6 Genius Side Jobs All College Students Can Do From Their Dorm

As a college student myself, I know just how impossible it is to have a “normal” job in college.

Between already taking on a full load of work with the number of classes and homework you have to your irregular schedule that changes every three months, it is so hard to secure a job that will work around this schedule.

In an effort to earn more than $500 dollars this month {READ: How I made $414.05 Extra Money in January and Monthly Goals} I have been researching jobs that you can do from your dorm room, around your own schedule.

Talk about a win-win!! I am testing most of these out this month, so I will come back and update this post after in March and let you know how much money I made from each of these side income jobs.

 

Now, onto the six jobs that all college students can do to earn money around their busy schedule.

Usertesting

Earn $10 in 10-15 minutes by visiting a website or app and giving your opinions about it.

Usertesting has been used by thousands of people and highly recommended. Usertesting will record your screen and voice as you go to the website and complete specific tasks they give you.

The tasks are really easy and are along the lines of “Find what day {Company name} is closed on every week”. Then, you would go to the website, voicing your thoughts out loud, and see how easily you can find where they have this listed.

To get accepted into this program, they have you do an example run to see how well your voice picks up and how you sound recording. It took me less than 10 minutes.

I was at home when I did this testing and my dad started yelling up to me from downstairs so hopefully, it couldn’t hear and I get into the program!!

 

Mystery Shopping

How did I never know this was a thing?!

You can earn money by acting like a normal customer and either go into a store or call the store and then give a detailed review on how it went.

The amount you make can vary, but a lot of bloggers have said they have been able to make an extra $50-$100 dollars a month on this AND get free products! And no, you don’t have to be a blogger to do this, they are just the ones that are sharing their results :).

The company that I have seen to get the best reviews for mystery shopping is BestMark.

If you sign up for BestMark, put in my referral number!! Not sure what it does, but it said to have you give to people who you refer. I think it will make your application be reviewed sooner! My number is: WI21500.

Blogging

I had to add this one in there 😉

This one definitely takes time, but if you have some time to put into it can really pay off!! Last October, I made over $600 on my blog from ONE post!! {READ: How I made $617.78 From One Blog Post}

On top of being able to bring in money with this, blogging has also lead me to many opportunities that I wouldn’t have received without it.

If you want to start a blog today, I recommend going through Bluehost. You can start it for as little as $2.75 a month and turn it into a business that brings in hundreds of dollars every month.

Ebay Business

Rosemarie Garner from The Busy Budgeter used to run an eBay business (before she started making over $100,000 a month on her blog….now do you want to start a blog😉 where she would go to Thrift stores and purchase designer jeans when they would have the stores would have 50% off days.

She would then sell the jeans for a higher price on eBay and make $700 a month on it!! You would need a little more time for this between going to the thrift store, taking pictures of the jeans, and then shipping them but for $700 a month its worth the consideration.

You can also have FedEx deliver boxes to your dorm or apartment and pick them up so you wouldn’t have to worry about that.

Online Surveys

This won’t make you into a millionaire but doing these while you watch TV could bring in a couple hundred a month.

The amount you get paid for these varies so I would do a little research and find one that you think you would enjoy.

Some popular ones are:

Swagbucks: You can get a free $5 dollars for signing up.

Vindale Research: You can earn up to $50 dollars per survey and just by signing up, can earn $2. 

Ebates

I am a personal fan of Ebates and use it all the time. I have already made over $97.00 dollars and just got over $85 dollars deposited the other day (pictured above)!! IT’S THE BEST!

I have a whole post on it that really goes into detail about how it works.

{READ: How I Make Money While Shopping}

This one you can’t really “work” for, but you can get free money every time you buy something online.

With the amount of online shopping we do, any college student (or person in general) would be stupid to not download Ebates. It is free and pays you for nothing!

Some websites definitely pay more than others but a little bit can go a long way no matter what.

Sign up for Ebates and receive $10 with this link.

How do you make money in college? I am always so curious on the different jobs college students have!!

