Morning! Today I have a guest post from Kevin who blogs at Graduating From Debt, enjoy!
My name is Kevin Watts and I am the creator of Graduating from Debt. I was like millions of recent college graduates in heavy debt with very little hope. With the right attitude and discipline I took control of my financial picture and now I can say proudly that I am debt free.
Being a college student may be about being broke all the time and replacing meals with instant noodles. But it really doesn’t have to be. There is no reason why you can’t have a good life or save some money while at college. There are plenty of creative ways in which you can make money on campus these days, college matters and no matter what your major is, it can always be possible to squeeze out some time for a campus job.
Here is a look at the 7 top ways to make money while in college.
1. Take Surveys
Getting paid to take surveys is probably one of the most popular ways to earn a little bit of extra cash. While the pay isn’t a lot – it can be anywhere between a dollar to $20 an hour – it can accumulate to quite a good amount. These surveys are usually handed out by companies who need to collect information for marketing purposes. You will find these online, on certain websites and job boards like Job Tonic. But you can also find them at grocery stalls and malls.
2. Become a Research Subject
There are usually plenty of requirements for willing candidates to become a part of the research studies at universities and colleges. The work involved as subjects of these research studies can range from filling in questionnaires to drug testing. The pay can be high. You can make anything between $10 per hour to hundreds of dollars, depending on the risk involved.
And there may be a little risk involved in testing out new drugs, for instance. However you will be helping science to make progress. And in the meantime, you’ll be making yourself some money. If you’re looking for these voluntary research-subject openings in your area, look through Craigslist and post-secondary schools in your area.
3. Perform on the Streets
If you’re someone who has a skill that can act as a crowd puller, you can put it to use and earn some dough. For instance, do you and your friends have a band, or can you give a freestyle rap performance? There are sure to be some places in your campus where you can begin to perform.
Of course it’s questionable whether street performance is legal. It’s also not easy to grab the attention of people with compelling acts that draw them towards you and away from the billboard ads and smartphones that claim their attention. However it’s a fun way to make a little money.
4. Earn through Google AdSense
This is a good way to make some money if you are a blogger or have a website where you like to share stuff that people enjoy reading. Of course you have to be regular with your blogging and have a substantial number of visitors to your site or this doesn’t make sense. But if you have a reasonably popular blog, you can set it up with Google AdSense. Apply for it, and once approved, you can embed the HTML code in the blog. Ads related to the subjects you blog about will pop up on your page. Each time a visitor clicks on an ad, you’ll make some money. Depending on the amount of traffic your blog is getting this can add to a substantial amount.
5. Secret Shopping
This may sound counter intuitive, but some companies actually pay people to shop at their stores. Once you’ve shopped, you’ll need to share your shopping experience and create some publicity for the company. Note that this is a perfectly legitimate way of earning money.
However, there are many scams out there that make you pay upfront. Stay away from these. You can find such opportunities at the Mystery Shopping Providers Association.
6. Be a Tutor
Do you have a special area of knowledge such as a foreign language? Or do you know non-native speakers of English who want to learn English? You can take up a tutoring job to earn cash. Not only will you be brushing up your own language skills, you will also be assisting another student. Whether you are a language expert or someone studying for an online mba who could help out a student pursuing an undergrad in the same area , it can be fun to tutor someone since you can take the lessons to cafes or restaurants.
7. Be a tour guide
If you think you could take people around and present and explain your school or another facility to them, then you could probably take up a part-time job as a tour guide. Maybe your local brewery or winery is looking to hire a tour guide. You will get to improve your presentation and talking skills on the job. Of course, you have to pass a screening where the university or company will judge whether they think you can be engaging enough with your audience and educate them with enthusiasm.
How did you make money in college? Did you have a summer job?
There are plenty of other ways you can make money on campus as well. So what are you waiting for, get earning!
This post was featured in Money Rebound, A Young Pro, thanks!