The 10 Best Online Jobs for College Students

I’m not a US citizen nor am I resident and;

I never went to college either.

One thing I do know though (from what I hear) is that college is expensive AF!

This is why today, I have prepared for you a list of the 10 best online jobs for college students to try and help you make a bit of extra cash online, to help with your student-expenses.

The online jobs outlined below are in various industries such as:

  • Tech jobs
  • Writing jobs
  • Tutoring jobs and
  • Digital marketing jobs

As a separate – bonus – idea:

I also want to share with you how I’ve been making money online for the past 6 years, and I decided to keep it separate from this list as it’s more of an “online business” than it is an “online job”.

If you’re curious about it, make sure you read to the very bottom but first;

Let’s first take a look at what I think are some of the best jobs for college students to make money with.

best online jobs for college students

Tech Jobs

1. Gamer

Can you really make money playing video games?  

Absolutely!

Pro Gamers and E-Sports Players can earn or win millions of dollars a year with an average salary of around $60,000 a year.

Here are a number of ways you can make money as a Gamer. Check these out: 

  • Gaming Tournaments (Call of Duty, OpTic Gaming)
  • Farming Characters (Runescape, CounterStrike)
  • Game Reviewer on YouTube – Ads
  • Twitch Streamer Donations, Ads, Sponsorships and Giveaways (Fortnite, Chess) 
  • Beta Tester
  • Game Designer
  • Animator
  • Audio Engineer
  • Scriptwriter
  • Interpreters or Translators

2. Coder

If you aren’t coding yet, a great place to start is at Free Code Camp where you can learn to code.

Coders make an average of $65,000 a year.

There are many ways to earn as a coder in your spare time.

  • Coding Competitions – check out CodeChef
  • Google Summer of Code – make $5000 coding during Summer Break
  • Develop Scripts for Sale
  • Internship
  • Try freelancing on Rent-acoder, Fiverr, Upwork, PeoplePerHour or toptal
  • Create an app, tool or plugin
  • YouTuber – create tutorials solving programming problems

3. Search Engine Evaluator

Search engine evaluators work for companies like Google, Bing, Yahoo, YouTube or Facebook reviewing search query results to determine whether they are accurate or relevant.  

Expect to earn around $12 to $15 an hour.  Most positions are part-time, for 10 to 20 hours a week.  

Average annual income is currently around $36,000. 

Best places to find Search Engine Evaluator jobs:

  • Karmahub
  • Leapforce
  • Lionforce
  • Appen
  • iSoftStone
  • Zerochaos
  • Amazon Mechanical Turk

4. Software, Website or App Tester

This is not as technical as it sounds.  You are simply trying out new applications to see how user-friendly they are, saying what you like and dislike.  

Most companies will ask you to download their online screen recorder so that they can record you while you’re speaking through your reactions to each page, button or function.  

Pay is anything from $10 to $100 per test depending on how long it takes.  Tests can take anything from 15 minutes to an hour.

  • Testerwork
  • UserTesting
  • UserZoom
  • IntelliZoom
  • BetaFamily
  • Userlytics
  • Testing Time
  • User Conversion
  • Ping Pong

Writing / Typing Jobs

5. Captioner

As a captioner, you get paid to watch videos and then type captions for them, often these are for the hearing impaired.

If you turn captioning into a career, high-level Captioners can earn over $100,000 a year.

But, as with most online work, you’ll usually start out with short tasks for low pay and work your way up as you gain experience and speed.    

Rev says average earnings on their site are around $240 a month citing $1570 a month as the top monthly earning.

Websites that pay you to caption.

  • Vitac
  • Rev
  • ASC Services
  • Indeed
  • Flexjobs

Companies recruiting experienced and real-time Captioners.

  • Aberdeen
  • Caption Max
  • Caption Media Group
  • Captioning Star

6. Transcriptionist

Transcription work is very similar to captioning, except that you are transcribing audio, not video content. 

Your success and income rely on speed and accuracy.

The trickiest part of transcription work is deciphering accents. If speakers are unclear it can take a lot longer than expected to transcribe each audio minute. It takes practice.

Transcriptionists earn around $15 to $30 an hour but it’s a lot less than that when you’re starting out.

As a guideline, Rev pays $0.40 – $0.75 per audio minute (which could take you 5 to 15 minutes to transcribe).

Websites for Transcription Jobs:

  • Rev
  • Speechpad
  • Scribie
  • TranscribeMe
  • Go Transcript
  • Athreon
  • Tigerfish
  • Ubiquis
  • CastingWords
  • QuickTate

7. Freelance Writer or Editor

If you enjoy writing, your spelling and grammar are accurate and you have an eye for detail, you could start out with some part-time writing as a ghostwriter, content writer, editor or proofreader.

You can market your services on freelance platforms like Fiverr or Upwork.

Freelance writers earn an average of $30 per hour or $62,000 a year.

