Being your own entrepreneur is extremely rewarding, and it can be extremely lucrative for college students and recent graduates. These next money making ideas are bucketed in this category because your earnings are only limited by your own internal drive.
1. Start A Blog Or Website
If you really want to make money online, you need to start a blog or website. This is your home-base for everything that you do online, and it, by itself, can turn into a hugely profitable venture.
2. Become A Notary Public And Loan Signing Agent
This is one of my favorite "most unheard of" ways to make money - especially for college students. Being a Loan Signing Agent is a great way to earn money in college because you can make per hour working for yourself on your own schedule. Students can be signing agents and earn extra cash when they want. The best part is you need nothing more than a notary commission (which can often be attained by simply filling out an application)!
You can automatically get loan signing jobs by simply putting your name in a database and they’ll call you when there’s a pre-set appointment in your area. Once you get a loan signing job, you just need to know how to walk a homeowner through a set of loan paperwork.
3. Freelance Write For Blogs And Businesses
Freelancing writing is one of the easiest ways to start making money, especially if you're a fast writer.
Beyond writing for blogs, many business are looking for writers to help with many different types of writing – from general how to content, to technical writing, to putting together brochures.
4. Become A Virtual Assistant
Another great way to earn money online is to become a virtual assistant. A lot of people and businesses are looking to outsource “assistant-type” work, such as responding to emails, handling basic writing and organization, research tasks, and more. If you are looking to do this type of work online, consider becoming a virtual assistant and you could earn several hundred dollars or more per month.
5. Sell Gigs On Fiverr
Fiverr is a site that allows you to see your gigs for $5 (and you'll net $4). It might not seem like a way to earn a lot of money, but you can.
6. Do Microgigs On Amazon Mechanical Turk
Another popular site to earn money doing gigs is Amazon's Mechanical Turk. You get paid a very small amount per gig (sometimes as low as $0.05) but you can do these tasks very quickly. For example, you could be asked to identify a picture or type certain text. When I was in college, I used to do these gigs in class and earn money while taking notes.
7. Do Online Design Work
If you're an artist and have a knack for graphic design, you could do online design work for websites and businesses. This could be everything from making small graphics for advertisements to full site redesigns. To get started, check out a site like 99Designs, where you can enter design competitions and if you're selected as the winner, you get paid.
8. Become A YouTube Video Blogger
If you have a gift for video, becoming a YouTube blogger is a great way to earn extra cash. You get paid based on the advertisements displayed on your videos – so the more people that watch your videos, the more you get paid. It's estimated that video bloggers on YouTube get roughly $7.60 per each 1,000 views of their videos.
9. Design And Sell T-Shirts
Another way to get paid for your art is to design T-Shirts and sell them online. The great thing about this is that T-Shirts are more than just pictures – funny sayings and phrases work very well too.
10. Do Transcription Work
If you are a fast typist and want to get paid for listening and typing, transcription work is great. Many different industries are looking for people to transcribe audio into text. For example, podcasters like to have their episodes transcribed into text to post online.
11. Create An App
If you have some programming talents, you can create an iPhone or Android app and sell it in the App Store. Many people have found success with creating both games and regular apps. The trick is to find an unmet need and harness it.
12. Become A Calligrapher
Do you know how to do calligraphy? You could sell your handwriting on sites for a great price. Many people are searching for individuals to write in calligraphy, especially for invitations and stationary for special occasions.
13. Launch An Online Course
Are you a good teacher? Do you have an area of expertise that you teach or help others in already? You could create an online course around that topic and sell it. Sites like Udemy allow anyone to create an online course and then sell it through their platform. There are courses for everything, so don't worry if you think that your topic is too obscure.
14. Become A Translator
Do you speak another language? If so, you could be come a translator. There is translation work that is needed across a variety of platforms – from people speaking to written translation work. Sites like LiveTranslation.com allow anyone to sign up and become a translator.
15. Become A Virtual Call Center
Call centers are vital to a lot of businesses. What if you could become a call center operator at home? You can, and sites like LiveOps allow anyone to join and become an on-demand call center agent. There are some steps you have to take, but it can be a great side income stream if you get started.