Apart from semester fees, you may need to spend on study materials and project work. As a middle class student in India, it’s tough to ask parents for money in the middle of the month. But, if you can earn money while studying will be great.
Saving your pocket money is a great idea to afford your expenses. But, sometime you may need to stick to your budget. When your college friends are around you, it’s difficult and uneasy to be moderate while buying basic things like eatables and clothes.
So, part from saving money on not so important things, you must make-out a way to make money while studying full time. Few college students work on weekends, but there are few who manage to earn on weekdays too.
The work you choose must not interfere or disturb your studies, because as a student studies are utmost priority for you.
Below listed are various ways with which you can afford your expenses.
15 Ways Make Money for College Student While Studying Full Time
If you’re looking to earn without sacrificing your studies, then you must think of a job that doesn’t demand utmost dedication and effort. As a computer graduate I kept myself in your shoes and filtered best ways that can help you to make extra money.
#1 Work as a Freelancer
You need to be skilled to become a freelancer.
You don’t have to be an expert to offer your work as a freelancer. An above average skilled person can get handful of works. For instance, you can get content writing job if you’re good at writing.
Why people prefer freelancers?
To accomplish few small projects corporate companies look for youngsters who can do that specific job. This way with small works you and companies can be benefited.
Not just content writing work, through online you can become virtual assistant to small business owners. A virtual assistant work may differ from business to business like creating and maintaining social profiles, updating the excel sheet, admin work or calling customers.
#2 Review Websites/Apps
Need Skill to Review Sites/Apps.
Daily many websites and apps are coming into the market. They need someone who can check their bugs out and report. You can get this job work online or offline, reach out to web developers and ask them to give reviewing work.
Apart from this, if you’re a social media influencer (you’ll know about this later in the article) new start-ups will reach out to you for reviewing or promoting their new product.
I don’t want to allure, but with good user base on your channel or blog, you can charge decent amount for a review.
#3 Online Survey
Basic Common Sense Needed.
This is one of the top and most discussed ways to make money online while studying. Google “best survey sites to earn money”, you’ll get more than 100 sites.
Don’t choose all of them out of greed. Start with one top site like Swagbucks.com.
There are many survey sites that don’t operate in India. So you can search for survey apps that can help you make money.
#4 Part time Delivery Boy
Driving license is must.
Thanks to new start-ups in India. You need a driving license and enthusiast to make money this way.
With good driving you can make some decent money. Start-up companies like Swiggy, Zomato, Rapido, Uber and delivery companies offer job for teenagers who’re ready to put their effort.
Initially for few days you may need to visit the training center to know do’s and don’ts of the work. Once you’re done with the training, you can set your work according to your schedule. Anyways, it’s recommended to check the timing shifts given by these companies to make enough money.
Students who don’t have driving license can’t proceed with this job.
#5 Write Kindle eBook
Need to be good at writing.
Are you a good story teller or thinker?
Then, turn your imagination into a book. Unlike books, kindle e-books are cheap and easy to write. You need good writing skills that attract user’s eye balls and an account in Amazon to publish your kindle eBook.
Do you research to find the best niche (category) to write your first ebook.
If you’re good at travelling or cooking, you can proceed with those topics. You can select any sensational topic in India and put your thoughts into the book.
But, make sure you don’t get into controversy. As a student you’re not ready to face any criticism when you’ve bunch of books to study.
#6 Recycle Old Mobile Phones
Instead of keeping your old feature phones in cupboard, sell them out to make some decent money. You can do this by listing your mobile on OLX or Quickr.
Same goes with other electronic gadgets. This doesn’t mean that you sell out all essential gadgets in your home. Though you can’t make recurring income from this way, you can enjoy a dinner outside with your friends.
#7 Sell Your Course Books
Course books that you’ve completed must be handed over to other students. This way you’re not just helping others, but making some decent money instead of leaving them to decay.
Text-book, notes and other study materials if maintained well can pay you at-least half of the money you spent on them.
If you’ve good handwriting skills, then you can sell your well written notes to any new coaching institute, who will print them and distribute to their students. I personally bought such notes for myself from a shop outside a coaching center.
#8 Sell Your Old Clothes
Free your closet to earn.
In every closet there will be some clothes that aren’t wore for months or years. But, still they occupy the space and we count them.
Instead, sell them to those who’re in need. You can sell through online or reach any shop that sells used branded clothes. You never know, you may end-up by buying new cloth from that money.
Collect all unused branded clothes from your siblings and parents to sell them online. Try to give some part of that money to your siblings too. 😉
#9 Participate in Competition for Prize Money
Colleges and some NGOs conduct competition in studies or sports as a part of their promotion. Participate and win the competition to win prize money.
In some cases, prize money can be replaced with gifts or coupons. You can use those coupons to get discount or get a free meal.
#10 Become Online/Offline Tutor
By selling clothes, books or mobile you may earn some money, but by spending your knowledge or subject with others you get respect.
I made my first 500 INR from teaching 10th class students for couple of hours. If you’ve good grip on any subject like Maths, Physics or Commerce, then you can help other lower grade students by teaching and helping them.
Based on your locality you can charge them monthly.
Indian parents pay utmost interest in education. Even after spending hours in school or college, parents want their children to spend some more time in tuitions. You can help weak students to complete their home works and guide them if needed. This way you can earn some serious income with no extra effort.
#11 Rent Your Car Parking Space
Parking is one of the big problems faced by people living in major cities. If you’ve space, then you can allot it some other people to park their car or any other vehicle.
This option may not be available for many people, but those who’ve should use it.
In my locality, private transport buses park their vehicles in an open plot for monthly rent. Am sure you don’t have open plot to get recurring rent, but this is an example to show the options to make extra money.
#12 Work as a Charity Collector
Charity organizations serve the people by collecting funds from various companies, individuals and other co-operations.
Some individuals contribute nominal fund regularly. They need individuals to collect that money. Apart from this, you can also volunteer to collect funds from your locality. You may not get huge amount, but serving is something that gains huge self satisfaction.
#13 Start Youtube Channel
Start a Youtube channel on anything you’re passionate about. For instance, you can share latest tech updates on your channel and review upcoming gadgets.
Various niches on which you can vlog include food, traveling, mobile, electronic gadgets, education, politics and beauty tips. You get paid from Google Adsense and through sponsored reviews.
#14 Make Money from Blog
You need to buy domain name & hosting space to start.
With good writing skills, you can start your own blog on any niche in which you’re passionate about. With basic SEO knowledge you’ll be to draw enough traffic to your blog.
Apart from search engine, you can use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to attract visitors to your blog. Google “how to make money from blogging” you’ll find a bunch of sites that explain you the complete process.
Affiliate marketing: This is another way to make money online while studying fulltime. You can share/review products on your blog/youtube channel and recommend the affiliate product. For every sale you’ll be rewarded with commission according to the affiliate site guidelines.
Note: Don’t expect instant commission or money from this strategy.
#15 Become a Social Media Influencer
With increasing social media presence, every brand and business are after social media influencers.
With huge social media followers you can become influencer.
You must regularly update your social media profile and should be genuine to hook real users towards your profile.
Being yourself is one of the best ways to get followers. Check the top social sites in your country and start the profile.
Conclusion: Don’t go after money. Choose according to your passion. You can find more 10+ ways of making money online while studying over web.