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How To Get Lululemon Leggings for Half The Price

Lululemon leggings are the best of the best– but they are so dang expensive!! I have continued to pay for them because they truly do last longer than any other brand I have ever tried.

They don’t fade, don’t stretch, and don’t get holes in the butt (you know what I mean ;).

BUT, you guys won’t believe what I found out!! Nordstrom new athletic line, Zella, gets their leggings made in the same exact factory as Lululemon with the same exact material.

So what does that mean…they are the same pair of leggings!! And Nordstrom price is more than half of what Lululemon is.

I purchased three pairs of Zella leggings this summer during Nordstrom half-yearly sale. I got an even better deal (I believe around $36.00) and have been wearing them weekly ever since.

I got two of the high-waisted pairs and one of the moto leggings. I have had zero issues with the high-waisted pair (I am telling you, they are exactly the same as my high waisted Lulu’s) but on my moto leggings the sheer part get ripped up.

I took them to Nordstrom and they completely replaced the leggings for me. I haven’t had that issue happening again, so let’s hope it stays that way.

I have the pair on the far right in black and maroon and the middle pair in black. Isn’t that such a good deal?!

The sizing is the exact same as Lululemon so I would stick with whatever size you wear there.

Zella also has some cute workout tops and sports bras so I went through all my favorite pieces and put a little image together for you. Just click the clothing piece you want to see and it will take you to that piece on the Nordstrom website!

I also have these leggings from Amazon (all the fashion bloggers recommend them) and they are only $22.00!! Would definitely check them out if you want something cheaper.

I know that was a really short post but I wanted to hop on quick and let you know about this!

 

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I am a checking account whore. Probably the best type of whore you could be 😉

On a more serious note, ever since I started following Dave Ramsey and have been getting extremely organized with my finances, I have found that the way I have my checking accounts set up greatly affects how much I save for a given month.

I thought it might be helpful to go through with you exactly how I organize my checking accounts. BTW, I am a full-time college student so I don’t have a “job”. I nanny a few times a week and bring in money from this website (best way ever to make money!!) so for me to make sure I know where every cent is going, I have to keep track of my finances since I receive a lot more checks than direct deposits.

 

Before I go over how I separate this out I want to give you a little background on how I organize my money in general. I only keep my monthly income in my checking accounts because I am trying to payoff my debt. So basically, at the end of this month, everything in majority of these checking accounts will be sent over to my car loan (minus Christmas and Birthday Money). I am trying to put as much money as possible to this loan so I can get it gone (only $3,000 more to go!!). 

I also don’t have a savings account anymore because I opened a money market. I opened the money market account with Aly Bank because I had a bad habit of just transferring my savings back into my checking account whenever I wanted, which made the whole point of a savings account useless.

I just transferred $1,000 into this money market account as my emergency fund. I will not increase this amount at all until all my loans are payed off. Since it is not as easily accessible to me and increases at a slightly higher amount than a normal savings account, this was the way for me to go.

Okay, now onto how I organize my checking accounts!

*First things first, before anyone thinks I am crazy for putting this out on the internet know I covered everything I needed to to keep my banking account private*

Savings and Monthly Income: I am starting with this category (we will call all the separate checking accounts categories from now on) because this is where all my non blog earnings from the month gets deposited.

I always am a month ahead on my finances so I never have to be stressed about not being able to pay for something. Whenever I get paid for babysitting, venmo, anything like that–goes into this account.

That way at the beginning of the new month, I know exactly how much money I have to spend that month and can separate it out into the other categories. So basically, this is the main checking account.

I usually do not have this much money in that account but I am saving for Elite Blogging Academy (which comes out March 5th..so excited!) so I am keeping extra money in that account until I buy that. That’s why it also says “Savings”.

Checking: This is what my debit card is attached too. I try to keep the minimum amount in here because I tend to spend every cent of money that gets put into this checking category.

I usually try to only keep around $30 in here for food for the month. Right now it’s higher because I have to buy books for school (can we all agree this is the worst!!).

