Pursuing a higher education is expensive. Very expensive. And while many students choose to take out hefty loans and are fortunate to win scholarships and grants to pay their tuition, sometimes it just not enough to cover all of the costs. But if getting a part-time job is out of the question, there are some simple ways students can earn some fast cash by simply using the internet. To learn how, continue reading below.
By far one of the easiest ways to earn some extra income is to participate in online surveys. These online surveys are distributed by marketing firms that use your personal opinions and reviews on certain products when formulating a marketing platform. Thus it’s usually best to be honest with your answers.
All you need to do is simply register with an online survey company (for free) and provide your email address. The company will then contact you and will send you a variety of surveys for you to choose from. Some can be rather long and you typically you need to fill out quite a few to get a good pay check, but in the end it’s worth it. Do note that not all survey companies offer cash, others offer prizes and gift cards.
With that said, here are a few trusted online survey companies:
- Valued Opinions : $2 – $50 per survey
- Panda Research: $3 – $75 per survey
- Vindale Surveys: $5 – $75 per survey
- Cash Crate: $1 – $30 per survey
Register for Affiliate Programs
If you are similar to the thousands of other college students who love to blog, a great way to earn some cash from your website is to register with affiliate programs like the one offered through Amazon. These programs are designed to give webmasters compensation (sometimes as much as 15 percent in referrals) every time a customer/reader purchases a product that the webmaster links to the parent company— in this case Amazon.
It’s important though that before you try to pursue this option that your website has a good traffic flow and that you have a loyal audience—if they don’t trust you it is highly unlikely that they will purchase products that you vouch for. In order to make the marketing ploy of these products sound natural, make sure that the products you promote are relevant to your blog and that you try to formulate a way that doesn’t sound like the products are being forced on your readers. A good way to disguise this is to create “best-seller lists” like the “Top 10 Best Gadgets”, or do reviews on products.
Make Money Tweeting
You can also make some money by simply doing what you do everyday – updating your Twitter. Again, this option really only works if you have an exceptional amount of loyal followers, but you have several different options of making easy money with your Twitter. If you have more of a “topic-based” Twitter account than a personal one, then direct advertisement might be a plausible option for you.
This is how it works: you contact companies that sell a product or service that is related to your topic. If the company feels as though you would be able to effectively promote their business due to the type of tweets you send and your following base, then they may just agree to pay you whenever you tweet about something the company sells.
Another option is to work for RevTwt. This company pays you whenever a follower clicks on a link you send via tweet. But be warned that your profile must first be approved – the company wants to make sure that you have a following base that will click on the links.
Sell Stuff on Online
Lastly, students can always sell junk they don’t want using popular websites like eBay and Craigslists. This can be anything from clothes, jewelry, personal hand-crafts and artwork and even textbooks. You’ll get way more money using these sites than trying to resale your items to consignment shops and book stores and it’s not as time consuming as hosting yard sales.
Alvina Lopez is a freelance writer and blog junkie, who blogs about accredited online degrees. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: alvina.lopez @gmail.com.