The Best Online Jobs for College Students

Earn extra cash from the comfort of your dorm

The best online jobs for college students

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Sixty-nine percent of college students graduating in 2018 took out student loans and graduate owing nearly $30,000 on average. If starting out with debt weren't bad enough, you still have to eat and perhaps pay bills while you're finishing your education. That's where finding online jobs for students can be useful.

Finding a job that fits your crazy schedule could be a challenge. Transportation might be an issue, as well. Fortunately, there are multiple lucrative types of online jobs for students that you can do without getting out of your PJs.

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Educate Others: Tutor

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What We Like
  • Constant demand for tutors.

  • Work afternoons and weekends.

What We Don't Like
  • Must be patient and comfortable with children.

  • Excellent subject knowledge required.

Online tutors connect with younger students to provide help with homework, studying for tests, and obtaining a firm understanding of a subject.

Requirements vary from one company to the next. For instance, accepts applications from college sophomores or higher who have strong oral and written communication skills, subject expertise, and can commit to at least five hours each week. will hire college students with a GPA of 3.0 or better who have prior tutoring experience and strong math skills.

Pay rates vary, as well. states that tutors can earn $7,500 per month. Chegg Tutors reports that top tutors can earn $1,000 and up each month. What you earn will depend on who you work with, and how well that company pays.

To start tutoring online, find a company with requirements that match your experience and complete an application. You might also be asked to take one or more tests.

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Let It Go: Sell Your (and Others') Stuff

Sell clothing online

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What We Like
  • Shopping for stuff to sell can be fun.

  • List items anywhere with internet access.

What We Don't Like
  • Not a consistent source of income.

  • Shipping items can be inconvenient.

If you have clothing, tech items, or other stuff you don't need, you can make some decent money selling it online. This can become an at-home business if you have a knack for finding deals at thrift stores, yard sales, or even online.

You can ship apparel to consignment sites such as Poshmark and Thredup and get paid a percentage when the items sell. Or you can sell other items on Facebook Marketplace, eBay, or using selling apps like LetGo and NextDoor.

How much you make depends on how much you sell and what your profit margin is on each item. To get started, go through the stuff you already have and start selling it.

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Save Someone Else's Time: Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistant jobs

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What We Like
  • Work is not usually difficult.

  • Gain business experience.

What We Don't Like
  • Answer directly to employer.

  • Some tasks are time-sensitive and high-pressure.

Busy business professionals and entrepreneurs often hire virtual assistants to perform time-eating tasks, such as scheduling, managing email accounts, and online research.

According to ZipRecruiter, the average hourly wage for virtual assistants is $19 an hour, with the majority of VAs earning between $12 and $22 per hour. 

To become a virtual assistant, you should have good time management and communication skills, be responsible, and be organized. You can build a website and market yourself as a VA or apply for virtual assistant jobs listed online.

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Use Your Words: Freelance Writer

Freelance writing job

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What We Like
  • Good creative outlet.

  • Work whenever you want.

What We Don't Like
  • Jobs might be short-lived.

  • Pay is sometimes inconsistent.

If you are the creative type, writing could be an ideal college job. Writing on topics about which you are knowledgeable and passionate could be lucrative. You might write articles, blog posts, sales copy, social media content or other types of content creation.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, writers and authors earn between $15.24 and $58.49 per hour on average.

To earn money writing, consider the topics you are most familiar with and choose a niche on which to focus. Create an online portfolio or blog displaying your writing skills and network with everyone you know. Pitch jobs on job boards or query websites and businesses you frequent.

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Use Your Keyboarding Skills: Data Entry

Data entry jobs

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What We Like
  • Minimal experience or training required.

  • Variety of jobs available.

What We Don't Like
  • Above-average keyboarding skills required.

  • Can become monotonous.

Remote data entry workers enter alphabetic, numeric, or symbolic data into a spreadsheet, website, or software application.

Some data entry jobs pay by the hour while others pay by the word or keystroke. reports that data entry clerks earn $14 to $17 an hour on average, although remote workers often earn less than that.

Once you apply for an online data entry job, you will likely be required to pass a keyboarding test to check for speed and accuracy.

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For Those With a Good Ear: Transcriptionist

Transcriptionist jobs

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What We Like
  • Can be entertaining work.

  • Can learn from the information transcribed.

What We Don't Like
  • Inconsistent work.

  • Audio can be difficult to discern.

