The best way to start selling on eBay is to actually start selling on eBay. Yes, there are some things to learn, but take your time, look at the eBay help files (and these tips) and just start selling. You will make some mistakes—we all do. But don’t get frustrated or give up. You will get better with experience. Also, selling will make you a better buyer. You will understand things from the seller’s point of view and learn other ways to spot bargains.
Direct sales — Last but not least, direct sales can be a great way to make some extra money as a college student. These companies often have minimum sales goals, but a lot of them are very doable minimums every three or six months, so the burden isn’t too heavy even when you’ve got a busy semester. The key is to find a direct sales company selling something you absolutely love, can afford, and want to share. The good news is that there are tons and tons of direct sales companies, so you can go into it selling just about anything. Stella & Dot is one of my favorites.
Do you enjoy fast food or going into retail shops? Many companies hire mystery shoppers to test the customer service of their stores. A common one is Subway, which hires mystery shoppers to ensure that "Sandwich Artists" are following all the franchise guidelines. If you have time and can travel to different places, this could be a good side hustle.
If you're an artist, and consistently create paintings, drawings, computer animations, or anything else visual, you could sell your artwork online on a site like Deviant Art. Deviant Art allows users to upload images, and they can elect to sell those images as prints or even special projects like mouse pads and more. Whenever an item sells, the artist will receive 20% of the purchase price. Higher membership levels earn higher royalties.
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.
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.
Not only will you be helping meet a critical need, but those pints of plasma or bags of blood can earn around $20–$50 each (and you may even be able to donate multiple times per month). Never donated blood? You’ll have to answer a few questions, meet blood donation eligibility requirements (check out the Red Cross donation guidelines), be cool with needles, and have anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to spare, depending on the wait time to sit down with a nurse. Plasma donations are a bit more involved: you could be hooked up to two needles (depending on the machine), have little mobility, and it takes about one or two hours total—but you’ll probably spend that time watching a movie surrounded by lots of nice nurses! Just be sure to take it easy after donating and replenish your fluids with lots of water and juices.
If you have anything you don't use anymore, and it's too large to sell online, Craigslist should be your go-to place to sell stuff. In college, you may want to sell all your furniture before moving home from school at the end of the year. Depending on what you own, a few $100 might be better than storing it or transporting it back with you. It's easy to setup a listing and sell anything on Craigslist.
One of the best ways to get started investing in real estate is to buy a house in college and rent out the other rooms to roommates. One of my best friends did this – he bought a 4 bedroom house his freshman year and rented out 3 of the rooms. The rent from the roommates covered the rent and all the expenses, and he was able to pocket a small profit each month. By the time he graduated college, he had two rentals and a house for himself.
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)!