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11 Best Ways to Earn Money in College

By Amanda Weiss

One of the most exciting parts of going to college for many people is independence. You can go out and do more things on your own or with friends. But living a rich social life can get expensive. So, you might find yourself in need of funds. Whether you need to make sure you can pay for tuition and rent, or simply want to go out and explore, money is a necessity. There are several different ways of earning pay while in college. And since there is such a wide variety of options, you can find a way that won’t disrupt your studies. To give you some ideas, here are the 11 best ways to earn money in college.

1) Driving Service

Depending on where you’re from, you may be used to driving services, be they taxis or Uber and Lyft. If you have a car while you are at college, you can consider working for such a company. If you work for a company like Uber, you will be able to set your own schedule. This is great for flexibility, so you can work around your classes and extracurricular activities. Additionally, you can work extra time if you need to save up for something special. There may be age and driving experience requirements, so be sure to check if you qualify. Nevertheless, if you are a good driver and are familiar with the area, this could be a good job for you. And who knows, maybe you’ll even find out about some new places to explore and hang out.

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2) Test Subject

A perhaps surprisingly good way to make some money is by signing up to be a test subject. While it may sound like the beginning to a horror film, getting involved in experiments is a safe option. There may be opportunities both on campus and in nearby medical centers. If you attend a research university, there will likely be studies right on site. Each study may be looking for a certain type of participant. There will also likely be various types of studies, both physiological and psychological. So even if you are not comfortable with every experiment, you can still find one that works. Depending on the nature of the study, the pay may be very high, in some cases far above minimum wage. So, you can reach out to research professors or clinical lab workers and see what opportunities are available.

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3) Tutoring Students

If you are looking for a way to make money and help your fellow students, tutoring is an option for you. As a college student, you will be taking many different classes. Many of your peers will be taking those same classes as well. So, if you do well in a certain subject, you may wish to help those who take it after you. Many students benefit from one-on-one instruction, so there will always be tutoring jobs available. Some schools or local agencies may have tutoring programs you can apply for. Even if they don’t, you can advertise yourself. You can set hours that fit your own schedule this way. People will often pay much more than minimum wage for a great tutor. And you can work with your pupils during hours and with instruction methods that work for both of you.

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4) Tour Guide

One way you can earn some extra money is by becoming a tour guide. There are many different options, depending on where you are. On most college campuses, students are hired to give campus tours. This will help prospective and incoming students learn their way around. There are often requirements, such as being able to walk backwards and being willing to work in bad weather. But once you learn the routine, it is not an especially difficult job. Alternatively, if you are a local student, you may be able to give tours of the surrounding areas. Many cities and tourist locations have tour guide agencies. If you know your way around, you may be able to get a job as a guide for local attractions. Such a job would allow you to meet new people and spend time in nice areas while earning money.

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5) Teaching Assistant

Having a teaching assistant position is a great way to earn money and build relationships with professors. This job often entails grading, holding review sessions, or even teaching some classes. In some universities, teaching assistant jobs may be reserved for graduate students. However, many schools do offer these jobs to accomplished undergraduates as well. There will often be teaching assistants in both lab and lecture classes. If you do manage to snag this job as an undergraduate student, it will serve you well in graduate school. Even if you go straight for a career, it is a great addition to your resume. Additionally, because you will need to be familiar with the material, it can help with your own studies. Overall, being a teaching assistant is a great job for people who want to engage deeply with academia.

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6) Pet Sitter

Many people like spending time in the company of cute animals. And there are some ways you can make some money doing so. A great way for a college student to earn some cash is by walking dogs or pet-sitting. Some people who own pets and work are unable to spend a lot of time with their animals. Additionally, people with pets also go on vacations without them. Therefore, if you get to know people who own animals, you may be able to find a job helping them. Depending on your experience, you may be suited for taking care of different types of animals. Admittedly, it may be more difficult to find people with pets on campus. However, some students who live off-campus, or many nearby residents, may have animals. Since this would not really be a full-time job, you can work around your own schedule.

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