Bills: I have all my bills set up to directly take money from this category. This is super nice because as long as I organize the money in the beginning of the month (which I do every.single.month) I don’t really have to think about making sure I paid my bills (but obviously it’s good to check it over!).

I luckily don’t have too many bills but the bills I do have come from Sallie Mae and my monthly car loan. I always put the exact amount for these in there but usually keep a cushion of $25 dollars just in case something goes wrong.

The reason I keep the extra $25 in here is because I don’t want to miss a payment and it affect me down the line!

Christmas and Birthday Money: I always forgot about saving for birthdays and Christmas and it would get me in trouble since I didn’t budget for it. I now know to look at the upcoming months and plan for birthdays to put money away for.

For Christmas, I usually start putting $50 dollars a month in this account starting in June. That way when November comes and I start shopping I have around $300 to work with. This can get me pretty far shopping sales but I hope to be able to up that in the future:).

The reason there is only $0.10 is because we had no birthdays this month.

Online Income: I am starting to earn income from blog {READ: How I Made $617.78 on Pinterest from my Dorm Room} so I wanted a place where all this money would be directly deposited. That way I can keep track of it better but I also can share with you exactly how much I am making in my monthly income reports that I am starting!!

I have all my accounts hooked up to here (Amazon Associates, Google Adsense, Paypal, ShopStyle Collective, and my affiliates) so whenever I receive money from them it goes straight into this account.

Taxes: With this online income I am earning, I now have to think about taxes for the first time in my life!! I don’t want to mess with doing anything wrong, so I set up this account so I can always take out 30% of what I make from my online income and put it in here so when the time comes to pay taxes for these I am not scrambling to find the money.

That is exactly how I organize my checking accounts!! Having it this organized has helped me so much in saving money that I am going to be able to pay off my car loan 3 years (it was only a 4 year loan) early!! So excited for that. But then I start on my student loan debt..ugh!

Do you guys organize your bank account or do you just have one checking and savings account? I swear the bank rolls there eyes every time I walk in there ;). 

 

5 Must-Know Ways to Make Sure Your Long Distance Relationship Lasts

My boyfriend and I live eight hours apart 75% of the year, and let me tell you, it is not easy.

However, being apart this much has taught us so much and ultimately brought our relationship closer than before. You know the saying, distance makes the heart grow fonder ;).

Ben (my boyfriend) and I have been together for almost four years now- we started dating in high school and would spend every waking minute together.

When it was time to make college decisions, it was known for awhile that he would be heading off to Iowa (he’s a college athlete). And, unfortunately, our colleges ended up being 5 hours away from each other.

 

Fast forward to this year and me transferring schools, we are now officially eight hours apart. Originally, I thought that this distance was devastating and didn’t know how I would survive being that far apart (cue the dramatics;) but honestly now, I think it is one of the best things to ever happen to our relationship.

So how exactly have we made it work so well?

First things first, we fully trust each other.

I have 100% trust in him that he would never cheat on me and for that matter in general… he sucks at lying/keeping things from me so I would be able to tell right away.

We both go to Christian colleges where partying is nothing like the big state schools, so I know we have that advantage since we don’t really have to worry about drunk mistakes but honestly, even if we did go to a big party school, we would be fine. Having trust in your relationship is soo important!!

We also communicate all-the-time.

We make it a priority to text each other first thing in the morning and last thing at night. We also have consistently facetimed each other every single day (a lot of the time multiple times per day) and talked about what we had going on, who we were hanging out with, homework that we have, etc.

(adding this in– we always figure out arguments before we get off the phone. I might take longer than that phone call to get over what I was frustrated about but we make sure to talk it out and end the phone call on a good note)

 

Okay, so that makes it look like all we do is talk to each other. BUT, this next thing I think is equally as important to communicating all the time– give them some space! Ben doesn’t get mad if I don’t respond to a text or if I say I am busy and can’t talk and vice-versa.

I am going to assume that since you are sticking it out through this long distance that you are planning on being with each other for forever, so enjoy your independence!!

