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15 Ways to Earn Extra Pocket Money as a Student

by | Ideas

Jul 26, 2021

As a student, there are times you wish you had money to do something for yourself. Unfortunately, it can be hard to get extra cash apart from the one you get from your parents. But you can still get that money if you know what you’re doing. There are several opportunities to make money online and offline. So, we’re going to show you the process. Here are ways to earn extra pocket money as a student. 

1. Freelancing

Different schools of thought predict that the future of work is freelancing. Businesses want to increase efficiency by outsourcing instead of hiring full-time staff. You can make plenty of money as a student by working as a freelancer.

There are several websites online you can start from which already have clients. In only five minutes, you can sign up with sites like fiverr.com, guru.com, freelancer.com, and upwork.com. You can create profiles for skills like writing, animation, design, and video editing. Clients pay after work is confirmed, and you can withdraw twice or once a month to your bank account. 

2. Tutoring

If you’re an expert at something, someone out there needs your knowledge. They’re starting up and don’t want to go through the tedious learning curve. Offering online tutoring can be lucrative if you know a subject well. You can join third-party sites udemy.com and skillshare.com. Upload your video, audio, infographic, and text content to attract students.

You can also offer zoom or live tutoring sessions and use social media for advertising it. Build your student base and start growing your influence. Tutoring is good because it challenges you to be better and more focused. 

3. Taking and Selling Photographs

Social media managers and digital marketers all make use of images for their work. Individuals also need images for so many things. Even if they have some pictures, they will still need more to create their content. If you’re good at photography, this is one of the best ways to earn extra pocket money as a student [1]. You can sell the same image to different people or as exclusive content.

Contact people who are planning an event and serve as an official photographer. Shutterstock.com allows photographers to upload their work and sell it. On unsplash.com, you can also showcase some of your best photos for people to download for free, and at the same time, let them know you’re available for hire. The opportunity to make money from photography is endless. 

4. Work At Campus Café

Working as a Barista in a Cafe

If you love serving people, you can try out working at the campus café. You don’t have to wait for them to fill a vacancy; try approaching them to see if they need someone. Working at a café on the campus makes it easy to manage work and classroom activities.

You will also learn essential business skills in customer service and management. This will help you in case you hope to start a business in the future. Apart from getting paid by the café owner, you’ll also get tips if you’re nice. 

Read: 51 Awesome Health Tips For College Students

5. Drive

Platforms like Uber, Bolt, and Lyft have revolutionized the way we move around. They have also made it possible for anyone to get into the transport business. You don’t have to look for customers because the app does that for you.

If you have access to a vehicle, go on and sign up with the app and start driving. If you don’t have a car, you can drive for someone and split the profit based on agreements. You can also approach a friend who has a car and bargain with them. 

6. Sell Old Notes and Textbooks

On the campus, notes are gold. When you’re in your second year, students in the first year will find your old notes valuable. That’s why you should never throw them away. Many students are doing this already and making good money from it [2].

Students who miss classes or who are too lazy to take notes can buy yours and read. Some students have to work to support their education. They will be happy to buy your notes to cover up for classes they missed. 

7. Sign Up For Extras on Film and TV Productions

Schooling near Hollywood, New York, or places where they make movies provides enormous opportunities. It’s one of the coolest ways to earn extra pocket money as a student. Filmmakers are always in need of people to play crowd scenes in their movies.

Search online or in-person for such audition notices and sign up. Apart from the money they will pay you, you’re also getting credit for the work. Who knows, someone might even notice your talent and give you a better role next time. 

Read: 13 Ways to Succeed as a College Student

8. Write and Publish Ebooks

Everyone wants and needs eBooks. People read them to improve their knowledge, and businesses use them to attract sales. If you’re good at writing, you can make good money writing ebooks. All the information you need to write the book is available online.

