Being a college student can be both fun and challenging, especially if you don’t have enough money to see you through each semester. The truth is, you may have too many needs than what little pocket money you get from your parents can cater to. A good solution would be to look for a side hustle that can earn you some extra money during school holidays.
We have assembled 10 great ways to make money during the school holidays. Choose one that matches your skills and cease borrowing pocket money from your parents. Furthermore, earning money while still in college is a great way to become financially independent early.
Earn Money Doing Freelancing Jobs
When it comes to freelancing, the list of job opportunities is endless. There are plenty of jobs available online that you can start free and without any investment. All you need to have is a set of skills, passion, time, and you’re good to go.
Some of the best freelancing jobs you should consider trying out include:
- Writing- (Ghostwriting, technical writing, business writing, copywriting, web content writing, …)
- Software development
- Web designing
- Applications development
- Web development
- Photo editing
- Coding, and many others
Data Entry jobs are easy to find and the good news is that they do not require any skills or qualifications. All you need is basic computer knowledge, particularly Excel, and a fast internet connection. Online data entry jobs are easy to find. You can find them on freelancing websites such as Indeed, Upwork, Flexjobs, Freelancer, and many others.
One of the best and most popular ways to make money during school holidays is through blogging. The good news is that you can blog on a free platform instead of paying for hosting. Popular free blogging platforms include Blogger and WordPress.
Write great, valuable content and promote your blog on social media and other avenues. If your blog receives a lot of traffic every month, you can monetize it through Google AdSense, Media.net, Amazon Associates, just to name a few. You can also monetize your blog by selling ad spaces or text ad advertisements.
Blogging is an excellent way of making passive income, which makes it an idea hustle for college students like you.
Video Blogging or Vlogging is another incredible way for you to make money during school holidays. Vlogging can be fun as you get to make videos about interesting topics, your opinion and point of view on certain issues, everything that’s going on in your life, recording an interesting event, or even reviewing certain products.
Without any investment, you can easily start a Youtube Channel and get paid to post interesting videos.
If you a smart student who always scores good grades in school, you can make some extra cash through online tutoring. Some so many students are in need of tutors but can’t afford to hire a teacher. By becoming an online tutor, you will be helping your fellow students and adults as well to improve on subjects they are weak in. Tutor.com, Tutorme.com, Teacheron.com, and Preply.com are some of the best websites for sourcing online tutoring jobs.
Earn a few bucks every day taking online surveys. There are plenty of websites and companies that allow you to take online surveys and get paid for it. A good example is Mypoints, Swagbucks, and Ipsos.
Beware of scams though. Numerous websites rip off people after taking these surveys. Always do thorough research about the survey company or website, just to be on the safe side.
Paid to Click Jobs
With all the free time you have on your hands, you can utilize it properly by clicking ads. Paid to click ads sites pay people for viewing advertisements. A very simple job! All you need is a good computer and a fast internet connection and you’re good to go.
Sell Your Stuff on eBay
Do you have clothes, jewelry, household stuff, a bike, skating board, or any other stuff that you no longer use? Well, you could make a lot of money selling these items online, particularly eBay. Simply create an account on eBay, post your items and if someone purchases them, all you have to do is ship them to their address and receive a tidy sum. No skills or investment- that’s easy money right there.
Do you have a passion for photography and probably have some cute pictures lying around somewhere in the house? Well, you can earn some good cash selling these photos. Many websites allow you to submit high-quality photos in return for cash. These sites include Shutterstock, Fotolia, Alamy, and many others. So get that camera rolling and earn some bucks!
Amazon Mechanical Turk
There are thousands of short, easy tasks available on Amazon Mechanical Turk or mTurk. These are super short and easy tasks that you can complete in just a few minutes. You may only spend a few hours (2-3) in the mornings doing surveys and make $12 on a good day.
This is an excellent earning opportunity for a student like you. All you need is a good computer and internet connection.