Every graduate student knows that money is hard to come by while finishing up school. And many probably feel like they’ve exhausted every resource possible. But there’s always another rock to turn over! Let’s look at 5 easy ways to come by some extra cash while you’re in school.
Scholarships & Grants
You’ve probably scoured the net for scholarships and grants, as they’re the best kind of free income. And you’re also likely to have applied for almost everyone that is applicable to your major, situation in life, family history, and political ties.
One sector that offers scholarships that is often overlooked is the test prep sector. Are you still needing to take the GMAT or LSATs? Look for test prep companies offering scholarships like this one: Crush the GMAT. You’ll be surprised at the number of scholarships you’re eligible for.
Sell on eBay
This can actually be very fun! I know you’re thinking, “But I’m a starving student! I don’t have a dragon’s hoard waiting in my closet to be parceled off.” And you’re not going to sell your stuff; you’re going to sell other’s.
Estate sales and garage sales are great places to buy “another man’s trash.” You can bargain down on all kinds of things and resell it to people who want that stuff on eBay. If you use the app on your smartphone, you can real time check the price of things you’re looking at whether it’s a garage sale or even a thrift shop.
Uber, Lyft, or Postmates
These companies offer something very few employers can: complete flexibility of schedule. Work when you want to or when you can. Obviously, you need a car to make this one work, but should have the means, this is a great way to earn some extra cash.
You’ll also become much more familiar with the city/town you live in. It’s also a great way to get to know the people of your area. The pay isn’t amazing, but it’s hard to beat setting your own hours and choosing how often you work.
You don’t have to own a palace to make a little side money from Airbnb. You’d be surprised at how valuable your living space is to other people. You could easily live next to something outside of your normal activity range that might be an oft-sought out by others.
And these could be things that are seasonal or annual events that take place in or around your area. The point is, you could potentially be sitting on a hotbed of opportunity. Worried about your stuff? Don’t be; Airbnb insures your property for up to $1M.
Donate Bodily Fluids
Don’t be put off by this notion, even if it screams of desperation. For one thing, it’s a very altruistic thing to do. Blood and plasma donation saves lives every day. It’s definitely not the highest paying thing on the list, but it can be done weekly and adds up over time.
It’s also has positive impacts on your own health and wellness. And if you’re a man, you can help a bunch of ladies have those babies they’ve been dreaming about since teenhood. On the flip side, you can make serious cash money if you’re a woman and willing to give up some eggs to wealthy families in Australia.
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