Christmas is a time of celebration, a time for friends and family to get together and leave all their everyday worries behind. However, this respite doesn’t last very long, and we are often thrown back into reality in quite a startling way right after the holidays are over. That is why it is important to have a plan in place after the holidays – after all you no longer have access to fridges, freezers and cupboards stocked full of food and drink care of mum & dad!
It is now more difficult than ever before to afford studies, but being able to support yourself may not be as difficult as it appears, due to the proliferation of part-time, flexible work platforms, which are collectively known as the ‘gig economy’. If you have certain marketable skills (specifically in anything which can be created and delivered digitally), you should be able to earn enough to alleviate the financial strain of student life, while having enough time to actually study.
Got a bike? If so, then why not sign up as a delivery rider for Deliveroo or Uber Eats? Earnings vary, but you should be able to earn somewhere in the region of £8 / hour, plus it helps you keep fit. Being paid to ‘exercise’? Sounds like a win-win to us!
Sell Services Online
If you can deliver something digitally which people want, then websites such as Fiverr and Upwork are a perfect platform for providing your services on a freelance basis. Anyone can register, no matter their location, age, work history, or any other of the parameters which sometimes prove a hindrance to employment.
Naturally, this sort of precarious freelance work shouldn’t be an end goal, but it would be wise to take advantage of the opportunities offered by these platforms as a way to earn some extra money while you are at University. These platforms allow you to work in an area you have expertise in, and they can connect you with clients across the globe, so the marketplace for your services is practically limitless.
Cash In On Your Creativity
If you are more of a creative type and photography, illustration, film or music is more your thing, then you could look into selling your works on a website such as Shutterstock. As a contributor, you make your works available for licensing and get paid a commission every time someone licences your work. ‘Turn your creativity into cash’ as Shutterstock say.
Not only could it help to earn you some extra money, you can build a great portfolio of work online in the process, which could prove beneficial once you graduate and start looking for a job.
Hopefully this has given you some ideas on how you can earn a few extra pennies which fit around your studies (and social life of course!)
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