23 Best Online Jobs for College Students


Are you looking for part-time online jobs for college students, this list of ideas has you covered!


When I went to college, my parents agreed to cover my tuition. But I had to cover my rent, food, books, and bills if I wanted to live out on my own. My parents, of course, gave me the option to live at home rent-free, but what college student wants to live at home when they can be out on their own?!

Needless to say, I had to work. Even if I had decided to live at home with my parents, I was still responsible for gas, car insurance, and college textbooks – which are expensive!

Luckily, I fell into waiting tables, which worked out great. I made good money, and there was lots of flexibility in scheduling. While I had my scheduled shifts, if I needed to make more money, I could pick up an extra shift, and if I needed more time to study, I could try and get my shift covered. I ended up waiting tables for nine years while I got my two degrees.


If you’re a college student and you’re looking for a flexible, part-time, or online gig, there are a lot of options available to you, and you don’t have to wait tables, although it is a good option.

Here are 23 flexible and online jobs for college students that allow you to have time for your classes and studying.

1. Test Websites

If you’re tech-savvy and have good communication skills, testing websites and apps for usability can be an easy and flexible way to earn extra cash. Most gigs take between 5-25 minutes and pay an average of $10 per test. Some companies will make you take a practice test to ensure you can give detailed and precise feedback on the website you’re testing.


If this sounds interesting, give these companies a try:

2. Online Surveys

Only have a few minutes? Online surveys are the perfect way to make a little extra pocket cash when you have a few minutes of downtime. While you’re not going to get rich completing surveys — you can do them any time of the day or night. I often complete surveys while waiting for an appointment or have a few minutes to spare.

When choosing surveys to participate in, be sure to look at the time investment versus the payout; you don’t want to spend 30 minutes on a survey that only pays $0.10! You should also set up a separate email account, as you’ll receive a lot of emails.

Here are some of my favorite survey sites:

3. Blogging

Obviously, I’m a huge advocate for starting your own blog. But let me tell you why blogging is a great idea for college students.

  • It’s an online resume of your writing, marketing, PR, and technical skills.
  • You can adjust your work schedule to fit your school schedule.
  • It introduces you to people and opportunities you would not have been privileged to before.
  • It takes very little money to start and run.
  • You can choose a niche you’re passionate about.
  • There are many ways to make money with a blog, from ad revenue and affiliate marketing to brand sponsorships and selling services, courses, or printables.

In fact, Eva Baker started her blog, TeensGotCents, as a high school student, and she used her blog to make money while she attended college. If blogging sounds like the perfect gig, this post explains how you can get started with WordPress for $2.95 a month!

4. Short Tasks

Another online job for college students is short task jobs (also called microtasks). Short tasks are just what they sound like; little jobs that can usually be completed in 30 minutes or less. Tasks vary from site to site but often include transcription, data entry, internet research, answering questions, booking appointments, search engine evaluation, translation, and more. Short tasks sites like Course Hero