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10 Ways to Make Extra Money While in School


When you are in college, you’re busy with school projects, homework and studying, and possibly already have a part-time or full-time job. Here are 10 ideas to make some extra money if you need it, especially around the holidays.

1. Ask your parents if they need help: Your parents may be on overload during the holidays and may need an assistant to run errands or may need extra help around the house.

2. Babysit: You can ask around at your church or youth group if they need assistance, or maybe a neighbor needs a babysitter.

3. Have a garage/yard sale: When you’re on summer and winter breaks, you can see if your mom or another family member wants to clear out anything that is old or that you have outgrown. Then have a yard sale and make some extra cash for when you are in school.

4. Bake sale: Find out if you can do a bake sale or come up with creative ways to use your gifting. Sell some holiday goodies to some friends in your dorm or put them in cute packages as gifts for your relatives or friends.

5. Sell jewelry or makeup: Get involved with selling jewelry, Mary Kay cosmetics or nail decals. Jamberry has nail stickers that are very popular now. Click here to find out how to get involved.

6. Consignment shop: Look up consignment clothing stores in your area and look in your closet for new or barely used clothing or name-brand items such as purses, coats, shoes or wallets that you can sell. You will get a percentage and so will the consignment store. Find out when you can bring items in, and usually there is a maximum of clothing you can bring in for them to accept (to sell) or to reject.

7. Have a hot chocolate stand: Find out if your apartment or neighborhood allows you to do hot chocolate stands. This is a fun way to make extra money and also is a way you can get into the holiday spirit. You can even combine Christmas caroling with this!

8. Nails and hair day: Ask your parents, friends or family members if they need their nails done or their back massaged. Sounds silly, but you would be surprised. My aunt always loves getting pampered. So why not make your own home salon and spa, and charge a lower amount compared to a spa as an incentive? This is another great idea for those looking for inexpensive or creative gifts!

9. Make candles: Now you may need to be careful making these, but a project like this one could be very fun and lucrative. My friend actually makes candles as well as deodorants (which just got into Whole Foods—amazing, I know). It can be therapeutic to be creative and to have different fragrant candles or lotions you personally make. You can also invest in a sticker maker to create your own personal label and ask friends from your Bible study if they would like to support you. Maybe charge $5 per item, depending on your initial costs, and then if sales do well, charge more or keep it as you like. (This idea is of course for those who are of college age, and are able to do this type of project. Note: A fun way to learn would be to look up DIY videos online, too! Go to my friend’s site and support her products here.)


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10. Cooking or housekeeping: Make meals for people or offer to do some light housework for extra cash. Have an elderly woman at your church or neighbor who looks like she could use some help or an assistant? Pray about it, and offer to help her as a blessing, but I am sure someone would like to hire you part-time if you’re faithful, trustworthy and diligent.


PI Girls, I hope this inspires you to be creative with making extra money, especially during the holiday season! God bless you!

Write down any other ideas you may have in the comments below!

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  1. PolkaDot

    Posted by PolkaDot on January 9, 2016 at 07:09

    You can also look around in your town for local shops. They are more likely to hire a teen with after school hours.

  2. Olivia_Chen

    Posted by Olivia_Chen on January 5, 2016 at 16:44

    In order to have a garage/yard sale you might need a permit that costs around several hundred dollars, so the profit margin would be very slim unless there is a lot of things to get rid of.

  3. kittenlover13

    Posted by kittenlover13 on January 4, 2016 at 11:24

    The candle making sparked my interest. Although, that might be just because I like playing with fire, and candles use fire.
    Also, some of these aren’t really available for me. I’m still in highschool and I don’t have a real job yet. I do babysit a lot, though. Do you think you can make up a list of way to earn more money for highschool and middle school girls?