9 Ways to Get RICH While in College

Are you tired of working a minimum wage college job? You’re studying to become a brilliant professional – why should you be working for a few dollars an hour?

My friends, you don’t have to. Although making a lot of money in college isn’t easy – it is DEFINITELY possible. If you have a positive attitude, some creativity, and the willingness to work hard, you may discover that you can earn as much in college as most people do working fulltime!

Although I am sure that there are many more ways to get rich while at university, this list should help you get started. Oh, and once you get rich, I would love for you to take me on a thank-you cruise.

1. Buy Real Estate – For Less Than You Think

Before you brush me off as a complete idiot for thinking that a college kid can afford to purchase real estate, let me tell you something – I did! My brother and I purchased a foreclosed house in a slightly-questionable neighborhood for $10,000. We then lived in it for a year while investing much of our own time and an additional $10,000 to fix it up.

It was one of the smartest moves we could have made! The cost of rent for one year would have been close to $10,000. Instead, we spent that rent on a house that we are now renting out for $700 a month. Furthermore, we can probably sell the place now for over $40,000! That’s not a bad return on one year of living in slight discomfort.

Of course, this option isn’t for everyone. However, a quick Zillow search will show you where the cheapest houses are in your area. If you team up with a few friends (and create legal documents) you may find yourself with a real estate empire before you have a degree.

A second way to invest in real estate, which won’t make you quite as rich but takes a lot less work, is to sign up for Fundrise — a site that allows anyone to invest as little as $1,000 and earn a steady 8-10% annual return. I have invested with these guys for just over a year and love them! I would recommend that you review their latest returns to determine if investing with Fundrise is right for you.

2. Start a Blog

Everyone talks about blogging. Although you won’t get rich off of a few casual blog posts, if you are able to upload one post a day for a year, you may start earning a healthy return. I make between $250-$2,500 a month from this site and you can check out my blog earnings for one month here.

I would say that the most important aspect of building a blog is grow an audience that you can capitalize on later. If you ever decide to start a business, you already have a powerful way to inform a significant number of people who know and trust your work. Furthermore, if you show a potential employer that you’ve written 100 blog posts on a topic related to your career, it can provide a tremendous advantage during your job hunt.

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If you don’t know if you want to commit to a regular blog, start by writing on HubPages. I have written nearly 100 articles and received almost 150,000 views on HubPages. Furthermore, it as provided me with multiple writing opportunities that I would not have had otherwise (opportunities that earn me $50+ an hour). Read this article that I wrote about HubPages to decide if it is right for you.

However, buckling down and starting a real blog will certainly pay off in the long run.

Related post: How to start a blog in 20 minutes

3. Manage Your Own Team of Outsourcers

If you believe that you already have a significant amount of management prowess, and would like to monetize that, why not become a boss while in college? Create a free account on Upwork Fiverr, or SEOClerk and hire people to do projects for you. You can post jobs and select the best candidates for your team.

Once you have a solid team of graphic designers, website developers, and social media experts, you can offer your website services to small businesses and freelancers in your area.

The key is to find something that you can have done efficiently, and charge people $10-$20/hr for the work. Then hire people on Upwork for $5-$10/hr. Many young entrepreneurs are making a lot of money managing social networks, writing content, and running advertising campaigns for small businesses. You can become one of them.

4. Sell Advertising Space

Everyone is desperate for attention – making advertising a big business. There are a variety of ways that people make money from selling advertising. You can create a website to sell it on, or sell the ads space on other people’s websites. Furthermore, you can hire people to hold signs, pass out flyers, and tweet about the message to their friends.

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Some college students have gotten creative and sold advertising on the side of people’s cars, on store floors, or even on a pointless website (milliondollarhomepage.com). If you can think up creative ways to catch people’s attention, you will certainly be able to monetize those ideas.

Get started by finding products that you can promote on sites like FlexOffers, ShareASale, AdmitAd, and Amazon. Then find creative ways to promote those products and watch the cash role in.

5. Create a YouTube Channel

A growing crowd of YouTubers are making videos as a full-time job. From make-up application videos, to cooking and fashion tips, if you create videos that people enjoy, you can earn big bucks from them.

