8 Ways To Start Making Money As A College Student

8 Ways To Start Making Money As A College Student

Knowing the value of a dollar is something that many don't seem to grasp the concept of.

Knowing the value of a dollar is something that many don't seem to grasp the concept of.

We all need a few extra dollars in our pockets and I tend to learn how to make money and save as much money as possible, so I wanted to give some of my methods of my madness. I love making money, especially when it is something relatively fast and easy. I want everyone to know that it isn't as hard as some people make it seem and that you could do it too!

Here are some fun, easy, and quick ways to make money that won't waste too much of your time.

1. Sell Old Clothes

This is the best and most efficient way for me personally as I always feel like I have a pile of clothes I never wear since I just wear the same thing every day anyway. So, I got to selling clothes, whether it be at a garage sale or using apps like threadUP and Mercari which are straightforward to use and give you help every step of the way.

2. Craigslist

Finding gigs on Craigslist is easy like never before. Sometimes people need help moving, putting a floor in, they're a photographer looking to build their portfolio, etc. You can always find something that you're good at to do.

3. Learn a Skill


Focus on learning a skill set, whether it be fixing a computer or phone screen, cutting hair, or building furniture. There was a girl on campus who literally went around and did $5 haircuts for the boys, which is something simple and fast money!

4. Babysit or Tutor

These always pay well and are relatively easy. Hang up some flyers around campus and watch all the calls and texts flood in. With babysitting, you can find someone at your church or sister's elementary school or even the supermarket. You could also go on care.com which worked for me!

5. Drive with Lyft or Uber

Something local and quick! Driving with them is super simple as long as your car and license is in good shape. This can help you make some money especially if you live in a popular area.

6. Return Soda Cans For Deposit


Some people think this is the lowest of lows and are absolutely rude about it, especially because I don't see money falling out of their pockets from how much cash they have. I think I will always be returning soda cans and bottles until the day I die because of how easy it is, and, you know, that extra $12 is an extra $12 for me.

7. Sell Your Textbooks


I can't tell you how many people I know just have their old textbooks sitting there collecting dust. Personally, I've always sold my textbooks back on Chegg or Amazon. It's an easy way to make 20-30 bucks, especially when you have the latest editions!

8. Rent On AirBnB

If I had my own house I would totally do this! Everybody should! You can advertise a spare house or room in your own house and rent it out to people, in return gaining a lot of money for yourself as it accumulates. You also get the opportunity to meet people from all cultures and backgrounds, which sounds like a win-win to me.

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10 Things That Only Happen On Small Campuses

"No, we don't have a football team"

Don't let people give you the pitiful "ohhhh" when you reveal your enrollment at a small school. Everyone who goes to a small school can agree that it is nothing like a large, state school. I think even those state school students will confirm that. But what people don't know about a small school is that it has its perks, and they are good.

1. Leaving your room 5 minutes before class...and still being on time

2. Guaranteed to get at least one "hey" every time you walk somewhere

3. Actually knowing the people who follow you on Instagram, Facebook friends, or dare I say...Tinder

4. Making friends outside of your major is more common than not

5. You also know every single person in your major

6. Going through a super awkward and aggressive orientation program as a freshman and using that as a strong common bond with a (then) complete stranger

7. Probably finding your best friend through that previously mentioned hideously intense, ice-breaker-obessed orientation program

8. Anticipating the long* wait for food on those really good days but knowing when to go to get around it
*long is really only like 15 minutes

9. There is no cover charge at parties...yes, apparently this is a thing

10. Being invited to dinners at the president's house because you're on a first name basis (oh yeah, and Mrs. President floats around campus regularly with baked pastries and warm smiles)

So if you're looking for a tight-knit community that loves to give out hello's when they are due, or a campus where you can wake up and eat breakfast 30 minutes before class and still be on time, look into those small schools that maybe don't have a 50,000 seat stadium. What they do have are the people you will remember and that will remember you, classes that taught you beyond the test, and a uniqueness that just isn't found at a large school. At a small school you're a face, a name, your own legacy...not a number.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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