14 of the Best Online Jobs for College Students You May Have Never Considered

12 of the best ways to earn money as a student online

Online Jobs for Students

Are you a student looking for an online job? Good News, I have uncovered a complete list of online jobs for students that you may have never considered.

Thanks to the advancements in technology there are many online jobs for students 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. First, 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.

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Here are the Top Free Online Jobs for Students without Investment

1. Sign up for Research Studies – Up to $400 per study

This is a great online job for students, you can make quick easy money by participating in research studies. Below are the best-paid companies to sign up for

  • Respondent – $50-$400
  • User Interviews – $50-$100 per hour
  • Vindale Research – $10-$50 per day if you apply to multiple (you’ll have more opportunities for this one) participants are on a first-come, first served basis so be quick to apply if you see a good one.

2. Sell on Amazon (FBA program)

If you like shopping and searching for a good deal, you should definitely consider Amazon’s FBA program.

You find good deals on products at brick and mortar stores or wherever and resell them on Amazon for a higher price.

I recommend taking this FREE 7 Day Email Course on how to start selling on Amazon from Jessica who earns $5,000/mo. working only 10 hours a week.

My sister took her course and earns over $2,000 per month on the side while working a full-time job.

I interviewed Jessica in my article How to Sell on Amazon and it’s a great read to see how the FBA program works.

It’s one of the best small business ideas!

3. Blogging

12 of the best jobs for college students

Blogging is one of my favorite forms of passive income. I make money just for people reading my articles from ads, so if you’re reading this article, thank you :-).

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 the other day.

How I Make Money Blogging Consistently

I made $400 in one day just from ads, and I also make a lot of money in Affiliate sales. You can see how I make money blogging.

You DO NOT need to be an excellent writer to become a blogger.

I’m definitely not and I have my lovely mom review my articles before I post just to have a second pair of eyes.

I spent a lot of time working on my blog the first year with a full-time job, busy toddler and husband.  So if I can do it, you definitely can.

Now I work VERY part time on my blog (Currently 15 months in) and I’m making more money than when I was at my corporate job (I was able to leave my job!).

If you want to start a blog, I’ve detailed all the steps in my How to Start a WordPress Blog article from scratch! I also mention the most popular niches that make the most money and get the most traffic.

4. Get Paid to Write

Not interested in starting a blog but like to write? You should consider becoming a Freelance Writer.

You can make a lot of money as a writer, I know because I interviewed Holly Johnson who makes OVER $200,000 a year as a Freelance Writer. 

Holly Johnson found the secret sauce when it comes to writing and charging the right rate for your work.

She created a free introductory training on how to build a six-figure writing career.

I highly recommend taking her course if you want to work from home writing and follow her path to success. I also have a number of ways to get writing gigs at the end of this article.

5. Flip Items from Flea Markets and Thrift Shops

Rob from the Flea Market Flipper is the MASTER flipper. He made over $130,000 flipping items from Flea Markets and thrift stores PART-TIME mostly on eBay.

And, you don’t need to have a lot of money to start either. Rob recommends his students to start with a budget of $20-$50 to find items. Based on that, they should be able to make $100-$300 (mostly reselling on eBay) and then take some of the profit and do it again.

How do I get started? Rob created a free workshop to turn your passion for visiting thrift stores, yard sales, & flea markets into a profitable reselling business – in as little as 14 days. You can click here to sign up.

6. Create an Online Store with Drop Shipping

Drop shipping is a method where you can sell third-party products from a Drop Shipping Company without ever seeing or shipping the item. When you make a sale, the product is shipped directly to the customer from the drop shipper.

Your profit is the difference between what you charge your customers and what the drop shipping company charges you.

Here is a great infographic to show how it works:

Theo McArthur has great success with drop shipping and created a course that teaches you how to launch your first profitable Dropship Website in 14 Days or less and grow your Income to $10,000 per month in profits.

7. Get Paid from Online Surveys (Earn $50-$100 Or More A Month)

12 Ways to earn money from home in college

Share your opinion on your phone or computer to help brands deliver better products and services and get paid in the form of gift cards or cash. These are very common online jobs from home. 

I only recommend signing up for Survey Junkie,  Swagbucks, and PrizeRebel. The more survey sites you sign up for, the more you’ll make!

Tip: Open a separate email account solely for surveys. You’ll start to get inundated with emails and it will be more manageable in a different account.

