5 Best Ways to Make Money Online for College Students (NO BS!)

5 Best Ways to Make Money Online for College Students (NO BS!)

If you're a College student right now or soon-to-be, this post is for you. I would like to introduce to you some of the best ways for you to make money online as a College student!

So let's cut all the BS and get straight to the point...



You can start your money making journey by creating a money generating blog. 

These days, the youth have become more interested in writing about different things that they may know about. At the same time, many people also have gained interest in reading these blogs that you may produce.

make money blogging for college students

In order to gain more attention, try to write about something more informative. Answer the public's queries. You could also join an affiliate program which will help you earn even more money from your blog.

Here's a very good example of how blogging can change somebody's life...

This lady made $1.5 Million from her blog in 2017.

This is crazy but it's totally achievable.

Sell Your Old Stuffs Online

You could also set up an eBay online store.

You may have some unused or slightly used stuff that you may no longer need. Sell them on the internet which will help you gain more income.

Other platforms for selling your old stuffs online include Shopify, Craigslist and Carousell.

ecommerce make money for college students

Freelance Writer

If you are a good writer then you should try article writing. Create articles and sell them on the internet.

Many people would pay good money for these articles. You make articles of your choice and then sell these articles for money.

make money online as freelance writer

Another way to do this is to become a freelance writer on platforms like Fiverr.com or Upwork.com. Basically, there are lots of people willing to purchase articles online and you can make money by writing for them.

In fact, it's possible to to earn up to $4,000 per month or even more being a freelance writer.

Check out this Freelance writer guide to learn how!

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Jerry Huang, Founder of Smart Affiliate Success

I'm Jerry!

I Created My Own 4-Figure Monthly Passive Income at just 21 Years Old!

Internet Marketing

The best way I have found to make extra money online (or even a full-time income) is to get involved in the Internet Marketing.

With the internet, you can do article writing, blogs, and social media networks. All of these are very good ways to make money online for students.

With these sources, you can earn from a few hundred to thousands of dollars a month by working only a few hours per week.

make money online marketing for college students

There are a lot of techniques to make money right from your laptop using online marketing.

Online marketing is comprised of promoting online products. If someone buys a product through one of your promotion methods, you receive a percentage of the sale or even the full price if you're selling your own products online. 

There are worlds of different products and markets to explore. You will find that it is a fun and exciting hobby as well as a good idea to earn money through online marketing.

With all of the excellent niche markets out there, anyone can find products or expert services to promote.

My 2 top recommended online marketing business models are:

For the lady I just mentioned who made $1.5 Million from her blog in 2017, most of her income comes from affiliate marketing.

As for dropshipping, it has created a lot of successful young entrepreneurs today, including Tanner Planes who managed to buy his own Porsche at the age of 16!

Online Surveys

Online surveys are very popular for newbie’s as they are paid after answering some survey by companies.

Hundreds of companies offer online surveys for their research purposes and because this information is invaluable to them they are more than willing to offer incentives, including cash.

make money from online surveys for college students

One of the best online survey site (i.e. Cinchbucks) is a survey and cash back website where you can earn money by completing the surveys, offers, and tasks. You can earn from $0.1 to $20+ per survey, offer and task that you complete in Cinchbucks.

And with the help of the online world, market research companies can even collect survey information from people around the world.

Therefore, they can get a more complete as well as specified information than ever before, additionally, they would current the analyzed survey results to their clients so, that they would be able to make better their products and services.

If you want to get started with taking online surveys to make money, you may want to check out my Online Paid Survey guide here.


Hopefully, this article let you in on how a college student can make money online.

Just choose from one of these paths featured here, or do some research of your own for other ways.

Either way, know that it is possible for anyone to succeed online even if you're just an ordinary college student. Go ahead and find out your best way to make money online.

Not matter which path you choose, there's a way to succeed. But the most important thing is to believe in yourself and take massive actions 🙂

Struggling in College?

Studies have shown that an average bachelor degree holder takes a total of 21 years to pay off his/her student loan!

College Education simply puts people INTO DEBT most of the time...

This is a Guest Post by Adney Finch.

Adney Finch is a passionate blogger, he likes to shares unique quality and informative information about passive income, online money making & also provide tips related to blogging & marketing.

Jerry Huang

Jerry is a young aspiring Internet Entrepreneur who started his online business at the age of 18. He is currently a Full-time Affiliate Marketer at Wealthy Affiliate, a community to help anyone start their own online business without prior experience. He actually achieved Financial Independence at the young age of 21. Read more about his story here!

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 26 comments
Marry Walker - October 18, 2019

Really helpful tips for those who are studying and wan to earn money. Thanks for the wonderful tips. I will surely apply these great tips.

freelancer parvez - September 30, 2019

i will be happy to ensure you that, The article are so good for your visitor and it also good for me. So i am thank full to you. There are so many way to earn money. For that now on i want to see your post every new one, so i am bookmarking you.Great ideas. Thanks for sharing. Another good way to make money online is testing websites via sites such as UserTesting.

