Alternative ways to make money

<p>Making some money can be as easy as donating plasma or selling old clothes. <strong>Unsplash, Photo Courtesy</strong></p>

Making some money can be as easy as donating plasma or selling old clothes. Unsplash, Photo Courtesy

On and off-campus jobs aren’t the only ways to make some extra cash while in college. There are plenty of options for those who want more money, but not a full-time job.

Donate to BioLife

Donating your plasma to BioLife could save someone’s life and you get paid for your donation. BioLife donors spend a little more than an hour about twice a week donating plasma. Frequent plasma donations to BioLife can earn donors a couple of hundred dollars every month. Additionally, if you previously had COVID-19, your plasma antibodies may be able to help others recover.

Sell old clothes

Purging your closet can help you stay better organized and rid your closet of the pieces you don’t care about and may never wear again. Plus, you can sell those clothes online, at a garage sale or to places like Plato’s Closet. The money you make can go to summer pieces or anything else you may want to buy.

House, pet or babysit

These jobs usually aren’t too difficult, except for the major responsibility. Chances are, they aren’t going to be full-time, so you’ll still be able to do what you want. But wouldn’t it be nice to get paid to hang out with a dog or two? Or to play with kids? According to, babysitters in the U.S. made an average of $16.20 an hour in 2020.

Freelance something you're good at 

Are you good at fixing computers? Organizing things? Editing papers and reports? Put the word out there. Who knows? Someone may need a job done and may pay you to do it for them. Consider telling your friends what you want out of freelance work or make a poster to put up on a hallway bulletin board to generate requests.

Make and sell crafts

Getting crafty can be fun and profitable. Go to Pinterest and find something that interests you. You can probably buy the craft supplies for a good deal and make a profit off whatever you make. Etsy and local craft fairs are great places to sell your work, but don’t be afraid to post a picture on Facebook and see if friends or family want to buy as well.


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