Nontraditional Ways to Make Money During College

Sometimes we just all need a little cash here and there to take care of those little fun extras in college. While it can be difficult to work a full-time job with a hectic school and activities schedule, many opportunities abound to help you make extra cash and fit it all into your busy life. In three of my four years in college, I found a bunch of great ways to get a paycheck that either took little time or allowed me a great experience for my resume. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

Many schools have desk attendants that sit and man dorm lobbies for up t $12 an hour. It’s a serious job that requires someone who can deal with emergencies as they happen and act as a gatekeeper at the building entrance. However, about 75% of the time, if not more, you are able to occupy yourself with homework, projects or even hang out with a friend or two. Just make sure you are paying attention to what’s going on around you so you continue to do a good job! You can call your residential life office to inquire about these positions.

Have you ever dreamed of starting a blog? Now’s the time to do it! If you have an interest in a particular topic, you can set up your own WordPress or Blogger website and start posting immediately. So, you ask, where do I make money? Well, you’ve probably seen a website or two with a bunch of ads on the sides. Whenever someone clicks on an ad or, in many cases, buys something from a featured online store in an ad, the website owner featuring those ads gets a specified amount per click or a percentage of the goods sold.

Another great way to make interesting dough and have a great learning experience is to target local companies in the field you are interested in and ask for assistance. This would not, in some cases, be a traditional internship but perhaps an opportunity to do some office work for a PR executive or small architecture firm while shadowing them. Because the job is not super structured, many small businesses will allow more flexibility in job tasks and may offer cool incentives just because they like you.

And, finally, on-campus psych experiments. Before you start guffawing at the very idea, this is not the type of experimentation done in a wild scientist’s lab with electricity or weird patches. These are legitimate, school-sanctioned tests that psychology professors and students offer people on campus to help them with their studies. Most tests are done on a computer or are simply a survey or interview conducted in the psychology department. The pay can range from $10 to $50 depending on the type of study.

These are just a few of the many ways you can find interesting and even enriching ways to make money in college. Talk to your college student life staff or even the career resources center to learn about other cool opportunities that may not be publicized on campus.

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