Top Ways For International Students To Earn Money

Are you a student who is having financial difficulties? Have you ever looked for answers on “how to get money fast” in the shallowest, scariest places on the web? So, what other options do you have for getting that much-needed cash?

Getting a job is a fantastic place to start when trying to fix this problem. It’s entirely up to you whether you want to work little or big, full-time or freelance. Make sure they follow the laws of the country you’re in and adhere to your student visas, though.

The F1 visa rules in the United States should provide you with clear instruction on the dos and don’ts. You’ll almost certainly need a Tier 4 visa to work in the UK, which comes with its own set of restrictions.

Let us walk you through the legal ways that you, as an international student can make some money:

1. Renting out property 

If you have properties or rooms, you are allowed to rent it out to make some side income. This is common, but usually done through paying a fee to a management company so you don’t have to deal with tenants yourself. God knows you don’t need the trouble while you’re chasing assignment deadlines!

2. Investment

A graph is pictured before the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 14, 2019 in New York City. Source: Johannes Eisele/AFP)


As long as you have no say in companies you have shares in, and you don’t make too many trades, you don’t have to worry about getting into trouble. You’ll still generate profit, and your costly dream of owning bitcoin can finally come true!

3. Writing

Consider yourself somewhat of an Ernest Hemingway? Another popular and legal way to earn money is to become a freelance writer. If you’re good and establish a good relationship with editors, you could earn a pretty penny. 

Writing can be a source of therapy, and a source of income. Source: Luis Acosta/AFP

4. Competitions and paid surveys

Do you have the lucky charm? A fun way to get some side money is to enter as many competitions as you can — winning something small is still considered winning. Having the option to keep or sell whatever you win — now, wouldn’t that be great? 

PAID SURVEY! CLICK HERE! PAID SURVEY! CLICK HERE! No really, click there. Paid surveys are a way to get some cash into your account — make sure you get a separate email to avoid the large number of spam mail coming your way soon. You’d be surprised by the amount of paid survey websites in every country, and when you are a regular surveyor, the amount of coins will start to add up. 

5. Online freelance work

One minute you’re avidly reading through the Tattletales From Tanqueray on “Humans of NY”, the next moment you’re on “Youtube” looking at videos of spicy chicken mukbangs —  the internet can be a mean blackhole of distraction, procrastination and misinformation. 

However, if you are good at online work — graphic design, social media, blogging, and the likes — freelance work could be for you. With an entrepreneurial-like way of thinking, companies will definitely have use for your skills on a freelance basis. It also gives you a chance to build your CV while working a flexible schedule. 

6. Tutoring

Tutoring can earn you some big extra income if you have the patience. Plus, if you complete a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course, you could set yourself up for job opportunities around the world. It’s also a great way to expand your savings, and explore different cultures on your travels abroad. 

7. Participate as a paid volunteer

Fancy being a guinea pig? When you participate in a focus group, clinical trial, or any other similar experiment, you are usually compensated in cash, food and drink. As this is paid volunteering, there are no legal issues to face here. Imagine if you were part of a group of trial testers for finding the cure to coronavirus!



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