Online Jobs for College Students (and dropouts)


Whether you’re in college or dropping out, you’re going to need to earn money. There’s a stigma out there that college age people are broke. But you don’t have to be part of the status quo. In fact, being a Successful Dropout means challenging the status quo. Check out 5 online jobs for college students (and dropouts) that will start earning you money from your computer.  

Granted, there are obviously more than 5 online jobs for college students (and dropouts) out there, but we chose these to get you started on your journey. We’ll also be adding to our list of “Ways To Make Money As A College Student (and Dropout)” frequently, so be sure to check back. 

1. Become A Digital Marketer

Digital Marketing is becoming more popular as businesses are operating and growing their online presence. It’s essential to be online in order to grow business in our culture and digital marketing ensures you’re doing that effectively and efficiently. 

Seth Hymes, a former SD podcast guest runs a great course to get you started in digital marketing. The best part is that you don’t have to be a genius techie in order to learn the concepts and start applying them. He has a free course that will give you an idea of what you’ll learn. Check it out! 

2. Become a Virtual Assistance

Becoming a Virtual Assistant is a quick way to start making some extra cash. Businesses outsource various aspects of their day to day work and you can help in exchange for money. This can be anything from emails, keeping calendars, writing content, organization, marketing, etc.

If this is something you are good at, think about becoming a virtual assistant and make a few hundred dollars or more a month. We’ve had some incredible people in our group become really successful virtual assistants. 

3. Design Things For People Online

If you’re good with graphic design and enjoy doing it in your spare time, you can easily design things for businesses or individuals. This can be anything from basic content creation, to complete website overhauls to graphic advertisements. 

Honestly, there are tons of people looking for others to design for their businesses, myself included. It’s great because you can start immediately. Check out 99designs and Upwork, and begin bidding on various jobs!

4. Become a Freelancer

Becoming a freelancer is one of the easiest ways to start making money, especially if you’re fast and write well. 

Beyond writing blogs, a lot of companies look for someone to write website copy, basic content, technical content, creating brochures and even help write SOP’s. If you want to get started writing or proofreading, then jump onto Freelancer or Upwork, search for listings and start applying for freelance work. 

You can start there, but if you get good enough, you may be able to break away and create your own business as a freelancer. Listen to our episode with William McCanless to learn a step by step approach to starting as a copywriter freelancer and how you can make good money from it.

5. Start a Website

Obviously, one of the best ways to start making money online, is to create a blog or website. Consider it your “homebase” for anything you create online and if done well, can start making you money. It’s super easy to start and something you can continue to learn about as you grow. Te and I have both learned wordpress through developing our own websites over the years and have helped others get started because of the skills we learned. 

Start with a domain and web hosting for cheap through Bluehost or Rose Hosting. SD is on Rose Hosting, but Bluehost does offer cheaper options starting out. 

Then, start creating content! With some dedicated time and effort, you can begin making money and may even reach 6 figures a year through ads, affiliate links and more.


If you are a college student or a dropout and are looking for ways to make money working online, we got you! Here are our favorite 5 online jobs for college students (and dropouts) to start making money and challenging the status quo. Remember, just because you’re in college doesn’t mean you have to be broke! 

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.

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