Top ways to make money online and offline.

Hands down the quickest way to
make a lot of money (well, without breaking the law). Lots of students
have genuinely made £100s from
this technique. It’s completely legal,
risk free, tax free, and anyone can
do it. It works by taking advantage of
free bets regularly offered by
betting sites through ‘matching’
them at a betting exchange.
Matched betting eliminates the risk
(you are betting both for and against a certain outcome). This leaves you being able to
squeeze out the free bet, which can
be as much as £200! Multiply this
by how many betting sites there are
and you can quite easily come
away with a profit of a few hundred pounds. Owen walks you through how to
make your first £15 profit (using a
real life example) in this gem of a guide to matched betting. If you know of any better way to make
£30/hr sitting at home, please let us
know! 2. Online surveys Credit: Julio Marquez – An increasingly popular way for
students to make money is to fill
out online surveys in their spare
time. Research companies are
always recruiting new members to
answer surveys and test new products. For a few minutes of form filling,
you can make a couple of quid
which is paid as cash or rewards.
You can bag up to £3 ($5) for some
surveys! A few good ones to try are: Toluna, Vivatic, MySurvey, YouGov, SurveyBods, Valued Opinions, OnePoll, iPoll, Global Test Market, Hiving, PanelBase, The Opinion Panel, Harris Poll, Opinion Outpost, Your word, Pinecone, IPSOS, New Vista. Also sign up for which rewards you for surveys as
well as simply surfing the web,
watching videos and playing
games. Update: See our new full guide to the best paid online surveys! 3. Paid for searching the
web Interested in earning cash for doing
what you already do online? This
has to be one of the easiest
methods of making money online
without really any effort or change
in your behavior. This innovative idea by rewards you for searching in
Google, Bing or Yahoo. You just
install a simple add-on to your
browser and when you conduct a
search there may be a few
sponsored results alongside your normal search. Each Qmee result has a cash
reward attached – if you are
interested in it simply click on it and
collect your reward. The best thing is there is no
minimum to cashout – our first one
was just 72p wired to our Paypal
account. You also have the option
to donate it to charity. Sign up now for free and start
earning from your own searches! Click here to start. 4. Social Investment
Networks The historically hard-to-break world
of investing in stock markets and
currencies has been cracked wide
open. Today there is no need to be
a fat cat or fund the yachts of Wolf of Wall Street style stock brokers. You can do it all yourself
with the help of free online market
trading platforms. Having spent many hours
researching this new opportunity,
I’ve been experimenting with which has over 4 million users worldwide. It was
recently featured in the BBC 2 documentary “Traders: Millions by
the Minute” and the Financial Times. One of the best things on eToro is
the CopyTrader feature. This lets you literally see, follow and copy
the investments of other top
performing traders. Follow George’s complete guide to trading on eToro to learn more. I think $200 is a good amount to get
the most out of the learning curve
by trying out a few different
markets. If nothing else you’ll learn
a great deal about various
investments and industries. Warning: trading can be volatile and
you can lose money, so don’t throw
your life savings into it! 5. Review websites & apps
for cash Well it seems like you’re pretty
nifty with a web browser, so
perhaps it’s time to turn pro and
browse websites as a paid and fun
job! Introducing – a new platform that pays everyday
people to review all kinds of
websites. Each review takes
around 20 minutes and bags you
$10 (£6.50) via Paypal. Simply sign up here, complete a test review and look forward to
receiving websites in your inbox. 6. The ‘Disney Vault’
secret To keep demand high across
generations, Disney Studios
carefully restrict the supply of
some home release classics. They
are locked away in the ‘vault’ for
8-10 years before being released for a short unspecified time. Buy them in this window at normal
retail price and you can turn a nice
profit when they go off sale for
another decade or so. For example, in 2011 you could buy Beauty and the Beast on Blu-ray 3D for just £24.99. In just a couple
of years it was on Amazon for a
staggering £74.99! Importantly, not all Disney releases
are subject to the vault and only
the true classics will maintain such
demand. Right now there are just 2 titles out
of the vault which I would
recommend snapping up. They are Bambi Diamond Edition Blu-ray and Cinderella Diamond Edition Blu-ray. 7. ‘Get Paid To’ sites Similar to making money from
online surveys, GPT sites reward
you in cash and vouchers for
completing various offers or
activities online. The most popular sites today are Toluna,, InboxPounds and PaidOffers. Exciting update! We’ll soon be launching our own GPT service for
our readers. Invites will be limited
and UK only, please join our
mailing list if you’re interested in
hearing once it’s live: Subscribe 8. Start your own website If you’ve ever seen the film The Social Network then you’ve most likely had your brain spinning as to
what website you can start-up to
make you billions. And of course there are lots of
stories out there about successful
students who have started a site
while at university, or even bought
a domain name and later sold it for
1000s. In fact, Save the Student is one such example of a website started
at university by Owen Burek in his
first year, which has since grown
into a full-time and successful
enterprise. Read Owen’s 4-step guide to setting up a website if you’re interested in finding out more. It’s
really not that difficult to get started
and there are plenty of
opportunities to make money
online. 9. Sell your notes If you don’t mind sharing your notes
with other students it’s a great way
to generate a little extra cash.
