Student vs. Money-Making
Student Loans can seem like a massive allowance at first glance, but once a terms-worth of rent has gone out and bills need paying, it’s surprising how quickly you’re struggling on a budget. Don’t fear! There are ways of making extra money to fund your living costs and other expenses!
Part-time or Temporary Jobs – This is the obvious choice! There are plenty of part-time and temporary positions available in student towns. The clear choices are retail and restaurant positions, but you could also look into baby-sitting, libraries and tutoring too! University careers sites and local jobs boards are usually the best places to look, but keep an eye out for positions advertised on social media sites too! The key factor in this is time management. Make sure the hours wouldn’t conflict with your studies and timetable and if you feel these are restricting your availability, try arranging part-time jobs for summer vacation to save up few extra pennies!
Sell Your Stuff – We are all secret hoarders; we become attached to stuff and buy more clothes than we can physically wear, so why not make some money back? Ebay and Amazon are great places to sell your unwanted items and usually have cheap insertion or sellers fees. For girls with a busting wardrobe, second-hand fashion on Ebay is huge right now! If you seem to have an inconvenient collection of old DVD’s, CD’s and games, try the website ‘Music Magpie’ who will send you an instant estimate and will pay cash for these items and also have a free delivery system. Similarly, some sites will pay you for your old mobile phones, so that maybe something worth checking out!
Make Money From Your Opinions – Taking part of online surveys could pay big money, so-to-speak. A quick Google search will bring up endless companies who will pay participants to answer short surveys on just about anything! Most pay between £1 and £3 per survey, with some paying in amazon vouchers too – handy for those with endless uni book lists! A few of these surveys per week might give a small but significant boost to your budget!
Make Money From Blogging – Blogging is now a way of life for students – they’re commonplace. If you have your own blog on a platform such as Blogger/Blogspot or WordPress, you can add in a feature called ‘Google Adsense’ which places sponsored adverts onto your website and you are paid per click! Alternatively, look out for adverts for freelance writers. If you have the proof of experience and good writing form, its worth applying for these as they are generally paid per article you write and can be done at home, in your own time! It’s also an added extra for your CV! Bonus.