Although Google is very vague about their earnings programs, I have heard that a YouTube video will earn between $2 and $5 per 1000 views. If 100 people watch your video, that isn’t much. However, if you reach 1,000,000 views, you’ve just earned $2000-$5000! Many YouTubers make more than this by promoting brands in their videos.

If you enjoy a particular topic, and believe that you can entertain others, making videos may be right for you.

6. Develop an App

The world is moving more and more to mobile apps. For a while, Candy Crush was making $10 million a day. Whether you have a concept for a revolutionary new networking app, or simply a fun little game, creating an app can provide you with a lot of money. There have even been high school kids who have sold their app companies for millions of dollars – why can’t you be next?

To develop an app takes some skills and time. However, if you spend 30 minutes a day learning how to program apps, I’m sure it will pay off in the long run. Or, if you have a great idea, you may be able to pull on other people to help create or pay for the app. Again, Upwork is a great place to hire people. Outsource your project there and it can cost you $3-10 an hour for development.

7. Invest Wisely

You don’t have to be 30 to start investing. Rachel Fox started blogging about investing as a 16 year old actress (made famous from the show, Desperate Housewives). If a television actor can invest at 16, there’s no reason you should be able to start investing right now.

And, as it turns out, there are many ways to invest like a millionaire before you’re rich. Sign up for MotifInvesting or TradeKing to start investing your own cash. Meanwhile, if you want your money to grow without requiring substantial work on your part, consider using a robo-advisor like Betterment.

Although investing is always risky, with a little education, you can be prepared to invest intelligently. Depending on the level of risk (and possibility of loss) that you are willing to take on, you can make a decent, or huge, return on your investment.

I have one friend who made $20,000 over a 3 month period by focusing on inexpensive stocks – almost doubling his initial investment. Of course, he has a degree in finance and watches the market closely. However, he isn’t doing anything that a college student wouldn’t be able to do.

8. Launch a Kickstarter or IndieGoGo Campaign

If you have a great idea for a business or a product, but don’t want to wait until your rich to get this business started, consider launching an IndieGoGo campaign. You can make anywhere from a few hundred to hundreds of thousands of dollars through a successful campaign. Whether you want to create a film, invent a product, or start a fashion label, Kickstarter is a great way to test the market and make money in the process.

9. Sell Online

I almost didn’t put this one on the list because it can take a lot of work for a minimal return. However, there are some people making a tremendous amount of money from buying and selling on Ebay, AliExpress, Amazon, Etsy, and other sites. If you have a creative idea or know how to find inexpensive products, consider starting an online store.

One method that’s becoming popular is to dropship – something you can start for free! Here’s how:

  • Find products on AliExpress to sell.
  • Sign up for a free trial of Shopify and create a store based around those products.
  • Sign up for a free trial of Oberlo (a Shopify plugin that allows you to easily import products from AliExpress).
  • Add your profit margin and promote your store.
  • When a purchase is made from your store simply contact the supplier to have them ship the order!

The beauty of this method above is that you can start for free. If the store takes off during the trial period, keep it going. If it doesn’t, then shut it down and try something else.

Because you only buy inventory once it’s already sold, you have absolutely zero start up costs!

So there you have it – 9 ways to make money in college. Now get out there and start making some serious money while in college.

Bonus: Enter sweepstakes and giveaways

There are hundreds of giveaways that you can enter and win anywhere from a few dollars to well over a million. These giveaways, along with college scholarships, can make any college experience more affordable (and enjoyable).

Interested in more ways to make money?

If you’re ready to make a few more bucks in your free time, don’t miss out on this list of 100+ websites that pay you to sign up and refer friends, along with this other list of over 100 websites you can use to make money in your spare time, and finally, these 21 fun side hustles. Between these three lists, you should be able to make anywhere from $100-5,000 over the weekend!

Are there any ideas that I missed? I would love for you to share your strategies for making a LOT of money while in college.


