Today, we’re unveiling the SALT Blog’s latest contributor: Lee Morris, from brokestudentblog.com! Lee outlines ways that college students can make money without neglecting their schoolwork. Keep reading to find out how he got started.
My ongoing search for ways to make money in college began out of necessity.
Unlike many students in college, both of my parents never graduated high school and they were unable to support me financially. At first, I found a job as a dishwasher in the chemistry department, but I was making minimum wage and was only allowed to work 5 hours per week.
The money came out to only $150 a month, which was not even enough to pay for my monthly cell phone bill and car insurance. I eventually became sick of the measly pay and inability to find work so I decided to take matters into my own hands.
WORKING FOR MYSELF
I went to the library and printed out 200 flyers to advertise for a cleaning service. I then placed them in newspaper boxes and waited for phone calls.
A few days later, I received my first call and made $200 by cleaning a three bedroom, two bathroom house in 5 hours. This came out to $40 per hour. In the following days, I did two more cleanings and made 550 dollars for the week.
This is when I realized that nothing is better than working for yourself. I made more in 1 day cleaning than I could make in 1 month washing dishes. I began to research more methods to make money part time and also come up with new ideas to bring in cash during my next 3 years of college.
YOU CAN MAKE MONEY TOO
In November of my junior year, I created brokestudentblog.com to share my ideas with college students who find themselves in a similar situation that I did during my freshman year or who just want to make some extra money for going out or buying beer.
I am currently a first year medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., and although I no longer have the time to make money part time, I use whatever extra time I have to blog about my undergrad experiences and any new ideas that I come across.
For this blog, I’m going to highlight money-making ideas that you can do part time on a college schedule. It is my pleasure to provide you with information that I hope you will find helpful.