How to Make Money Online As A College Student

How to Make Money Online As A College Student

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10 profitable online gigs for college students

Are you a college student trying to make some extra money? Are you looking or gigs that you can do during your free time? This article looks at some of the things that any student can start doing right away and make money. These are freelance opportunities that they can start right away.

These opportunities are: 

  1. Freelance web designing 
  2. Freelance writer (resume, blog articles, academic, copywriting)
  3. Social Media manager
  4. Transcriptionist
  5. Start a blog: WordPress
  6. Start a Vlog (Youtube and JTube, Tiktok, IG etc)
  7. Virtual assistant jobs
  8. Graphic designer
  9. Become a tutor online
  10. Do Surveys & other Online Tasks

Freelance web designing 

 Freelance website designing can be done by anyone with knowledge on website designing. Most college website designers use languages such as Java, CSS and HTML. These are just the basic languages that are used in developing a website. If you have knowledge in these and have some experience in designing websites, you can start getting paid to design websites for people.

To get jobs in this field you can check out the following websites:

  1. LinkedIn
  2. GitHub
  3. Authentic Jobs
  4. Codeity
  5. CyberCoders
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Freelance writer (resume, blog articles, academic, copywriting)

Freelance writing is one of the most common ways to make money online. There are various ways to make money, as a freelance writer as a college student. Some of these options include but are not limited to, academic writing, copywriting, blog article writing and resume writing. 
To become a writer requires you to have an attention to detail, good grammar and in some cases such as blog writing and academic writing, good research skills. To learn more on academic writing you can read here.

If you feel confident in your skills as a writer, you can start making money online by applying for jobs as a writer on the following websites:

  1. Upwork
  2. LinkedIn
  3. Facebook Groups (cons)
  4. Fiverr
  5. Brokers

Social Media manager

Social media management is one of the newest careers that have come into existence due to the evolution of business and technology. It is one of the most flexible jobs anyone can do if they are able to fix their schedule and plan. One can manage more than one company’s social media pages and also be a college student.

To be able to start this career one must learn how to use SEO tools, know how to use social media platforms and maximize posts for social media engagement. Some of the common platforms one should know how to use include but are not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and others. Understanding Google Ads and analytics is also very important to know as they are used by most businesses.

To get social media management jobs some websites to check include the following:

  1. LinkedIn
  2. Facebook
  3. Twitter
  4. Instagram
  5. Upwork
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Transcription is another type of writing job that we chose to list separately. As a college student you may have heard of this gig.Transcription involves listening to audios and turning them into written format. It requires the writers to have a very high speed of typing with accuracy to get these jobs. One should also have an attention to detail.

Some of the best transcription jobs can be found on the following websites:

  1. SolidGigs
  2. GoTranscript
  3. TranscribeMe
  4. Rev
  5. CastingWords

Start a blog: WordPress

Blogging is one of the oldest ways to make money online. Blogging has become easier with time and almost anyone even college students can start a blog these days. If you have access to the internet you can start a blog. 

To make money with a blog there are various ways to go about it. The first is to sell products and services that are related to the content you blog about. The second way to make money is to become an affiliate and use affiliate links to promote other services and products that are offered on other websites. When traffic has built up on your blog you can start using the google ads to make money. Another way to make money from your blog is to sell courses that you develop and start teaching.

You can set up your blog using WordPress, google Blogger and other sites such as Tumblr and Medium. If you need help with this just comment below and we will get back to you on how you can set up, you own blog.

Start a Vlog (Youtube and JTube, Tiktok, IG etc)

Vlogging is one of the most popular ways to make money. With the use of platforms like YouTube, TikTok and IGTV you can easily build a following with vlogging videos and start making money. To start vlogging you can start recording your days with your phone and post on social media.

You may need to learn how to edit your videos and learn how to take good videos, however once you learn these skills you will be able to post your videos more regularly and build your following.

Making money as a vlogger can happen through building your following and making money through YouTube or by partnering with brands and promoting their products. With the help of new platforms like TikTok it is possible to grow ones following with ease. The important thing with vlogging is to produce quality content and to be consistent. 

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Virtual assistant jobs for a college student

Virtual assistant jobs are basically online remote jobs where you get to work as an assistant. This job includes duties such as scheduling, email correspondence and other organization and administrative duties that you are assigned. 

To find jobs in this field you can find them on the following websites:

  1. Virtual Staff Finder
  2. Fiverr
  3. Upwork
  4. Fancy Hands
  5. TaskRabbit

Graphic designer

Graphic designers are people who create things such as logos, company letterheads and other forms of art that is used by companies for their work or campaigns.

The skills that are commonly used for this include but are not limited to Photoshop, Adobe illustrator and being able to draw also helps in some jobs for graphic design. Learning these skills is not difficult and any college student can learn them quite fast.

To find jobs in this field, check out the following websites:

  1. Designhill
  2. Naukri
  3. Peopleperhour
  4. Fiverr
  5. Freelancer
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Become a tutor online

With the world under lockdown most students started taking online courses and schools also shifted to online platforms to facilitate learning. Becoming a tutor online as well as a teacher can be a lucrative source of income. It is possible to be a tutor even as a college student.

The first way to make a money as a teacher online is to create your own courses and sell them online. The second way is to apply and sign up for the following websites to get jobs as an online teacher or tutor:

  1. MagicEars
  2. Chegg Tutors
  3. TutorMe
  4. QKids
  5. VIPKid
  6. Yup
  7. Brainfuse

Do Surveys & other Online Tasks

Doing surveys is one of the easiest ways to make money online. While it is simple it can be time consuming sometimes. However, you are paid for your time. There are companies and researchers who will pay money to get feedback from you on various subjects and topics.

To start making money by doing surveys, check out the following websites: 

  1. Branded Surveys. (Earn on average $1 – $5 per survey) 
  2. Swagbucks. (Get a $5 sign-up bonus) 
  3. InboxDollars. (Earn up to $5 per survey) 
  4. Survey Junkie. (Earn up to $75 per survey) 
  5. Toluna. (Earn up to $15 per survey) 
  6. Pinecone Research
  7. Vindale Research
  8. American Consumer Opinion – ACO

To keep updated on more opportunities for you to make money online as a college student or freelancer, follow us on social media and stay updated.

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