6 Creative Ways for College Students to Make Money
If we at the Casual Capitalist had to pick a synonym for the sharing economy, it would be the college economy. The sharing economy is one of the best jobs for college students these days.
1. The Killer Combo: Ride-Sharing + Car-Sharing
Consider driving with Uber and Lyft. You can make a large amount of income if you chose to drive during peak hours in your particular city. On average, drivers earn $19 an hour with these platforms.
Don’t have a car? No problem, check out our formula for earning money with Uber or Lyft even if you don’t own a car.
Since you are ride-sharing on Uber or Lyft, why not car-share as well? Platforms such as Getaround or Turo let you rent out your vehicle when you’re not using it. Your car essentially becomes a rental.
2. Complete Todo Lists On TaskRabbit For $40 An Hour
TaskRabbit is a fantastic tasking service that pays you to complete the to-do lists of others. This includes assembling furniture, fixing anything, yard work, cleaning, painting, groceries, professional services, virtual tasks, and much much more.
There are over 30,000 taskers on this site making money. Is TaskRabbit not in your area? No problem, they have online tasks that can be completed remotely.
3. Become Your Local Deliverer
There are many sharing economy platforms out there in the delivery space. Postmates, Sidecar, Instacart, DoorDash, and UberRUSH are all income producing possibilities.
Most of these services allow you to complete deliveries with a vehicle, scooter, bicycle, or by foot. When you have spare time, you simply turn on your app to accept a delivery. It’s as simple as that.
If you are already driving with Lyft or Uber, delivering goods as well is a great platform stacking strategy.
Click here for more details on delivering goods in the sharing economy.
As a college student there is likely something that you can teach. This is especially true if you are a 3rd or 4th year student.
What about math, sciences, humanities, business, languages, or any other topics? Check out the following sites to see if your expertise is needed: WyzAnt, Takelessons.com, Chegg, or Skillshare.
It is easy to sign up on any of these sites to start accepting students. Most of these platforms allow for online teaching, so you don’t even need to put pants on (but please stay seated).
Another option is Udemy. This platform is different than the above ones in that you create prerecorded courses instead of teaching live. This way you get recurring income for one recorded lesson, instead of having to continually teach.
5. Go Look at Stuff
Are you out and about on a regular basis? There are a few platforms that can make you money just by going to look at stuff.
First up we have WeGoLook. Simply put, the ‘Lookers’ on this site go in-person to ensure something is as advertised. For instance, if someone is going to buy a car or property they hire a Looker on WeGoLook to ensure everything is as advertised.
Field Agent and Gigwalk are other options to consider. Both are mobile platforms for quick in-person retail tasks. This is a type of location market research. Tasks can include going to a local grocery store and taking a picture of a product display. Or, going to a local chain restaurant and ordering a particular item on the menu. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about the state of a product.
6. Rent Your House, Room, or bed
Go check out the Airbnb listings in your area. You will see that people are renting out not only entire homes or apartments, but rooms and beds as well. Can you rent a room or bed out on an ongoing basis? This would be ideal for income generation. If not, maybe you can rent your place out when you are home for holidays or on vacation.
Let’s go back to Jordan, who earns around $1,700 a month working part-time in the sharing economy. That’s $20,400 a year. How does this offset his college costs?
According to the College Board, a moderate budget for a public college in 2015 averaged $24,061. This includes housing, food, tuition, and fees. Pretty good, no? Jordan is almost entirely offsetting his college costs through the sharing economy. Jordan still has his weekends free and can chose to work more or less depending on his school schedule.
Now it’s your turn to cash in on the sharing economy without giving up the luxuries of the college life.
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These are great tips! I worked all through college to pay for my living expenses! Wish I could have tried some of these out then!
Great ideas! I wish I would have known about these when I was in school five years ago. I worked three jobs at some points to get through school and they were all pretty time consuming. I worked on campus as an assistant to a department chair, in a restaraunt and at one of the local watering holes. Sometimes barely getting 3 hours of sleep before my 8am classes. How did I do it!? haha
To stay with the scholarship, not to drop out of university, you have to attend all the lectures, close the session. You can take a risk and neglect your education, but it puts the future in question. Freelancing with a flexible schedule solves the problem. That is why I use essay writing services. Thank you! Great ideas!
Of course, all employers want to get even “freelancers” honest, hard-working and disciplined workers. And students, in principle, keeping their freedom – at least a little to correct the financial dependence on their parents, to have money for entertainment and, of course, for books on specialty, and maybe even get closer to the dream of a more serious. It is necessary to carefully weigh the offers of employers and assess your capabilities.