It’s no new discovery that college is expensive. Between balancing long school hours, extracurricular activities and a social life, making money on the side is virtually impossible and according to 30daystox, 60% of all college students receive no financial help from their parents. Student loans and crippling debt are simple phrases with the power to strike fear in the hearts of any college student.
Life on campus can offer a variety of temptations for students. A new outfit for that frat party you just HAVE to go to, tickets to the championship basketball game, a midnight pizza delivery. There are soo many ways to blow through your grad party money before you realize how fast it’s going. But don’t worry. There are also plenty of ways to save and make money without having to miss out on any of the fun college has to offer.
Here are a few school-hour friendly ideas to make some money for your savings while maintaining a full schedule.
Take to the internet
The age of modern technology is in full force. If you find yourself receiving more than your fair share of retweets or favorites on social media or you’re constantly receiving compliments on how well you do your makeup, why not try making money off of your talents?
Social media websites like Twitter, Instagram and YouTube have been known to pay the people who become popular on their platforms. For example, many makeup companies will pay popular YouTube bloggers to review their products. Similarly, Twitter and Instagram users will also get paid by various companies to post about their products.
If you already have a social media account with a healthy number of followers, flaunt your talents without apology!
Sell your stuff
Hosting a yard sale may prove to be difficult when you don’t have your own yard but you can always use the Internet as your own marketplace. There’s a good chance you own a lot of things you no longer want or need. You can sell practically anything on the Internet.
If you’re on the creative side, you can sell homemade crafts. Cafepress and Etsy offer an easy way to sell posters, t-shirts, hats, cups and tons of other items.
Teach what you already know
If you pride yourself on doing well in school and don’t have a problem with teaching others, put your skills to good use.
You can broadcast your qualifications, availability and contact information online and tell your friends, family and other students in your classes that you’re ready to save their GPA. Let your professors know that you’re willing to tutor any students who are struggling in their class.
One of the great things about tutoring is that the hours can be pretty flexible. You can even tutor online through UniversalClass.com, tutoronline.com, mytutoronline.com and many other sites. Not only is tutoring a great way to earn some extra cash but you can also brush up on your own knowledge in the process.
Having a nine-to-five job isn’t the only way to save up enough money for college tuition. Play piano? Try becoming a music tutor. Used to play soccer in high school? Try organizing a few willing younger kids into a team and coach them during your available hours. Nearly any skill or passion you have can become marketable. Don’t be afraid to turn those skills into a profit.
College students are notorious for being broke but it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s easy to become reckless with your money. A night out there, a nice dinner with friends there and one too many fireball shots here. Add that to the cost of books and other school-related expenses and you have a stressed-out student balling on a budget (or attempting to at least).
Every college is different and every student has a different college experience. That being said, virtually everything good in the world costs money-there’s just no getting around it. If there’s one thing that can bring people together, it’s the shared experience of a constant shortage of money.
Getting a basic idea of where your money is going each month and learning how to cut back on spending is the first step to financial freedom. Simple things like learning how to cook for yourself instead of dining out or ordering in, walking to class instead of paying for gas and skipping out on an extra shopping trip can relieve you from added strain on your bank account.