This is an article by writer, and former seminary student, Mark Stevens.
College students are notorious for being poor. That's usually because . . . well, because college students usually are poor. I recently looked around to find how college and seminary students are making money. Here are three innovative ways to make a little extra money (and fourth not-so-innovative way):
Fiverr is a crowdsourcing website (and app). You can either request services or offer services. Each service is $5. Some people do voice-overs, some do graphic design, and others do a host of useful (or just weird) jobs. If you go this route make certain you have a product or talent that you can showcase well in a video and accompanying description. Finding people face to face to use your service via Fiverr and then review you is a good way to get a jump start (otherwise folks may be leery of you). Check out their website HERE.
Amazon Mechanical Turk
Amazon Mechanical Turk sounds like some type of trans-continental robot. However, it's actually a crowdsourcing website that allows business to pay people to do small, menial jobs that robots can't do. They are basically giving you money to do really boring things that we wish robots could do because they can't be bored to death. The good thing is that you can pick what you want to do and potentially could put in a lot of hours here. The bad news is that the pay rate is not great. However, when you need money, this is certainly one avenue to check. You can visit their website HERE.
Trading in human organs is usually frowned upon. However, your blood is apparently fair game. You can sell your plasma (which is in your blood). Unlike donating blood, donating plasma doesn't deplete your level of blood and so it doesn't have the "woozy" effect that sometimes accompanies the latter. You can donate twice a week and make anywhere from $20-45 per trip. The amount really depends on where you are and the demand. Given as this usually take around an hour (maybe a little more), this probably will have the best pay rate for your time compared with the previous methods mentioned.
The Great Moneymaker
Without a doubt, the best way to make money in college is to have a job - whether that's full-time or part-time. You probably won't be doing your dream job or have your ideal hours. However, it is a steady stream of income that can be budgeted. Being a hard worker and reliable will also pay off in the long run. This may be through them offering you a better paid position, or, most likely, in them writing a good reference letter in the future.
Mark Stevens is a former seminary student himself and currently researches and teaches in the area of theological studies.