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5 Ways to Make Extra Money at the End of the Semester

With finals over and the summer on the horizon, you’re probably changing gears to thinking about making some extra money for the summer. You’ve worked hard all year in your classes, now it’s time to work for some spending cash. Here are five ways you can earn extra money at the end of your semester so you can have a relaxing summer.

  1. Sell Your Textbooks

This may seem like an obvious choice, but you’d be surprised how many students forget about their old textbooks. Textbooks are expensive, especially if you purchased them brand new. It only makes sense to try to get a return on that initial investment by selling the books back to a vendor.

Avoid the campus store when you’re selling back your books unless you’re not concerned with making the most off of your textbooks as possible. Selling to online vendors or in a private sale to another student are the best ways to maximize the return on those books.

If you don’t know where to sell textbooks online, you’re in luck! There are literally dozens of sites that accept used textbooks and will make you a decent offer depending on the condition of the books. Generally, “like-new” condition will fetch the best prices, so be sure to keep your books intact throughout the semester.

  1. Find Summer Work

As summer approaches, there are many seasonal job openings that will appear. Landscaping is a popular option, while most national and state parks also hire maintenance crews for the summer time. Your campus may even have job or paid internship listings in the student center or website.

Theme parks also usually begin hiring around this time of year. If you’ve never worked at an amusement or theme park, the summer is a great time to give it a shot. The work is usually pretty simple, and you’ll get to spend your days in the sun helping customers find rides, refreshments, or even operate the rides yourself.

Summer work can help bridge the gap between semesters, as well as keep you busy during the summer. If you live on campus, you’ll likely have to go home for the summer, so having a source of income will ensure that you can pay your bills and participate in your favorite summer activities.

  1. Sell Belongings

If you’ve got excess items lying around the house, selling them can help you generate some extra cash. There are plenty of ways to unload unwanted items, from apps like LetGo to the Facebook Marketplace.

Selling on social media is an effective strategy, as social media platforms have excellent tools to help you maximize your post’s exposure and find the right buyer for your item(s). WIth powerful sharing tools, your sales post has the potential to reach hundreds of people in your area, so you’ll be able to complete your sale quickly.

Alternatively, you can download a garage sale app like LetGo and sell items via the app’s platform. The app helps you sell by your location so only people within a specified radius will see your post. With keywords and powerful search tools, you’re sure to get matched with a potential buyer in no time.

  1. Tutoring

If you’re particularly good in one area of study, you can offer to be a summer tutor for the students attending summer classes. Tutoring doesn’t have to be specific to your campus, however. You can advertise your services on social media or on tutoring websites.

Online tutoring jobs are a simple way to increase your cash flow while providing a great service to other students. You can choose the age and subject you’d like to tutor, so the experience is completely customizable to what you’re comfortable with.

Tutoring is considered freelance work so you can work whenever you like, for as long as you like, and you’ll be paid based on the work you complete. This flexibility allows you to enjoy your summer as well as make some extra money.

  1. Freelance Writing Gigs

If you’re an English major, or just great at writing, freelance writing work is an excellent opportunity for you. The flexibility and steady pay of freelance writing work will allow you to make decent money while still leaving time for the things that matter.

Freelance writing gigs can be found on sites like ProBlogger or Some jobs are contract based, while some jobs are on a project-to-project basis. Not only is freelance writing a good source of income, but it also allows you to brush up on your writing skills before the beginning of the next semester.

Freelance writing isn’t for everyone, but it’s one of many flexible options for summer work available to students. If you’re looking to make money and try a new type of work, this is a great opportunity to do so. You’d be amazed at how much you can learn from a single writing gig.


There are plenty of options for making money at the end of your semester. Don’t forget to sell those old textbooks for a little extra cash, and remember, avoid the campus bookstores if possible. Selling to an online vendor or private buyer will be much more profitable. Try a new job like freelance writing for a unique experience and decent pay. Most of all, don’t forget to enjoy your summer break!

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