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Online Job Opportunities for College Students
10 Ideas for Scoring Extra Cash
As a senior in college, I have learned over the past three years that balancing school and work can be difficult. With the growth of technological capabilities, the market for online work has grown, creating great opportunities for students, such as myself, to supplement their income. While I was researching different job options, I found a number of different ways to make money without having to leave home.
1. Filling out surveys
This was the first job I attempted, and I will admit it is quite tedious and a little frustrating. However, there are a number of sites, such as iPoll (this is the one I used), where you can provide companies with your opinions on products and make money for it. The surveys can pay anywhere from 50 cents to as much a $4, and usually take anywhere from 3-35minutes. Typically, you have to make at least $10 before you will be allowed to redeem your money.
2. Flip domain names
Another way to make money online could be to research what is becoming popular and then buy out the domain name for it (e.g. Ariana Grande is becoming popular, so you buy "arianagrande.com"). By doing this, you can make money selling that domain name to interested customers. Believe it or not, there are some people who make a lot of money on the side with this.
3. Data entry
There are sites, like Amazon, which allow people to make money entering data on websites. This job requires no skill and allows you to get paid for every entry. However, this job is incredibly tedious, as you only make 1 cent for each piece of data you enter.
4. Sell stock photos
If you're interested in photography, it is possible for you to make money by selling your work online for a flat rate fee. Sites like iStockPhoto and ShutterStock allow you to upload your photos and charge money to those who wish to purchase them. If you decide to go this route, however, you will want to make sure that you choose your tags appropriately to ensure the greatest number of hits.
5. Become a freelance writer
Personally, for me, this has turned out to be the best option (then again, I write novels, so I may be a bit biased). There are a number of different websites you can go to that will allow you to make money off of your writing. Some are more professional than other, such as Write.com where you are required to fill out three questions to apply, while others do not require much writing skill. A great example would be this website, hubpages, in which you can get paid for writing opinion or informational articles while using Google's Adsense. If you write enough articles, you will make a good amount of money overtime. After doing some research, I found that you can even make more than $200 a month once you've been writing for a few months.
6. Create an eBook
Creating eBooks is a lot easier than going the traditional route of getting your work published (trust me; I know), and it allows you to possibly make some money on the side. Using easy publishing applications, such as Mac's iBook Author or Blurb, you can get your work out there and attempt to bring in some extra cash to help with the rent.
7. Make an app/website
This option is not for everyone, as coding is a difficult skill to master. However, it is an option for those who already have a foundation in the subject. My boyfriend is a computer science major, and he created a website to help me put together my schedule of classes. While we did not do much to promote the site/app, there have been college students who have come up with great ideas for new applications/websites who have actually made a good income off of their work.
8. Provide services
If you're a creative person, there are different sites where you can offer various services at a price of anywhere from $5-$95. In fact, you don't even really have to be creative at all. The services you provide could be the selling of artwork you have created, making caricatures, or even just providing feedback to the user's blog or website.
9. Become a freelance designer
If you are great at art, being a freelance designer may serve as a great option to make some cash on the side. Although I have not looking into this myself, I am vaguely aware of websites like Etsy, where artists sell their work, such as custom shoes and paintings. It is possible that, as a college student, you could find a site such as this and use it to sell your work online.
10. Create your own store
If you do not know how to code/create your own website, or you just can't be bothered to put the time into it, you can still use sites like eBay and CafePress to sell items online. You could sell artwork, like in #9, or you could just sell your old textbooks, electronics, etc. There is always money to be made in the online market.