Studying is now more expensive than ever. Unfortunately, this only looks set to get worse. Many people are now not going to university, or not carrying on their studies any further than an undergraduate degree, thus missing out on their dream job, because they simply cannot afford it. As a student, however, there are some easy ways for you to make some extra cash, without taking too much time away from your studies. This is especially important if you are studying an intense course such as a master of public health.
Start a Blog
A blog can be a great way to make some money while studying. While it may take some time before it makes any more than a few dollars here and there, in time it could earn you a decent income. Some people make a living from blogging alone, through affiliate marketing and other forms of advertising. A good tip for a student starting a blog is to write about what you know. In the case of a student studying for an MPH degree, a healthcare blog could be great.
Online surveys won’t ever make you a fortune. But if you join enough sites, and take part consistently, you could earn a noticeable amount. Besides, it’s easy money. You could earn up to $5 for a few minutes answering questions from the comfort of your sofa.
There are opportunities to be a paid volunteer in clinical research projects. Ask at your university if this is something you are interested in, as you know they are a trusted source that won’t put you in any danger. You could even end up being part of a study that saves lives, as well as being well paid for your time.
The internet allows you to make money as a freelancer much more easily than ever before. If you can write, look to sites like Upwork, where you can apply for writing jobs. If you are a keen photographer, why not either advertise your skills, or sell your photographs to a stock website.
Do you have any crafting abilities? If so, consider setting up a store on Etsy, or even putting two money makers together and selling directly from a blog. This is easy to set up. Think of any hobbies you could use to make yourself money. Can you do anything someone would be willing to pay for?
You’ll need a little money for this one, but if you have got even a small amount saved up, consider making an investment. Speak to an expert and do a lot of research into the stock market before going forward, and never invest more than you can afford to lose. A small investment now might not seem a lot, but made as an undergraduate, it could potentially pay for further study later on.
Remember, scholarships, grants and loans are all options available to help you. Even if you are studying online, for example a public health degree online, you may still be eligible. With some careful planning, and as much saving as you can manage, there’s no reason a lack of money should stop you from following your dreams.