Instant noodle cups, the cheapest drinks you can find and dishrags that probably should have been thrown out a long time ago. The life of a university student can be hard. It can be harder on your wallet. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are some clever ways that you can cut the student woes without sacrificing all your free time.
Get an online side gig
Getting a job when you’re studying is a pretty tricky balancing act. Your grades might suffer and you might find yourself with very little free time at all. Nowadays, however, the internet provides all kinds of ways to make money when you have the time with less effort. Feel like getting paid for filtering out inappropriate content on social media? How about serving on a digital jury to help practitioners of law practice their craft? Whether you have freelance-able skills or none at all, there are lots of quirky ways to make money on the internet. Meaning you have a lot more free time to enjoy the student lifestyle, not be stuck in a job when you’re not studying.
Now, I don’t want to encourage gambling…but if you’re in a pinch and you’re feeling lucky…go for it! Betting takes considerably less effort, it’s true. But it’s also risky. So how do you turn that risk and turn into reliable profit? There are a few ways. Occasionally, for instance, you’ll see what’s known as matched betting. No-risk matched betting is exactly as it sounds. You can’t lose. You might not necessarily gain a lot, but you’ll never lose money from it. Use these to start building up a little betting fun. Then follow some of the top betting maestros online who provide things like each way betting tips. The ones you want to go with are the ones who publish their results publicly and are truthful about their profits. Some of them also offer long-term refunds so if you feel like you’re not seeing the results you want, you can pull out.
Drive around for cash
Do you have a car? Are you sick of it being nothing other than a burden on your finances? The truth is that there are a lot of ways to make cash just from driving around. Apps like Uber are one of the most obvious. But you don’t necessarily have to deal with people quite as often if you don’t want to. You could, for instance, sign up to one of the many groups looking for couriers to make deliveries. Or you could get a bunch of advertising slapped on your motor. You might have to sacrifice the looks of your car, but if you’re driving a run-of-the-mill banger that’s not a big sacrifice.
Start a blog
Blogging takes a touch more effort than some of the options above. You have to make it look good and be able to write good, informed content on something you’re passionate about. But if you want to work in an industry, showing your passion for it is a good way to build towards your career. Then, once you’ve started a blog, there are plenty of ways to monetize it. You can add pay-per-click advertising, for one. Or you can find affiliate programs that fit the content you produce. Then get paid directly by the organization you’re helping to promote. Blogging and your blogging subject might become a real expertise for you. Then, you might even be able to make money by producing webinars and eBooks on those topics.
Study for money
As a good student, you should already be putting some effort into your studying. Of course, some of you might not be all that good, so here’s another incentive to really get into it. For one, let’s start with an easy sell. Your old textbooks. Textbooks are expensive. All students know that. You likely won’t be able to recoup all the money you spent on them, but by selling them second-hand, you’re helping someone out while making a bit of cash. Then there are sites like Notesale. Here, you really get paid to study. You upload notes from your class to other people willing to pay for notes on subjects they’ve missed. You’ll need a little bit of work to convert those notes into a form that’s helpful to others. But you’re getting money essentially for transcribing work you’ve already done.
There are plenty of clever (and legal) ways to make cash no matter what your schedule’s life. From taking advantage of smarter bets to hitting the books and getting paid for it. Don’t fit the stereotype of the struggling student. Instead, be that guy or gal who always seems to have a bit of cash to throw around while your mates keep eating instant noodles for dinner.
I hope you enjoyed the tips in the post!
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