As for other tips, all I can say is “a penny saved is a penny earned”. If you are running out of ideas to make money, start saving. Some quick “low hanging fruit” tips to save some quick cash include – switch to MetroPCS or Boost for cellphone (I only pay $20/month), switch auto insurance to Insurance Panda ($25/month), and start using GasBuddy (saves me like $100/month at least. I drive a lot).
Living in India one finds earning money difficult, the reason being there’s a critical pressure of career and curriculum as well. My own personal experience holds a similar story of a hectic schedule whilst carving my way to earn my pocket money and managing graduation studies. It all depends on one’s priorities and the kind of work he/she is capable of doing, whether the choices have the positive effect on his/her living or not. I have dealt with numerous questions from youngsters regarding how to earn money in college life and have written a write up regarding the same previously yet, the same doesn’t fit in with the Indian students. So here are 9 best and proven ways for an Indian student to earn money in college life:
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.
If you're an artist and have a knack for graphic design, you could do online design work for websites and businesses. This could be everything from making small graphics for advertisements to full site redesigns. To get started, check out a site like 99Designs, where you can enter design competitions and if you're selected as the winner, you get paid.
This is a very unique idea. You can earn money by creating and selling your own T-Shirts! All you need is a photo editing software for creating designs, and a little investment on your part. Create interesting event-related t-shirts, and prompt people attending those events to buy them! For example, you can create shirts for seminars, social events, parties, etc. It’ll take some money to initially produce those T-Shirts, but you can sell them at a profit to gain more than what you spent! A friend of mine started with this idea, and now, she has a small business and a brand with a website, where people can choose from the available designs, or order a custom-made T-Shirts according to their desires! Great huh? Who knows it could evolve into a full-fledged business for you?
Well, this is a business itself, the student can buy something and sell if with a profit margin. The thing can be stationary(books, pen, pencil, notebook etc), which is much required by the students in a hostel or campus; a food item (especially Maggi at 12 am) or some en-clothe and many other things that you might feel required for the vicinity population. This can be a mini business and can earn a good amount if intelligently and thoughtfully persuaded.
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 live off campus and have a yard or can get permission from your school to use communal open space, organize a yard sale with your friends and roommates, maybe even your dorm community. Use the cash to throw a “Yard Sales are Awesome!” party. Realize you spent all your money on the party. Repeat as needed or until you run out of stuff to sell.
As part of your financial aid package (although some positions are non-needs based) you might be able to find a work study job that allows you to get paid to study. Each semester, your school has paid work-study positions to fill which may potentially allow you to be a computer lab assistant, work behind the desk at the college library, or become a clerical assistant for an academic department.