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.


  1. 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 sponser for results alongside your normal search.


  1. Start your own website


Have you always wanted to become and entrepreneur and have some form of passive income? You might want to think about starting your own website and see whether you can get passive income to do it.


  1. Review websites and apps for cash


Please see our previous article about this but in real terms you get paid for reviewing items.


  1. 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.


  1. Write and Publish a kindle E Book


One thing students are always good at is researching and writing.  There is now a kindle app available for most devices so your global market is huge.  If you list your book anywhere between £1.50 to £7.00 you can earn up to 70% of the sale considering amazon is the ultimate selling machine. That is a fantastic deal.


It is so important with these e-books to create value and write nonfiction.  Bundling information you have researched and compiled on a common problem justifies somebody spending a few quid on it.


  1. Affiliate marketing


If you have got a good presence on social media or you even have a block or a website you could start bringing money immediately by promoting all sorts of companies and products, services and offers online.


There are various providers in this area and you may be able to grab an affiliate link or share it which will bring you in some form of passive income.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.

  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. Competition


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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


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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