Side Hustle Ideas For College Students
“The majority of college students make anywhere from 7,000 -13,000 dollars a year”
There’s absolutely no doubt that going to school can be expensive. With both textbook and tuition costs rising each year, school is just going to get more and more expensive as time goes on.
Not only does the price increase with time, so does the amount of time that you have to devote to doing the work for school. With the added time required for each class needed, the less time you get to spend doing your own things, which includes working.
My classes have just recently started, and I’ve been preparing myself to have to deal with the workload that comes with school. I'm now realizing that there’s zero time to try and get out to go to my job to make some extra cash.
And this is where having a side hustle reigns supreme. Instead of trying to squeeze the time to fit around your work schedule with your employer, you get to choose when you're going to work which is absolutely great when you only have a little time in between classes. I’m actually beginning to write this article in the brief 20-minute gap I have in between classes.
Not only are the work hours more flexible when you have a side hustle, but the pay can also be much much more than when you work at your job. Don’t get me wrong, I love working with my friends at my job, but I’m investing more of my time and energy into growing my blog than being at work.
Before You Start, There’s One Thing You Need To Know
If you look anywhere on the Internet, you’ll see stories of what people describe as “overnight successes”, when in reality this rarely ever happens.
You’ve got to know that before you go out willy nilly and start something, that it could take somewhere up to a year before you start seeing any results, let alone a bunch of money coming in.
But don’t let this discourage you. When I started this blog I thought that within a few months I’d be making more money than what I was from my jobs, but then one month turned into two, which then turned into six months and has now turned into eight months with some, but not a lot of money to show for my effort.
I’m not going to lie, it’s been rough seeing no results and it got to the point where I had to take a break for a month and really evaluate what I was doing wrong and where I should be improving.
But, this is all part of the game. This is why a side hustle is called hustle and not a side profit. You’ve gotta play the game to get the rewards. The average college student is in college for four years, so if we assume that this is your first year, you’ve got four years to be able to find something you're interested in and make it work.
It’s taken me eight months to see even the smallest amount of reward for my effort, but this isn’t going to always be the case. What you start could blow up in half, if not even a quarter of how long it’s taken me.
Take it from me and just don’t get your hopes up that it’s going to be an overnight blow up. It’ll take a little time, but the rewards are going to be so working.
But without further or due, let’s get right in.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times. Freelancing and being in college go together like peanut butter and jelly. When you work as a freelancer, you become an independent contractor that does digital work for companies, small businesses, and like literally anyone who needs something done on the Internet.
The types of jobs that a freelancer do are basically endless. From writers to language translators, all the way back to website creators and social media managers.
Ever since the Internet has taken off and become a huge revolutionary change to society, it’s brought with it endless possibilities and new ways to make money.
Let’s face it, it’s the younger generations that know how to effectively work on the internet, and since so much of the older generation isn’t as good with technology, this is where the opportunity lies.
Not only is there so much opportunity out there, but college is also one of the best environments to build and grow in.
Since most schools nowadays are online, most students are going to have a computer to work with, and the internet is going to be available to everyone too, and with a program like Fiverr, this is all anyone needs to get started as a freelancer.
This also means that you will be able to live a flexible life too, since everything digital you can work from anywhere.
All in all, freelancing is one of the best side hustles a college student could have.
This is another side hustle that I talk a lot about because of how easy it is to get started. All you have to do is find a product that people are willing to buy, buy it and relist it somewhere online for a higher price, ship it and then make a profit. Simple and quick cash.
The reason why reselling is so great when you in college is that when you’re actually on campus, you’re in close proximity to a city and usually a lot of people.
No matter where you go on earth it’s all going to be the same, people are going to have stuff. This is where you’re going to find the deals.
You can either look locally to see if other students have anything in demand to sell, look on the Facebook marketplace or craigslist, going thrifting through garage sales, or even source stuff at local stores that you found on discount.
Once you’ve found the object you’re wanting to sell, it’s as easy as listing it on eBay and waiting until someone buys. Another great thing about reselling is the potential for expansion. If you get big enough with eBay, you could even start selling products on Amazon which is another beast altogether.
Reselling is great because it can also be really fun, especially if you go out deal hunting with friends. It makes for one of the greatest weekend adventures you could go on.
3. Content Creation
This is an industry that’s exploded over the past decade. From what started out as basically just compter people on youtube, to now little kids getting millions of likes on Tik Tok, content creation is like an ever-growing snowball that just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
As humanity evolves and becomes older and older, people become more and more dependant on having entertainment. So many younger kids live for the 15 minutes work breaks so they can scroll through Tik Took or through Instagram to see what the latest celebrity or famous person has posted.
From many people (myself included) Youtube has become the new version of Tv. There are billions of videos posted on Youtube, and the number of viewers just keeps on growing.
If you thought that was enough, there’s still more. What I listed above were social media and video content, but there’s still audio and written content too.
I’m a true lover of podcasts because they’re essentially a youtube video that you listen too instead of watching, so you can multitask and do more than one thing at a time. If you’re not into posting videos or pictures of yourself online through youtube or social media, you can just record yourself instead of on your own podcast.
If you still not interested in even that, you can still write up content like I’m doing through a blog. The number of people who read blogs is huge, with articles that have gotten shared on Facebook and SEO found being the biggest contenders.
Stats show that there’s about one blog for every ten people, so the number and possibilities of ideas are endless. Whatever you can think of, someone will read it.
In the end, content creation is probably the biggest side hustle on this list and is probably the most crucial to get started on so you don’t miss out on the snowball. The only thing is like I mentioned at the beginning of the article, for most content platforms (not all) it’s going to take a while to get started.
Don’t let this discourage you, just pick one and get started. You’re going to get it eventually.
