Many tip lists out there will advise you on how to budget your money during college, when you are more than likely still dependent on your parents’ monthly allowance. Budgeting is a difficult art to learn, and there will inevitably be times during your undergraduate career when the parental coffers run dry and your folks are unwilling to provide you more before the next month. This is when you are left up to your own devices. Now you can either wait it out and live on cereal till the first of the month, or you can put your entrepreneurial skills to task by making a nice mound of cash yourself for these desperate times, so you’ll never be short on spending money again. Between procrastinating with that term paper and watching entire seasons of your favorite TV show, you can certainly mete out some time that’ll help you help yourself. Here are a few ways to make extra cash quick when the going gets tough.
1. Tutor other students.
There’s no better way to learn a set of concepts well than by teaching others. Whatever subject is your strongest, offer fellow students some tutoring sessions for a small fee. This way, you’ll still be engaging in academic activity, sharpening your own communication skills as you do so. Tutoring can range from helping students with homework sets to editing English papers. Send out a Facebook invite to advertise yourself, or post a notice on your dorm’s announcements board.
2. Participate in studies.
Giving yourself up as a guinea pig for scientific studies is a great way to earn extra cash fast. Especially if your institution is a research university, it’s very likely that different research departments will require volunteers, who can earn up $50 dollars or more for an hour or two of questionnaire-answering and game-playing. I once earned $100 for an hour of getting my brain scanned in an MRI machine while playing a video game.
3. Look for work on campus
Working on-campus is so much easier than working off, simply because your potential employer is used to working with students and understands that you have a hectic, uneven schedule. One of the best on-campus jobs I had was working at the university library. It was easy, didn’t take up too much of my time, and I could study and work simultaneously.
4. Sell your unnecessary belongings.
Whether it’s books from last semester, or a piece of furniture you don’t really use, take stock of your personal items and access which ones you can do without. Then, using Craigslist, Ebay, or Facebook Marketplace, get rid of all these items at relatively low prices. It’s a great way to clear your cluttered dorm room while getting some quick and easy cash.
These are just a few ways to make some money while in college. No matter how budget-conscious you are, you’ll more than likely overspend, especially during freshman year, when you’re living on your own for the first time. By making some extra money every now and then, you’ll skip that embarrassing phone call to your parents telling them how you’ve wasted their money mid-way through the month.
This guest post was written by Hajera Blagg Hajera Blagg is a recent college graduate and freelance writer based in Houston, TX. She often contributes content to OnlineUniversities.
This guest post was written by Hajera Blagg
Hajera Blagg is a recent college graduate and freelance writer based in Houston, TX. She often contributes content to OnlineUniversities.