8. Transcribe

Type what you hear (recordings), that’s what a transcriber does. If you can type fast, this may be an ideal job for you. Consider a side hustle in Transcription with this Free Mini-Course.

You can make $7-$21 per hour with the companies hiring here or more if you build your own business.

9. Online Tutor

I know the last thing you may want to do is think about more school work, but when you can get paid for it…why not?  These are great online jobs for students to earn money. You can make up to $60 per hour by tutoring online.

Check out the best online tutoring companies hiring now

10. Become A 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.

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.

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.

11. Virtual Assistant

12 of the best work from home jobs for college students

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 everything from email management, content creation, bookkeeping, graphic design, social media and more! 

There are tons of services you can offer as a VA – check out this list of over 150 to learn more.

Virtual Assistants can make $25-$100 per hour. You can become your own boss if you take this awesome course, How to Become a Virtual Assistant in less than 30 days or check out these companies hiring here.

12. 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 post on their behalf.

You could make anywhere from $1,000-$10,000 a month depending on how many clients you have. 

There are many Social Media schedulers you can use to schedule your posts so you can focus more on school work and sit back and collect your check.

You will want to be available and responsive to any comments or questions that come in. See how Annelise Pickett does it here and check out this highly recommended course on How to Become a Freelance Social Media Manager 

13. Get Paid to Test Apps and Websites

You already take tests all the time, why not get paid for some? This is a great online job for students because companies need feedback on the user experience of their websites and they’ll pay you to get it. This is one of the easiest ways and quickest to make money online.

Here are two companies to work with that will give you $10 per test and they take around 15-20 minutes. You can make up to $60 with User Testing.

14. Search Engine Evaluator

12 of the best part time jobs for studen

Want to get paid to help Google clean up their mess? Consider becoming a Search Engine Evaluator.

You’ll rate social media ads and search engines results for relevancy. That’s it! You work completely on your own schedule starting from $12.50 – $14 per hour with a maximum of 20 hours a week.

You can see the only two companies I recommend here.

Bonus Tips!

Start Investing (In Change!) – FREE for College Students!

Acorns is a neat way to start micro-investing. It rounds up your purchases to the nearest dollar and invests the difference on your behalf.

You can link as many credit or debit cards as you like and put your “change” to work for you in a low-cost ETF. The service costs $1 a month BUT for College students it’s FREE!

Acorns monitor your bank account and automatically invests the change from your daily purchases. For example, if you buy a coffee for $1.75, Acorns will round up to $2.00 and automatically invest $.25 in “smart portfolios”.

I can’t wait to see how much I’ve earned with this; I’ll definitely report back.

Bonus: Sign up with my link and get $5 to invest and plant an oak tree to help the world around us grow.


If you shop online, you are doing yourself a disservice if you are not using Ebates

Your online shopping experience will be the same except you just log-in through Ebates first to earn cash back rewards.

I really rack my points up in December around Christmas time because I do a lot of shopping online.

$43 isn’t a whole lot of money, but it’s certainly better than nothing for something I was already going to purchase.

Check it out here and earn $10 if you spend at least $25.

Have you ever heard of Honey? You’ll no longer need to search for coupon codes and sales again! Click on the Honey button during checkout and Honey will automatically apply coupon codes to your shopping cart. If you are a Amazon shopper this is GOLD!

Great way to save money and find deals without doing the work yourself. It’s FREE, and you can check it out here.

Get FREE Food, Car Repairs, etc. as A Secret Shopper

I recently had a GREAT experience as a secret shopper at a restaurant with my family where I had to rate the food, staff, and cleanliness of the restaurant in secret.

They actually required that I order coffee, two entrees, and Pie! I’m like, okay :-).

I did the survey on my phone while I was there so I wouldn’t forget anything.

I took a picture of my receipt, and they reimbursed me! A full brunch for my family and I for FREE!

They have plenty of opportunities for oil changes and car repairs which is AMAZING!

I’ll do this any day of the week. You can sign up here and see what opportunities are available in your area. 

I’d love it if you used my referral id as the person who recommended you, it’s IN35543. Thanks in advance 🙂

Student Loans

Yikes. Loans, most of us have to get them, but we should be smart about how we use them.

Refinancing can save you money by lowering your interest rates. I had to do this.

Credible makes it easy for you to fill out one application and receive rates from the best student loan refinancing lenders in the industry.

It’s worth it just to see what the offers are; I definitely recommend checking them out here.

Final Thoughts

I hope this list has given you some insight on how to make money online as most of these are online jobs for college students with no experience. 

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