Alternative Side Hustles For College Students To Make Money

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Jobs For College Students To Make Money

Part-time retail and fast food jobs are common among college students. However, these alternative side hustles provide other ways college students can make money. Note, this list is by no means a get rich scheme, instead it was created to help college students to jumpstart their research by presenting other ways college students can make money during their free time.


Alternative Side Hustles For College Students

Some of these alternative side hustles pay more than the typical part-time retail or fast food jobs, plus some can create opportunities to build or develop soft and hard employable skills.

Affiliate Marketing

#ad #affiliated ← these hashtags have been popping up lately on social media feeds. In order to comply with FTC rules bloggers add these hashtags to their affiliated post.

If you have following of above 5,000 on any of the social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube perhaps it’s time to consider monetizing these accounts. The programs below have low entry requirements.



Caution Don’t Spam Followers To Make Money

Be mindful. Don’t spam your followers, because most will hit the unfollow button without a second thought.

Make Money Testing Websites And Apps

The internet is the main source of income for many businesses. Consequently, developing and maintaining a user friendly website and apps is highly necessary .

Make money by helping these companies ensure their websites and apps are user-friendly by testing them first. Put your laptop and smartphone to work. Here are a few companies to jumpstart your search:





Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants get paid to complete tasks. These tasks vary depending on the company. If you are a great organizer, event planner, typists, bookkeeper, handyman, mover, assembler etc. then you can make money. Here are a few companies below:



Fancy hands

Task rabit

Time etc


Red butler


Become A Brand Ambassador

Is marketing you thing? Can you sell an empty bag to a blind man? If your response is yes, then consider these companies below. Brand ambassadors promote the company and company’s products to a target audience. A brand ambassador gig is great for college students with great marketing skills.

Big orange Products

Event pro strategies

Drive Your Car For Extra Money

In this gig economy driving your car to make money has become trendy and hip. Driving your car is one of the best ways for college students to make money. If you own a car you can easily work in between classes. See the companies below:

Amazon Flex

Door Dash





Teach Or Tutor

Are you an expert or know a lot about a particular subject? If your response is yes, then tutoring or teaching during your free time can be lucrative. With a teaching or tutoring job you have the convenience of setting your own hours. Plus tutoring helps reinforce knowledge already gained about the subject. Here are a few companies offering tutoring or part-time teaching positions:


Chegg Tutors






Use Your Phone To Make Money

Smartphones are a dime a dozen. It’s time to use yours to generate some Starbucks coffee money. Check out these apps below you can install on your smartphone to make money.

App trailers

Check points 


Field Agent






Make Money Taking Surveys

Taking surveys is time-consuming and extremely repetitive, just like most jobs. However, if you don’t mind reviewing products and answering questions in your spare time then taking surveys is another opportunity to make money. You probably won’t get rich by raking surveys but it can be a great way to maintain your Starbucks drinking habit. 

Earning station
Earning Station Reviews 

Harris poll online 
Harris poll online Reviews 

One Opinion
One Opinion Reviews

Opinion Outpost
Opinion Outpost Reviews 

Pinecone research
Pinecone research Reviews 

Product Report Card
Product Report Card Reviews

Yougov Reviews


I was tempted to just add blogging to the affiliate marketing section, however understand you will most likely make money faster with your social media platforms than a new blog. Read Blogging Truths and Blogging Tips For Beginners.

However, some bloggers have managed to completely ditched their full-time jobs to blog full-time. So should you start a blog in college? Find out more here.


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