I realized quite a few of my readers are college going (thank you for sending those emails!). So, this post on online jobs for college students with no experience is exclusively for them!
College is busy and working through college can help offset big expenses, but between classes, friends, extracurricular activities, sports and more, it can be difficult to work an extra job.
But, summer is coming! (yeah, GOT alert!)
College students often pick up part-time jobs or online jobs to earn extra money. The most traditional ones are a lifeguard, retail worker, food server or waiter etc. These are tried and testing ways to make money but unfortunately…
They cannot be carried on to the next semester. You have to be physically present and you have no control over the hours!
What if I told you there are part-time jobs or online jobs for college students that can last all year along (and, in summers, you can earn a bombshell!). Most of these side hustles are SO FLEXIBLE that they can be accommodated between extremely busy college or school schedules.
Besides that, if you want to continue it after college, that is possible too! (Secret: Online jobs make much more than 9-5 jobs, so double win!)
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Without further ado, let’s look at the list of online jobs for college students (rock your summer!)
What it pays: $10-$45 per hour
Proofreading is a lucrative online jobs for college students with no experience. When I was in college, I made time to read fiction novels and other books as well. I would also love to make snarky remarks on grammatical errors or typos!
Many times I would spend time reading blogs that had no connections to my study! (waste of time alert!)
And, I am sure, there are many other college students like me as well.
If you are anything like me, you were meant to be a proofreader.
Note: Editing and proofreading are two different things. While editing revolves around structuring content, proofreading deals with typos, errors and grammatical mistakes only.
Check out this 76-minute training by Caitlin Pyle. She worked as a proofreader for years and make more than $40000+. She shares some amazing strategies that helped her make $40000 a year working as a proofreader.
It is one of the best online courses for college students wanting to make money online and pay off the entire student debt before graduating. [yes, it is possible!]
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#3 Virtual Assistant
The rate for an absolute beginner may start at $15-20/hour, while the rates for a Virtual Assistant can go as high as $75-100/hour.
Did you know that as a virtual assistant, you can offer more than 150+ services? Meaning, you can offer tasks that do not take up a lot of your college time and still make $20+ an hour (beginner). Once you level up and gain experience, you can increase the charges.
A virtual assistant is one of the best and most flexible online jobs for college students with no experience. It can a part-time job during the school, and a full-time job during the summers. Isn’t that great?
Gina Horey of the HorkeyHandbook has a free workshop that talks about breaking into the VA business successfully.
Besides this, you should also check out Become Booked Out seminar by Abbey (one of my favorites!). She shares tonnes of valuable and actionable information.
I recently interviewed a college student who works as a VA and earn $3000+ a month. Check it out here!
#4 Pinterest VA
The rate for an absolute beginner may start at $15-20/hour, while the rates for a Pinterest manager can go as high as $75-100/hour.
I HIGHLY recommend you to take up this online jobs for a college student with no experience. Why?
Because the time invested is much lesser than the price you can charge your clients. Pinterest is extremely time-consuming especially for people who are starting to build their business and hence, they prefer delegating it to a Pinterest VA.
As a Pinterest VA, your job will be to
- Create pins
- Write descriptions
- Schedule pins (automated using a tool)
This single mom makes $10k+ a month working as a Pinterest VA. Check it out here!
You have to ABSOLUTELY watch this Facebook video by Kirsten and Gina on how Pinterest can earn you money working from home. They also have a course together and you can sign up on the waitlist here. If you are looking to end 2019 with a bang, I suggest you sign up on the waitlist and grab as soon as it opens up.
#5 Survey Taker
Download Swagbucks now. It is an easy way to make money online for college students for doing almost nothing. You are required to participate in surveys, watch videos, play games etc. So, instead of wasting time surfing the net for an hour a day, do this on Swagbucks and earn a couple of hundreds for free.
If you can refer to it your friend, you earn a BIG bonus. I think you get 500 SBs for one referral. You can redeem accumulated points and get your money on Paypal. You can sign up to Swagbucks for free here>>
Survey Junkie is another great option! You can access the surveys from your dashboard and redeem the points using Paypal. You should definitely give this one a try. Join Survey Junkie here>>
Blogging can be a great online job for college students.
If I could go back in time, I would have started a blog in college. Focus on creating content that provides value to you readers. Give them information that helps in their current situation!
Decide on a topic (niche down your blog topic and understand who you want to write for)
Write 10-20 posts on topics that would help your target audience. This will allow you to understand if you like writing!
If you do, get hosting and a domain name.
Note: You can a blog with as little as $3.95 a month or Rs. 276 a month (if you are in India, you can also opt for Hostgator for Rs. 350 a month) or go with the free options. However, I do not recommend using free options. You can read about other options here and here. Use this step by step tutorial to get your WordPress blog up and running. If you have difficulty in understanding the basics (like domain name, wordpress.org or .com, hosting etc), you can read this article on website basics.
You can also sign up for this FREE course by Elna Cain. She shares with you how to start a successful blog along with giving you 93+ freebies (yaay!) including a video guide.
If you are looking for a free course on blogging to earn money online, let me tell you moms – this is the best!
#8 Freelance writer
As a college student, you would be writing a lot of assignments. So, you have the basic writing skills already!
As a freelance writer, you can work as much (or as little!) as you want. In the summertime, you can take up more and more writing projects and make money online.
You can start by pitching editors of online magazines that pay to contribute. If you get interested, launch your own freelance writing business.
Check out Elna Cain’s Get paid to write. In her course, you’ll learn:
- Finding writing niche
- Setting up a portfolio
- Growing social media
- Where to find jobs and more!
#9 Amazon FBA
You can start by selling on Amazon and the best part – you do not have to worry about storing inventory with FBA
This is a FREE 7-day course that tells you everything that you need to know to get started on Amazon (including how to buy inventory, choosing items to sell, etc).
The course includes:
- Understanding WHY selling on Amazon works and why it is the best platform to build a profitable business quickly
- How using FBA you can stay away from the stress of storing inventory
- The EXACT way she bought inventory and build a 6 figure income in the first year
- How to choose the right items to make money quickly
#10 Voice Artist
A voice artist is someone who gives a voice for a character, commercial or anything that requires one!
You can also become a bookkeeper online.
As a bookkeeper, you will be providing accounting services to clients remotely.
While it may sound complicated, let me tell you – this course is for everyone (even if you do not know what bookkeeping means and a degree in accounting is not a pre-requisite)
There you go. These are the best free online courses for college students with no experience.
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Resources that will help you get started working from home –
Resources that I love:
Skillshare – Skillshare is my go-to place to learn a new skill without having to splurge hundreds of dollar. It is an online learning community where you can explore thousands of classes in design, photography, business, and more. You can get started with a free trial using my link and get access to hundreds of courses.
Become a work at home mom – A FREE training session that comes along with a workbook and guides you through the entire freelancing journey. Not only it tells you what is freelancing, but it also tells you the various option and how to go about establishing one (without any INVESTMENT cost).
FlexJobs If you are a freelancer, you should sign up with Flexjobs. It will help you go through great flexible job listings from legitimate employers quickly, easily, and safely. Every single job on FlexJobs is hand-screened for legitimacy, with no ads or scams mixed in, and every single job offers work flexibility such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or other flexible options.