15 Summer Money Making Ideas For College Students

BY- SAHIL SAIFI

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Believe it or not, summer can be a really tough time for students to get jobs. Why? Because many employers look at the time frame the student can work (2-3 months), and then turndown student candidates.

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Do you search the Internet for stuff? Want to get paid for it? There are two main companies that pay you for doing online tasks like searching the Internet. The more tasks you complete, the more you get paid. Even better, both of these companies offer bonuses just for signing up. Swagbucks is a site that lets you earn points called SB for doing various online tasks like taking surveys

Search The Internet

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This has become one of my favorite new ways to make money online - especially for college students. There are several companies now that allow you to teach online. Specifically, these companies allow college students (and those with college degrees) to teach English online.

Become An Online Tutor

Selling stuff on eBay was one of the first ways I ever made money online. I used to sell everything old in my house. I soon started selling on Amazon as well, simply focusing around music, movies, and books. Selling on eBay eventually turned into a very large side business for me, and was earning me about $3,000 per year - very part time.

Sell Stuff On eBay Or Amazon

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Believe it or not, there are companies out there that will pay you to take online surveys. The reason? They simply want your opinion. All you have to do is register, and these companies will contact you when they have a survey that fits your profile. Typically these are online market research surveys for big brands.

Fill Out Online Surveys

Amazon's Mechanical Turk is a great potential way to earn money. The gigs on this site pay incredibly low amounts – less than a nickel typically. However, they take seconds, and you can typically earn around $6 per hour if you keep at it.

Do Small Online Tasks On Amazon's Mechanical Turk

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Another of my favorite ways for college students to earn money over the summer is to deliver food. The great thing about this is you just pick up and drop off food, and you don't have to have people in your car! Also, if you don't have a car, you could even deliver food and make money with a bike or scooter. Two of my favorite apps for delivery are Door Dash and Instacart.

Deliver Food By Car or Even Bike

Drive For Uber or Lyft

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If you're home for the summer and have a car, you could make money simply by driving people around. All you need is a car and some spare time. This could earn you several hundred per week if you are in an area where ride-on-demand is popular. Plus, you never know how many fun people you could meet.

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Instacart is an on-demand delivery service where you get paid around deliver groceries and food. That’s not bad. With Instacart, you deliver on your own time. You might deliver groceries, restaurant orders, and more! This is a great summer gig for students because you do it on your own time - download the app, get signed up, and only take deliveries when you're able to.

Deliver Groceries and More

Join Agent Anything And Do Random Tasks

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Agent Anything is a site that outsources tasks, but is more geared to students. People post projects on the site and you can make offers on how much you’re willing to pay to help. Most gigs on the site earn anywhere from $20 to $100, but some earn more. However, they are usually pretty quick and easy jobs.

Babysit Or Housesit

Babysitting and housesitting are two great ways to make money while you're home on summer vacation. Both require no long term commitment, and they both can earn you good money.

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Become a Dog Walker

Another great way to earn money, especially if you love animals, is to become a dog walker. In many cities people are looking for individuals to walk their dogs and pets. Even in more suburban areas, people are looking to hire others to spend time with their pets - especially when the owners have a busy schedule.

Start A Summer Moving Service

Another great way to make extra money during the summer is to start a moving service. This job is even better if you can get 1-2 friends to join you.

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Do House Painting Or Handyman Work

You can also look for house painting or handyman work. Many people start looking to do home improvements once summer arrives, and if you are willing to put in the manual labor, this could be a great way to earn money. There are a few ways to go about it: 1) do the work on your own from start to finish by contacting individuals and setting up deals. 2) you can join a company that you are affiliated with, you do the sales, and the painting, but they provide the infrastructure, billing, supplies, and more. 3) you go and work for a company as summer/on-demand labor.

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Be A Part Of A Medical Survey

This is one of our favorite unique ways to make money, and it can earn you hundreds or even thousands of dollars for your time. Given that you have time on your side for the summer, you could be a great candidate to participate in medical studies. Check your local schools or hospitals and see if they have any information on studies you can be a part of. The higher paying studies are the ones that require overnight stays.

Get Paid To Be Someone's Friend

If you want to go out and do a fun activity - like eat dinner or watch a movie - but don't have anyone to do it with, you could join a service like Rentafriend.com, where you can get paid to become someone’s friend for a period of time. This is strictly platonic stuff here, so don’t think about it any other way please.

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Final Thoughts

Just because getting a summer job at a big company or retailer is difficult, that doesn't mean that you can't work and earn money. There are lots of ways to earn money during the summer, you just have to find it. And who knows, some of these gigs might turn into side hustles that you can do during college when you go back in the fall.

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THANK YOU

15 Summer Money Making Ideas For College Students