Have you ever seen those roadside stands around Valentine's Day and Mother's Day? You know, the ones selling flowers and treats? Well, that could be you. As a college student, just head down to Costco and buy some flowers and holiday candy. Then, get permission to setup a stand near a busy intersection or on the side of a road. You'll double or triple your initial investment every holiday.
Beyond selling notes, most college students write papers…lots and lots of papers. Don't let these assignments go to waste. There are services that will buy your old college papers. For example, you could look at GradeSaver. This services allow you to sell your old essays and get anywhere from $15 to $100 for them. If you're writing multiple papers per semester, this could be a great little side income.
Now, this is for students who have a strong desire of entering the entrepreneur world, one can begin a startup of his own with a group of people or alone. Many students did start their businesses in their college life. This can either be a success or a lifetime experience. Developing an Android application is the best form which has even made people millionaires. You can also begin with the website development, or there are various programs being held in colleges which involve interaction betwixt students and businessmen, who aspire to learn about idea students, have and do pay for a good business idea whilst making an investment into the same. Getting associated with a startup also works well, taking an instance from my own life, I got into Business Alligators in my second year of graduation.
Do you have a great idea for a product but don't know the best way to go about creating it? Well, you could submit your idea to Quirky. They'll screen your idea, and if they like it, they'll either develop it themselves or in partnership with a major brand. In the end, you'll get a cut of all the sales from the final product. For some inventors, this has only earned them $1,000s, but others have earned $100,000s through the platform.
Another popular site to earn money doing gigs is Amazon's Mechanical Turk. You get paid a very small amount per gig (sometimes as low as $0.05) but you can do these tasks very quickly. For example, you could be asked to identify a picture or type certain text. When I was in college, I used to do these gigs in class and earn money while taking notes.
One of your first options to make money in the area surrounding university is a part-time job. Most universities are located in areas that abound with retail stores, and therefore, retail jobs. There is also the option of a local pub or restaurant. This may require you to be a little more flexible with your schedule, but is a steady source of income.
Apply for new scholarships and grants. A lot of students think that they are only eligible for funding when they initially apply for admission. This is a mistake! There are often new scholarship opportunities for upperclassmen, though they aren't always widely advertised. You may also be able to apply for external scholarships or grants, which are offered from groups outside of your school.