College life is expensive and as a student, you need to find innovative ways of offsetting your bills. You need money to cater for snacks, your social life, trips, and other expenses. The internet offers great opportunities for college students seeking to make some money. If you have ever searched the phrase “someone to write my paper for me,” you already have an idea about online jobs for college students.

This article looks at an array of online jobs for college students that pay well.

1. Blogging

If you have a serious hobby or any special skill, it is time to turn it into a money-making venture. Blogging is an easy way to make money and you only need to share fresh and insightful content on a particular subject. As your blog traffic grows, it is easy to make money by selling products, affiliate marketing, ads among other ways.

Jim Harmer a blogger wrote an eye-opening article entitled How Bloggers Make Money: Income and stats from 13 full-time bloggers where he describes how bloggers make money and how much to expect.

One of his blogs made $500,000 in one year back in 2014. Jim says “This blog earns 50% from selling photography products, 25% of income is from affiliate sales and the rest comes from events, advertising. With low expenses and no employees, all the profits are mine,” the blogger adds.

2. Social Media Manager

Jackie Augustus works as a social media manager says this is the best decision she ever made in her life. “I started working as a social media manager in college back in 2014. Today, I have a large clientele base on Facebook and this is now a fulltime job,” she says.

The average pay for social media managers is around $50,000 according to Glassdoor, Indeed, and PayScale. You promote products and services and also interact with followers.  You can also manage accounts of public figures and celebrities who require a competent manager to manage their accounts. Starting Pay for a social media manager is about $15-$40/hour.

3. Digital Marketing

If you are good with words, it is time to put your skills to work through online marketing. You need a platform such as a website, blog, YouTube, or social media account to start selling. Look for products in high demand and contact the company to get the best prices.

You need to promote the products or services on your platforms and make a profit. To do this, you need fresh and creative content to attract traffic and convert this into sales.  You should also create sharable promotional content to keep your products visible.

4. Freelance Writing

According to a survey published on Forbes, freelancers make up 35% of the U.S workforce. Freelance writers make up a large percentage of these numbers and you can join the bandwagon and start earning money while at college. Karan, April, and Felicia are examples of people who started out in freelance writing early and have now made this a full-time career.

Ramit Sethi a freelance writer and trainer says, “You can earn a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars per month working as a freelance writer,” “It all starts with a few paying clients,” he adds.

Writers are in high demand online and you can work in article/feature writing, copy/content writing, blogging, social media content creation, editing and proofreading, assignment writing, academic paper writing among other areas.

5. Website Design

If you have a knack for computers, it is time to branch into web design and carve a niche for yourself. Web designers are in high demand and you can work comfortably from your college room.  Business owners need professionally designed sites to attract traffic and build their brands. Every serious business today requires a website to compete online and if you are good at web design you will never have to worry about cash to spend in college.

You can find the latest freelancing gigs from online platforms such as to start making good money while in college.

Guest writers and carefully selected for Career Enlightenment. Thanks for reading!

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