These days college is expensive. So what’s a college student to do? Well we’ve compiled 14 side hustle ideas that are prefect for college students.
Small Business Web Designer – For this idea, you don’t need to know how to design websites by writing code or building HTML web pages from scratch (though those are valuable skills). Using user-friendly tools like Wix.com to create simple “online business card” style websites for small businesses that don’t need anything major – just a basic website built on top of an attractive theme can be very profitable. You can build the websites very inexpensively with Wix, once it’s built you can give them the login information and “hand over the keys”. Since sites like Wix make website building easy, you can charge the business a fraction of the cost of a traditional web design company. Small businesses will happily pay you $1500-$3000 for a website that only took you a few hours to build with Wix, since they’d have to pay a traditional web design company upwards of $10k.
Walking Tour Guide – How about the college student who wants to show off their city to visitors? Becoming a local tour guide can be a fun and profitable way to earn a living working weekends. You can create your own unique tour experience with the help of websites like ToursByLocals.com and LocalGuiding.com. Offering the tours for free but working for tips is often a great way to earn a fantastic income from guided tours. If you host a two hour long walking tour of 15 people and get tipped an average of $20, you’ll earn $300, or $150 per hour. Do that a couple times a week and you’ll earn in a few hours what it would take a minimum wage worker over 80 hours to earn.
Content Writer – Are you a good writer? Ghostwriting for websites and blogs is a service that’s constantly in demand. You can find gigs through popular aggregating services like Contena, Fiver.com and upwork.com. Skilled ghostwriters can earn upwards of $30 per hour.
Freelancer – Freelancing is another related and interesting way to put your skills to work. Can you produce audio and video? How about graphic design? Website building? There are millions of people supplementing their income by freelancing in their spare time. You’ll find them on sites like FreeeUp or Fiverr.
Coaching – Do you regularly have people asking for your advice in certain areas? You might want to become a part time coach or consultant. With platforms like Clarity.fm, you can earn upwards of $60 per hour.
Door Peep Hole Maker – You know those little hole that you have in your door that allows you to see who’s knocking before you open? Well, a bunch of people don’t actually have one of those, but would like one for a reasonable price. That’s where you come in! The process of creating a peep hole is extremely easy. CLICK HERE to watch a YouTube video that shows you how to do it in under 10 minutes. If you offer this service at $25 per peep hole and you can get an apartment building owner with 30 units to cover half of the cost, and the unit occupants to cover the other half you’ll net around $700. Not bad for a day’s work.
Fixer – Are you a jack of all trades? Gigwalk is a free smartphone app that pays you to complete small tasks in your neighborhood, like photographing the inside of a store. Taskrabbit is another app that lets you earn up to $100 per hour doing tasks for people in your town from installing ceiling fans, fixing computers, and raking leaves.
Child Care Provider – Ask the average parent what one thing they don’t mind spending good money on and you’ll likely hear “a reliable babysitter”. Depending on the town babysitting can earn $15, $20, even $30 per hour on evenings and weekends. Today getting baby sitting gigs is easier than ever thanks to websites like SitterCity and Care.com. Earning certifications like CPR and Child Care Certifications from the Red Cross can increase your credibility and your earnings.
Mobile Oil Change – Are you a car guy or gal? You might consider a Mobile Oil Change Service. Instead of people bringing their cars to you, you change the oil in their car while it’s parked in their driveway. YourMechanic.com is a great resource that will match you with customers in need of car repairs
Virtual Assistant – Are you good at administrative tasks? You might consider becoming a virtual assistant. VAs provide administrative support to clients from their home office. You can find clients from well known VA companies like Fancy Hands.
Book Reseller – Are you a bookworm? You might consider becoming a book flipper, someone who buys and sells books. Often people unknowingly donate very expensive books to thrift stores like Goodwill that can be bought and resold online for huge profits.
Merch Designer – Are you good at coming up with catch phrases or designs for clothing? Teespring is a print-on-demand t-shirt platform, where you can custom-design your own shirts and sell them through the site.Amazon merch is another interesting platform. Like with teespring, Amazon merch lets you come up with a tshirt or clothing design that’s attractive and Amazon will sell the items for you. I’ll put a link in the show notes to a site that shows you how to do this successfully.
Tutor – Are you a college whiz? College is a fantastic place to become a paid tutor. You can post your services on the bulletin board of your university or you can hop online to sites like WyzAnt to find clients and earn up to $35 hourly.
Remote English Teacher – What if you aren’t a college whiz. How about something simple. Do you know English? You can earn up to $24 per hour teaching English to young students in China via video chat with Gogokid.