An expert on making money online who has used a lot of ways of earning money online like freelance writing, naming contests, and blogging.
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When I was in college, I wanted to earn money online, and it finally worked when I got my first client on Upwork. It was easier to make money online back then, but it is not impossible right now.
You can make a decent income online without affecting your studies. You just need to pick the right method and work hard. I know that it sounds cliche, but this is how it is done.
I can't work hard in your place, but I can help you pick the right job. So here are some easy online jobs for students.
1. Do Freelance Writing
Freelance writing is one of the best ways to earn money online for students because you can do it part-time, and it pays really well.
I used to do freelance writing when I was still studying in college, and it helped me manage my expenses and buy anything that I wanted.
Even after I have stopped freelance writing for more than a year, I have some money left from freelance writing. I wasn't even a serious freelance writer because I only worked with one or two clients at a time. If you are serious, you can earn a lot more.
I am not going to go into details about the freelancing websites that I recommend because I have already written about them in another article.
2. Name Companies on Squadhelp
Squadhelp is one of the websites that I have tried, and it worked well for me. You will find a lot of naming contests on this website, and you can get as much as $300 by winning one of the contests.
This is a good side hustle that is perfect for those students who are creative. However, this is not something that you should try if you aren't creative or enjoy trying to come with names for various brands.
You can do it for a lot longer if you treat like a game where you have to come up with unique names. I didn't have a lot of success in naming companies, as I have only won tagline contests on the website. Tagline contests are lower in number, so you may have to wait for some time to find the right contest for you.
I definitely recommend joining the website and trying it in your free time to see if it works out for you. Just don't waste a lot of time in trying to come up with the names like me.
A good alternative to Squadhelp is Naming Force, but it is not as popular as Squadhelp.
3. Start a Niche Website
Starting a niche website is cheaper than you think, and you can expand as your website grows. If you are consistent and post content in a niche that is small, you can rank and start earning in the long-term. Blogging is all about patience, so I don't recommend it if you want immediate results.
I have already written a comprehensive guide about starting your blog, and you can follow it to have your blog up and running in the next 15 minutes. Even if your blog doesn't do well, you will get to learn a lot.
I recommend doing blogging with freelance writing because this combination works really well. You can showcase your writing skills on your blog to impress your clients and earn a regular income through freelance writing while your blog gains some traction.
4. Start a YouTube Channel
This is something that you can do if you don't need immediate earnings because it will take some time to get returns from your YouTube channel. I can't recommend what should be the idea behind your YouTube channel because it depends on what you are interested in.
There must be something that you have always wanted to explore or something that you are good at like singing or gaming.
It is important to upload at regular intervals so that you can increase your subscribers and benefit from the YouTube algorithm. YouTube has become very competitive now, so you need to ensure that the quality of your videos is very high. It would be a good idea to get a decent camera and other equipment if you can afford it.
5. Write an eBook
If you are great at writing ebooks or you can find great freelance writers to write for you, you can earn a full-time income through ebooks. The idea is to find profitable keywords and write non-fiction books based on those keywords. There are some great courses that can help you with that.
You can try writing fiction, but it is riskier and requires high creativity. It also takes a lot of time to write an impressive fiction book while you can write non-fiction pretty quickly by researching about the topic.
There are people who are making thousands of dollar per month by only publishing ebooks online. I am not claiming that you are going to make this much, but it can happen if you write a few books on your own and then hire freelance writers to write for you after you start earning money.
If you decide to hire a freelance writer, you have to ensure that you look for a freelance writer that is actually interested in the topic of your ebook. You can ask a few questions to get to know him better and only shortlist candidates that have some expertise in the topic of your ebook.
6. Sell Photos Online
Modern phones come equipped with amazing cameras, so you can use them to click impressive photos and earn some money. If you are confused about where to get started, you can read my article about the best places to sell photos online.
It is not as time consuming as most of the ways to earn money online. You can do this easily if you travel a lot and like to take pictures. It would only take you a few minutes to upload those pictures on the site that you prefer.
I don't think that this will work for everyone, but it is worth trying if you love taking photos and feel confident about how your photos look. Maybe, your friends complimenting your photography skills actually means something.
7. Find Gigs on Fiverr
Fiverr is one of the most amazing places to find work online because it grants you the freedom to do whatever you want. You can create gigs on Fiverr that describe the service that you are offering, and it could be anything like a video intro, poem writing, helping with homework, teaching, etc.
This is a unique opportunity that you shouldn't miss. The issue with the platform is that you need to do something creative to stand out, and it is hard to get orders if you don't offer something that hundreds of other people aren't offering already.
If you can somehow create a gig that gets you the first few orders, you can attract clients to your other gigs as well.
8. Work as a Virtual Assistant
I wish I could sum up the tasks that a virtual assistant has to perform, but it all depends on the client that you work with. A virtual assistant is like an assistant but a virtual one. So if your boss is a lawyer, then you will have to do something like keep track of the various cases he has to fight and the various appointments he has.
A professional virtual assistant should have a lot of experience and be able to handle a lot of different tasks.
I recommend working with different types of online businesses to ensure that you get to learn a lot. You don't want to limit yourself to just helping the client with data entry or managing his inbox. If you are able to get experience and exposure in various aspects of a business, you can charge a lot more.
9. Teach English
Did you know that you can earn a handsome amount by teaching English online? You can easily earn more than $15 per hour just by teaching English. This could be the easiest $15 per hour that you earn by working online. Don't worry, you won't have to teach Shakespeare as you will be teaching other students and kids.
The downside is that you need a bachelor degree to work on most websites that allow you to teach English online. You can join companies like Cambly and SkimaTalk to teach English without any degree, but the pay will be a little lower. So, you should go for websites like VIPKID or Skooli if you have a bachelor degree. Note that some websites want a bachelor degree in English or a related subject while others don't.
Most of these jobs are only available for people who live in English speaking countries like Canada and USA. So if you don't belong to a English speaking country, it will be very difficult for you to find work in this field.
10. Work as a Search Engine Evaluator
Search Engine Evaluator jobs are rewarding and require you to have some skills so that you can do them properly. You will have to read the guidelines and clear the exam to get selected. I recommend paying a lot of attention to the guidelines and take as much time as needed.
In case you are wondering, you have to rate the search results based on the guidelines as a Search Engine Evaluator. In most cases, they will want you to work for at least 10 hours in a week. I don't think that you will have difficulty in finding the time to work without affecting your studies.
Overall, search engine evaluator jobs are great for students, but you need to diligently.
I haven't included online jobs that pay low or get boring after a while like doing surveys or data entry. Even though I have covered these jobs in my other articles, I wanted this article to make you aware about only the best online jobs for a student. You can surely find something that will work for you in this article.
You can work on these jobs part-time, so your studies won't suffer. They can help you pay for college and make the most out of your time. Remember that learning a new skill in the modern world is very important and shows how talented you are to your future recruiters.
I hope you enjoyed reading about easy online jobs for students. If you have anything to say, you can use the comments section below.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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