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An off-campus job might be the quickest way to earn extra cash, but good luck finding one that pays above minimum wage and accommodates your classes and activities — and still leaves down time for fun.
So, how can you make money as a college student without risking your grades or your social life? One option is to go freelance and pick up gigs you can do according to your own schedule. Gigs let you work when you want, as much or as little as you want. At worst, you can earn enough to cover books and personal expenses. At best, you’ll turn your gig into a bona fide business by the time you graduate.
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Good To Know
Some of the money-making opportunities you see online sound too good to be true because they are — investment opportunities and gambling enticements, for example, are more likely to cost you money than make you money. Also steer clear of surveys, crowdsourced tasks and points-based tasks that won’t earn you more than a small fraction of minimum wage, except, perhaps, as something to do while you watch TV.
10 Gigs for College Students
The following ideas are all legitimate ways to start earning decent money right away, doing work that doesn’t require more experience than a college student is likely to have.
1. Rideshare Driver
If you’ve got a car on campus, you can make good money driving for Uber, Lyft or another ridesharing platform.
You’ll have to meet the minimum requirements — Uber, for example, requires that drives under age 23 have at least three years of driving experience, and in some states you’ll have to get your car inspected every year — but once you’re up and running on the app, you can drive whenever it’s most convenient. Some drivers are on more than one app.
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2. Delivery Driver
Sign up to deliver everything from mail order packages to groceries and restaurant meals in the local area around your school. Popular delivery driver apps include Amazon Flex, Postmates, Uber Eats, DoorDash, GrubHub, Caviar, Deliv and Instacart.
You might earn less making deliveries than you would as a rideshare driver, but delivery gigs have no minimum standards for your vehicle — some even allow you to deliver via bicycle or scooter. If you do have an eligible vehicle, you can combine ridesharing with …….