I love being able to hang out with my girlfriends whenever I want and as selfish as it sounds, appreciate being completely on my own schedule while we are apart!

Ben plays college soccer which takes up a lot of time and doesn’t allow him to travel home (honestly, this is our biggest argument!!).

Even though I fight it a lot, I respect that he really only has two more years in his life left for this sport so he needs to truly enjoy it (and not have a nagging girlfriend annoy him about it hehe whoops).

I make sure I get up to visit him usually at least once a month and once I am there I love to hangout with his friends and do what he normally does so I feel connected in his life there (if that makes sense!).

And lastly, we surprise each other here and there with packages.

This may seem expensive and can definitely add up, but you can do this really inexpensive and have a huge impact on your boyfriend {READ: 19 DIY Gifts For Long Distance Relationships}. I have to say, Ben is much better at doing this than I am… Last year, he called me one night and told me to go check my mailbox. In it were a pair of Lululemon leggings I had really wanted!!

I have been reading up a little on love languages and know that the way I feel loved is by receiving gifts and love that he has figured that one out too ;). I also try to make sure that his love language is hit which is touch (cringing typing that for the internet to know but he is a boy sooo..haha) and that ones a little harder being apart….ladies, get creative ;). <—- hate myself haha!

I am not going to sugar coat long distance relationships and say that it is easy, because it is not at all and I am counting down the days until Ben never has to leave me again but I do believe that if you put a little effort into keeping the relationship “alive”, you can make it through the distance.

Like I said earlier, different personalities are going to change the way you handle situations. It might make it easier and it might make it harder but if you see yourself marrying this person you should be willing to do just about anything to make it last (anything legal of course ;).

And lastly, your long distance wont last for forever!! It might seem like it is forever, but in twenty years you will look back and think about how little that time spent apart feels.

What is the number one way you keep your long-distance relationship strong?

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The Best Sales of The Week- February 2nd-9th, 2018


*Click the item you want to take you to take you to the store website.*

Question- Is Michael Kohrs and Nasty Gal going out of business? There are so many good sales there this week!! It’s the time of the year where I am so divided on wanting winter and spring clothes. Wisconsin still has a long way to go before spring, but everywhere is starting to bring clothes out!

I actually went to Nordstrom today to exchange some black booties for another pair of black booties and there was barely anything to choose from. Spring is coming quick!!

This week was my first week of classes for second semester and I can’t believe how fast it flew by. I am so happy to be back with my friends and back in the routine of things.

My classes aren’t terrible this semester and I am starting a lot of my major related classes (interior design and architecture) so I am really enjoying what I am doing.

I had some really good posts come out this week that you may be interested in:

How I Made $414.05 In Extra Income This Month and Monthly Goals

10 Surprising Ways To Decorate Your Apartment On A Budget

Hope everyone has a great weekend and it doesn’t end too quickly!

How I Made $414.05 in Extra Income in January and Monthly Goals

With the new year, I have decided that every month I will be going through how much money I made, how I made it, and my goals for the previous and future month.

Ben (my boyfriend) was still home from college until the 8th and when he is around I tend to do absolutely nothing. I always am so on the go that it was nice in the beginning to have literally nothing to do but it got old real quick:). He headed back to college on the 8th and unfortunately a mixture of being sick and not having any motivation to do anything lead to… well, me doing absolutely nothing (again). I honestly don’t think there is a Youtube video out there that I haven’t seen in the last few weeks. My school just started so I had about three weeks where everyone was already back to school and it was just me with nowhere to go and nothing to do.

This month I had a major fail and that was being apart of the Acro and Tumbling Team at my school. I was a gymnast for basically my whole life until I quit junior year of high school and I thought this would be a great way to meet some new girls and be back to a “gymnastics” type of sport. Unfortunately, I only lasted a week because my body is just so beat from the years of gymnastics.

Since my break was so long, I headed out to Iowa to visit Ben. My dad had points for a hotel room and it was so nice to have a place to just hang out with him and watch TV. Theres not too much to do where he goes to school so our days revolved around where we were going to eat ;). I ended up leaving just in time because they got a huge snow storm and all classes were canceled!

