Students who join a distant college/university have to live in an official or private hostel. There are many students who enjoy the full support of their families- financial support, physical and emotional support. The life at a hostel is like living in paradise for those who are financially strong. There are three types of university students.
- Those who are not interested in education but they have come so far to fulfill the wish of their parents. They are the offspring of rich parents and have much financial support from family. They really enjoy university life. Their progress in education is just satisfactory
- Those who are not too much interested in education, but they want to relish the taste of university life. They come from rich families too. They enjoy college life and their educational progress is of average level. They have medium support from their families.
- Those who have a passion for higher studies and this very passion drag them to university. They may be from rich, middle class and poor families. These are the students who come to university/college with the right motive. This type of student, especially who are from poor families, face many challenges. The life at a hostel is not easy. There are many challenges and issues that irritate the shining students. If is start listing down the issues, this post will go out of control. You can learn more about these issues in a separate post.
Now for those who are both poor and passionate for study, it is very difficult to have adequate financial support from their families. They need to live on their own resources. The support they receive from their families is too less to meet their needs. Although they may find other sources of support to them, yet they have to struggle hard to complete their course.
This post does not solely focus on students with poor families. Any students who want to learn new things while earning a small income can equally benefit from this post. This post benefits the students who are aimed to engage in healthy activities and to earn pocket money. Now let me explain how students staying at the university hostel can earn extra pocket money.
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1. Start a Free Blog
If you have good writing skills and knowledge on a topic, you can start blogging. There are many websites that offer you a free blog that involves zero investment. Blogger (blogspot.com) is the best free blogging platform I have ever heard of. Blogging simply means that you have to write nice articles on the topics you know well and post your articles on your blog. These articles will be read by the people on the internet. If you have a lot of visitors to your blog, you can apply for Google Adsense or other ad networks to show ads on your blog. It will help you earn some money and later on if it is a success it will give you even more.
Starting a free blog on blogspot.com is a matter of minutes. All you need to have is a Gmail account and something in mind to write about. But every blogger is not able to earn money from blogging job. There are certain guidelines to be followed in order to blog for earning money.
The topic is very important while starting a blog. Your niche topic should be something you are passionate about. Otherwise, you will soon lose interest and end up with nothing. It would be merely the wastage of time. Choose a niche topic and start writing anything about it that helps and benefits the readers. For example, you can start a blog that offers free notes to the students of a particular subject/field of study. Similarly, you can start a blog on your life experiences as a student. It will help the readers know how to cope with some situations like you have faced. You can start a guide blog for social media users if you are a social media expert.
2. Take paid writing assignments
If you have good writing skills, you can help the rich students in making their assignments and they will pay you in return. You can spread the message that you accept the writing assignments for nominal charges through your class-fellows and friends. I am sure there are many rich students who are not interested in preparing their educational assignments, or they don’t have time to do so because of their marry making operations. They are looking for someone who would write their assignments for them in exchange for some amount of money.
Similarly, there are teachers who are looking for someone to have their notes composed. If you can use a word processing program to write notes, your professors can also be your target clients. Go and ask your professors if they have an assignment for you. There are many teachers who have no time to prepare their notes due to their busy life. You can help them and earn an amount too.
For writing a good assignment requires good writing and composing skills. You can learn more about how you can write quality assignments that please your professors.
Paid assignments can also be taken from University Stationers. They do have bulk of work and they need someone to do for them. Most of the shopkeepers have computers and space. They ask their employees to sit and do work in their workplace. You can contact them for any work opportunity.
3. Provide Tuition Services
It is also a good source of income for the students staying at hostels. If you are a university fellow and live and hostel and have some extra time, usually in the evening, you can sell your time and knowledge to earn money. Go and take tuition classes. You can teach your own class fellows in the hostel at night. You can teach your juniors who are weak in a subject. You can adopt to teach at home of your students. There are many rich people who will pay you well for tutoring their children at home. Spare some time and take home tuition.
Besides this, there are many academies in your surrounding areas. These academies are usually formal tuition centers that hold classes in the afternoon or in the evening. Go and drop your C.V in some academies. They will call you if they need a teacher. Build some qualities that a successful teacher must-have. Teaching the student will not only give you money but it will also increase your own knowledge.
