flea markets, and some drop shipment programs. You can also combine eBay selling with other online endeavors like get-paid-to sites and surveys.
For example, a reward for completing an action or filling out a survey may be an Amazon gift card. You can buy merchandise from Amazon using your gift card and turn around and sell it on eBay for a profit.
Earning money online has never been simpler or easier. No matter who you are, you can make money from the comfort of your own home (or dorm room, as may be the case) without needing an investment.
10. Freelance Writing
Since you’re already writing a lot for school, freelance writing is a natural choice for college students. There are many ways that you can get paid for your writing online. One is to create a profile at any of the freelance employment websites such as Elance or Freelancer.
Once you’re registered, you can search for and submit bids for the various writing jobs posted. Once you’ve become established, people will submit project requests to you.
As I learned here, you’ll have to take low-paying assignments to build a reputation, with diligent work, it shouldn’t take long before you’re able to pick and choose from higher-paying assignments.
Another way is to browse Craigslist for writing gigs and you can also make a posting advertising your services.