The new college school year is coming up, and with college costs getting higher each year, one of the recurring challenges is trying to find jobs to help finance your education so you don’t have to rely so much on student loans.
Jobs aren’t so easy to get these days, especially when you have a limited schedule that has to leave plenty of time for classes and homework.
One of the best ways to get around that is by finding jobs online. Just a few years ago, working online was mostly a novelty, but it’s becoming more common all the time.
But one thing to be aware of is that online jobs look a lot different than regular jobs. In fact, many of the best ones aren’t jobs at all.
Here are some of the more common online jobs and opportunities for college students.
I was hesitant to put this one one here since it isn’t a job per se, but it is a legit way to make a few bucks. Basically this is a free site that offers you a bunch of ways to earn cash, gift cards, or other rewards.
You can earn by answering polls, taking surveys, doing simple tasks (like giving feedback about a website), trading in old video games or books, and even playing games on their site.
I have used them for months and have received multiple payments from them, so I can attest that it is legit. While you won’t get rich with them, it would surely beat working in the campus kitchen for minimum wage like I did in college.
2. Ipsos ISay
If getting paid to answer surveys from your phone excites you, then this one is for you. It definitely beats working at a fast food joint like I did in college
Ipsos i-Say is a survey app that allows you to take surveys, earn points, and then cash out for PayPal or other rewards.
It is a great user experience and really just a nice site.
In order to try them out you need to sign up here first and then they will send you a link for the app.
3. Online Instructing
Education, training and instruction are moving to the web. From a consumer standpoint, it can be one of the best ways to find the widest number of instructors at the lowest possible price. Some companies are taking notice — one of them is education services leader, Kaplan.
Also did you know that English speakers are in high demand in Asia? As a result many are turning to freelance English teachers using websites like Italki.com. The site is basically a virtual online classroom for freelance teachers and students. Anyone can offer lessons (and set their own price) and anyone can take lessons.
From a quick scan, it looks like making $15/hour is a fair expectation.
4. Online Selling
And I will just give you an idea that worked well for me:
For a simple way to start making money with this idea, download the BookScouter App on your phone.
This app allows you to scan the ISBN of any book and it tells you the prices that 30+ websites are willing to pay for that particular book.
You can take this into a thrift store or garage sale and find books that you can buy for 25 or 50 cents and then turn and sell for a few bucks and voila – you have a simple business running and some pizza money.
The image on the right shows the app and what bookstores are willing to pay for that book.
5. Get Paid Testing Websites
Many big companies are looking for feedback about the usability of their website.
This is where Usertesting.com comes in. You sign up for free and then answer questions about a particular website, explaining what is good or bad, confusing or clear, etc. and then you get paid.
You have to be accepted into the program and must be 18+, but the payouts are pretty good! Their current payouts are $10-$15 per test and the tests normally take about 20 minutes.
This can work well if you already have a blog up and running, or have the patience to build one and get traffic coming to it. Once you have a blog that’s bringing in at least a few thousand visitors per month, you can use it to make money.
There are ready-made advertising and affiliate programs you can use to make money on your blog. Google Adsense is a complete package on the advertising side — basically all you need to do is sign up for an account, paste the ad code into your site, and you’re ready to go. It’s just about the lowest maintenance way to make money on a blog
For affiliate sales, you can also use a program, such as CJ Affiliate. They provide a list of advertisers and products for you to choose from. Pick the ones most relevant to your site, and you’ll have another passive income source for your blog.
Still another way to make money from a blog is by preparing and selling your own e-book. Pick a subject you’re knowledgeable in, one that people are likely to pay to learn about, write your e-book, then market it on your site. If you sign up for PayPal — and you should if you want to work on the web — you can use their shopping cart to not only collect payments for your e-book, but also to download it once they’ve paid. Again, this is an easy, passive way to earn extra money from your blog.
Do you notice that many of the best ways to make money online involve some form of self-employment? That’s something you should embrace, especially if you’re in college. Once you get out of school, the entrepreneurial experience you will gain from running your own business on the web will help you in more ways than you might understand right now. It might even be the basis of your life’s career!
BONUS: Get Paid For Scanning Your Groceries
Have you heard of the National Consumer Panel (NCP)?
Well, they pay you to scan your grocery purchases with their Smartphone App.
Basically, as a member of NCP you help manufacturers and retailers make decisions on what products to develop or improve.
How It Works:
- Sign up for your free account here
- Next NCP will provide you access to use their Smartphone App
- Then, you’ll use your phone to scan the barcodes on all products you purchase during any shopping trip.
- You record some other information like where you shopped and how much you paid.
- Each week you are compensated with points that can be redeemed for CASH.
Recommended Offline Job: Drive For Uber
In case you have been living under a rock Uber is an app that basically eliminates the need to ever call a taxi. Instead of calling a cab, you just click “request driver” and then a Uber driver gets a notification and comes and picks you up.
The service is way faster than calling a cab and is about half the price.
I say all that to say that as a driver for Lyft, you use your own car, drive only when you want to, and (according to driver testimonials) get paid up to $30/hr to pick people up and drive them around. Not too shabby.