Though earning through the internet is misunderstood by most Indian students as lame, yet many students have actually garnered hard cold cash through that. This is something which can be a gig in one’s free time for some extra money in the wallet. Internet is the most flexible way which offers opportunities of making money that too on one’s comfort zone. Following are the most common ways to earn money by merely sitting on your internet whether on the smartphone or personal computer:
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.
Reselling textbooks — This is a great way to bring in some money. When you’re done with a textbook, see how much it’s going for online. You can even compare that price to what the booksellers on and around campus are offering, and see which one gets you the best deal. (Buying used textbooks online is also a great way to keep more money in your pocket each semester!)
For an instance, I had a college mate who had an amazing skill of coding, being into computer science engineering itself an experience with this field would have graced her certificate, but being in a Gurukul, we never had many opportunities to get out of the campus and apply. Hence, she began her hunt on ‘Internshala’ where after accomplishing one project they gave, she started working as a coder with a startup company and a technical writer, and she got certified for her skills and knowledge while getting paid with an average stipend as well.
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!
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!
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 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.
Creating Gigs on sites like Fiverr is a great way to get your freelancing career started. A gig is something you can do well, and are willing to do it for other people. For example doing programming assignments for somebody, making good quality sketches for somebody, etc. It could be anything! Indeed, if you head over to Fiverr right now, you’ll see a wild assortment of some of the craziest things people are willing to do! On Fiverr, you get $4 per job, which isn’t much. But there are ways to earn more than just that. Aside from Fiverr, there are other many alternatives, many of which pay more than $4. So if you can’t seem to sell your gigs at Fiverr, then try your luck at something else!
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.
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.
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!
Creating Gigs on sites like Fiverr is a great way to get your freelancing career started. A gig is something you can do well, and are willing to do it for other people. For example doing programming assignments for somebody, making good quality sketches for somebody, etc. It could be anything! Indeed, if you head over to Fiverr right now, you’ll see a wild assortment of some of the craziest things people are willing to do! On Fiverr, you get $4 per job, which isn’t much. But there are ways to earn more than just that. Aside from Fiverr, there are other many alternatives, many of which pay more than $4. So if you can’t seem to sell your gigs at Fiverr, then try your luck at something else!
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.

Everyone in this world has craving for some special food. And when you are young then definitely you will have more cravings. This can be a good money making opportunity. What you need to do is researching on what food is not sold in the cafeteria and then offer it to your classmates. For e.g. cakes are loved by most of us and if your cafeteria don’t sell cakes or dessert, it’s your chance to make it available and earn money doing this.
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.
One of the most commonly explained and followed way, but usually never make properly comprehensive to the reader. When we talk about blogging, it’s acquiring a domain and writing on a specific niche. If you can pen down your thoughts in a specific genre, this is your thing and advertisements like Google AdSense can be a good way of earning money through blogging whilst if you are just a new registration with nil followers and viewers, this will bring no help. In India, most of the people make a mistake by considering writing articles, after going through different website contents regarding that topic as blogging. It indeed takes hard work and is also time-consuming for anyone to take reference from far-famed websites, giving a new explanation to the points they explained, and after all this, awaiting AdSense approval. This usually doesn’t work well and declined by Google, which makes the writer quit sooner than one can think. To have your content be treated as a quality source of information by Google, one needs to maintain ingenuity. There are many things in India which are not discussed by other bloggers, one can write over those issues using a personalized point of view and research in college. Talking about current issues, genuine problems of student life, a specialized research topic, and what not can be written about. When I speak about blogging, which I have myself done; I talk about people who have something unique and veritable to write about. There is a way of expressing, wielding a phrase, and making choice of the topic which will interest the reader. It requires patience to generate followers and viewers.
Watch for emails asking for note-takers. Once a fellow students' needs are documented, disability services will contact the professors and ask for volunteers in the class to take notes, and your professor will in turn email the class. You can also upload your notes to a platform like Stuvia, where you can earn money by selling your notes to other classmates.
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