Most Epic Jobs For College Students To Start as a Side Hustle

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We all know college isn’t cheap and working a minimum wage job really isn’t going to help you pay for your tuition or expenses.

Let’s face it – working up to 30 hours a week at a minimum wage job distracts you from putting more time into your academics.

So wouldn’t it be amazing if you found a part-time or an online job that paid you way more than a minimum wage job?

In this blog post, I’m going to show you some side hustles and online jobs where you can earn more than a minimum wage pay rate to afford your college tuition.

I got you homie. Check it!

1. Blogging

Pay rate: I have mentors who are bloggers, and they are making an easy $100,000 a month. A MONTH. This is after several years of being in the game though.

Where to get started: I highly recommend using BlueHost to get started, as this is a web host provider that I use for Smart-Noodle. As for making your website, I recommend using wordpress.org.

Description: Blogging is an incredibly awesome side hustle that you can eventually turn into a full-time job and primary source of income. I mean, think about it – being in college, you are already 50% ahead of the game writing research papers and essays. Some of the ways you can earn money from it is through ads, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, selling products, selling online courses and writing for other people.

Full disclosure: it will take a couple months before you actually start making money. Just keeping it real.

2. Start Flipping Items

Pay rate: Really depends on your hustle game.

Description: Flipping items is one of the fastest ways to start generating extra money. In fact, some people are making $100,000 a year or more from simply buying and flipping items for sale.

If you want proof, check out this hustler family who is making more than a full-time income by flipping items. Don’t worry, this isn’t an affiliate link – plus, I wouldn’t recommend anything, unless I’ve tried it first. 

I just wanted to provide you with a resourceful course on flipping items because people in the blogging world is talking about them. They have had many interviews from well-known bloggers like the sidehustlenation.com, thesellingfamily.com, and my favorite mentor, Michelle from Makingsenseofcents.com. 

From what I’ve learned, they are not scammers and they genuinely want to help you out.

3. Have Your Car Wrapped in Advertisements

Pay rate: usually $100-$200 per month, sometimes more (depending on your location)

Where to get started: 

  1. Carvertise
  2. Wrapify

Description: If you have a car and are constantly driving back and forth between classes or work, then this side hustle is for you.

Go to my blog post Make Money Getting Your Car Wrapped – Make $200 a Month or More for my full review of Carvertise and Wrapify to learn more about this side-hustle.

4. Social Media Manager

Pay rate: $16-$35 (per hour or task) depending on your level of experience

Where to get started: 

  1. Fiverr
  2. Upwork

Description:

Being a social media manager comes with many responsibilities – such as: promoting a brand, scheduling posts, analyzing engagement, and using tools for traffic. Some of the skills you’ll need to become successful in this side hustle include knowing how to manage an online community, having excellent writing skills, digital marketing, and figuring out how to get ahead.

5. Create an Online Course

Pay rate: Depends on what you offer

Where to get started: 

  1. Teachable
  2. Udemy

Description: Creating an online course with Teachable or Udemy is a great way to showcase your skills and make money if you decide to sell it. Seriously, if you are good at blogging, graphic design, winning scholarships, giving relationship advice, playing an instrument, or anything that solves a problem, people will pay for it. 

6. Become a Freelance Writer

Pay rate: $24.29/hour, depending on the articles you are working on and the source of the jobs

Where to apply: 
1) Fiverr
2) Upwork

Description: You should know that freelance writing has become a big hit in the market. It’s a popular side hustle because it’s so flexible – you can easily choose your work hours and start earning money. 

However, you need to up your speed and the quality of work you produce if you want to increase your pay.

7. Resume Writer

Pay rate: Up to $30 or more per resume

How to get started: You can get started by connecting with people who are interested in your service, but you can also check Fiverr and UpWork.

Description: Resumes have always been difficult for people to write. Creating one that will give you an advantage over other candidates when applying to jobs usually requires skill and talent. So if you can create a resume that is unique and good enough, then you will be in a position to ask for as low as $30 per resume and people will still pay. The more professional you get at it, the more you can raise your price.

8. Become a Photographer and Sell Picture

Pay rate: $20-$30 depending on your level of experience

Where to get started: You can connect with people you know or sell pictures online. If you prefer to sell photos you’ve already taken, check out Etsy, TourPhoto, and Snapped4u.

Description: If you have an interest in taking photos and having fun with a camera, then this is the gig for you. With photography, you set your rates according to the types of photos you’re able/willing to take. You can charge as low as $50 per shoot or take professional shots that can be featured in blogs and magazines. 

9. Personal Trainer (of any type)

Pay rate: $20-30 depending on your level of experience

Where to get started: Offer people something you will train them in

Description: This is a great side hustle for making money with a skill set you already possess! Are you muscular? Play sports? Train dogs? Great at giving relationship advice? You’d be surprised how many people are willing to pay someone to teach them a new skill that you possess. 

10. Bartender

Pay rate: usually $12-15, but don’t forget about tips!

Where to get started: Any of your local bars downtown

Description: Bartending has been one of the most known jobs among the students, especially since most of them don’t need a long time job. With this one, you may not get as much payment on the standards payment, but the tips are what gives someone the most repay. Many people I know make $30-$40 of tips every time they go in for work.

