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Quirky Ways to Make Income Whilst at College

6 December 2017 No Comment

If you’ve been to college or are at college right now, there’s a good chance you’ll be facing some form of student debt.  This article looks at a number of inventive ways to make an extra income whilst at college or after graduation.


People are always looking for a variety of academic tutors, in areas such as maths, science and computing… but one of the most popular type of tutors are are English tutors either for students from a foreign country, business people, or trying to improve their English.  If you happen to have specialist knowledge around a particular vocabulary (e.g. legal or medical) then you’ll be able to charge a premium, and similarly if you be an expert in say music or maths, this type of tutoring tends to pay more money, as it is specialised… but there is often less demand and a much higher barrier to entry.


A quite enjoyable way to make money is to treasure hunt around thrift stores and yard sales, looking for items that you know have a strong desire on eBay.  Often, people aren’t aware of the value that’s in amongst the vats of items in thrift stores and with a bit of careful research and rummaging around boxes, you can find some incredible high profit deals.


Lots of people have items that are “free to a good home”, presuming you have the means and manpower to come and pick them up.  You could simple use eBay, but If you match this with people putting requests in the ‘want to buy’ sections of newspapers and online listings, such as Craigslist this will be the most efficient and reliable way to ensure you are gathering items that you can sell on; after-all, you don’t want to have to rent out a storage unit just to put things nobody wants in storage.  The most expensive aspect of this set-up is having a vehicle large enough to transport the items, but this can pay for itself, if on top of the sale price for the item, you are able to charge a few dollars for delivery to the new customer.


There’s a limit to how much you can make doing this, as there is a restriction to how many times a week you can attend, but typically your time investment would be around three hours per week in order to make $250 to $350 per month.  Understandably, this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but it’s a rewarding way to make money on the basis your blood plasma is necessary to help fuel life saving operations.


Babysitting can be easy money.  If you’re lucky, the kids will be asleep most the time, and you’ll get free time in someone’s home to study or earn even more income by, as an example, being paid to browse websites or answer online questionnaires.


Whilst this is clearly restricted to three seasons of the year, if you charge $25 per lawn, and mow ten lawns a week (basically a weekend’s work) you’ll make $250 per week – that’s a $1,000 per month… and the best part of this, is that once you get regular customers, you can build up a monthly ‘round’ of appointments that generates a reliable stream of income; and doesn’t require you constantly getting new customers.

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