Everybody is applying for that job at the coffee shop or the book store on campus. The problem is, there are limited jobs available and a bunch of people applying for them. Odds are not in your favor. Here are some promising ideas to earning some extra money in college.
1. Saving. It needed to be said. You aren’t making any money other than letting interest accrue in the bank, but it is important that you are wise with your money. You’ll already have a shortage of it on college so make sure not to buy anything extraneous.
2. Don’t go far from campus. Especially if you don’t have a car freshmen year; you don’t want to depend on a bus that may not make it. It’s easier to find jobs on campus for convenience reasons.
3. Get creative. This girl I know created her own little business outside of her dorm room. She lived to spray paint and she one day spray painted a shirt with a stencil of the schools logo that she made. Now she sells the shirts through Facebook and at her college to make money. She loves doing it and it works. So think of something you like that you could advertise and put it on Facebook. You never know!
4. Be a beeper. Do you know a lot of people and where a lot of parties are? Do you have a car? This one is for you and you can make some good money doing this. Get a group of your friends and tell them to send out your phone number as a “beeper.” A beeper is essentially a Designated Driver, or DD. People text you and they give you gas money to be taken to a party and picked up later in the night. Normally people charge like $2 a person but you can do whatever. You can taxi a lot of people around in one Friday and make enough money to call that a job. The only downside is the possibility of being pulled over. Youre in a college town so hopefully cops will appreciate your efforts at reducing drunk driving!
5. If you have a skill, put it to use.
Sewing–>charge for alterations/fixing clothes
Spanish(any foreign language for that matter)–> charge for tutoring people
Hair cuts/painting nails–> the need for a haircut doesn’t disappear in college
Photography–> a lot of fraternities and sororities have social events that they would like pictures taken at. If you’re good at photography you could charge for that.
6. Donate plasma or bone marrow. Some places have clinics that actually pay college students to donate their blood or bone marrow! If you feel comfortable doing this, it’s an easy and noble choice of earning money!
Just be thrifty and find your niche. There are ways to avoid the constant brokeness many college students face. Good luck $!
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