I am so excited to be back to school and actually have things to do! I am the type of person that thrives when I am SO busy so not having anything to do has really messed with my productivity. I am in a slight dilemma with my major because I am now thinking I want to fully major in architecture (I am currently majoring in Interior Design and Architecture) but my school doesn’t offer that as a major. I could get my masters in it but that would be three more years of school (and three more years I would have to pay for..ugh!). I have time to figure it out but at the same time, really don’t have much time at all.

I barely worked in January due to being sick and the family I babysit for not needing me so it was a really low income month for me. I didn’t make much money but I did finally save $1,000 (well technically $967) for me to buy Elite Blogging Academy. It comes out March 5th and I am so excited to take it!! Kind of a bummer that I didn’t make a lot of money, but it makes me super motivated to bring in money next month!

February Goals
  1. Only spend $50.00. This could be a hard one but since I don’t have any payments besides my car (I am not counting that in the $50) I don’t really have any need to spend money. I am working on not going out to eat as much so hopefully this is motivation to eat at home/at school.
  2. Workout 3 times a week. I just stopped my membership to Orange Theory but need to keep up my workout so I am going to start Kayla Itsines’ program again.
  3. Hang out with friends on the weekend at least twice. I love being social but since I live so close to home from where I go to school, I tend to come home a lot and hang out here. My sister is home so I do want to come home still, but I want to make it a priority to spend a couple weekend nights with my friends.
  4. Make $500 dollars this month. To reach this goal, I will have to find some side jobs since I had to take off some hours of my normal babysitting with my school schedule this semester. I have some ideas so hopefully I will follow through!
  5. Put $300 towards car payment. Since I was saving for the Elite Blogging Academy I put a pause on adding extra to my car payments so I really want to start putting as much towards this as I can. I have $3,093.56 left to pay but in less than a year I have put over $4,900 towards it so I am pretty pleased!! I want it gone!
  6. Manually pin the whole month. I have been using schedulers for all my Pinterest pins because its so easy but my traffic has been so low I am about to do just about anything to bring it up again. A blogger I follow, Carly Campbell, has had huge success on manual pinning (and makes over $15,000 a month blogging) so I bought her book (Pinteresting Strategies) and am going to try out the techniques. It takes a lot of time which is why I have been holding off so I guess we will see if it is worth it! I am planning on doing a whole post on this in March going over my results.
  7. Post at least once a week on my blog. Would love to do two but I have no idea how much work my classes will be this semester so we will see how that goes!
Blog Goals
  • Pinterest Followers: I am currently at 527 followers and want to get to 600.
  • Pageviews: Ughh!! This has been down SO much for me ever since I switched from Blogspot to WordPress (seriously, if you are starting a blog start on WordPress!!! Worst decision for me blogging ever was starting on Blogspot). In January I received 13,671 views and want to get 15,000 in February.
  • Email Subscribers: I haven’t been active emailing my subscribers which I know is important but I still am getting a decent amount. Right now I have 2,388 and would love to get to 2,500.
  • Start debt payoff interviews: I have wanted to do this series for ever but have kept pushing it off so this month I actually want to get it!

Extra Monthly Income in January

*Because I am a full time student I consider any money I make to be “extra”*

Babysitting: $314.00

Blogging Affiliate Income: $100.05

Mom Money (My parents are divorced and I am under my dad for all money related purchases so my mom will send me money randomly when she can): $250.00 

So I made a total of $414.05.

For barely working at all this month, I am pretty satisfied. I am really hoping I pass the $500 dollar mark next month!

10 Surprising Ways To Decorate Your Apartment on a Budget

One of my favorite things to do is find new ways to decorate the places I am living. BUT, everything is so dang expensive these days!

Plus, I always seem to like the most expensive things (insert eye roll emoji!!).

I have wanted this headboard for so long. You know, one of the big, tall headboards that just make the room look “complete”.

