5 Hobbies That Can Make You Money Whilst Studying

The cost of education in America is increasing at 3 percent per year. But still, the majority of young people still believe in getting a good education. And this is not a bad idea because a student can easily earn some extra income that can take care of his/her tuition fees and other expenses.

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Most students go for part-time jobs like working in a cafe or doing labor which pays very little and saps up a lot of energy. This energy can be used in creating something valuable that can also help you earn some money.

Here are 5 hobbies that can make you money whilst studying. The hobbies on the list will not only make you money but also boost your creative energy.

1) Photography


Photography is if those hobbies that can make you money without investing a lot of time. There is a great demand for good amateur photographers who are willing to work for nominal rates. If you are an extroverted person, you can opt for event photography where you will be capturing important moments of an event like a wedding, birthday parties, corporate gatherings, music concerts, etc.

Photography pays well and does not require hard physical labor. However, you will have to invest in a decent camera and some accessories. Another way to make money from photography is by uploading pictures on websites like Shutterstock and Pixabay. These websites allow users to either download the pictures for free or by paying for it. Either way, you can get a lot of exposure by using these websites.

Time spent per week: 3-4 hours

Initial investment: $300-$500

2) Video editing

Video editing

Video editing is number two on my list of hobbies that can make you money. It is a skill that requires you to have attention for detail and some knowledge of editing software. The editing software may seem complex to someone who has never done video editing, but things begin to get easy after a few hours of usage.

To make money from video editing, you can check out freelancing websites like ViEdit, MOFILM, and Uscreen. All three will pay you handsomely if you have the skill to transform a dull video into something worth watching. 

Time spent per week: 10 hours

Initial investment: $0

3) Buying and selling

Buying and selling require you to have unique skills that very few people have. It is a business for someone who is good at negotiating, bargaining and have a knack for finding good deals. To find saleable products for cheap, you can visit a garage sale or browse online stores that specialize in this market. You can earn some serious cash once your business takes off. 

Time spent per week: 10 hours

Initial investment: $200-$500

4) Coaching

Coaching is another way to make some quick money with minimal effort. If you are naturally good at explaining and convincing difficult concepts in an easy way, you can start an online coaching business in whatever field you are studying in. You can offer courses or mentorship services to students who struggle with studies. 

It doesn’t have to be academics, you can also teach other valuable skills like communication skills, arts, etiquettes, etc. Since you are still studying, it is best to have other students as your clients. That way, you can provide maximum value to them and build a reputation in your college or University.

Time spent per week: 8 hours

Initial investment: $0

5) Blogging

Blogging is one of the most popular hobbies that can make you money while still studying. It is low investment, less time consuming and very interesting. To get started, pick any topic that you are passionate about. It could be an academic subject or a hobby.

You can use a free blogging platform like WordPress or Wix to build a website that reflects your personality. You can also use a plug and play theme available from a collection of thousands of free and paid themes. To monetize your content, apply for a Google Adsense or other Ad networks suitable for your website content. 

Time spent per week: 4 hours

Initial investment: $20


I know that your priority is to finish your education and get your dream job. But these methods to earn side-income will teach you crucial skills and tactics that you can implement in your future. Moreover, buying and selling is a skill that has the potential to change perspective and open up a whole new dimension that was unexplored before.