This post was written by Boston on Budget contributor writer Kevin who is currently a student at Northeastern University.
Let’s face it, money is often tight in college. Between classes, studying, the (sometimes) unpaid internship & everything else- where’s any sort of time to make a few extra dollars? Fortunately, opportunities are all around to keep your wallet, and your bank account full.
1. Craigslist Jobs
Time to throw away all your misconceptions about Craigslist. Yes, it has some scammers and a pretty retro looking website, but there is money to be made here. If you’re looking for quick, immediate cash in your pocket- check out some of the gigs having to do with events and/or labor.
These aren’t necessarily physical work like mowing lawns or moving furniture, but are a wide variety of odd jobs. You could work as a greeter, serve on a food truck or promote a new item. Whatever the job, it’s usually first come first served, and often paid daily.
Have some random free time during the day? Maybe some in the middle of the night? Sign up for Postmates and turn that time into money. Postmates delivers just about anything 24/7 by foot, bike, car and even scooter. Sign up to become a courier and work as much or little as you want, and start collecting money along the way.
Love making money? Love dogs? Love making money with dogs? DogVacay lets pet owners find trusted, verified sitters, and lets people like you make some money. Simply create an account on the website and then you’re totally in control. You decide the type of dogs you want to watch (or walk, or groom), and your schedule- while DogVacay takes care of the payment process. How could you go wrong here?
Money for your opinions? Sounds like a pipe dream…right? Not anymore with UserTesting. Lots of website owners wonder what people think when they visit their sites. UserTesting lets you help them. Get paid by giving feedback as you complete tasks after visiting a website or an app. UserTesting’s software monitors your reactions and lets the developers know how they can improve their websites.
At first glance, Fiverr’s apparent low payouts might not seem worth it. Don’t be fooled, it’s one of the best ways on the internet to market your skills. No matter what you’re good at, it’s probably being sold on Fiverr already, but this doesn’t mean you can’t make any money. Whether it’s graphic design, writing, voiceovers or even making origami- the opportunities are endless to make money. Create an account, start building gigs and start making money.
What are you favorite ways to make a little side money in college and beyond?