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How to earn money while studying: A guide for new students

How to earn money while studying: A guide for new students

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We know that as a student, it can be quite difficult to balance work and study.

It's not easy finding the time or energy for a part-time job when you're studying hard, but thankfully, there are some ways to make money as a student that don't take up too much time in your week, and can help easily pay for all your textbooks.

Read the guide provided below to get a glimpse into a few of the different ways you can earn money while studying, so that your education won't have to suffer from a lack of funds.

Sign up to work for a delivery or service app

Airtasker is a marketplace for people looking for work, and it's perfect for students who want to earn some extra cash on the side.

Whether you have a spare hour to give or an entire day at your disposal, there are thousands of tasks to choose from on the platform.

You can also use any skills you may have, like babysitting, dog walking, painting, website design - virtually anything at all. People even list tasks for things like assembling flat pack furniture, so there are plenty of options.

If you have a vehicle, you should also consider signing up for a ride-sharing service like Uber, or to deliver food for a company like Menulog. It's easy and flexible, so you can fit it in around your studies quite effortlessly.

Manage social media accounts for local businesses

You can earn a decent living by managing social media accounts for small businesses. It's an easy way to make money alongside also gaining valuable experience in the fields of marketing, communications, or business management.

Social media management doesn't require any formal qualifications either, making it the perfect side gig for proactive students who are looking to gain easy work experience alongside attaining their qualifications.

Despite social media activity being an essential part of any company's digital marketing, many small businesses do not have the resources or time to manage their social media. As a result, these positions are always being outsourced, so there's no shortage of these positions available to students.

If you have a passion for social media and are looking for a flexible job with good pay, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

You will be able to work from home or anywhere else that has internet access, so there are also no geographical restrictions accompanying this position. Plus, the hours are completely up to your discretion, which means more time that you can spend on-campus.

Take online surveys for rewards

Modern day market research is essential for any industry, and organisations of all sizes are willing to pay people for their opinions.

To cater to this growing need for direct market research, several online survey websites have been established where you can answer simple questions, and be rewarded with gift vouchers or even cash.

The best part about this is that it's all done online and from the comfort of your own home. You don't have to go out, be around people, or do anything other than answer some questions on your computer. It's so easy, and there are no limits either - you can take as many surveys as you want, whenever you want.

Become a streamer or start a vlog

You can start earning money by creating a vlog or streaming on Twitch. It's easy and fun, plus it is an excellent way to make money in your leisure time.

You don't have to be an expert in anything, you really just have to be open to sharing your thoughts with the world. You can even get paid to play video games on platforms like Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube. The more followers you get, the more money you will make.

Become a freelancer

Freelancing is an excellent way to earn some extra cash whilst studying. You can work from anywhere in the world and set your own hours, so it's perfect for students who need flexible working hours. Plus, freelancers are always in demand.

Freelancing gives you the opportunity to explore different types of jobs that may interest you, as well as learn new skills like graphic design, animation, social media marketing or digital marketing. It also helps build your resume with real-world experience before graduation day comes around.


As you can see, there are a myriad of ways that you can make a little bit of extra income each week while studying without having to sacrifice too much of your potential study time.

It's all about finding the jobs that align best with your availability, skills, and also the industries that you feel may be most valuable for you to engage with.

Be sure to spend some time checking out what's out there to ensure that you find a part-time or casual position that's perfect for you!