Consulting- In all honesty, it’s just a fancy word for giving advice that doesn’t carry the weight of a potential malpractice lawsuit. There are a ton of people out there who have great ideas or skills and absolutely no clue of how to get from point A to point B. Someone with a bit of specialized knowledge on a process or industry can start monetizing the exchange of information or at least receive some valuable information in return. As a human being, you give countless people advice already. If you don’t, then talk about important topics on your social media and add to pre-existing conversations. So if they’re looking to make a profit from your knowledge, make sure you eat too.
Travel Planning- The travel bug is rampant. With the world “shrinking” because of technology, it seems much easier to visit other places. The truth is that technology is making it easier and cheaper to travel. We can see places before we go, flights plans are better organized, planes are better equipped, and search algorithms are more responsive than ever. If you have a knack for finding awesome travel deals, why not do it for people for a fee. If someone was helping people make Eurotrip plans for the low, I’m sure they’d be more willing to go. I had friends travel to Belgium for 10 days last year for $300, so yeah, its possible to travel the globe on a budget. Some people just don’t want to do the work, so if you’re good at it, why not turn it into something you can profit off of.
Iphone Photography and Video- We might get crucified for this one, but it’s true. iPhones record video in 4k and can take photos with many of the same functions of DSLR cameras with at a similar quality level. Some people purchase a Nikon for the look and if you need lenses for your work, I feel you. Even more people believe that you can’t be a “photographer” without a DSLR camera. Nah. Live by this rule instead. If you can’t take decent pictures with an iPhone, getting a better camera isn’t going to help you. Apple made the 7s specifically for challenging the move towards high-powered cameras. To touch on the lens reasoning, there are a few high functioning lenses for iPhones that are ready for purchase for the low. So if your friend is always making you take 1000 photos of them for the gram, maybe you shouldn’t charge them but at least get a Chipotle Bowl out of it.
Writing- To explain this one simply, think about how many papers you wrote in high school college. If you went to any decent schools, the number should be over 100. Your written content skills have been refined whether you like it or not. If you are in any research intensive major (English, Law, Business, Medical) you should be getting paid for your writing in some shape or form. This piece here will take me about 30 minutes and I’m not going to try to monetize it, but I’d take five bucks to write an essay. Cause I don’t expect to get paid anything. and because writing 20 of these a week is actually pretty light, and would not only expand my vocabulary, but also line my pockets with $100 every week. Get it?
Driving- From the end of high school until my sophomore year of college, I worked for a company called EatsDelivered that now functions as 772Delivery after some drama with the managing partners. The Pittmans, a young Stuart, Fl couple, started the company. The basic gist was delivering food for restaurants that didn’t have their own delivery services. They were UberEats before Uber existed and they made a killing. I spent a ton of time in my car anyway so driving around town for a couple hours a day to make money sat well with me. Since my time with them, they’ve acquired a liquor license and are still thriving. If you’re a car person or like spending time alone, get involved with a similar company. People say the wear and tear on your car is not worth it, but most of us are driving Hondas, Toyotas, and Volkswagens so scratch that. UberEats is actually super flexible and is running virtually 24 hours a day. If you’re looking for another way to make some easy cash, this is it.
Hopefully this gets your creative juices flowing. I know firsthand how hard it is to have money while in school. But I also know how many things there are to be good at and where there is skill, money should follow.