With freshmen week drawing to a close, a quick glance at your bank account will no doubt confirm what your parents have been trying to drill into you for years – budgeting is hard.
University is expensive, and not just because of sky rocketing tuition fees and astronomical rent. Funding an active social life can eat up all your student loan in a matter of weeks if you aren’t careful.
Nights out, hungover Dominoes and lifesaving takeaway coffees before every nine o’clock lecture – the little things all add up to a mountain of debt. But if you’re barely a month in and already living off baked beans, you’ll need to come up with a longer-lasting solution for saving money.
We’re talking, of course, about getting a job. If being contractually obliged to give up your weekends and sacrifice study evenings for shifts doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you’re going to have to get creative.
To help you on your way to lucrative part-time employment, we’ve come up with three jobs that put you firmly in the driving seat. Basically, you’ll determine the size of your payslip by choosing your own working hours.
If you’re a fitness addict and lover of all things gym-related, working freelance as a personal trainer could make you some serious pocket money. The fitness industry is booming, and with a growing social media platform for health gurus and advisors it’s easy to get your name out there.
But if you want to be the next Kayla Itisines you need more than just a killer six pack and snazzy Instagram page.
Before you start helping people with their weight loss journeys you’re going to need some qualifications. There are plenty of online courses for personal training, so you’ll be on your way in no time.
Dogs aren’t called man’s best friend for no reason. Being around these loveable and loyal animals is amazing for your mental health, and could see you through the trials and tribulations of studying for a degree.
However, finding student housing that accepts pets can be difficult and costly. So that you can enjoy the benefits of being a pet-owner without the responsibilities, why not hire yourself out as a professional dog walker?
It’ll prove a helpful supplement to your bank account, but you’ll need to be prepared to face even the grimmest of winter weather if you commit to weekly clients.
Imagine being given an hourly wage to lounge around the house, watching TV and ignoring the outside world – sounds too good to be true, right? We’ve got good news. Become a housesitter and you’ll get paid to live out this ultimate lazy fantasy.
In reality, housesitters are paid to look after property security and maintenance for absent owners, so you’ll have to prove that you’re responsible and mature before you’ll be handed over any keys or money.
Register with an online firm and you’ll find lots of prospective clients. Once you’ve got a few good referrals you could even get some free travel out of it by taking on international housesitter requests.
Take on one of these jobs and you’ll soon be enjoying all the pleasures of a healthy bank account – without destroying your social life or academic record.