The financial struggle in college is definitely real! I can’t even begin to count the number of times I felt depressed because of how broke I was in college. No one should feel this way, especially when there are tons of money making opportunities right at your fingertips. Here is a list of some pretty cool side hustles so you can get your financial life together this school year.
1. Sell Your Notes & Papers: How simple and easy is this? If you are an organized person whose notes are the envy of all your peers then make some money off this skill. There are sites like Studysoup.com that buy your notes. You can make up to $450 for your notes! Your old papers are a goldmine. You can get up to $15 per essay, which is a lot considering the paper would normally just sit on your desktop collecting cyber dust.
2. Postmates: Postmates.com is a delivery service that pays you for making deliveries (mostly food). If you have a car, bike, or even a skateboard you can make money making deliveries!
3. Cosmetic Service: I know girls and guys in college who have made so much money doing hair, nails, and makeup. Think about it, when a party comes around and the refund checks get to rolling in you’ll be the go to guy/girl. If you can cut hair you can make up to $20 per person depending on your skill and the demand. If you’re a great hairstylist you can charge up to $150 per person depending on the style. Full face makeup has become such a trend, you could charge up to $40 per beat.
4. Server: Don't knock the server life. I was a server for two years and it was the best money I ever made! Serving provides you with flexible hours and the opportunity to make great tips. My advice is to choose a high-end restaurant in your area and treat your tables as your own little businesses. Make sure each customer has the highest quality service and trust me the tips will roll in!
5. Trainer: Physical fitness is a priority for many people. Start a boot camp or training schedule at your school. Charge $5-$10 per person/class and build following. If you’re really confident in your skills you can even begin personal training and use your access to your school’s fitness center or your local community center.
6. Rent Your Room: Capitalize on the large events and games at your school. Rent your room out to alumni or fans. You can use sites like AirBnB.com to legitimize your search.
7. Uber Driver: If you have a car on campus this is the perfect way to make money on your own time. So many students, especially freshmen, don’t have access to cars. Pick two to three days out of the week where you can turn your commute into a profit.
9. Sell Your Skills: Fiverr.com is one of my favorite places. You can literally get a variety of jobs done like logo creation, photo editing, and more for just $5. You can also sell your skills. If you’re great at blogging, music, drawing, designing, and more then you can create a profile and charge for your skills.
10. Tutor/Resume Helper: This is a traditional side hustle, but it never fails. If you are great at a certain subject then sign up to be a paid tutor. Also if you're skilled at creating and editing resumes then put those skills to work.
These are just a few of the many side hustles you can do in college. The key is to identify some skill or talent you use on a daily basis and figure out how to monetize it. If you need help please feel free to reach out to me in the comments below or directly at Spokester@YoungFreeMichigan.com. Don't forget to SHARE and LIKE this article!
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