There is no doubt that it can be hard to be a student. All the pressure of final papers and exams is stressful, and when you finally have the time to go out, you are usually short on cash. Still, there are a few ways to earn some extra money, you just need to get a little creative.
- Check to see if you are eligible for a student grant. Not all students are aware of these grants, and they can really help in financial difficulties. Student grants (like PELL grant for example) are offered by the government to assist students to cover the college expenses – tuition, books, equipment and other things.
- Delivering newspapers is a great part-time job that fit students’ schedule. All you need is a bicycle or a motorized scooter or even a motorcycle, and the energy to work in the early morning hours (about 3 to 5 AM). Although most people prefer that the newspaper will be placed at their mailbox and not just thrown on the lawn, this is still a pretty easy job.
- Speaking of lawn, you can do some gardening jobs at the neighborhoods close to your college. You can mow the lawn, trim the hedges or small trees, or clean the pool in the summer. Once you make a name for yourself, you’ll get a lot of requests from the neighbors to work at their gardens as well.
- Private lessons are a very lucrative business. You can be a tutor at your college, helping students from other classes, or give lessons to kids in your area. This will require to hang some ads at the local billboard, but if you are good, you’ll build a clientele in no time.
- A fun way to earn money is to participate in surveys. You can apply for online surveys and simply fill out forms. Another option is to attend a focus group or a test group (for launching a new product for example) and give your feedback about a product or service.
- If you feel comfortable with your body, you can become a model for art or science classes. This is very convenient, since you won’t even need to leave the college surroundings. You can look at the college newspaper for ads, or simply go to classes of arts or science and see if they need models. Some might want volunteers, but some might actually pay for participating, especially for clinical trials or participating in studies.
Naturally, there are tons of other jobs you can do as a student, but you get the general idea – just keep your eyes and ears open and look for possibilities.