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5 Best Side Hustles for College Students

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5 Best Side Hustles for College Students 

School has started and with the start of school comes to a lot of college kids looking for ways to make some extra money while balancing a chaotic social and academic life. Side hustles are a great way to earn money while still having time for your coursework, friends, and everything in between.

Here are five of our most recommended side hustles for college students. 

     1. Tutoring

There are a lot of great tutoring jobs available both off and on campus. You can choose to tutor in the field you are studying or something that you did in high school. If you are looking for an on-campus tutoring job, your school’s job center or student center is a good place to start. 

If you want to do something off-campus, reach out to local high schools or elementary schools so they can connect you to parents. Libraries and coffee shops are good places to hang up fliers and you can make between $20 to $40 an hour tutoring depending on your level of experience. 

     2. Mystery Shopping

Mystery shopping is so much more than just shopping. You can test out services, pretend you are going to buy something from a store, test out a store’s customer service, dine out, or shop for specific items. 

You can either be paid in cash, be reimbursed for the product, or both! 

You can shop over breaks and during the weekend so it’s a great side hustle for college students. 


Make sure to avoid any money-wiring services, any job that requires a certification that you have to pay money for, and don’t pay for access to mystery shopping sites.

     3. Nanny or Babysit

A classic for college students is babysitting and nannying. Your age gives you an advantage over the local middle schoolers and the job is more in demand than ever with so many families needing an extra hand or both the parents working. You can earn anywhere from $10 to $30 an hour and websites like SitterCity and are good places to start. 

     4. Deliver Food

Everything from takeout to grocery delivery is in high demand. Capitalize on it and become a driver for a food delivery site. They can pay between $12 and $20 an hour depending on the service. Grubhub, DoorDash, UberEats, and Postmates are good places to start. 

     5. Freelance Write

If you enjoy writing but want a break from the academic stuff, you can make decent money writing everything from blog and email copy to social media posts and website content. You might even find a few long-term clients that you can take with you after college. UpWork is a great website to get started with. 

Freelance Writing

As a busy college student, you want to maximize your time while still finding ways to make a little money. These side hustles are a good jumping-off point and will help you earn some more cash in-between your busy schedule.

Be sure to check out our other posts for more ways to start your side hustle! 









Robert B Foster

Robert B. Foster is an award-winning international speaker, mental health advocate, and host of the hit podcast Shut Up and GRIND where he inspires guests to share their stories of trauma, survival and defying the odds.

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