Rabby - February 15, 2019

Very nice and helpful post. You have a great website keep up the great job!

Serghie simona - December 31, 2018

What an amazing article and I believe it’s become very helpful for the beginner.

Melisa Smith - December 9, 2018

Hello dear, I am very glad to read your article. I try to read different types of related article always. Today I am surfing to read about how to make money online and I found your one. I got some new idea from your content. I think it will help me a lot. Thank you so much for your awesome article. Keep covering this type of valuable content more.

Suzanne J. Helton - September 21, 2018

Hey Jerry,
Web Design, Web Developing, offering Gigs on Fiverr are some good ideas for your list I think.

But I’ve also learnt some other money making idea from your post.

Thank you very much. Its helpful.

    Jerry Huang - September 21, 2018

    Thank you Suzanne! Appreciate that 🙂

Stive Sara - September 16, 2018

Hi Jerry
This is nice post. I want to know about Affiliate marketing and I got it here. Thanks!

    Jerry Huang - September 18, 2018

    Awesome! I’m glad to help 🙂

Stephen - July 15, 2018

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing. Another good way to make money online is testing websites via sites such as UserTesting. The tests are usually short about 15 mins long.

    Jerry Huang - July 15, 2018

    User testing? How does it work?

Anjali - May 3, 2018

Thanks for the tips, Jerry! I have just started out myself and hopefully this will help me a lot. SEO isn’t something I have been able to grasp so well yet so thank you!

    Jerry Huang - May 4, 2018

    Hey Anjali,

    Thanks for checking out this post. I’m glad it helps! If you want to learn more about SEO, definitely check out Wealthy Affiliate. They have one of the most comprehensive SEO training!

Erin Nelson - March 9, 2018

Hi Jerry,

Your website is AMAZING! I absorbed a wealth of information related to all aspects of affiliate marketing and how to develop a great business! Your links and visuals are great and lead to more necessary material needed for success. I love how you categorized your Reviews and included affiliate marketing resources–very helpful.

I agree that Wealthy Affiliate is a tremendous platform with every tool provided to succeed! I wish you continued success and I really enjoyed your site and have bookmarked it for future use!

    Jerry Huang - March 9, 2018

    Hi Erin,
    Thanks a lot for your kind words and compliments! I wish you great success to you too!

Brandon - March 9, 2018

Out of all of these, blogging seems to be my favorite for the simple reason that it is complete autopilot once everything is set up. Traffic isn’t instant but overtime it grows and acts like a snowball effect, meaning it slowly increase overtime until there is a constant stream of it, all making you money 24/7. You have outlined some great points so I thank you for that. Great job brother.

    Jerry Huang - March 9, 2018

    Hey Brandon,
    You’re definitely right! Blogging and making money online as a whole is a real business that takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight.

    But as long as you’re willing to put in the time and effort, it will pay off by a lot. Once you get the traction, there will be a real snowball effect for your business.

    In fact, I believe one of the secret to succeed is to be willing to WORK FOR FREE!

Norman Richards - March 9, 2018

With the invention of the internet, it is pretty amazing how anyone can make a good living from the comforts of their homes. Gone are the days when a person had to be physically present to earn a paycheck. Now things have changed and it is so great. These are some really cool ways to earn a living online.

    Jerry Huang - March 9, 2018

    That’s right Norman! Opportunities are everywhere for us to explore. There’s no reason to be stuck in the cubicle and live from paycheck to paycheck anymore!!

John - March 9, 2018

Not a college student, I have used several of these ways to make a small amount of money online.
Blogging and internet marketing go hand in hand. I also have sold items online, old stuff and drop shipping. Old stuff worked better for me, did not have to deal with so much customer complaints.
I think the online surveys are the hardest to make money at. Too much time for the return.
All these ways could work for college students between home work assignments.

    Jerry Huang - March 9, 2018

    Hey John,
    I agree with you. As compared to blogging and internet marketing, online survey is really not a good way to make a consistent passive income. In fact, it’s impossible to earn a passive income from paid surveys unless you’re promoting them as an affiliate.

    All the best to you business and success John!

Brian - March 9, 2018

Hi Jerry, these are very attractive ideas that you are putting forward. There really is every good reason for college students to put their foot to the pedal and take the incredible opportunities that are available through online possibilities. Thanks again for another great article.


    Jerry Huang - March 9, 2018

    Hi Brian,
    I truly believe every College student has great potential to create something big for themselves and for the society because College is a great time to explore the opportunities. I don’t think it’s a good time to be study hard for your exam because that’s not going to help you live a life. It only helps you to get a better JOB, which stands for “Just Over Broke”. LOL!

    So, I do sincerely hope more College students can be more courageous and resourceful to venture into new opportunities. For me personally, I don’t plan to get a College degree simply because I’m not going to work for other people. I’m running my own internet marketing business and creating my own future, instead of helping someone else to accomplish their dreams!


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