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5 Unusual Ways to Make Money in College

Jun 25, 2018

We know that college isn’t cheap, and you as a student are probably hurting for money right now. You could get a part-time job while you are going to school, but balancing work and your studies is difficult, and there’s no guarantee that any job you find will be worth the stress.

Fortunately, there are things that you might be able to do that can make you at least a little bit of money that you haven’t thought about yet. Here are just five to consider.

Sell Your Textbooks

If you’ve been in college for at least a few semesters, you probably have a few textbooks that you don’t need anymore. You might be able to sell these back to your campus bookstore, but you won’t get a lot of money for them if they sell at all. 

Instead, try selling your textbooks on an online marketplace such as You may have to do a bit of research to find someplace that will give you a lot of money for your books, but it will almost certainly be better than what your college’s bookstore will give you.

Drive for Lyft or Uber

If you want to work but can’t adhere to a regular schedule, you can always drive for Lyft or Uber. All you need to be a driver is to have a relatively new car (newer than 2007 or so), be over 21 years old, and be able to pass a background check. 

You will be able to set your own schedule and work as much or as little as you want.

Sell Your Video Game Accounts

Since it’s unlikely you’ll be spending a lot of time playing video games in college, you can always sell any accounts you have on eBay or a gamer auction site. 

Players of games like World of Warcraft or League of Legends will pay for a decent account, so that is a very good option if your gaming habits are going to be put on hold for a few years.

Freelance Online

Much like driving for Uber or Lyft, you can find work as a freelancer online and set your own schedule. There are plenty of online marketplaces that allow you to find quick writing, editing, and transcription jobs. 

They don’t pay a whole lot, but you will be able to work as much or as little as you want, which is perfect for a college student.

Sell Coins

This may not apply to everybody, but you might be able to make some extra money by selling any interesting coins that you’ve collected. Many old coins are prized by collectors who will pay cash for them, and some coins may have enough gold and silver in them to be worth at least some money to the right buyer. 

A local coin shop will be able to give you some cash quickly, but if you really want to make some money and you’re willing to wait for the right buyers, you can go on eBay or other online marketplaces. 

Make sure you take some high-quality photos of what you want to sell, keep your merchandise in good shape, and be prepared to research what some of your coins might really be worth before taking an offer. Click here to find out more about selling coins.

These are just a handful of ways you can make money as a college student. As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities that weren’t available to people even a decade ago. You probably won’t get rich doing any of these things, but you should be able to make enough money to stay afloat until you earn your degree.

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