4. Pet Sitter
Unlike the sudden growth of social media, the idea of people owning pets has been around for centuries. At one point in time, how many animals you had was a direct indicator of how wealthy a person you were.
Having pets still makes a lot of people money today, and you could also be one. Although they wouldn’t be your pets, being a pet sitter is a side hustle that almost anyone can do.
It requires not a lot of skill, and all you’ve gotta do is make sure you not terrified of the animal in front of you. What this translates into si being familiar with the type of animal that you’re going to be watching.
Whether that be big dogs, little dogs, cats, fish, birds, whatever you can think of somebody out there probably have it for a pet and it becomes your job and responsibility to make sure you know that animal a hundred and ten percent.
After you’ve got the fear thing in the bag, the rest is easy peasy. Just make sure the animal doesn’t die and is happy and you’ll be good to go.
5. Take On Odd Jobs
Regardless of what anyone says, you can have a job without actually having a job. Being in college means that most of the time you going to be a younger individual, and it’s really common amongst young people that you really haven’t made up your mind as to what you want to do.
This is totally fine because you have the rest of your life to figure that out, but working odd jobs means that you get to test all kinds of different things to try and figure out what you like and what you don’t.
Being a person who only works odd jobs also means that you have a choice as to what you want to do, you not going to be weighed down with one option or another. Not only that but there’s a pretty big demand for one day jobs out there.
Whether that be babysitting kids for a day, mow lawns in your neighbourhood, work in a greenhouse tending to plants, the possibilities of what jobs you find are endless.
If you start making connections and relationships with more and more people, the more opportunity is going to come your way.
6. Get Registered To Become A Uber Driver
With colleges being in bigger cities, and bigger cities meaning more people, this is going to mean more people that have to go from one place to another. Over the last couple of years, Uber has basically exploded. More and more people are finding it more convenient to pay to have someone drive them around instead of doing it themselves.
This is most convenient when traffic in bigger cities can be super hectic and sometimes stressful. Most students will have turned the required age that you’ve got to be to get your driver’s license in high school, I think we can safely assume that most college students will have their driver’s license.
Next to having your license, having a car is about all you going to need to get started. As long as your city supports Uber, and you don’t have any criminal record or a fear of driving in the city you should be set to get started.
The average pay for an Uber driver is around twenty-five dollars an hour, which beats minimal wage in most provinces and states, which is an absolute score for something as easy as driving.
7. Become A Tutor
If all these other side hustle ideas fail, becoming a tutor is the old faithful of money-making ideas. Being in college means you going to be surrounded by thousands upon thousands of students who will be taking all different types of subjects.
You don’t have to be the smartest person on the subject that you consider yourself pretty good at, you’ve just got to know the material and be comfortable with all the ins and outs and you should be ready to go to help another person out.
I know this for a fact when I say there’s going to be students out there who aren’t going to understand the subject matter and is going to need extra help cause I’ve been there.
Since college and university classes are always SO LARGE, more times than not it’s going to be a pretty big hassle to be able to squeeze in a little extra time with the professor since most classes have a hundred or more students!!!!!
This is where being someone who’s confident in they’re ability with the subject matter is going to be so great. You’ll have tons of people who are going to need help and will gladly pay for it, and with a good amount of patience and people skills, this could be your best chance at making some extra income.
Around every four years, which is the average year college students spend on campus are going to graduate and get their degree. I don’t know if you’ve ever had to take graduation pictures, but I can tell you those professional people charge A LOT for what they can offer.
But you don’t have to be a professional to take good photos. If you’ve got a good degree of skill and a decent camera, you should be all set to go.
I know because I was one of these people and I wish I could have just paid someone privately to take my grad photos because nine times out of ten they come out the same quality anyways.
The other great thing about being able to take graduation pictures is that there’s going to be THOUSANDS of students that are going to graduate each year, and even if you charge eighty dollars a photoshoot and you get a hundred people who are interested, you’ve just made yourself eight thousand dollars.
If you’ve got your expenses all in check, having an extra eight thousand dollars would be revolutionary. All in all, being a photographer is an extremely rewarding side hustle for any college student.
9. Snow Shoveler
This one is for the campuses that revolve in a cold climate. Each and every year there’s going to be snow that comes down sometimes several feet at a time.
With the snow that falls, it means you’re going to have to get to shovelling. Although it’s really not the hardest or most skillful job out there, there are lots of people who are physically unable to do it and would pay for someone to do it.
Say you find ten house driveways and walkways that someone needs to be shovelled and you charge an easy fifteen dollars a yard, you’ve just made 150 dollars.
It may not seem like much compared to say the photographer example in number eight, but there’s absolutely no cap as to how fast you can shovel or how much you charge.
If you live in a place that doesn’t get much snow, like in the south and on the coasts I’ve still got you covered in number ten.
10. Lawn Service Provider
Although snowier and colder climates are common, dryer and warmer places are just more common. Even in the colder places have summer, and with summer means a lawn to take care of.
The long joked about lawn competition between neighbours is quite true and many people consider the condition of their lawns to be a show of their status in the world.
As stupid as that sounds, it’s quite true and the opportunity lies in being able to make someone’s lawn nicer than the ones beside it, for a decent price.
If you’ve got some experience in lawn care and have the equipment or know someone who you can borrow it from, you’re all set to go. If you can do a job that will blow away the competition and win the game, it’s almost a certainty that you’re going to get referrals which means more profit.
No matter what your experience or qualifications, there’s going to be something on this list that you should be able to do while you’re in college.
Whether you want to babysit after classes or mow lawns and shovel snow on the weekends, in a world full of opportunity there’s always going to be an answer to your money-making problem.
And who knows how far it can take you, start today and five years from now you could be living the life of your dreams.
You’ll never know until you try.
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Until next time,