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30 Simple Ways To Make Money While In School

30 Simple Ways To Make Money While In School
Tyler Rodriquez Nov 28, 2019
Want to Earn Some Extra Money?

As a student, you may find yourself with very little time to get a job that requires hours of your day.

Between studying, getting to class, getting a good night’s sleep, and still have somewhat of a social life, being tied down to a job is not always in everyone’s best interest.

Luckily, with the advancements of technology, you no longer have to flip burgers or wait tables to make ends meet while in school.

There are many different ways to earn a decent living while working around your school schedule using your smartphone and the internet.

Today, we are going to look at 33 different ways you can easily make some extra money while in school.

1. Get Free Food & Get Paid To Mystery Shop

If you are in school, you are well aware of how much food costs if you do not know how to cook for yourself. 

So what better way to stay fed than to get paid to eat? 

Sounds too good to be true right? 

Well you can do just that with mystery shopping through an app called Field Agent.

Field Agent connects companies to consumers and allows them to perform mystery shops on their stores. 

Many times, you can find shops that will require you to purchase food in order to evaluate how their presentation is. 

These jobs usually pay you a flat rate for the job and reimburse you for your food.

2. Take Surveys Between Classes

As a student, you don’t have much time between studying, sports, working, and having a social life.

This will mean you need to be making the most of every bit of free time you may have to help make some money.

One of the easiest things to do when you have a few minutes between classes is to get paid to complete online surveys.

Sites like Swagbucks allow you to earn gift cards to popular retailers simply by completing survey from your phone.

These surveys vary in length and the payout is calculated by the length of the survey.

By completing a few of these a day when you are waiting for your professor to get to class, you can be on your way to earning high dollar gift cards!

3. Make $50 A Year By Downloading An App

What if you could make $50 a year by doing nothing but downloading an app and leaving it installed on your device?

That is exactly what you can do by downloading the Nielsen Panel app.

This easy to use app can be downloaded onto your smartphone or added to your desktop browser.

The only thing that it does is record your browsing history to track the popularity of websites across the world wide web.

You can also receive entries for Nielsen’s $10,000 giveaway by using your desktop or laptop computer.

Each month, 400 people will win a prize including two $1,000 prizes.

4. Earn Cash By Reviewing Music 

Listening to music is a hobby of just about all the kids that attend school as it is a way to pass the time on your way to school, studying, or even hanging out with your friends. 

Using an app called Slice The Pie, you can get paid for your feedback on certain tracks, allowing you to make money by simply listening to music.

You have the chance to earn more money by leaving higher quality reviews which means your earning potential can be higher if you put in a little more effort.

Your opinion helps to impact the decisions of record labels and artists decisions on their music.

5. Get Paid To Watch Videos

As previously mentioned, when in school, you can find small windows of free time between classes or on the bus to school, so why not make the most of that time?

A simply way that you can use these extra minutes in your day to help make you money is by using InboxDollars.

InboxDollars allows you to earn money by simply watching movie trailers, television shows, and online advertisements.

This is the perfect way to use those small windows of time to your advantage and start earning some passive income. 

This site uses a points system that can be redeemed at certain intervals for gift cards to popular retail stores.

6. Start A Blog – And Get Paid

Since the beginning of the internet, the term blog has always been around, but many are still in the dark on how they actually make money.

It isn’t always as simple as just getting a blog site up and putting all of your thoughts on it, you have to provide entertainment or value to your audience.

With a blog site, you can actually earn money in multiple different ways.

You can run ads on your site through AdSense or by allowing companies to buy advertising spots on your site.

You can also become an Amazon affiliate and earn money for every sale you make through your specific Amazon link hosted on your site.

As a student, there are many different blog topics you can choose from, you just need to make sure you stick to one and become a trusted source for your information.

7. Freelance Write For Extra Money

If setting up a blog doesn’t seem like a route that you want to take, you could always use your blogging skills to freelance write for someone else’s blog.

Using sites like Upwork or Fiverr allow you to connect with businesses or website owners to complete work that they do not want to do themselves or do not have time to do. 

As a student, you will most likely have to write for a school assignment, so why let that good skill go to waste?

