Smart Ways to get Online Jobs for College Students

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January 29, 2021
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Being in college can be expensive and it’s not always a good idea to ask for money from your parents for every small thing. That is the search for online jobs for college students. It can be very easy too. So, how do earn money from home in India while studying? What are the online jobs which let you earn money while studying? What skills are required for such jobs? And how much do these jobs pay?

List of Ways to get started

All these questions are answered below. All the answers provided are based on the skills you’ve so that you can the best fit for you to get started.


When I was in college most of the students in my class used to teach each other, I am quite sure you must have seen that in your class too. So, considering that why not make money for it?

It is one the best thing that a student can do to make some extra money not just because it is one of the best paying online jobs for college students also because it helps you get a deep understanding of the concepts too.

So, where will you find these jobs?

Chegg is an online learning platform where you can offer these services and get paid for them. Chegg acts as a bridge between the teachers and the students.

How does it work?

The students ask questions from all over the world and all you have to do is answer their questions correctly. And when you do, you get paid for your correctly answered questions.

You don’t have to worry about the subjects that you can offer your services for. As they hire for a wide range of subjects like physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics (calculus, statistics, and probability, advanced math, other math), health care (nursing, anatomy and physiology, psychology), earth science, economics, accounting, operations, finance, and all engineering concepts. It is an easy way to gain knowledge and earn money from home in India.

How can you apply for it?

It’s quite easy, to be honest.

  • Get yourself registered
  • Take a subject test
  • Adhere to the guidelines
  • Take a guidelines test
  • Upload your documents for document verification.

And there you go. Easy isn’t it?


Students who are looking for getting a job after their college should get very serious about getting an internship while in college. Because companies are always looking for someone who has some experience in the fields of the jobs they are offering. So, getting a basic understanding of how to work in a corporate environment is always beneficial by doing some jobs for college students.

How can you find one?

Well, now that’s pretty easy these days too. As with the increasing popularity of online sites like Internshala, you can apply for an internship at various companies in one go and can expect a call back quite quickly.

What do you have to do?

  • Make your resume
  • Get yourself registered in the above-mentioned sites
  • Apply for the internships you are interested in
  • Check for any call or message back
  • And DONE.

Offer Resume Coaching

If you are good at putting together resumes you can offer to do the same or provide resume coaching to other students/freshers in exchange for some money. One of the perks of working in the placement cell of my college was that I got really good at putting together resumes. So, I started giving resume coaching to other students and that really paid off.

Where and how can you find clients?

You can either find clients by posting your advertisement in school or college-related groups or you can just tell your mates to do pass on the information to their friends that you can help with their resumes.

And then you can provide them coaching or put together their resume yourself just by sitting at home and get paid for it.

How much will it pay?

That depends upon the number of clients that you get, the quality of your work, and the level of fees that you will charge. I suggest you charge 100 to 300 bucks for a single resume so that it can attract more people.

Word of mouth plays a very important role in this type of work as more of it will bring you more clients.

The time before the summer break is peak time as most students start getting their resumes together for their summer internships.

Affiliate marketing

It is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s products by a traceable link that you are given as an Affiliate. You promote products that you like and earn money on the basis of the sale and profit that you make.

How does it work?

Affiliates promote that traceable web link on their website or blog site, their social media profiles, and even emails. You get the payment based on the complete quantity of that order when clients click on that weblink and lastly make a purchase.

The benefits associated with this job are that you can:

  • Handpick your partners.
  • Low/NO risk
  • Grow brand awareness.
  • Increase SEO

The skills required for this job are:

  • To create attractive posts and
  • The ability to promote the page.
  • The skills to convince someone to buy the product.

It’s kind of a passive income that I, you, and everybody dream of. But you can realize this dream by applying for an affiliate now. Now the question is,

Where can you apply for it?

You can apply for it on various sites like Amazon, Flipkart, Ajio, Myntra, etc. They all have an option called “affiliate”.

You just have to sign up as an affiliate and you get access to every product available and done.

Freelancer skills

Everyone one of us has some special skill set, don’t we? So why not use this skill set for earning some extra cash? Almost everyone I know freelances their skills for making some quick cash. If you are good at drawing, sketching, painting, writing, making handicrafts, comedy, making posters, making videos, or anything else. You can freelance your skills for these jobs for college students.

How does this work?