There are sites out there that you
can upload your notes to, along
with your price, and then when another student downloads them
you get paid. Sites like Notesale are free for you to list your notes but tend to
take a cut of your profit in order to
handle the marketing etc so that
you don’t have to go out there and
promote your notes yourself. You will most likely have to upload
PDFs but it’s worth it for the return
and you can submit handwritten
notes but you’re likely to make
more money if they’re typed up. 10. Write and publish a
Kindle eBook If students are good at anything, it’s
researching and writing. With the Amazon Kindle store, anyone can publish an eBook and make
money. And the Kindle app is now available
on almost any device (laptops,
iPads, smartphones and yes,
Kindles) so your global market is
huge! List your book for £1.49 – £6.99 and
you earn 70% of the sale.
Considering Amazon is the ultimate
selling machine (and remember
people are looking to spend), that is
a fantastic deal. The key to success with eBooks is
to create value, and write non-
fiction. Simply bundling information
you have researched and complied
on a common problem (eg. ‘secrets’
to finding a job) and then presenting it in an easy to digest
format (an eBook) justifies
someone spending a few quid on it. Another big tip is to have a great
cover designed so it stands out,
and once your book is live on the
Kindle store it’s really important to
get some reviews so it shows up
higher in results. Encourage readers to leave an honest review
at the end of your book. The best thing about this lucrative
idea is that once you’ve invested
the time (say 20 hours), you’ll earn
a passive income for years to come! For a step-by-step guide to
publishing and earning with eBooks,
see “How to write a nonfiction eBook in 21 days“. 11. Affiliate marketing If you’ve got a good presence on
social media or perhaps you even
have a blog or website, you can
start bringing in money immediately
by promoting all sorts of
companies, products, services and offers online. Sign up to an affiliate network such
as Affiliate Window, check their offers blog or browse the merchant
listings to find something you think
your friends would be interested in,
grab your affiliate link and share it.
If someone buys (can be within up
to 90 days) using your link you’ll make a nice commission. To take it a step further, set up a
website (read our guide) or a topical Facebook page and invite all
your friends to join it and post your
affiliate offers on there. 12. Mobile phone recycling Credit: CannedTuna – See how much you can get for your
old mobile phone using our in-house mobile phone price comparison tool! Maybe ask your parents if
they have any lying around too. You can get some good money and
help the environment by recycling
mobile phones with certain
companies listed on the comparison
tool. But be aware: you won’t
always get the quoted cash since it depends on ‘condition’. We
recommend Mobile Cash Mate for the fairest and highest payouts in
most cases (they sent us a £203
cheque for an iPhone 5). 13. Become a ‘Clickworker’ The concept is based on ‘internet crowd-sourcing’
where businesses advertise
specific, scalable tasks they need
completing quickly. And for us, it’s
an easy way to make fast cash
from our couch. There are a variety of tasks, but
most commonly they involve
mindless data entry, web research
or form filling. You are rewarded
and paid in cash (via Paypal) for the
work you do, and you can choose for what and when you work. Give it a go. [If you’re US based, also try Amazon’s ‘Mechanical Turk‘]. 14. Claim tax back Many students work part-time or
during the summer months, and
others will be on placements or
paid internships. More often than
not, if you are a student working
during the year, you will be overpaying income tax. Why? Simply because few students
reach the personal tax-free income
allowance each year but are put on an emergency basic tax-code by
their employers meaning tax is
being paid when it shouldn’t be. Use our student tax-back service to
help you reclaim any tax you should
not have paid. Just enter your
details in the calculator here to work out what you may be owed.
