I was hoping to get some ideas about how to make extra money. I'm currently working as an undergraduate researcher for next to nothing, it allows me to pay rent but only barely. I need to make some extra money so I can do extra-curricular things. My background is computer engineering, with an emphasis on electronics, I have experience with Java, Python, and basic knowledge of HTML 5, C. If you guys have any ideas that would help me to make some extra money while using my current skill set that would be greatly appreciated.

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    What I did was got a real job while in school. With those skills you might be able to find remote work, or even one that works around your schedule. It didn't pay great, but it paid great in comparison to what I had been making. Heck, for you, waiting tables might pay better. – Pete B. Jul 27 '16 at 15:09
  • how is this about options? just reviewing the tags and wondering whether you have a speciality in options trading that is not evident from your question. – MD-Tech Jul 27 '16 at 15:39
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    @homer150mw perhaps I was nudging him to read tag descriptions before randomly adding them ;) – MD-Tech Jul 27 '16 at 15:49
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    My college kinkos experience was invaluable. I was able to excel because of my technological aptitude but I also got to learn to deal with the general public without having to serve food or coffee. Personally, if you're studying, I wouldn't try to take contract programming work. Clients can be very demanding and tracking down payment can be impossible. A job with a paycheck is where you want to be, imo. – quid Jul 27 '16 at 17:58
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is asking for job/work advice and not a personal finance topic. – Joe Jul 27 '16 at 18:10

With your knowledge/experience, you should easily be able to find work through one of the freelance developer sites out there. It would let you work flexibly on your own schedule, and you can decide what types of work you're willing to do at rates you choose to work for.

You could always come up with your own ideas for a commercial website of some kind that could help generate some degree of passive income that won't interfere with your full-time work. That's only limited by your imagination and creativity.

The third alternative is to find a "real" job (I chuckle at that one!) like most people do.

I hope this helps.

Good luck!

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