If you’ve stumbled across this article, odds are you’re a college student who needs some extra cash. Luckily for you, I’m here to show you some of the best online side hustles for college students that can be done from the comfort of your dorm with just a phone or a laptop.
Selling A Digital Product
Selling a digital product is quite possibly one of the most profitable online side hustles out there. There are a few different routes to make a digital product out there, but I’ll go into two of them: e-books and courses. Let’s start with courses.
If you have a wealth of knowledge on a subject you think could be useful to others, selling a course is perfect. People are willing to pay for a ton of knowledge concentrated in one place, eliminating the need for them to search around the internet for hours on end. If you have the brains, make a course.
Courses can be in PDF format or in video format. If you’re going the video route, you can sign up to be a teacher on a website like Skillshare, where you are paid per paid minute of your content that is watched. If you choose a PDF course, you can make a website around the course, or sell the PDF through an Instagram page. Either way, the hardest part of selling a course is getting an audience that is willing to actually buy the course. You could have the best knowledge ever, but you need to show that you do.
Let’s move on to selling eBooks. The great thing about selling e-books is that you don’t actually need to write the e-book! You can find eBooks out there to license and sell as your own, or you can pay a writer through a site like Fiverr and have your eBook written for you. Similar to courses, the hardest part of selling ebooks is actually convincing people that the book has the value for whatever price to choose.
Yes, I know this is cliché, but hear me out. No matter how niche your interest is, you can make content on it. I follow someone on TikTok who talks exclusively about license plates! The point is, anything you can think of, you can make content for. The best part of this online side hustle is that you already have what you need to get started: a smartphone. If you need an editing software, there are plenty of free editing software’s that get the job done.
If you’re unwilling to reveal your face or voice and think this side hustle for students is out of the picture, think again. Cash Cow YouTube channels are channels that make niche-specific content without revealing the voice or face of the people behind it (i.e. Reddit Reading Channels). They’re very hard to start, but if you can succeed in this area, there are serious rewards to be had.
This is actually what I’m doing right now! Freelance writing can be done by nearly anyone. As long as you have access to a keyboard and somewhere to publish your work, you too can be a freelance writer. I recommend starting on a website that allows you to publish your work where you can get some organic growth and possibly get paid! I started on a website called DriveTribe which is automotive specific, but they’ve recently launched FoodTribe. Essentially FoodTribe is a clone of DriveTribe for (you guessed it!) food. Hey, everyone eats food and has opinions about it, so give it a shot!
Working as a virtual assistant entails signing up for a website like Fiverr or Upwork where potential clients browse for their freelance needs. Virtual assistants do various administrative tasks for people working from home or business owners who need to outsource some of their more organizational tasks.
As a virtual assistant, you might make travel arrangements, manage email accounts, respond to and take phone calls, and scheduling appointments for your client. Think of a virtual assistant as a secretary that works out of the comfort of their own home (or in this case, dorm.) As a virtual assistant, you can make anywhere from $15-$20 an hour, which is pretty solid!
Online English Tutor
Are you a native English speaker? Perfect! You can teach virtual students how to speak English on websites like Qkid. The only potential downside to this side hustle is that finding a time that works for you and your international students is a challenge, and you might have to teach a little late or early. But, if you’re willing to put in the work, you will be heavily rewarded. Online English tutors earn anywhere from $14-$22 an hour, and potentially even more!
Instagram Theme Pages
Instagram theme pages are something that I have some heavy experience in. If you’re here from Jake Tilk’s YouTube channel, you’ve most likely already heard of this hustle. If not, I’ll give you a brief rundown: Instagram theme pages are pages in a particular niche that repost community-submitted content.
In the beginning, Instagram theme pages can be a heavy time investment, but if you manage to grow a community to 10 or 20 thousand followers, you can monetize through a variety of different ways. You can sell promos for products, features for other Instagram pages, eBooks or courses (see above), and even print on demand merchandise! If the initial time investment isn’t appealing to you, you can always try flipping Instagram Theme Pages. Once you get the hang of a market, you can easily tell when a page is underpriced, swoop in and sell it for a quick profit. Or, if that’s not your style, you could buy the page, grow it a little bit, and sell it when it gets bigger for a nice profit! No matter which you choose, you can make good money!
Are you already successful in a certain field? If so, there are tons of other people who need advice going into the field you’ve already mastered. These people are willing to pay a pretty penny for advice from someone who’s already been through what they’re going through, and they will pay for lots and lots of your time. Find a platform to advertise that you’re doing online mentoring (this can be Instagram, TikTok, Upwork or even a coaching-specific platform) After that, hop on a zoom call, answer some questions, and get paid! According to Ziprecruiter, the average online coach makes $23 an hour! Get out there and get coaching!