8 Easy Ways For Students To Make Money During The Summer
If like every other student you’ve been living from one student loan instalment to the next, the summer is a great opportunity to save some cash and financially prepare yourself for the year ahead.
Getting a summer job, however, isn’t always the best and most straightforward answer, as it can be hard to secure such temporary employment and after a full year of study, the last thing you want to do is spend your well-earned summer break working 9-5 shifts in a local shop or bar.
So, with that in mind, here is a list of 8 creative ways to save money during the summer, so that you can financially prepare yourself for your next year at uni.
#1 Tutoring :
Put your degree studies to good use by offering tutoring services over the summer months. Many parents will be keen to keep their children studying over the summer holidays and if you can provide assistance, they’ll be happy to pay. A great idea is to create a Facebook Page for your tutoring business and set up some low-cost Facebook adverts, targeting parents in your local area.
#2 House and Pet Sitting :
With a lot of people taking holidays abroad during the summer, there’s great opportunity to offer to house sit for neighbours, relatives or family friends. This will most likely involve doing a bit of gardening or watering plants, collecting mail or looking after any pets and could turn into a quick and easy way to make cash.
#3 Become A Blogger :
Ok, so you might not be able to become the next Zoella over the summer, raking in millions, but you can still pocket a considerable amount of cash through creating a blog.
There are many ways to earn an income through blogging; such as affiliate marketing or selling ad space or paid reviews. You will have to build up and audience and community first, but once you’ve done that, you can approach brands to advertise or collaborate with you. Or sign up to marketing agencies who will pay you to feature their clients.
#4 Become An eBook Author :
If you’ve always thought about or dreamt of writing your own book, now is the time to do it. You have around ten weeks or summer which is enough time to write and publish an eBook on Amazon which you can sell for a few quid. If your book is relatively successful within its niche you may even create a regular passive income stream as it sells a couple of copies per week.
And, as your book is digital, there will be very few overheads – except for your time, the cover art and perhaps getting a proofreader. And you’ll earn around 70% of each sale on Amazon. Plus – being able to call yourself an author with self-publishing experience will look great on your CV.
#5 Buy And Sell :
Shipping your luggage to and from uni every term has probably taught you that you have A LOT of stuff. If you have more clothes than days of the year to wear them, then sell your items on eBay or Depop for an easy win.
Or, you could also become a pro car boot sale surfer. Browse through sites like Gumtree, eBay and Amazon to see which video games, CDs, DVDs and toys are making the most money online, then visit car boot sales, garage sales and charity shops to surf for these items or similar ones which you can sell online for profit.
Reclaim all that money you spent on expensive textbooks at the start of the year by selling your books to new prospective students at a discounted rate. Join student forums and Facebook groups to find others who are planning to study the same subject as you. There are also many directory websites which allow you to list your second-hand books online.
#6 Be An Extra :
If you’re up for a brand new and exciting experience, you can make money by acting as an extra for TV or film. Although there’s a lot of waiting around on set (be prepared for 14 hour days), extras typically get paid around £100 for one day’s work.
Contact your local film commission, casting offices or extras agencies about opportunities. Then create a resume for yourself, complete with a headshot, which you can send to them to keep on file. If you have particular skill, such as horse riding, archery, juggling or something interesting, be sure to highlight this. Most extra work does not require any experience but you may need to become part of a union to be considered by certain organisation.
#7 Be A Brand Ambassador :
Consider also signing up to ‘Brand Ambassador’ schemes. Businesses and companies everywhere have brand ambassador schemes asking people to promote them in return for cash. Some of these schemes will be solely online; brands will pay you to post about their companies on social media or on your blog. They may give you discount codes and award you the commission on every sale.
You could also get paid to promote brands at events, festivals or concerts by handing out free samples, wearing the brand’s T-shirts or interacting with consumers. You can find these opportunities by simply Googling “brand ambassador + your town/city” or searching for brand ambassador Facebook groups in your area.
*This is a collaborative post from Lana Richardson blog editor for UniBaggage.com