Depop is an online shop website and app that people use to sell their creations to anyone who is willing to purchase it. To be successful on Depop it is essential to advertise your products, whether it is clothes, accessories, arts, or crafts, etc. in a trendy and creative way that will attract customer’s eyes. If you open up the app and take a look at some of the sellers on that website you will see that their feeds resemble that of an artsy Instagram account. This is a proper method of marketing that will ensure you get the customers you need to make money in college. You simply post your product onto the app and ship it out when someone purchases it.
If you are an art major or you just enjoy making art as a hobby, this is the perfect method for you to make money in college. You can use websites such as Depop, as mentioned above, to sell your work and Instagram to advertise it. This will not only spread your name out there but it will also be an easy side hustle to make money off of the work you already produced in class.
Fashion is an immense industry that will never fail you as a desperate student trying to make money in college. You can go to the store and purchase some fabric paints and paintbrushes to use on any clothing item and sell it on Depop, to your friends, or classmates. If you have nice handwriting or even some stencils, this is a simple method you can utilize to make money in college. For example, you can design sorority or fraternity clothing and sell it to Greek life on campus. This method will also get your name out there easily as someone who makes art. All you have to do is advertise your work and the people will start flooding in asking for custom orders and designs. Every organization needs a shirt with a member’s name on the back!
4. Old Clothes
One way to make money in college that is easy for everyone is to sell any old clothes that are lying around in your dorm. You can post pictures of them to your stories on Instagram or Snapchat. Any website, including Depop and eBay, would be ideal for this method because it reaches a wider audience and all you have to do is meet up with the customer if they are on your campus or you can mail it to them wherever they are. Consignment shops like Plato’s Closet, Beacon’s Closet, and Crossroads Trading are perfect locations to bring in your unwanted clothing to make a quick buck or two.
Another website that is commonly used by artists to sell their products is RedBubble. This store is a great way to sell any design you have created on any kind of product that you desire. You can post the design and give the customers selections to choose from, whether it is a mug, a sticker, a T-shirt, or a hoodie. RedBubble provides artists with more variety in their art that allows customers to get more use out of it. If you are a big fan of a particular television show or video game you can express your love for it artistically and sell it on this site to other fans in the same community.
6. Bake Sale
An easy method for almost anyone to do is bake. You can bake cookies, brownies, cakes, cupcakes, brookies. Baking is a simple and easy few steps because all you have to do is follow the instructions on the recipe. In order to make sales out of this method, you must creatively spice up the food products to make them more appealing to potential customers. If a holiday is coming up such as St. Patrick’s day, you can use green icing and little shamrock sprinkles on a cupcake. Or you can cut shamrock-shaped cookies and depend on the kind of cookie you can also put designs on it. You do not have to be a master baker, as long as the desserts taste delicious and look appealing. This could be an easy way to make money in college just by posting your products on your social media and distributing them on campus.
Tutoring is a common method of college money making because there is always going to be someone who needs extra help in their classes. If you received a good grade in one of your courses in the math, English, or science fields and you are confident enough in your abilities to teach you can tutor fellow students on campus. If your school has a tutoring program, you can apply to work for them or just reach out to fellow classmates and ask them if they need any assistance.
Investing in the stock market is an easy way to make money, if you know what you are doing. If you are low on cash, Stash is an investment app that gives you a free $5 to invest in any stock you feel like buying. In order to know what stocks will be the most beneficial to you financially, you should do some research to ensure you get the most out of your investments.
If you are familiar with PhotoShop or any form of design, you can utilize your talents and capitalize on them by advertising your abilities on freelance websites. Some of these websites include Fiverr, Upwork, and Freelancer. You can also proofread documents, be a voiceover artist, write subtitles and captions for videos, and photograph products. These are only a few options among the many freelance jobs you can do on these sites that are easy and require little experience.
10. Money Back for Shopping
This method is different from the others listed above because you do not earn that much money off of it. However, with the apps Rakuten, Honey, and Ibotta, you can make some money back from your online shopping. These apps are completely free to use and perfect for making a little extra money while in college.
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My name is Aja Ward. I am from Southern California, but I currently attend college at Hofstra University in New York. I am a freshman journalism major, and currently exploring a minor in design. I am involved in my school’s radio station 88.7 FM WRHU which is the #1 non-commercial radio station in the nation, and one of my biggest passions is fashion.