So, after a long and surprisingly warm summer of whatever you’ve been doing - working, sleeping, travelling or playing PokémonGo, it’s finally time to head back to uni. For many of us, a student loan just isn’t enough to cover all of life’s necessities, and you might be starting to think of ways to make a little money on the side. You’re paying £9,000 a year *cry* to be at university, so it’s fairly important that you still have enough time to study and actually get your degree.
There are the obvious options, of course, like working in a bar or restaurant in the evening, becoming a club promotor or…. that’s about it really! We decided to come up with a list of a few uncommon yet totally plausible ways of making money whilst you’re at uni without taking up too much of your precious study time
! Whether you would want to do them or not is completely up to you of course.
It may sound too good to be true, but there are actually companies out there willing to pay you to test out and review their products/services
. If you’re lucky you can earn actual cash, if not, the other rewards aren’t too bad either: vouchers, cosmetics, food, books, clothing
and much more.
To become a product tester all you have to do is sign up on one of the many websites
looking for testers. A few of these include Toluna
. There are thousands of users on these sites, so just because you sign up to test a product doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be chosen, but you might as well try!
My former housemate was a mystery shopper and the job had quite a lot of perks. If becoming a mystery shopper interests you, you can sign up on websites such as Market Force
. Your missions could range from testing out a new restaurant to asking for assistance in a clothes shop. You shouldn't be too self-conscious if you want to do this one, as you’ll often have to eat alone
, unless your friends aren’t too broke and want to pay to come along with you (highly doubtful).
You’ll get a free meal out of it and sometimes even a small payment
. This is a great idea for students being a mystery shopper is relatively flexible
and you could even fit jobs in between lectures
. You will have to keep your receipt which you will later upload to the website, along with a review of the service, quality of food etc.
Not only can you be paid for testing products, you can also earn a little extra cash by filling out online surveys and giving your opinion
. Don’t believe us? Check out sites like MySurvey
. They might not pay much, but they don’t take long to fill out and it’s more than you’ll earn from watching the new season of your favourite TV show!
Clinical trials allow medical professionals to test and compare the effects of one treatment with another. There are four different phases of clinical trials. Phase one usually consists of a small group of healthy volunteers who test the treatment for the first time, whereas phase four trials study the side effects of medicines in practice which have passed the other three phases.
Payment for clinical trials can range from hundreds to thousands of pounds
depending on what is involved and expected of you. Tests could range from trying out a new drug to reduce cholesterol, testing a cream to help eczema sufferers, to eating a yoghurt
You'll have to check with your doctor if you're eligible to take part, however you can never be sure of the outcome and can experience unexpected side effects
. Clinical trials help prevent and treat illnesses, and improve the quality of life of others.
There you go, you might actually manage to make it through university without becoming bankrupt, with enough money for a few nights out! If you fancy a more traditional student job, don't forget to check out Wizbii for thousands of job and internship opportunities in the UK and abroad.