One of the more frustrating parts of working while studying is that you spend a lot of time neither working nor studying. Unless you have a job at your university, you probably have to travel a fair amount. This feels like time wasted. Even if you manage to study on the tube, you'll face countless interruptions and the quality of that time will be less than ideal.
Which is why more and more students are looking for jobs that don’t require them to travel. Student jobs are no longer limited to low-paying data entry positions or store clerks. There’s actually a ton of stuff you can do from the comfort of your own room, that not only pays better, but also wastes no extraneous time.
Here are 3 of the best ways to make money as a student without wasting precious hours.
1. Do some editing
If you are a native English speaker or have mastered the English language, there are tons of editing jobs you're already qualified to do. You don't have to be a writer or wordsmith. As long as you're adept with grammar and pay close attention to detail, you can earn good money this way. It’s not difficult to get work, either. Hundreds of clients on sites like Upwork are, at any time, looking for editors. They're not necessarily going to pay the prices a professional would expect, but there’s a good chance it will be more than your other options as a student. You'll need to sell yourself – talk up your experience, even if you have none. If you are confident you can do the job, let the client see that.
2. Trade Forex
Trading foreign exchange (Forex) is all the rage these days, and for good reason. The Forex market is relatively easy to master. It works on simple supply and demand principles. Once you have a basic idea of what factors influence supply and demand of currencies (politics, economic stability, etc.), trading Forex is intuitive. Not only that, but most brokers offer risk free demo trading. You can get a good idea of whether Forex is for you before you enter into any stakes, whether high or low.
Just remember to find an FCA regulated broker. Brokers who do not meet FCA standards are probably fraudulent.
Students who have been studying for a couple of years or more should consider tutoring first and second years. While this is a path many already take, there are some who are not confident about their teaching abilities. What you need to remember is that you're not teaching. Tutoring is more about using your skills to help others learn to study. The tactics and strategies that you've been using will be incredibly useful for younger students who have not yet fully grasped how to deal with university work.
Furthermore, you'll build relationships with students based on mutual respect, and which will be meaningful and fulfilling.