Trying to find more ways to make money in college? You’ve come to the right place! Below, I’m sharing some of my favorite side hustles for college students.
Whether you attend school full-time or part-time, there’s an idea for you.
Now remember, this is a side hustle. Odds are it isn’t going to make you rich (unless you discover the next tech giant, which would be awesome!), but it will give you some extra income to go out with your friends, pay down student loans, or buy something you’ve been wanting for awhile.
Ready to jump in? Let’s do this!
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17 Side Hustles for College Students
1. Complete Tasks and Surveys Online
One of the simplest side hustles for college students is doing tasks and surveys right from your dorm room. Here’s my list of favorites:
I have more in-depth details about all of these in my post 37 Best Side Hustles From Home, so be sure to check that out!
If you have a subject you’re particularly strong at, consider tutoring at your college or in the surrounding community. You can find listings in apps like Nextdoor or Facebook, as well as on job posting sites like Indeed, SimplyHired, and even LinkedIn.
You could also sign up to tutor online through Tutor.com.
3. Food Delivery
If you live in an active college town, odds are that DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates, and UberEats will have plenty of orders that need delivered. (We all know school food just doesn’t satisfy those late night Chipotle cravings sometimes!)
The great thing is you can choose your own hours and work around your class schedule, making this one of the most flexible side hustles for college students.
4. Personal Assistant
Did you know that you can get paid just for running errands or responding to emails for people? We live in a busy world where sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day, and that’s where you come in.
You may find work as a personal assistant to a busy mom, a corporate business professional, or even a small business owner.
5. Rent Your Car
If you aren’t driving a ton and are ok with letting others borrow your car, you could rent it out on a site like Turo.
That’s right — you literally do nothing and make money. How awesome is that?!
6. Trade Stocks
Before you come at with me “stock trading is risky” I’ll say this — it’s risky if you don’t do it right.
If you don’t have time to do your research and just choose stuff at random, then yeah, this isn’t the right side hustle for you.
But if you’re interested in the stock market and have some spare cash to invest, then it could be a great avenue to generate some extra income.
(By the way, if you deposit your money and realize this ain’t your thing, sell your free stocks once they clear and take the profit — at least that way you get something out of the deal!)
If you’re good at packing and are able to lift heavy items, you could help people move items. Dolly is one site you can sign up on, but people often ask for help on social media all the time as well.
8. House Sitting
When people go on vacation for long periods of time, they’ll often ask someone to house sit and make sure everything is taken care of (i.e. plants being watered, checking mail, etc.). TrustedHousesitters is a great site for finding these types of gigs.
9. Freelance Writing
If you have a way with words and aren’t drowning in essays, freelance writing could be a fun option for you! You could be tasked with writing anything from blog posts to social media copy, and the amount of postings on the internet is endless.
Upwork, Guru, Freelancer, and Fiverr are just a few places you can start putting yourself out there.
Do you know how to liven a crowd? Being a DJ is one of the most fun side hustles for college students on this list because you get to bring life to the party!
Depending on the gig, you may need to have a certain type of equipment, so be sure to check ahead of time.
11. Karaoke Host
Sticking with the party theme, there are companies that send karaoke hosts to restaurants and bars to operate the flow of songs and make sure everyone has their turn.
This side hustle is more geared at older college students as you’ll need to be 21 to get in some of the locations. Also, keep in mind karaoke is typically a late night activity, so you’ll most likely need to sacrifice partying or sleep.
12. Private Sports Lessons
Calling all athletes! There are parents out there who are looking for one-on-one coaching lessons for their kids.
Advertise your services in local community groups on Facebook or Nextdoor so that people know what your skills are and when you’re available to give lessons.
This was one of the side hustles I had in college, and I loved it. My school actually hired students to be intramural referees, but I also know the YMCA and city parks and recreation departments also hire refs throughout the year.
14. Pet Sitting
For all the animal lovers out there, pet sitting is a great side hustle to make extra money as a college student. Pets are family and people are willing to pay good money to make sure they are cared for.
15. Start a YouTube Channel
If you enjoy talking to the camera and can produce consistent content, you could make money through YouTube advertising.
There are channels for practically everything you can think of, so choose a topic you’re passionate about and start filming!
16. Sell Your Clothes
Have you walked into your closet lately and noticed that you’re still holding on to that jacket from two years ago that you no longer wear?
Sell it on Poshmark!
The buyer pays for shipping and you get to set your price. Once the item is delivered and accepted, you’ll be paid your portion of the sale.
I’ve been an avid Poshmark buyer and seller for years and have nothing but great things to say!
17. Makeup Artist
Are you a makeup master? Create a portfolio of your work and start advertising! (Just be sure to check your local regulations to see if any licensing requirements are in place.)
Which of these side hustles for college students catches your eye? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
And be sure to check out these other posts before you go!