How to Make Money at Home as a College Student

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How to Make Money at Home as a College Student

Being a student in college comes with its expected challenges. Adjusting to a life of newly found independence, new responsibilities, and the managing of time. Mostly college students lead a very, overwhelmingly, tough life with life-changing decisions to be made regarding managing their finances. With the little pocket change, they do have, how exactly do you fill the gap? 

It comes as no surprise that college students would be trying to find a variety of ways to earn more pocket change to afford the expenses for college. Speaking of which, one of the many different methods is the utilization of YouTube as a form of income. If you don’t know, YouTube is ‘The’ multimillion-dollar video platform, which stems from Google. It is a perfect way for students to earn a little bit of money on the side to pocket for college expenses.

The questions most frequently asked by someone starting fresh on YouTube are the following: What should I do? Where should I start? What ways are considered the best in trying to maximize my earning potential? If this is also the case for you, and you are looking for plausible answers to this question, then look no further! Below you will find two of a plethora of ways you can go about earning money through YouTube.

Creating Funny Skits that Could Go Viral on YouTube

YouTuber: CalebCity

College students swarm the platform that YouTube is looking to pull all kinds of otherwise stupid stunts to go viral via the procuration of video views. As a college student, you look for that thrill in life. The urge to have fun is overwhelming. What could be more fun than playing a practical prank on an unknowing loved one, friend, or significant other? Even videos meant to regale viewers with the performance of tricks on bikes, skateboards, or another admirable physical feat, could result in users showcasing the love for your content through video viewing, likes, or subscriptions.

Creating Tutorial Videos

YouTuber: The Come Up

As a college student, you must weigh your options. What exactly would you consider yourself to be well-versed? If teaching falls into your area of expertise, tutorial videos may be just the thing for you. Step-by-step video tutorials are viral nowadays for people, but especially college students. They may want to keep up with current dance routines/trends but have a harder time learning, or they may simply want to discover something new altogether. Creating videos of this caliber is quite easy and requires little to no effort to complete. All you need is a camera (the one on your smartphone or actual camera) and a reliable internet connection that ensures decent visual quality.

Maybe you know a little bit more about subjects like math, physics, or chemistry. Depending upon your level of comfort in an area, tutorial videos may be just the right fit for you. Being able to effectively break down and teach an otherwise tricky subject or discipline can make the foundation of your YouTube channel. The advantage you gain in creating tutorial videos is that you become more well versed in the subject matter. Increasing your knowledge and mastery of the fields, which in turn, leads to better content quality, and as a sequent of that leads to more views, and thus more money.

Selling Unused Items from Home

Ever heard of that saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’? Well, the saying never rang more true than it does now. If you’re unsure what to sell, don’t worry, you won’t have to resort to selling your most prized possessions. Below you will find a list of items you never thought were valuable that can make you a decent amount of money. The rarest of things will indeed bring in the highest bids on eBay. However, the same can be said for the smaller, less essential items strewn across the various corners of your home. The more modest sales will add up in the long run.

In order for you to properly take advantage of this list, it would be helpful to review this article on how to become a pro eBay seller by Owen Burek and updated as of January 2020 by Laura Brown. 

Gift cards, for example, are exceptional items to sell. A gift card is everyone’s go-to gift if they don’t know what you like, or precisely what to get you. While you may appreciate the kind gesture and you simply chalk the situation up to being an “it’s the thought that counts” circumstance, you may have no clue what to do with this new gift. Say it’s for a particular store you don’t usually go to; you can make a profit as long as you sell it before the expiration date.

Your old clothes — You might remember traveling with a parent or family member to your local Salvation Army drop-off site to donate clothes to those in need. Similarly, you can give your clothes away except instead of donating; you are selling them. If this is the case, look into using different apps like OfferUp and LetGo, both excellent for the selling or purchasing of items for lower prices. If that isn’t to your liking, feel free to use sites like eBay.

Unused car parking space — If you possess a private parking spot that is vacant, you’d be surprised just how much money you could make simply from renting it out. You could be sitting on a proverbial gold mine and not even know it, especially if you live near the epicenter of a very congested city with limited parking.

These are just some ideas are just to get you started. No matter your schedule or interests, there are tons of options to make extra money at home as a college student. Ask upperclassmen or college graduates how they made ends meet to get inspired.


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