Getting a side job during college is one of the best ways to get extra money. The cost of tuition is on the rise, with students paying an average of $19,548 in education, room, and board each year, according to Discover. And there are other costs like having a car and buying books. Even if you’re not in deep student debt, working a side job to make money will make life easier.

Ideally, you’d work in something relating to your degree. If you’re majoring in Chemical Engineering, you could work in the lab helping other students. If you’re getting a degree in Kinesiology, you might try working at a gym.

However, it’s not always possible to get something closely related to your major. The important thing is that you have the cash flow to make the road ahead easier. Here is a list of five lucrative jobs that you can do during college:

1. Social Media Manager

How would you like to make social media posts and get paid for it? Being a social media manager might be a job you haven’t thought of, but it makes total sense if you like to hang out online on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Companies across the globe need social media marketing in a big way. It’s a must-have, but not every company is willing to hire an in-house employee to sit in an office and write posts. They hire freelancers to write posts, manage Facebook groups, and build followers.

Pay is $20-$30 per hour, and will probably require at least 10 hours per week. The best thing about this work is that it is ongoing and you can do it from your laptop before or after study time.

2. Bartender or Server

If you’re over 21, you can work as a bartender. You can make an average of $16.71 per night serving drinks, according to Payscale. Making drinks for people builds fantastic experience in customer service and solving needs. You’ll have to think on your feet, and it is tough work, but you can make significant money on nights and weekends.

If you haven’t reached the legal age, try making your tips by serving tables. Bringing food to people is another excellent resume-builder because employers love to see that you’ve worked in customer service. Waiting tables is hard work, but you’ll love having the quick cash that tips provide.

3. Tutor

Being an on-campus or online tutor is a fantastic way to practice your skills while earning cash on the side. Campuses will pay as much as $15-20 per hour for tutoring subjects like Algebra or English.

Working as a tutor online may give a lower hourly wage than in-person tutoring, but you’d also have the freedom of working from your laptop. Two of the best online tutor sites are Skooli and

A third option is to make and post flyers offering private tutoring to college and high school students. Many students have trouble keeping up in certain subjects in which you might excel. Math, engineering, English as a second language, and foreign languages are all subjects that people frequently need help learning.

4. Sell Clothing on eBay and Other Online Sites

This job is bound to be a favorite for anyone who loves shopping and fashion. It’s not a job where you’re clocking in anywhere, but your results are based on your performance, just like any business.

Selling on online retailers like Amazon and eBay is one of the most lucrative online side hustles you could have if you’re knowledgeable about high-end fashion brands.

Do research on which brands sell well online. Then go to your local thrift stores and upper-end second-hand shops like Plato’s Closet.

You’ll need to take pictures and write some creative product descriptions, but your items can pay off. Your total expenses will include the cost of the product, shipping fee, eBay fee, and usually a PayPal fee. You can score a nice profit if you calculate your sale price and profit correctly.

Don’t like fashion? Try buying and selling textbooks or graphing calculators instead.

5. Brand Ambassador

Brand ambassador is an exciting job that will pay you a good wage to represent a brand on or off campus. Companies are in constant need of temporary labor to be on site to promote their products, create awareness, or to hand out freebies.

The jobs are usually easy, but will usually require you to drive to a location unless it’s on campus. Most of these jobs require little or no experience and the hours are typically evenings and weekends.

The best sites to find brand ambassador jobs is Indeed or Snagajob.


Finding a lucrative side job during college is one of the smartest things you can do to minimize debt and make your college experience more comfortable. Are you looking for a job to do during college? What side jobs have you worked?