10 Best apps for earning money while in college

By Andrew Buck | Updated on
10 Best apps for earning money while in college

Need some extra cash? In this article, we’re sharing the best money making apps for students to help cushion their wallet.

Many college students will reach a point in their studies where the struggle of juggling both an education and a job just doesn’t feel feasible. After all, pouring excess time that could be spent improving your grades into a part-time work environment may pay the bills, but it doesn’t do much for your education. As it turns out, there are a ton of money making apps out there that allow you to work online — more than you might expect.

Here are 10 best money making apps for college students.

1. Rakuten

Rakuten is one of the popular money earning apps for students that doesn't work on the points system and instead pays cash directly to its users.

Rakuten has become one of the most popular and the best paying apps to earn money and that’s because of its big payouts and an extensive list of retailers. The app is integrated with cashback stores including Walmart, eBay, Sephora, Amazon, StubHub, Lyft, and many more

Devices: iOS, Android

2. Fiverr

Fiverr one of the best money-making apps for Android and iOS is designed for freelancers of different expertise. Writers, graphic designers, engineers, or any skilled professional can onboard the platform and explore multiple opportunities from clients from all over the world.

Fiverr is a perfect option for individuals looking for ways to make money during their preferred hours. From work flexibility to different levels of rates, Fiverr has leading and startup clients that regularly work with freelancers.

Devices: iOS, Android

3. Bookscouter

BookScouter is a smartphone app and a website that can help you sell books to companies that buy used books. The site can also help you find books to buy or rent.

The site is particularly popular and useful for college students. It can help you buy required textbooks, which often cost hundreds of dollars, at half the price or less.

Devices: iOS, Android

4. Ibotta

Ibotta is a shopping app you can use to earn cash back on your everyday purchases at over 300 in-store and online retailers. The Ibotta app is 100% free to use.

After a large grocery shopping trip, boom! Instant cashback. After a trip to the mall… cash back! Even after shopping for some items on Amazon, BOOM: CASH BACK! Cash back for every type of shopper, including online and in-store retailers.

Devices: iOS, Android

5. Survey Junkie

Survey Junkie is a legitimate way to earn extra cash while you are waiting for the bus, on your lunch break, or even when vegging on the couch. I like to earn money with Survey Junkie as I wake up in the morning. Survey Junkie is 100% free and easy to sign up.

Once signed up, (which takes less than 1 minute), you can start taking surveys on the go, from anywhere on your phone! With Survey Junkie, you can make the most money in the least amount of time (compared with many other sites)!

Devices: iOS, Android

6. Foap

Foap is an app that allows you to earn money by selling photos and collaborate with photographers. It's also acting as a photo-sharing app with community features which benefits photographers to see what their peers are up to and what is selling which they can replicate to start earning too.

Devices: iOS, Android

7. Upwork

Upwork is a freelance marketplace where gig workers can create a profile and compete for work. Clients can then invite you to work on a job, or you can submit bids for individual jobs. If you’re looking for a particular niche of work, this makes it easy to find. Among other things, you can offer services like graphic design, video editing, writing, and programming.

Devices: iOS, Android

8. Swagbucks

Swagbucks is a cash back app that rewards you for performing basic tasks. In addition to offering cash back on special shopping deals, you can watch videos or fill out surveys to earn “Swag Bucks” (SB). Each SB is only worth about a penny, so it can take a while to earn money. On the other hand, you can basically get paid for clicking your mouse.

Renowned as one of the best apps that make you money, Swagbucks permits users to pad their wallets by acquiring points through online shopping, surveys, and also by playing games.

Devices: iOS, Android

9. SquadStack

SquadStack is a useful app for Indian students where they can earn rewards called SquadCoins for completing various tasks. The company says they convert business activities of large companies, including Flipkart, Snapdeal, Ola, etc., into small missions that are completed by users. The missions include giving feedback, tagging images, categorizing products, etc. SquadCoins can be sent to users’ Paytm wallet or redeemed for PayUMoney points.

Devices: iOS, Android

10. OfferUp

OfferUp is one of the most convenient and flexible selling apps I’ve ever used. You can list your items, just like Craigslist, but your buyers have profiles you can check out. Plus, if you don’t want to meet up with strangers, you can opt to ship your items to them instead and get paid with PayPal.

Devices: iOS, Android

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