Do you have a flair for words or an eye for details? You can use these skills to make extra money online while in school.  If you feel you lack the necessary skills, it’s never too late to develop new ones.

Take note that making extra money online is generally not as hard as some people think. Some are as simple as answering questionnaires; you can even do it in your spare time without getting up from your couch. Don’t know where to start?  Here are five fascinating ways students can make extra money online.

Blogging

If you have a favourite hobby, you can turn it into a moneymaking venture by writing about it and sharing the content with others. It’s easy to start blogging from scratch.  Get a computer with access to the Internet, choose a reliable domain hosting company, and put to use that stored up creativity and imagination.

Remember that blogging requires a lot of patience, and you need to stick with it long enough to make extra money. The good news is you can maintain the blog in between classes. As long as your topic is something that you are genuinely passionate about, the job never gets dull. Be sure to write quality posts regularly to attract steady traffic of readers.  Only then will you start earning a stable side income from blogging.

Selling Second Hand Online

You can de-clutter your storage space and earn money at the same time by selling old, unwanted, or unused items online.  From clothes to books to DVDs, many online marketplaces accept second-hand products. Remember the jewellery you got long ago but never wore it because it is not your style? Maybe the piece carries too many unwanted memories you want to part with it.

It’s impractical to keep unused jewellery, and remodelling it may negatively impact its value. Why not sell it and use the money for something you indeed want or need?  While online marketplaces such as eBay, Etsy and Jewellery Guru are popular jewellery reselling websites, your jewellery could easily get lost in the sea of other products. If you have a decent social media following, try posting on Instagram and Facebook links to your items, so you get a more compact audience.

Take Surveys

Businesses would shell out money to understand what customers think while they shop and why they purchase particular products. Many market research companies will pay you to get your opinion, and all you need to do is answer a few multiple-choice questions. It is not much hard work, but you do need to fit the demographic the research is targeting to qualify. One way to ensure you pass the screening is to understand the purpose of the survey and join the ones targeted towards your country. To boost your income potential, sign up on as many websites as possible. Popular online survey sites include Pinecone Research, Opinion Outpost, Survey Savvy, and Global Test Market.

Become a Virtual Assistant

Contrary to what some people believe, various virtual assistant jobs do not require special administrative skills to perform. Most students who have developed adequate organisational and communication skills while in school can work quite well in virtual assistant jobs. Your responsibilities may include simple research, social media maintenance, email correspondence, and other “assistant-type” tasks. You could earn a fair amount of cash per month based on the services you provided or the hours you are on the job.

Photography

Do you have what it takes to capture beauty or amusing things in a photograph? Why not make use of your talent to make extra money? You can sell your work online, whether it’s landscapes or student actor headshots, just upload your images for free to stock websites such as Adobe Stock, Getty Images, iStockPhoto, or Shutterstock.

The websites have different payment schemes, but you will typically earn 15% of the selling price. Over time, your income can increase by up to 50%. Be sure to choose photo subjects that are rare and have few search results as they usually have higher demand and sell for more.