People who haven’t been to college in today’s generation don’t really understand what it’s like to be a student anymore. We’re not just partying all the time while skipping classes and getting high. There is just too much responsibility on our shoulders for that to be all we care about.
It’s why so many college students are doing part-time work. College is tough enough with just having to study, but we need to start making money or our student loans will get out of hand. We need to make money if we want our college experience to be the time of our lives (as it should be).
What a lot of college students don’t know is that there are a lot of good ways to make money without having to go off to a part-time job making minimum wage.
Here are 3 ways you can start making money without leaving your dorm room.
Learn to invest
If you have a little bit of money available, you might be interested in reading this beginners guide to investing. No matter what your major is, investing today is a real option even if you don’t have much capital. Anyone can invest in today’s world because technology has made it easy.
Think about how much better it would be if you could make money from your dorm without having to spend hours on actual labor. Investing with a robo advisor, for example, can get you there. A robo advisor uses algorithms and the endless data available online to make the best investment decisions for you.
Learning to invest shouldn’t take too long and will probably make you more money than a minimum wage job, even if you don’t have much to start with.
Use freelance websites
When you’re looking for work at a company, they often require you to have experience there is no way you could have while still in college. However, if you go the freelancing route, you don’t have to follow these kinds of rules. People looking for freelancers online generally want something done relatively soon, and aren’t looking to hire permanently. If you can do a job, it doesn’t matter how much prior experience you have.
If you are able to write a good essay, you have the writing skills necessary for many freelance writing jobs (with research possible just using Google). If you can do basic coding, the same applies with freelance web design jobs. Try a website like Upwork and see what’s available. Don’t be scared to apply, even if you’re not confident yet. This is one case when you’ve got to fake it til you make it.
Get paid for being online
Okay, so this is not as simple as being connected to the internet – although it’s not far off. Sites like UserTesting.com compensate you with $10 for using a site or app for twenty minutes and reviewing it. You can make $30 in an hour of this kind of work, which is far more than you would earn at a minimum wage job for far less work.
You can do similar by taking Qmee surveys, which pay you to answer a few survey questions that take a few minutes. Each are low paying but very quick to complete, meaning you can make a good amount of money if you keep at it.