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Are you struggling to make money while at uni? Are you wanting to utilise your skills but need somewhere to start? Well don’t worry, we may have the answers for you. Keep reading for 6 ways you can side-hustle from the comfort of your own home.

1. Airtasker

Airtasker is an online platform that connects two types of members – those who require a job to be completed and those who have the abilities to complete the job. Put your skills to good use and earn some money whilst studying. Almost everything can be advertised on Airtasker. People often offer gardening, building and cleaning tasks however there are also online admin jobs, accounting and website building opportunities. Click here for a list of task suggestions and click this link to set up an account in less than 90 seconds.

2. Sell your items online

Have you purchased something online that arrived and doesn’t fit? Have you taken to online shopping and now have an overflowing wardrobe? Now is the perfect time to sell your unwanted items. Here are some tips to downsize your wardrobe like a pro:

  1. Find items that are still in good condition that you are willing to sell.
  2. Research to see what these items cost new and what others are selling similar products for second hand. If you are wanting a quick sell, price your items slightly lower than average.
  3. Make sure the items that you are selling are presented well by taking good quality photos. People enjoy nice clear pictures of what they are looking to buy.
  4. Write a solid description of your products. The more information, measurements and features you can provide the buyer with, the easier it is for that buyer to make a decision to purchase.
  5. Make sure you include postage information in your advertisement.

3. Online tutoring

Tutoring throughout your degree is a fantastic way to earn some extra money. Not only can you tutor school-aged children, you can also look at tutoring university students who are undertaking courses that you have already finished. Here is a link to our partnered tutoring service, Vygo. If you familiarise yourself with Zoom and Microsoft teams then you may be able to conduct your sessions online, without leaving the comfort of your home. Below are some tips to becoming a tutor. 1. Create a website or Facebook page to advertise your services. 2. Start with contacts that you already have (family and friends), then ask them to share your information as well. 3. Even if you haven’t graduated yet you can still teach what you have learnt to others. 4. Show off your resume and experience. 5. Once you have a few clients, ask them to leave a review so you can start building your brand.

4. Babysitting

If you are good with children, responsible and have your blue card, you may want to consider becoming a babysitter. With the flexibility of setting your own hours and studying when the child sleeps, this side hustle could be perfect for you. If you are interested in babysitting you should start with looking after family and friends’ children, this way, you will have references that other potential clients can refer to. Make sure to set your rate at a reasonable price. The fairer you are with the price, the more likely people will choose you. Set up a Facebook or Instagram page to promote your business.

5. Make your own website

Creating a personal website is a great way to promote the skills and services you have to the wider public. Creating a website is free and can be developed in your spare time or holidays. Even if you haven’t finished your degree, setting up a personal website now will place you ahead of your peers. Once you have finished, a great way to engage people to visit your website is to include the link on your LinkedIn and social media networks. Here is a link to a free website you can create today.

6. Create an E-Book

Creating an E-book is a great way to make money. Once you have initially researched, designed and created an E-book, there is minimal ongoing effort required.

Here are some tips to create your E-book

  1. Identify your skill or knowledge area
  2. Research the field and see what else is out there
  3. Turn this idea into reality by writing it down
  4. Turn this into an E-book or blog post that is fun and easy to understand
  5. Create a website
  6. Start an Instagram
  7. Be across as many social media disciplines as you can

Degree specific E-Book ideas

Exercise science students

  • Running or specific fitness programs

Nutrition and dietetics

  • Food plans for allergies
  • Food to lose weight

IT students

  • Learn how to code

Med students

  • Learn to suture
  • Personal hygiene importance

Dentistry

  • How to whiten teeth

Business students

  • How to set up a website
  • How to take your idea and turn it into a business

Teachers

  • Content that parents can give their kids at home
  • Tutoring services
  • Learn how to use zoom or teams and practise tutoring online

We hope this has given you some inspiration to get your side hustle going. If you are still stuck for ideas about how to make money while studying, click the below link to book an appointment with our Student Support and Advocacy Manager. We would love to hear how you are making your side hustle work as a student. Get in contact with us so we can share your story and inspire other students.

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