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You and all five of your roommates have a not-so-healthy love of Mountain Dew. First, maybe switch to diet? Second, turn all those empties into a healthy chunk of change by bringing (rinsed!) cans and bottles to your local recycling center. If you alone drink two cans per day everyday, at an average 5 cents per can, you could have more than $35 at the end of the year, enough for a few weeks of laundry—or a steak dinner.

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!


Along the same lines as trivia, you can get paid for just using your mobile phone and allowing companies to know what you're doing on it. For example, Nielson Mobile Panel is an app that you can earn rewards on just for having it installed. It will take snapshots of what you're doing and use those for advertisers to know more about your demographic. It takes away some privacy, but you get paid for it.
Our world has evolved in such a way that with each passing day, the race for earning more and more money becomes more and important. Other walks of life are being neglected in this race. In such an environment, every dime comes in handy. Recently, we have seen a general trend of people looking for alternative, part-time jobs. Most of them are teenagers. Being able to sustain yourself is considered ideal. For students, being able to afford their college fee by themselves is respectable. There is nothing wrong with students trying to earn money, so long as it doesn’t affect their academics. In fact, it builds a productive and positive attitude in students, and teaches them the value of money.
That’s my plan. No kids, no spouse, parents deceased. I’ll never be able to retire. On PSLF, but forgiveness not approved until 120th payment. Many are not being forgiven now. I take courses to stay in deferment. FedLoan bases payment on gross; not net. How does that make any sense?! After bills I can’t afford the payment. I have 3 grad degrees. Was supposed to be a psychologist. APA & NCE won’t accept my 15yo degrees for the national exam. So I teach at a CC. Over 180,000 in debt now and it grows monthly.
Freelancing is one of the toughest, but also one of the best paying methods of earning money. Toughest in the sense that it is hard to get a freelancing job. But once you get one, it’ll be worth the effort. Mostly, hirers are looking for experience, which most students don’t have. But you can increase your chances by joining multiple freelancing websites. Here is a list of the top freelancing websites you can try your hands on. Alternatively, you can do some other freelance tasks which don’t require an internet connection!

Whether you’re giving feedback after watching some commercials or letting people study your brainwaves while you sleep, there are scores of social and medical researchers out there that welcome college students with open arms. That’s not to say you should embrace every opportunity, but new products need testers and there are plenty of low-level trials you can participate in. Start with the US government’s official clinical trial website, then try contacting local hospitals or companies directly. And college campuses are often full of students and professors hosting research, so look on your school’s website for these opportunities too. Word to the wise: if you earn more than $600 in your clinical trial adventures, you'll need to declare your earnings on your taxes. Also keep in mind that as the payment goes up, so too will the commitment—as well as the potential risk.

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.
Recently, we published a detailed article on earning through forex trading. It is a very confusing, and very risky business. But it pays well! You can earn thousands of dollars in a minutes. But you can also lose them just as easily if you aren’t careful. Hence, it is not something for those who aren’t willing to take risks. But interested people who know the workings of stocks can do it. After all, you don’t need to work all day or something. You just need some knowledge, some motivation, and the willingness to take risks. It could definitely turn out to be a very lucrative venture for you.

Do you search the Internet? Want to get paid for it? Swagbucks is a site that rewards you for doing various online tasks like taking surveys, watching videos, and using their search engine. When using their search engine, you get reward points after several searches, usually in the amount of 10-15 points. You can start cashing out rewards at the 500 points mark. Read our full Swagbucks review here.
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).
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.
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