3 Online Jobs for College Students that Actually Pay

If you’re a college student struggling to make ends meet, you may be looking for a way to fund your education and leisure time. Here are 3 legitimate opportunities for college students to make extra money between classes.

Online surveys

Market research companies will pay people to tell them what they think about products, services, or just about anything. The key to making money with surveys is to join numerous market research companies because you will only get surveys that fit your demographic group and there is no way that you can get enough surveys from a single company that match you.

Some good survey sites to get started with are:

Bigspot.com
Mindfield Online
Onlinesurveysformoneyspot.com

Web design/programmer

Website design and web programming is a field that lends itself very well to the online environment. If you have the skills, there’s a huge demand for them on the Internet. Like the other positions, this is usually handled freelance. You can find web design and programming jobs in a similar way to finding writing jobs.

Freelance web design and programming jobs can be found here:

ODesk.com
Freelancer.com
Elance.com
BidHire.com

Transcription

Transcription is another area that you can find work online. While most transcription jobs require experience, some transcription companies don’t require any at all. However, you will need to buy your own transcription equipment which includes a wave pedal and a headset.

No experience is required with these companies:

Speak-Write.com
Quicktate.com
Callgraph.biz
Accutran Global
Tigerfish

Tutoring

One of the mainstays of work that students typically engage in is tutoring other students. Usually your college will have a few tutoring positions available each semester. It’s great because your college is certainly willing to let you work around your classes but the number of positions is very limited. Therefore, if you’ve missed the posting for the job, you’re out of luck.

Today, there are companies that hire students to conduct tutoring sessions online. You may be tutoring other college students or kids still in high school and you’ll need to go through a hiring process involving a test in your chosen subjects as well as background checks. If you’re hired, you can work from your home and set your own hours, like most online jobs.

Some websites offering online tutoring jobs are:

Tutor.com
Smarthinking.com
TutorNation.com

Although the work-at-home-online landscape has changed substantially in the last ten or so years, there are still some cautions you should take to avoid the scams that are still out there. First, never pay anyone to hire you. That’s not the way it works offline and there is no reason to expect that’s the way it should work online. Second, don’t fall for the hyped up income claims. It may be cliché to say it, but “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

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