4 Creative Ways to Make Money as a College Student in Under an Hour
The average college student working at a part-time job makes between $8-$12 per hour running a cash register, making food, or shuffling files. Not bad but you can do better. Don’t sit around thinking that a boring part-time job with long hours is your only hope. The MindSumo squad has come up with some creative ways to make money as a college student with a few side hustles. The best part? These options can be done in less than an hour and you can work on your own time.
Here are the top picks ranked from easiest to hardest when it comes to getting started:
Sell your notes from class.
You’re already taking notes for all your classes right? Okay if you aren’t then it’s time to serious reconsider. Did you know you can make upwards of $400 per course with some original quality notes? That’s $1600 per semester if you have four classes. Two sites that are hiring notetakers: OneClass and StudySoup.
Added Bonus – you’ll probably do better in class and get a GPA boost from forcing yourself to take down meticulous notes.
Brainstorm a few ideas on MindSumo. Yeah, we are putting ourselves first on this list because you’d be silly not to do a few of our challenges in your spare time on MindSumo. It’s so easy. All you have to do is sign up for an account using an email and then pick two or three non-technical challenges to share ideas on. We recommend challenges that focus on providing product feedback or helping a company attract Millennial employees or customers. These type of challenges take about 20-30 minutes to complete and each challenge rewards the top 50% of submissions with cash.
With payouts ranging from $5 to $1,000 depending on the quality of your answer, the odds of earning a meaningful amount of cash are good. Why not use your brain and work on the companies you admire the most. We actually recently had one student, Eric “the big” Chleblowski, earn over $2,600 to pay for his entire summer trip in Europe with less than 40 hours of total work. Beat that!
Participate in a couple of research studies. Check those bulletin boards. Many professors engage in research during part of the school year and that means they are looking for students to collect feedback from. Research studies happen sporadically so you can’t depend on them for weekly income.
However, with average payouts between $20-$40 in exchange for 30 minutes of your time to answer a few questions, the deal is pretty sweet. In addition to research studies, there are also a few online survey sites like X and Y where you can make money for your opinions. Here’s an example of studies being done at NYU.
Help local businesses build their online and social media presence. Hey who knew all that time you spend on phone could actually be worth something. If you know your way around Facebook, Yelp, or building websites, there are a fair number of ways to make money off of that knowledge. The easiest involves approaching a few local mom and pop businesses around your campus and offering to help them setup their pages for the first time or improve their existing pages with better information.
The pitch is simple. For $100, you will set up their social media and online pages with updated information so that new customers can find their business. This involves loading a few pictures, adding some menus, collecting reviews, and creating a unique short story about their business.
Use your own social media profiles and research examples of similar businesses with great online presences to give yourself credibility when getting started. If the business really likes the initial work you’ve done, offer to update and manage their pages once a month for a small fee of $50-$100 per month. Need help pitching this idea to businesses? Check out this INC magazine article: Why Local Businesses Need Online Marketing
With so many creative options to make money on the side, why are you still punching the clock at a fast food joint and going home smelling like French Fries? Work smarter and get a week’s paycheck in less than an hour by exploring these opportunities!
“Hustle Smarter” – MindSumo