You can earn thousands of dollars a month by building relationships with blog owners and writing blog topics for them.

Of course, you can explore writing product descriptions, reviews, and other writing styles that are offered on the site as well.

8. Sell Your Photos From Your Phone

If you have a smartphone, chances are that you have taken a photo with your phone at some point or another.

Did you know that you could earn up to $120 per download of a photo by selling your photos to Shutterstock?

Shutterstock is an online stock photo website that will allow you to upload your photos and pay you each time that it is downloaded.

This is a quick and easy way to make passive income if you like taking photos with your phone.

Obviously, you will want to make sure that you are taking high quality photos of things that people will want to use to ensure that you have the highest chance of your photos being downloaded.

This is a simple side hustle for any student that has a smartphone and an eye for photography.

9. Earn Cash Back On Groceries

One thing that you are not going to be able to avoid when in college is having to buy groceries.

When you are out spending your hard earned money on food and drinks for the week, you might as well be trying to get some of that money back right?

By downloading an app called Ibotta, you can start earning cash back on the groceries that you buy each week.

The app is pretty simple, all you have to do is search for the qualifying products, purchase them, and then scan the receipt and wait for your rewards.

You can start to cash out after you have racked up $20 worth of cashback rewards and you can cash out on gift cards to popular sites like Amazon and Walmart.

10. Become A Personal Shopper

Speaking of grocery shopping, if you enjoy grocery shopping, or at least wouldn’t mind being paid to do it, there is an app that will allow you to get paid to do someone else’s shopping.

Instacart is a grocery story delivery service that connects customers with shoppers to both allow shoppers to get paid to shop and customers to get their groceries delivered right to their home.

As a shopper, you can pick up work straight from the app and work on your own schedule.

You simply wait for an order to be placed, pick it up at the grocery store, and deliver it to the customer who ordered it.

11. Rent Your Car Out While In Class

While you are sitting in class all day, you could be renting out your car to make some serious passive income. 

With an app called Turo, you can put your car up for rental for the day and make money every time someone rents it out.

There are a few restrictions against which cars can be rented out, but for most people with up to date cars, this could be a great way to earn some extra money, especially if you walk to and from class all day or don’t need your car on certain days.

This can turn into a quick and easy way for you to make more money while you are in school than you could while working a part time job after school.

12. Work As A Rideshare Driver After School

If renting out your car isn’t something that you feel comfortable doing, you could always get paid to drive people around in your car, similar to a taxi.

Over the past few years, the rise of the rideshare industry has dominated the personal transportation industry and has provided school students with an easy way to work on their own schedule while making some pretty good money.

All you need is a reliable car with 4 doors and insurance and you can start earning money simply by driving people from one destination to the other.

In college towns, apps such as Uber and Lyft are quite popular, meaning many college students can easily find plenty of work with these apps.

13. Walk Dogs In Your Off Time

For those who love pets, there is no better way to earn money than by walking dogs in your spare time.

If you haven’t noticed, many of the ideas on this list revolve around working on your own time, and this app is no different.

Using Rover, you can connect with people who are in need of dog walkers to get paid for walking their dogs.

This app is very easy to use and allows you the ability to make up to $1,000 a month simply by logging in, scheduling a walk, and walking their dogs.

14. Become An Online Tutor

Most everyone has a certain skill that they are particularly good at.

For most students, they tend to gravitate to a certain study and become very good at it, to the point where they could teach it.

Using, you can apply to become an online tutor and help others who are in need of learning your skillset. 

This is an easy way for you to share your knowledge and make really good money doing so.

Depending one what you are teaching and how many people are needing to know how to do your certain skills, you can make a wide range of different hourly wages.

15. Help To Test Websites

It is no secret that most college students are pretty familiar with the internet.

After all, most of your college courses and enrollments are done through the college’s website online.

Why not use this experience with the internet help you to earn some extra money on the side after class?

Using a site called, you can get paid to visit sites and give a video review about what you think about the site and how it functions.

Your reviews and opinions help website owners make high level decisions on what they need to keep or change, allowing you to make a big impact on the site’s usability while getting paid to do so.

