18 Best Online Jobs for Students to Earn Money at Home


Online Jobs for Students

I loved going to college but no one talks about all the downtime you have when you’re not in class.

For people like I who want to work, you’ve hit a gold mine, because I’m going to show you the best part-time online jobs for college students to earn money.

I wish I had this list when I was in college.

Thanks to the advancements in technology there are many online jobs for students to earn money that can be done in the comfort of your own dorm, apartment, or wherever you live and on your own schedule!

Holding a part-time job in college is great for many reasons. It will keep money in your pocket, help offset the high costs of school, and help keep you on the straight and narrow (hopefully).

I write a lot about stay at home mom jobs and ways you can make money from home and many of those same online jobs will work for students as well.

Everything I post works, hence the name “Tried and True”.

This list is primarily for college students, but there are many online jobs for high school students that will work as well.

If you have a car and want to make some extra money delivering food or groceries, check out my article on the only delivery driving companies I recommend.

Also, be sure to consider becoming a Notary Loan Signing Agent. This will require driving to different locations, but it is a great way to earn extra money.

You can see how John Flick earns $5k-$7K per month only working 3-4 days a week and how you can too in my How to become a loan signing agent article.

Related: Online Jobs from Home Without Investment

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The Top Free Online Jobs for Students without Investment

Freelancing Remote Jobs for Students

1. Social Media Manager

Are you on Social Media? You’d be amazed at how many small businesses in your area do not utilize this for their business.

They would love to have a young student who is active on Social Media to post on their behalf.

How much can you earn? You could make anywhere from $1,000-$10,000 per month depending on how many clients you have.

There are many Social Media schedulers out there that you can use so you’ll only need to work a couple of hours and can sit back and collect your check (while focusing on schoolwork of course).

How to get started: See how Annelise Pickett manages social media accounts here and how you can too.

This is one of the best online jobs from home for students.

2. Virtual Assistant

I worked as an assistant for the Journalism department in college, but I could’ve easily done what I did from the comfort of my own dorm.

A virtual assistant is anyone that offers services virtually as a contractor or self-employed individual to clients.

Services can include email management, content creation, bookkeeping, graphic design, social media, and more!

How much can I make? You can earn $25-$100 an hour as a Virtual Assistant.

How do I get started? I interviewed Gina Horkey who is a six-figure Virtual Assistant and she shares exactly how you can get started as a Virtual Assistant. You can check out my interview with Gina here.

3. Proofreader

Do you find yourself easily catching errors when reading? Do you cringe when you see grammar mistakes? If that’s you, you would make a great proofreader.

Proofreaders are NEEDED! I know, because I use one myself.

How much can I earn? Caitlin Pyle made $43,000 a year proofreading part-time in COLLEGE! You’ll have to check out her interview in my article on How to Become a Proofreader.

How to get started: If you want to learn the skills needed to start your own freelance proofreading hustle or see if this is the right career for you, check out this FREE introductory workshop.

4. Graphic Designer

Do you have an eye for design and experience in Adobe Creative Suite/Adobe Creative Cloud – including InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop? If you do, there is a profitable market out there for you.

If you don’t, all you need is a desire to learn. You can check out this highly recommended course Learn Photoshop, Web Design & Profitable Freelancing to teach you the ins and outs. (VERY AFFORDABLE)

I know, not another class but this may allow you to make money sooner before you graduate.

How much can I make? You can charge $25-$300 per hour, depending on your experience.

How do I get started: Promote your services to your social network and create a website showcasing your services and work. The more people see your work the more they will be reminded of you when a project/need comes up.

Related: How to Make Money Fast as A Kid

5. Web Designer

I recommend starting a website now even if it’s just for fun because this is an excellent way to make A LOT of money and age does not matter. You just need to know what to do.

You could be a front-end developer like I, which basically means I buy a theme like this website template (this is the template of the website we’re on right now) and I customize it to my liking. I’m COMPLETELY self-taught aka I Google everything.

When it comes to building a website people think it’s really hard and they would rather pay someone else to do it than do it themselves, and that’s where you would come in.

I volunteered to do my church website because I wanted the experience. I knew nothing about starting a website or the complicated backend stuff, which is okay because all premium themes come with backend developer support so you won’t need to learn that (I still don’t know it) AND you get to ask them for help on the front-end stuff.

Doing my church website was a huge learning curve but so valuable, I learned A LOT. After learning how to create my church website and also the website we’re on right now, I became really good at it.

I charged $800 for doing a friend’s website, and now any other site I do will be $1,000 or more. I could do a website in a day or two if I know what the client wants on the site.

I wrote a step-by-step guide on how to start a WordPress website that can help you get started.

Related: 15 Best Paying Jobs for Teens

6. Start a Blog

Blogging is a GREAT online job for students to make money because a lot of it is passive income. I make money from ads that come up when people are reading my posts.

I can assure you, I did not write this article today and yet it’s making me money.

When you get a nice amount of people reading your articles it brings in a nice income. Here’s a screenshot of my earnings from one day.

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