Hey everybody! Hope you are all good despite the cold weather. My boiler blew up at the start of the weekend so I can’t say its been the best weekend but never mind:)
I thought this week for my blog I would cover something which every student is interested in: making money!!! Hopefully this could give you a few useful ideas on how to earn some money before or during uni!
1. Online Surveys – this may initially sound a bit rubbish, but you can actually earn yourself some money from these. If you spend a lot of time sitting at the computer anyway, then you might as well make some money from it! I do this myself (when I have the time) so I can vouch for the companies I’m going to recommend. Basically, you register with an online survey company and then fill in a profile survey which gives them information about you. Once you’ve done that, they know what sort’ve surveys to send you. These companies get hired by all sorts of organisations – one day you could be doing a survey on food shopping, and the next about car adverts. Whatever it might be, they will only invite you to take the survey if they think you are suitable.
They simply email you a link to take the survey. If you don’t have time – ignore it or delete it and its not a problem. It will tell you in the email the amount of time it should take and what you will be paid for it. You will then slowly build up a balance with your survey company and when you reach £10 or more, you can redeem your rewards, normally in the form of an amazon voucher or food shopping voucher (dependant on the company’s policy for paying you) or sometimes it will be paid straight into your bank account.
The companies I have used which I know are okay are:
*Please note: you should never pay a company during registration! I would advise you don’t try any other companies as some can turn out to be scams.
2. Busking – if you are a musician or singer, this can be really good fun, practice and a chance to make money all in one. First of all, you need to check if the town you want to busk in requires that you have a liscence. Some do, but many don’t. You can check this on your local council’s website. Following this, you can literally set up in town and perform.
It can be really enjoyable, especially if you are doing it in a small group and it actually pays pretty well too. I went busking with a few friends and we were being given the equivalent to £10 an hour. Think carefully about the time of day and location you are performing in though in order to maximize your audience.
3. Blogging – if you are already a keen blogger or have maybe considered a running a blog in the past, then you might well be interested in this. If you have a good regular blog then you can actually make some money from it – via advertising. In order to do this your blog will need to be popular, so choose carefully what you are going to blog about and make sure you select keywords as tags so that you might get hits on google for your blog.
Write about something you know a lot about – it could even be your chosen university subject if it motivates you that much. A lot of subjects are fast moving and so you could be following the news and writing about the latest updates. Once you have a good number of followers, then advertisers might be interested! This takes time to set up though, so only do it if you are going to enjoy the blogging and can set the time aside for it.
4. Comping – I don’t know how many of you will have heard of the term ‘comping’ before, but I can assure you this is very addictive:) there are websites which simply post up all internet competitions they can find and the idea is that you spend your free time signing up to as many as you can. The websites list the prizes so its easy to see which ones you want to apply for. This is totally legit, however be prepared to fill in forms for a lot of these competitions and give out your details. Also best to have a separate email account for this so if you get subscribed to lots of emails then it wont annoy you with your normal account.
The more competitions you sign up for, the more chance you have of winning. Its as simple as that. Also, a lot of people see a big competition and don’t bother entering because they think they don’t have a chance… People with this approach actually give you a better chance than you think.
The only comping sites I have used are as follows:
but make sure if you go elsewhere then you don’t pay for any signing up and be careful!
I hope you guys have some fun with those money-making ideas I have shared and hopefully earn yourselves a spare bit of cash, or at least bare in mind these ideas for when you come to uni! 🙂 J