The employer hires you for some specific project. You have to complete it in a given time and submit it to the employer.

If the employer or the people like your work you can be hired for some other projects too.

How can you apply for it?

  • Get yourself registered as a freelancer at given sites
  • Mention the skills sets that you have
  • Mention the services that you are willing to offer.
  • And you did.

How much will you earn?

That depends on the quality of your work. But the average will lie between 200 to 1000 bucks per work.

Check out sites like: Fiver, Upwork

Survey participation, watch TV and play games

This one is a no-brainer online jobs for college students and they earn money online in India without putting much effort into it.

How does it work?

  • There are tons of companies that make products and their sales only depend upon their quality. So, to check the quality of their product they take surveys. So, here is where people who do not want to acquire new skills or put much effort come.
  • They help these companies with surveys. There are tons of companies who like to pay money to these people for their survey participation.
  • As companies want maximum customer satisfaction, they want customers’ reviews and suggestions. So, for that there are plenty of jobs for college students in India that require you to test their product which involves TV shows, testing out their sites even play their games.


There aren’t as good earning in this job compared to other jobs for college students but there is always a benefit of being at home as it enables students to earn money online.

How do I apply for it?

There are plenty of sites that act as a medium between these companies and people. You can get yourself registered and get started.

Edit or proofread your peer’s/professor’s papers

If you are in college, it is always a good idea that you remain in your professor’s good books. So, if I say there is a way that you can earn money as well as you can remain in the good books of your professor. Would you believe me? Well, doesn’t matter if you believe me or not because it is true.

What do you have to do?

  • Your teacher keeps on reading and doing researches, so if you are lucky and your university allows ongoing undergraduate students to be a part of the research by assisting, edit, or proofread your professor’s papers. You can go for it. You can either just ask your professor to edit or proofread his/her paper.
  • Students studying in India don’t realize how big an opportunity it is to assist your professor. It is an ongoing trend in other countries and some universities in India also provide such opportunities. It will enable you to earn money from home in India as editing or proofreading papers doesn’t require you to go to any specific location.
  • Or if you are too shy to put yourself out there, you can ask your peer’s papers. You can offer to help your classmates in editing their papers in exchange for some cash. This will not make you a lot of money but I am sure enough to handle your partial expenditure.

Youtube videos

If you have any kind of skills that you can make videos of, you should try your hand in making youtube videos. With an increasing trend of social media and youtube even the 10 years old children have their own channel on youtube. Youtube enables you to earn money from home in India as well in every other country.

online jobs for students

How to do it?

  • That is quite easy. If you have a touch phone there would already be an app called Youtube.
  • You open that application, on the right top corner you will find an account option.
  • After opening it you will find a bar called “your channel”.
  • You go there and create your channel by entering a name and a profile picture for your channel.
  • And done.
  • Make videos and upload them.

How much will you earn?

  • You never know what people may like. You never know that yours is the next video going viral or getting thousands of likes.
  • As more and more people see it, more views it will get and hence more money you will make.

Network Marketing

What is network marketing? And how can I earn money while studying in India through it? What skills does it require?

I am going to answer all these questions.

online jobs for students without investment

Network marketing is also called pyramid marketing, multi-level marketing, referral marketing. In simple words, it is a strategy for the sale of goods and products where a person gets compensation when it makes other people join the company.

It can also be said as word of mouth marketing. People have earned tons of money from MLM in the past.

Virtual Assistant Jobs

If you are a student with fair communicational and organizational skills then you can make money from home in India. Every virtual assistant job is quite different from each other. Although some general components to expect can be data entry, social media management, research, transcribing documents, or organizing.


  • You have the freedom to choose your own location, rates, system, and attire.
  • You can also take multiple clients and can earn money from home in India.

All you need is: 

  • Your computer system, mobile phones and
  • An internet connection.

Paying scale? 

  • Can differ depending upon the rendered services, hours are done, tasks, etc.
  • But you can expect a range of Rs 500 to Rs 4000 per hour.

Here are the sites where you can find relevant jobs for college students:
Upwork, PeoplePerHour, and Naukri.

Final Thoughts

Do not hesitate to put yourself out there. You need money for your expenditure or just want to earn some extra cash, you go ahead and try new things. When I was in college I used to try new things and it never failed to teach me something and others, even if you make less money by doing these online jobs for college students, it will still be something and something is better than nothing.

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