10 Ways to Make Money in College

December 15, 2016

As college students, we are accustomed to a life of ramen noodles, Netflix date-nights, and empty, dark wallets. But allow me to enlighten you; the "college-life" doesn't have to translate into "broke life". There are a ton of ways college students can make money, without even leaving your dorm room! 





Let's face it, you're going to have to get a job at some point after college, so why not gain some experience now? Check with your advisor and see if there are any local paid internship opportunities. Although it is not often you are able to find an paid internship in your field, it is a great way to build your professional resume. If that's not available there are a ton of other jobs in the area that work with college student schedules and pay over $10/hour! From experience, I know that Taco Bell, Plato's Closet, Hy-Vee, David's Bridal, local banks, and several other locations near Hamilton Blvd and the Mall area are a great option for a college student needing a job. Even though it's not a job in your field, you are still able to gain customer service experience, which is always needed in a job. 



Briar Cliff also offers several jobs on campus. Some are only offered for work study eligible students, but others are available for hire as well. Java City is great for the coffee lovers and seeing all of campus's sleep deprived students. Next door, the Library offers several positions like a research mentor (work on homework at the front desk while checking out books!); technology mentor (assist in managing the Library website, help with printer/computer issues, and anything else tech related); Writing Center mentor (write blogs, review papers, and assist students with research and writing). There are so many other opportunities on campus like working in the kitchens or working in the Digital Media Department Mac Lab, you just got to apply! 



If you're like most girls (or guys) you probably have a closet full of clothes that haven't been worn in quite some time. Like that adorable sun dress still wearing it's price tag that you purchased last summer. You know, just in case you needed it. It looked cute in the store but let's face it, if you haven't worn it yet, you probably never well. Sounds like it is time to clean out that closet!
Find all of your gently used, name brand clothing and sell them at Plato's Closet! Plato's Closet is a second-hand clothing store carrying name brand and department store styles for less. They are conveniently located a few blocks away in the strip mall next to Hy-Vee on Hamilton Blvd. Plato's compare your clothing items to it's current market value and gives you cash on the spot! Catering to men and women, you can take that cash and run or shop around for some new designer styles at a huge discounted price. 



Remember that textbook you spent almost $200 on and only used it twice? Don't let that money go to waste. There are several places online you can sell your books for some extra cash. Did you know that Briar Cliff also holds an event at the end and beginning of every semester to buy back books you've purchased? They give you a great chunk of change for your used books! For immediate cash, you can also sell your books on Amazon, and even E-Bay. Personally, I prefer Amazon. You are able to easily research others who are selling the same book and decided whether or not you should post your book for a higher or lower price based on condition. Although Amazon takes a small percentage of your earnings, there isn't anything sketchy going on, and you receive your compensation fairly quickly. Just post a picture of your gently used textbooks with its Title and ISBN and list your book for sale!



Seriously, anything and everything. Someone is going to want your unused junk. Find a box and fill it with all of your clutter and unused items at home or in your dorm and sell it on sites like Amazon, E-Bay, Shopify, and LetGo, just to name a few. Match your items up with other sellers and find out where your product will best fit! Return time on money is generally fast while the selling is super easy. It's almost like getting paid for cleaning and organizing your house! 



Another fantastic way to earn money, while also giving back to others is a Blood Plasma Donation. In Sioux City, there are two locations where people can go donate blood. Although there are a long list of requirements that may affect your eligibility, healthy adults can donate their Plasma up to twice a week and be compensating greatly! Compensation varies depending on the facility and how much is donated, but it is worth it in many ways. It's not just about the money, you are also able to save millions of lives by donating your blood and plasma on a weekly basis. 

The most popular Sioux City location is BioPlasma, a global organization regulated by the FDA, committed to saving the lives of others and providing a safe, clean, and comfortable experience for donors.

Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Address: 5550 Sergeant Rd.
Contact: (712) 274-5906.



If you're artistic, don't let your abilities slip through the cracks! Turn your hobby and love for art into hard earned cash. Not only are you being compensated for work, but you're also increasing your experience, building a portfolio, and learning how to communicate in a professional setting.

For Graphic Design majors, you can contact local small businesses who may be in need of help and offer your services. Another great way to gain clients is through online sites like Fiverr.com or posting on Facebook local swap sites

If you enjoy photography, you can make a lot of money as a professional photographer. Post your portfolio on your website and especially Facebook so people can view your portfolio. Because photography is always such a competitive market, it may be hard starting out to gain clients, especially if you don't have a viewable online place to show your work. A great way to start is to talk to family and friends and ask if you can photograph them for free. From there, it's just outreaching to individuals and posting your services on swap sites! You can also sell your awesome photos to multiple stock image sites, or upload them for others free use! Just google, "selling photography for stock images". 

There are millions of ways to use your skills and abilities to make cash while also being your own boss. Whether it's fixing technology or completing tax returns, there are unique ways to make a quick buck. You don't even have to be creative!


There are thousands of direct sales companies, such as It Works, that allow stay-at-home moms and college students to run a business and work from the comfort of your home. Several companies are strictly marketed towards women but there are many that suit the needs of men. Whether it be helping others reach their weight goal or selling inexpensive, organic beauty and health care products, there is something for everyone. Did I mention you can stay at home and work? Just throw on your pajamas, brew a cup of coffee, and get to work on your computer. It's that easy! 



Okay, this one is super cool. Swagbucks is an online company that allows users to get paid in gift cards or cash through surveys, watching videos, shopping online, and so much more. So basically, get paid in gift cards to places you already like to shop through activities you already do. Plus, the return on gift cards is instant and printable! 



If you love arts and crafts then this is the job for you! Etsy has a huge market for either buying or selling several kinds of products. How fun was it to make beaded bracelets for all your friends in elementary school? Super fun. But why let it stop there? You can purchase awesome beads and chains from Walmart and even Etsy to create jewelry and sell on Etsy for whatever you think they are worth. You can get even more creative by watching Youtube videos to find new techniques to up your jewelry crafting game. When you start having a large volume of orders, call over your friends and turn it into a fun night of crafting. And it doesn't stop there! You can design t-shirts, paint beautiful works of art, or digitally design wedding invitations. The possibilities are endless. If you can think of a product you can create from home, then you can sell it on Etsy! 





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