We’re all broke college students here, but what if we didn’t have to be so broke? Tuition is expensive and paying for the dorm life or renting off-campus adds up. In the midst of being a full-time student and working part-time or full-time, sometimes money is still tight at times. However, there’s still some ways to make extra money without taking on a second job! In this blog, I’ll review a couple creative side hustles for all those who are looking for some extra income without a long-term or full-time commitment.
SELLING UNUSED OR UNNECESSARY ITEMS
Do you have some clothing you haven’t worn in a while or a textbook for a class you used two semesters ago and haven’t touched since finals week last year? You don’t have to keep it around, and it’s a great chance to make extra money. Sure, you may not get back exactly what you paid for it, but even if you sell a textbook for $10, that’s $10 that you didn’t have before–always look at the bright side! Also, selling unnecessary or non-essential items is a great way to clean out your closet, save some space or brighten someone else’s day when your extra stuff is exactly what they were hoping to have!
DRIVE FOR UBER OR LYFT
If you have a car on campus and don’t mind driving a couple extra miles here and there to make a few extra dollars, consider driving for Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare companies. Before you drive though, know that you do have to be 21, your car has to have four doors, and you have to have a valid license and car insurance. However, if you fit the requirements and enjoy the drive, it’s a great way to make extra money and you get to choose your hours.
DELIVER FOR DOORDASH, UBEREATS, OR POSTMATES
If you don’t necessarily want to drive people around (or maybe you don’t meet the requirements to drive for Uber or Lyft), you can deliver food or other goods through delivery apps such as DoorDash, UberEats, or Postmates. You can register to deliver with any of those companies; through their app, they will text you when you can deliver and you choose your times to work when it is convenient for you.
START A COMPANY
Have you ever thought about turning your passions or your hobbies into a way to make money on the side? Personally, I launched a company a couple years back doing graphic design and calligraphy because it was something I loved and a great way to make money on the side from commissions. Maybe it’s not art or graphic design for you, but what about starting a blog because you love to write, or teaching a course because you like to share what you learn with others?
This is just a starting point, but my hope is that it’ll encourage you to start thinking about what you love and turning it into a side gig. Also, you may have a lot of assignments and work for school, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have any free time at all. Make the most of the time that you have to be intentionally driven! I wish you the best of luck with your side hustle!