16. Become A Closed Captioner/Transcriptor

Another way to make an easy side income is to help to transcribe videos in your off time.

TranscribeMe, an online website that allows you to get connected with businesses and people needing videos transcribed, allows you to make anywhere from $15-$22/hour simply transcribing video.

Depending on where you live, this could be a much higher paying job than most minimum wage college jobs and you can do it on your own time.

As long as you have a computer, a reliable internet connection, and good listening skills, you can start earning some serious money by simply typing out what other people are saying in videos.

17. Become A Social Media Manager

With social media becoming more and more popular among this generation of college students, why not put these skills to work by becoming a social media manager for a business?

While you could go business to business in your neighborhood looking for potential clients, you can use Upwork to find businesses who are avidly looking for someone to run their social media networks.

You can set your own prices, be your own boss, and basically work on your own schedule, depending on the types of services that you want to offer.

This has the potential to grow from supplemental income, into an increasingly growing business once you graduate and have more time and resources to dedicate towards it.

18. Offer Consulting For Your Skillset

While we have talked about selling your skill set via social media managing, blog writing, and transcribing, there are ways to make money by not having to do so much labor when involving yourself around these skills.

You can offer your skill set through a consulting service which allows you to keep customers on a retainer or monthly contract, and they reach out whenever they have questions.

Posting your consulting skills on Fiverr will allow you to find interested candidates and allow you to earn some easy cash without having to dedicate a lot of time and work on your end.

This is a great route to take for things such as marketing services or business services.

19. Edit Videos For Content Creators

With the rise of digital video and more and more people getting into Youtube, many content creators may not know how to edit videos or simply not have the time to do so.

Whether you know how to edit videos, or can take the time to learn the basics, offering this service to not only content creators, but businesses, can help generate a nice income.

The best part of handling just the editing side of things is that you do not have to have much to get started.

A reliable computer, a video editing program, and an internet connection is all you need to turn a large group of video clips into a cinematic video.

20. Become An Amazon Affiliate

One of the most popular supplemental income streams that has taken off over the past decade is affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing, in a nutshell, is making money from people clicking links on your website or blog and purchasing items on another site.

Amazon’s affiliate program is one of the most popular programs on the world wide web and allows affiliates to earn money when a customer clicks on the specific link and makes a purchase on Amazon’s site.

To get the most from this, use your most popular channels whether it be your website, blog, Youtube channel, or even social media to help drive more traffic to your links to get a better chance of a bigger payout.

21. Sell Your Unused Items Online

Many college students have things laying around that they no longer use.

With moving all of your items from your parent’s house to your new dorm, and often times, to a new apartment, you will find yourself hoarding things that you no longer need.

Using an app like LetGo or 5Miles, you can sell your unused items online and make some good money, depending on what you have to sell.

This goes for just about anything like clothes, electronics, sports equipment, and any other items you may have laying around.

Make sure to do your research on the app to see what similar items are selling for to get a good asking price so you can get the most for your items.

22. Learn To Flip Low Priced Items

A popular technique used by many to make some extra money is “flipping” items. 

Flipping is a term used to describe buying an item at a low price, and then selling it for a higher price and banking on the difference.

As a college student, this can be a little difficult as it requires some funds up front, but if you start small and work your way up, you can quickly be on your way to bigger flips down the road.

You can use the Amazon App or Amazon Price Check app to quickly scan items that you find on clearance to see exactly how much you can expect to make from selling it at that price.

23. Sell Crafts On Etsy

If you are the type of student who enjoys art and likes to spend your off time creating crafts, you could be selling them online in your own online business store.

Etsy, a popular online marketplace, is a great place to upload photos and descriptions of your crafts to reach potential buyers.

Taking a quick look at the site, you will quickly realize that there are many different things you can make to make a wide variety of incomes.

The best part is, you can run this online store from just about anywhere you have internet access.

All you need are your craft supplies, a smartphone, and a way to ship your items out, unless of course it is a digital good.

Who knows, you could start your own self sustaining craft business by trying out Etsy while in college.

Etsy uses a lot of business fundamentals so those who are going to school are going to benefit from being able to use their skills to help better market their products.

