For little bits of quick cash here and there without having to expend too much energy or brain power, think about doing things like surveys and small tasks. These are some of the go-to methods of making a quick buck here and there online:
1. Design And Sell T-Shirts
Another way to get paid for your art is to design T-Shirts and sell them online. The great thing about this is that T-Shirts are more than just pictures – funny sayings and phrases work very well too. Two of the most popular sites to sell T-Shirts on are Zazzle and Cafepress.
2. Sell Stuff On Craigslist
If you have anything you don’t use anymore, and it’s too large to sell online, Craigslist should be your go-to place to sell stuff. In college, you may want to sell all your furniture before moving home from school at the end of the year. Depending on what you own, a few $100 might be better than storing it or transporting it back with you. It’s easy to setup a listing and sell anything on Craigslist.
3. Sell Stuff on eBay
Another great place to sell your stuff is eBay. If you have stuff you no longer use – old video games, DVDs, computers, etc. – and you can ship it in a box, then sell it on eBay. This is a lucrative way make extra money while in college.
4. Become a Graphic Designer
Graphic design isn’t just for making website graphics and logos. While there is a strong demand for website design, it’s also possible to earn a tidy income by designing eBook covers, t-shirts, business cards, wall art, personalized gifts, and product packaging.
If you have an eye for design, put your talents to use with 99 Designs or Cafe Press. Either of these services will help you meet individual clients and large businesses looking for a quality designer.
5. Fill Out Online Surveys
If you have been wanting to give your two-cents on current issues and trends, you are an ideal candidate for taking surveys! Two of the best companies are Survey Junkie and Opinion Outpost that pay you cash. Online surveys are not as lucrative as working a typical part-time job, however, they can be completed when you have a few spare minutes in between classes or during a meal break and can serve as a secondary income stream. There are several online survey sites. Check out this list of the most reputable ones to get started:
- Survey Junkie – Earn cash and rewards for sharing your thoughts and opinions.
- Swagbucks Surveys – Swagbucks now has a dedicated survey section, and you can get $5 just for signing up.
- Pinecone 18-24 – If you’re 18-24, you can earn $3 per survey with Pinecone.
- Pinecone – Earn about $3 for each survey you complete.
- Survey Spot – Earn cash and rewards for filling out surveys and sharing your opinion.
- Opinion Outpost – Earn cash for filling out surveys.
- Permission Research – This company will pay you to do surveys about your online activities.
6. Write an E-book
Writing an eBook in your free time is a great way to earn money on the side or even help you start up a freelance writing career! The best selling eBooks are “How to” guides, so if you know how to do something that others may be interested in learning, write about it! But if you’re more of the creative type, then write a fiction novel. Who knows, maybe you’ll get discovered! When you’re ready to publish, go to Amazon, LuLu, or Clickbank to sell your eBook to others.
7. Start a Blog
If you want to pursue the previous idea of freelance writing, starting a blog is an excellent way to create a portfolio that prospective clients can use and earn passive income from affiliate marketing.
If you are unfamiliar with affiliate marketing, here’s a quick review. On your blog or YouTube channel, you place an affiliate link to a product you recommend that visitors can click on. When the visitors clicks on the link, they will be taken to the merchant website to buy the product. If they make a purchase, you get a percentage of the proceeds.
These jobs may have once been reserved for people with a background in technology, or Internet geniuses, but these days there are enough resources online that pretty much anyone can make money from their computers. The great thing about computer work is that you can start it in your free time, while you’re still working your normal job. If your online business takes off, you can retire to a life of digital freedom.