Good-Money Side-Gigs for Students

There are certain industries which I guess will always form part and parcel of all the dynamics surrounding student life, so it will perhaps always make for a good option for you to seek to make some extra money on the side as a student waiting tables, manning the bar or perhaps even participating in those weekly student promos companies often have. The problem with these “physical” institutions however is that they are limited in the number of people they serve as customers and even more limited by way of the income earning opportunities they offer.

A bar or restaurant can only hire so many students, so too the campus promotions marketing company. So that’s what we’re here to discuss today – some good-money side gigs for students, except they’re side gigs which pretty much everyone needing some extra money can get in on. They never become saturated, which should perhaps already be suggesting to you that we’re talking about taking things online.

So what are some side gigs students can do which pay some really good money?

Online freelancing

You might get told that this is quite a saturated market, filled with freelancers who are just lining up for the limited jobs and gigs available on a freelance basis. While this is correct to a certain extent, it doesn’t quite apply fully to students who are studying towards a specific speciality.

A writer who is pursuing a degree in Economics, Medicine, Engineering, etc, for example is so much more attractive to clients than a writer who merely has a writing skill. So use the growing knowledge you have, otherwise there are plenty of online freelance earning avenues for you to pursue, even if it’s beyond your field of study or beyond convention. Just head on over to platforms like, check out the gigs on offer under the miscellaneous category and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about.

You can also look into other platforms which has more relaxed means to earn money. There are lot of paid daily polls, surveys, and other questionnaire forms that you can fill and earn some good money in your free time. All you will need to get started is to give the required credentials and make an account in the said website.

There are some websites like Branded Surveys you can look into. They have membership programs of different levels and you will earn credits points according to the system in each level. You can read more Branded Surveys review online and compare with their competitors to see who offers more benefits.

Online consulting

This is perhaps one up on online freelancing because there is very little actual work you do in exchange for payment. It’s a matter of deploying your knowledge and you’ll be surprised just how much value is placed on the knowledge which is contained even by the likes of a college freshman who has managed to navigate just single semester.

Online consulting gigs don’t come looking for you though – you have to go out and seek them, rigorously.

Online Business

The digital age is a practical utopia for users as there are plenty of opportunities on the web for them to exploit. One way to make the most of what the modern world has to offer is by setting up an online business, which is rather straightforward when you look at it. So, if you want to create a stream of income when you’re in the middle of college, an e-store might be a great place to start.

To begin your retail business journey in college, you can simply consider the environment you’re in; you’re surrounded by individuals who probably enjoy vaping, so why not sell e-cigarettes and vapes in your store? You could get your supplies from the E Town Smoke Store or a similar wholesaler, sell them online at a maximum retail price, and deliver them yourself. By dedicating a certain amount of time and energy daily, you could make a profit and generate an income source as a student.

However, if you want to make your online business a success, you will need to do the groundwork necessary and gauge how you can sell the most of what you want to sell. This stands true for most businesses that have been and will be set up online. Research is paramount here and can be the make-or-break factor for your online business idea.

Affiliate Marketing

Hear me out before you roll your eyes and go on about how difficult affiliate marketing is. Affiliate marketing is simple if you want to succeed. Simply create relationships with people of a certain demographic, which in this particular instance would be your fellow students. Then, simply resolve to take over the duty of supplying them all with the stuff they already buy, as an affiliate.

If you look hard enough you’ll be able to source all these products and services cheaper, especially if you’re sourcing them for a bulk market and then it’s a win-win situation for your “clients” and for you.

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Tim Spafford

Tim is a student who works hard to get a degree in finance and build a successful career in business consulting. Being a student and living in London Tim has a real-life experience in budgeting, saving, money making, traveling and having fun.