Sooo, guess how much that bad boy is?! Yeah, starts at $2,595.00…!!

Let’s hope someday I’ll be able to make that purchase but for now I need to keep putting my deal finding skills to the test.

I am going to show you 10 easy ways to update your apartment without breaking the bank.

 

 

  1. Update Your Cabinet Hardware From Decor Pad

Getting new cabinet hardware can completely rejuvinate old, boring hardware that was previously left in the apartment. The best part about this easy update is that you can take it with you wherever you move next!

I have been seeing inexpensive hardware sets a lot of places (a ton at Homegoods/Michaels) that have a set of 6 or so for less than $15!

I also love these sets available on Amazon Prime. This set of modern brush brass pulls are only $17.49 for a set of 15 (that’s such a good price!). I am d-y-i-n-g over this acrylic hardware (10 for $34.99).

 

2. Washi Tape Wallpaper by Shop Walk in Love

I love how easy this one is! Washi tape comes in so many different patterns and colors now that you can really customize this to be exactly what you want.

This is great since you can easily take it off but it spruces up a rental/dorm and makes it more unique than before.

I do really like this cross pattern they have going on here, but I would definitely check out Pinterest for some more pattern ideas. There are so many!!

This is my favorite washi tape packet that I own (but it doesn’t include black!). It has metallic silver, gold, and copper.

3. Get a New Area Rug

This is one of my favorites because it is my own space and I can say just how much this updated my room!!

Plus, this carpet was less than $70… I know, so good!! I am usually not this much of a pink girl and steer more towards the neutrals but I love that since this was so inexpensive I could go a little more out of my comfort zone. The carpet is thinner, but I have vacuumed it numerous times and it gets daily traffic and has kept up really well!

I am super into the over-dyed rug look and love this blue version as well!

4. Trendy Pot Holder DIY by A Beautiful Mess

I think this DIY is such a great way to make a statement in your kitchen while decluttering the space and getting it organized.

I have seen this used for pictures but never seen it used in the kitchen and I think A Beautiful Mess did such a good job!!

5. Personalized Kitchen Storage from The Lovely Drawer

I love this for keeping your most reached items easily accessible while looking SO cute!

Even if you are DIY challenged I would check out this DIY from The Lovely Drawer because she has templates for you to follow so you look like a true calligrapher ;).

On another note– this would be a really great house warming gift to make for someone!

6. Update Your Shower Curtain

One of the biggest eye soars in a lot of apartments are the outdated showers. Adding a new shower curtain can transform your whole bathroom.

I personally go for more neutral and “clean” looking shower curtains and love this inexpensive one.

7. Update Your Throw Pillows from Francois Et Moi

One of my parts of decorating a room no matter how updated or outdated it is is to go shopping for new throw pillows.

My favorite place for inexpensive pillows is Homegoods since it almost always has a great selection to choose from.

Buttt, if you are looking to get a little crafty this tutorial will show you how to make a throw pillow out of a table runner.

8. Get a New Head Board (Under $100.00!)

Photo from The Sweetest Thing

This is my latest bedroom update– a new headboard!! And you’ll never believe the deal I got. It’s not my dream headboard (yes, the one mentioned above 😉 but its so much nicer than the one I had!!

A headboard is one of those things that you would just assume to be a lot of money and out of budget, but with a little research you can find a great deal!

Here’s the headboard I got for $64.99.

9. DIY Your Entry from The Merry Thought

Your entryway can get extremely messy if you don’t have a good organization method.

This drop-off peg board would not only make your life easier so that everything is organized but also adds a element of design into your space.

10. Hang Up A Gallery Wall

And lastly….hang a gallery wall! It seems like it would cost a lot of money but actually it is super inexpensive if you do a little digging.

This is my room again– I got most of the frames from Ikea and got the gold frames from Goodwill. I got all my prints from from these posts: My Favorite Free Gallery Wall Art of 2018 and My Favorite Free Gallery Wall Art.

Do you have any easy decor updates that made a big difference in your apartment?

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