While teens are studying at college or university, it’s normal to want to earn some extra money, but it can seem tricky to make enough time with busy schedules and assignments to complete. However, the possibilities are now endless with plenty of unconventional "Side-Hustles" to choose from. Not only are side hustles an excellent way to make money, they are also a fantastic way for students to develop their skills and explore a variety of career paths. Here’s five of the best side-hustles any student could try out that will help build their independence and help them make a bit of extra cash too!
1. Become A Freelancer
If you’ve been thinking about using the skills you already have to make a little extra cash, now is the perfect time to try. Whether you’re passionate about writing, web development, editing, graphic design, content creation, photography or videography- whatever the skill, there’s hundreds of people and businesses looking for someone to complete freelance work in that specific field. There are also lots of freelance websites out there (like Fiverr) that allow you to offer your services or find paid jobs. Even though you’ll pay a portion of your fee to the website themselves, it’s an excellent way to build independence, make money and start building up your portfolio, all at your own convenience.
2. Become A Tutor
Tutoring is an excellent side hustle for students in college or university due to the expertise you are gaining in your chosen subjects. Whether you’re studying English or Science, speak a second language, play a sport at a high level or have gained qualifications playing a particular musical instrument, why not be paid a bit of money to pass on your skills and knowledge? Tutoring opportunities are likely to be available through your college/university or you can set up your own private service, which you can promote via a website and social media. You can even tutor online, if this option would fit better around your schedule. Check out our Become A Tutor page, for even more opportunities.
3. Making And Selling On Etsy
If you are a creative type with a bit of free time on your hands during your time at college and university, then selling art, jewellery or crafts online is a great side hustle. Whether you love painting, sewing, photography or making jewellery, websites such as Etsy make it very easy for artists and designers to sell their work to like-minded individuals all over the world. This is the perfect student side hustle as it can be done from home, you can set your own working hours and prices. So whether you love designing jewellery out of polymer clay in your spare time, or creating festival outfits on your sewing machine; you'll be earning money, adding skills to your CV and creating content for your portfolio. It’s a win-win!
4. Become A Dog Walker
If you have a love of animals and want to spend more time with dogs, you could use your time in between lectures to offer dog walking services. Not only does it only take an hour or so out of your day and can be a great way to make money- you even get some bonus exercise in too! There are some great apps out there that allow you to find people quickly who are looking for a dog walker. Check out PawShake and Rover to see what’s available in your local area.
5. Work In Food Delivery Services
With food delivery services such as Deliveroo and UberEats really taking off in the UK in the last few years, it’s an excellent side hustle for any student to get involved in. If you have a car, you could consider becoming a driver for Dominos, DoorDash, GrubHub, or other similar apps. If not, don’t panic -you can use a bike to deliver food and in some larger cities you can even do it on foot too. Not only is it a very flexible side hustle, you can work as little or as much as you want, earning commission for each delivery.