Easy (and Interesting) Ways to Earn Money This Summer | 07.24.12

Posted in College Life, Scholarships, Twitter By Student Loan Network Staff

With the summer winding down, many of you are starting to wonder if you put aside enough money for college.  You had a great summer, but you only worked 10 hours a week, and you know that you will want to spend a lot of money in college.  Fear not, there is still hope!  With a month left until you leave for college, there are still plenty of opportunities to earn money without missing out on the rest of summer.

Be an Extra in a Movie

Lights, camera, action!  If you’re looking for your 15 seconds of fame, you can make it happen…and get paid for it!  Movie sets are in constant need of people to serve as extras in their movies, so look online and sign up with a casting company.  Signing up is free, and you’ll be notified of opportunities such as these that are close to home.  Plus, if you have any unique skills, you may be eligible to be paid extra.

Join Focus Groups

Imagine getting paid $50 to talk about Facebook and Twitter for 2 hours.  Would you believe me if I said that you could?  Focus groups are constantly in need of teenagers to discuss their views on school, social media, and hobbies to figure out how to make their product more appealing to our age group.  A quick Google search will reveal focus groups close to you.  Sign up, and you will be notified of upcoming opportunities that you qualify for.  Just show up, have fun, and cash that check.

Apply for Scholarships

Ok, so it’s not exactly earning money, but still, getting thousands of dollars to pay for school…just to write about yourself…I’ll take it!  With more than $14 billion available in scholarships, why not spend some time this summer on them?  Sit down and write some essays about your proudest accomplishment, or someone that you look up to.  On average, students will win 1 out of every 10 scholarships that they apply for, which may seem frustrating, but when that 1 scholarship is for $500 or $1,000; it seems a lot more worthwhile.

Complete Surveys

Picture a focus group without going through the hassle of driving for an hour.  With online surveys, you can, once again, get paid for giving your opinion on things that interest you, AND, you don’t need to leave your house to do so.  While the payout is generally small, spending 5-10 minutes on surveys each day can add up over time, and earn you serious money and gift cards.

Sell Textbooks

Do you remember those textbooks that have been sitting in the back of your closet for the past two years?  Why not free up some space and make some money in the process.  Create an account with online companies such as Amazon or Chegg and post your old textbooks on there.  Even if you resell that $50 textbook for $20, you’re still making money off of something that was collecting dust.

Put Tech Skills to Good Use

For those with an Xbox 360, the thought of the 3 blinking red lights brings the chills.  If your video game console, such as a Play Station 3 or Xbox 360, breaks, you may have to pay up to $100 and wait 1-2 weeks to get it back in the mail from the repair team – a price that many gamers are not willing to pay.  If you’re knowledgeable about electronics – or just have some free time – teach yourself how to fix video game consoles, and charge $20 or $30 to fix them for friends and classmates.  A simple YouTube search reveals countless videos on how to repair such consoles.

That’s all for now, so go and make some easy money before you leave for college!

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4 Responses to “Easy (and Interesting) Ways to Earn Money This Summer”

  1. Kevin says on November 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm:

    When i was at school and during the weekends and at half term i used to go around my little town with my lawn mower and cut peoples grass this was ok in the summer months so in the winter i used to go around car washing

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  2. Mads says on August 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm:

    How much money can you make when you fill out surveys? i.e. how much do I earn per survey?

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    • Student Loan Guru says on August 16, 2012 at 8:17 am:

      That depends on whichever company you use. Some offer $.50 to $2.00 per survey, others use a point system where you can redeem points for prizes or gift cards.

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  3. Joe Smith says on August 3, 2012 at 4:30 am:

    You could also throw car washing into the mix. There’s a lot to be said for cash in hand jobs when money is tight. How about doing a bit of online copyrighting by registering on one of the various freelance marketplaces? Being financially hard up as a student can be extremely stressful, but if you’re creative during the summer months, it’ll pay when you go back to college :-)

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