While the last thing a college student may want to do is work during the school year, there are plenty of 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.
Below are 15 ways you can make some extra income in the summer.
1. Start a blog
When I went full-time back in 2017, I was scraping by and wasn't making much on my blog, but now I've made close to six figures with my online business in just 1 year. It's really incredible what you have the power to do with your blog.
You can monetize a blog in so many ways, including sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, ad revenue, selling your own products, coaching, and so much more.
What you ultimately do to make money as a blogger is completely up to you.
Here are 5 to become a successful blogger:
1) Choose a niche that already makes money (personal finance, health and fitness, travel, etc.) and subniche from there. This means go even deeper into a niche. Ex. Niche: Personal finance > Subniche: Personal finance for college students or personal finance for Catholic moms.
2) Take a comprehensive blogging course. My #1 recommendation for new bloggers who want to build a profitable blog in the fastest time is Blog With A Full-Time Job.
If you've never taken a blogging course and aren't sure which one to choose, Blog With A Full-Time Job is it. If you feel that Blog With A Full-Time Job would benefit you in your blogging journey, you can use my discount code ALEXIS15OFF for 15% off.
3) Learn from 1 teacher at a time. For example, in Blog With A Full-Time Job, there's a 12-month strategy plan that you will implement in your blogging business. Eliminate distraction and overall by learning from this teacher and this teacher only until you have finished the course. This rule can be applied to any blogging course you are in.
4) Figure out what outlet you want to use for blogging. Do you want to have your own blog? Or do you want to create a YouTube channel? Find out where your audience is and go from there. If you don't know yet, don't sweat it. You'll learn as you go. Creating a blog at the very least will be useful, even if you go the YouTube route.
5) Create a blog with this beginner's guide to starting a profitable blog.
2. Sell on Amazon
Selling items on Amazon can be an incredible online business where you can make great money with just a few hours per week.
My friends at The Selling Family have perfected the art of selling on Amazon and has made well over $100,000 profit by working just 20 hours a week.
Jessica even has a FREE 7-day course that tells you everything you need to know in a simplified way to get started selling on Amazon.
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.
It's silly not to use Ibotta if you're a grocery shopper and also have to buy things like clothes, toiletries, household items, etc. Pretty much any kind of item is available for cash back on Ibotta.
Ibotta works at almost every grocery store, Best Buy, Etsy, Forever 21, Hotels.com, Sephora, Instacart, Kohls, Nike, PetCo, Amazon, Target, and hundreds of other stores.
If you sign up now, you can get $10 in your account by using my link here.
4. Teach English online
Teaching English online is a great way to make income at home, while on your own schedule.
You get to enjoy the flexibility of a stable job, while not having to do any lesson planning or grading like most teachers do.
VIPKID is the leader in the online English teaching world, paying up to $25 per hour, and the entire curriculum is provided for you. Forbes even recognized VIPKID as one of the best places to work online.
Pay: Varies up to $25 an hour
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree
5. Flea Market Flipper
Guys, if I wasn't blogging full-time, I would totally be a full-time flea market flipper.
The possibilities and room for growth are endless when it comes to flipping.
My friends Melissa and Rob are killin' at flipping and are teaching hundreds of students how to do the same.
Their first year flipping full-time, they made over $133,000.
You can turn your passion for visiting thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets into a profitable reselling business.
Learn how flipping can be your ticket to lifestyle freedom and financial security in this free workshop here. 🙂
6. Freelance Writing
I'm a freelance writer myself and love this area of work. Which is why when I came across Freelance Writing Simplified, I knew I had to read it and share it with my readers.
Freelance Writing Simplified teaches you a simplified approach to building a freelance writing business. Even better – the guide only costs $25.
You learn from a successful freelancer herself who had a dream of working from home – and is now a freelance writer full-time while traveling the world.
Filling out surveys to make money is an easy way to make money by simply providing your opinion to questions.
I genuinely enjoy surveys because I love sharing my opinion on things. I've always been into taking quizzes and surveys, so naturally, I love this method of making some extra cash.
