College can be expensive.
Even if you were to put the tuition fees aside, you still have rent, living expenses, travel costs and a variety of social expenditure on things such as clothes, movies, and trips out.
For many parents, the prospect of sending their kids to college is a real uphill struggle and tackling the cost of college isn’t something all families can manage, which is why it’s important to look at other ways to deal with the cost of college.
In this article, we’ll look at a number of ways you can make some extra cash, without it affecting your studies, but whilst we’re on the subject of your studies… it’s worth considering the fact there are many more cost-effective options to attending a prestigious college or university in the flesh.
Today, you can participate in advanced courses via distance learning, for instance you could do an online masters in education and the great thing about studying online is that you’re not limited to the area in which you leave, not even the country, or continent!
In any event, if you’re planning on going to college it’s always a good idea to consider looking into ways that can help fund your studies without detracting from your academic commitments or taking too much of your time up (like most part time student jobs do).
1. FLIP THRIFT STORE ITEMS ON EBAY
An enjoyable way to make money can be to treasure hunt around thrift stores and yard sales, looking for items that you know have a tendency to sell well on platforms such as eBay.
Interestingly, people aren’t always aware of the value certain items that can be found in thrift stores actually have, yet with a bit of careful research you can find some high profit treasures.
2. SELL FREE ITEMS
In addition to this, many people offer their items as “free to a good home”. This is a great opportunity to upcycle preloved items and relist them on sites like eBay, or better still, hunt for people that are looking for the items you have acquired by scouring online listings and newspapers.
3. DONATE BLOOD PLASMA
There is a restriction to how many times a month you can donate blood plasma, but typically if your time investment were around three hours a week you could make $250 to $350 per month. Not only will you be making an extra income, for just a few hours of your time, which you can spend studying if you wish – you’re also saving people’s lives as blood plasma is necessary to help fuel life saving operations.
Babysitting can be easy money, particularly if you’re looking after children in the evening when kids are fast asleep. This way, you’ll have free time to study or simply catch up on your favourite box sets!
5. MOW LAWNS
This is great way to make extra income in the summer, as you can charge around $25 per lawn, and in a weekend, if you can get through ten lawns, that’s $250 per week! This is a seriously good extra income, and the great thing is if you get a number of regular customers you can generate a reliable stream of monthly income.