After “I haven’t started yet either”, “I am so broke” is the most commonly used phrase on campus.
Students have rent to cover, bills to pay and a social life to keep up with, and a couple of three hour shifts a week isn’t enough to cover their costs.
It won’t even pay for petrol and a pint.
As someone who has been damned with four days of timetabled classes a week, I know how difficult it is to work around university life. You don’t clock off at 5; the work is constant, the hours are erratic and you walk around in a perpetual state of stress.
Having flexibility is important so here are a few side hustles you can pick up and pursue in your own time.
Capitalise on People’s Laziness
A great way to earn an extra buck is to put your hand up and do something people are too lazy or time-poor to get done. From ironing to mowing lawns and from sorting cupboards to cleaning cars there are hundreds of domestic tasks you can get paid to complete. Suss out Airtasker for some ripper ideas!
People love pets but a 9-5 job isn’t exactly conductive to life with a Border Collie. Most dog owners feel terrible about leaving their canines home all day and are happy to give you $100 a week to take their pup around the block.
If you graduated from high school with a half decent ATAR, love kids and know the difference between “then” and “than”, you are probably qualified to tutor primary school English. If you’re no good in the classroom, you can run a couple of group classes at your local park or oval. From yoga to basketball and from a PT session to tai chi, people are always willing to pay someone to make them run.
As someone who spent five years babysitting, I can confidently say that this is the easiest money you will ever make. You spend a couple of hours making cookies, chuck on a movie and before you know it, the kids are asleep and you’ve made $80 bucks.
Pick Up A Weekend Shift
If you’re not into starting your own business, you can pick up a shift or two in retail or hospitality. Saturdays and Sundays are the busiest days for boutique clothing stores and cafés so they may need your help to service the extra customers.
Voice your opinion
Have you ever participated in a survey or contributed to a focus group? Organisations are always on the hunt for consumer opinions and are happy to pay top dollar for you to partake. You can find these online; there are entire Facebook pages dedicated to recruiting applicants and it’s a hell of a lot of fun.
Sell your crap
Whether it’s electronics, play station games, old text books or the clothes that have been sitting at the back of your wardrobe for years, you can take a photo and sell your goods on Ebay at any time. If that’s too much of a hassle, you can hire a stall at a local market and get rid of your pre-loved belongings there. Selling it for half, or even a quarter of the price you bought it for is still better than chucking it in the bin and getting nothing.
Sell your art
Etsy is an awesome creative outlet and a place where your artistic talent can make you money. From resume templates to cake toppers, they have it all. I get such a kick out of supporting local artists and knowing that my purchase has helped someone pursue their dream.
Freelance your skills
If you’re studying social media, help a local business with their digital marketing, if you’re an accountant, do some book keeping for the tradie next door and if you’re into music, DJ at your mate’s party. Freelancing your skills is a great way to get experience alongside your degree and earn money to support your addiction to Aperol Spritz.
If you are passionate, driven and ready to work hard there is no limit to how much money you can make.
Keep killing it,