Five ways to earn extra cash without having to work part-time

Here are some ways to earn money while you’re still studying - without having to commit to a part time job.

Meagan Goh
Meagan Goh

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Published: 19 November 2020, 10:38 AM

As a student myself, I’ve done a couple of part-time jobs and know how tiring it can get committing to both school and work. 

Truth to be told, there are so many other ways one can earn extra cash. What’s even better is that you can even do so from the comfort of your home. 

Here are five ways to earn some extra cash, even as a student:

1. Make and sell beaded jewellery

These super cute beaded accessories are in trend right now. They are fun and easy to make – literally anyone can do it. 

Many youths have already jumped on the bandwagon to make their own necklaces, bracelets and rings to sell them as a side hustle. 

And with the power of social media, it would be easy for you to garner some business. 


Tip: Pearls necklaces are really popular now! PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@FLUFFED.CO


Supplies such as beads and elastic cords are also easily available on online platforms like Shopee. 

They are priced reasonably with a wide array of colors and designs, so you don’t have to worry about spending more than you earn. 


Simply type ‘beads’ into the search bar and shop away! PHOTO CREDIT: SCREENSHOT VIA SHOPEE.SG

2. Sell your artwork

If you like creating and drawing, this idea is perfect for you! 

Whether it’s hand drawn calligraphy or customised shoes, pick up a pen or a paintbrush and let your creativity flow. There are really no limits to this one. 


Transform plain shoes into one-of-a-kind kicks like this. PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@DEVILART.CO


What could be better than hand-drawn gifts! PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@THEJOMUCO

3. Rework old clothes

Making your old clothes new again is another way to earn extra cash. 

This idea is extremely eco-friendly and encourages others to stop supporting fast fashion. 

No worries if you don’t know how to sew, there are plenty of tutorials available on YouTube to learn from. 


Aren’t these hand-made corsets just so pretty? PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@THESPRUCESTORE


If you ever get bored of clothes, you can also re-make them into bags. PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@THESPRUCESTORE

4. Start a TikTok channel

TikTok has become one of the most popular social platforms among youths. 

Although TikTok does not provide revenue to content creators for their videos or views, there are other ways to make money through the app. 

But first, you will need to build up a following. Knowing what you’re good at is key to doing so.

For example, if you’re good at dancing, you can start by posting dance cover videos. If you’re good at art, you can post videos of your artwork or even drawing tutorials. 


With a considerable amount of followers, who knows, sponsorships may start piling up! PHOTO CREDIT: TIKTOK/@XIAOWENPOOPS


That said, the fastest way to earn money from TikTok is to go on livestream (when you are famous enough) and have others send you emojis. These emojis aren’t free, you need to buy them from TikTok and they count as coins. 

When someone sends you an emoji, you can gather and exchange them for money at the end of the month. 

5. Baking

Baking is so fun and therapeutic, it makes the perfect activity for study breaks. 

Since there are many recipes and tutorials available online, you could start by searching up your favorite one and then experimenting from there.

There are even no-bake recipes for first-timers who are afraid of burning the kitchen down or for those who do not own an oven. 

Things like cookies, cupcakes and banana bread are easy enough to make. You may also want to get your family and friends to taste what you’ve baked for quality control before selling them. 


Tip – Although taste is important, visual representation is what will tempt others to try your food. PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@BANANABREAD.BELLY


Last but not least, have fun and don’t be afraid of failure because failure is the key to success!

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