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5 Student Side Hustles to Make Some Quick Cash

Written by CB Community

With college tuition in Canada getting higher every year, many students struggle to make ends meet.

Even if you have scholarships and grants to help you finance your studies, there are still many expenses to pay for when you head off to college. 

Many colleges have had to restrict on-campus living during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving many students to find appropriate and affordable housing independently.

Add to that the costs of food, books, and utility bills, it’s no wonder that many students are looking for ways to make a bit of extra money.

If you already have a part-time job, you can take advantage of getting a loan in Canada for some extra cash.

For many students trying to make ends meet, many side hustles are available to make quick money.

1. Work-Study Job

When you apply for student aid, you may automatically qualify for a work-study job right on your campus.

These part-time gigs are sponsored by the government to provide students with work opportunities without interfering with their study time.

In many cases, these jobs’ responsibilities are light enough that students can work and study simultaneously.

You may be able to get a position working at the reception desk for your administrative building or do some work for the student union.

2. Tutoring

There are so many students that need help right on campus. If you have the extra time and expertise in any particular subject, you can hire your services as a tutor.

Advertise through your social media and your school’s online poster boards to let others know that you are available to help.

You can set your hours and rates and assist other students in reaching their goals.

3. Uber or Lyft

If you have a car, you can use it to make some extra pocket money. Online chauffeuring apps like Lyft and Uber are always looking for drivers.

You can make your schedule and work when you don’t have to be in class. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are ordering their food online for delivery. Sign up for a job with Doordash or UberEats to make some money delivering food.

4. Pet or House Sitting

There are many people who would love to have a reliable student looking after their homes or animals when they are away.

These gigs can be short or long term depending on the arrangement.

You can find these laid back gigs online at sites like MindMyHouse or Rover to get matched with owners that are looking for your services.

5. Editing or Proofreading

Students have busy schedules between classes, study sessions, and work. Many students don’t have the time or experience to polish their work the way they would like.

Offer your services as a professional editor or proofreader on academic papers for your fellow students.

If you are a student that is struggling to pay your bills, you can try one of these side hustles that suit your interests and skills to make some extra cash.

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