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How to Make Money As a College Student?

If you are a college student, you may be looking for extra ways to make money.  The good news is that there are a number of ways that college students can make some extra money.  The traditional ways such as waiting tables, working an on-campus job or working at a department store still exist.  However, there are a number of new ways that college students can make money as well. Keep reading to find out some ways that college students can make some extra money.

Help Other Students By Tutoring

One of the best ways to make money as a college student is by tutoring other students.  Did you know that tutors make $15-20 per hour (or on average $17.50 per hour)? If there is a subject that you excel at, you can help other students understand the course material by offering tutoring services.  If your university offers structured tutoring services, simply make sure you meet the requirement and sign up. Otherwise, you can work as a freelance tutor. Print up a few flyers advertising your services and put them up on bulletin boards around the university.  You can also hand them out to the relevant classes for more targeted promotion.

You can also try tutoring online.  Some sites that hire online tutors include and,, The Princeton Review, and The Princeton Review requires that you have great test scores, but most of these sites simply require that you know that subject that you are tutoring. Students leave reviews to judge your tutoring quality. Thus, being an expert in a certain subject can help you pay your way through school.

Start a Campus Blog or Vlog

Blogging and Vlogging are great ways for young adults to make extra money today.  Popular bloggers average as much as $500 a month or more through advertising and derivative marketing.  If your campus does not have a university blog, you can start one and advertise it around the university.  Be sure to discuss all of the interesting campus events that are taking place and try to interview some notable people around campus.  Furthermore, try to have all campus services advertise and do promotions on your site to increase the size of your audience.

Make Extra Money As a Delivery Driver

If you are in college and you have a car, you can make extra money working as a delivery driver for companies such as Instacart, DoorDash, and GrubHub.  Instacart is a grocery delivery service that hires shoppers to gather the groceries from local stores and deliver them to customers. You can fill out the application online and get paid for grocery shopping.  

DoorDash and GrubHub are food delivery services that require you to pick up food orders from local restaurants that have been placed through an app or on the company’s website and deliver the order to the customer. You can expect to earn $10-15/hour depending on your location. You can apply for DoorDash online and the company claims you can receive your first check this week.  GrubHub also has an easy online application process. Furthermore, UberEats is another food delivery service that is available in some areas and is often looking for more drivers.  Unlike other food delivery services, UberEats gives delivery people the opportunity to make money delivering food either by car or by bicycle.  Postmates is another food delivery service that may be available in your area and may be looking for delivery people.  To ensure that you always have steady work, you can apply to be a driver with several of these delivery services.

You may want to check with your car insurance company to make sure that you are covered when working for a food delivery service.  Some auto insurance companies may require that you have business auto insurance. And if you are looking for inexpensive car insurance as a college student, check out The Best Cheap Car Insurance For College Students:  2019 Rates.

Become a Rideshare Driver

Another way for you to make extra money as a college student with a car is to become a rideshare driver.  If you have a car and a good driving record, you can drive for companies such as Lyft and Uber to make some extra money.  To become an Uber driver, you must be at least 21 years old, have a valid driver’s license and have been driving for a year and have an eligible 4-door vehicle.  Uber also reviews your driving record as well as your criminal record. The average Uber makes between $9 and $20 an hour after paying for driving expenses, not that bad for a college student. Drivers who are 19 years of age or older can be a driver for UberEats, a food delivery service. Lyft also has specific requirements for becoming a driver with their service.  Check out their website to find out what they are.

If you become a driver for Lyft or Uber, it is important for you to have rideshare insurance.  If you do not have rideshare insurance and you are in an automobile accident, your car insurance company may not cover it.  The good news is that a lot of car insurance companies offer rideshare insurance. Auto insurance companies that offer rideshare insurance include:  AllState, Erie, Farmers, Geico, Mercury, Progressive, Safeco, State Farm, Travelers, and USAA. If you auto insurance company is not listed, be sure to check with your insurance agent concerning rideshare insurance.

Get An Online Transcription Job

If you are a college student who is good at typing, get a job as an online transcriptionist.  Most online transcription sites require that you pass a typing test for both speed and accuracy.   For most online transcription jobs, you must be able to type a minimum of 75 words a minute and still be rather accurate.  If you pass the test, however, you can start making money within days. Some online transcription platforms that are often hiring include TranscribeMe,, and Scribie.   

