If you’re a student at the moment, it might be difficult to get a job which you can combine with your busy uni schedule. People tend to prefer classical student weekend or evening part-time jobs in hospitality or retail. However, many students have discovered different ways to support their lifestyle financially with less conventional means. Check out these new ideas to get some cash without messing with classes and study.
1. Being an Airtasker
If doing a diverse range of unusual jobs sounds interesting for you, consider Airtasker. Examples of the jobs are hanging a picture on a wall, designing a website, washing a car, or helping somebody move to a different house. All you have to do is to sign up and find interesting tasks. You can choose a one-off task to do whenever it’s convenient for you or many jobs in the place where you live depending on your skills. The main advantage of Airtasker is that your working schedule is flexible, so you can work for as long as you want.
2. Use your style
If you enjoy seeking great deals when it comes to clothes, and you’ve got a sense of style, you should think about becoming a clothing seller on a platform like eBay, or in various clothes-selling groups on social media. The possible downside of this way of getting an extra income is that from time to time buyers don’t go through with the buying, so you’ll need patience.
3. Work for Uber
With a proper car and a full license, you can earn extra money being a Uber driver. It’s simple to start and you can choose time to drive. Deciding on your own schedule has its advantages. There’s no boss watching you and it’s you who chooses when to start and to call it a day. To increase your earnings, drive during high-demand times, for example, on Saturday nights.
4. Delivering food
If the previous options aren’t a match for you but you still want to be in control of your schedule, delivering food for a company like Deliveroo or UberEats can be a great alternative. You can start if you’re at least 18 years old, and you also don’t have to drive a car – a bicycle or motorcycle are just fine. Plus, if you ride a bicycle, you’ll get a bonus of being able to exercise on your work.
5. Help a small business with social networks
Nowadays, social media plays a key role in many companies, however, many small businesses just don’t have enough time or skills to deal with their social media accounts. Find a way to get in touch with local businesses and offer them your help in posting to Facebook, Instagram, etc. for them, and also replying to comments and messages. From there, negotiate your salary, and you’re good to go!
6. Use your talents
What are you good at? It might be cooking, style, makeup, art, and lots of other things. Doing something related to your hobby can be an excellent side hustle, and a fun one, too. Try teaching someone at Laneway Learning, or advertise your services using social media to work as a makeup artist or stylist.
If you know how to draw, commission your pieces. Of course, it takes time, but it’s a great way to earn some money. Another way to use your talent is to start a YouTube channel and monetize it with the help of ads. Who knows, maybe your talent will one day make you famous.
7. Go undercover
Lots and lots of businesses are on the constant lookout for mystery shoppers. They need such people to assess the quality of their service and stores. The job entails buying something, either a product or service (usually in retail or hospitality) and after that, you have to make a report on the experience.
If your verbal and written communication skills are good, and you have a great memory, contact an agency that works with mystery buyers. It’s an unusual way to make some money, especially if you’re an enthusiastic shopper!
8. Write reviews for websites and apps
This is sort of like working as a mystery shopper, but online. Platforms like Enroll, UserTesting, and Whatusersdo, need you to use some websites and apps, perform a number of tasks, and write about your thoughts. They are going to pay you a small fee once you complete the review. It’s not going to be enough to be considered a full-on job, but if you have some free time, it’s quite easy to earn extra money this way.