Making On-the-Side Money

Whether you need money for books, some walking around cash or the fare for a ticket home, here are some creative ways you can earn some extra bucks.

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HUMAN GUINEA PIG: Ever thought of participating in a research study? Compensation for clinical research study volunteers runs the gamut from $15 for answering a few questions on lifestyle habits to a couple of thousand dollars for participating in a longer term study with an in-patient stay.

If your university has a med school, check out opportunities on campus. National clinical listing services include www.clinicaltrials.gov and www.centerwatch.com.

MOVING BILLBOARD: All Savi Maharaj from the University of Florida has to do to get a paycheck is drive her black Volkswagen Beetle around campus. If she leaves her car parked in front of the dorms, it's even better for business.

Maharaj is one of the over 700,000 contacts for a marketing and promotions company called Free Car Media. The company matches advertising clients with drivers across the country to promote the company's products. Drivers are given free samples of the product they are promoting to pass out along the road to interested consumers.

SELL STUFF: Sell what you don't need, can't use, or no longer like. Sell back your used textbooks at semester's end. Do it on campus for the fastest return, but if you're a recent grad you can sell back textbooks on-line. Check out www.barnesandnoble.com.

Other easily convertible-to-cash items include CD's and clothing. Expect to get $1-$5 per CD, depending on the condition. Gary Alpert, 23, after-school director at the Jewish Day School in Newton, Mass. takes the music resale concept a step further. "I've bought a box of used records at a garage sale for $3 and then sold them for $1-2 each at the used music store."


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