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Four clever ways to make money while studying

If you’re studying, it can be hard to find work that fits in around your schedule. People naturally gravitate towards traditional student weekend or evening work in hospitality and retail. But lots of students have found other ways to fund their lifestyle without having to take on traditional roles. Consider these entrepreneurial ways to top up your bank account without interfering with classes and study.

Become an Airtasker

If completing an eclectic range of odd jobs sounds like an interesting way to work, join Airtasker. Jobs include hanging a painting, washing a car, designing a website or helping someone move house. Simply sign up and browse the listed tasks. You can pick a one-off task to complete at your convenience or multiple jobs based on your location and skills. The person who’s posted the tasks will select the Airtasker that they think is the right fit after discussing requirements and reviewing a quote. If you’re chosen, the person who has posted the job will put the cash in Airtasker Pay, an account where the funds are held until you complete the job. The advantage is you can select jobs that fit in around study and other commitments, so you can work as much as you like.

Use your eye for style

Will Drummond, 22, has always loved hunting for cheap clothes. So when he came across a Facebook group called Clothes For Sale: Melbourne, he decided to turn his bargain-hunting skills into cash. He spends a few hours each week scouring op-shops where he’s likely to find designer wares. Once he’s collected a haul of brands including Nike, Adidas and Ralph Lauren, he’ll list them for sale and make more than he paid. He says the only downside is, ‘People are constantly messaging me and sometimes they don’t go through with the purchase.’ The other thing to consider is getting the clothes to the buyers, but they’re generally willing to meet me in my local area,’ he says. Ultimately Drummond finds it an extremely enjoyable way to make a buck. ‘For what I put in, it’s really awesome what I get out of it,’ he says.

Clock up kilometres and cash

With a decent set of wheels and a full licence, you can drum up extra money as an Uber driver. It’s easy to register and you can drive any time. Being your own boss has its perks. No one is watching over your shoulder and you can decide who you pick up and when to call it a day. To get started, you’ll need a valid driver accreditation, which is issued by the Taxi Services Commission (TSC). To maximise your income, drive your car when prices are surging during high-demand times, like Saturday nights. Keep in mind that you’ll need a phone with GPS and a hands-free cradle to track each ride. After the journey, your passengers will give you a rating in the app (and you can rate them, too). You’ll probably score bonus points if you offer your passengers some bottled water and mints. For more advice on getting started, follow these tips from someone who’s done it.

Manage social media for a small business

Ruby Johnson, 26, approached a Melbourne-based coffee accessory company and offered to take pictures of their products and share them on Instagram. ‘I showed them my own Instagram, which is full of coffee shots from the cafe I work at,’ Johnson recalls. She was delighted when they agreed. Johnson takes a range of photos and videos of the products once a month using her iPhone and then posts three to four each week and responds to the pictures comments. ‘I post the images on Instagram and Facebook and respond to comments twice a day. I spend about four to six hours per week on their social media, so they pay me an hourly rate based on my time – about $500 per month,’ Johnson explains and adds, ‘I still work at the cafe, too, but the social media job is something I can do on the go, anytime I have a spare moment.’

Are you a student looking for casual or part-time work? Follow these hints and tips from Deakin University.

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