How to Make Money in Law School (from Home)

Law school is one of the toughest times to stay afloat financially. Not only is it hard to work during the year, but the ABA prohibits students during their 1L year from working more than 20 hours per week. I struggled to make end meets and was drowning in student loan debt until I decided to take up some at-home gigs to make some money on the side. Here are some of the top at-home ways that I made money during law school:

1. Work as an online transcriptionist.

Transcriptionists usually get paid anywhere from 15-25/hr based on experience. While you can transcribe almost anything, medical transcriptionists tend to be paid the highest. Schedules also tend to be flexible and you work on your own time. More...

2. Buy and Resell on eBay

People have been known to make a good chunk of change doing this. You can buy vintage clothes, sports, attire, old picture frames, and deals from stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross and make a good amount of money with very little effort on eBay and Poshmark.

3.  Create a Blog

One of the ways that I have found to make money while also writing about topics that I enjoy is by creating a blog. The downside is that not all blogs end up being successful and it takes a long time to make revenue. My advice? Stay with it and write about things you are passionate about! More...

4. Drive for Uber/Lyft/Via

If you have a car, this is one of the most flexible ways to make money for driving around. Uber has gotten some bad press for not paying their drivers enough money, but if you live in the city you can make a great extra income from this. Companies such as Lyft and Via are also higher paying ride-sharing services that allow you to make your own schedule.

Sign up to become an Uber driver here.
Sign up to become a Lyft driver here.
Sign up to become a Via driver here.

5. Become a Personal Grocery Shopper

If you love to shop and have a car, this is the side gig for you! Becoming a personal grocery shopper is a very flexible way to make a great hourly wage (~$25/hr and more on peak days!). Companies such as Shipt and Instacart are great companies to work for.

Sign up for Shipt here.
Sign up for InstaCart here.

6. Work for a Freelance Website

Freelance websites allow you to perform certain tailored tasks and gigs for money. If you have a special skill (legal writing, etc.) you can advertise your skills and get matched with high-paying tasks. Sites such as Task Rabbit and Upwork offer many ways to make money for selling your skills or completing different tasks for professionals. More...

Sign up for Upwork here.
Sign up for Task Rabbit here.

7. Participate in Online Bulletin Boards, Focus Group Studies

This is one of my favorite ways to make money on the side, although participation is not always guaranteed. Over the past year, I participated in over 20 focus groups (many paying over $100 for as little as an hour.) Check out some of my favorite focus group companies here.

8. Sell your Personal Gig

Do you have a special skill or gig? I made healthy recipe books that I sold on Fiverr, but you can sell anything from coding projects, modeling for website, and logo design.

Sign up for Fiverr here.

9. Become a House Sitter

This is a super easy way to make money for simply watering plants, watching houses, and light housekeeping. It also sometimes gives you a free place to live while you work! There are a lot of opportunities especially if you live near a big city. Rates range from $40-100 per day (and sometimes much more depending on the duties.

Sign up for HouseSitter here.

10. Become an Instagram Influencer

While this is not as easy as it sounds if you build a big enough following on Instagram (or other social media) you can get paid a hefty amount for influencing your followers to buy products. My biggest advice for gaining a following is mass following. While it sounds pretty spammy, I have found that those who follow me back are genuinely interested in my page so it all works out. Note: if you want to be successful you usually have to post daily (or more) to keep a consistent following.

11. Work as a Virtual Assistant

Work for an executive organizing their schedule, calling clients, and performing tasks, all from the comfort of your house. Websites such as Zirtual, FancyHands, and general job posting sites such as Indeed, Glassdoor, and Zip Recruiter have many opportunities. Pay usually ranges from $12-25/hr.

12. Work at Home Job Posting Websites

And of course, always check for general Work-at-Home opportunities on online job postings. Check out: Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Linkedin, NexRep, Flexjobs, and Glassdoor.

13. Get the GoCommando App
The GoCommando App is for students (you need an edu email) and is a really easy way to make some extra cash for doing really simple tasks. Some of the things I have done in the past included making Facebook posts (for $5-10 a post), handing out coupons on campus, and making videos. All in all it won't pay your rent but is great for extra grocery money and is usually super easy.