Students everywhere are preparing to face the real world of work. But before then, most of them look for opportunities to make quick money to add to their wallets. The avenues abound to make money quickly, albeit legally. Here a 10 reliable ways to make money, offline and online.
- Make Money Completing Online Surveys
This is a cool way to spend an hour of your day. Participation in some surveys can actually be very refreshing. Online surveys would not make you rich (not a fast lane to become a millionaire), but they are a sure way to make decent money while in school. Few minutes of filling an online form could earn you $5. Probably not much, but you’re not restricted to one poll site nor one survey. The more you partake, the more money you make.
You may consider these survey sites : Swagbucks, Toluna, Vivatic, OnePoll, MySurvey, SurveyBods, Valued Opinions, The Opinion Panel, YouGov, PopulusLive, Global Test Market, Pinecone, IPSOS, Hiving, PanelBase, MintVine, Opinion Outpost, Mingle, Harris Poll, Mind Mover, New Vista, iPoll.
- Make Money as Brand Ambassador /Campus Influencer
Another easy way to make money is to put in some effort to look for businesses which have products that students would be interested in, especially students on your campus. For example, a trendy fashion brand (or shop) that focuses on selling clothes for the young and young-at-heart, would gracefully accept to have you as their product ambassador if you meet a certain criteria. They’ll likely clothe you throughout the period of the contract whilst they expect you to rake in sales for the clothes. Influencers can be likened to celebrities who endorse a brand to increase its sales.
Beyond the physical, you could also use your social media account (if you have thousands of followers) to promote the brand for cash.
- Make Money Starring in Ads, Movies, and Other Videos
You can register with an advertising agency and offer to star in an ad. Once they have a concept that would require someone like you, they’ll call you. This is an easy way to make money. You can also be used as part of the extras in a movie and still make good money depending on your depth of participation. For people looking forward to careers in the fine art industry, this would be a good transition. To make more money, register with many agencies unless there’s an explicit restriction of such in your country.
- Make Money Selling Stories, Photos and Videos
As a student, you’ll have stories that may interest blogs and newspapers. This is a sure way to make money quickly. You can even break campus news to news agencies who would be ready to pay for it if it’s worth it. In addition, you can always pull your phone and take videos (stories with videos fetch more) and pictures to back the story or news you are selling. This could fetch you about $500 monthly if you take it seriously enough.
- Make Money Selling Fast Moving Products
Simply buying and selling products that students need would make you money more than you can dream of. But of course, you first have to find out if this informal commercial activity is permitted on your campus. Market your business through word-of-mouth, messaging apps like whatsapp, paper posts, and social networking platforms. No much skill required here, but you have to be careful not to sell to your friends on credit (some are not able to recover it).
- Make Money as Digital Media Assistants
Digital media management is one of many new jobs that do not require you to be physically present at a specific location to be able to work. You can work from anywhere! Look for clients (small businesses and individuals), and offer to help manage their social media accounts by posting, responding to comments, replying messages and managing the client’s online reputation, as well as selling where necessary. For a weekly or monthly fee, you would make good money, and quickly.
- Make Money from Your Education
You can teach students of lower-level education. For example, MBA students can teach undergraduates for a fee. This could be official or through your own arrangements. I recommend the official means where you apply to become a teaching assistant in the University. But of course, you can always look beyond your campus to other campuses or lower-levels like GSCE. Those living in the UK can advertise on SchoolsTrader or sign up with UK Tutors. You can expect to earn around £10 an hour. However, make sure you don’t have to do too much tutoring around your exams!
- Make Money from Youtube Videos
A fast-growing online money making opportunity is youtube videos. Don’t just watch them; you can also make them. Youtube advertising is increasing as more and more people are drawn to videos than texts. Everyday, millions spend hours on youtube for varying reasons. Make a short video with a purpose (to teach, create humour, an exclusive filming, etc) and post on youtube. Allow ads on your video and push it to go viral. Once you hit a decent number of views, be sure to see the money coming in quickly.
- Make Money with a Part-time Job
Students often look for part-time jobs to support themselves financially. Part-time jobs are a way to support yourself but you need to get a light job….jobs that are not physically demanding as this could have toll on your academic work –the primary purpose of being in school in the first place. Some part-time jobs pay up to $10/hour. Look for light jobs that are not far from your location. Clerical jobs are often suitable and they pay well too.
- Make Money as a ‘Clickworker’
In his post, Owen Burek stated that one of the quickest way to make money is to work as a clickworker. He wrote ” The Clickworker.com concept is based on ‘internet crowd-sourcing’ where businesses advertise specific, scalable tasks they need completing quickly. And for us, it’s an easy way to make fast cash from our couch.
There are a variety of tasks, but most commonly they involve mindless data entry, web research or form filling. You are rewarded and paid in cash (via Paypal) for the work you do, and you can choose for what and when you work. Give it a go. [If you’re US based, also try Amazon’s ‘Mechanical Turk‘].
Students across the world would most likely find at least one of these money making tips in their countries. America, the UK, Canada, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, India, Australia are among the many countries where you can make good money even as a student.