My parents always told me that during college I would have to be the most frugal person ever just to get by. It does not have to be this way! Money doesn’t grow on trees, but if you work hard and are frugal with what you spend, you can save a lot of money to do anything you want!
My number one piece of advice to make money and still have time and left over bucks to spend, is to get an on-campus job.
There are resources on your campus with people specialized in helping you find an on-campus job. Track these people down, set up a meeting, and they’ll teach you everything you need to know about finding an on-campus job!
Off-campus jobs are good, too, but I’ve found that on-campus employers are more flexible to students schedules and requests for a day off. To get a job, you should work on your resume. Most colleges have workshops or counselors that can help you do this! Even if you have no previous “official” job experience, you can get help to make an impressive resume that has your volunteer experience, your academic performance, and more.
When you go to an interview, always be 10 minutes early and dress nice, no matter what job you are interviewing for!
Another idea is to sell some of your old things. My town has a flea market where college kids go set up booths and sell or barter their items. You can also try clothing swaps, online stores (etsy or ebay, anyone?), or even a garage sale with your dorm friends. Selling things you don’t want anymore will give you money to buy the things you do want!
Sign up for odd jobs. My campus has a very highly renown psychology research department. They are constantly doing experiments. However, they need subjects in order to do this. They pay around $20 an hour just for you to answer a survey on a computer!
Another job I have found is helping out at events. These jobs are hard to find, but if you have a lot of connections, you may get lucky! This year, I have served food at a wedding, alcohol at a party, and set-up for a school dance.
Be a tutor. Colleges hire tutors, or you can work independently. Simply name your rate, make a flyer, and post them all over your campus. You’ll be getting phone calls in no time.
Take notes and sell them. This right here brings in the big bucks. There are so many college students that ditch class and then try to cram everything in at the last minute. Why not help them out and earn a little cash in return? You’ll be learning and paying attention in class – and getting paid for it!
Try these money-making ideas and you’ll surely have enough money to do whatever you want in college!