Creative Ways for College Students to Make Money Fast

11 Jul, 2018 / By

It’s almost time to get back to school, and you know what that means–you need money for food, books and other student fees that seem to increase every year. The good news is there are plenty of creative ways to make some money as a college student. These methods don’t require a huge amount of time or much long-term effort either.

Do Microjobs

Sites such as Fiverr and Fourerr allow you to sell your services in a creative way and make a few dollars along the way. These services can be such things as creating an image or logo or writing and editing an article. If you have a lot of followers on Twitter or Instagram or a lot of Facebook friends then you could also offer to promote a product or service on social media. You may also want to look at task runner sites such as TaskRabbit where you can offer to do such services such as pick up tickets to an event or dog-sit.

Participate in a Consumer Focus Group

Product manufacturers and agencies recruit consumers to participate in either in-person focus groups or online in order to analyze consumer attitudes and behavior. These focus groups can actually be quite lucrative and can pay up to $100 an hour or include incentives such as gift cards to various stores. This is the perfect gig for college students as the demand for them is quite high due to their rather limited demographic. However, you must be extremely dependable, either by logging in when required to or showing up to a focus group every week or whenever needed.

Fill Out Surveys Online

Companies endlessly offer surveys to consumers that they want filled out, however not all of these surveys will make you money. There are some websites that will allow you to make a quick buck by filling out easy surveys. One such survey site is PaidViewpoint, which will pay you for each survey that you complete. There are many more including Toluna, Squishy Cash, American Consumer Opinion, etc. In some instances, you will not get paid in cash to fill out surveys, but instead will earn points that you can turn in for gift cards to such places as Amazon and Target. However, you can easily sell these gift cards for cash if you prefer a monetary reward.

Sell Your Assignments and Essays

Many online sites that pay for your school papers have gotten an extremely bad rap due to the fact that college students can essentially cheat by purchasing assignments to pass off as their own. Although cheating and plagiarism have always been present, it is doubtful that making school paper websites illegal will irradiate that trend. Besides, many students actually purchase school papers not to cheat but to study and use them as resources. In any case, if you are interested in making money from this option then such sites as Gazhoo, SmartEssay and Constant Content will allow you to upload and price your academic papers, which can give you a few extra dollars in your bank account.

Join Clinical Trials

If you are attending a big university, especially if it has its own hospital, then there are usually research departments that are entirely devoted to doing human research experiments and studies, as well as clinical trials on drugs. If you aren’t too keen on getting fed risky medications or poked and prodded then you may have success in joining the studies’ control groups. You may find the studies listed on your college’s website or third party websites like Clinical Trials.

Jennifer Hamilton

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