Volunteer for experiments conducted by your college’s psychology department. You’ll be paid by the hour or earn a flat fee for each experiment. It’s a good way to earn extra cash without a long-term time commitment.
Donate plasma to your local blood bank and make $15 to $30 a pop. You must be in good health and drug-free. This isn’t a good way to make steady income but it can help get you out of a temporary cash bind.
Returning recyclable bottles and cans may seem like a pain in the neck, but the deposit fees can add up. It goes without saying that you should turn in your own recyclables, but you can also offer to dispose of your dormmates’ empties and collect the empties after parties in exchange for the bottle deposits. Stash the cash away for an emergency or for an occasional splurge on something you otherwise wouldn’t justify spending money on.
Buy small antiques or collectibles and auction them on eBay. Leave the more expensive items for someone else to buy and sell, unless you’re knowledgeable about their worth. You don’t want to be stuck paying more for something than you can get for it.
If you have access to a kitchen and you like to cook, make baked goods and sell them to neighbors or at a local farmers’ market or online. Homemade breads, cookies, cupcakes, cakes, pies, and other treats
are nearly always bestsellers at these events.
If you’re Web savvy and capable of setting up a website that can attract significant traffic, you can make money with affiliate programs.
Sign up with sites like Amazon, Ebay, All Posters, or businesses related to your website topic. You will earn a commission every time someone makes a purchase after clicking on an affiliate’s link on your site.