Financing College

Financing college seems like hard work. But if you like what you do, you can have fun, too. Take a look at 4 of the weirdest ways to make a buck and earn a credit.

First of all, I want to keep this clean. You won’t find anything illegal. No crazy publicity stunts like that magician that freezes himself – David Blaine. And no wacky ideas that don’t really work for anybody, like betting on the Iditarod or doubling down on your favorite NBA team because their luck has to change…

Let’s get on to some solid ideas that might be a little kooky, but have worked for others. I’ll mention at least 4, but you should get several other ideas as you read. Financing a college degree should help you get through, not be all drudgery. With that in mind, here’s the first.

1. Wilderness Guide, also known as a fishing guide, hunting guide, trail guide, river guide, climbing guide, and so on. Believe it or not, this one happens all the time. I have family members and friends who have worked this one, and you can, too. You need to know something about an area, or know someone who does who will teach you. You can even apply for a job on the Colorado river taking groups down the rapids. If you like the outdoors, this could work for you.

2. Advertising Rep, an experience from my own past. I went to truck stops and changed the posters around. I also repped a credit card where I posted applications on or near campus. These two didn’t pay much, but I could schedule it whenever I wanted. The credit card job was only limited by my effort and imagination. You can find similar opportunities to finance your college fees if you look.

3. Party Organizer, you know, rent a house boat, hire a band, pass out fliers, charge a cover. Borrow or buy some kickin’ speakers, and collect money at the door. If you try this, be sure to follow all of the rules with regards to…refreshments. Seriously, don’t get yourself in trouble, it’s not worth it. Offer a free van to give rides home, and pay a friend to DJ.

4. Campaign Clean Up while I’ve never done this myself, I have a friend who has. He said one candidate offered him $9000 for clean up. I can’t say that is typical because he was in a large city. But it was a good fee, and you do the work quickly, for about 2 weeks after the election. You take down signs and posters, and get rid of them. Now would be a good time to start looking for customers. And if you get busy, you could employ other college students to help.