As a college student trying to gain independence from being in my parents’ house, I’m always looking for ways to earn extra income. Whether you have loans to pay off or need an extra source of income without taking on the stress of another job, these side hustles will put extra money in your pocket.

  1. Become a Proofreader

Are you the type of person that just can’t get over spelling and grammatical errors? Then this side job is for you. A proofreader’s responsibility includes polishing content for bloggers, content writers, website owners, and so much more. According to, the average freelance proofreader in the United States earns between $15-$20 an hour.

  • Sell Prints on Etsy

Etsy is sort of like the Ebay of arts and crafts. Etsy earned over $3.9 billion in annual merchandise sales from over 33 million consumers. Millions of these sales come from prints like calendars, planners, wall art, business cards, and much more.

The digital product only has to be created once and unlimited copies can be made.

  • Flip furniture

You’ve probably passed furniture thrown to the curb or seen them in thrift stores. Oftentimes, these pieces are in good shape and just need a few upgrades and a deep cleaning.

Goodwill, Craigslist, and garage sales are great places to get used furniture for cheap. You can sell your refreshed furniture on Facebook Marketplace or through apps like Chairish.

  • Sell Items on Ebay

As you read this article, you probably have at least three pairs of shoes you’ll never wear again. Or how about that new treadmill that’s been collecting dust all year? Clean your cluttered closet and make money at the same time by selling your things on Ebay.

Don’t spend too much money on packaging materials and learn more through online reseller communities on social media and YouTube.

  • Dog Walking and Pet Sitting

Attention pet lovers! Many pet owners are willing to pay whatever to ensure their furry family members are well taken care of while they are away.

Sites like Rover, an online platform that connects pet owners and pet sitters, can help you find clients, but you can also advertise your services on social media.

  • Deliver Food and Other Items

If you’re looking for flexibility, these are the best jobs for you. According to U.S. News, the average American has two to three food delivery apps on their phone.

DoorDash and UberEats have an average pay of $15-$20 an hour and apps like Instacart and Shipt pay around $100 for a 6-8 hour shift.

  • Become a Freelancer

Last but not least, freelancers are being sought after more and more by companies. There is a lot of room in the freelance world for jobs like sound design, graphic design, film editing, photography, and web development.

Most freelance work can be done remotely which makes this side hustle pretty flexible. Apps like Upwork and Freelancer help you build clients and find freelance jobs.

So there you have it! These are only a few creative ways to provide another source of income, and there are so many more out there. Get out there and make that money!