Christine A Howard

Earn Your Way Through College Without Getting a Part Time Job

College itself can be expensive, yet the costs can quickly mount up when it comes to the living costs, travel costs, and social side of being a student.  This article looks at a number of ways students can make an extra income whilst at college, or just before going to college, in order to earn their way through college rather than be totally dependent on their parents.

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Ideally, we would have all learned to invest at an early age and be familiar with tools such as Kapitall so that we can now enjoy financial freedom, or at least an element of financial independence… but for most, this isn’t a reality, and we need to look for innovative ways that aren’t too time consuming to help fund our lifestyle.

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Here’s five interesting ideas that don’t involve getting a part-time job:


Babysitting can be easy money.  If you’re lucky, the kids will be asleep most the time, and you’ll get free time in someone’s home to study or earn even more income by, as an example, being paid to browse websites or answer online questionnaires.


A quite enjoyable way to make money is to treasure hunt around thrift stores and yard sales, looking for items that you know have a strong desire on eBay.  Often, people aren’t aware of the value that’s in amongst the vats of items in thrift stores and with a bit of careful research and rummaging around boxes, you can find some incredible high profit deals.

College itself can be expensive, yet the costs can quickly mount up when it comes to the living costs, travel costs, and social side of being a student.


Lots of people have items that are “free to a good home”, presuming you have the means and manpower to come and pick them up.  You could simple use eBay, but If you match this with people putting requests in the ‘want to buy’ sections of newspapers and online listings, such as Craigslist this will be the most efficient and reliable way to ensure you are gathering items that you can sell on; after-all, you don’t want to have to rent out a storage unit just to put things nobody wants in storage.  


There’s a limit to how much you can make doing this, as there is a restriction to how many times a week you can attend, but typically your time investment would be around three hours per week in order to make $250 to $350 per month.  Understandably, this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but it’s a meaningful and emotionally rewarding way to make money as your blood plasma will be the necessary fuel that allows life saving operations to take place.


In the summer months, if you charge $25 per lawn, and mow 10 lawns a week (basically a weekend’s work) you’ll make $250 per week – that’s a $1,000 per month… and the best part of this, is that once you get regular customers, you can build up a monthly ‘round’ of appointments that generates a reliable stream of income; and doesn’t require you constantly getting new customers.

If you are heading to college, or perhaps you are in college and need some extra money, we have some tips for you to try.  You can earn their way through college without taking on an extra job or going into further debt.  


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