How to make money as a college student
Students are sometimes put away as lazy executors who live on government money. In reality, student life is not always easy, not even financially. Many students have almost no time to have a job besides their studies. They therefore have to pay for their studies, their homes and their livelihoods with only a loan (which they have to pay back later).
Are you such a student who can hardly get around, and are you looking for a quick and easy way to make money? Then this article is written for you! I will give you a number of tips with which you can earn extra pocket money and which you can combine with your busy student life.
1: Offer your merger as a place to sleep
Student cities are often larger cities, and therefore often very popular tourist attractions. As a student you can make clever use of this. There are always tourists who are looking for a cheap place to sleep. You can meet that need by offering your merger online as a place to sleep. This can also be your living room, or communal kitchen, or your room if you’re out of the country for a while.
There are several websites where you can rent a room of your house for a night (or longer). Although there are quite a few of these websites, AirBnB.com and Couchsurfing.org are the best known and most suitable. Especially Couchsurfing is useful if you really only have a bank to offer.
If you have a space that you never use, it is a shame to do nothing with it.
How much money you can ask for this depends on a few things:
How big is the space that you can rent out?
In which city do you live?
What time of the year is it?
What do you have to offer?
Look especially at what other people on the site ask for similar places, and adjust your price accordingly. Do not make the price so high that no one wants to sleep with you, but also not so low that you earn less than you could.
No matter how much money you can ask for, it is always worthwhile to make money in this way. It costs you almost no trouble: you simply offer someone a space that you already have, and you do not have to do anything else. Maybe you have to clean up the next day, but that’s about it.
Make sure that people can not just collect valuables; you do not know who you are on the floor, so you better not take risks.
2. Sell meals you made
If you often cook for yourself, you will know that it can be difficult to measure exactly how much you will need for one meal. When you’re cooking too much, you can also make something more, and what you keep selling to people.
This may sound very strange, but it is something that more and more people are doing, and where more and more use is being made of them.
There are plenty of people who have no time or desire to cook, and you can earn something from that.
Via Thuisafgehaald.nl you can offer your culinary delights to people in the neighborhood. You can indicate what you are going to cook, what you ask for a portion, and when people can come and collect it. You can easily ask for more than you have yourself spent on it. So this is a convenient way to make some extra money if you were already cooking for yourself.
What you can do on this site, is signing up as a home cook. In that case you are paid to go to people’s house, and cook for them for a fee. This costs a bit more work than selling your own meals. But if you like cooking, it will not feel like work at all, and you can ask more for it than for a take away meal.
This way you can earn an extra pocket money in a fun way that costs almost no extra time. Moreover, you might meet nice people, or find out that you have culinary talents. You can create an account on Thuisafgehaald.nl, and if you do not like it, you can simply stop offering meals. So you have nothing to lose!
3: Complete online surveys
As a student you will be familiar with completing surveys; many universities will bombard you after each course with e-mails about whether you would like to fill out a survey for the university.
If you are still completing surveys, then you might as well fill in a few surveys, and get paid for this once. Companies are constantly looking for consumer opinions, and you can respond to that.
To come up with these opinions, companies can, of course, have a large market research carried out by a specialized company. This only costs a lot of money, so if it is not necessary they will prefer to outsource this to the consumer themselves, via surveys. In return, these companies give everyone who completes the survey a small sum of money.
To fill in a survey you only need to know your own opinion, which of course is not too difficult.
Through websites like panelwizard.com you can find surveys of companies that are looking for your opinion, and who are willing to pay money for it. Filling in such a questionnaire often takes only a few minutes. This all costs very little time and effort, and therefore the reward is easily earned.
A disadvantage of this method is that the remuneration is also relatively low. Companies are interested in the opinion of consumers, but of course they only have something to do with this when it comes to large groups. One opinion they will not be worth so much, and this is reflected in the amount they have for it. Usually this is about 10 cents per question answered.
That is of course not very much, and that is why filling out surveys is not something that will make you rich. Yet it can certainly be worth it, because you also have to do very little for it. So it certainly does not hurt to fill in such a survey from time to time. If you are really looking for some extra income, then you might be better off looking for another way.
4: Become a medical subject
If you want to earn more money, it can be very lucrative to become a medical test person. Medical science and the pharmaceutical industry constantly need test subjects to test medicines. They are prepared to pay substantial amounts for this. That is not surprising, given the large amounts of medicine earned.
In many cases you will have to come by a few times for testing, and sometimes you have to stay a few days for observation. For this you quickly get hundreds of euros, although this depends a bit on the means you test.
In any case, it means that you do very little to no work, and get paid well for it. What is relevant to students: often you can not drink alcohol for a while.
Is it dangerous to be a test subject?
You have to think of what you exactly get paid for: not for the time or the effort you invest, but for the risk that you run. If you belong to the first group of people who try out a particular drug, then there are dangers associated with it.
You have to see this in perspective: this risk is in reality very small, since in the Netherlands you can not just test something on people.
The probability that you die in a traffic accident is enormously greater than the chance that you will have something to do with a medicine test.
If something goes wrong, you should rather think that you are sick for some time, or that you are temporarily experiencing some pain. Serious or long-term consequences of drug trials hardly occur in the Netherlands due to the strict regulations that exist.
You can lie down for a few weeks, but after that you will probably be able to continue with your life. Moreover, you have been paid a lot for your short illness!
5: Become an online translator
If you are a student, chances are you speak more than one language. Everyone nowadays actually speaks English as well as Dutch. Many students can also save themselves in German or French that they have learned in high school. You can use this skill to earn money as a student, by becoming an online translator.
On sites like Gengo.com you can offer your services as a translator for a fee. After a short test you can start as a translator. How much you earn depends on what you translate and what languages you speak. There are fewer people who can translate Dutch to Chinese than to English.
Half of the education is in English now, so you have been translating all the time.
You will not find translation as very difficult if you speak a language fluently. This can therefore be a very effortless way to earn some extra money, if you have the time and desire for it.
6: Participate in scientific research
The pharmaceutical industry may have the largest amounts to scatter, but medical science is certainly not the only field of science on which to make money through scientific research. Other scientists also occasionally need people to carry out research, which you may know from your own studies.
You should especially think of psychology. Psychologists are often interested in measuring human reactions, and observing human behavior under certain circumstances. In contrast to medical subjects, these test subjects will usually not have to take medication or other drugs. There are therefore no serious risks such as with medication research.
What kind of scientific research is this?
These studies differ greatly in size, and therefore also in financial rewards. There are small researches that you can do for up to an hour. With these studies you will probably earn a few euros. You should think of doing a few tests in a room, where your reactions are measured.
These researches usually take place at the university where you are already studying.
Probably there is currently a fifteen minute distance at this moment an investigation that you can earn money.
However, there are also large psychological and social science studies that you will be working on for a few days. Think for example of group experiments in which research is done into social relations. These of course cost more time, but in principle you only have to behave naturally while you are being observed. The remuneration is also considerably higher.
If you want to participate in this type of research, you usually only need to look up a Facebook group for a particular study. Here, often enough research is shared that you can take part in. You can also just ask a friend who is studying psychology if there are any studies you can do. Finally, you can look around the faculty for flyers of research.
They were then, 6 ways in which you as a student can earn an extra pocket money quickly and easily. As you can see, there are plenty of ways in which a student can make his study time a bit more comfortable, which can easily be combined with, for example, a busy study and an active student life.