Getting by financially in college can be tough. You are focusing the majority of your time on your studies, which leaves little time to work and earn an income. If you are like most others, you tend to work in the summer and then budget your money so it lasts all school year. This was what I did for the first 2 years of college. But then my junior year I moved in with a guy (who is now my best friend) and we found various ways to make money in college.
Below I will talk a little about our adventures and provide you with 11 ways to make money in college starting today. All of these tips are easy to do, so just pick your favorite and watch the money come pouring in.
Let’s get started!
2 Ways I Made Money In College
Since I went to college about 15 years ago, I wanted to share my experience with the ways to make money in college. Here are the 2 biggest money makers for me at the time.
#1. Work Study
I did work study for my first 2 years in college. It was far from a living salary. I was limited to 10 hours a week and was paid minimum wage, which at the time was $5.15. Every two weeks I had about $90 deposited into my checking account. While it wasn’t much, working in the library was easy with lots of socializing, so I can’t complain.
Back when I was in college, eBay was bursting onto the scene. You could make money selling anything on the site. My friend and I used various methods to make money on eBay:
- Garage/Yard Sales: We’d hit up these sales and buy things to resell. Back then it was hard to find valuable products to sell. No smartphones meant no checking on how popular things were while at the yard sale. You instead had to take calculated risks. I bought things I thought would easily sell, like some Life Magazines with JFK on the cover for example. I did take some risks buying very low cost items too and surprisingly I was able to turn a profit.
- CD Services: Before Napster, people actually bought CDs. With the explosion in pop music (think Britney and Backstreet Boys) we would sign up, get a bunch of CDs for $0.01 and resell them for $10 apiece.
- Gaming Websites: There used to be a website that allowed you to play games and win tokens. You could cash the tokens in for prizes or cash. In the slow age of dial up internet, I stumbled upon a glitch. If I hit the submit button 10 times after winning, I would earn 10 times the tokens. I’d like to think we single handedly ran the company out of business. At first we took prizes and resold them, but eventually we just took the cash option.
In all, we made a decent sum of money. It helped us to afford pizzas and gas to drive around, and of course, beer. But like I said in the beginning, these won’t all work for you. The CD option is dead and so is the gaming website. Even if there are others around, you can’t make a quick profit like we did simply because of high speed internet. As for eBay, there is still a chance, but it’s not as easy.
So what can you do?
Here are 11 great ways to make money in college today.
11 Ways To Make Money In College
Below are 11 ways to make money in college. Not all will apply to you, but you should get some ideas to tackle here.