Here are a few of my favorite surveys to make money:
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
Did you know you can make money by picking 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.
If you're interested in this opportunity, check out my friend'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. I truly believe this is a huge untapped market which leaves a lot of room for high income and growth.
Qualifications: None needed
10. Facebook Ad Manager
Did you know you can become a Facebook Ads Manager for businesses and make an extra $1,000 to $2,000 a month?
Facebook is heavily focused on ads promoted by brands and businesses, which is why Facebook Ad Managers are in high demand.
You can 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. I'm in the group and it's incredible and so inspiring to see so many students create a full-time income, work from home, all because of the Facebook Side Hustle course.
Pay: $2,000+ per month
Qualifications: Training and education on Facebook Ad marketing
11. Virtual Assistant
Aside from this blog, I'm a virtual assistant and it's been a life changing experience – here's why.
I'm a virtual assistant for a 7 figure blog, which allows me to see how a successful, profitable business works. Not only that, I get paid very well for assisting the business owner.
So many people ask me how to get started in this field, which is why I recommend $10KVA.
$10KVA teaches you exactly how to find your first client (and second, third, so on), how to set up your rates, and teaches you how to make $10,000 a month with virtual assisting. $10KVA simplifies the process of becoming a virtual assistant.
With businesses going online, this career space is going to grow exponentially.
You can learn more about $10KVA here – it's amazing.
12. Flipping websites for profit
You know how people flip items for profit on eBay? There are also people out there flipping websites.
My friend Jenn has made over $100k flipping blogs in again, what I think is a massively successful untapped market, meaning very little people are taking advantage of this method of making money.
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. Professional Proofreader
Transform your passion for words and reading by becoming a professional proofreader, and help people like me who are terrible at proofreading. 🙂
Proofreaders can earn up to $30+ per hour and offers competitive pay and flexible hours while working from home.
Click here for a free workshop which will show you if proofreading is right for you, how to attract your ideal proofreading clients, and how proofreading can lead to lifestyle freedom and financial security.
Pay: Varies (depending on the condition of textbook, age, etc.)
14. Customer Service Representative
Customer service representatives are the go-between for customers and companies.
At FlexJobs, there are hundreds of new online, work from home jobs posted for customer service representatives.
These jobs are almost always entry-level, which means you don’t need any experience to get started.
Most customer service representative jobs usually start around $13 per hour.
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
Do you want to find a remote job and start working from home? Download this free guide that will help you understand the remote job market, as well as craft a resume that'll impressive remote-friendly employers.
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.
17. Task Rabbit
Task Rabbit lets you find jobs you love at rates you choose on a schedule that fits your life.
When you sign up for Task Rabbit, you'll get notified of potential jobs nearby, you select the jobs you want to complete, confirm details with the client, and complete the work and submit your invoice.
Popular tasks include handyman work, cleaning, delivery, moving, furniture assembly, personal assistant, just to name a few.
18. 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
Do you have skills such as graphic design, social media, voice over, illustration, or translation?
Fiverr lets you create a profile and share your services with people looking to hire freelancers.
I've hired people from Fiverr numerous times and love that I can support someone's dream online.
By 2020, the translation field will have a 42% expected growth rate.
If you're bilingual, you need to take advantage of this career space.
If you aren't sure how to get started, Turnkey Translator will teach you everything you need to know.
You learn a step by step guide to quickly launch your career and start earning great money in the shortest time possible from someone who is a full-time German and Chinese translator. ‘
You can turn your skills into a full-time income. Amazing.
21. Pinterest Virtual Assistant
Pinterest is a must for small and large business owners, which is why Pinterest Virtual Assistant's are in high demand.
However, you may be thinking about how to get started in this field, where to find clients, how much to charge, and more.
Become A Pinterest VA Today teaches you all of these things along with how to design beautiful pins, how to pitch your services to potential clients, and a lot more.
The course is only open a couple of times a year to give maximum support to their students, so sign up when it's open to new students.
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.
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