All college students can use a little extra money every now and then. You need coffee to get you through all your studying (and socializing), and coffee isn’t free. Neither are textbooks, food, or nights out. Luckily, there are a bunch of ways you can make a little extra money without committing to a campus job.
These side income ideas are things you can do in your spare time on your own schedule. Some of them require specific skills, while others will just take your time. If you’re looking for easy ways to earn some extra money, you can definitely find at least one side job that will work for you in this list.
Let’s Look at 5 Ways To Make Extra Money
1) Become a Virtual Assistant
f you’re detail-oriented and have some extra time, you can make extra money by working as a virtual assistant from home. Tasks will vary by client, but common jobs include data entry, online research, monitoring emails, managing social media accounts, arranging meetings, planning travel, making phone calls, and managing a calendar. Many assistants charge an hourly rate, but others charge a flat rate based on task or a daily/weekly rate. A lot of this work can be mundane, but that’s why someone is paying you to do it!
2) Join CTFO Today
Whether you choose to consume it or not, cannabis and CBD oil is one of the fastest growing supplements in the United States with news stories appearing consistently about how it has been nothing but a benefit to those who take it on the regular. It is said to help those with depression, anxiety, insomnia, joint pain, seizures, and chronic pain, and with the recent legalization of medical cannabis, the stigma around its consumption and the culture it represents is drastically changing. Rather than being oppressed, more research is going into the benefits of CBD oil and CBD oil infused products and due to this, it has become the hottest, fastest, growing health and wellness trend that the United States has seen in decades.
With this said, you can benefit from this wellness trend by joining CTFO (Changing The Future Outcome), a free-to-join company that offers individuals interested in the CBD market, an accessible and affordable business opportunity. Beyond this, the CBD products are safe, reliable, and come with lab-backed tests.
3) Sell Crafts on Etsy
Is your favorite way to wind down from studying-induced stress with a craft project? If it is, you can make some extra cash from your hobby by selling on Etsy. If you haven’t heard of Etsy, it’s a popular site for homemade and vintage goods from individual sellers.
Items for sale include handmade jewelry, leather accessories, knitted hats and scarves, handmade clothing, antiques, unique decorations, and all varieties of artwork. If you have a creative streak, chances are your work would be welcome on Etsy. Etsy charges a $0.20 listing fee, plus a 3.5% transaction fee and 3% plus $0.25 when your item sells. You have complete control over your prices and how many items you want to list.
4) Start a Blog
If you’re the kind of person who always has an opinion on something, a blog might be just your style. Lots of people write blogs just for fun or to keep their family and friends informed about what they’re doing, but with some effort, a blog can be a good source of side income.
The first step in any successful blog is to start writing about something you care about. There are blogs for everything from study abroad stories to fashion tips. The key is to choose something that you can write about with a genuine, experienced voice. Then, once you’re getting some views, you can monetize your blog. There are a number of monetizing options that work well with blogs.
Advertising is one of the simplest; you add pay-per-click or pay-per-view ads to the sidebar or heading of your blog, and you simply get paid when your viewers click on/view those ads. Many bloggers also make money by using affiliate links. This is when you get a unique link to a product from an online store. You include that link in a blog post, and if a customer purchases the product through your link, you’ll earn a percentage of their purchase. If you build up a substantial audience, businesses may also pay you to write reviews of their products.
5) Start a YouTube Channel
If you’re a film student, you may have already considered sharing your filmography talents on YouTube. YouTube isn’t just for video experts, however. If you’re charismatic, funny, or have a talent to share, a YouTube channel could be a fun way to make a little extra money.
Content on YouTube includes a wide range of material, from casual diary-style vlogs, to product reviews and “unboxings,” to video game walkthroughs. Getting started on YouTube is straightforward. Sign up with a Google account, and simply record and post your first video.
You can use a phone camera or webcam, although you’ll have better results with a higher-quality camera. Once you have an account established, you can enable your account for monetization and then have individual videos approved. Videos that include any copyrighted materials (such as background music) aren’t eligible for monetization.
You’ll be able to choose from different kinds of ads: text ads on the bottom of the video, video clips before your video, and sidebar ads. YouTube charges advertisers and then gives you a percentage based on impressions. You won’t make a fortune immediately (unless you get lucky and go viral), but you can start making enough to cover your daily coffee as you build more views.