Students – How to make some extra cash for your studies

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Have you thought about ways to earn extra money through your studies? We list out some ideas you may not have considered.

We enclose some tips in relation to how to make more money for students. However, our top ten are as follows;

  • Become an extra.

You can earn between £60-80 for being a back ground person in a second rate TV programme. You can use sites such as E-onscreen. Where you can go onsite and get your 5 seconds of fame. You might also get to meet some celebs!

  • Sell your books, CD’s games and videos.

We have all had old text books lying around through school or university. Why not try and sell them? There are CD’s, DVD’s and videos that people don’t use anymore. It might sound like too much hassle but we buy books has made it nice and easy for you to do so. They value your books for you, print off a prepaid postage label so you don’t even have to go to the post office and they pay you once they have received your package. If you are trying to sell your CD’s games and videos, why not use Music Magpie for this. They also deal with phones as well.

  • Tutoring

A way to make money as a student put your academic expertise to good use and become  a tutor. This can be quite profitable earning between £25-£35 an hour. There is very little outgoing and all you have to do is advertise your times on job boards for locals to see or use tutoring sites.

  • Youtube

Youtube can be more than a distraction field platform. It can also get your thousands of pounds. There are some people that earn a serious amount from Youtube. 1000 views can earn you between 31 and £5. Meaning if you get 50,000 views a month you will be earning about £100. All you need to do is open an account and start uploading videos. The more unique the content the more likely the views.

  • Comping (competitions)

This may not be for everyone but it can be quite lucrative. It is more of a hobby than it is guaranteed money making exercises. You can have huge rewards but you need to enter into a lot of competitions. Why not use the and you can also get some freebies.

  • Mystery shopping

It isn’t as cool as it sounds but it can be a good earner. The general idea is you go to a shop and buy something specific and take a note of the details of the purchase and you can get your money back and get paid for the job itself.

  • View music for money

If you love music and want to turn your passion into money then you use sites such as musicXray to get some money for reviewing music. It is a pretty simple concept, if you love music and don’t mind writing some reviews then this is for you. It can get you up to £40 a month.

  • Ebaying

You can view this as a serious way of making money as a student or just clear your house of old stuff. Sometimes people will even purchase items and then sell it on Ebay. Don’t hesitate to look at the Ebay guide for this.

  • Free lancing

There are bug pros for free lancing. You can charge what you want and be able to work when you want. Free lancing can do anything from writing a few times a weeks to earning over £100,000 a year. Most sites like upwork allow you to bid on a job etc.

  • Run errands (become a taxi or delivery driver).

Get money from driving, dog walking, food and packaging are available in many places and pay fairly well. But often achievable requirements for entry.

Online surveys

These are becoming an increasing and popular way for students to make money by carrying out online surveys in their spare time. Research companies are always recruiting new members worldwide to answer surveys and test products.

It takes a few minutes to fill out a form and you make a few pounds with cash or rewards provided in return.  There are various online companies that do this and you only have to look them up such as: –

  • Survey junkie
  • Valued opinions
  • Prolific
  • Panel base
  • Hiving
  • Survey bods
  • Pine comb
  • Yougov
  • The opinion panels
  • Panel opinion
  • Opinion outpost
  • I-say
  • Index pounds
  • 1 pole
  • Life point

Get paid for searching the internet.  Are you interested in earning cash as a student online?  This must be one of the easiest ways to make money online without having to make any effort or change your behaviour.

If you try they reward for searching in Google, Bing and Yahoo. Install a simple add on to your browser and when you conduct a survey you they may also sponsor for results alongside your normal search.

Become a delivery rider or driver

Got a bicycle, motorbike or car. What about a smart phone?  All you have to do is to earn some money from delivering food or whenever you have spare time.  There are companies such as Deliveroo who are always on the hunt for new riders. As well as other companies such as Dominos etc.  If you go on the internet you will find that most of these companies advertise.

Write and Publish a kindle E Book

If students are good at anything it is a lot of research and writing. With the kindle store anyone can publish an E-book and make money on Amazon. The kindle app is now available on any device so your global market is absolutely enormous. You can list your book from anything from £1.50 to £7.00 and earn up to 70% of the sale. The key to success with E-books is to create value, write non-fiction. Including information you have researched and complied it into a common problem ie secrets finding a job etc. It is an easy way of using an E-book.

Once your E-book is live on the kindle store it is important to get reviews to show it higher up in searches. Encourage readers to leave an honest review at the end of your book.

Affiliate marketing

If you have a social media following or a website, you can start making money immediately. You can do this by promoting all sorts of companies, products, services and offers online.

Sign up with a publisher on the Awin network. Check their offer blogs or browse the merchant listings to find something you think your followers will be interested in then grab the affiliate link and share it. If someone buys from your link you can make commission.

Mobile phone recycling

You can earn exceptional money and help the environment by recycling old phones and unused devices. You can even go around charity shops to see if there is anything until you get a few quid in this regard.