Transcriptionists listen to audio (and sometimes video) recordings and type what they hear. This job can easily be done from a quiet place in your home.

There are many types of transcription jobs. Medical transcriptionists type doctors' notes. Captioners type audio to display on video for hearing impaired people. Legal transcriptionists transcribe legal documents 

Rates will vary based on your level of experience and the type of work you perform. For instance, a captioning job might pay $.50 per minute transcribed, but understanding and typing everything said, including who said it and any significant sounds can take longer than a minute to actually transcribe. The average pay for a medical transcriptionist is about $16 an hour.

Lower-paying captioning and transcription job websites, like, have online applications and tests you can complete to apply for a job. Without certification, it could be difficult to obtain a medical or legal transcription job unless you know someone who is willing to train you.

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All the Facebook You Can Stand: Social Media Manager

Social media manager jobs

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What We Like
  • Interacting with an array of people.

  • Able to be creative.

What We Don't Like
  • Must handle complaints and negative comments.

  • Quick responses required.

Social media managers handle a business's day-to-day activities on social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. They create and schedule posts, reply to comments, curate content, and more.

PayScale reports that the average Social Media Manager salary is about $49,320 or $15.53 an hour.

To become a social media manager, make sure your social media skills are evident. Build a significant, engaged following on the social media platforms you use and become active in social media groups or forums, as well. Along with networking, this will be helpful when you apply for open positions.

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Ranking Results: Search Engine Evaluator

Search engine evaluator jobs

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What We Like
  • Work a little or a lot.

  • Interesting tasks.

What We Don't Like
  • Inconsistent work availability.

  • Learning curve.

Search engine evaluators perform tasks online to determine whether a search engine responds correctly. You might also have to evaluate ads in search results or social media searches.

According to Glass Door, the average base pay for a full-time search engine evaluator is $31,368 a year.

To become a search engine evaluator, apply to one of the companies that hires in this field, like Lionbridge or Appen. You will likely have to take one or more tests and go through training before starting the job.

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Help Someone: Customer Service Rep

Customer service chat jobs

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What We Like
  • Helping people.

  • Building business skills.

What We Don't Like
  • Angry or abusive customers.

  • Stressful conditions.

An increasing number of companies are 'homesourcing' customer service jobs from call centers to employees' homes. Some customer service agents work completely online, helping people resolve issues via chat. Others use the internet and phone, answering calls and working with tools provided online by the company.

Zip Recruiter reports that the average salary of remote customer service representatives is just under $25,000 a year.

Many businesses seeking remote customer service reps advertise on traditional job search sites and services.

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Keeping the Peace: Forum Moderator

Forum moderator jobs

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What We Like
  • Focus on topics you enjoy.

  • Meet a variety of people.

What We Don't Like
  • Dealing with trolls or angry comments.

  • Privacy not guaranteed.

Not only are forum or chat moderators paid for what they do, but paid moderating jobs do exist. Moderators primarily work behind the scenes, watching for inappropriate posts or people needing assistance.

Glass Door reports that the average base pay for a full-time moderator is slightly more than $20,000 a year.

A good place to begin looking for a paid position as a forum moderator is the online locations where you're already active. You can also search online job boards for website moderator openings.

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Those Who Can, Teach: ESL Teacher

Teach ESL online

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What We Like
  • Teaching children eager to learn.

  • Interacting with people around the world.

What We Don't Like
  • Unusual work hours due to different time zones.

  • Must have patience.

Several companies seek people to teach children in other countries how to speak English. Many of these companies will hire college students. Teaching methods vary, but video chatting is usually involved, so a webcam and a quality headset might be required.

Teaching English online pays anywhere between minimum wage and $22 an hour, depending on your experience and the company you work for, depending on other factors.

After applying for a job teaching English online, you might have to submit certain documentation, take tests, and be interviewed.

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Spoken Word Services: Translator

Online translation jobs

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What We Like
  • Help people in difficult situations.

  • Chance to use your language skills.

What We Don't Like
  • Inconsistent work.

  • Emergency cases could be time sensitive.

If you are fluent in one or more languages besides English, you could work online as a translator. Some translators convert documents into another language. Others act as a mediator in conversations between two or more people.

Depending on the languages in which you are fluent and the demand for translation in those languages, full-time translators can earn between $49,000 and $71,000 a year.

Many online businesses hire freelance translators. Along with an application, you might be asked to complete tests and/or interviews.