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Side hustles – 10 ways you can make extra money while you study

You’ve received your student funding and already have a part time job… here’s 10 other ways some students increase their income on the side..

Searching the Web

You’re already online so why not get paid for it! rewards you for searching on Google, Bing, Yahoo, Amazon and eBay. Install a simple browser extension and sponsored results will show alongside your normal search results.

Each Qmee result has a cash reward attached. If you are interested, simply click on it and collect your reward. You can also complete surveys to top up your earnings.

Online Paid Surveys

It can be a bit tedious, but if you don’t mind completing questionnaires in front of your fave TV show you can make money by filling out online surveys.

Research companies are always recruiting new members worldwide to answer surveys and test new products.

For a few minutes of form filling, you can quickly make a couple of quid which is paid as cash or rewards.

Swagbucks, Branded Surveys and YouGov are just some examples, there are many companies out there looking for someone like you.

Review websites and apps

Of course the web is second nature to you. You can put this to good use by browsing websites as a paid job.

UserTesting and TestingTime are platforms that pay everyday people to review all kinds of websites and apps as well as new products and services. Each review takes around 20 minutes and bags you around £6.50 via Paypal.

Sell your photos

We all have an endless collection of photographs but do people often comment on how good they are? If so, try uploading them to stock image websites. You’ll be paid if they are used by someone.

Good starting points are Adobe Stock and Getty Images.

Become a Click Worker

The concept is based on ‘internet crowd-sourcing’ where businesses advertise specific tasks that they need completing quickly.

There are a variety of tasks, but most commonly they involve mindless data entry, web research or form filling.

You are paid in cash (via Paypal) for the work you choose to do.

Gigs on Fiverr + TaskRabbit

Other task or small services driven platforms are Fiverr and TaskRabbit.

What you offer could be absolutely anything! From writing, translating, social media posting with Fiver or more IRL jobs through TaskRabbit which lists local paid tasks and errands in your area there will be something you can offer for sure.

If you have a special skill, handy with DIY or just have time to run miscellaneous errands a few hours a month check out these site and you may find that your earnings add up quickly.

Review music for money

If you love music, make it your business by reviewing unsigned bands and artists online for cash with Slicethepie.

Money you earn will be paid in $US but anyone can sign up and review

Sell your course books or notes

Why not get doubly rewarded for your excellent lecture notes! Not only are you on your way to getting those top marks but you could generate some extra cash by sharing them with other students.

There are several sites where you can upload your notes. When another student downloads them you get paid.

Sites like Nexus Notes and Stuvia are free for you to list your notes. They take a small cut of any sales in return for connecting you with customers.

Watch videos

Make late night video watching work for you by getting paid to do so.

Swagbucks and InboxPounds are the most popular websites. They literally pay you to sit back and watch things like adverts and videos hoping to go viral.

If watching videos is your thing and you want to make money from home, head over to the Save the Student page which looks at this in more detail.

Make money whilst walking

Whether you’re already all about the step count or looking to exercise more, getting paid to walk is good motivation and a great way to make extra money.

Sweatcoin rewards you with PayPal credits, gift cards and free stuff in return for steps. They share insights with health providers and insurers, but promise not to sell your personal data.

You could be doubly nifty and combine this with a TaskRabbit errand and double up your money.

Funding your life at university might seem daunting, but as you can see with a bit of lateral thinking, there are hundreds of opportunities out there to earn some extra money sometimes quite passively, whilst running your everyday student life.

Students are so resourceful and innovative so ask around for your peers’ entrepreneurial tips and tricks

Student Advice

Helen Abrahams • November 9, 2023

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