Let’s be real. Being on a student budget is not fun. While in medical school, I was able to find ways to get multiple stream of income. They weren’t a significant amount $$, but it helps to have some extra cash in my pocket each month.
Of course, you can always get a part-time job, but here are some unique ways that you may not have thought of that are more flexible with a student’s schedule.
- If you did well on any class/exam – become a private tutor! You can do so by letting friends know and charging them or working with a test prep company. You can also tutor younger kids on basic chemistry, math, etc.
- There are various test prep companies you can check out by googling “become an MCAT/USMLE step tutor.”
- Tutor younger children Tutors.com
Virtual assistant (VA)
- There are a wide range of roles you can have as a VA and can range from scheduling people’s meeting to managing their business email. These are part-time positions and typically range from $20-25/hour. Find these jobs on Upwork.com.
- If you have skills in editing videos or writing, you can provide your services as a freelancer here.
- If you’re a medical student, you can edit pre-meds applications and do mock interviews for a fee. You can post on here to find clients.
- Do you play the piano? Teach lessons!
- Know how to make candles? Sell your products on Etsy!
- I personally sell products that I have a lot of expertise it (e.g. writing a manuscript guide). You can use Canva to make these digital products (e.g. PDF).
- If you don’t have an audience, you can sell on Etsy. Many people make printable study calendars, check-lists, and inspiration quotes and successfully sell them on there!
- These are great because there only the upfront cost of making them and then you make $$ passively.
Sell old clothes or things you don’t use
- Use Ebay, craigslist, Offerup, NextDoor to sell things you don’t use anymore! You’d be surprised by how much selling a few things adds up.