Easy side hustles provide extra cash

Taura Kimble | Staff Writer

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The holiday season is quickly approaching. That means it’s time to get great gifts for friends and family.

As a college student, the budget for gifts may be a little low and you may need extra money. You’re probably wondering exactly where the extra money for these gifts is going to come from. Here are some easy side hustles any college student can do to make some quick extra cash:

Rideshare/food delivery

Uber and Lyft are popular options because you can not only make your own schedule but also avoid a haggling boss and worrisome coworkers. On average, rideshare drivers make roughly $13.60 per drive they make, according to an independent study performed by Ridestar.com. The same results would apply for someone delivering food through Doordash or UberEats.

Amazon Prime driver

For students who don’t have their own personal vehicle but carry a valid driver’s license, Amazon is always hiring new drivers for their speedy prime delivery service.

With the expansion of its warehouse locations, Amazon created “prime vans” that are filled with members’ online orders and delivered right to their doors.

Creating your own schedule is easy, and the hours are flexible. Hourly pay starts at minimum wage and can increase depending upon your level of experience.

Task Rabbit

Don’t have a car or a driver’s license? No problem. Task Rabbit allows you to advertise your services for odd jobs such as organizing, being a virtual assistant or tutoring. From Task Rabbit, task seekers can locate you based on your location and what services you offer and then hire you. The best thing about this hustle is that you can make your own hours and set your hourly rate. What’s better than deciding how much money you get paid?



While this isn’t considered a job, per se, it’s the perfect option that never requires you to leave home. Poshmark is an online company that allows you to sell your gently used clothes, accessories and shoes at prices you pick. You simply take a picture of the item you want to sell and post it to your account. Super simple. Super easy. So, when you’re ready to make space for your new wardrobe, don’t waste your time going to Plato’s Closet, grab your phone and post it on Poshmark.

“I have tons of clothes, and I would definitely use Poshmark to get rid of them,” said HU student Imani Moore, a second-year journalism major from Philadelphia. “I want to get my parents something special for the holidays, so the extra money would help.”


Now while this may not make you as much money as the other options mentioned, it’s good if you want to put in minimal effort. Swagbucks is the top-rated, paid online survey app. You simply sign up and start taking surveys that the website recommends based on your gender, age and occupation. Not to worry as everything is confidential and you don’t have to use your real information. The average survey will earn you $5 and takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete.


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