When I was in college I always wanted two things. First one is moving out of my parent’s home as quick as possible and secondly, a new iPhone?
However, I really didn’t have any money to get these two things.
So I started looking out for ways that can make me some extra money while I was in college.
After some research I found out several legit online jobs that can easily pay me anything between $1000 and $5000 a month.
However I chose some of the best online jobs among them that can be done on the part time basis without affecting my college.
15 Best Online Jobs for College Students
After working on all the legit online jobs, I have selected some which is best suitable for college students. These online jobs that eventually helped me making some cash, more than sufficient for a college student.
1. Online Survey Job for College Students
There is no better online job for college students than paid online surveys. When I was in college, I was making around $300 to $500 by just completing online surveys.
I love this online job because it’s a real fun to fill up paid surveys. It just takes 10 to 30 minutes to complete a given survey and you get paid $2 – $20 for doing so.
How to Start: One of my favorite survey site is Swagbucks but I will show you 20 more legit survey sites where I worked and made good money out of it. In fact, I am still earning cash from many of these sites.
Check these 20 paid survey sites, signup each site & start earning today.
2. Ad Clicking job for college student
This was my preferred online job when I was a college student. I used to earn $200 to $300 working just 30 minutes on ad clicking jobs. You just have to signup with some of the best online ad clicking job sites.
Your task will be, logging into various Paid to Click sites (PTC), then clicking and reading ads for just 5-20 seconds each. You will get paid 1 to 2 cents for each you had clicked.
Apart from clicking ads, you can find a number of other short tasks that can be completed and more money is made.
How to Start: After working on so many PTC sites, I have found that 5 sites are legit & better paying than others.
Join these 5 PTC sites and start earning some extra income now.
Although I started blogging after finishing my college but thereafter I continued blogging for many years to come and finally started making an excellent income from it.
Hence, I am recommending this online job to every college student.
This particular online job can give you way more money than above mentioned 2 online jobs combined.
All you need to do is create a blog (that’s really easy, oh yes, I mean it), write some interesting stuff (anything passionate, related to hobby or even day to day experience), do some basic promotion (basic SEO, social media promotion etc.) and start earning some cool income.
It’s real easy to make $500 to $2000 working just 2 hours daily on your blog.
How to Start: If you really want to know how to make money with blog then don’t worry. I have got some interesting stuff that can teach you in some easy steps..
4. Article Writing
If blogging is not your cup of tea then stick to article writing. You can become a freelance writer writing for your clients.
Job Profile: Although there are different types of freelance writing jobs like
But the best are the first two jobs in the above list. You can write for websites as a web content writer.
Required Skill Sets: Basic writing skills in English without any grammar and spelling mistakes. Don’t worry because you don’t have to write like NYT or WSJ columnists.
Earning Potential: For 1000 words long article you can earn $10 to $25.
Get Started: Read this post to know how to make money by writing articles with the list of best sites.
5. Become a YouTuber
Light! Camera!! Action!!!
Ouch! You really don’t have to create any professional videos to make money from YouTube.
You can just create few simple humorous videos like shooting your college life, experiences in bars, restaurants, malls, streets or anywhere else. It’s easy to earn minimum $500+ a month as a part time YouTuber.
Just close your eyes for 10 minutes and think all the possible ideas that you can use to create interesting videos. Write down in a notepad and start recording videos on a regular basis.
How to Start: Upload your videos on YouTube, become a YouTube partner and start receiving regular payments from Google. YouTube will show ads on your videos & you earn from each & every view.
6. Amazon Mechanical Turk
mTurk or Amazon Mechanical Turk (an Amazon company) is one of the best online jobs for college students. I personally know many students who are making enough money by doing some simple tasks on mTurk.
When you visit mTurk, you will find millions of short tasks that you can complete in just 1 to 5 minutes each. You can make 1 cent to 1 dollar for completing each task.
You can work 30 minutes to 2 hours a day as per your time availability. More you work, more you earn on mTurk.
How to Start: Just join mTurk as a worker here and read this detailed mTurk guide that will show you how to make money from mTurk increasing your earnings.
7. Become a Captcha Solver
I am sure, you know captcha. It’s a program that protects websites against bots by giving an image test that humans can read but bots can’t.
There are many companies that wants people to access & register on thousands of popular websites in large numbers.
They do it by running an automated program but when such programs strikes with captcha image on such sites, they are not able to proceed further.
In such case, they need some manual captcha solver.
You, as a captcha solver join these sites and earn $1 to $2 for solving one thousand captchas. It does not take more than an hour for solving 1000 captchas.
How to Start: You can join these captcha solving sites and start earning right now.
8. Data Entry Jobs
If you are looking for an easy and stress free online job that does not require any skill then this will be the best for you. There are many different types of data entry jobs so you need to decide which one is best for you.