4. Earn through Social Media
If you are popular on social media, you can change your social media accounts into income-generating machines. If you have thousands of social media followers, you can earn handsome income from your social media accounts. University students often have vast references and many social media friends and followers. Facebook and Twitter can give you more value. Create a Facebook Page on a certain topic and get maximum likes. If you are able to get 10,000 likes, you page is ready to earn income.
Let’s say your page has 10,000 likes that means if you post something, 10,000 people will see it. Most of them will read it carefully. So, you can post the ads of other companies. These ads will have a tracking system. When you pos this ad to your page and a person clicks on it. He/She will be redirected to the original website of the company whose ad you posted. They will know where the visitor has come from. If she/he makes a purchase you will get a commission on it. Similarly, there are some websites that only pay you for every new visitor you refer to their website. You have to share their posts on your social media profiles and that’s all. Learn how to increase your social media followers.
There are companies that are seeking for social media experts to manage their social media accounts. They offer a handsome salary and one has to work from home. You have to update their social media pages regularly.
Youtube can be a good source of income for you if you can make good quality short movie clips. Usually, beginners start with funny videos; they require less time and resources. Create a Youtube channel and upload your videos. Share your Youtube videos to your other social media profiles in order to increase visits to your videos. Ask your friends and followers to share your videos on their social media accounts. It will get many visitors to your videos. Then you can place third party ads on your videos to earn money.
Involve your class fellows in making short funny videos. You can also record short lectures and tutorials. You can even capture the video on your smartphone. If you use some basic editing tools, your videos can look more professional. Read detailed post on how students can make money by using social media.
5. Write and Sell E-books
Again you need writing skills. E-books are Electronic books that are accessible on computers or smartphones. Usual and E-book is a PDF file. An E-book can be as long as containing 50 pages or as short as containing 3 Pages. But I will recommend keeping your E-book 5-15 pages. There are many people who are searching for solutions to their problems. They need help and they try to Google their issues. If you have a clear understanding and knowledge on any topic, you can write an E-Book on that topic. For example, you have experience of dealing with the “hairfall” with simple natural ways. You can write an E-book “Three Tested Remedies for hairfall”. Your E-book will explain the ways to stop hair fall. Again, your writing style and way of explaining the things should be interesting and informative.
You can write a quality E-book with some simple tips. But I would recommend learning more about writing an E-book on other websites too. When you finish writing an E-book, the next step is to promote your book to the market where buyers ill purchase it. There are many websites that offer free space to display your products for sale. They take some commission on every sale. Some of them offer a space for a specific time period for the agreed rate. Although you can promote your e-Book on your own social media profiles, yet these websites have more visitors and a system of payments. Amazon, Payloads, Ebook Architects, Bookbaby, etc are some popular places where you can publish your E-book.
I know one of my university fellows who used to repair mobile phones in his dormitory. When he came back from college, he used to repair mobile phones his friends had given him for repairs. He earned a good amount from this job. One of my class-fellows had a small beauty parlor in her room. She earned extra pocket money by giving her services to other hostel fellows.
Another guy whom I met at the hostel was working at a local restaurant for five hours from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. He used to sleep soon after coming back from college at 2:00 PM. Then he got up at 5:30 to get ready to go nearby restaurant for his duty. I appreciate her struggle for him.
Another chum of mine used to sell some used mobile phones, watches, bikes, cameras and other similar things on OLX. He purchased these things from their friends at a low price and sold them on OLX with profit. You can also do the same type of business.
Amazingly, the students do some dangerous things to earn money. I know two of my university fellows who used to sell their blood. Donating blood is not a bad thing to me, but selling it every time whenever you need money is not a safe practice. As usually poor students do this activity, they are not able to compensate for the loss of health as they are unable to eat expensive healthy food. As a result, their health goes down which affects their educational performance. I believe in the type of job which does not harm you in return in any sense. I also recommend some food items that college students should avoid. Here is a nice post on your eating preferences as a college student.
I hope this post will benefit you in one or the other sense….Stay blessed and Best of Luck for your accomplishments.