Side hustles for busy college students

Are you in need of some easy ways to make a little extra cash?

Are you a broke college student? (If you’re reading this article in search of some guidance, the answer is probably yes.)

Do you have a hobby that you think you could turn into a quick and easy way to make money?

Are you looking to make some extra cash on the side to pay for some of your expenses, or just to help offset your expensive Cook Out habit?

Whether or not you work any other kind of job, on-campus or otherwise, while also being a full-time student, we all find ourselves in need of a little financial help every now and then.

Here are a couple easy side hustles for college students to take up that don’t require you to clock in for eight hours at the end of a long school day.

Start a (very) small business

You don’t have to have an LLC to make some money selling unique homemade products. Learn to make scrunchies, paint canvases with sorority letters on them or cultivate succulents and sell the new sprouts that come from them in teacups purchased from Goodwill.

It doesn’t take a genius to come up with a business idea that fellow college students will eat right up.

You can market your creations along your residence hall or even set up a table at the CNU Farmers Market when it returns to campus next semester. You can even create an Instagram for your little business to start creating a following and creating loyal customers.

Sell some of your old clothes

With sites like Depop and thredUP becoming more and more popular among our generation, selling old clothes has turned into an exceedingly popular means of making money for high schoolers and college students alike. This is especially true because of the rise of thrifting; recycling clothes is cool now.

If you have name-brand or unique items that you aren’t into anymore, create an account on one of these websites and post your items on there. You can also set your own prices, so you control what you make. Your old pair of Levi’s jeans are bound to find a new home and make you a little pocket money (pun intended).

Babysit and/or pet sit

Remember in high school when your neighbors asked you to watch their kids for a couple hours while they went out on a date night, and you walked away with much more money than you felt like you deserved?

Babysitting and pet sitting are easy ways to make some money that don’t take a whole lot of special skills (as long as you feel confident in your abilities to entertain kids and animals- and to keep them alive).

If you’re new to the Newport News area, babysitting and pet sitting is a good way to get to know neighbors who you share your community with. Ask around with people you know who already sit for certain families, and you’ll be sure to find someone in need of your services.

Drive for Uber, Lyft or Uber Eats

As long as you have a valid driver’s license, a well-working car and a clean record, you can easily sign up to become a rideshare or delivery driver. Since we are on a college campus, students often require rides from place to place at all hours of the day and night.

No matter what your class schedule looks like, you can find a couple hours during the week to devote to driving others where they need to go.

Different rideshare companies require different age minimums for their drivers, so be sure to check that out and read all the requirements and rules before you sign up, but this is definitely another easy option to make some money on the side.

The options for side hustles that are easily accessible to college students with all kinds of other responsibilities are endless.

No matter what you enjoy doing or what you feel like you can easily make a little pocket money off of, you’re sure to find something that you can fit into your already extremely busy schedule.

~Anna Dorl, Lifestyle Editor~


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