How college students can earn money online

We all know the stereotype of the “broke student college student” as part of our culture. You may find yourself often in financial trouble as a college student. This is because you have to pay for classes and books, rent, and spend your time studying. You don’t have to be broke just because you are a student.

As a student, there are many other jobs than delivering pizza or working in fast food. You can earn an income from your apartment or dorm with a little creativity and the internet. Here are 9 easy ways to earn extra cash by freelancing.

Freelance Writing

Don’t be concerned about your qualifications or experience if you want to become a freelance writer. While you might think you need years of experience and a lot more credentials to work as a freelance writer you really just need a passion. It is easy to start if you are passionate about writing. It’s a flexible way to earn extra income in college. Even more, you can learn and earn! There are a lot of online tips and tricks such as Ship 30 for 30, that could certainly help you reach your goals and earn more money as a freelance writer.! You may be an academic writer who fulfills all the “please do my college paper in two days” requests. Freelance writing can be a great option, especially if you have creative ideas and love to write.

You can find a lot of online freelance work. Sign up for Fiverr or UpWork to get started. After you build your portfolio, you will be able to start looking for freelance work on sites like Problogger. You can also add the publication to your portfolio to get even more freelance work if you are successful!

Personal Blogging

Blogging can be a great side business because you can work from anywhere and at your own speed. While blogging is not an easy way to make quick money, it allows you to build your own network and write on topics that are important to you. Your blog should provide value to your readers if you want to make money. You should not only write about your experience, but also share what you’ve learned and how it can help others.

After you have decided to create your blog, it is time to pick a hosting provider. Bluehost and HostGator both have a lot of popularity among beginner bloggers.

While it can take some time to build a following to make decent money, once you have one, you could be making over $15,000 per monthly!

You could work online as a designer for businesses and websites if you are an artist with a knack for graphics design. This could include everything from small graphic designs for advertising to complete site redesigns.

You can sign up for Graphic Design Basics on Skillshare, even if you don’t have the required skills. You can enter design contests to help you start earning money. If you are selected as the winner, then you get paid.

You can also reach small businesses in your locality. Let them know the services you offer (business cards or branding, flyer design etc. Tell them about your services and how they can increase brand awareness. Demonstrate examples of your work. Many bloggers hire freelance designers to create Pinterest images. Ask your blog friends or your favorite bloggers to see if they would be interested in your skills.


It’s a simple job to proofread if you can spot mistakes in grammar and punctuation. Because you are using your proofreading skills and checking for spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes in your classes, it’s one of the most popular online jobs for college students. It is the final stage of content preparation before it is published.

Social media manager

Spend hours per week using social media. Get paid. Virtually all businesses use social media and many require assistance with managing it.

They have hired freelance social-media managers to help increase brand awareness. This includes curating content, creating relationships with potential clients, and driving leads. Your job is to become the company’s online voice.

You can get started as a manager of social media by reaching out to local businesses, telling them about you services. Reach out to the businesses you frequent, including coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants. Talk to your favorite social media platforms and discuss how you can help them grow their business or reach new customers. So that businesses can see you have the experience and knowledge to grow their social media networks, you might consider starting your own.

Virtual assistant

A virtual assistant can provide a range of services, including customer service and data entry. Copywriting and email marketing are also available. You can charge a fee for your services as a virtual assistant depending on your experience and skills. Businesses employ virtual assistants to help them outsource tasks that do not need to be done in-house.

Check out this free course to learn how you can get started. Create a list listing the services that you are available to start your career as a virtual assistant. 

Search engine evaluator

Google is not always perfect. It is not always perfect. That’s why Google, like other search engines, relies on real people to give feedback on the relevance of their results.

These jobs can usually be done online for students between 10 and 30 hours per week and can be easily accommodated to a busy college calendar.

You can search for job opportunities as a search engine evaluator on sites such as Lionbridge, Apen.

Resume writer

Free workshops will teach you how to make a great resume.

You can make this a side hustle by taking advantage of the free resources available to you, such as this SkillShare class on resume writing.

Freelancers or Upwork are great places to begin offering resume writing services. You can also ask your friends for help in finding a job or a summer internship.

Web developer

You can start a side-business as a web designer, regardless of your major. The Complete Web Developer Course is available on Udemy for those with minimal skills.

This course is a one-week program that will teach you everything necessary to book clients. While you won’t be able to code professionally in just one class, it will give you the foundation you need and the confidence you need to work with your first client. Start with smaller projects for web developers who are just starting out. While I was learning web programming, most of my work involved editing existing websites instead of building new ones.

You should be familiar with the most common coding languages (and WordPress) as well as how they all work together to make a website.

Start by bidding for projects on PeoplePerHour or Upwork. The demand for skilled web developers is always high and they can be very lucrative.

Making money online does not have to be hard or complicated. It is essential that college students have the flexibility to work anywhere, and still make money. Explore your interests and learn about the options available to you.