11. Professional Cleaner

Pay rate: $20-25, depending on your hustle

Where to apply: 

  1. Care.com
  2. Literally anywhere, see description below

Description: Oh, I know you weren’t just about to bash on cleaning services! Because I was actually a professional custodian for about 2 years at Cal Poly, and it was the BEST side hustle EVER.
Here is my advice: if you consider yourself a really clean person, tell all your friends, professors and co-workers you are turning it into a side hustle, and ask if they’re interested in your services. I did this and was actually getting paid to clean people’s houses for $25 PER HOUR. 

How was it that easy?

Because people are busy and do not have time to clean their place when it’s a total mess and paying someone $25 to make it disappear was a quick solution and good investment.

12. Pet Sitter

Pay rate: $17 to $25 per hour

Where to get started:

  1. Rover
  2. Wag!

Description: If you love animals, then this is the perfect side gig for you! You can walk dogs (and cats) or simply take care of them while their owners are away or busy. You can get jobs like this on Monster, starting at $13 to as much as $40 per gig. The more dogs you walk/take care of, the more money you get paid.

13. Tutor Online

Pay rate: Between $16-30

Where to get started:

  1. Literally anywhere in your town
  2. Chegg Tutor
  3. eTutorWorld
  4. TutorMe

Description: Signing up for sites like TutorMe and Chegg allows you to earn money based on the subject you teach. If you tutor a college student, you could charge $20 per hour or higher. The pay really depends on the subject, schedule, and availability.

14. Become a Driver

Pay rate: $15-$25 or more

Where to get started:

  1. Uber
  2. Lyft

Description: Driving happens to be a very lucrative line of work. Drivers, especially those who work for companies like Uber, earn at least $15.07 per hour, plus tips. I mean, just think about it. If you have a car, you can make a quick $50 a day, and it’s a super flexible gig, so you can drive on your own time. Most people even work less than 20 hours a week just to make extra cash.

15. Translator

Pay rate: $16-45 per hour

Where to get started:

  1. Hello Globo
  2. Language Line Solutions

Description: The simple act of translating deserves more recognition. Luckily, if you speak a second language, this is the perfect gig for you to make money using your skills. Employment data results show that translators can earn between $16.09 to $43.56 every hour. This, however, will be determined by your prowess and professional grip in the industry.

16. Graphic Designer

Pay rate: $15-40 per project or per hour

Where to apply:

  1. Design Pickle
  2. Fiverr

Description: This is one of the most popular freelance jobs people have gotten into lately. As long as you have some inside training on web development and a knack for design, this is a great fit for you. According to PayScale, you get to be paid at least $16. 75 per hour through working on sites like Dribble or Coroflot.com, among many others. This goes to even printing materials on the cloth if you are now very conversant with programs and websites.

17. Transcriber

Pay rate: $15-$30

Where to get started:

  1. Transcribe Me
  2. Go Transcripts

Description: Transcribing is one of the most fun side gigs you can opt to do. You can get paid starting at $15.90/hour to watch or listen to videos and write a script of everything that’s being said, which is used to create the subtitles in a video.

18. Mystery Shopper

Pay rate:  $8-50, depending on the task

Where to get started:

  1. Best Mark
  2. Market Force
  3. Confero Inc.
  4. Aboutface

Description: I have seen this more so in the fashion and retail industry. You get paid to shop and either give feedback on the service that you received or the availability of certain products. The exciting thing is that mystery shoppers can make around $8 for simple assignments. The more intense the assignment, the more you get paid (up to $50). You’re basically getting paid to be a secret agent who gets to shop.

19. Bookkeeper

Pay rate: starts at $21.20

Where to apply:

  1. ClickNwork
  2. Subscribe to Flex Jobs and they’ll find you a gig

Description: Companies will always need someone who is responsible for keeping records of all their accounts, especially during audits. You can get paid starting at $21.20 per hour.

20. Online Proofreading

Pay rate: Between $20-50

Where to get started:

  1. Proofreading services
  2. Flex Jobs

Description: Online proofreading is also a popular side hustle today. You choose what you want to work on, ranging from simple documents, books, or articles. You do, nonetheless, have to have a good grasp of the language and grammar rules. Depending on the site you use or the services you offer, you can charge clients between $20-50 for proof-reading 1000 words. It’s honestly a simple gig, and you get to choose the type of work you’re interested in.

21. Rent Out Your Room via AirBnB

Pay rate: Depends on how much you hustle

Description: If you are currently renting a room in a house that you share with a bunch of housemates, you can always rent out that room for at least 1 night a week via AirBnB (be sure to check in with your housemates though). Depending on where you live, you can easily make $50-100 per night. Imagine if you did that every week – assuming you charge $50 a night per week, that comes out to $200 a month. If it were me, I would charge between $80-100 per night.

Conclusion

Don’t feel limited by the amount of jobs I just covered and keep pursuing other side-hustles that are going to pay you more than minimum wage.

Identify skills or services you are good at, and see how you can turn them into a passive income to fund your education. You don’t have to wait until you get your college degree to start making good money, there are plenty of side-hustles out there.

A majority of these side hustles offer real-world experience that will help you when you start applying to big time companies.

If you would like to learn about additional side hustles to start making extra money, read this other blog post I wrote called 36 Ways to Make Money If You Are Broke.

I would love to hear some of the best side-hustles you have done or heard of in the comments section below.

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