Start Your Own Business
This sounds a little scary, but the truth is that it isn’t. All you have to do is think of something you’re good at and then sell that talent. Last year a friend and I charged people to proof their essay bibliographies for a crucial essay everyone had to do. It wasn’t very hard for us because we were good at it, and we made a lot of money. You could offer to do the same thing, proof read the essays themselves for people, tutor, or even dog walk! There’s something for everyone, even if you “just” mow lawns for people that’s cash in your pocket.
Start an Online Business
Everyone’s online these days, and instead of spending a few hours on Facebook you could probably devote just an hour or so a day to working online and you’ll get results. The one thing to beware of is that making money online with something like your own blog can take a lot of time – but there’s other options too. If you’re good at crafts then take a look at Etsy, if you’ve got some stuff lying around you don’t use then sell it on eBay – and you can ask family and friends if you can help them clear out too and sell their stuff. Set up a simple site for your friends and family that keeps all their wish lists on it – and use affiliate links to the products.
You can take eBay one step further than just selling your old things, you can buy things to sell on eBay. This works best if you have a hobby so you already know about the product, but if you want a (really outdated) example, look at Pokemon cards – you could buy a pack, sort out the ones that you want and then sell a new pack from the ones you don’t want. Now apply that to something like Magic the Gathering and you’ll do well.
Play games for a living
I was surfing the internet the other day and ran across a guy called Chris Guthrie, he made a lot of money by setting up Halo accounts and leveling them up to sell on. Why? He loved playing Halo. You could do this with almost any online game that allows it. Do the work to get them through the boring beginner parts and then sell the account.
Get a Job
You could get a permanent job during college, but you could also get temporary ones. Have a look around your local area for employment agencies and go and sign up. Let them know what times you’re regularly available and you’ll probably end up with a job – even if it’s only for a few days at a time.
Take Online Jobs
Look at Fiverr.com, now pick something you know you can do and put up an ad – you’ll make $4 when someone takes you up on it. There are lots of other websites such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, and Elance or Odesk where you can do similar things. Have a google around for other online job sites and see what you find.
This one is online (again), but there are lots of places you can make money online, from website that pay you to write articles on them, to sites that pay you to write posts on your own site. Some of these jobs are dependent on you having your own website so have a look around. The Problogger Job Boards are a good place to get started or get ideas.