Otherwise for more information
read our guide on claiming tax back here. 15. Get cashback when
shopping This is not only a way to make
money but also to save money as a
student. If you look at it in a
different way then you are making
money with every purchase you
would have made anyway, whether it be 10% or 0.5% cashback. There are a number of cashback
sites out there which pay you the
commission they otherwise would
have earned. We recommend signing up with
both Top Cashback and which are free and offer the best selection of retailers
and exclusives. 16. A part-time job A part-time job is the obvious first
choice, opted for by most students
looking to supplement their student
loan. It provides a pretty steady
flow of income and can enable you
to gain valuable work experience. However, depending on where you
live, jobs are not always easy to
find. Check local classifieds, our student job search, student job websites and your university careers service for vacancies. It’s also worth signing up with the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, a free service which will match you
with both part-time jobs or graduate
opportunities. Read our guide to finding a part- time job whilst studying for more tips. 17. Gigs on Fiverr Fiverr is now the world’s largest
marketplace for people to make
money selling small services
(known as ‘gigs’). What you offer could be absolutely
anything, from writing and
translating, social media posting, playing pranks and teaching to creating music, voiceovers and short video clips for people all
around the world! The default price is $5 (hence
Fiverr..), but you can attach extra
services to gigs for more money.
Whilst it might not seem like much,
it can quickly add up and there are
plenty of examples of people making a really good living from the
site. The key is to get a system in
place which minimises the time
spent on each gig. But there is another way to profit even more from Fiverr for
potentially far less work. How? By
simply reselling gigs elsewhere.
For example, find a decent logo designer then reply to jobs on Elance or even local classifieds. A $5 spend can easily become $50+,
and it’s repeatable! If you’re not interested in selling at
all there’s SO much good stuff you
can get done for yourself. Have a browse and get inspired! 18. Review music for money If you love music, make it your
business by reviewing unsigned
bands and artists online for cash
with Slicethepie. It can take a while to build up your
reputation but some users of the
site have said that they earn £40 a
month. This may not sound like
much, but if it’s something you
enjoy then it shouldn’t be hard work and is another thing for your CV. Money you earn will be in $US but
anyone can sign up and review. To get started, head over to Slicethepie now or read our quick guide for more info. 19. Sell second-hand course
books One great way to make money is to
buy other students’ text books at
the end of the year, and then sell
them just after freshers’ week –
when the new intake of students
know that they need them! You can either advertise on
campus or list them online very
easily on Books Trade-In (just bear in mind they take a commission on books sold). For more tips on selling items
online click here. 20. Competitions Entering competitions of course
comes with no guarantees, but
there is a growing community of so-
called ‘compers’ in the UK
consistently making up to £50,000 a
year through all sorts of competitions. Types of competitions available to
enter range from simple registration
forms and Facebook page liking to
answering questions correctly over
the phone to being a TV game show
contestant. Imagine you made it onto Deal or No Deal instead of just watching it! Start by entering our very own
monthly student competition (Like our Facebook page to see when our next one is)! Then head to our active competitions page to enter other free competitions that we have
found. Just note that some of these
sites may send you spam so use
an alias email address and opt-out
of as many of the offers as
possible. For loads more tips on achieving
success and making money from
competitions, read our guide to entering competitions. 21. Buy and sell domain
names A domain name is just a website
address (eg. ‘’
or ‘’) and there are lots
of extensions (.com, .net,
etc). They cost as little as £1.99 to
register with or yet premium domain names can fetch £1,000s if
not millions when sold on. In 2007 went for a
cool $35m! Now you’re probably not going to
come across anything like that, but
you can still turn a quick profit with
a bit of searching. The trick is to
find available domain names which
have some commercial value, snap them up and then list them for sale
on a site like 22. Mystery shopping Today becoming a mystery shopper
is easier than you think and you
can get rewarded handsomely. We’ve recently come across a
really fun smartphone app called Roamler that pays you in cash for completing various tasks in your
local area. So definitely check that
out first! More traditionally, there are plenty
of agencies that pay you to visit all
sorts of shops to feedback on how
they are performing. For more info
on where to apply see our guide to becoming a mystery shopper. 23. Be an extra Do you fancy yourself as a budding
young actor or just that person that
walks past in the background shot
of an episode of Eastenders? It could be you if you apply to be an
extra. The pay isn’t bad either – £60-80 a
