Unfortunately for us, we live in a society where money really does make the world go round. When you’re in high school or university, it can be hard to prioritize money-making when you’re also trying to achieve in your studies. You want a job that pays well but is flexible and casual enough for you to still have enough time to study.

If you’re looking for some easy ways to make a little extra cash on the side while at school, look no further!

1. Part-time job

This is the most obvious solution to being low on money during school. If you don’t have much experience, this can be easier said than done. Despite this, if you persist and continue searching and being open to opportunities, you will undoubtedly find a part time job. A good tip is to try and apply in person- directly communicating with the manager. This will ensure you have the chance to make a good first impression and get that interview!

2. Tutoring or teaching

So this is pretty much the same as having a part-time job but there are always jobs for tutors! This can come in the form of tutoring in VCE subjects, UMAT, GAMSAT or anything else! Even if you don’t think you’re exceptionally smart, don’t disregard tutoring. There’s an opportunity to help people whose second language is English or primary school children. If you play an instrument or sport, you should also consider taking up sports coaching or instrument teaching. Teaching is a rewarding, yet flexible job.

3. Freelance it

If you have skills in the creative field such as graphic design, music, photography or art, you may find a job as a freelancer. There are websites such as Upwork and other sites that will help put yourself out there. There are always opportunities to create in such a way. People are always looking for album artwork, stock photos, and background music production. There are even specific websites and seek to connect you to people looking for these things.

4. Review and Survey

Did you know you can actually get paid to review products and fill in surveys? Well now you do. You can get up to $5 just for spending a few minutes filling in surveys for companies. A quick Google will help you to find out how you can participate in surveys, review music and products in exchange for money. You don’t need any special skills or experiences- just an opinion!

5. Deliver

If you live in the city, you’ve probably seen those poor people riding their bikes and motorcycles around with those huge Uber eats/Deliveroo cubes on their backs. That could be you! If you can ride a bike or motorcycle or even drive, you could deliver food to customers ordering from these sites. It’s a good way to get out and about and exercise while getting paid. Also, everyone loves a bearer of food.

6. Test subject

This is how my dad made it through university. Being a test subject is a great way to make some money. Some scientists will pay a lot of money for human test subjects, as they’re obviously hard to come by. There are, of course, risks with these tests- so make sure you read the fine print and ask questions if you need. There are also other tests that aren’t science-related. These will generally test minds of consumers and more commerce-based research. Being a test subject also means you get to be a part of discovering something new!

7. Airtasker

Airtasker is an app/website that helps connect people who need services to those who are looking. This is a great option because you can really use whatever skills you have! Many people need help delivering groceries, setting up their internet, designing logos, doing research, proofreading or installing gates. Some people are just looking for advice! If you’re generally handy/know how to set up a computer, there’ll be things to do on Airtasker! There’s seriously something for everyone on there and it’s become my latest ‘lifehack’ to finding easy, flexible ways to get some extra money.


Life isn’t all about money, but it’s definitely necessary for day-to-day life. We hope that these ideas have helped you find different, convenient avenues for you to make some extra money in school.

Do you have any other ideas on how to make money during school? Leave it in the comments!

Happy hunting!