Almost every college student can sympathize with the struggle of college finances. Most students exhibit a unique brand of poverty commonly characterized by a surplus of late-night pizza orders, an avoidance of dorm laundry rooms, and opportunity cost analyses of choosing between buying alcohol or new clothes. For students who don’t have enough time to acquire a job but need some excess capital to get through the semester, below are a few ways to make money as a college student:
1) Participating in Medical or Psychological Studies
At most universities, medical and psychological departments are always looking for participants for various studies. Most university studies can vary in type and time commitment, often ranging from an online 30-minute survey to repeated clinical visits over the course of multiple months. There are options available for all students looking to participate; one should start their search online on the websites of their university’s Medical or Psychological departments.
2) Become a Beta-Tester for an app
At many large universities, technological and science departments are constantly looking for beta testers to evaluate the functionality of projects such as websites and mobile applications. These beta testing opportunities can be difficult to find, but one should start by inquiring within their school’s STEM departments, technology-based student organizations, or even local entrepreneur ventures in the local community.
3) Become a campus representative for a company
Many popular companies such as Rockstar Energy, Chipotle, Apple, and Adobe offer opportunities for students to become campus reps. The responsibilities and time commitments may vary based on organization, but campus reps commonly promote their company around campus and through social media in exchange for free company gear and monetary compensation. One common website to find campus rep opportunities is Wayup.com: www.wayup.com
4) Sell Back Used Textbooks
Many universities offer to buy back used textbooks, but there are also many smaller organizations that purchase textbooks from students and that usually provide a better deal than university bookstores. Being cognizant of the rush for textbooks at the end of every semester is a great opportunity to capitalize on that 400-page history textbook you opened a total of 7 times.
5) Using Bing as a default search engine to earn Bing Rewards Points
Though most people shudder at the thought of using a search engine other than Google, Bing offers a unique rewards system for users to earn credits. Participants can exchange these credits for gift cards to places such as Amazon and Starbucks. Access the Bing Rewards website here: http://www.bing.com/explore/rewards-g?FORM=MM0AQY&PUBL=GOOGLE&CREA=MM0AQY&ef_id=VPW2bgAAAfolyeDF:20151104183226:s
6) Selling Clothes Online
For those who do not have a significant attachment to clothing or have a closet on the brink of overflowing, there are websites that allow people to rent and sell clothing online. Sites such as Tradesy and SnapGoods.com make the virtual exchange possible, simultaneously cleaning out one’s closet and filling their wallet.