day on average, and you hardly
have to do anything! You can apply at Be On Screen for a number of opportunities or 2020 casting is another agency (just know they take a cut from
your earnings). 24. Sell all your old CDs,
games and movies If you are looking to make a very
quick buck, then selling your old
bits and bobs that are cluttering up
your room is a good idea. The best thing about it is that you
can rip all the songs and films onto
your laptop or external hard drive
before selling them. This means
that you are only really selling the
plastic and artwork! You can earn anything from 10p to
£20 per item, and the earnings can
really add up if you have a large
collection. Whilst you’re at it, see if
your parents have any ‘clutter’
they’d be happy to see the back of. You can also sell almost anything
for free on Amazon Trade-In or Preloved and sites like MusicMagpie will pay you instantly for sending in unwanted
items. For more tips and places to sell
check out our guide on selling DVDs, CDs and games. 25. Sell on your education! Become a tutor to local GCSE or A-
level students (find out more about tutoring here). There are now a few online tutor sites too, so
you can go also global without too
much hassle. You may feel as if you aren’t
qualified to be a tutor, but seeing as
you are at university you will most
likely have the qualifications to tutor
for GCSE or even A-Level. Some
parents may feel that their child will react better to a younger tutor, and
it can be great experience, so why
not give it a go? You can advertise on SchoolsTrader or sign up with UK Tutors. You can expect to earn around £10 an hour. However,
make sure you don’t have to do too
much tutoring around your exams! 26. Sell your photos If you think you’ve got a good shot
and a little creativity, try uploading
your photographs for free to stock
websites. A good starting point is Fotolia or istockphoto. Make more money selling photo
subjects that people are
demanding, and there’s a great
resource to find this out here. It might be a good idea to test them
out in print first yourself (get free photo prints here). 27. Rent out your car
parking space Some student accommodation comes with a drive or garage. If
you aren’t using your parking space
and you live in a busy area then
you might be in luck. There are
plenty of people that may work in
the city centre and are fed up of paying through the roof for daily
parking. Advertise your space on Gumtree, Parklet or Just Park. Or, check out our full guide to renting out your parking space. 28. Work as a charity
collector Ok so this job takes a certain kind
of person, as you’ll have to take a
lot of rejection and be persistent. But if you are bubbly, personable
and reckon you could sell ice to an
Eskimo then this could actually be a
great student money making idea.
You get paid commission on new
sign ups (typically around £20). Have a look at Wesser as well as charity websites like Oxfam. 29. Babysitting It’s a classic money-maker, and for
good reason. You get paid (well) to
watch TV and not very much else! Be warned that you will need a
CRB (Criminal Records Bureau)
check to look after small children,
even though some parents may not
ask for one. If you are wondering
what to charge, look at local Gumtree ads, but you can expect to
be paid over £8ph even if you aren’t
trained in child care. Aside from advertising yourself,
you might want to try creating a
profile on It really is easy money (unless you
get stuck with the child from hell!). 30. Dog walking & sitting If babies ain’t your thing, then
maybe canines are… looking after
other people’s dogs is big business.
Just think that as a student you’re
likely to have free time during the
day when others are out at work and worried about their pets at
home. You could bag around £7 per dog
for an hour walk, and it’s also a
great way to keep fit. Join Tailster who will match you up with dog
owners. Alternatively advertise
your services locally with fliers or
on classified websites such as
Gumtree. 31. Become a freelance
interviewer Do you have ambitions to take on a
career in HR? Do you love asking
questions? Believe it or not, there
are companies that will ask you to
carry out interviews for them and
pay you for your time. It couldn’t be simpler. You could make £185 a week plus
have your travelling costs covered.
The downside is that you will have
to commit to at least 20 hours a
week, so make sure that you have
the time! Apply at NatCen. 32. Rent out your house for
filming Directors for TV and film are
always on the hunt for houses to
film in. For instance, a scene for Coronation Street was recently filmed in the student house one of
the Save the Student editors used to live in! Not only can you make good money
but it’s crazy seeing your own
place on TV. Start out by looking at My House Your Shoot. 33. Rent out your body According to our recent survey, 7% of students use their body in
some way to make a buck. If you are comfortable taking off
your kit then why not try life
modelling. Sit there in the buff while
budding artists capture your every
curve (or pokey bits) in frightening
detail! Try RAM, a website especially designed for these kind
of jobs. You could also get involved in clinical drug trials. If this scares you a little then you can find more
information here about what’s involved. Warning: Do not do anything you are not comfortable with, no matter
how desperate you are for money!
