4 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 four "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 tasks you're able to complete, you could earn up to 150 per month with sites such as Cashback.

Paid online tasks could be perfect for you if you want to work whenever you like, with flexible hours and working from home. This opportunity will fit around your daily schedule or job, enabling you to make extra money whenever you have free time.

All you need is a smartphone, tablet, computer or laptop.


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 ideal 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, or a podcast, that someone who like to have a physical copy of. You'll typically need a strong grasp of English, accurate and fast typing speed, and active listening skills to apply for these jobs.

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


4. Sign up to be a freelancer

Remote working has allowed companies to delegate smaller tasks out into the world so being a freelancer for all kinds of roles is easier than ever.  Unitaskr aims to connect companies with student freelancers to complete tasks such as marketing, blog writing, data entry, video editing, and so much more. Just post your profile with all your skills and then browse their available jobs. 

There are even opportunities to work with famous brands, such as Redbull, Spotify, and UberEats, and be brand ambassadors on your social media, no matter your follower count! 






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