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3 things grads can do to earn some money while job hunting

Amy O'Neill

Look, we all know money (and jobs) don't just fall out of trees.

It can be tough out there while you're searching for your next opportunity, which is why we've put together this list of things you can do to supplement your income while you're between jobs. These five "side-gigs" won't have you rolling in dough, but they're great to keep in mind the next time you find yourself strapped for cash. 


1. Take part in paid online research

An increasingly popular way for students and graduates to make money is to fill out online surveys in their spare time. Research companies are always recruiting new members worldwide to answer surveys and test new products. Depending on the number of surveys you're able to complete, you could earn up to £400 per month with sites such as Paid Surveys. Once you decide to cash out, Paid Surveys will send the payment securely via PayPal or send you vouchers that you can spend at your favourite stores.

Similar to Paid Surveys, 20cogs will give you money for completing online tasks - this could be anything from taking surveys, watching videos, or playing short mobile games. As long as you have access to a smartphone, tablet or laptop you'll be able to work from wherever you want, with some short training being provided to you on the 20cogs website.


2. Become an online tutor

If you're a university student or recent graduate, then there are lots of undergraduate or high school students out there that can benefit from your expertise. Until recently most tutoring jobs were limited to local face-to-face sessions, but thanks to online tutoring sites you can now broaden your horizons and teach students from all over the world. For one-to-one subject tutoring, you can list yourself on Superprof or Tutor Hunt

If you're a native English speaker, you can also choose to teach English to international students with companies such as English First. On top of that, Udemy now lets users create an online course on a subject of their choice. This is a particularly good way to generate passive income, as you'll be paid each time someone buys your course - even if that's years into the future. 


3. Sign up to be a transcriber 

Home-based transcription jobs can be an ideal option for those who want to manage their own time, or earn extra cash between job interviews. Most transcription jobs involve listening to voice recordings and converting them into written documents. This can be a lecture, a conference call, a podcast, that someone who like to have a physical copy of. To apply for these jobs, you'll typically need a strong grasp of English, accurate and fast typing speed, and active listening skills.

You can apply to entry-level transcription jobs online if you have some work history, or use sites such as - which pays less, but allows you build up your experience. 


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