One of the best things about university is the free time it affords you. But in order to make the most of it, you’re going to want to earn some extra money.
Taskrabbit is one of a number of sites that allows you to sell your expertise. Good at assembling flat pack furniture? Bid with a competitive hourly rate and you could be racing around your town putting up Swedish bookcases. Spend a lot of time in the gym? Chances are someone needs help moving a sofa. You pitch and get paid for jobs through the app. The funds are released as soon as you complete each task and take around three days to appear in your account.
Do you own a four-door car produced less than 10 years ago? Then you can drive for Uber. The peer-to-peer rideshare company has enabled millions to act as their own boss, work when they want to work and get paid. It’s particularly convenient for students as you can clock in for a couple of hours whenever you’re free. Surges offer the chance to earn considerably more when demand peaks. Driving your fellow students around on Friday and Saturday nights also saves you money on going out.
Advertisers love Instagram (check out Future Finance’s Instagram profile!) because it’s one of very few ways they can effectively market to younger consumers. Provided you have 1,000 or so followers, it’s possible to earn a good amount of money for a minimal amount of work. The key is to find your niche. Then you can pitch for affiliates on influencer marketplaces like ClickBank or RewardStyle. If you’re planning to work in media after university, this is a great way to gain experience in the industry.
Become a student warden
Student wardens perform a number of key roles within halls of residence. Their primary tasks are to look after the wellbeing of students in their building, alert staff to maintenance issues and provide security and first aid. Traditionally the position is compensated with reduced rent, although some universities offer pay. The position is usually made available to those in their second year of study and above.
Check your university’s Jobshop
Your university’s Jobshop will offer a selection of part time positions just for students. They’re typically based on campus, which is convenient when you’re spending most of your time there anyway, and usually include cleaning and administration roles. You’ll need to apply early, as most positions will be snapped up at the beginning of term.