Being a college student can make it challenging to earn money for several reasons. If you are full-time enrolled, you most likely lack the time required for a job, or perhaps there are colliding schedules between work and classes. Being  a college student I have been there, so here are some online jobs you can do from home (or your dorm).

Survey Online Jobs

First off we have online surveys, there are several places where you can find this sort of online job and earn money. However, do not expect to make very much from it, surveys typically pay from a few cents per survey to a couple of dollars. There are plenty of survey sites and apps, but I’ll give you three you can check out if you are interested.


Inbox dollars is a super popular site that pays in cash, rather than points, which makes it a crowd favorite. Upon sign up, you get a $5 bonus, one of the reasons many people choose this one. Apart from online surveys, they also offer a variety of things to choose from, such as watching videos, playing games, shopping online, and browsing new websites. You can complete the tasks using your pc, iPhone, Andriod or tablet.


You may have heard of this site before, due to being among the most popular. Just like the previous mention, SwagBucks offers a variety of ways to earn money. These include surveys, polls, watching videos, and playing games. The surveys and polls typically take 10 minutes to complete; however, keep in mind you will not always qualify for them. If you do not qualify, you will not continue the task nor get paid for it. When it comes to paying, you earn points called SwagBucks, which you can cash out through PayPal or redeem as gift cards for shops. This site also gives you $5 when you sign up. If your college is on break or gives you enough free time, you can put some time into it.

Prize Rebel

If you are new to online surveys or survey websites, this one might be of comfort to you. On their home screen, it shows how much its users have earned in the past 24 hours. This information may put skeptical college students’ parents’ minds at ease. The site has a point system, where a hundred points are equivalent to a dollar. When you are ready to be paid, you get to choose from hundreds of gift cards, PayPal, or direct payment to your bank.

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Sell Stuff Online

When you are a college student, you leave many unnecessary items behind. If they are things you consider clutter, you can sell them. You can find several sites in which you can sell all sorts of things. The most popular one, a website most of us have heard of, eBay. Here you can sell anything you have to offer, and there is a high possibility it will be sold. When you list your item, you will choose a starting price, and potential buyers will bid on it. eBay does have fees they charge the sellers, so make sure you are aware of them before listing.  


This site places more focus on craft supplies, vintage, and handmade items. Whether you made it or not, you can sell all sorts of things from jewelry to furniture. If you have vintage items to sell, Etsy only accepts items that are at least 20 years old. Other than that vintage rule, you can sell clothing, bags, home décor, and even tools. Just like eBay, this site also has a seller fee, make sure you read them and understand them before selling.


On a more local level, we have letgo. This site (also an app) sells your items to people within a specific mile radius from your location.  Unlike the previously mentioned websites, letgo has absolutely no fees. What you sell for is what you will receive. A drawback from letgo, though, is that you must meet with the buyer. If you decide to try it out with letgo, make sure you meet in a public place and try to take someone with you. Even if your buyer is another college student nearby, always be safe.


Are you into photography? Do you have a bunch of cool photos sitting on your pc?  Perhaps photography is something you are just discovering. Nevertheless, you can sell your photos online! Shutterstock is a platform most photographers have heard of where people can sell or buy photos. Some of its features include a non-exclusive license (meaning you can use your images elsewhere too), an average of 2 days to approve the image, and average pay of $0.25 per image download.

Writing Online Jobs

Do you have a knack for writing? If writing is something you are good at and you enjoy doing it, look for online writing gigs. There are several sites for freelancers you could try out.


This is a content and article writing site that many beginners join. Joining the website is free; other sites request a subscription to become a member. Once you sign into iWriter, you will have to pass a test first before you can take on gigs. You initially will be a Standard writer, but as you complete more jobs and get more ratings, you will move up to Elite Plus. The pay will not be very much as a standard, and you will get better pay once you move up to being elite.


Upwork is a freelancing platform where you can connect to other individuals or businesses to conduct business. On this platform, you can find all sorts of work, such as freelance writing, developer, marketer, research, and web design, to name only a few. When you are interested in a job you see, you will send a proposal which will include your requested payment and information about your skills relating to that specific job. To join this site is free, but you can also pay for a subscription.


Rev is a company that offers different online job opportunities for freelancers. You can choose from transcribing audios to closed captioning videos or subtitles. As a captioner, you could potentially earn slightly more than as a transcriptionist, but they both reach a maximum of $1.10 per minute. If you know any foreign language, writing subtitles, whether in English or in the language you know, you would be earning more. Rev pays weekly via PayPal for what you completed during that week. Their freelance work is also flexible, meaning you choose how much or how little you want to work and when. Since you can do it from anywhere, being a college student in a far location should not be a problem.


Do you have a car and do not mind driving around? Perhaps you might want to consider doing food deliveries through services like DoorDash, Grubhub, or Postmates. These are only some of the food delivery services out there in which you can make a decent earning with tips included.

Other Jobs Online 

If you saw nothing that appealed to you and you want something different, I will give you a few more suggestions for you to check out that aren’t necessarily jobs online. Sweatcoin is an app that pays for the steps you put in. Although you can’t turn their currency into cash, you can still spend it on goods and web services the app offers.

Task Rabbit

If you would rather run errands such as walking dogs, buying groceries, etc. Task Rabbit might be what you need. This site offers a wide range of local jobs in demand. Gigwalk is another website you can check out that also provides local things you can do. You can find these jobs online and go to the location in need of assistance.

There you have it, folks, online job variety to try out. Good Luck!

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