Being a student is both about awesomeness as well as challenges. Student life is undoubtedly the best phase of your life, as you keep learning a lot of different things, become a better person every day, and do a lot of fun along the way.
With time, you start feeling a bit upset seeing your parents struggling with your education expenses. And you want to support them by utilizing your free time. Or, you want to start earning to become a bit productive! It doesn’t matter what’s your situation is; earning money is a wonderful habit, and if you can do that right from the comfort of your home, you are in a win-win situation!
In this write-up, we have shortlisted 13 of the best options to use your free time to make money. Let’s explore them in detail.
#1 Work as a freelance content writer
If you are good at writing, you can think of freelance content writing as a career. You can’t start earning straightway, but if you are determined enough, there is a lot of money to earn! A lot of them!
Depending on your writing skills and experience, as a freelance content writer, you can earn from Rs 0.50 to Rs. 5 per word for assignments from India, and $0.03 to $0.30 per word for U.S based assignments.
#2 Start a blog
Starting your blog is a great idea if you want to earn decent money in the longer run. Although building a successful and earning blog takes some time, earning $10,000 per month won’t take a lot of time.
Knowing your area of interest is the first and most important step of starting as a blogger. You can easily find it based on your skills and various things you are passionate about. There are various websites where you can find great ideas on starting as a blogger. Once you find your niche, you will also be able to take care of various technical things. And it will start looking so easy with time.
#3 Freelance editing and proofreading work
If your English is strong enough, you can explore various online editing and proofreading works. You can easily find decent assignments and opt for charging based on an article or per word.
In the beginning, you should start at Rs 100/article. If you can proofread ten articles in a day, you can earn Rs 1000 per day i.e., Rs 30,000 per month without much fuss. And you can always increase your price with your writing skills and experience.
#4 Freelance digital marketing work
Content writing builds a strong foundation for successful digital marketing campaigns. Whether it is about running ads, organizing campaigns, creating pages, sending emails, or focusing on SEO, quality content is always a massive requirement. And if you have any of these skills, you can start your side career as a freelance digital marketer. And earning thousands of dollars every month won’t be very challenging!
Start working for a single client and work on simple assignments only. Keep earning the referrals and increase the number of clients and hence income with time.
#5 Start your YouTube channel
If you are confident in front of a camera, starting a YouTube channel can be an excellent option. Videos are getting more and more popular as an effective way of connecting with masses. And a properly recorded and edited video can help you reach your audience and monetize your channel effectively enough in the longer run.
Starting a YouTube channel is as easy as recording a video, but monetizing it is the tough part. You can start by following a few very successful YouTube channels. Look for the different things they do, how they present their videos and other things they do differently!
#6 Freelance video making
If you love filmmaking and video production, you can make decent enough money online only by utilizing your skills. With a quality camera, microphone, online editing software, and a tripod, you can successfully start your journey as a freelance video maker.
Websites like Upwork are offering great jobs for video professionals for different capacities like creating animations, explaining products and services, creating information slides, demonstrative videos, and various other video productions.
#7 Earn from Facebook
Facebook pages are not only for entertainment and information. If you are smart enough, you can explore the great scope of making money through various Facebook pages and groups.
Exploring FB pages that suit your niche is a great idea. And you can always invite other members to maintain engagement by asking questions, suggestions, sharing blog posts and images, and creating polls, etc.
You need to have at least 10K members before you aim to earn anything from FB. Some very good options are sponsored content, affiliate marketing, paid surveys, and selling your products and services, etc.
#8 Use Instagram to earn money
Instagram is no longer a social photo platform only. It has become a massive platform for marketing too! But you need to master the influencer game if you want to earn decently from Instagram.
Increasing your followers and keeping them engaged with good photos and videos can help you grow your stature.
Having 10K to 20K followers on Instagram is not very tough. And like Facebook, you can start earning through affiliate marketing, creating sponsored posts for businesses, promoting businesses, services, or products, and selling photos.
#9 Freelance social media manager
Depending on your engagement, you can easily earn $15 to $50 per hour as a beginner social media manager. And you can only go upward with your experience and skills.
As a social media manager, you may have to work in different capacities from managing social media channels for individuals or companies, finding engaging and relevant business content, and creating graphics for different social media accounts, etc.
#10 Freelance graphic designer
High-quality graphics are always in demand by businesses, bloggers, and website developers. Websites and portals like Fiverr and Upwork look for tons of graphic designers every month.
You can start working as a freelance graphic designer by creating your profile on Behance. You will have to showcase your skills and creativity through a few samples. And you can, of course, take some inspiration from other experienced designers.
#11 Promote your baking/cooking classes online
If you are interested in cooking and baking, you can reach many homemakers and coos by offering online cooking classes. Various platforms like Teachable, Udemy, Learnworlds, Thinkific, etc. are great meeting points for teachers and learners.
Start with the flexible course structure and affordable fee, try to earn a decent number of testimonials and optimum traffic, and then plan to offer customized courses with an increased fee.
#12 Earn money with affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing is one of the simplest ways to make money online, where you don’t necessarily need to design courses, make a product, or put storefront. It is a bit above freelancing work, where you have the freedom to work for yourself. As an affiliate marketer, you will have to recommend products and services to the readers, and you get a commission when someone purchases products/services through your referred links.
In the beginning, you can do affiliate marketing easily through Facebook, Instagram, and other social media channels. The commission may vary according to different programs and range from 2-3% for physical products and 65-70% for informational products.
Pick up your favorite niche, produce engaging and quality content, find the right products and, build your audience for better conversion.
#13 Start online coaching classes
If you have command over a subject or skill, you can utilize it by offering online classes. From teaching the art of content writing, to start a blog, and to start a business, there is a lot of options!
To launch an online course, you don’t need to have very deep knowledge. If you have, that’s always great! But it would help if you did not hesitate to start sharing whatever you know. Start with free or fairly affordable courses, and then raise your standard of teaching and your fee!
There are tons of ways to earn money from the comfort of your home! But you have to hit that “start” mark. And you can’t go anywhere if you also have a fear of failure like a lot of others! Take those baby steps, and you will surely find the light ahead.