How to Make Money Online as a College Student

How to Make Money Online as a College Student

As a college student, finding ways to make money can be hard and important at the same time. It becomes an important part of surviving especially if you have to pay rent and for food. Between your classes and homework it can be hard to squeeze in a job and these days the internet has become a valuable tool.

Whether you’re going through school or looking to help someone who is, here are some easy ways to make some cash online in the process.

Create a YouTube Channel

YouTube has become a hit internet site and are now used to help rake in some cash. This is a great way to make some income especially if you’re into the filming industry. It can help make money and build a portfolio, and in fact some people make enough money on YouTube to live off of.

Consider an idea to make a channel on and begin making videos. Advertisements will start running on your site and videos. The more views your videos get, the more money you make!

For tips and tricks on starting up your own successful YouTube channel click HERE

Sell Stock Photography

If you’re majoring in photography, consider selling stock photography. This can be an ideal way to gain some skills and can help you build a professional portfolio for yourself. There are many websites that will pay for stock photos and each download gets you paid.

If you are good enough chances are you’ll be raking in the big bucks in no time at all. Keep in mind that pictures of people need signed releases.

Consider Creating E-Books

E-books are becoming valuable and can be found all over Amazon and the internet in general. Consider sticking with a niche you are familiar with. This makes the writing come a lot easier and allows you to portray yourself as an expert.

You can help other people learn new things or give advice in certain areas such as relationships. If you’re into writing, this can help you get discovered. It can help you gain some knowledge and insight on what it takes to become a well-established writer.

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Show Your Stuff on Etsy

So you have a knack for crafty stuff, huh? Consider the world of Etsy and what it can do for you. Turn your favorite crafts into a money maker. If you’re into arts and crafts, consider creating unique pieces and selling them.

People spend their days looking for unique ideas and gifts for loved ones or even for their home. If you are creative enough and can come up with creative ideas, the DIY section of Etsy can become a money making machine for you.

Create a Blog

Blogging has become a popular thing for millions of people all across the internet. Several college students use blogs to talk about their days, their frustrations, and more while in college. Other students can relate to your frustration, and experiences. They may find comfort in knowing they aren’t alone.

You can also gain a large audience and get some advertising involved on your blog. This is how you make money with a blog. The more views you get the higher your blog ranks in search engines.

Consider posting some product reviews and gain some income as an affiliate or by helping to promote products. Blogger and WordPress are two great sites that offer free blogging sites.

For FREE tutorials on how to build a successful blog we recommend using the tutorials offered by the Wealthy Affiliate

Design Tops

If you are into graphic design, what better way to get your name known than to design t-shirts. There are several sites that allow you to upload images and create a brand of shirts that are customized.

You can see what’s selling now and consider getting into the business of creating and selling shirts. After all, who doesn’t love a comfortable t-shirt for those lazy days?

Market and Sell Research Papers

You’re a college student so you know how hard it can be to write an essay or research paper. Most students spend a lot of time writing their research paper, and most students aren’t aware that they can get paid for doing this.

There are sites such as Yahoo Voices ( formerly Associated Content ) that will pay you $1.50 for every 1,000 people that view your paper. Make sure you write for legitimate sites so you know you’re going to get paid. Make sure you aren’t choosing sites that will sell your papers to other students looking for an easy A.

Write for The Internet

There are several clients and websites that will pay you to write content for their site. This can be a great way to make some extra cash especially if you’re interested in writing.

You can write on something you are familiar with, or some clients may request you write on something you aren’t familiar with. This comes with adequate research though. Some companies will want to see a sample first though before they ask you to do any writing for them.

If you are interested in FREE writing & content creation training we recommend checking out the tutorials at the Wealthy Affiliate

Sell Video Game Accounts

For the gamers who love playing video games consider making a character, and once you make enough in the game or get far enough consider selling your gamer account. This can be a lucrative business and can help you make some money on the side. There are several sites where you can sell your accounts allowing you to make some good side money.

Sell on Ebay or Amazon

We all have items lying around that we don’t need and that we can profit from. Consider selling them online rather than throwing them away. Some people will buy the most unique items that you thought had no value.

Some of these items include that old lace handkerchief of your grandma’s you’ve been holding on to. You can set an item for sale and let it begin in sales or bids. You don’t have to sit in front of your computer and pay attention to it.

As a college student, these are some great ways to help make some income for food or to help cover tuition. Consider these options or get creative and think of some on your own.

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13 comments on “How to Make Money Online as a College Student

  1. You’ve offered some really useful ways on How to Make Money Online as a College Student. I am actually adding it to favourites even though I’m not at college. It’s useful information that anyone can use!

    1. Hi K,
      Glad to hear that we have covered a few topics that interest you – feel free to spread the love and let others know about the post 🙂

  2. Hey Chris,

    Ten awesome ideas for students you have outlined here!

    Please tell me do you get free hosting with Wealthy Affiliate?

    Great Website you have here


    1. Hi Tim,
      Yes the Wealthy Affiliate offer free unlimited hosting to their premium members. The free members are allowed two FREE websites to be hosted with them. It’s a win-win situation really whatever membership you go for 🙂

  3. Hi Chris great to revisit your site again.
    I see you’ve put together some great ideas on how to make some money on the internet for college students. I would have to say by some of the stuff you have listed, just about anybody could make some money online with what your writing about.
    I can certainly see students and especially those taking business wanting to do some of your suggestions, do you feel with the diversity of Wealthy Affiliates that this would be good for a lot of other people as well?

    1. Hello again Travis – nice to see you back here so soon!
      These suggestions will be a fit for anyone who wants to earn some money online. Students, stay at home mums, those currently looking for work – anyone!!!
      Thanks for stopping by and visiting again – we love to see repeat offenders 🙂

  4. This website is fabulous! I only wish that something like this had existed when I was a student. I will absolutely be looking into the various methods that you’ve highlighted, some of which are highly appealing. How long did it take you to get this site up and running? Must have been a lot of research. Well done.

  5. Awesome article on how to make money online as a college student. Got interested in Wealthy Affiliate… Do you think it’s safe to join? I’m a bit scared that I’ll get scammed though. Thanks a lot for writing this article!

    1. Hi Jes,
      I learned my trade through WA and I can safely say it is the ONLY place to learn your trade online. No hype, no broken promises – just an education and community to help you through the learning process 🙂

  6. Hi Chris!

    This is a really useful post — there are some really great tips on here, not just for college students! I’ve personally used several of these methods, and they’ve all worked really well.


    1. Yeah they can be used by anyone who is looking to make some sort of money online. I’m glad you’ve seen some sort of return with some of these methods Julian 🙂
      Cheers for stopping by and looking over what our article has to offer!

  7. Hi Chris, What great information you have provided on how to make money online as a college student. I am not a college student but have a daughter that will be going next year. I will be saving this site for her benefit as well as for mine. I am not as techy as you young people but always willing to learn something new and this site will provide me the information and also the encouragement to do so. Thanks for sharing this information for all of us, college student or not.

    1. Hi there Suzette,
      Glad this article managed to help you locate a few ideas for your daughter’s upcoming studies at college. Wish her luck from me 🙂

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