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Side Hustles for Every College Student

I have a problem, and I am sure many of you have the same one. My roommate has called me CEO of having a double-digit bank account. Unfortunately, that probably won’t change because I don’t have an income. Given the current state of the economy, I’m not sure if I’ll have one any time soon either. I was planning on balancing a part-time unpaid internship with a part-time paid job at a restaurant this summer. But now, the odds of getting a part-time paid job over the summer are slim. At first, I thought a grocery store would be good idea. But then I saw a post from the Wall Street Journal on Instagram from April 15 that projected 4.9 million layoffs in the retail industry, including grocery, for just this month. Hopefully we’ll be on the downhill of the curve by summer, but I know that I cannot count on having a position open for me anywhere. This is where side hustles start to shine.

For myself, my side hustles will turn into my main hustle. I’ve dabbled with side hustles for awhile since minimum wage as a hostess for one summer simply cannot support the lavish lifestyle I wish to live, so here are some tips and tricks to earning some cash money to tide you over.

Yard Work

This side hustle is definitely the least glamorous and takes the most amount of work. In return, however, it can be very lucrative. Many neighborhoods have an online page for people to post various announcements, and can be great for trying to land a gig. You should state your rate, whether you can provide your own equipment, and some contact information. Finally, cross your fingers that someone needs some help.

Babysit/Housesit

These jobs can also be some of the most lucrative side hustles. I prefer to housesit over babysit because it is a little easier, but I have a feeling that not many people will be taking vacations this summer. Fortunately, there’s a pretty good chance that camps will be cancelled in my opinion. This means that there will be even more babysitting opportunities than usual this summer. Like yard work, you can advertise your services on your neighborhood’s online page. Knocking on doors of your neighbors with children is another way to let them know that you are available.

Sell Clothes

I guarantee you have more clothes than you will ever wear. I know you have a dress in your closet that you haven’t touched since high school and a pair of shoes you grew out of in middle school laying around. Get rid of them! With strategic pricing and good quality items, there’s a high chance that you will clear out your wardrobe. Generally, clothes that you are selling online should:

  • Still be somewhat fashionable
  • In good condition
  • Not altered

My go-to platform for selling clothes is Poshmark because you set your price and can negotiate with potential buyers. Poshmark takes a hefty percentage of the price for each item, but if you sell more, your earnings add up. Since starting selling with Poshmark, I’ve earned $80 by selling 11 items. Another platform to sell your clothes is ThredUp, but I would definitely save it for your better condition items. To sell, ThredUp sends you a “clean out kit” where you can pack it with as much as possible. They only list about 40% of the items in each clean out kit and you can only redeem your money if those items sell. Additionally, those items only stay on the market for 60-90 days. These regulations are why it is so important that you give them high-quality items because it increases your chances of 1) getting listed, and 2) actually selling. For vintage or one-of-a-kind items, I would recommend Depop.

Campus Job

Although this job won’t help you over the summer, it is a side hustle that can stretch your summer income into the school year. Most universities have a huge amount of campus jobs available for students that can fit a variety of schedules. Personally, I began working for our food provider’s marketing office and sat at a table taking surveys for a few hours every day. I got to set my own hours and the job itself was extremely easy. Although I only worked for a week before I got sent home, I am crossing my fingers that we can return to campus this fall and I can resume.

These are all side hustles that I have tried personally and find successful, but I know there are more out there beyond these four. For example, Etsy shops are great side hustles for the artistic or creative. Similarly, Redbubble allows anyone to upload their art and create stickers, bags, pillows, blankets, etc. and receive commission on each sale. To take full advantage of these side hustles, I will probably combine at least two of them to help my cash flow this summer. Hopefully you found this post helpful and got you thinking about how you will make some money this summer even if you can’t find a job 🙂

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