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20 Websites for Students to Make Big Money

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Being a student means being broke a lot of the time because juggling a job and studying at the same time can be super difficult! That’s why more and more students are finding alternative methods of making a few extra bucks whenever and wherever possible.


We’re really lucky to be living in this era, the digital era, because it’s never been easier for college students to earn some extra cash by hustling on the side. The internet means that students can work or earn money from anywhere and everywhere.
Here are the sites that could help you earn big money:

1. eToro


If “risk” is your middle name then you may want to have a go at investing in the stock market. eToro is the best place for beginners as the site’s CopyTrader feature lets you see (and copy) investments made by top traders. But approach this venture with caution. There’s a rush that comes with investing that’s not too dissimilar to the rush you get with gambling. You could end up losing out big time if you’re not careful.

2. Shopify
This is a really easy to use platform for creating your very own online shop. Shopify gives students the opportunity to set up a small business on a low budget and without the need for crazy tech skills. Shopify comes with a 2 week free trial and pre-designed free themes, so all you need to do is add your products really. Take a look at this post on setting up a T-shirt store for inspiration.

3. Fiverr
If you work consistently and build up a wicked personal brand then you can actually make big bucks using Fiverr. Start earning by offering up your services in a variety of niches from graphic design to writing to programming and much more. What’s really cool about this site though is that you can do really random stuff and get paid for it, like the guy that will read a message dressed in a weird fruit-covered costume.

4. Luvo


Let’s be honest, when you’ve finished with your college notes they’ll just gather dust. But Luvo lets you sell your notes to other students for a decent sum of money, if you’re good at note taking that is. Your notes or ‘study guides’ as they’re called on the site are tied to a specific university and class, so you’ll need to spread the word to your fellow students in order to start making some dollar.

5. Airbnb
You’re probably no stranger to this concept, the site basically lets you rent out people’s homes or apartments in places you want to visit as an alternative to booking a hotel. If you’re lucky enough to have your own place or can make an agreement with your roomies, then you can rent out your space to visitors for just a few nights and earn a ton of cash.

6. Flippa
College students could earn big money by buying and selling domain names at a higher price. It might take some time and research to get good at this however. The basis of this undertaking involves finding domain names that would be valuable to businesses. Sites such as Flippa and Sedo are where you can auction off domain names for top dollar.

7. Upwork


This is where you can start a lucrative freelancing career while you’re studying. It’s all about utilising your special skills to help out businesses around the world. You can do anything from customer service and administrative work to social media and marketing. Upwork is probably the most popular site for finding freelance gigs but there are many other similar platforms out there.

8. YouTube
We can’t promise that you’ll be a viral superstar overnight, that’s up to you! The money people receive by partnering with YouTube and placing ads on their videos varies, but by posting on a regular basis you could bump up your income by at least $10 a day. There’s also the potential to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars if your YouTube channel takes off.

9. Etsy
If you’re into crafts then there’s potential to sell your homemade wares on Etsy. If you have an interesting and unique product it’s possible to really thrive by selling on Etsy. All it means is that you’ll make money from a hobby while still having the time to study and go to class. Some people have even made in excess of $1 million on Etsy.

10. Shutterstock
There are lots of sites where you can offer up your photography as stock photographs such as Shutterstock, BigStockPhoto and Dreamstime. If you’re into photography you can simply sell your snaps of your friends, your city or your vacation photos in the hopes of making a passive income. Or you can make a concerted effort to become a top contributor for one of these sites and sell lots of pictures.

11. UserTesting


There are lots of sites that say you can earn money by browsing the web. This usually involves installing an add-on in your browser and getting paid for doing what you would usually do on the web. It’s cool but you’re not going to earn big bucks. User Testing is similar but there’s a twist. You review sites as you look around them and get paid $10 for each review which will take around 20 minutes per review. Now that could earn you big bucks!

12. Amazon
Writing and self-publishing an eBook on Amazon and similar platforms could earn you a lot of money. It may be a little time-consuming initially, but you’ll be able to earn a passive income afterwards i.e. you can just watch the money roll in from your eBook sales. It might be a good idea to write your eBook in the holidays so that it doesn’t disrupt your studies.

13. Tutor


This site provides a way for you to tutor students from the comfort of your own home. Your tutees might be high school or college students or even adult learners. If you’re really into your subject it could be a lot of fun and something great to add to your resume. It works by chatting and video messaging with tutees.

14. WordPress
Loads of writers and experts in different niches will tell you that they wish they would have started their own blog much sooner. WordPress is one of the best places to do this. You can also take a look at other platforms such as Blogger to see what will work best for you. It may take some time to develop a strong following but when you do you can earn easy money through affiliate marketing and advertising.

15. PlayerUp
If you’re a gamer you’ll be a big fan of this idea. Sites like PlayerUp allow you to sell your game accounts for top dollar. You could easily make in excess of $100 if you’re willing to get rid of your Final Fantasy or World of Warcraft accounts for example. We can assume that people make a living out of this too, building up accounts and selling them on.

16. Udemy


At Udemy you can create a course on any given topic and earn cash from the users that purchase your course. It’s a great alternative to tutoring. And just like writing an eBook, you’ll be creating the educational material in one go in order to make a passive income later. I would say that a higher level of expertise is required to create courses for Udemy. Take a look for yourself to see whether you’d be up to the task.

17. 99 Designs
This site requires a particular skill set of course, and that is graphic design. It’s similar to other freelance marketplaces but it is geared specifically towards design tasks meaning that you’re more likely to get a job that’s right for you. You might end up designing a logo, packaging, T-shirts or working on brand identity amongst other tasks. Similar sites for graphic designers include CrowdSpring and LogoTournament.

A common job for students to take on is babysitting. But many students move to a new city for college and this makes it difficult to find babysitting jobs, basically because you don’t know anybody. Add your profile to to solve this dilemma. It’s a listings site for babysitting, house-sitting, pet care and senior care jobs.

19. MyLikes
If you have a decent social following then using a site like MyLikes is a good way to get started in sponsored social media posts. This site works with Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and any blogs you might have. You get paid on a per click basis, so if you consider yourself an influencer on social media then you could earn big bucks.

20. TaskRabbit
You don’t need any special skills to earn a decent income with TaskRabbit; you just need to be a hard worker and willing to give a helping hand. Signing up means that you can take on a range of random jobs and tasks in your local area. This might involve cleaning, helping somebody move home, delivering groceries on your bike and much more.

Guest Author: Jenny Taylor

Jenny is a keen writer and web expert. For more money tips for college students check out her in-depth blog post on Student Money Matters at Essay Writing Service UK.

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