Get cash back when shopping

Not only a way to make money but also save money as a student. There are several cash back sites out there but obviously you need to be careful and read these through to be aware of any catches.

Get a part time job

A part time job is the obvious first choice and it is opted for by most students to supplement their student loan. It provides steady work and flow of income and you can gain valuable work experience.  Good jobs are not always easy to find.  It might be worth looking on the internet and signing up to a job board such as CV library.

Geeks of Fiverr

Fiverr is now the world’s largest market place for people to make money selling small services. What you can offer could be anything from writing and translating to social media posting, playing pranks and teaching and creating music, voice over, short creative clips for people round the world.

There are various default prices which are very small but they soon start to add up.

Review music for money

If you love music you make most of your business by reviewing unsigned bands and artists online with slice of the

It will take a while to build up your reputation but some users on the site say that they have made up to as much as £40.00 per month.  This may not sound like much but if it is something that you enjoy then it shouldn’t be hard work.

Sell second-hand course books

A great way to make money is to buy other students’ textbooks at the end of the year. Then sell them after the fresher’s week – when the new intake of students knows what they need.


Entering competitions of course comes with no guarantees but there is a growing community of so-called comperes in the UK. Making up to £50,000.00 a year in all sorts of competitions.

These types of competitions vary from simple registration forms and Facebook page liking to answering questions correctly over the phone like a TV game contestant.

Mystery shop

Mystery shopping is easier than you think and can be rewarded handsomely. There are dozens of agencies that will pay you to visit all sorts of shops and restaurants to feedback on how they are performing.

Be an extra

Do you fancy yourself as a young actor or a person that wants to walk past in a background shot of something like Eastenders.  The pay isn’t bad sometimes it can be between £60.00 to £80.00 a day on average and you have hardly anything to do.  There are lots of agencies that are happy to place willing extras.  They make their money by taking a cut from your earnings so always ask what it is before you start the work.

Selling your old CDs, games and movies

If you are looking to make quick money, then selling your old bits and bobs and culling a room is always a good idea.  The best thing about it is you can rip all the songs and films onto your laptop from an external hard drive before selling them. In theory means that you are only selling the plastic and the artwork.

Dog walking and sitting

Dog sitting can be a big business for students. Especially people who have free time during the day when people are at work and worried about their pets at home.  You can almost make £8.00 an hour by walking a dog.

Work as a charity collector

This can be hard work and there is a lot of rejection but you have to be persistent.  If you are a bubbly person and personable this could be a great way of making student money.

Freelance work

Perhaps you enjoy writing, managing Facebook pages or doing a little bit of graphic design in your spare time.  There are so many freelance jobs out there that need simple skills or time that someone else might not have.

The best thing about freelance is that you can work for clients in the UK and around the world as long as you have an internet connection.

Sell items on Ebay

Everyone’s best friend when getting rid of junk is Ebay.  Online auctions are a sure way to turn that sleeveless jacket into absolute hard cash at an incredible figure.  Look at the trends and try to see what there are out there before you look at what you are selling.

YouTube videos

According to recent statistics videos are now watched on YouTube than more searches on google.  They recently introduced a partner programme where you can profit from making an uploaded video.  You receive a percentage of all the advertising revenue collected per 1000 views.  Depending on how successful you are you can make a lot of money. There are plenty of stories every week of more and more people making it a career.

 Searching the web

Interested in how to make money fast by doing what you already do online? This is one of the easiest methods of making money online. rewards you for searching on Google, Bing, Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay. All you have to do is install a simple browser extension and sponsored results will show along side your normal search results.

Each Qmee result has a cash reward of tax. Why not have a look at this now?

Start your own website

Interested in generating passive income? Need a website? It is the way to make money. Starting a website can take no less than 20 minutes, cost nothing and can be done by anybody. It only needs a bit of plugging on social media to get your first visitors and there is plenty of ways to monetise your site. Savethestudent is one example of a successful website, started by a University graduate and now has over 1 million visitors a month.

Review websites and apps

You can turn yourself into a pro and review websites as a paid and fun job. For instance there is an example such as user testing a platform that pays everyday people to review all kinds of websites and you can get paid via paypal. There is various different platforms.

“Get paid too” sites

Similar way of making money from online surveys. Get paid sites reward you in cash and vouchers for completing various offers. There are various different websites for this, such as toluna, swagbucks and inboxpounds.

Mobile phones recycling

It is a great way of being green. You can help the environment and recycle old mobile phones. You probably know people who have unused devices as well as potentially your parents. All you have to do is put into your browser makingmoneyfromoldphones and you will see various different companies that will be able to help you.


The click worker concept is based on “internet crowd-source” where businesses advertise specific, scalable tasks and need completed quickly. It is an easy way to make money from home. There is a whole variety of tasks but some of them are just mindless data entry, research or form filling.

Obviously the above are just some ideas of what you could do. Make sure whatever you have decided to go through that the work is legal and will earn you good money.

If you are not interested in making more money but learning how to save money whilst being a student then please refer to our previous article here.

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