Studying is hard right, and if we are going to get the best outcome, we need to put in as much focus, energy and passion into our PhD as possible. Unfortunately, this doesn’t leave a lot of anything to put into another job. Yet work we must, as rent, utilities, and bills don’t pay themselves! The good news is that there are some job and side hustles where you can earn some money to help pay for your living cost while you study for your PhD, that are relatively easy. Some could even be described as fun! Just keep reading to find out what they are!
Dog / pet sitting
Imagine getting to sit in a lovely warm house, petting a dog, cat or another furry friend while watching the TV. Doesn’t that sound like the best break from editing your PhD thesis? Now imagine you get paid for doing it. Yes, that is right people, there is a robust market for responsible animal-loving folks to take care of others fur babies, while they are at work, or out of town.
There are even platforms online that you can use to match you with people that need this service. All you need to do is sign up and start earning by hanging out with cool doggos!
Stock market trading
Economics and maths students aside, some people can be intimidated by trading stocks. However, this way of making money can actually be a lot of fun once you understand what you are doing. It’s also a lot easier on the body and mind than spending hours packing groceries at the store!
Of course, to be successful with trading, you need to do a few things before you begin. The first is to do some research on the best financial products to invest your money in. Some people choose longer-term products like shares, while others prefer the quick turnaround of penny stocks. Forex Trading (or trading foreign currency as it is also known) is also a popular option as it is a market that can offer fast returns. Just remember to account for the risks involved as well as the potential benefits, as no investment is a sure thing.
Selling art / crafts
I really like this idea because it can be incredibly hard to find time to be creative in a practical sense when you are studying for a PhD. Indeed, anything that is not thesis related can seem like a colossal waste of time. Even if it’s actually pretty vital to survival! However, if you are earning an income from it, you are much more likely to put aside some time, stick on a podcast and let those creative juices flow.
Of course, cracking the art selling world isn’t always easy and will take some time to build up a following. Also, where possible, focus on making digital products like planner layouts, or printable images as these can be created once and then sold over and over again, creating a passive income. Something that will help you minimise the amount of time you need to work on your products and maximise profit.