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Online jobs for college students

We are all looking for that little bit of extra money to help us through our studies. But with all the time commitments studying brings it can be challenging adding work into the balance.

Working from home can be a great option for college students as it can often provide you with the scheduling flexibility that you need to work alongside college. Also working online can mean that work can go with you when you travel, so trips home to visit family don't mean losing out on valuable earning time.

Matched Betting.

With matched betting money is made of taking advantage from free offers bookies offer. You place a qualifying bet to trigger the free bet and then use the free bet to make a profit. It takes very little time commitments, is risk free and is not gambling. In 1-2hrs a day you could bring in over £100 a month, making it one of the highest paying per hour online jobs out there. It can at first appear technically complicated but once your get the idea behind it you'll wonder why you went doing it before. I have a whole post dedicated to matched betting, and Profit Accumulator have some great beginner tutorial videos to get you started. 

Talking to international students 

Apps such as native talk pay university students to talk to non-native english students allowing them to practice their English. This work is very flexible and usually just requires a smart phone and will typically pay £9+ an hour. 


Transcribers take audio recordings and transcribed them into text. For this job you need to be able to type quickly and efficiently with few errors. Many places look for at least 60 words per minute and as close to 100% accuracy as possible. TranscribeMe who pay $20 per audio hour they also pay more for medical or legal transcribers. QuickTateTigerishAppenscribeScribe and Rev all accept newbie transcribers.

Call centre

Companies such as Enterprise hire homeworkers to answer reservation enquiries. The perks these kind of jobs is that you have guaranteed hours of a set wage (and the ability to earn bonuses). Often you need very little to get started (often just an internet connection and a phone connection). If you are strong in your sales ability and love to talk to people then this could be a great option.

Amazon mTurk

This is where you get paid to do odd jobs from data entry to writing that a requestor needs doing. Different Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) have different attributed values so it is hard to say how much you will earn per hour as it is not fixed but it is generally quite low in comparison to other online work.
You can get paid either by bank transfer or by amazon gift card. Though the exact list of countries you can work for mTurk is not listed it works for those in the USA or India (let us know if any other countries are able to use the scheme).

Open an Etsy Shop

Are your photoshops skills top notch,  made some stunning printables or created cute jewellery? Then maybe creating an Etsy store is the best option for you. You are not just limited to selling physical items, there is the option to sell digital items, which can be much less time consuming.
Allow your creative talents to earn you money. Owning an Etsy store develops your entrepreneurial skills which are great to include in your CV.

Online re-selling

Picking up low cost items and flipping them for a profit is the key here. It is a good idea to choose items that you know the value of and have a good idea how much they will re-sell for.
A great option for college students is 'flipping' textbooks as you may be able to sell them to students in person avoiding the sellers fees associated with websites such as eBay. Scouring free-sell sites where you can pick up items for free and sell them on making an instant profit is a great option. Sites such as Gumtree and Freecycle work great for finding free items.

Did you do any online work during your studies?

If you are new to my blog, I am all about finding ways for students and millennials to make and save more money. Here are some of my favorite sites and products that may help you out:
  • Start a blog. Blogging is my side-hustle just a few years ago I never thought it would be possible. You can create your own blog here with my easy-to-use tutorial. You can start your blog for as low as $3.49 per month plus you get a free domain if you sign-up through my tutorial.
  • Use Swagbucks for your online searches. Swagbucks is a passive way to earn gift cards. Over the course of a year you could earn $500.  Swagbucks is just like using Google to do your online searches, except you get rewarded “points called SB” for the things you do through their website. Then, when you have enough Swagbucks, you can redeem them for cash, gift cards, and more. Receive $5 for signing up today.
  • Try matched betting. Matched betting is a great way to may easy money online. Despite the name it is not gambling and could see you earn £500-£1000 a month for only a couple of hours work a day see here and here. For your free trial head to profit accumulator or join the Facebook 'getting started' group.  
  • Sign up for a cashback site like Quidco. where you can earn CASH BACK for just spending like how you normally would online. The service is free too! Plus, when you sign up through my link, you also receive a free £10 bonus!


  1. I wish I'd known more about online work during my studies - especially when I was in England, the visa laws were so strict about working there, it would've been fantastic to be able to keep working "at home" and offsetting my loans a little more.

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