24. Start A Drop Ship Business

Dropshipping has been one of the most popular crazes over the past decade as the promises of getting rich without having to actually do much has gotten many people into the business.

Dropshipping is basically being the middle man for selling items online. 

What you do is set up an online store, get with vendors who will offer you wholesale pricing to help sell their products, sell the products on your store, have them shipped from the vendor to the customer, and collect the profits.

Since you do not have to physically stock or touch the products yourself, you will never have to worry about needing office space or a warehouse. 

That is, unless you outgrow your one person operation down the line.

25. Create A Profitable Youtube Channel 

Youtube is one of the largest social networks on the internet right now and many people are quitting their jobs and making more money than they ever have by creating profitable Youtube channels.

While it is quite easy to setup a Youtube channel and start making videos, the trick to being profitable is to understand your market and know what routes to take to start churning some money.

You can use affiliate links like we mentioned before, which is great for people who feature tools or other products in their videos where people are likely to go purchase them.

Another way that people are making serious money is by getting sponsors for their videos.

Companies will pay good money to have their products highlighted on popular Youtube channels with loyal followings.

26. Earn Amazon Gift Cards From Downloading Apps

Possibly one of the easiest ways to make money on this whole list is with an app called PocketFlip.

Pocketflip allows you to earn points by downloading and trying out apps, rewarding larger rewards for signing up for free trials.

App creators use PocketFlip to generate new users and have them download their apps. 

You get rewarded by a points system that can be used to cash out on gift cards similar to many of the other apps on this list. 

Using this app is so easy that we earned an easy $10 Amazon gift card in the first hour of trying it out.
Just imagine what a few hours a week could do for you.

27. Scan Barcodes And Get Paid For It

If you have extra time on your hands to get out of the house or even some additional time when you are grocery shopping, there is an app that will allow you to make money just by scanning certain items.

Shopkick, a smartphone app, rewards you with points for entering certain stores, scanning barcodes on participating products, and even purchasing products that are featured on their app.

The points can be stocked up and cashed on gift cards at specific intervals to your favorite large retailers.

This is an easy way to use up a day around town making money without having to spend any addition money.

28. Rent Out An Extra Room

College is one of the first times that many people learn to live on their own whether it be in a dorm, apartment, rented house, etc. 

If you are a student living off campus, you know exactly how expensive it can get, especially if you have a larger apartment or house with additional rooms.

One way to help you pay your rent and even make a little extra money for groceries is to rent out one of your extra rooms.

You can use Airbnb, an app designed to help people rent out rooms or whole homes, to get your room rented out. 

While Air BnB is usually for single or multiple night stays, which is great for college towns when people visit their friends and families, you can also look into more permanent solutions where you can draft a full contract for a roommate.

29. Create Your Own Marketing Company

With the various technologies available at your finger tips, you can create just about any type of business from your smartphone. 

One simple way that students can create their own business is by making a marketing business with the help of Upwork. 

Through Upwork, you can build a network of freelancers to use when you need them to complete various tasks for your marketing agency. 

For example, you can offer graphic design, SEO, and paid search services to companies and charge a flat monthly rate. 

You can hire your experts of each service through Upwork and pay them a lower price to collect the difference in price. 

Use this business model to scale your business and provide an easy passive income source.

30. Get Paid To Walk To Class

Chances are, if you are in college, you are going to be doing some walking around campus. 

Whether it’s to and from class, to your car parked in the parking lot, or simply for exercise, walking is a part of any student’s life. 

Using an app called Sweatcoins, you can ask actually make money for the time that you spend walking. 

While you won’t get rich doing so, there is certainly some money to be made by doing something that requires no extra effort minus downloading and running an app. 

This is one app you will want to download and let run at all times to rack up money over a longer period of time.


So there you have it, 30 easy ways you can make money while in school without having to get a full time job.

Many of these tips can be used in conjunction with each other to maximize your earnings and allow you to have some passive income. 

By using these techniques, you can break free from the mold of having to work all night and constantly be tired.Use these tips to wok in between classes and earn cash while in class and keep your precious special and study time to make your school experience as fun as can be.

Tyler Rodriquez

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