13 socially distant ways for students to make summer money


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If your summer internship or job was disrupted due to COVID-19, don’t despair. There are actually plenty of work opportunities available for both college and high school students that allow plenty of social distancing, or can be done completely remotely. 

Check out the following 13 money-making opportunities (they’re not all jobs) that can be done without any public interaction and pay pretty well on top of that.

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1. Tutor virtually

With most school sessions being taught through virtual learning, it can be tough to retain information compared to in-person learning experiences. Being a virtual tutor can be a great help to parents, children and high school/college students alike while also setting set your own rates and earn some real cash. If finding references through family, friends or social media is a struggle, Tutor.com does the search for you. Virtual tutors through tutor.com typically make anywhere from $9 to $16 per hour.

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2. UpWork

UpWork is one of the leading freelancing service providers that allow people to post, hire and purchase pre-packaged services from freelancers in order to get a task done without contracts or long-term commitments. It is a perfect opportunity for college students to capitalize on their talents and skill sets while also gaining networking skills in order to market themselves as professionals ahead of time.

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3. Sell clothes on Poshmark

A closet full of old clothes could be a goldmine, and Poshmark can help you make the connection with interested buyers. You can set up your own virtual shop to sell your used clothes, shoes and accessories. However, be wary when pricing items. Poshmark takes a 20% profit share when an item is sold. 

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4. Open an Etsy shop

For aspiring or self-proclaimed designers, artists or craft masters, Etsy allows people to open up their own shop and sell custom-made goods online. With enough people willing to buy your goods, it can even become a year-round gig.

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5. Join Fiverr

Similar to UpWork, Fiverr gives freelancers the opportunity to help people complete tasks they struggle with or don’t want to do themselves for $5 and up. The skill sets Fiverr looks for are people who excel in graphics and design, digital marketing, writing and translation, video and animation, music and audio, programming and tech or business and lifestyle. At the small minimum rate, you can decide how much effort you want to put into your services based on time and your need for money.

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6. Be a dog walker

While a lot of people are working from home and are with their pets more than ever, their jobs still require a lot of their attention, making it hard to complete everyday tasks. Dog walking is a good way to earn some extra income while helping out a neighbor or someone in the family that could use an extra hand. Another bonus is that dog-walking is a good way to get some exercise and fresh air while still maintaining social distance.

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7. Start a YouTube channel

Establishing a brand as a college student can give your future career a real boost. A YouTube channel may be just the thing for getting your ideas off the ground. Aside from building a digital reputation, successful channels with large followings are able to monetize content by including advertisements in videos. With patience and traction, YouTube can become a full-time job in itself with a big payout. 

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8. Sell baked goods

Bake sales are all too familiar to students raising money for fundraisers, but a hobby in baking could pay off as a side hustle. You may want to consider selling those delicious cakes, cookies or brownies you bake instead of eating them all yourself. Online platforms like Nextdoor and Facebook can help you reach the nearby hungry folks with a sweet tooth yearning for some homemade goodies.

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9. Host a virtual mixer/hangout

College students can capitalize on their party hosting skills and turn it virtual through a paid online hangout. Charge an entry fee for people interested in participating, and in turn make a private virtual session with a booked special guest, whether that’s a comedian, a musician or another public figure. This can be a great socially-distanced way for people to make new friends, network and share the human experience. 

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10. Sign up for UberEats

For students age 19 or over who have a car or a bike, being a driver for UberEats can be an easy opportunity to earn some extra cash. During COVID-19, there has been a surge in use of food delivery services, so there’s plenty of work. UberEats is flexible with scheduling as well, so you can work as much as you want when it fits your schedule.

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11. Instacart

Another way to make money with a car is grocery delivery through Instacart. With COVID-19 leaving many people wary of grocery shopping, there’s plenty of opportunity. You can maintain social distancing while helping people who are immunocompromised or who just don’t want to be out in public.

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12. Take online surveys

SwagBucks.com is a website that allows people to make money and earn gift cards simply from taking online surveys. You can sign up for free and put computer and phone time to good use by completing simple tasks to earn some extra spending money in the comfort of your own home.

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13. Wash cars

It might be worth asking neighbors, family or friends if they are in need of a good car cleaning. With just some soap, water and a strong arm, you can make some solid extra cash while also doing them a favor by knocking out a pesky task. 

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