8 Ways College Students Can Earn Money and Still Make it to Class on Time


8 Unique Ways To Make Money In College (Without Missing Classes!) 

Flexible work hours. More money. Fewer student loans. Yes, it’s possible to be a college student, get good grades, participate in off-campus activities, and work. Consider some of these work options — and give yourself an A+ for thinking outside the box.

1. Watch Movie Previews

Here’s an eye-opener:  InBoxDollars will pay you to watch movie previews, the latest news, celebrity videos, and more. You’ll even get a $5 bonus for signing up. But you’ll need to watch all of the shows in a specific playlist to earn your bucks.

2. Invest In Real Estate

Fundrise Starter Portfolio puts you on the path to real estate earnings with just a small minimum investment of $500. Your money will be split into two portfolios that support private real estate in the United States. You’ll be able to see exactly which properties are included in your portfolio.

3. Get Rewarded For Good Grades

You don’t have to be letter perfect but come colleges and universities offer incentives for students who maintain a good GPA.

4. Be A Human Guinea Pig

Whether it’s medical testing or market research, being a test subject can be financially rewarding, not to mention interesting. At Just Another Lab Rat you can find out about research opportunities; Clinical Trials Database let’s you search for current studies.

5. Sell Crafting Supplies On Etsy

It won’t cut into your day:  Sell craft kits and supplies on Etsy to make some quick money. Buy low-cost materials at garage sales, flea markets, or thrift stores then resell them to crafters on Etsy.

6. Braid Horse Manes

Hair’s the truth:  You can braid horse manes for shows and bring in some substantial cash. Kat Tretina bought a supply kit for just $20, started braiding, and found herself banking $1,000 month. Spring and summer are the most popular months for horse shows but you can also find small shows in the fall and winter.

7. Become A Grandkid On Demand

This ain’t your Daddy’s party-time gig:  The Papa app connects college students with senior citizens who need a little extra help with daily activities. As a Papa Pal, expect to make between $11 and $12 per hour, along with compensation for gas and tolls.

8. Serve As A Mock Juror From Your Laptop

Serve as an online mock juror on the site eJury. As a mock juror you’ll review evidence in the form of videos, photos, and documents and help determine the fate of the mock-innocent or mock-guilty, all while helping lawyers prepare for real cases. Expect to earn about $5 to $10 per case.


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Sandra Murphy

Holds a master's degree in professional writing and has more than 15 years of experience writing for national and international entities.

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