We could all do with extra cash so here is a few ideas for earning money online alongside your studies and over the coming summer. There are of course, traditional jobs such as waiting tables, babysitting and stacking shelves but in this article we focus on web based income that you can do from the comfort of your laptop.
Gigging on Fiverr, Upwork and People Per Hour: If you have skills such as IT, design, writing, video editing, drawing cartoons and more there are plenty of jobs on these platforms. You have to build up a solid portfolio, gain the trust of clients and treat it like a business though, so it’s not a short term quick option for making money but could grow into a nice income stream or even a career.
Fiverr also offers fun gigs such as singing, reading poems and a lot more crazy besides. Check out that section for ideas if you’re feeling adventurous. A Gig will earn you $4 (around £2.50) but you can upsell with other offers and bigger packages.
You need to be at least 13 years old to sell services on or use Fiverr.
If you’re a whizz when it comes to writing, check out Copify. The pay is low initially but if you know your subject and pick tasks carefully the platform should help you to earn more, faster.
Slice the Pie: Review music tracks, fashion brands and mobile phone accessories and get paid real money via PayPal. The more reviews you leave, the more you earn. The minimum age to join is 13 years old.
Quidco is a top cashback and voucher code website in the UK which is free to join and if you regularly shop online is a good way to earn back cash as a reward. You search through the thousands of retailers, buy through the website and then earn cash as a reward.
There are opportunities for making money from blogging although this is another long term option. If you have a particular passion, be it music, books, travel, sport, learning, science etc etc then why not blog about it? Over time, as your visitors increase you can monetise it with adverts and affiliate offers using platforms such as the Amazon associates programme, Clickbank and Google Adsense. Please note most of these programmes require you to be 18 years old.
If you want to get serious about blogging then read this.
You can write and publish ebooks on the Kindle Direct Publishing website that puts them for sale on Amazon. It can be fiction or non-fiction, even comics. They don’t have to be the mega ‘Game of Thrones’ size tomes either; there are lots of 5k and 10k word books on Amazon.
You should definitely get your book proofread and have a good eye catching cover for any chance of sales and to avoid bad reviews. These services can be purchased on Fiverr. Who knows you might become the next J.K. Rowling or Suzanne Collins?
If you’re interested in the blogging option above you can collect your posts together and put them in a non-fiction book. Services like Blogtoprint and Blurb.com can convert blog posts to ebooks and the latter also offers other book production services.
Note that if you’re under 18 you’ll need a Parent to set up the KDP account for you and be the publisher.
Of course, the more traditional way of making money online is selling your old stuff. Why not declutter once in a while and keep the cash rolling in? Ebay, Gumtree and Music Magpie all offer a way of doing this.
Good luck finding your cash cow!