While the last thing a college student may want to do is work during the school year, there are plenty benefits of doing so.
You can develop new skills, potentially gain an interest in a new career field, make new friends, or relieve unnecessary stress that you're carrying over from the school year.
Some of the best experiences I've ever had came from working or volunteering at a business during the summer.
Below are 15 ways you can make some extra income in the summer.
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1. Teaching English with Magic Ears
Magic Ears is a company based in China that hires English speakers from the U.S. and Canada to teach English.
Don't have teaching experience? No bachelor's degree or teaching certifications? No problem.
Magic Ears pays teachers up to $26 per hour and provides all the curriculum for you.
Pay: Varies between $18-$22 an hour
Qualifications: High school diploma or bachelor's degree
2. Flipping Items
A flipper is someone who flips products for profit. My friend Melissa, of Flipper University, created a guide that teaches people her secrets and strategies for reaching over $100k in sales after their first year of full-time flipping.
These are a few of the things she’s flipped for profit:
- An item that they bought for $10 and flipped for $200 just 6 minutes later.
- A security tower they bought for $6,200 and flipped for $25,000 just one month later.
- A prosthetic leg that they bought for $30 at a flea market and sold for $1,000 on eBay the next day.
She even created a course called Flipper University that teaches students how to become a successful flipper. Melissa says her students can expect to make $500-$2,500 per month in their first year.
3. Cash back with Ibotta
Ibotta is a free app that gives you cash back for making purchases on things like groceries, clothes, toiletries, and much more.
I use the app on a regular basis. Before I visit a grocery store or make any kind of purchase in-person, I check the Ibotta app to see what kind of cash back I can get. Currently, there are deals like getting up to $2 off toothpaste, up to 20% cash back from Groupon, $1.50 off pasta, and so much more.
It's silly not to use Ibotta if you're a regular grocery shopper and also have to buy things like clothes, toiletries, and pretty much anything else you'd find at a store like Walmart or Amazon.
If you sign up now, you can get $10 in your account by using my link here.
4. Start a blog
Did you know you can make money from blogging? While it's not a get rich quick scheme, blogging can be a great way to work from home and support you and your family. You get to help people from all over the world while creating content that inspires and motivates others to live their best life.
I make $5,000 a month blogging and I'm also a full-time student in college. It's more than possible to make money from blogging!
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5. Sell on Amazon
Starting an FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) on Amazon is the perfect platform for building a business you can manage from home. My friend Jessica, of The Selling Family, has perfected the art of selling on Amazon and has made well over six figures profit by working just 20 hours a week.
Jessica from has a FREE 7 day course that tells you everything you need to know to get started selling on Amazon. She shares the way she buys inventory, how to choose the perfect items to sell that will make you money, and so much more.
The course includes:
- Understand WHY Amazon is the perfect platform for building a business
- How leveraging the fulfillment power of Amazon leaves your home free from piles of inventory
- The way we buy inventory that built over six figures in profit our first full year
- How to choose the perfect items to sell that people want and will make you money
- What tools we use to save time and be the most efficient in our business
6. Walk dogs on Rover
Hang out with dogs and get paid? It sounds too good to be true! Luckily, it's not. I've been using Rover to make side income for months.
You can set up your own hours, pay, and area of proximity you'd like to work in. There is no shortage of jobs, and even if you have no reviews, you will get contacted for a job (as long as you have a good profile, that is!).
Pay: $20+ every 30 minutes
Qualifications: Previous animal or dog-walking experience is preferred
7. Fill out surveys
Filling out surveys is one of the easiest side hustles and can be done anywhere. All you need to do is give your honest opinion, watch videos, and other tasks that are easy and quick to do.
A few survey sites are:
A transcriptionist practices the art of turning audio and video recordings into text documents.
These are voice-recorded reports in several different fields, such as legal, medical, and general. All industries, besides medical and legal, fall under the general umbrella. These might be writers, podcasters, bloggers, trainers, academics, and basically anyone with audio or video content that needs to be turned into text.
You can learn more about becoming a transcriptionist and how to make money doing so in this FREE 7-day mini-course.
Pay: $35-$50k per year
Qualifications: None needed
9. Pick up garbage
The garbage pickup business is incredible for several reasons: 1) There's a high demand for it, 2) It's recession proof, and 3) It helps the environment. Not only that, you can make pretty great money, while also getting in a great work out. Brian has also found many treasures during his cleanup, including $600 that was thrown away in a dumpster.
if you're interested in this opportunity, check out Brian's book, CleanLots, where he tells you everything you need to know to get started, which also includes free phone support to get your business up and running.
Qualifications: None needed
10. Facebook Ads Manager
Did you know you can become a Facebook Ads Manager for businesses and make an extra $1,000 to $2,000 a month?
You don't need a website or prior experience to do this. You can even learn how to become a Facebook Ads Manager in less than 28 days with the Facebook Side Hustle Course. This course works, and it even gives you access to a private group that is full of testimonials.
Pay: $1,000+ per month
Qualifications: Training and education on Facebook Ad marketing
11. Au Pair
Living as an au pair allows you to travel and live in another country, explore a different culture and way of life, try new foods, and make friends from all over the world. You'll live with another family, and basically be a babysitter for their child or children for a certain number of hours a day. Here is my how to become an au pair post that will give you the basics of what you need to know.
Pay: Varies by country, # of hours, and kids).
Qualifications: None, childcare experience and speaking English is a major plus
12. Flipping websites for profit
My friend Jenn has made over $100k flipping blogs. She works part-time, sets her own hours, and is now sharing her strategies and tips with people who want to do the same.
Qualifications: Education and training on flipping websites
13. Freelance Proofreader
In 2014, Caitlin, of Proofread Anywhere, made slightly over $43,000 as a freelance proofreader, while also going on several fun vacations. If you want to find out how she makes a full-time income as a freelance proofreader, you can try her FREE 45-minute workshop that will give you tons of great info on becoming a freelance proofreader.
Pay: Varies (depending on condition of textbook, age, etc.)
14. Customer Service Representative
Customer service representatives are the go between for customers and companies, and may process orders, field complaints, or more. What you do as a customer service representative will depend on the company you work for.
At FlexJobs, there are hundreds of new jobs being posted for customer service representatives. These jobs are almost always entry-level, which means you don’t need any experience to get started.
Pay: $11+ per hour
15. Sell your skills
Freelance your skills on Fivver, Upwork, and several other sites. Whether you're a writer, SEO pro, or social media marketer, there are tons of job listings available for people who are willing to pay good money. My friend Chonce created a how to become a freelance post that explains the steps you need to take to freelance your skills.
Qualifications: Varies by job
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16. Get rewarded for using the internet
It's really that simple. Nielson is a company that studies consumer insights (what people listen to, watch, etc.) and is in need of people to download their app.
Though the pay isn't a lot, you will get entered into monthly sweepstakes and earn up to $50 a year just for using your phone. There is no fee, and no credit card information is necessary and will never be asked for.
Working in the summer is a great way to gain experience, add to your resume, network, and possibly even spend time at a company that you'd potentially like to work at one day. Want to design roller coasters for Six Flags one day? You'll most likely end up getting the job versus someone has never worked for the company.
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