You can write an ebook on anything from “how to make sushi” to “top ten business tips for start-ups.” Of course, the topic of the ebook will depend on the client’s specifications. There are many places online where you can get ebook jobs, including fiverr.com and upwork.com. 

9. Start and Run Your Own Blog

Blogs provide free information that makes life easier for readers. If you’re good at writing and you have expertise on a subject, start a blog. Update the blog once a week or so to keep the viewers engaged. Collect their details like email and phone numbers to send them product offers.

You can also look for companies that sell products related to your content. For example, if you write about interior decoration, a furniture company might want to advertise. When you have enough content, you can turn your blog post into a book and sell it. 

Read: 16 Tips for New College Students You Should Know

10. Social Media Content Creator

Managing a social media account is impossible without content. That’s why businesses and individuals need social media content creators. You can make money by working as a virtual social media content creator and manager.

The good news is you don’t even need to worry about content ideas. Just look for a similar business with an active social presence and get ideas from them. You’re not going to copy and paste; look at what they’re doing and create a version from your angle. Social media content creators help engage followers. You’re going to learn a lot from your job to improve your skills and talent. 

11. Start E-Commerce Store

Start an e-commerce business to earn extra money

More people now prefer to shop online instead of in physical stores. You can join the e-commerce industry that is growing in billions of dollars every year. All you need is to decide which product you want to sell and then start looking for customers.

You can sign up with sites like shopify.com that provide you with all the tools you need to sell in one place (3). Many people also create stores on social media like Facebook and Instagram to sell. All you need is a good shipping partner to turn your shop into a goldmine.

12. Become a Video Editor

Video is the future of marketing. That’s why almost every company now wants to create a video to promote their business. Learn how to use software like Adobe Premiere and after effects, and start editing for money. The demand for video editors is increasing, so take advantage of it. 

13. Buy and Sell Crypto

One of the most exciting ways to earn extra pocket money as a student without stress is crypto. All you need to do this job is a smartphone, and you’re good to go. Create a wallet and start buying cryptocurrencies like Ethereum and Bitcoin. When the price is high, sell it off and keep the difference. When prices fall, buy again and repeat.

Students worldwide have turned the cryptocurrency business into a fortune, and you, too, can do it. However, you will perform better if you learn and improve your knowledge about it. 

14. Provide Services for Wealthy Kids

Many rich kids on campus will be too lazy to do things they’re supposed to do. These kids are willing to pay you to run errands for them. Look for a rich kid and attach yourself to them. You’re not going to parties with them; you’ll be working as their assistant. You can wash their car, help them with their laundry, and cook to earn extra pocket money.

You can also help them organize events and take away the stress from them. Many rich kids will also need help with their assignments and notes. You can provide all these services in exchange for cash. Build a relationship with the rich kid now because you might need them after you graduate.

15. Write Homework and Assignments

High school kids need help with their homework. College students have assignments they need to complete. Some of these people can’t achieve these projects. If you’re an above-average student, you can help them with the assignment in exchange for cash. You can approach people in the church or neighborhood, or college to get such a job.

There are websites like homeworkmarket.com, chegg.com, tutor.com, you can create a profile. Once you update your information, you can start doing homework for others and get paid. 


Students need to make money to solve many of their needs. But getting a full-time job may be impossible. Instead, you can make money online or work part-time as a student. Know what you’re good at, create a profile, and start selling for cash.

Featured photo by Keira Burton from Pexels and In content photos by Mark König and Jacek Dylag on Unsplash.


  1. Forbes: In Pictures: 10 Tips For Selling Pictures Online
  2. Forbes: College Students: Here’s How To Get Paid For Your Good Grades
  3. Shopify: Ecommerce Business Blueprint: How to Build, Launch, and Grow a Profitable Online Store

By Emilie Schleif

Emilie Schleif is a Lifestyle Writer at Whatsdalatest, where she covers all things relationships and wellness—born and raised in La Canada Flintridge. She currently lives in Hamburg and loves running, hiking, and walking with her dog, Jasper.

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