Fun and Profitable: Wholesome Ways for Students to Make Money over Summer
Are you looking for a way to earn a little bit of spending money, but don’t know where to start? I’ve got you covered. Here are a few of the best ways you can make money over the summer as a student.
Why Earn Money as a Student?
If you are a student, earning your own money over the summer break can be a great way to build up your sense of independence and self-confidence. Earning for yourself often comes with taking initiative and connecting with new people, and this will teach you to do things on your own and help boost your interpersonal and communication skills.
Additionally, having a small income of your own can be a good way to learn how to budget yourself and manage your money; this is an essential life skill that will be useful lifelong!
6 Simple Ways to Earn as a Student
(1) Taking surveys:
Taking surveys online is a good way to earn if you’re low on time. Online platforms for survey-taking allow you to sit down for as little as five minutes to fill out questionnaires that may be used for research, and earn small sums for each survey you choose to take. Answering survey questionnaires does not require you to have any prior knowledge, and does not require commitment, so if you’ve got a busy summer ahead of you, this might be a useful way to earn quick cash.
(2) Selling your study notes:
If you’re a middle- or high-school student, exams are always around the corner—have you ever tried frantically searching the internet for study notes, during those last-minute, night-before-the-exam study crunches? We’ve all been there.
Study notes posted online are an invaluable resource for all those students who find themselves trying to cram information at the last minute, or for those who find it difficult or unproductive to try and make their own notes. If you are in the habit of making your own exam notes, you may have stacks of old notes lying around—and you may want to consider sharing these with your peers. There are several platforms on the internet that allow you to post your notes online, and sell them to other students for a fee. This can be a great way to earn some cash, make use of old study notes that may be gathering dust in the back of your desk drawers, and help fellow students at the same time! It’s a win-win situation.
Here are a few online platforms that can help you sell your study notes:
Blogging is a great way to give your written communication skills a boost, use your summer break productively and earn money by writing. You may choose to write about anything, be it a travel blog, a personal blog, or even a space for your poetry or fiction-writing. Setting up your own blog may seem like a lot of work, but there are several resources you can use to help set up your online space within minutes. Here are some that you might find useful:
Earning money by blogging requires commitment, as it is dependent on drawing in and maintaining a following, and monetizing your content in the long-term through affiliate links and advertisement. As a starting point, you might want to find a good niche within which to write, to make your content as unique and engaging as possible.
(4) Doing tasks for your neighbours:
Another good way to earn some cash is to reach out to your neighbours and friends to see if you can offer them your help. Tasks like babysitting, taking care of a pet, car-washing or gardening could be good ways to help the members of your local community and earn some money. Reach out to people you know, and enquire if anyone needs help with a task that you’re familiar with. Set up an arrangement—weekly, for example, or on-demand—and discuss a price, and you;ve got yourself an extra bit of pocket-money!
If you are particularly good at a certain subject, you can choose to take up tutoring sessions with younger students in your community. If you are a high-school student proficient at French, for instance, you could seek out middle-schoolers also studying the language, and ask around if any of them require help with the subject. Ensure you are familiar with the content they are studying at their level, negotiate a fee, and get to tutoring!
(6) Starting a small business in your local community:
If you’re good at arts and DIY crafts, spending your summer break making artsy things to sell would be a fun way to earn some money. Goods like candles, knitted items and ornaments are simple enough to make at home—you could team up with a few friends or neighbours to pick up a new craft skill like candle-making.
Here are a few useful resources if you are looking for a new craft to learn:
Once you’ve gained confidence in making any sort of craft item, you can invest in the necessary raw materials, and get to selling! The easiest way to sell crafted goods is to reach out to the community you live in. Put up posters and make announcements to your local community, to reach out to as many people as possible. You may choose to set up a stall to display and sell your crafts, or go door-to-door to make sales and boost interest in your wares.
As several of these suggestions to earn money as a student need varying amounts of time to set up and get going, the summer break is the perfect time to take up any of these. This summer, take out a bit of your leisure time and channel it into these productive pastimes to unlock new skills and earn your own money!