Exploring how students can leverage gig work to earn income while pursuing their education
Short-term rentals host
If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room at home, you can boost your earnings by using Airbnb or Vrbo’s services. The beauty is that you don’t have to do much except provide a habitable living space in a desirable location while listing your property, setting availability, and managing bookings. If there are any tasks to perform, they mainly involve cleaning, restocking supplies, managing general inquiries, and being available to check in and check out your guests. By curating a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere, you can garner positive reviews, boosting your reputation and bookings.
Online seller or vendor
The advantage of platforms like eBay is that you can use unwanted items in your student accommodation, such as vintage clothes and computer equipment, to start your business. In addition, you can sell on eBay from the comfort of your home or on the go. Whereas platforms like Etsy are great for creative students like t-shirt designers and greeting card makers who can use the platform to make extra money whilst advertising their talent.
Becoming an online tutor in the EdTech industry is a fantastic way to make money while pursuing higher education. If you’re a specialist in a subject such as a foreign language, you can help students progress their learning on online tutoring platforms. This involves creating study materials, designing useful coursework, and assisting with schoolwork. Websites such as Upwork provide many opportunities to find tutoring gigs.
Providing pet services via platforms like Rover or Wag offers a great way to earn income while studying. Whether it’s pet sitting, dog walking, or offering care services, these platforms connect you with pet owners in need of someone to look after their beloved pets. You can even extend your offerings to include pet training services. For dog walking, the average wage is around £15-20 per hour, but it can increase based on factors such as the number of dogs you handle or if you combine pet-sitting with house-sitting.
Social media management / influencing
Getting into social media management offers a dynamic way to earn money by boosting different companies’ online presence. This role involves curating engaging images, videos, and written posts to promote projects and campaigns across various platforms. Depending on your niche, you could even earn money or endorsements as an influencer for fashion, music, cinema, or even travel blogging.
Transcription usually means converting audio or video recordings into written text for radio stations, learning apps, or even streaming platforms. Again, where possible, transcription work can be performed at home, but some companies may require you to work from their premises. Transcription requires strong attention to detail, a good grasp of language, and consistent formatting skills.
Platforms like Upwork and Fiverr are great for finding freelance roles for professionals, but you don’t need to be a “professional” to use them. For example, if you’re studying graphic design at university, it doesn’t mean you can’t look for freelance graphic design jobs. As well as providing a nice revenue stream, finding freelance work while studying is a great look for your CV and future job prospects. Some of the most popular freelance jobs are in web development, marketing, and translation, and the best part is that you can set your own rates. But depending on which skill you’re offering, the hours and wage structure will vary.
One of the main benefits of being a virtual assistant is that it involves working from anywhere, including from home. It tends to involve helping businesses with various administrative tasks such as organising calendars, managing email, performing data entry, and conducting research.
Completing online surveys and questionnaires isn’t that lucrative, but it’s one of the easiest ways to earn some spare cash from the comfort of your home. All you need to do is find enough survey websites and platforms to sign up to make it worthwhile financially. It’s also worth noting that some survey platforms pay in gift vouchers instead of cash, so it might be worth hunting for surveys in a particular niche, such as retail, hospitality, or entertainment, to make the most of the rewards.