There has been an unhealthy rise in
student prostitution in recent years
– do not fall victim to it! 34. Freelance work Perhaps you enjoy writing,
managing Facebook pages or doing
a little bit of graphic design in your
spare time. There are so many
freelance jobs out there that
require simple skills or just time that someone else might not have. And the best thing about freelancing is that you can work for clients in the UK and around the
world with just an internet
connection from home, to your own
hours whilst developing valuable
skills. A great place to start is with the
leading freelance site Or try using our student job search to find freelance jobs closer to home. 35. Busking If you can sing or dance then this is
your time to shine baby! Did you
know that Justin Bieber started off
busking? That’s right, with a little
work you can be as annoying as
him. There are really no tips for this
except choose a good spot with
high footfall, make sure you are
good and play your heart out. Some
buskers in the past have been
known to make upwards of £20 hour. 36. Sell clothes on eBay Everyone’s best friend when it
comes to getting rid of junk is eBay. Online auctions are a sure- fire way to turn that sleeveless
jacket (which came in and out of
fashion in a week) into hard cash. Some eBay sellers look at trends
and try to predict what will be big
ahead of the market. If you are
good and don’t mind taking a risk
then you can buy early in bulk and
sell on when the craze hits. For lots more tips on selling on
eBay read this guide. 37. Sell your stories and
videos If you have an interesting story
then you could try selling it to the
papers. It could be anything from
sleeping with a professional
footballer to getting caught in a
clothes horse! One of the Save the Student team was unfortunate enough to
have a pigeon fly through and
smash their window at university
and sold the story to The Sun for a tidy £50. You could also film your mates at
all times and send it into You’ve Been Framed to net yourself £250 and a few seconds of fame. 38. YouTube videos According to recent stats we now
watch more videos on YouTube
than searches on Google. And with
the recently introduced YouTube Partner Program you can now profit from making and uploading
videos. You will receive a
percentage of the advertising
revenue collected per 1,000 views. Depending on how successful you
are (virality, subscriber base and
topic) you can make a lot of money,
and there are plenty of stories
every week of more and more
YouTubers making it their career. For more tips read our guide to making money from YouTube. 39. Network marketing Also known as Multi-Level
Marketing (MLM), this is a business
model that allows you to generate
ongoing income in two ways: by
making a commission selling
products and by recruiting other members who go on to sell. The
later allows you to make money
from the sales made by those you
have recruited. Importantly, this is not a pyramid
scheme (they are illegal) because
there is an end goal which involves
a customer buying a product or
service of value. It’s also not a ‘get rich quick’
scheme. You will have to work I’m
afraid! However with the growth of
social media, network marketing is
becoming easier and lots of people
are now making a decent living from it. This is a serious way of making
good money on your own terms and
it’s well worth reading up on it. I
recommend getting “The Business of the 21st Century” by Robert Kiyosaki. 40. Source property for
wealthy investors We all know how much money
there is in property, but on the
surface (with house prices as high
as they are) you might be thinking
this market is off-limits. Truth is, lots of people make a
great deal of cash simply sourcing
suitable properties for wealthy
investors who simply have no time. The trick is to find properties below
market value (BMV) by avoiding
estate agents and instead flyering
your area with your contact details
offering to buy houses. Then
approach investors with a no- brainer offer to pass on the details
of cut-price property in exchange
for a % of the sale value. Most cities will have monthly
networking events for landlords and
property investors. Track these
down, sign up, put on your best suit
and go along with lots of business
cards. Or you could start on LinkedIn or even Twitter to build
some initial contacts. As you might imagine, this isn’t
necessarily a quick way to make
money but once you’ve got a few
investors in your phone book it can
prove to be very lucrative in the
long run. If you’re interested, I recommend reading this book. There are many other creative ways to
make money as a student, such as our 50 business ideas. With any luck you’ll be on the road to making millions! Please feel free to share your own ideas by leaving a comment


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