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.
The first thing that you can sell in college are the notes you take in class. There are many ways to do this. Almost every major campus typically has a note-taking/note-selling service on campus. For example, the University of California, San Diego has A.S. Lecture Notes, which pays note takers and charges note buyers. However, there are also online services such as StudySoup, which allow students to sell their notes online. There are students who are making over $5,000 to $10,000 selling their notes.
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.
Believe it or not, there is a company out there that is willing to buy your junk mail. The company Small Business Knowledge Center is looking for individuals to send in their junk mail on a regular basis – specifically they are looking for offers relating to personal finance, insurance, investing, and more. When you do this, they will reward you with points that can be redeemed for gift cards to over 200 different retailers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the gamers out there, this money making gig is for you. Let's face it, as you go through college, you find yourself spending less and less time playing your favorite video games. Why let your awesome characters and game assets go to waste? Why not sell them online to other players? That's exactly what PlayerAuctions.com allows you to do. You can buy and sell old video game accounts, characters, and even in-game assets. Depending on what you sell, this could earn you several hundred dollars.
Are you an interesting person or do you do a cool job? People are always looking for interesting people to officiate their weddings, and you could get paid for it. For example, if you're a skydiver who officiates weddings, you could get paid to host a sky diving wedding ceremony. Since most pastors don't do these extreme sports, it's a great side income for those that do.
Barter your services with friends. Do you spend more than you'd like getting your hair and nails done each month? Do you have a friend who can't resist the pastries at the coffee shop or who pays for a personal trainer? Think about what both you and your friends spend money on, and then see if there's a way for you to barter and trade services with each other in order to save money.