15 Neat Ways to Make Money in College

Going to college can have its challenges, especially when it comes to money. Your first priority going to school has been to study and pass your exams, but along the way, you need to pay the rent, eat decent meals, and occasionally go out at night with your friends. This can drain your pocketbook. Additionally, you may still have tuition to worry about. Finding creative ways to earn money in between busy class schedules can become an additional concern. We know 15 interesting and effective ways to make money in college that may help you earn a few extra dollars.

1. Get Paid to Exercise

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Getting paid to exercise seems almost too good to be true. Not only are you engaging in something that benefits you personally, but you can also get financially compensated for it.

If you have ever used FitBit or RunKeeper to track your fitness level, you can take it further with a site called Achievement. It will pay you through direct deposit or PayPal when you monitor your steps. You can even earn money by logging your meals, meditating, and sleeping.

When you connect with any health apps from their list, Achievement will reward you with points for your participation. Then you can simply redeem your points for cash

2. Become a Rideshare Driver

rideshare driver

If you don’t mind acting like a taxi driver, you may as well get paid doing it. Companies such as Uber and Lyft can employ you as a driver to give rides to individuals as well as groups of people. Although you get paid by these companies, you get to work as an independent contractor and can choose your own hours and the location you want to work. You must be at least 21 years old, have a 4-door vehicle, and have driving experience for a minimum of 3 years.

3. Sell Stock Photos

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Taking pictures can benefit you more than simply having the satisfaction of documenting a memory. You can sell your photos on sites such as Depositphotos, iStockPhoto, and Shutterstock. When you contribute your portfolio to these companies, you get paid royalties each time someone buys one of your images.

You can take photos of people, backgrounds, animals, food, business-related items, places, technology, architecture, nature, and sports. There are many categories to satisfy your creativity.

These stock photo sites are not only interested in still photographs, but they are also interested in buying videos, illustrations, and digital art. They either pay a percentage or a flat fee for your work.

4. Act as a Film Extra

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Film studios are always looking for people to be in the background of their movie scenes. If you live near a studio, take advantage of the opportunity to walk around the movie set or stand for a few hours and earn a couple hundred easy bucks.

Once you work with a studio, you can get on their regular list where they will call you whenever extras are needed. To get started, you can look into Backstage Extras Casting, Central Casting, or other movie casting sites.

5. Help People With Resumes

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If you have expertise in writing and know a thing or two about composing a resume, you could help other college students with their documents. For a fee, you can assist people in creating a resume that will increase their chances greatly of landing a job.

Resume formatting is constantly changing with the times. If you decide to give this money-making opportunity a try, study up on the latest layouts. Check into infographic resumes and how they can supplement the traditional documents.

6. Restaurant Delivery

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Delivering food is a hot business around college campuses. Get in on the deal by earning money delivering meals from local restaurants. You can also find opportunities on sites such as UberEats or DoorDash.

7. Pet Care

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If you are an animal lover, you could earn money looking after other people’s pets. When people go on vacation, they need a caretaker for their furry pals. Even fish need someone to sprinkle food in their bowl every day.

Additionally, your college friends who own dogs may need someone to watch their loyal companions while they study for a test at the library. Look for opportunities from your fellow animal-loving friends.

8. Buy and Sell Textbooks

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You can earn more money by selling your used textbooks directly to sites such as BookScouter, Decluttr, Amazon, and rather than college bookstores. Empty that box of books sitting in your storage closet and fill your pockets with some extra cash.

Different sites will vary in the amounts they pay out, but you can compare the prices and get the most for your books. By researching the market, you can even buy popular used textbooks to resell at a higher rate as the demand rises. Try checking yard sales for some used textbooks.

9. Freelance Writer


Earning money from writing can be a great source of income. You don’t even have to be a journalist or professional freelance writer. There are so many opportunities on the web where you can earn money for writing content for blogs and websites.

Tighten up your writing skills by studying the style guides and style books available. There is a style guide in most dictionaries that can help you freshen up on your grammar skills. Remember to proofread your work before submitting it for pay. Above all, use your own material and don’t copy anyone else’s.

Rely on your own knowledge about the topics you are familiar with and research the issues you don’t know as well. Give accurate and original information, with a flare of your own personality.

10. Blog


If you are skilled in a particular subject, you may want to consider blogging. Starting a blog can help you earn money through affiliate marketing. This type of earning is especially great, since it is passive income, meaning you get paid with minimal effort. By placing affiliate links of products, such as those associated with Amazon, on your blog, you can earn a commission when guests click on the link and purchase the product. Basically, you get paid for recommending purchases to your buying guests.  

11. Get Paid to Study

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There are several jobs available where you can actually get paid to study. Schools have jobs positions that include working as a clerical assistant, a library worker, and a computer lab assistant. These jobs are so low-key that you can spend the downtime studying.  

12. Work on Campus

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Since you are already spending time on campus, you may as well take advantage of the money-earning opportunities that are available immediately around you. These jobs are especially convenient if you do not have access to a car or other form of transportation, but live near campus.

Gift shop


Work as a cashier at a gift shop. You may even get some time to study in between customers, especially during slow times.



If you enjoy working with food, you might appreciate working in the cafeteria. Some food venues may even offer you free meals if you work a certain number of hours.



When visitors come to tour the campus, guides are needed. If you enjoy working with and directing people, you can earn some money by sharing what you know about the school you are attending.

13. Do Transcriptions

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For the speedy typists who can listen well, transcription work can bring in some good cash. People and businesses of all varieties are looking for someone to transcribe their audios into text. is one site that offers courses in learning how to effectively transcribe. You may find yourself typing videos, podcasts, speeches, interviews, workshops, lectures, and dictations.

14. Become a Translator

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Speaking another language can provide a way for you to make money. With, you can sign up to become a translator. The work can vary, depending on whether you prefer the speaking or the writing translation work. Languages to translate cover everything from Portuguese, Turkish, and Russian to German, Italian, and French.

15. Do Voice-Overs

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If you have a pleasant voice and are comfortable performing, you may consider doing voice-over work. You may have to invest in a microphone system to record your work at home. Sell your recordings to businesses and individuals who need voice-overs for podcasts or videos. You may even want to audition for professional voice-over opportunities. You could make a decent amount of money doing a commercial or recording for an audiobook.

A Final Note

Having some extra cash can help you pay your bills and attend fun social events to help ease the pressures of going to school. Whatever way you decide to earn money, make sure you choose something you enjoy.

Select jobs or money-making opportunities that match the things you like to do. If you’re not sure if you will like a certain position, you may have to try it out and see how it works for you.

Finally, be kind to yourself. Avoid overbooking yourself, so you don’t burn out. Making extra cash should help to lighten your pressures, not add to them. Just remember to balance your spare time and maximize your earnings by taking advantage of the highest paying jobs for the least amount of effort.

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