Rev is one online transcription job platform that does not have a speed requirement so long as the projects that you sign up for are turned in on time.  The company hires transcriptionist who make between $0.36 and $0.65 per audio/video minute with an average earnings of $245 a month and top earnings of $1,495 a month.  The company also hires captioners who make between $0.45 and $0.75 per audio/video minute. The average monthly earning from captioning is $240 and top earnings per month is $1,570 with the company.  The company pays weekly and allows you to choose your own schedule. Check out their website to see if they are currently hiring in your area.

Virtual Assistants

Many individual business owners and small companies are now hiring virtual assistants to assist them with their daily business activities.  A virtual assistant provides professional, administrative, and technical assistance to clients from a home office. The functions a virtual assistant typically fulfills are those of a secretary or an administrative assistant. Examples of these functions include responding to emails, making travel plans, scheduling appointments, data entry, and making phone calls. This means that this is a job that you can do without ever leaving your dorm room. The average salary for a virtual assistant is approximately $15 an hour ($10-25 an hour).  Jobs boards such as Monster, Indeed, and CareerBuilder are great places to look for open virtual assistant positions.   You can even start your own virtual assistant business if you have an entrepreneurial spirit. Performing tasks for professors around your university is a great place to start. You can also reach out to local businesses by email or by phone and promote the specific virtual assistant skills that you possess such as social media management, blog management, proofreading and more.

Become a User Tester

User testing is new work from home position that is becoming more and more popular with more an more sites hiring for these positions.  One company that is hiring online user testers is Testing Time.  The company claims that you can get paid up to $62 an hour testing digital products via Skype or in-person.  Simply fill out your profile. If a usability test matches your profile, you will receive an email invitation.  Simply respond a select a date and time to fulfill the testing requirements and the company will pay you within ten days of completion.  UserTesting is another user testing site that pays up to $60 a hour per test.  This user testing site only requires that you visit websites and apps, complete tasks, and speak your thoughts out loud.  The company pays $10 via Paypal for every 20-minute video that you complete.

Become an Online English Teacher

If you are looking for a part-time position that you can do from home or the comfort of your dorm room, try online English teaching.  There are several different companies that are hiring online English teachers to help to English to students in China and several other countries.  VIPKid is one company that is hiring online English teachers that pays up to $22 an hour. To obtain this part time position you have to be able to work in the US, have a bachelors degree or higher and at least one year of teaching experience. The company would prefer that you have a teaching credential, but it is not required. Furthermore, the one year of teaching experience can be tutoring, mentoring, or coaching in addition to traditional teaching. You need to have a computer with a webcam, a headset, and high-speed internet access.  Because you are required to have a bachelors degree, this is a great opportunity for graduate students.  

Become a Freelancer

If you want to make some extra money in college and you do not have too many papers to write, you can become a freelance writer.  Many blogs and websites hire freelance writers to write articles for them. Companies often advertise on in the writing jobs category when looking for writers for blogs and websites.  Additionally, you can contact businesses and webpages to see if they need additional help with their blogs and webpage content. Google has an extensive list of freelance writing and blogging positions that are available.  These positions typically pay between $10 and $20 an hour.  Another good freelance writing gig is Verblio.  This company pays $10.50 per post for content that is bought by one of their customers.

Furthermore, there are a number of other types of freelance jobs such as web design, graphic design, data entry and more.  The easiest platforms on which to become a freelancer are Upwork and Fiverr.   Fiverr advertises that you simply need to create a gig, deliver great work, and get paid.  Other freelance job sites include Guru, Freelancer, We Work Remotely, and more.  Check out this article from Forbes online for a complete list of online freelance job platforms.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that there are a number of ways that you can make extra money as a college student.  All you have to do is take some time out to look for some extra work opportunities. In addition to tutoring, either in person or online, or working as a delivery driver, there are many new opportunities for tech savvy college students to make money online.  Try starting your own blog or vlog, working as a virtual assistant, transcriptionist, a user tester or an online English teacher. You can make extra money from these positions for years to come. Furthermore, you can work for rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft in your free time.  So, with a little work, you can have some extra money in your pocket while in college.

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