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3 Ways to make money while you are in college

Creativity can put food on the table
Marco Reynolds

When you are not in class and when you are not studying, what is the one thing that dominates you thoughts? Besides that—money! You are always thinking of what you would do, if you and $1, $5, or $10. In college these denominations are huge. We spend more time thinking what we would do with the money, than thinking of ways to get it.

I created a short list of ways to get money. Some of the items I could have used to earn more money as a student. It is possible to make money without leaving your dorm. I formed A Poet's Expression while in college because I was selected to go to New Orleans for a required internship. At the time, I had been writing poetry for about 8 years leisurely. I gave out most of my framed poems as gifts until I realized, "Hey, I can sell these and fund my trip to New Orleans". Word of mouth was my biggest marketing tool. I earned enough money to fund my trip and for expenses, until I received my first check. I believed in using creativity when it came to making money while in college.

You can also post blogs about a certain theme. There are countless sites that allow you to sign up for free and post your blog. Do a little research and find the site you like the best. This may have been something you thought about, or maybe not. There are different types of blogs. There is the most popular method, video blog.

Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of The Little Book of Talent and The Talent Code, in the article 3 Lessons of the YouTube SuperLearners he attempts to answer a puzzling question. How a 9 year old from Holland, learned to sing in English. He writes, "The best part? Amira [Willighagen] has never had a single lesson." He went on to add, "…she learned by watching YouTube videos of great opera singers." For answers to how this is possible, he examines:

The question is, why? Is it better teachers? More nurturing parents? More global competition? More motivated learners?

My answer: all of the above. But one factor might be bigger than all of them: YouTube.

Because YouTube is perfectly aligned with the way the human brain was designed to acquire skill. Namely:

◦1) You stare at someone doing something amazing

◦2) You love it so much that you can't stop thinking about it

◦3) You try it, reaching for a target

◦4) You compare your result to the target

◦5) You reach again. And again. And again. (Repeat.)

With the success of YouTube and publishing yourself, find your niche and I guarantee there is an audience for it.

  • 2. Arts/Skills

As I wrote earlier I began writing, framing, and selling poetry. I sold my work to family, friends, and my extended circles. Do you paint? Draw? Write? The world is in dire need of Artists. If you write a song, first mail a copy to yourself in a self-addressed stamped envelope. Do not open it, file it away somewhere safe. Then, send it to a publishing company. If you are a painter, paint on a small canvas and try to sell it online. There are online sites you can take a picture of your work and sell it online, such as Fine Art America. Be creative. Use your skills to achieve what you want.

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." — Harriet Tubman

I did not mention self-analysis, but here seems to be a good place. In the book How to win friends and influence people, Dale Carnegie mentions the exercise of the president of an important Wall Street bank, who spoke to his *studentry. The individual asked himself 3 simple questions every Saturday night during his alone time.

Step 1: The first question was regarding mistakes. Ask yourself what did you do wrong this week.

Step 2: The second question was about successes and how those success could be improved. Ask yourself what did you do right. How could you have improved what you did right?

Step 3: The third question was lessons learned during the week. These steps are vital steps on the path to improvement and honing your skills. Ask yourself how will you apply what you learned to the next work.

  • 3. Photos

With sites such as Flickr, you can take a photo and post is online. Think outside the box. If you are into graphics merge different photos together, creating a masterpiece. You do not have to go and purchase an expensive camera or computer. The computer lab allows you to use the computer and most cell phones have a camera. I believe the creative element is key to snapping the photo that is like no other. See what photos are out there and try to come up with a photo no one else could capture.

The key to getting what you want is as simple as thinking outside the box. Facebook was created because Mr. Zuckerberg thought outside the box, look at it today. Do you know anyone who does not have a Facebook account? There are countless engines to help you achieve and promote your product. Think of ways to bring you dreams, passions, and talents into the 21st Century.

*Studentry – was used in the book The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. & E.B. White

An Inside Day
An Inside Day Marco Reynolds

An Inside Day

An original art piece. It is a poem about struggling with society and fitting in. It is about sheltering yourself from others and trying to justify the action.

At First Glance
At First Glance Marco Reynolds

At First Glance

This is an original art piece. It is about an individual who does not believe in love at first sight, experiencing it. Taken by surprise and realizing how it feels to finally capture a lifelong desire.

Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman Wikipedia

Harriet Tubman

An inspiring quote about realizing your dreams.

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." — Harriet Tubman

Hawaii Marco Reynolds


A dramatic scene taken on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is photos like this that are used as the backdrop for many inspiring poems from A Poet's Expression.

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