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Want to Make Extra Cash as a Student? Here's How

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Life as a student can be difficult in many ways but one of the things most students really struggle with is finances. If you live at home with your parents while attending college, things can be strained financially. However, if you live in student accommodation it can be even worse as you have far more expenses. It is no wonder that so many students are left with little to no money for themselves by the time they have dealt with their other financial commitments.


By finding innovative ways to make money as a student, you can ease the financial strain considerably. It will enable you to earn more money for essentials such as food and travel costs and to enjoy having a little extra cash for socializing, eating out, and spending time enjoying life as a student.

Some of the methods to consider

So, what are the top methods for making some extra cash as a student? Well, here are three easy yet effective means of making extra money:

Using OneClass

One of the ways in which you can make extra money is to go on OneClass and register to provide student notes for other students to benefit from. This is a great way to put your notes to good use, help others who may be falling behind or need extra assistance, and ease the financial strain. With this site, you can earn rewards for uploading your student notes for others to use as study guides. This includes earning gift cards and vouchers from some major retailers and restaurants or even having cash paid into a PayPal account.

Do Online Surveys

If you want something fun to do in your spare time and you want to earn a little extra cash, you can do online surveys. You should note that the amount you earn per survey tends to be very little but if you do enough surveys you can boost the income you are earning. In addition, this provides a fun way to fill your spare time and even enables you to voice your opinions and help shape the future of brands.

Go on Fiverr

Another platform that many students use to make considerable amounts of extra cash is Fiverr. This is an excellent site where you can register and offer gigs based on your skills and preferences. For instance, some people offer to write reviews, some create blog posts, others will offer online video editing, and more.

You can offer any service as a gig and for each completed one you earn five dollars. While this may not sound like a lot, these five dollars can really add up, particularly if you are doing 5+ gigs per day, which is very easy to do for most people.

These are just some of the key ways in which you can boost your weekly income and enjoy more financial freedom while you are in college.

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Tempted To Dial Your Ex: 5 Ways To Know Whether Or Not You Should Contact An Old Flame

Thinking of ringing up your ex during these uncertain times? Maybe you want an excuse to contact your ex, or maybe you genuinely feel the need to connect with someone on an emotional level. As a matchmaker and relationship expert, I was surprised at the start of the coronavirus quarantine when friends were telling me that they were contacting their exes! But as social distancing has grown to be more than a short-term situation, we must avoid seeking short-term solutions—and resist the urge to dial an ex.

It stands to reason that you would contact an ex for support. After all, who knows you and your fears better than an ex? This all translates into someone who you think can provide comfort and support. As a matchmaker, I already know that people can spark and ignite relationships virtually that can lead to offline love, but lonely singles didn't necessarily believe this or understand this initially, which drives them straight back to a familiar ex. You only need to tune into Love Is Blind to test this theory or look to Dina Lohan and her virtual boyfriend.

At the start of lockdown, singles were already feeling lonely. There were studies that said as much as 3 out of 4 people were lonely, and that was before lockdown. Singles were worried that dating someone was going to be off limits for a very long time. Now when you factor in a widespread pandemic and the psychological impact that hits when you have to be in isolation and can't see anyone but your takeout delivery person, we end up understanding this urge to contact an ex.

So, what should you do if you are tempted to ring up an old flame? How do you know if it's the wrong thing or the right thing to do in a time like this? Check out a few of my points before deciding on picking up that phone to text, much less call an ex.

Before You Dial The Ex...

First, you need to phone a friend! It's the person that got you through this breakup to begin with. Let them remind you of the good, the bad and the ugly before taking this first step and risk getting sucked back in.

What was the reason for your breakup? As I mentioned before, you could get sucked back in… but that might not be a bad thing. It depends; when you phoned that friend to remind you, did she remind you of good or bad things during the breakup? It's possible that you both just had to take jobs in different cities, and the breakup wasn't due to a problem in the relationship. Have these problems resolved if there were issues?

You want to come from a good place of reflection and not let bad habits make the choice for you.

Depending on the reason for the breakup, set your boundaries for how much contact beforehand. If there was abuse or toxic behaviors in the relationship, don't even go there. You can't afford to repeat this relationship again.

If you know you shouldn't be contacting this ex but feel lonely, set up a support system ahead of time. Set up activities or things to fall back on to resist the urge. Maybe you phone a different friend, join a virtual happy hour for singles, or binge watch Netflix. Anything else is acceptable, but don't phone that ex.

Write down your reasons for wanting to contact the ex. Ask yourself if this is worth the pain. Are you flea-bagging again, or is there a friendship to be had, which will provide you with genuine comfort? If it's the latter, it's okay to go there. If it's an excuse to go back together and make contact, don't.

Decide how far you are willing to take the relationship this time, without it being a rinse and repeat. If you broke up for reasons beyond your control, it's okay. If your ex was a serial cheater, phone a friend instead.

If there was abuse or toxic behaviors in the relationship, don't even go there. You can't afford to repeat this relationship again.

As life returns to a more normal state and you adjust to the new normal, we will slowly begin to notice more balance in our lives. You want to come from a good place of reflection and not let bad habits make the choice for you. Some do's and don'ts for this time would be:

  • Do: exercise ⁠— taking care of you is important during this time. It's self-care and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Do: shower, brush your teeth, and get out of your sweats.
  • Don't: be a couch potato.
  • Don't: drink or eat excessively during this time. Again, remember to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Do: think positive thoughts everyday and write down the 3 things you are grateful for. Look at the impact of John Krasinksi's SGN. It's uplifting and when you feel good, you won't want to slide backwards.
  • Don't: contact a toxic ex. It's a backward move in a moment of uncertainty that could have a long term impact. Why continue flea bagging yourself?