6 Ways Broke College Students Can Earn Extra Money
Despite what The Notorious B.I.G. says, mo’ money definitely means less problems – just ask any college student. Between tuition, housing, books, food, all those mysterious fees, and, you know, all the other costs of living, money disappears fast.
For some students, it can be impossible to hold down a job on top of heavy course loads, extracurriculars, and other obligations. For others, a part-time job still isn’t enough to make ends meet. Luckily, there are plenty of ways for college students to earn a few extra bucks that don’t involve stripping or selling your soul. Here’s six:
1. Sell your unwanted clothing.
Do some digging through your closet, and you’re bound to find a few things you can get rid of. Apps like Poshmark, Depop, and Vinted make it easy to sell clothing, shoes, and other accessories that have been left behind in your wardrobe.
If you need cash fast, you can also take the clothes you don’t wear anymore to your local consignment shop. Check online or call the store to see what they’re currently accepting first, but as long as your items are in style and in good condition, you should be able to walk out with some extra money in your pocket.
2. Baby-, dog-, or house-sit.
Have a little extra time on your hands? Check out apps like UrbanSitter and Rover, or ask around your neighborhood to see if anyone could use a sitter.
3. Sell your hair.
If you’re thinking of cutting your locks, you could earn hundreds by selling it on BuyandSellHair.com. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
4. Become a taxi.
If you’re paying the extra money to bring your car to campus, you may as well use it to make some extra money. As long as you’re 21 or over, have at least a year of driving experience, a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and background check, and a 4-door vehicle, you can sign up with Uber or Lyft to become a driver in your free time.
5. Review songs online.
Google “review songs for money,” and 60,400,000 results come back. You’ve got your work cut out for you (which, in this case, is a good thing).
6. Sign up with Ebates.
Get $10 for free when you sign up and make your first purchase. From there, you can earn free cash back on anything you buy online through the stores they’re partnered with. If you can’t resist a little impulse shopping online, at least soften the blow to your bank account by earning a little money off of it!