12 easy ways to make money in college

12 Ridiculously Easy Ways To Make Money In College That You Wish You Knew Earlier

If you are looking to make extra money online or possibly a full-time income  in college then this article is for you. I will be sharing 12 really easy way to earn “free” money online in college. People tend to call it “free” money however, there is still a little bit of work involved. So, instead of calling it free, we would go with easy

These different ways to make money online will complement your busy class schedule, so you don’t ever have to worry about skipping classes. In fact, #4 and # 7 will require you go to class. If you are looking for a little bit of motivation to go to class, then this will be great since you will be making money on the side

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Surveys are becoming such a popular way for students to make money online these days. Companies are always searching for opinions on their products and different ways to improve their services, what better way to do it than through surveys. Surveys are not just easy ways to make money online but they are also convenient. You can complete surveys in your spare time, while you wait for your classes to begin, even on your walk to class. They are so convenient that you can choose to  either cash out or request payments in form of gift cards from popular retailers you regularly use e.g Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy.

There are a bunch of survey websites that you can use, however some, make it easier to cash out faster than others. I recommend using Mypoints, Swagbucks, Surveyjunkie and Dailyrewards.  There is no limit to how many survey sites you can join, provided it is offered in your region. You can get started with Swagbucks and Dailyrewards, just by clicking on the link and earn a bonus $5 added to your account when you sign up here


Starting a blog is fun and the best part is, you can also make money from it. The great thing about blogging is that you can talk about literally anything and still make money doing it. Bloggers make money through ads, sponsorship’s, affiliate marketing, selling products, coaching. In fact, with blogging, there are so many lucrative ways to earn money that it has become a full-time source of income for some people. To get started blogging, you can start for as low as $3.95 with Bluehost. All you need to do is choose a name for your website and start to blog for profit

If you are still looking for inspiration to get started blogging, check out a few of my favorite college bloggers (sophia and allison) doing it and just getting started.

Still not convinced? Check out these income reports of bloggers making almost six figures per month (Michelle, Rosemarie and Carly)

To get started for cheap, check out bluehost here


YouTube, as you know, is pretty similar to blogging. You-tubers and Bloggers make money through similar channels. Like blogging, it is easy, fun and it could be about anything. You can vlog your daily routine in college and share your college experience and tips and make money while doing it.  And just like blogging, it could easily turn out to be a full-time income


Pinterest is a visual “social” search engine. If you are a Pinterest user, you are already familiar with the beauty of Pinterest. But if you aren’t, Pinterest is a visual search engine that people use to seek out inspiration for outfits, decor, ideas and much more. People also use Pinterest to plan trips and view amazing destinations. You can make money online from Pinterest through affiliate marketing and selling products. When you wear a nice outfit or item to class, all you need to do is take a great picture(that is the visual aspect) and link the site where people can purchase the product. Even if you bought a nice college planner that you think people will love, you can also post that on your Pinterest. When people click on the link you attach to the post, you earn a commission from their purchase and sometimes everything they purchase on that website through your link. However, there are strategic ways to place those links. You can find all the answers through Pinterest. Check out this pinterest board I created with almost all the  resources you will need on Pinterest marketing  and how it works. And of course, follow me

P.s  did i say, Pinterest is also a great source of traffic to your blog or YouTube channel? It is, so get on it

Shop Online

You can earn money from shopping online through Survey websites and cashback apps. Depending on the merchant you are looking to purchase from, you can earn a certain %  back from your purchase as cashback. Ebates is an official cashback app however, survey sites let you earn points that can be redeemed towards cash. On Ebates, Swagbucks, Mypoints and Daily rewards you will also find deals, coupons, and discounts. In fact, with each purchase you make, you can easily earn points towards “free money” or gift cards. Before you make a purchase online, I highly recommend you purchase through them. You save money, make money, and earn points towards “ free money”

To get started with Ebates, click here to sign up and get your first $5.

Submit your receipts

Still, on the topic of shopping, you can also make money back from submitting your receipts. When you go shopping for groceries, all you need to do is take a picture of your paper receipt and post it to  ReceiptPal or Receipt Hog. These companies give you money back for submitting your receipts and also automatically enters you into a weekly sweepstakes. The more receipts you submit, the more earn you redeemable points.

Sell your notes

If you go to class and take decent notes, you can sell them for money online.  Stuvia amongst others,  get student notes and upload them to their websites and offer it as a service so that other students can have access to class materials online. For that reason, companies like Stuvia, are always looking for students to upload their notes in exchange for cash.  Last year, Stuvia claims to have paid students over $500,00 to students for their work. If you want to make money or start making money from just going to class and submitting your notes, then you should start using Stuvia or any similar merchants

Source: Stuvia.com

Sell your textbooks

Selling old or unused textbook material is a great, easy and convenient way to make money online. Although you won’t make as much as if you sold a physical copy, you can also sell e-textbooks online. You can start selling your textbooks through;



Your school’s bookstore



Kijiji (Your local buying and selling website)

Sell your photos

Stock photography is on demand. If you are into photography or you have a collection of pictures that you are okay with content creators using on their platforms. You can upload them to stock photography websites like Shutterstock

and make money every time someone downloads your images. You can check out, pexels, unsplash, and pixabay to get a broader idea on what you can do with your images. These sites are free and people are not obligated to pay for those images but if you want to earn money from yours, then sign up for Shutterstock

Play games

Do something extremely fun and make money from it. Asides from surveys on Mypoints, Swagbucks, and Dailyrewards, you can play games and earn points faster that you can redeem towards quick cash or gift cards. If you are bored and you need to kill time, you can use playing games as a substitute. Playing games on these sites is one of the fun and quickest ways to earn points, that you can redeem towards money easily.It can be time-consuming and perhaps addicting because sometimes, you are required to get to a certain level before you can redeem your points, but if you love playing games, it is worth trying

Listen to music

Music is already a  part of your everyday routine in college, so why not earn money doing it. I know what you are thinking, who pays you to listen to music? Well, Slicethepie pays you to listen and write reviews on various kinds of music.

Review websites

Bloggers everywhere are always looking for a second opinion about their websites and readers experience. Usertesting pays you $10 for every 20 minute video review that you complete. Majority of your time is spent surfing the web, so you can review websites as an easy and convenient way to make extra money.

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