Smart Ways Children in College Can Make Extra Money & Focus on School

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College is expensive. Even if your son or daughter has a full scholarship, he or she will find that living expenses add up. A person can only eat at the college cafeteria so many times before they become sick, and even then, many college cafeterias aren’t even affordable!

Of course, getting a part-time job is always an option, but scheduling tends to be an issue – between school, work, and the inevitable social life that every college student works hard to cultivate, there’s no time left for homework or studies. But there is an alternative!

With the jobs below, your son or daughter can make money on the side while still staying fully committed to classwork. And that is because these jobs allow your child to work on their own time, at their own pace. There’s no reason not to give them a try:

1. MLM Sales

Multi-level marketing allows anyone to become an entrepreneur by giving them direct access to a catalog of existing products – all they have to do is sell it. Though MLM sales may not be for everyone, young and ambitious types will likely find that it’s right up their alley. Work hard and your son or daughter could make real money, along with other bonuses and perks.

One of the largest and well-known MLM organizations in the United States is Amway. With items ranging from household cleaners to health and beauty products, Amway provides its sales associates with a rich catalog from which to start their business. Signing up to become a representative is quick and easy, and there’s no obligation. Individuals can sell as little or as much as they’re able to, according to their own schedule.

2. Tutoring

On a college campus, there are always tutoring opportunities available. Great places to look for work include college bulletin boards, college-affiliated websites, and the local Craigslist classifieds. It doesn’t hurt to check the bulletin boards at the local coffee houses and pizzerias either. There are also student-focused websites, such as University Tutor, and national tutoring websites like, which allows anyone to sign up and apply to be a tutor.

3. Taking Surveys

Believe it or not, it’s possible to make money on the side simply by taking online surveys. Your son or daughter isn’t likely to be able to afford a brand-new car by answering questions here and there, but a little extra money can go a long way in college. In nearly all cases, signing up is free and easy, and the surveys often don’t take much time. These popular online survey sites below are legitimate operators:

For a college student who is online 23 hours out of every day anyway, completing an online survey or two should come as second nature. And they’ll get paid for it, too!

4. Selling Items on Etsy and Ebay

Etsy and Ebay (and Craigslist among other sites) makes it easier than ever to sell things old and new. Does your son have an old collection of baseball or X-men trading cards that he no longer wants? He can easily sell that on Ebay. Does your daughter make crocheted gloves and beanie caps for all of her friends? She might want to consider opening an Etsy account and selling them to the public. With Etsy and Ebay, the old saying “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure” comes to life. Signing up and creating an account takes just minutes!

5. Driving

If your son or daughter has a car and some free time, then he or she can make a little money on the side driving for Uber and Lyft. What’s great about Uber and Lyft is that in almost every major city and college town in America (and in other countries, too), there is a greater demand from passengers than there is a supply of drivers – which means your child can work nearly continuously for as long as they can handle it. Does your daughter have a whole Saturday off with nothing to do and no homework? Why not drive all day long? She will likely make a fair amount of money and meet friendly people while doing it. Not a bad day’s work for a college student.

Samantha Rivers is a freelance writer who lives in Chicago (Go Cubs!) and loves writing anything in the lifestyle, beauty, travel, and career realm both online and print. When she’s not running the Upward Onward nofollowblog, she enjoys reading, finding new restaurants, being active outside, and indulging in a glass of wine or two.

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