After the semester college tuition is paid and the books are bought, students are often left looking for ways to earn some extra money. Unfortunately, traditional jobs may be hard to come by due a hectic class schedule and the need to study whenever possible. However, the Internet provides many opportunities for students to earn money on their own time while also utilizing the talents they hope to hone at university.
Rather than getting a job working retail or at a fast food restaurant, many college students are finding ways to use their skills through the Internet to earn money.
1. Help with class papers – Students with excellent editing and English skills can aid others with their research and term papers by checking them over and ensuring they are grammatically correct. The papers can be sent by email.
2. Web design – Look for freelance jobs from people or businesses wanting a web site designed. Not only can the student get paid, but they will also be building a portfolio to use in job applications after school.
3. Computer advice – Students are using more technologically advanced devices in their studies, but they may not know how to fix them when something goes wrong. Set up a web site offering computer advice and repair.
4. Online writing – Some online sites offer writers the opportunity to create articles for bloggers and companies in need of quality articles.
5. Blogs – Instead of writing for someone else, and likely using the rights to the material, scribes can write their own blog and apply to Google AdSense for a chance to earn revenue.
6. Selling old textbooks – Set up a web site to advertise the sale of used textbooks to other students. Campus bookstores will buy back old books, but only at a fraction of the price at which they sold them. Sell textbooks for less than the bookstore will sell them but at a higher price than the trade-in value.
7. eBay – Old furniture and other possessions that are no longer needed can be sold on sites such as eBay or Craigslist.
8. Resume help – As students are ready to graduate, they need to think about their resume. Have them e-mail the document and provide suggestions on ways to improve it.
9. Tutoring – Help other students with their studies by setting up Skype sessions.
10. Advertise other skills – Even if a student’s skill cannot be used directly on the Internet to make money, they can set up a web site to advertise what they do have to offer, such as landscaping or general repairs. They could partner with a student who can design the site, or offer work in trade to have it set up and maintained.
College students no longer need to be tied down to the rigors of a traditional job in order to make money. By using the Internet, they can set their own hours and use the skills they are sharpening in school to make ends meet.
Guest blogger Jennifer Lewis writes for a site that has information on financial aid for female students, such as free grants for women and nursing school scholarships for women. She thinks the Internet is a great resource for students looking to make some extra money in their spare time.