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7 Easy Online Jobs that College Students Can Do at Home

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Linsay ThomasGuest Blogger
August 28, 2016 · 3.9k Views

Source: lifehack.org

Working from home is becoming more and more popular, as parents find ways to stay home with children and bring in income at the same time. But online work isn’t available solely to moms and dads. College students can take advantage of online work as well. Most college students have computers and Internet access anyway, so they’re well-suited for work-from-home opportunities.

With classes, after-school activities and studying, it can be hard for college students to find part-time jobs that fit their schedule. However, many do need jobs to pay for necessities, even if their parents are paying for tuition. With online work, they can work whenever their schedule allows, making it convenient and less stressful.

College students typically don’t have a lot of work experience, however, so exactly what types of jobs can they do to make money from their computer? Read on to find online jobs for college students with little to no experience.

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  1. Freelance writer

    Source: lifestylebody.com
    Freelance writing is probably the most popular job people do from home. Writing can be done from anywhere, and it can pay fairly well, which is why many people are interested in this opportunity. There are many companies and individuals who are looking for people to write about a variety of topics, ranging from law to pets to technology to entertainment to healthcare. If you have specific knowledge about a topic or are excellent at conducting Internet research, then you can make a decent amount of money in this industry. If you enjoy editing the work of others, that’s something to consider as well. There are many opportunities available. While some jobs require a college degree, some companies are more flexible and are willing to hire college students who have good writing skills. You can find writing jobs at Freelance Writing Gigs and Blogger Jobs.
  2. Online tutor

    Source: skooli.com
    If you enjoy helping others and are highly knowledgeable about a specific subject (math, English, etc.), then you can help others who may be struggling academically by becoming an online tutor. As a tutor, you may have to use tools such as Skype to communicate with students and help them with class work and preparing for upcoming tests. The good news is that you don’t have to find your own clients. You can apply to be a tutor for a company. However, some have strict requirements. You may have to pass a series of tests or have a minimum amount of education, such as a college degree. If you’re interested in this type of job, try sites such as Tutor. or Homework Tutoring.
  3. Social media manager

    Source: localwise.com
    Social media is the wave of the future and most companies are capitalizing on this trend. Many companies are looking for individuals to help out with Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. They need people who enjoy interacting with others, can write entertaining posts and know how to market products and services. If you have a lot of friends and followers, all the better. Getting into this specific field may be a bit difficult, but it’s doable. You might need to connect directly with various companies – specifically brands you love. You might be able to find gigs on Craigslist as well. Many companies have social media departments now, and do post ads looking for people to fill these types of positions.
  4. Transcriptionist

    Source: thebalance.com
    The job is fairly straightforward. You listen to audio and write down what you hear. However, it can be repetitive, and even frustrating if the person talking is mumbling or has an accent and you can’t understand what he or she is saying. But the work is flexible, pays fairly well and typically requires no experience. For an hour of work, you might net $15-$25. You can find work by signing up at TranscribeMe or by perusing the ads in your local Craigslist.
  5. PowerPoint designer

    Source: rwvirtual.com
    Many companies use PowerPoint to create a variety of presentations for employees and customers. Many company CEOs, however, don’t always have the time to create them. That’s where you come in. If you’re computer savvy and know the ins and outs of PowerPoint, you can do this in your spare time, although you will have to meet deadlines. You can look for these opportunities on Craigslist or create a freelancer account on a site like Upwork.
  6. Data entry

    Source: wisegeek.com
    Data entry can often be done from home. This field encompasses a variety of tasks. You may be copying and pasting data, performing research, editing documents or logging information into a spreadsheet. In many cases, it’s repetitive and simple, but a decent way to make some extra cash. If you’re interested, try looking for jobs at Amazon Mechanical Turk or your local Craigslist.
  7. Survey taker

    Source: surveybee.net
    Doing surveys is fun and can help you make a little extra cash. However, the money isn’t consistent. There are not always surveys available, and some pay more than others. While taking surveys won’t help you pay the rent, it’s a fun and easy way to earn some extra gas money or cash for a night out. Plus, no experience is needed. There are many market research companies out there that pay people like you to take surveys. Try Pinecone Research, Toluna, and Vindale Research.


Anyone can work at home - even those without a ton of experience. There are jobs available for people of all skill levels and education. If you have a computer with a reliable Internet connection, basic Office skills, an email address and PayPal account, you can work from home and make decent money while attending college. You can use your money to pay for tuition, housing or maybe just a night out on the town.


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Linsay Thomas is a seasoned writer and editor who has written thousands of articles about topics such as saving money, healthcare, law, pets and education. She hails from California, where she lives with her husband, two children and a menagerie of pets. When she's not writing, she enjoys sports, breeding chocolate Labs and visiting the beach.

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