Mo Money, Less Problems

Mo Money, Less Problems

6 Ways Students Can Make Extra Cash

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Contributed by: Renee Walter

Mo Money, Less Problems: 6 Ways Students Can Make Extra Cash

by Renee Walter

I’ll admit that in the past trying to hold money was like trying to hold water, for me. It just didn’t happen. When we have the money to indulge in the things we think we need, it’s to easy forget about the ones we actually need. It isn’t until we have to turn down something far greater that we realize the twenty bucks we just spent on that dress could have gone to something much more rewarding—*cough* like a trip to Spain *cough*.

If summer travels are in your future plans it’s always a good idea to start putting money aside months in advance. Honestly, what fun is travelling if you don’t have a few extra coins to splurge on the local goodies?Sometimes it isn’t just saving extra money that makes a difference, but finding ways to make extra money that helps as well. Seeing as it’s not uncommon for college students to want to work part/full-time, employers will usually try to work with your schedule, but if you’re in a situation like I was and have class from 10-5, taking a job at the nearest restaurant or clothing store isn’t always an option. The good news is that this doesn’t mean there aren’t jobs out there. In fact, in my own search for employment I came across a number of interesting and quick money jobs that anyone can take up while they’re in school, even if it’s just for a day.

  • Babysitter/Nanny or Pet sitter: This was how I made $1000 in two months. If you love children or animals—or both—then this is great way to earn some extra cash. Websites like Sittercity, UrbanSitter and com make finding jobs like these super easy. All you have to do is make a profile— list your experience, charging rate, and the types of jobs you are interested in and voilà! The app filters the job listings based on your profile and you can start applying immediately. If the person is interested in hiring you they’ll respond to your message. If children and animals aren’t for you that’s okay! Care.com also has side jobs like housekeeping, meal prep, and even grocery shopping that you can apply to do (some people will pay quite a bit just to have someone watch their cat for the weekend, just saying).

Also, keep in mind that since employers are allowing you access to their homes and children, they will most likely ask for a background check. You can apply for one through the website and it’s usually completed within a week. I paid $59 for the full-scale background check to get my job on Care.com. A friend of mine paid $10 for hers to get the job she found on Urbansitter, however I believe she did just the basic background check and those usually have to be renewed after a year.)

  • Clinical Trials- Thanks to the ever-evolving world of medicine there are always clinical studies being done—and researchers are willing to pay you a couple hundred bucks to be a part of one. You can find out if a clinical study is being conducted by asking around at local universities, hospitals, and clinics. Make sure to read the health risks and criteria thoroughly before you considering applying. Earning a quick buck shouldn’t come at the expense of your well-being. You can find more information and see where current studies are being done at gov.
  • Sell your junk- That’s right, getting rid of that old jewelry box from 1998 can earn you a few coins. Most of us are familiar with ebay, but you can use apps like letgo, Close5, and Saily to sell things you don’t want. Just snap a pic of the item, fill in any remaining info the app may ask for and that’s it. People who are interested will contact you. Personal info such as your telephone phone number are not revealed during messaging, but I recommend that you use caution if you do choose to share your number with a buyer. There are a lot of scam artists out there!
  • Surveys- Tell’em how you feel. There are tons of companies who want to know if their customers are receiving the Grade A service they want us to have, and there are some who just want to know if people are using their products at all. Well using websites like Cashcrate and apps like Surveys On The Go can help you get paid for your opinion. The more surveys you complete the more money you can make. Some of the surveys can take up to 10-15 mins to complete which is perfect if you have extra time to spare.
  • Mock Juries– I recently read an article on Forbes.com from a young woman who managed to pay off $90,000 worth of college loan debt by finding ways to make extra money. One of the jobs she took was that of a mock juror. Mock juries are imitated trials that helps attorneys preparing for a real trial practice new arguments and theories on each other and volunteer jurors; it allows them to predict how a real jury might vote. You can make as much as $160 in one day by participating– and they give you pizza! You can check the ‘jobs’ or ‘gigs’ section on Craigslist to find out if there are any mock juries being held in your area. (Btw, the author of the article ended up paying off her loans in three years.)
  • Focus Groups- (This would probably go along with clinical trials). One place you can visit to participate in a focus group is at your local mall. Test America has data collection offices throughout the country where people can taste or tryout potential products, and get paid for it. My dad and I participated in one when I was 12, were paid $15 just taste test a new of fruit snack. Fifteen dollars seems like nothing now, but at the time I thought I was rich.

You can read about the Forbes article I mentioned above, here.

Renee Walter is a graduate of Howard University where she studied Psychology and English. She is from Carmel, New York. In addition to endlessly pining away on Pinterest and YouTube, she enjoys reading and writing about brave heroines and lovestruck immortals. A deep love for language and adventure fuels her desire to study and teach in places like Germany, France, and South Korea.

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