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.
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.
A traditional way of earning money in your student life is selling your old notes. This is a one-time money making way yet this can be extended putting in some efforts. Students are always searching for someone who would write notes, make presentation, assignments, practical files and projects for them. This can be your mean to make money and somewhat gaining knowledge as well. Writing notes for students can be paid in accordance to one page basis. This was something a fellow mate in my college use to do and he made some decent money for the same. ClearSlide, Prezi, and Slideshark are some other platforms for making impressive presentations that will help you get paid. There is one flaw in the Indian education system, that is, students can always copy the projects of former batches which presents us with a new way to make money. Utilising the contacts, one can also come up with small shops like the ones which take orders for making presentations, working models and charts. This will also polish, the student’s skills and earn him/her a good pocket money.
Kinda like eBay IRL, clothing consignment shops are havens for the thrifty and fashion conscious. Take your old prom dresses, dress khakis, and other gently worn items and see what kind of cash you can get. (You can even bring in that new dress you've had for four years but never worn but keep saying you'll wear someday...it's time to let it go.) You typically won’t be paid until the items sell, but depending on the quality of the piece, you could earn a pretty penny. Though most consignment shops carry your favorite mall brands, you’ll also find some selling just higher-end stuff, so make sure you know what kind of merchandise the store is looking for.
One can start Manicure and Pedicure services for the hostel mates, doing it at cheaper rates than the parlors. This is done in mostly all hostels especially in the ones away from the main city and accommodating the bulk of students. There are various other things that can be done like laundry services for the vicinity people. If it’s not a closed campus than a person can help many people living in the locality with such services. Like hauling and cab services, cleaning services and so on. There are tasks that can be done; all you need is to think of the one which can suit you the best.
Institutes keep conducting researches on a regular basis and need people to take part in them. While some might not pay you, others may. These researches are easy and require you to answer basic questions which help them understand a concept better and come to a conclusion. It's always good to have a big study area so there is always a demand for people. You can also go for college experiments conducted by departments like psychology and earn money.
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.
You’re responsible, compassionate, and don’t mind giving up your Friday and Saturday nights: you could make a great baby or dog or house sitter. Though there are professional websites and agencies out there you could join, you may have luck volunteering your services to friends or family you already know. (Per usual, be wary of taking money from strangers...) And why not offer to wash the dishes or fold the laundry for an extra $10?
Similar to investing, peer-to-peer lending is where you loan money to someone else, and they pay you back with interest. The great thing about peer-to-peer lending is that you can lend as little as $25, and your loan will get bundled into a bigger loan for the borrower. Each month, they'll pay you back principal and interest. You can snowball this initial investment into many investments because you get your principal back as well each month. Many lenders earn over 5%-7% on their investments. Check out Lending Club to get started.
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.
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.
Cold calling still exists, and businesses are always looking for people willing to man the phones and make calls. Many companies hire this in-house, but there are also firms that hire telemarking professionals to man phones as well (especially around election time). If you don't mind being on the phone for several hours and getting hung up on often, this is a good job for college students.
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.