Top 5 Ways To Make Money As A Student

If you are a college/university student and cannot go to school due to COVID-19, you probably feel bored every day, right? What if I offer “Top 5 Ways To Make Money As A Student” and let you do something online for an extra allowance? You might start to see hopes now!

I miss my time in university because I had so much free time back then, but I only spent time on doing nothing. If I got a chance to go back again, I would definitely start to make money online without leaving my dorm. The following are the top 5 ways to make money as a student.

What’s inside this article?


Yes, blogging. It sounds cliche, I know.

But, blogging is so far one of the most convenient & lucrative ways to make money online. There are so many options to make a nice and professional-looking website for free, and it might take you less than ONE minute to build your first website.

You can share everything you have passion about and keep creating quality content regularly with good SEO. Once you start to have traffic, you could make money by putting advertisements via Google AdSense. Or, other websites & applications may also want to put their ads in your articles.

I’ve seen many successful bloggers who generated a stable passive income stream by blogging, and I believe every student could do it.

Sell Your Old Stuff

Try to imagine the last time you moved from college back home or to other cities. You found out that you brought lots of stuff you don’t need for your college life, right? We all have the same problem, that’s alright.

You could make a list and start to clean your room to know what excess stuff you could sell either on eBay or your local market on weekends. Here are some platforms you could sell your old stuff:

  • eBay
  • Reddit
  • Facebook/Instagram
  • Craigslist
  • Shopify
  • Carousell

Selling your old stuff may not bring you lots of fortune, but this helps you understand things you actually need for living instead of things you want. Keep practicing; this will lead you to a happier mind. (One stone two birds!)

Teaching Online or Offline

Some of my classmates used to teach Math for high school students, and this brings some bucks to support their expenses. Another friend of mine still teaches swimming in private schools since she was ever a national qualifier in the past. Those are traditional offline teaching.

We are now in 2020, and there must be an alternative to go online for this need.

Yes, the internet! (Cliche again!)

But, you may think you don’t have any professional skills to teach people, right? This is not 100% true!

The concept is relative, meaning you now could prepare an online course for people who have ZERO knowledge if you are good at something. For example, you are good at graphic design, you may create an online course to teach Photoshop/Illustrator/other applications. If you are good at investment, you might get lots of students waiting in a long queue and want to subscribe to your online course ahead of others.

Here are some legitimate online platforms that you could leverage:

  1. Udemy
  2. Teachable
  3. Podia
  4. Thinkific
Top 5 Ways To Make Money As A Student - the platforms that you could teach online

Freelancing/Remote Part-time Job

There are so many work opportunities that don’t require a certificate of degree/diploma, and you are able to apply for all of them. For example, copywriting and design depends more on your pro folio more than your certifications. If you are good, you won’t get rejected for part-time job vacancies. Or, you are good at coding, that’s another trendy skill that people could self-learn online, and you probably could make a fortune by that.

Taking me as an instance, depending on one full-time salary is dangerous to me, so I learned Photoshop online many years ago. When I left my previous job, my ex-employers offered me a part-time that I could do remotely in my spare time. So, I make extra money with my skills.

Sometimes, I don’t think I am that perfect and know all Photoshop tips, but I still know more than my ex-boss. This also proves that the concept of being professional is relative, and what you need to do is to provide your skills to those who know less than you.

Here are the famous platforms where you could pursue a freelancing/remote part-time job:


Affiliate Marketing

The last is my favorite, and I am doing this to generate a passive income!

Remember the time you are watching a YouTube video and you have interests in the products that YouTubers introduce, so you click the link in the description that leads you to another website? If you purchase the products, the link owner could earn a commission. This is affiliate marketing!

You can do this via blogging/website, YouTube video, or social media, and everyone could do it.

You don’t need to really own the products you like to share with your potential audience, which avoids a stockpiling issue like many MLM associates have. You are not restricted to sell only the products of one company, instead, you can sell many types of products you like on your websites, which gives you more flexibility and freedom.

The question is how to drive traffic to your website/YouTube channels/social media account?

The first thing to do is to implement excellent SEO in your article, and you must leverage the power of keywords for organic traffic. For paid traffic, you could use Google ads, Facebook/Instagram ads, or Pinterest ads to maximize your impressions.

PS. Please master the free options first and get one or two of your articles on page 01 of Google, then consider going for the paid traffic.

  • For more details about affiliate marketing, you can check HERE.
  • For the platform that I currently use, you can check HERE.


Student life is the best period of one’s life, and you must learn the correct mindset and be independent during these years. I hope you find this article useful and helpful to guide you on the right track. Try to do one or two of the aforementioned options before sleep tonight, and it might give you more ideas to generate money online.

If you have other opinions, you are more than welcome to leave a comment below. I will try to reply as soon as I can, cheers.


Matt is a 30ish guy who has a corporate job and chases the dream to become a digital nomad with a laptop lifestyle. He is passionate about making money online and will keep creating quality content to find his online success.

6 thoughts on “Top 5 Ways To Make Money As A Student”

    • Thanks, John, I hope this article helps you with making money online. 🙂

      Don’t hesitate to let me know if you need any help.


  1. Hi, Matt,

    I don’t know why we are so eager to grow up as quickly as possible when we are kids/teenagers, and why time is running so quickly as we get older?

    Looking back on those times when I was a student, I wish I knew about these methods to make money online.

    Thank you for this article, I am sure there are a lot of young people (and not only) who will benefit from this information.

    Best Wishes,

    • Hi Natalie,

      Yes, kids are growing up faster and you cannot catch the time flowing from our fingers. haha…:-)

      I didn’t know I can have a life with a laptop by doing affiliate marketing when I was studying in my university, so this is my intent to provide the younger generation a better option to pursue.


  2. Hi Matt,

    This is a great post not just for students, but for anyone who has found themselves stranded at home during this isolation period.

    I’m glad you stayed away from those mindless ‘make money online’ jobs such as ‘Data entry’, and ‘Surveys’ – those take a lot of time for little return, but the ones you have suggested all lead to either a development of new skills or helping others to develop skills – much more valuable..!



    • Hi Martin,

      Thanks for the feedback. Yes, I do think people can start to make money online by creating a digital course, and this is the future of education for all of us. I believe you must have some skills that you can share with people, so don’t hesitate to make it when you are staying at home.



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