3 Ways Tech-Savvy People Can Earn Money While in College

Jessica Cam Wong 13-03-2012

best way to earn moneyIf you’re currently attending college or university, you will know that your expenses have gone up the roof. If you use some type of budget planner, you have probably been scared off by the high amount of money you’ve spent on even little things.


Do you want to try to get a grip on your expenses? Fear not. There are many ways you can quickly earn some money while balancing a student life with classes and social events. Let us present to you now a few of the best ways to earn money that can help you if you want to earn money.

Become Part Of Tech Support

Are you the kind of person whom your friends run to when they have technical questions? Do you have a fair knowledge of all things computer or web? You might be suitable to obtain a job as tech support. Your college or university most likely offers a helpdesk to assist students who are having trouble with their laptops, or students that require general technical assistance. Try looking up your college website’s job board to see if the school is hiring technical help desk staff.

Alternatively, you can walk up to the help desk and ask if there are any openings and if so, whether you can apply for a position right there on the spot. This job may require you to speak remotely to students or staff needing assistance over the phone or even chat.

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Since this job is usually given to students, they are bound to offer flexible schedules and general pay, which isn’t bad if you don’t have a busy class schedule and you do enjoy helping others with their technical problems.


Assemble Computers For Others

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If you have a knack for knowing all of the latest and coolest hardware components and can build a desktop computer, you could get a job at nearby computer repair shops. There are often places around campus that can actually fix computer issues when the university helpdesk cannot, so these are probably very near your school. Try applying at those locations if there are openings.

Duties might range from building computers to replacing cracked laptop screens. There are plenty of YouTube tutorials that show you how to do either. Here is one video from which I learned how to do the latter, which consists of removing the bezel and carefully detaching the ribbons before replacing the screen.
These duties will definitely be deeply hardware engineering-centric, as opposed to the helpdesk position where you might have to answer software-related questions or simple laptop concerns.

Make Mobile Apps

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Making mobile apps can take some time, especially if you want to finish a good, actually usable app, but at least you are your own boss in this one, and you can write your app in the comfort of your home. When you finish writing your app, you’ll have to submit it to the market of the mobile platform you chose, which will cost $99+, though I know for Windows Phone apps, you can waive the fee Get The Best Retail Software For FREE As A Student Read More for the first year only if you can provide a student email address with your university extension (i.e. After that, you can sell your app for $0.99 and advertise to your friends or on blogs. You probably won’t get rich from your first student project app, but if you gain considerable experience and insight of what apps customers might need, you could earn some money with some passion for (clean) code and time.

Do you have suggestions for how tech-savvy students can earn money while still in college? Share them in the comments section below!

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  1. Collins
    February 6, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you for eye opening post. I will recommend the same for my school. Keep watch for Kenyatta University soon coming tech solutions.

  2. Bolleck
    March 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    There are many ways to make money online. In npesorse to your Google adsense comment this is only 1 way to monetize a blog and unless you have a lot of traffic you will only make peanuts.Instead try monetizing your blog with adsense, and a few affiliate programs, as well as setting up an Email list. Aweber is the King .The Email capture form should be your 1 concern on your blog. Everything else is just secondary, because as you have probably heard the money is in the list.Great post just wanted to add a couple of my opinions.Jason recently posted..

  3. Jessica Cam W.
    March 14, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Yes, that is another way to potentially earn some money, though I think getting a lot of viewers for your channel that would pay is difficult.

  4. Susendeep Dutta
    March 14, 2012 at 6:21 am

    One can also earn money by answering questions in MUO Answers.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      March 14, 2012 at 8:16 am

      Indeed, you can get compensation when you help others out on our site.

  5. MrJohnSr
    March 13, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Yeah, i have a few suggestions..
    uTest - a community for freelance software testers (there are others, but this is the one i've tried, and can vouch for).

    There are also several reputable sites where one can enter contests to create logos, web apps, web sites, pieces of code, art, voice acting and so on. I can't recommend any, because i haven't tried any, but it's a good way to earn some cash.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      March 14, 2012 at 8:17 am

      Great suggestions. Thanks!