There are many reasons why you might need to make money as a student in India. For starters, you might want to save up for college; you could also be looking to earn some experience once you graduate.
Regardless of the reason, earning money online is now easier than ever, and in this post, we’ll talk about our top 15 ways of doing so.
#1 Getting Into Freelance Writing
Becoming a freelance writer is a perfect way for people with a talent for words to earn a considerable amount of money.
There's a chance you won't be seeing immediate results if you're just getting started, though, and you might need to use an app like Upwork to find projects to work on and gather experience that way. But once you've become a skilled freelance writer, you could easily be charging ₹12,000 or more per article.
#2 Getting Into Online Tutoring
You can also earn plenty of quick money if you specialize in a particular subject matter, as this allows you to become an online tutor.
There are plenty of subjects currently in demand, but some of the most sought-after are math, science (encompassing subjects like chemistry and physics), and English. Depending on the site you use to engage in online tutoring, you might also need to have more or fewer certifications in order to get started with tutoring students.
If you'd like to learn more about online tutoring, we also have an article on the topic that you can read here.
Running a blog can be pretty hit or miss as far as success is concerned, but considering how small the initial investment is, it's definitely worth a try.
Having a successful blog is one of the best ways of earning passive income (i.e. money that you earn with minimal or zero active effort). You can learn plenty of useful skills like SEO (search engine optimization) and how to market your blog — however, it can be pretty time-consuming (especially in the beginning), so make sure you give plenty of thought to this idea before fully committing to it.
Now, if you're interested in learning ways to earn passive income, you can see our article on it here.
#4 Doing Deliveries
Another option to get some quick cash is to become a deliveryman. Delivery orders tend to be mostly food and/or groceries for people who are too busy to get them themselves, but you could also deliver items coming from Amazon.
One upside to this is that there are plenty of apps that you can use for food delivery (for example, UberEats, Instacart, and DoorDash, to name a few). By doing this, you could easily earn ₹1,041 per hour or more, which means that earning money quickly without having to invest is feasible for a student.
#5 Using Money-Making Apps
Money-making apps are a great way of making extra income with your smartphone during your spare time — it depends on what app you use, but some of them are as easy as creating a profile and doing a few simple tasks as you're watching TV.
Of course, using apps that pay higher (like Uber, Lyft, or TaskRabbit) would be the most straightforward way of making a higher and more consistent income, but there's a catch — the higher the pay, the more time you'll have to spend per task.
The income you can get from apps that have easier tasks can still add up, but it will take a bit longer to do so: in short, you'll need to evaluate how quickly you want to make money before choosing an app.
If you'd like to learn more about money-making apps in general, I suggest you read our article on them here.
#6 Using Airbnb
Another way to earn money very quickly is by tenting out a spare bedroom (or your house, if you're up for it) on Airbnb.
This depends on where you live, but the price for Airbnb rentals in India can range from ₹2,000 to ₹5,000 per night. And this is just for one room: you could get a lot more if you decided to rent your house for one night.
Of course, there's plenty of people who wouldn't feel comfortable with this idea, but if you're willing to do it, it's definitely one of the quickest ways of earning money on this list.
#7 Selling Books You Don't Use
If you have many books that you've already read, you don't have the time to read, or you're simply not interested in reading, then maybe this is the perfect opportunity to do something about them.
Whether it's a ton of academic books or an entire science fiction saga, there's plenty of ways you can sell books that you no longer have any use for — you could do it the traditional way by opening a stall, or you could take advantage of technology by selling them online (Facebook, in particular, is pretty useful for this).
It could take a while for your books to get sold depending on which ones you have, but overall, this is another quick way to make money.
#8 Getting Into Data Entry
Data entry jobs can be pretty tiring, but they're also an efficient way of making quick cash. As a data entry worker, you'll be tasked with introducing data (usually in a spreadsheet), updating databases and archives, and other data-related work.
You can expect to be paid around ₹1,264 per hour, so making money as a student should be pretty easy once you've gotten into the job.
If you're skilled at spotting other people's mistakes when writing (whether we're talking about spelling, grammar, and/or syntax errors), then becoming a proofreader is the perfect job for you.
There are many advantages to becoming a remote proofreader — you can work from anywhere, there's plenty of job opportunities as blogging becomes more popular, and making money quickly as a proofreader is also pretty easy. The average pay you can expect as a proofreader is ₹1,934 per hour, after all.
If you'd like to know more about online proofreading jobs, you might want to take a look at this post.
#10 Online Courses
This is a more advanced way of making money because you'd need to be an expert in a particular field or subject matter, but in case you are, then you have the option of creating an online course.
Of course, the success of an online course can fluctuate a lot, but if your course performs well, then it's a big source of passive income.
As an additional tip, it'd be useful to have an existing blog or a social media account that has potential buyers — it naturally increases the likelihood of your course's success.
#11 Opening A Bank Account
One of the quickest ways of earning money is by earning a sign-up bonus on a bank account.
Many banks run promotions where you can earn a cash bonus back for opening up a new checking account. These bonuses can range anywhere from ₹4,000 to ₹15,000 for opening up a new checking account and meeting certain criteria, so make sure you check out what some of the most popular banks have in store for you.
#12 Cutting Your Monthly Bills
This is more of a preventive measure rather than an active measure to earn money, but if you think about it, you can also earn extra money by saving money, and cutting down your monthly bills is one of the best ways to do so. As the saying goes, “a penny saved is a penny earned.”
Of course, you won’t see your cash show up immediately once you start cutting your monthly expenses. But the real power of engaging in this practice comes when spending a few hours of careful planning translates to saving a lot of money in the future without even thinking about it.
So, even if it doesn't necessarily translate to instant money, it's an idea worth considering if you want to save a few hundred dollars down the line.
#13 Renting Out Your Car
Just like with Airbnb, you can rent out your car (preferably an extra vehicle you don't drive much) to make a considerable amount of money fairly quickly.
To do so, you can use Turo, a platform where you can list your car for rent to anyone looking. It has around 14 million members and 450.000 vehicles listed to date, so there's a lot of potential to make a profit.
#14 Using Facebook
Facebook is a pretty versatile place for selling products and services, believe it or not. Considering it's such a widely used social media platform, it's not difficult at all to find people interested in what you have to offer, especially if you use Facebook Ads to your advantage.
The downside to Facebook is that you'll probably have a slow beginning when you first create your Facebook Business page — after all, your most efficient way to promote yourself without a moderate initial investment will be through word of mouth from friends and members of popular groups relevant to what you're selling.
Once you have a reasonable budget, though, you'll be able to promote your business through paid Facebook ads, which are very effective — you might want to get some training on them to make the most out of your money, though.
#15 Website Testing
Finally, one very interesting way to make money quickly is using a platform like UserTesting to get paid for testing apps and websites.
You can earn around ₹744 for every 20-minute assignment, which is pretty good — however, the demand for testers is not constant, so you’re not guaranteed to find opportunities every time you log into the platform. In some cases, a website may only be looking for feedback from a specific demographic as well, so you'd need to qualify in order to test that website first.
With some luck, though, it's a pretty effective way of making money as a student in a short period of time with no upfront cost.
Regardless of your motivation for doing so as a student, earning money online is now easier than ever. However, you'll need to carefully consider which ways to earn money online are the best for you— some of them are simple but don't yield a whole lot of money, while other ways are full-time job opportunities that are far more lucrative but also time-consuming.
It's also worth mentioning that these ways of earning money online are even more effective if you combine them. It comes down to balancing your obligations as a student, the resources you have at hand and the time you plan to invest in making money.
Shortlist your favourite picks from this list and give them a go. You'll be making money in no time.