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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Simple Ways To Make Money Quickly


1. Dog walking & sitting


If babies ain't your thing, then maybe canines are... dog sitting is big business. Students especially are likely to have free time during the day when others are out at work and worried about their pets at home.

You could bag around £8 an hour per dog, and it's also a great way to keep fit.

Join Care Pet Care who are best for dog sitting and also Tailster who specialise in dog walkers.

2. Babysitting


It's a classic money-maker, and for good reason. You get paid (well) to watch TV and not very much else - hopefully!

If you are wondering what to charge have a look at local ads, but you can expect to be paid over £9ph even if you aren't trained in childcare.

Aside from advertising yourself, it's free to create a profile on Care Babysitting. It really can be easy money (unless you get stuck with the child from hell!).

3. Rent out your car parking space


Some student accommodation comes with a drive or garage. If you aren't using your parking space and you live in a busy area then you might be in luck. There are plenty of people that may work in the city centre and are fed up of paying through the roof for daily parking.

Advertise your space on Gumtree, Parklet or Just Park.

4. Sell your photos


If you think you've got a good shot and a little creativity, try uploading your photographs for free to stock websites. A good starting point is Adobe Stock or Getty Images.

Make more money selling photo subjects that have fewer search results but you feel would have some demand. It might be a good idea to test them out in print first yourself.


5. Sell on your education!


Becoming a tutor to other students is easier than ever. Until recently your market was limited to local face-to-face sessions, but thanks to online tutoring sites you can go global!

Udemy allows anyone to create an online course (on literally anything!) and get paid forever after as users take it up.

For one-to-one tutoring, list yourself on Superprof and UK Tutors.

You can expect to earn upwards of £10 an hour, and you don't have to be highly qualified to tutor younger GCSE or even A Level students. 

6. Sell all your old CDs, games and movies


If you are looking to make a very quick buck, then selling your old bits and bobs that are cluttering up your room is a good idea.

The best thing about it is that you can rip all the songs and films onto your laptop or external hard drive before selling them. This means that you are only really selling the plastic and artwork!

You can earn anything from 10p to £20 per item, and the earnings can really add up if you have a large collection. Whilst you're at it, see if your parents have any 'clutter' they'd be happy to see the back of.

You can also sell almost anything for free on Amazon Marketplace or Preloved and sites like MusicMagpie will pay you instantly for sending in unwanted items.

For more tips and places to sell check out our guide on selling DVDs, CDs and games.

7. Be an Extra


Do you fancy yourself as a budding young actor or just that person that walks past in the background shot of an episode of Eastenders? It could be you if you apply to be an extra in TV or film.

The pay isn't bad either: £60-80 a day on average, and you hardly have to do anything!

There are lots of casting agencies that place willing extras. They make their money by taking a cut from your earnings, so always ask what that is before you take on work.

Head over to our how to become an extra guide for 5 of the better agencies, plus lots more advice on getting your first gig.

8. Mystery shopping


Today becoming a mystery shopper is easier than you think and you can get rewarded handsomely.

There are dozens of agencies that pay you to visit all sorts of shops and restaurants to feedback on how they are performing. We've reviewed the best agencies in our guide how to become a mystery shopper.

Tasking apps are another form of mystery shopping, where you earn rewards for completing small local tasks. It can be a lot of fun too!

9. Buy and sell domain names


A domain name is just a website address (eg. 'savethestudent.org' or 'mysite.co.uk') and there are lots of extensions (.com, .net, .co.uk etc).

They cost as little as $0.99 to register with GoDaddy.com yet premium domain names can fetch $1,000s if not millions when sold on. In 2007 VacationRentals.com went for a cool $35m!

Now you're probably not going to come across anything like that, but you can still turn a quick profit with a bit of searching. The trick is to find available domain names which have some commercial value, snap them up and then list them for sale on a site like Sedo.com.

10. Sell your notes


If you don’t mind sharing your notes with other students it’s a great way to generate a little extra cash. There are sites out there that you can upload your notes to, along with your price, and then when another student downloads them you get paid.

Most of these sites like Nexus Notes and Stuvia are free for you to list your notes but tend to take a cut of your profit in order to handle the marketing etc so that you don’t have to go out there and promote your notes yourself.

You will most likely have to upload PDFs but it’s worth it for the return and you can submit handwritten notes but you’re likely to make more money if they’re typed up.

11. Sell second-hand course books


One great way to make money is to buy other students' textbooks at the end of the year, and then sell them just after freshers' week – when the new intake of students know that they need them!

You can either advertise on campus or list them online very easily on Amazon Marketplace (just bear in mind they take a commission on books sold).

12. Part-time job


A part-time job is the obvious first choice, opted for by most students looking to supplement their student loan. It provides a pretty steady flow of income and can enable you to gain valuable work experience.

But good jobs are not always easy to find!

Start with our student job search, then check local classifieds and your university careers service for vacancies.

It's also worth signing up with CV Library, a free service which will match your CV with suitable part-time jobs and career opportunities.

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