How to Make Money Without Getting a Job
If you think there might not be a way for you to make money without getting a job, think again. We've come up with more than a few ways for you to earn some cash without full-time employment.
Making Money Outside of Traditional Employment
A little short on money to chip in for pizza with friends? College expenses leaving you with empty pockets? Let's refill them with a few easy and unexpected tricks to earning some extra money. No full-time or part-time job required!
On top of normal college expenses, a student is always going to find new things they need to or want to spend money on. Whether it's ordering a pizza late at night or paying for an extra notebook when yours falls in the toilet, unexpected expenses are bound to pop up. But short of getting a job, is there any way for a student to make money to pay for these extra things? Not only is the answer yes, but it's easier than you might think. You won't even have to call mom or dad.
1. Do People's Laundry
Mom's not here to do your laundry anymore. Many students allow their laundry to pile up week after week and don't want to deal with taking the time or effort to go to the laundry room, fold, dry and hang all their clothes. They will even be willing, for a low price, to pay someone else to do all that for them. Why not you? You can put up fliers around campus with your name and number, and you can bet that within the week you'll get some calls from people who don't have the time or energy to do laundry themselves.
2. Open a Savings Account
It may take an initial deposit to open an account, but it will actually gain you money in the long run. Open a student savings account, most of which have higher interest rates than standard savings accounts, then either sit and wait or keep depositing money into it and reaping the benefits. It won't be enough extra money to pay for a pizza or a textbook, but it'll keep adding up over the years in college, and it will still be there for you after you graduate.
3. Edit Student Papers
Every college student has to write papers, regardless of what classes they take, and each of these papers needs editing. This endeavor takes time and a meticulous eye that some students just do not possess. Offer your services around campus as a spelling or grammar editor. People will pay you a small sum per paper just to read over their work, mark changes and then give it back to them edited and ready to be turned in. Make sure, however, that you're not writing their entire paper for them, because that could land you both in loads of trouble.
4. Sell Things Online
Dorm rooms eventually will fill up with things a student no longer needs, and those things are a great source of revenue. You don't have to just sell your possessions, though. Yes, eBay is a great and easy place to sell things for decent prices, but the Internet is also a place to sell your own talents in more technical or artistic fields. Using sites like deviantART, an artist can offer to do photography, paintings, sketches of characters, statues of pets and digital portraits for other people online for a fee. Depending on the quality of art, a person can get around $20 or more per piece! Not an artist? That's fine! Write articles for blogs, submit short stories to online magazines, rent yourself out on commission for creating flash games and much more! There's an online niche for almost anyone, if you just look hard enough.
5. Do Online Surveys
Several websites, like e-Rewards or SurveyClub, will give you feedback surveys to do for different food, technology or media companies. In exchange, you will be paid anywhere from 25¢ to $15 per survey! It's a slow method, because you may only get a few surveys per week, but the money adds up after a while. Some sites allow you to take the money in gift cards for gas or food, or you can have it all go to a Paypal account. Either way, it's easy, doesn't take much of your time and earns you at least a little money. And for a college student, a little money can add up to an awful lot of pizza!
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