Money is tight in college – that’s a fact. It’s a little bit unnerving sometimes when you want to enjoy your time and go out with friends, but your wallet is telling you to do otherwise. Not to mention, there are other costs that continue adding up – such as student loans, meals, class materials, etc. Even if you’re just looking for a little something extra so that you can treat yourself to a shopping trip, it’s nice to know that you have that financial freedom.
The thought of all these purchases and payments might give you a headache, but there are some simple ways you can make a little extra money so that you won’t have to stress. The next time you find yourself needing some extra cash in your pocket, see if one of these ideas will work for you.
Find a part time job.
It might seem challenging taking on a part time job on top of school, but it’s definitely something that’s manageable! Employers of part time jobs are typically very flexible when it comes to planning your work schedule around classes.
Return old purchases.
Do you ever buy something and then it just sits around untouched collecting dust? You’ve probably even forgotten about those purchases at this point. See if you can search for the receipts, then return them for some quick cash.
Become a sitter.
Becoming a baby sitter, house sitter, or a pet sitter is a quick way to get some extra cash in your pocket. The best part? You get to choose your rates and you have complete control over your availability.
Offer tutoring services.
If you’ve got stellar skills in a particular subject, you can become a tutor for those that need some extra help. There are tutors needed for basically any subject. Do you consider yourself a math guru? Not everyone can solve math equations as fast as you can, but there are definitely students willing to pay the right price if you can help them pass their Calculus exam!
Sell old belongings.
Websites like Craigslist make selling old items a breeze. Go through some belongings you don’t use anymore (make sure they’re still in good condition!), and see if anyone is willing to take them off your hands for you – for a price, of course! You can also choose to go the old fashioned way and hold a little yard sale.
Cash in on your talents.
Creative students have a little bit of a perk here. People will pay good money for services if you’ve got a talent worth sharing. Are you super crafty? Sell some of your work on Etsy. Do you love writing? Find a publication to freelance for. There are many more ways you can use your talents for a little extra cash, you just have to figure out what you’re good at!
Take on small jobs.
If you’ve got some free time, take on some little jobs here and there. This can be anything from mowing lawns and raking leaves to washing cars and walking dogs. Many people are too busy to take care of these chores themselves, so they’ll appreciate the extra help.
Relax – making some extra cash isn’t so hard after all! What will you do with this extra money? Maybe swap the ramen dinner for a nice juicy cheeseburger? We think you should go for it.
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