Now that the outside world is opening back up, it’s getting harder to keep tabs on how much money you’re spending. If you’re feeling the post-lockdown financial drain and need some ways of earning a bit of extra money, all from the comfort of your student bedroom, keep reading.
1. Online tutor
There are tonnes of websites out there that specialise in helping university students tutor 11+, KS3, GCSE and A level, including MyTutor and Superprof. These sites help you find the students you need to start earning. You can earn anywhere from£10/hour to even £50/hour, all from your bedroom. All you need is a laptop/computer, and knowledge about a subject, whether that’s the degree you’re studying now, or one you studied for A level/IB. Usually you’ll need to have gained at least an A in one of these subjects to be accepted to tutor students.
Editorial assistants provide support at all stages of the publication process for books, journals, magazines, or online content. Lots of companies are looking for remote-working editorial assistants, especially after the pandemic. As a WFH editorial assistant, you might be proofing and editing online text, uploading text and images to a website, editing text on apps, or even compiling and sending out newsletters. To be an editorial assistant, you’ll usually need excellent writing and reading ability, attention to detail, and IT and administration skills. As long as you’ve got a computer or a laptop, you’re good to go!
Got a knack for social media? With the growth of businesses on Instagram and TikTok, there are many brands out there looking for people to run their social media platforms. Social media managers communicate with organisations’ customers and clients through social media channels. This work can easily be done on the side of studying, and the hours can be flexible. Day-to-day work may include updating social media sites, writing blogs, and responding to posts and discussions online.
4. Call handler
While you won’t be in a call centre, many companies are looking for people to handle calls remotely on a part-time basis, and will often supply you with a mobile phone and/or headset. You’ll answer enquiries from customers by phone, or put customers through to the right person. These roles typically don’t require any experience and you’ll often receive training on the job.
If you like writing essays or have a passion for a particular topic, you might be surprised at how much you can make from becoming a freelance writer. While this may not be the most consistent way of making money as a student, it can be a great way to gain experience and add to your portfolio if you’re wanting to enter into a sector that values writing and creativity (like journalism or marketing). You’ll need attention to detail, creativity, and excellent written communication skills. It can be hard to get started in freelance writing, so starting your own blog can be the perfect way of showcasing some of your work. Networking through sites like LinkedIn is also a good idea to find work.
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