The Best Ways to Make Money Online as a Student

Over the last years, increasingly more ways have been developed to earn money on the internet. This is very interesting for student who want to earn some money besides their student life. Without any degree, there are quite some ways to earn money on the internet, which I will discuss in this article.

Selling your notes / summary

This is a win-win situation for every student. Making notes and/or a summary is a common thing to do when being a student, but lots of students are also too lazy or do not have time to do it on a regular basis. Take advantage of this, by making good and understandable notes and a summary, that you can sell when finished before the exam. Promote it by texting your friends and/or other people at college. You can also sell them online, for example at Study Soup.

Teaching Anything

You can teach all kinds of things on the internet, using your webcam or sharing your screen, depending on what you are teaching. For example, you can teach your own language to foreigners, show how to play an instrument, or example how to solve difficult math or physics questions. Everything is possible! A good website you can use to teach languages is iTalki, in which you get connected to a student who wants to learn, for example, English.

Audio Transcription

Audio transcription can be an easy way to earn money if you are able to type (very) fast while listening to an audio. This is a skill that takes some time to learn, but if you can, it is very useful. There are various websites on which you can apply to take on assignments, with or without experience. Example of websites are Go Transcript, Aberdeen, Transcribe Me, Transcription Outsourcing and Rev.

Online Survey

Filling in online surveys for money must be one of the easiest and accessible ways to earn money online, but do not expect to get rich of it. Most surveys will pay you around 1 dollar or euro and take between 10 to 20 minutes to fill in. Websites often require you to have earned more than 10 dollars or euros before you can get paid. Some good survey websites are Survey Junkie, Branded Surveys, Opinieland and Swagbucks

Data Entry

Like audio transcription, you will need the skill of typing fast to earn some money with data entry, but then it will be an easy way to make some (extra) money. Also being used to excel can be useful for this. In websites like Fiverr and Upwork, you can make an account and promote yourself with the data entry service, so that other people can hire you for assignments.


Nowadays, there are so many ways to become an online freelancer. Depending on your skills, you can become a freelance writer, editor, graphic designer, web developer, marketeer etc.Increase your experiences, build a portfolio, sign up to Fiverr and/or Upwork, and find yourself work. Lots of businesses and other people look for people on the internet to do small tasks, you there is always something you can be doing, provided that you are skilled in it.


This is a good way to make money online if you speak two (or even more) languages fluently. Again, make a profile on Fiverr or Upwork, or go to Live Translation, and promote your skills of translating from a certain language to another.

Starting a Website

For starting a website you need to have some patience to earn a (good) amount of money from it. Find a niche subject, preferably a topic on which not many websites exist yet (which can be quite difficult) and start writing articles. You can eventually make money from a website in different ways. You can put some advertisements on it (Google Adsense) and start affiliate marketing, in which you promote a certain product, and when the consumer buys the product, you get a small commission. If your website has a lot of visitors after a while, you could even do some sponsorships with companies.

Writing an eBook

Another way to make money online if you are skilled in writing is to write and sell an eBook about a topic you are interested in, on which not much has been written yet. This connects to the previous tip of starting a website, on which you can promote the eBook. Of course, writing an eBook takes lots of time, but eventually you can make money from it without doing much for it, besides promoting it.

Starting a YouTube Channel

YouTube is also a way of making money that will usually require (lots of) patience of you to actually earn some money from it. Lots of people are nowadays on YouTube every day, so the demand is large, but so is the number of YouTubers and videos. So you have to be entertaining, creative and also lucky to actually get lots of viewers and subscribers. But when you have your audience, you could become quite (or very, looking at some YouTubers) rich by the advertisements and sponsorships.

Becoming a Virtual Assistant

More and more happens online, also lots of jobs nowadays take place online. Therefore, increasingly more people with a company are looking for virtual assistants to for example answer their e-mail, set appointments, manage social media accounts and other things. Again, Fiverr and Upwork can be useful in finding someone whose virtual assistant you can be, or the website Zirtual.

Selling your stuff online

Last but not least, a common, more ‘old-fashioned’ one: selling your stuff online. This can be anything, from clothing (Vinted), to books, from video games to jewelry, everything is possible.

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