Monday, July 16, 2018

Ways To Make Money As A College Student

We've all been there -- sometimes life throws us a curveball and we need some extra cash. Textbooks aren't cheap and neither are parking tickets. If you're a high schooler, you're probably working a minimum wage job (my first job paid me $7.25) and want some extra spending money. If you're a college student then tuition is probably eating you out alive. 
It's super easy to spend money while earning money is hard, so learn when to spend it. Don't just splurge every time there is a good sale. I know the pain... Set aside a certain amount for miscellaneous expenses every week or other week.

Also, do NOT spend money that you do not have. This is muy importante! It's a black hole since expenses tend to pile up and interest accumulates. 

So what can you do? I've gathered up several ways that I have earned money as a college student and will share tips on what I did. And these are doable ways to make money! 

1. Resell your clothes

My style has personally evolved so much over the last couple years that I have lots of clothing that I am not into wearing anymore. I personally use Poshmark, but there are other apps and places to sell clothing/accessories such as Mercari or Thredup. I've been using Posh since I was a senior in high school and still am selling my gently used or brand new clothes on there. I have sold shoes, necklaces, purses, etc... 

The reason I like Posh is because of how easy it is to sell: you need to take pictures of the item, write an accurate description, and wait for offers to come in/someone to purchase. Once someone purchases, download the pre-made shipping label and send it off. Disclaimer: they do take a percentage of the sale -- I believe it's 20%. You can share other people's listings and interact with other sellers. The majority of interactions on Posh have been positive for me! 

Also, their customer service is amazing -- if the item comes damaged or is not as described, then you can open a dispute and go from there. On the other hand, if you're a seller make sure you post pictures of the item from all angles and write a descriptive caption to make sure the buyer knows what they are getting.

2.  Turn your hobbies into profit 

Are you into nail art, doing hair or baking? You could charge $10 for a gel manicure or polish manicure with designs. Start with your family members and practicing on them. If you're great at hair and makeup, you can do homecoming makeup (it is expensive to get done at a salon, so people might turn to you for their hair/makeup).  Everyone likes sweet treats so if you have a knack for baking cakes or cookies, then you could do it for birthdays or special occasions. Everyone has to start somewhere! 

If you are super into fashion and would like to share it, then you might consider about starting a personal blog. Even if you just started, smaller brands might want you to wear their clothes or collaborate with you. If you play an instrument, you could play at weddings or give lessons to younger kids. Lessons with an actual music teacher can be really expensive, so parents might be more willing for their kids to learn with a student. Same goes for sports too -- tennis or volleyball lessons could be easy money, and not to mention fun for you. 

3. Resell your textbooks 

Textbooks are overpriced and you most likely only need them for one class only. They just sit there, wasting space after the semester is over. Why not resell them and make some money? Some other student will need it and you can sell it for a lower price. I've resold mine to the school bookstore, but you can sell them on eBay or Amazon. 

Some students sell them to underclassmen, so that's always an option. In my school there are little flyers of used textbooks from students who have taken the class previously so I take a look there before the semester starts. 

4. Work at school 

You can do work study in the library or be an orientation leader. One of my classmates worked in the school bookstore as a cashier. I've seen some students work in the gym, where they just make sure the people coming in are actual students. You could be a campus tour guide for prospective students in the summer. It looks good on a resume and it could be a fun job since you can interact with incoming freshmen and teach them a lot from your experiences. It'll be gas money or extra spending money, but it never hurts!

I'm going to be a part of the faculty this upcoming fall semester, working with freshmen in their seminar classes. I'm super excited because I get to help them adjust to college life and it'll be less intimidating for them since I am only a year older than them. 

5. Internships 

Some internships are paid, while some are not. If you find one in your field of study, then it is super valuable regardless or pay or not. It will help you on your resume and give you more experience. If it's paid, then that's a plus -- but don't turn down an internship just because it's unpaid! 

You could build connections and meet new people in your career field. You never know what might come your way. Your mentor might be your boss one day, after you graduate.


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