Many students work part-time or during the summer months, and others will be on placements or paid internships. More often than not, if you are a student working during the year, you will be overpaying income tax.
Surveys take around 10 minutes to complete, meaning you can earn around £2.40 an hour. Swagbucks also offers users the ability to complete surveys from multiple providers and give consolation points when you don’t qualify for a survey. Read our full Swagbucks review.
Each Spring and Fall, you can host a yard sale to downsize your unwanted treasures. This is a good option if you want to sell items that are too expensive to ship or you simply don’t want to go through the hassle of listing each individual item online when you can sell them as a lot to a local neighbor. Plus, you can always sell online what doesn’t sell in person.
Secret Hopper is a relatively new company that invites beer lovers to secret shop at breweries and rate their experience. Were you greeted when you came in? Did they offer a sampler? Did the bartender engage you in conversation?
You might recognize the Ipsos Panel name because it’s the same company that does most of the political polling during elections. Some of the top-end surveys can pay up to $95, but those are rare and can take awhile to complete. Most surveys pay a buck or two and only take 10 to 15 minutes.
Even though it seems like we would rather stream our favorite movies and songs, there’s something to be said about having a hard copy of your favorite DVD or CD. It’s also easy to sell your DVDs and CDs online whether you do it yourself on eBay and Amazon or a specialty site like Decluttr. Selling your used movies and music online can also be more lucrative than having a yard sale.
Vindale Research – Vindale Research asks for information about you that they can match you with fitting surveys. At up to $50 a pop for some surveys, and a free $2 just for signing up, it pays to check in daily to see which ones are available to you. Cashouts are through PayPal.
Many companies pay you for rating local pizza shops. You just have to rate the place on the quality of their pizza and note their delivery time. For this, you can get a free pizza, plus $5. Just register on Trendsource and get started.
Even if you don’t like your writing skills or have a programming talent, you can still do freelance transcription. Transcribing is detailed work, but luckily you can do it any time of night or day. Check the same sites listed above.
If babies ain’t your thing, then maybe canines are… looking after other people’s dogs is big business. Just think that as a student you’re likely to have free time during the day when others are out at work and worried about their pets at home.
Once you sign up to be on the Nielsen Consumer Panel, the company will send you a free scanner, or you can use your smartphone. Every time you go shopping, you simply scan the barcodes on the back of each product and send your data off to NCP.
Starting a website with Bluehost takes less than 20 minutes, costs hardly anything and can be done by an 82 year-old. It only takes a bit of plugging on social media to get your first visitors, and there are plenty of ways to monetise your site.
Work for someone from home. Virtual assistances (VAs) can do everything from checking emails and making travel plans to handling internet research or working for their small business. High-end earners can command $50-$100 an hour.
Watch other people’s kids along with your own. There’s a good chance your friends who work outside of their homes would be thrilled to have an experienced parent watch their children while they are at the office. It can be manageable if your friend in need has only one or two kids. Plus, the new playmates will help keep your children occupied for a few hours. Pay varies widely based on where you live and the ages and number of kids you’ll be watching, but babysitters and nannies typically can make up to $10 an hour in small cities and much more – even double that hourly rate – in larger cities.
Tutor students. If you have an academic specialty and can squeeze in a couple of hours during the week while Junior is taking a nap or Janie is at gymnastics, share your knowledge with struggling students. Find students looking to improve their grades on your own through your kids’ schools – check a site such as Craigslist.org to gauge hourly rates in your area – or sign on with an online tutoring company, such as Tutor.com. You must be available to tutor at least five hours a week and have a college degree to tutor certain subjects for Tutor.com. Tutoring is done virtually from home via a computer, not in person. Tutor.com tutors are paid an hourly rate based on the subject.
If you have dreams of selling your own book, Amazon makes it easy to self-publish your own Kindle eBook for free. Amazon even offers a print-on-demand service too. It’s never been easier to begin selling your own works without a publishing house!
Companies will also pay you to test new products by mailing you new products for you to test in exchange for your opinion. Two of the largest companies are Ipsos i-Say and Toluna that offer thousands of testing opportunities every year! It’s possible to test household items, baking products, health and beauty products, and even online products such as websites.
This is one of my favorite recommendations because blogging can be highly rewarding and make it possible to open the doors to several other income ideas on this list. A blog is your own piece of internet real estate to create your own online portfolio to connect with future online clients if you desire, or, you can also use it to share your two cents on the topics you hold near and dear with the rest of the world.
MobileXpression for iPhones – After you’ve installed this app for one week, you get to play an instant rewards game for a prize (everyone wins something). We’ve seen users win a $25 Amazon gift card, but some of the other prizes include iPads and Samsung TVs.
If you “do everything” on your phones, you can also get paid to download sponsored apps and games. FeaturePoints will pay you to do just that, and watch YouTube videos too. After downloading and using the app, you will earn credits that can be redeemed for gift cards, which can be just as good as cash.
The default price is $5 (hence Fiverr..), but you can attach extra services to gigs for more money. Whilst it might not seem like much, it can quickly add up and there are plenty of examples of people making a really good living from the site. The key is to get a system in place which minimises the time spent on each gig.
It’s easier than ever to make money from home. Whether you freelance for a larger company, answer surveys in your free time, or launch a home-based business, the options are nearly endless if you put your mind to it.
If you are proficient at typing with at least 45 (preferably 60) words per minute, companies are looking for efficient data entry specialists. DionData Solutions is always looking for home-based vendors to add to their database. And, you can also look on the other freelancer platforms and individual company websites as well.
Many rebate apps like Ibotta offer cash rebates on grocery store purchases. You just have to take a picture of your grocery receipt with your phone, and you can even buy groceries from your regular grocery store.
The app is free to download. You could score your first month free (depending on the outcome of your first game: pinball, word search, whack-a-mole or brick-breaker), then it costs $2 per month after that. Note: You can withdraw your money or cancel your account at any time.
Someone might get famous on Twitter by telling 140-character jokes, but Instagram is a photo-sharing app at its core. And photos are assets that can be licensed, printed, and sold in a variety of ways.
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