Rob is enthusiastic about everything related to money and investing. A financial analyst and instructor, he enjoys using what he’s learned from 10 years of studying business and money to help others achieve financial stability. He founded Money Nomad in 2014!

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  1. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing this awesome information but luck is also matters a lot to become rich, luck and thought two things. Without luck you will not get success and without thought you don’t have any value, so concentrate on though. It will improve your reputation as well as wealth.

    1. Very true, luck and quality can go hand in hand. Essentially, you can be the best that you can be, and give luck many opportunities to find you.

      1. True said. I think building our products and services help us to grow money then working under somebody. I owe many blogs and website and all my products helps to grow capital in more easy way. I think doing our own business gives us financial freedom. Thanks for sharing article.

        1. Very true Anand, building your own business is the best way to reach financial freedom. And it’s more possible than ever before! So good luck with your business ventures.

  2. Great article i went through this and seriously was feeling great by reading ,
    those tips are for income while in college and becoem a rich person is best thing .this is a great opportunity for all college students by doing part time work like those above information.

  3. Nice piece of advice! Those who are really serious to make through, can definitely follow your ideas – creating you tube channel and starting a blog are surely some easy ones..Keep up the good work

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Best of luck as you continue to explore ways to make extra money yourself.

  4. Nice informative post.
    I think starting a blog is a wonderful idea,
    as it requires least investment and you can manage it at your own pace.

    Even youtube is a good way, if you have some unique content with you.
    Atleast for those who wish to make their careers in digital world, these are good platforms
    to start with.

  5. Hi Rob, this was a fantastic article that your wrote. Very helpful. My question is about the house you and your brother bought. You said you invested another $10,000 to the house. How did you fix up the house? Did you do it yourself or pay people to do it? Also, you said the house was foreclosed when you bought it. Where you able to move-in right away or did it require some repairs before moving in?

    1. Hey Trey! Thanks for stopping by. And feel free to reach out if you have additional questions. We moved in right away, although a few of the windows were boarded up and we didn’t have central heat until mid November — which is certainly a cold time of year in Michigan (47 inside when we turned on the heat). Additionally, we remodeled the house ourselves while living in it — with a bit of assistance from an uncle who lived in the area. We also hired people on occasion for more skilled tasks — like putting in the windows.

      Additionally, the house was in what many people would call a sketchy neighborhood. However, we had both volunteered in the community and felt “relatively” comfortable living there (it ended up being completely fine). For about 2 months while slowing remodeling our bathroom we had to shower at the gym on campus. So it wasn’t the most lavish life.

      But there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last few years — if you are willing to work hard and rough it now, you will be far more comfortable in the future. It’s not easy to do, but I would say it’s worth it.

  6. I invested and sold my used textbooks on Amazon (2 things mentions on the list). Since I teach high schoolers, I recommend them to start a YouTube channel. I think that’s the future in regards to blogging vs. video.

    I do wish I would have started my blog in college. So much wasted time playing videogames, watching movies, etc.

  7. Thanks for the encouragement, how do you do all this when u have no money, I mean the students have money so how we start it up? I really would love to make money while am still at college but I have thought, and am finding it difficult to choose what business to start! Please friends help me out with some advice, thanks.

    1. Hi Lornah,

      As you can see from this list (and several others on this site) there are many ways to make extra money in college! The key is to pick something that you can commit some time to, and get started.

    1. Hi Neeraj, thanks for stopping by! And you’re right, making money from YouTube is definitely one great way to earn some extra income.

  8. Hi Rob, thanks for sharing such an awesome post. I really love it. But I was thinking of how to create the youtube channels. Is there any chalenges you may find your self in? Hmm like money requirements…………..and any other things…….

    1. Technically you can start a YouTube channel with just a smartphone with a camera. However, higher quality video/lights/editing will probably make your channel grow a bit faster. But you don’t even need to be in the videos to make money, you could always just use screen capture or evening slide shows to create more informational/tutorial content. It will still take plenty of work to build up an audience, but it’s doable!

      1. Alright Rob, I have well got you but facing the difficulties that i’m a low living standard person though I’m in college.
        Now can you please help me out with advice on how i can start and progress?

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