Three Ways to Avoid Being Broke During the College Years

This is a guest post by Samantha Rodgers.

Someday, you’ll look back on the lean years of your higher education and laugh. But for now, eating noodles for the fifth time in a week and staying in your dorm room when friends are going out are not laughing matters. At best, it’s a challenge to bring in sufficient income when you’re overloaded with school work to do. But you needn’t have to sacrifice a well-balanced diet and occasional fun with friends just to survive your college years.

Fortunately, there are ways you can earn some income without having to commit to a full- or part-time job. These moneymaking options will allow you to keep the emphasis on your studies without having empty pockets. Try one or all of these three options to meet your financial obligations and have a little something over for fun.

1. Tutor in Your Area of Expertise. You’re not likely to be an expert in every subject you take. In fact, there’s probably at least one that you find difficult. Likewise, there are plenty of other students who struggle with the subjects that come easy to you. Whether you find these students on your college campus or at the local high school, tutoring can become an excellent income stream. With tutoring, you create your own schedule based on your availability. You can take on as few or as many tutoring students as you’re able to. Make sure you choose an area in which you’re really knowledgeable so your time and expertise is worth the money.

2. Participate in Trials for Medicine or Treatments. Paid clinical trials are an excellent way to earn occasional income and help others simultaneously. There are trials being conducted at hospitals and university medical centers everywhere, making it easy for you to find trials in your area. After qualifying for a trial you’re interested in, you’ll participate during times you’re available to help doctors and other medical professionals learn more about a particular medical condition, medicine or treatment. These trials are perfectly safe, and you’ll receive compensation for your time.

3. Do Odd Jobs in the Area. Many college towns are surrounded by residential homes. The families and senior citizens living nearby can provide you with income possibilities by advertising your services for lawn care, child or pet care, and other odd jobs. Make inexpensive flyers and go door-to-door with them to advertise your services.

While these options won’t provide a steady income stream, they can help you earn enough money to subsist without feeling so economically challenged. Take advantage of these options whenever your savings is getting low or as often as possible, depending on your needs. Tutoring can increase your income on a regular basis if you build up a small client base, while participating in trials and doing odd jobs around town will help you with occasional income.

With the help of these three options, you won’t have to live on noodles all the time anymore.

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