Freelancing — Probably one of the best ways for college students to start making real money for themselves from the dorm room is by freelancing. By offering a freelance service you can do online, you give yourself the freedom of setting your own workload and schedule while meeting the very real (and very valuable) needs of other online entrepreneurs. Freelancers can be writers, editors, graphic designers, virtual assistants, web designers, and more!
If you're crafty, you should consider selling your stuff on Etsy. Etsy is designed for handmade goods – including stationary, greeting cards, household crafts, and more. The great thing about creating these types of products is that you can do it in your spare time, on nights and weekends. And creating many of these products doesn't take up much space – so it can be dorm room friendly. Don't think there's much money in selling on Etsy? Well, this teenager paid for her college by selling crafts online.
Did you know, you can earn money by posting videos on Youtube? This happens when you have reached a certain number of 'views'. A lot of youtubers started their channel with basic DIY or review videos and marketed them properly. The channel picks up if your content is interesting and original and after substantial promotions. Being surrounded by hundreds of people in college to spread a positive word of mouth is surely an advantage which can advance your channel.
This is one of my favorite "most unheard of" ways to make money - especially for college students. Being a Loan Signing Agent is a great way to earn money in college because you can make $75 to $200 per hour working for yourself on your own schedule. Students can be signing agents and earn extra cash when they want. The best part is you need nothing more than a notary commission (which can often be attained by simply filling out an application)!
Did you know that those people asking for your signature outside the grocery store are typically paid to get you to sign up? Contrary to popular belief, they aren't pushing politics because they care. They are pushing for your signature because they typically get $1-$2 per signature. If you could get 30 people to sign up per hour, you're making $30-$60 per hour. Not bad.
Parents have a natural inclination for tutors who have studies from the same the same school as their child's. You can use this to your advantage if you are living with your parents. Alternatively, you can register yourself for giving tuitions online and find interested people. You can also teach things to your peers or juniors at college and charge them money for it. Keep your rates lower than professional tutors so that students see an advantage in studying from you.
Along the same lines as donating plasma, young and healthy adults could donate their sperm or eggs for money. Donating sperm doesn't command much, but it can be a small supplement to your income. On the other hand, donating your eggs could earn you anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000. However, there's work involved in the process, and it's not painless.
Search for freelance writing and editing gigs. The rates for these jobs vary: you may be paid by the word, be offered a flat rate for a project, or in some cases can be paid an hourly rate. You typically won't be able to retain copyright over your work or collect royalties, however. Even so, by doing freelance work you can build a portfolio and make valuable connections which may later pay off with more stable job opportunities.