Alternative ways to make money

Student with money and shoulder bag. school financial aid, school payments, education and money concept background.
Student with money and shoulder bag. school financial aid, school payments, education and money concept background.

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



The fact is, now that you're in college, you’re receiving knowledge and experience related to your field of study that regular Joes don’t normally have. It’s this knowledge and experience that people will pay money for. Are you good at fixing computers? Event Planning? Taking pictures? Writing? Creating designs in Adobe? If you’re good at something, then guess what—your services might be worth money! Put the word out and you may be surprised to find some interested potential clients.



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 hundred dollars every month—a great way to make some money. Muncie’s BioLife facility is located off McGalliard Road behind Best Buy. 



These jobs usually aren’t too difficult, aside from the major responsibility. Chances are they aren’t going to be full-time, so you’ll still be able to have free time in your schedule. But wouldn’t it be nice to get paid to hang out with a dog or to look after someone’s kids? According to, the average rate for babysitters is $16.25 an hour. Might as well give it a try, right? Sign up for Sittercity or Rover for opportunities to watch and care for animals in the Muncie area.  



Social media provides people like you and me a platform to show off our talent and passions. Do you like makeup and fashion? Make a channel on TikTok or YouTube and become a ‘beauty guru’ and post your fashion designs. Cooking? Show Gordon Ramsey how a REAL chef makes a good bowl of ramen noodles. Enjoy gaming? Well…we’ll get to that in a minute. You have the opportunity to turn your skills into fun and/or informative entertainment that will be seen by hundreds, even thousands of people. More importantly, you might make money from this through sponsorships.



No, I’m actually serious about this. People love watching other people play video games. Ever heard of Felix Kjellberg? You probably have, except for you probably know him as ‘PewDiePie’ on YouTube. If you're a true gamer with skills and personality, you may come to find that a fan base of people will donate money to you for the entertainment. Get big enough and you may even receive a sponsorship from a company. Now, you’re not going to become some new PewDiePie overnight, and this isn’t a full-time job. But if you game, you might as well try to make money from it. If you don’t have the proper equipment, check out the new BSU e-sports facility



Why let your old junk collect dust when you could be using it to collect cash? By using the Daily Classifieds, you can reach Ball State students and Muncie community members alike who are interested in purchasing your items. People sell loads of things on here whether it’s video games, books or even pets. You can sell it on The Daily Classifieds. To access this: go to the, go to the Navigation Bar and click ‘The Daily Classifieds,’ make a free account using your personal or Ball State email address.



Every now and then you might find people in the Arts and Journalism building selling homemade pottery and crafts. This is because getting crafty can be fun and profitable. Go to Pinterest and find something that interests you. Chances are, you can get the craft supplies for cheap 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 or Instagram and see if friends and family want to buy as well.



Do you enjoy cruising around town and listening to music? Doordash might just be the next way to make money! Signing up is easy, all you have to do is go to the Doordash website and select where you are, email address, ID verification, and Social Security number. Afterwards you are given a Dasher Activation kit and from there on you have the ability to make your own schedule, choose what orders you want to accept, and start earning some extra cash!


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