18 Side Hustles That Won't Hurt Your Grades


One thing every student needs is money but a 9 to 5 isn't always possible with classes. Luckily there are more opportunities than ever before. Here are 18 side hustles with flexible hours if you’re a student (or just need some extra money).

1. Drive Uber or Lyft 

Some requirements you need to make money with Uber or Lyft is a car and a drivers license (there’s even options to rent a car). It’s perfect for students because you can drive on your own schedule and make money fast. This opportunity is available if you’re 21+.

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2. Flip Stuff on Craigslist

Craigslist is filled with thousands of items up for sale. The opportunity is finding products and reselling them at a higher price. For example money is lying around if you can pickup and resell items in the "free section" on Craigslist. Another example is to buy popular items like an iPad and flip it for an extra $60. Some people do this for a living so if you're a student you can definitely make this a side hustle. Buy people's stuff, post an ad, make profit and repeat. For a great step by step read GaryVees guide on how to do this!

3. Get Paid to Shop with Instacart 

Instacart is an online delivery service where you can get paid to shop for people's groceries. This hustle pays up to $25 per hour and you don't need a vehicle or anything special to apply. Read How to Get Paid to Shop With InstaCart

4. Complete Surveys

You won’t make a whole lot but you CAN make money by answering surveys. It’s very easy and there are many legit companies that will pay you and you can do it anywhere if you have an internet connection. Some companies I recommend are Product Report Card, Survey Club, Survey Junkie, Swagbucks, American Consumer Opinion, Prize Rebel, Earnably. I recommend signing up for all them so you can choose the highest paying surveys and make the most money. They’re free to join and easy to sign up!

5. Tutoring 

If you are well educated in a subject, you can help tutor someone who needs it and get compensated. This is a time tested practice that can pay you very well for a side gig. You can do this traditionally face-to-face by finding people in your school or use an online tutoring platform such as Skooli and many others out there.

6. Do Transcriptions

Sites like TranscribeMe and Rev let you earn money by transcribing audio and video files for business owners. This might be a good job if you're a fast typer. You can set your own hours and work as little or as much as you'd like.

7. Sell Your Notes from Class

If you want to make money by the main thing you do which is studying, the best way to do it is to sell your notes through Stuvia. There are many students that can’t make it to class for different reasons. If you’re the regular, note-taking student, you can start selling the notes you took to colleagues that need them. Stuvia is the website for that. Read our post for more info on Stuvia.

8. Do Odd Jobs on TaskRabbit 

TaskRabbit is a site where people need tasks done locally and you can apply to do them. These tasks can range from anything like grocery shopping to babysitting for a week or moving furniture. It's a good way to earn extra money around your neighbourhood. Read more about Taskrabbit.

9. Review Websites on Usertesting

UserTesting is a platform where businesses pay people to test their website. The businesses pay you to check links, see if pages are working and also give opinions about the design. Each test pays $10 and takes 10-20 minutes to complete. You can earn $30-$60 per hour from the comfort of your own home with UserTesting. No special skills are required either. Read how to make money today with UserTesting.

10. Student Cleaning Business 

Many students take on the job of cleaning someone’s house, which is a job that takes a few hours to do, but there are minimal expenses related to it. You and your colleagues can decide to start a cleaning business and help each other do the chores faster. Let's face it, a lot of students are not clean and would quickly pay for your services!

11. Freelance on Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer.com 

At the moment, freelancing is one of the most popular ways of making money online because it offers you flexibility, you can work from anywhere, and most importantly, you’re your own boss. No matter what your talent is: writing, social media posting, video making, singing or dancing, there is a freelance platform for you to sell it on. 

12. Shovel Driveways or Mow Lawns 

Snowy countries have driveways that get snowed in, while countries with hot climate have a lot of grass that requires maintenance. There are many people that are unable to take care of their driveways and lawns themselves and are willing to pay someone to do it for them, a role which you can fill out perfectly. All you have to do is walk outside and start going door to door.

13. Collect Beer Bottles 

At a college, there's probably many parties where beer will be consumed. You can collect the empty beer bottles others left and get the compensation for it, which can be 5 to 10 cents per beer bottle. This could be a good way to spend your weekend mornings.

14. Resell Textbooks 

Once you’re done with your textbooks you can sell them to students studying the same subject next year. You can use your school facebook groups or sell it online with bookscouter. Some people do this as a full time business so the sky is the limit. Read more about how bookscouter works.

15. Give Haircuts 

Many people have a talent for beauty, and most have experimented by cutting their own or their friends’ hair. And if you’re one of those that have done it and found out you have a talent for it, you can continue doing it for people around you in exchange for money. This will quickly build word of mouth and has great potential to make you some consistent money.

16. Give Music Lessons 

If you know some instrument, notes, or something specific about music, you can give music lessons to younger students and get paid for it.

17. Deliver For Uber Eats 

If you have a car, a bike or a motorcycle and some spare time, but don’t want to drive people for any reason, you can always drive people’s food to them. Apps like Uber Eats are a great way to use the spare time you have in delivering food to customers and earn some extra cash. Read how to get started with Uber Eats. There is also Postmates, Door Dash, Grub Hub and many food delivery options depending where you live.

18. Rent Your Unused Stuff

If you have tools, gadgets or equipment other people can use, you can place it on Zilok and rent them to other people. It’s a fantastic way to find purpose for the stuff you have sitting around that you don’t use and make passive income.

Getting Started

Just because you're a student doesn't mean you have to be broke. These are 18 flexible ways to earn extra money for any student schedule. All you need is some work ethic and you'll be earning in no time.

Did we forget anything? Comment any extra side hustles below!