You can earn $300 to $600 if you work 2 hours daily depending upon your typing speed and accuracy.
How to Start: I will show you some of the sites where you can find online data entry jobs-
9. Virtual Assistant
Job Profile: As a virtual assistant you will assist managers and executives with tasks like basic bookkeeping work, organizing files, answering phones, managing calendars and special events, writing articles, quality assurance testing etc.
You may also be asked to do other one-off tasks time to time.
Required Skill Sets: Great communication skills, excellent writing skills without grammar and spelling mistakes, complete knowledge of MS Word and Excel, Google Apps, Dropbox and other online tools, other attributes like hardworking, trustworthy, ethical, able to work remotely from 9 am to 6 pm etc are also important.
Earning Potential: You can easily earn between $18 and $20 for an hour work.
Get Started: You need a computer with accessories like microphone and speaker for answering calls. Fast internet connection is also very important. Apart from Upwork, you can also check openings at
Job Profile: Usually there are two types of transcriptionists, medical and legal. If you are a medical or legal student then transcription job is best for you.
You will listen to audio files and write it down (transcribe) into a word document. These audio files are medical reports (or legal documents) dictated by the physicians.
Required Skill Sets: To be honest, transcriptionist’s job is very tough because you need to have total command over the language (either medical or legal). You also must be familiar with listening different accents like Indian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern etc.
Moreover, great listening skills with typing speed of 60 to 70 words per minute and 98% accuracy rate are very basic. Knowledge of MS office is also must.
Earning Potential: New transcriptionists can make $18 – $20 for an hour. However experienced professionals can earn up to $30.
Get Started: As a student you must have a medical or legal background. A PC with internet that can run transcription software package of your choice.
11. Online Tutor
Online tutoring is one of the easiest at the same time high paying online jobs for college students.
Job Profile: Your job is very simple. You tutor students from all over the world via Skype. You conduct various sessions online on weekly or daily basis with each session lasting 45 to 50 minutes.
Required Skill Sets: You must have thorough knowledge of the field you are in. You must know anyone of the following subjects
Math, Physics, History, Finance, Economics, Accounting, Languages (like English, German, Japanese etc) , Literature, Law, Sociology etc.
Earning Potential: Earning will depend upon company to company. For example Tutor.com is willing to pay $10 – $15 for an hour. Others may pay up to $20 for the same effort.
Get Started: Just visit and join at
12. Search Engine Evaluator
No, it is not SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Being a search engine evaluator is very easy compared to a SEO expert.
So why to Google for free if you can make some money out of it?
Job Profile: Search engine giants like Google, Bing, Yahoo are always updating their algorithms to get rid of errors and give most relevant search results to their users.
Hence they need real humans who can perform searches for a list of keywords and give them feedback about quality and accuracy of the search results.
Required Skill Sets: Must know all the features of the search engine like Settings, Tools etc. Excellent web researching and analytical skills. Complete familiarity with Google Chrome and other web browsers.
Earning Potential: $10 – $12 per hour
Get Started: A computer with high speed internet with antivirus and anti spyware software installed in it. Best site to get started is Leap Force At Home
13. Website Testing
Job Profile: You need to test a given website for 20 minutes to half an hour. You earn money for
Required Skill Sets: Website testing is bit difficult than search engine evaluation hence you have to take a sample test before you qualify for this job.
Earning Potential: $12 – $15 for writing reviews, $10 – $12 for giving feedbacks, $30 – $50 for answering via Skype
Get Started: Following 5 website provides good opportunities for website testing job.
14. Customer Service
Job Profile: Customer service is really great because it is low skilled and less technical online job.
Required Skill Sets: Great communication and listening skills are two very important attributes for this job. You have to answer questionnaires of irate customers patiently without losing your calm.
Earning Potential: $10 – $12 an hour.
Get Started: The best way to start is going to sites like Apple.
Apple has special openings for college students under its AppleCare College program.
Salaries will be decided at the recruiting process.
If any of the above mentioned online jobs doesn’t suit you then you can choose a freelance of your own choice.
Job Profile: There are myriads of freelancing jobs available like graphics & designing, marketing, branding, video animation, programming & coding, consulting etc. You can choose anyone freelance job from the above mentioned categories.
Right now SEO and website designing are very hot and high in demand.
Required Skill Sets: You need to possess skills according to the freelance jobs you choose. For example, website designers must know PHP and other coding languages.
Earning Potential: $5 to $50 depending upon your hirer.
Get Started: Upwork is best for full time freelance jobs & Fiverr is best for micro-freelance jobs. Find more freelance sites.
Each one of these online jobs for students can earn you minimum $500 per month. You can start with one or even multiple online jobs.