Here are some websites that will pay you around $200 to $250 for a 1000-word article.

  • Two Plus Two
  • Longreads
  • Cracked (for humorous pieces)
  • Digital Ocean ( for tech tutorials)
  • Sitepoint (for pieces on programming)
  • The Travel Writer’s Life
  • International Living
  • Great Escape Publishing 
  • Knitty (Knitting)
  • iWorkWell (human resources)
  • Eureka Street (environment)

Tutoring Jobs

8. Online Tutor

If you’re the brightest student in the lecture hall and patient with those who aren’t, you might consider tutoring as a side hustle. Teaching others what you know is also a great way to cement what you’ve learned.

Online Tutors can earn anything from $12 to $30 an hour. The average salary for an online tutor is $24,000 a year. 

Websites for Tutoring Work:

  • Tutor.com
  • Wyzant
  • Pearson – Smarthinking
  • Chegg
  • Skooli
  • eTutorWorld
  • TutorMe
  • Brainfuse
  • TutorHub

9. Online English Tutor

If you’re fluent in English and like working with children, becoming an Online English Tutor might be for you. 

Most lessons are held by video-chat, using software similar to Skype (some companies have their own software).

Companies either train you or expect you to have a Diploma from TEFL/ESL/TESOL before they hire you. 

Pay ranges from $14 to $40 an hour.  The average annual salary for a tutor is $46,000 but most earn less than that because they are only doing it part-time. 

Websites for English Tutoring Work:

  • VIPKid
  • iTutorGroup (TutorABC)
  • DaDa
  • QKids
  • Panda ABC
  • GogoKid
  • 51Talk
  • English Hunt

Digital Marketing Jobs

9. Social Media Manager

Do you spend hours a day on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest?  Why not do it for cash?

Companies will pay you to handle their social media accounts for them. 

The average salary of a Social Media Manager ranges from $35,000 to $57,000 a year or $16 per hour.

To get started, you’ll need to bump up your efficiency on social media.  Check out these handy tools:

  • Canva to create social media images using templates
  • Hootsuite, Sprout Social or Buffer to Schedule Posts
  • Hubspot, Sendible, Social Pilot or MavSocial are designed for Social Media Managers
  • CoSchedule is a marketing calendar
  • Post Planner to target and schedule on Facebook
  • Crowdfire or Followerwonk for Twitter
  • Tailwind for Pinterest
  • Later for Instagram
  • Canva to create social media images using templates
  • Meet Edgar to recycle old posts
  • Feedly for Content Curation
  • BuzzSumo, Inky Bee or Onalytica to find top bloggers or influencers in any niche
  • Quill Engage sends highlights and insights from Google Analytics

10. Dropshipper

Dropshipping is a risk-free way to get into e-commerce.  

You choose products to sell and get them at wholesale and sell them at retail but here’s the clincher.  You don’t have to buy the products upfront or keep any inventory. 

All you have to do is display and describe the products you’ve chosen in your online store.

When a customer buys the product they pay the dropshipping company and you earn the difference between their price and yours. Simple.

There’s no limit to what you can earn as a Dropshipper. It depends on the niche you choose and how many stores you have. Seasoned drop shippers report incomes of $10,000 to $45,000 a month. 

Here are top dropshipping companies to work with:

  • AliExpress
  • Doba
  • SaleHoo
  • Worldwide Brands
  • Wholesale Central
  • Wholesale 2B
  • MegaGoods
  • InventorySource
  • Dropshipper.com
  • Sunrise Wholesale

BONUS: How I Make An Income Online (With My Own Business)

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I have to admit something here;

I’m not really a fan of “online jobs”.

If I had wanted to have a job, I would’ve stayed working full-time at a digital marketing agency where I had time off, steady pay and can make a decent living.

I’d much rather prefer having my own online business, since;

  • I can make “as much money as I want”,
  • I can become my own boss
  • I can choose how many hours I work.

& I’m assuming, you do too.

Starting an online business is NOT for everyone.

It’s hard to do it, it takes time, patience and you can forget about making money quickly. However;

If you can survive the learning curve, it will be the best decision of your life.

I make money with affiliate marketing, and today I find myself making a full-time income online simply by creating simple websites, getting people on those websites and then making money.

I won’t go through explaining everything about affiliate marketing right now as this is not what this post is about – but;

If you need to make some money quickly, do not start a business instead;

Use some of the “online job ideas” listed above and start with that.

Once you’re making some money with that job, consider putting some away to starting your online business.

It only costs like $100 a year to run and maintain an affiliate website like mine so it won’t require too much to get started.

Final Words (+ Alternative Ways To Make Money Online)

Thank you very much for tuning in.

I hope this post has helped you realize there are many ways a college student can make money online and I hope you’ve found the answers you were looking for in this post.

As a parting gift;

I will also leave you some of my other posts which show you how to make money online:

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