5 Ethical Ways for College Students to Earn Extra Cash

No one likes to be broke, but when you are in college, having a few extra dollars to have a little fun is often out of the question. Even for dinner, you are left scrounging. Ah, the life of a college student. It’s not so glamorous. However, with Internet and a little resourcefulness, you could actually make some extra scratch. This injection in cash can not only allow you the opportunity to have a little more fun – you can also subsidize your tuition, your living expenses, bills and more. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to curb these costs in an ethical way. Indeed, there are a lot of unethical ways to make money, but those ways don’t often pay in the long run. Here are five ethical ways for college students to earn extra cash.

  1. Ghost Writer

If you are in college, ghost writing is an excellent way to make some extra money. As a ghostwriter, you will be working for a number of different clients, writing blog articles, copy, biographies and more. If you love to write, this is the perfect job for you. To find a job in this field, you can simply go online and look for job listings. Simply send in a few writing samples and see what comes back.

  1. Delivery Service

As a delivery person, you will not only make money from the company you delivery for, but you will also make money from tips. This is a great way to make money, because it will get you out of the house on a regular basis. If you wanted to, you could even start your own delivery service within your dorm or community. You could deliver textbooks, notes, packages, and even school supplies. Just set up a website, do some local marketing and voila.

  1. Scientific Guinea Pig

If you are going to a college, like University of San Francisco, you are usually around some medical or scientific facilities, which makes it really easy to see if you can join a new study. You could simply be answering questions or you may be trying out a new medicine. Most of the time, these studies are actually quite safe. When you are signing up for a pharmaceutical study, you may even get a placebo or sugar pill.

  1. Complete Online Surveys

Another great way to make some money is to fill out surveys online. You can usually do a little search to find these surveys. Most of the time, they only pay a couple hundred dollars, but that couple of hundred dollars can go a long way. All you have to do is answer a few questions and maybe take a few pictures.

  1. Sell Your Stuff

On top of everything, you could also be selling items on Amazon, Etsy or Ebay. You don’t necessarily need to keep these items in stock – you can actually be selling as a third party and then Amazon does the shipment and fulfillment. In the end, this is a very simple way to make some money – and you don’t even need to do that much work.

The author is an expert on occupational training and a prolific writer who writes extensively on Business, technology, and education. He can be contacted for professional advice in matters related with occupation and training on his blog Communal Business and Your Business Magazine.