16 Side Hustles for the Student on a Budget

Being a broke college student can be rough! Whether it’s your first time looking for a job, or your first time living on your own, the extra expenses of living the college life start to add up quickly! Mixing in class and work isn’t always an option, either. Many students have such a heavy or random schedule that most traditional jobs aren’t even an option.

If that’s you, you’ve come to the right blog! Today, I’m detailing why these 16 jobs are perfect for a college student on a time crunch. With each, you can make your own hours, decide how much you want to make, and what days work best for you!

Happy job hunting!

1) Drive for Uber or Lyft

If you have a car and some time to kill, joining a rideshare company is the perfect way to make some extra cash. You choose who you pick up, when you work, and set your own hours. There’s basically no one telling you what to do and when, except the mandatory car requirements. But, as long as you keep your driving record and your vehicle clean, you’re ready to join their team.

Uber | Lyft

2) Flip Old Stuff on Craigslist or Ebay

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” And, whoever said that is absolutely right! There’s no reason why your gently used furniture, clothes, electronics, or knick knacks can’t be sold for a little extra change. Make a list of what you’re ready to part with and instead of throwing it away, list them on one of these sites and watch the bidding begin.

Craigslist | Ebay

3) Deliver Groceries with Instacart

You’ll never run out of clientele with this one because everyone needs to eat and at some point, it’s just easier to let someone else do the shopping. It’s something quick and easy you can do when you have a couple hours between classes.


4) Become a Tutor

Take your skill set and turn it into money. If classmates are always asking you for study help, why not earn an income for your expertise? You can charge per the hour and set up 1-on-1 or group study sessions that’ll benefit everyone.

5) Transcribe on or

Passing a few simple English tests is all you need to do to work for either of these sites. You’ll be sent short clips and videos to caption or transcribe. It’s a simple, easy task that can be done whenever you have the time. Find an hour a day and get a few transcriptions done so you won’t have to eat in the cafeteria all the time. |

6) Sell Your Notes from Class

Everyone is bound to miss a class for one reason or another at least a couple times during the semester. If you’re known to take good notes, your classmates are going to inevitably call on you to help them out. If you offer your notes at a fair price, they won’t mind paying so they can get caught up on the work.

7) Do Odd Jobs with Taskrabbit

Taskrabbit allows you to choose what jobs you want to do. Whenever you have free time just open your profile and see what’s available. You can easily make money to go out that weekend with just a few odd jobs around your city.


8) Review Websites on

Since the majority of your time is probably spent on your laptop, what’s a better thing to do than make money from it? When you get tired of studying and need a break, you can head over to Usertesting and submit your review of a new website. It’s the perfect way to break your train of thought and not even have to leave the comfort of your bed.

9) Student Cleaning Business

Cleaning can be so relaxing! If you love the lemon-fresh scent of a clean room, why not offer to freshen up your friend’s places for a few extra dollars. They’ll be happy someone else is cleaning their room, and you’ll be happy when you get that extra shopping money.

10) Freelance on Upwork or Fiverr

Business owners are always looking for someone to write, proofread, edit, or create something small in a short amount of time. If you’ve got an hour or two, apply to some open gigs and await your approval. Soon you’ll have a few jobs you can knock out over the next few days and have some extra money in your pocket for happy hour this weekend.

11) Shovel Driveways or Mow Lawns

When the seasons change, so do people’s lawns. If you don’t mind either of the weather extremes, pick up a shovel or push a lawn mower over to your neighbors and ask if you can be of service. It’s such a simple task but you’ll get repeat business all season long.

12) Collect Beer Bottles and Recyclables

Why not save the planet? Look up in your area where you can take recyclables to make some extra money. There’s so many foundations working hard to clean up the earth. They’ll love your donation and will gladly pay you for your service.

13) Sell Your Textbooks

The end of every semester means you’re now stuck with books you can no longer use. Once class schedules have been set, jump on social media and ask if anyone is taking your old class. Chances are someone you know is and if your book is a little cheaper, they’ll be more than excited to buy from you instead of the school.

14) Offer Haircuts to Classmates

Anyone with hands that steady shouldn’t waste them. Haircuts at the salon can be terribly expensive, not to mention getting there and back before your next class can be a pain. If you’re already on campus, you’ll end up being everyone’s first pick for a quick cut between their morning and afternoon classes.

15) Give Music Lessons

Take your skills and make some money! Helping someone make sweet music is really special and when you see the smile on their face when they finally hit that note, you’ll realize you’re doing it for more than the hourly pay.

16) Deliver for Postmates, Ubereats or Grubhub

Not partying for one night won’t kill you but the late night orders from your classmates will make you some serious money. Everyone wants a midnight snack when they get in from studying or partying so there’s no better guaranteed way to make money than to join a delivery company. If you have a car and the time, you have a method of easy income at your fingertips.

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  1. I’m not a student but these side hustles are brilliant for students. Frankly, for anyone! What a good post with some good tips.

  2. All wonderful ideas for students! My cousin is going to university for the first time this fall. I’ll share this with her 🙂

  3. So many great ideas here! Love the creative, out of the box thinking!

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