6 unusual ways to make money in college: Part 2

6 unusual ways to make money in college: Part 2
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    Most of us have been there: you are in your freshman year, money pumped by your parents is cut short, and you seem to struggle with your finances.

    And it will be the same for sophomore year, junior year, and so on, unless you do something about it.

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Continuing from Part 1 on Wednesday

4. Rent your dorm room for meetings…and other needs

It is most likely that a student does not live at his childhood home during his college years. Many live in some form of student housing or just plain out rent an apartment somewhere. In any case, there will be times when you and your roommate will not be at home and will not be using the dorm room. So why not make it available for somebody who has need for it? Like a project group who wants a more fun environment than the library. Or just two people who want a quick hookup. Preferably, your “customers” should be acquaintances you trust, in order to minimize the risk of theft and damage.

5. Organize a baby-sitter network

Some students think about ways to earn some cash and they choose to babysit. Why not be a little more creative and think more “business”? For this, you should be familiar with at least several people who would do regular babysitting. Next, search out families with young children in the neighborhood, and let them know you could easily provide them a babysitter when needed. It is a win-win scenario: the babysitters will be aware of any job available, the families will be able to find a babysitter whenever needed and on a shorter notice, and you will get your just share of the pie as the middleman. However, it is no walk in a park, as you will have to micromanage something resembling a small company. But at least you could add that to your CV.

6. Collect the campus junk and recycle it

This one is pretty straightforward and simple. If you don’t feel like a hobo when carrying large amounts of empty plastic bottles, then you could start clearing the campus of the trash other people rudely left behind. Also, if you are attending something related to environmental studies, you will probably score bonus points with the teachers. You could get 10 cents per recycled bottle; that may not sound like much, but small increments add up quickly. Not all states have bottle bills yet (LINK http://www.bottlebill.org/legislation/usa.htm), but almost any kind of trash could be recycled for profit.

BONUS: Sell your sperm

OK, this is a little discriminatory because it works only for our male readers, however donating your sperm could be somewhat lucrative. And think that infertile couples may now have children thanks to you! The payment varies, but the median earning per donation is around $40. The downside is that there is a minimum of 5 days that need to pass between donations. You won’t be able to make a living out of it, but in time you could buy some sweet tech gear.

These are just some of the ways to earn cash in college, that not everybody is doing. Of course, only the sky is the limits, and students can get very creative when they need an extra buck. Our only recommendation is to always keep it legal! Do share this list if you know a struggling student; who knows, it might just be a life changer for him or her. And if you know some other unusual ways of making money in college, feel free to comment below.

 
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