5 Extra Sources of Income for Poor College Students

by Hank Coleman

5 Extra Sources of Income for Poor College StudentsAs a college student, you’ve probably gotten used to the lifestyle of ramen noodles for dinner every night and making your laundry last as long as possible before washing it. Devoting your time to your studies can have a terrible effect on your wallet.

If you want to make a little extra money for more convenience and comfort, there are a few ways to get a little bit of cash without sacrificing your studies. Here are simple ways you can make some extra sources of income while in college.

5 Extra Sources of Income for College Students

1. Sell Your Stuff

One of the easiest ways you can make a few bucks here and there is to start selling the things you don’t use anymore. If you live in a dorm room, space is at a premium. Keep things comfortable in your room by getting rid of the excess.

When you upgrade your electronics, swap out the old for cash. Go through your old bedroom back at home, and find old toys or comic books that you could put on an online auction site. Join an online flea market group and sell your old clothes that are out of style.

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2. Do Heavy Lifting

Making some extra dollars here and there is also possible if you do some heavy lifting every once in a while. If you have a strong back and a few hours of free time, try looking for ads online for people who need moving help.

Chances are there are tons of people on any given day looking to pay you for your help in moving their furniture or boxes. You don’t have to commit to a work schedule, and you can get paid in cash right away.

3. Generate Some Buzz

Another way you can make money easily is through promotional activities. Seek out promotional companies that recruit college students to pass out event flyers or generate buzz about various products.

Many times you can simply walk through your campus and spread the word about a specific brand or product as a promotional representative. The work is usually as easy as having a conversation and passing something out.

4. Put Your Creativity to Work

If you would rather spend your time behind a computer or at your desk, you can make a little money off of your artistic hobbies. First, find a freelance site that has potential clients seeking talented workers. Then, choose the jobs you would like to bid for.

Inform the possible client how much you charge, and if you get chosen, complete the work. Once you’ve delivered, you get paid. A few jobs per month may even cover costs like your car insurance.  

5. Tutor Fellow Students

The last way you can make some money as a college student is through your academic prowess. If you have a knack for deciphering the latest musings from your philosophy professor, consider tutoring your fellow classmates.

Spread the word during or after tough tests, and generate some business for your possible enterprise. What’s best about this idea is that you also get a boost in your understanding of the material as you go over it with others.

Being in college doesn’t mean you have to suffer at near poverty levels. Look for creative ways to get a little bit more money each month, so you can start eating better food and having more fun.

Did I miss any? What were or are your favorite ways to earn extra sources of income while in college?

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About Hank Coleman

Hank Coleman is the founder of Money Q&A, an Iraq combat veteran, a Dr. Pepper addict, and a self-proclaimed investing junkie. He has written extensively for many nationally known financial websites and publications. Hank holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and a graduate certificate in personal financial planning. Email him directly at Hank[at]MoneyQandA.com.


Hank Coleman has written 588 articles on Money Q&A. Learn more about Money Q&A on Twitter @MoneyQandA and @HankColeman.


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