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- Upcycle and sell on free stuff you’ve found in charity shops, on Gumtree, and on Freecycle
- Start a website. Make your unit ramblings as engaging and insightful as you can (it helps to provide a few laughs and be opinionated). Once you have a good following, you can start hosting ads on your site for payment or even write advertorials for brands (this basically involves you writing about a company for payment).
- Similarly, you can earn money from YouTube videos by sharing a slice of the ad revenue. It could be reviews or guides related to your course subject, or pick any topic that really fascinates you (games, comedy, and music do particularly well). You can run some ads and often blog freebies, and further down the line, you could even stream pay-per-view vids if you get enough subscribers.
- Buy second-hand in-demand textbooks at the end of term and sell them on to new students at the start of the new term (worth double checking that the same textbooks will be used again the following term, otherwise you could be left with a lot of useless material!)
- Cash in on your creativity by selling a design, a piece of music, a recipe, or whatever your specialty is on a site like Gumroad.
- Become an ’emergency key holder’: offer a base package that lets people keep a spare key with you that they can collect if they lose their own. We all know how easy it is to get into a pickle with this! You can add sliding fees if they want you to deliver or for unsociable hours.
- Start a magazine about your unit subject and get other students, tutors, and guest experts to write for it too. You could charge local businesses to advertise – the money might not start rolling in instantly but it’s a good project to invest in and will look great on your CV.
- Set yourself an unusual goal – like living on a yacht for a year or surviving on a tenner a week – and blog or write a book about it. You’ve got a good chance of featuring in the papers too (and could charge so cash for images!).
- Rent out your student room or house over the summer months on Airbnb.
- Run a ‘you want it, I’ll get it’ delivery service. Evenings and weekends could see you delivering McDonald’s/beer combos, while early mornings could be coffees, newspapers or train tickets. Or just see what everyday things people run out of and buy in bulk (midnight loo rolls got to be a winner, right?)
These are all for now, but there are definitely several more ideas that could help one earn money as a student. Maybe some of these suggestions are not applicable in your area. The key is to be creative and hardworking. Luck does not favor the lazy. The only thing standing between a person and that goal is the will to strive to begin and the faith to believe that it’s possible, so take the difficulty as the hope of a better future.