As someone who has traveled overseas to study, you may have your living expenses and tuition covered, but what about everything else? Who wants to travel to a great country, then be stuck at home because they can’t afford to do anything?
The problem is this. As a foreign student, your job opportunities are limited. You can’t just walk into any office or store, and ask for a job. There are rules set by different governments, and you may not be allowed to work as you would back home.
Now the good news! None of this means you can’t earn money. You just have to work hard and be creative. Here are some things to try.
Earn Spare Money Through Online Side Hustles
If you would like to earn a few hundred dollars a month to cover small expenses, or to buy extras you’ve got several options. There are several websites where you can a bit of money doing the following:
• Filling out surveys.
• Watching movie trailers.
• Testing apps and websites.
• Signing up for special offers.
• Watching videos and advertisements.
• Printing coupons.
• Taking photographs
• Transcribing information.
There are other small tasks you can perform as well. You can join multiple sites that aggregate these tasks for you. The pay for this work isn’t spectacular in any way. Sometimes payment comes in the form of Amazon credits or gift cards. However, many sites will pay using PayPal or direct deposit. Here are a few sites to consider:
• Amazon’s Mechanical Turk
• Earning Station
• Inbox Dollars
Disclaimer: Not all of these websites accept applicants from every country.
Think of this a great option if most of your expenses are covered, and you want to fund shopping, hobbies, and fun excursions.
There is a huge market for people who are able to teach others to speak English. Once you arrive in the city where you will be staying, start looking for opportunities. Look up discussion boards on Facebook and your school. You may find students there who need someone to help them learn English.
There are also opportunities available online. Check out, Italki, Udemy, and Palfish. The latter hires English speakers to tutor Chinese children in English, and you don’t even need to speak Chinese.
Be aware that with some of these jobs, you may need to complete a resume or CV. If you pursue this option, you should probably have yours polished and ready to go. If you need extra help, you might consider looking into helpful writing service reviews as well as online tools that you can use to produce a professional looking resume. We recommend, TrustmyPaper.com, Grammarly, and Microsoft resume templates.
Make Items to Sell
Are you a talented artist, crafter, or photographer? If so, you can earn money by selling the products that you make. Depending on your talent, you might even be able to do some work on commission. To sell your items online, check out Facebook marketplace, Etsy, Craigslist, and other venues. Just be sure to check the local regulations regarding shipping items overseas.
You might also check out local shops and bazaars. It is possible that you can lease out space, or work with a local retailer to consign some of your products.
Use Your Skills to Become a Freelancer
If you need a bigger income than you can make with a side gig, consider freelancing. To get started, think of some things that you can do that are in demand. If you have a computer and a reliable internet connection, you can earn money:
• Writing blog posts, web content, and articles
• Doing medical transcription work
• Performing data entry and administrative tasks
• Translating documents
• Voiceover work
• Web and graphic design
• App and software development
• Providing customer service
To find jobs as a writer or to use your other talents you can refer to many online sources including, Freelancer, Guru, Fiverr, and any of these top 10 websites for writing help. You might also consider creating a website and posting your resume, portfolio, and other information. You can advertise your services on local marketplaces and social media.
Get a Part-Time Job
Your work options might be limited, but that doesn’t mean there are no opportunities for you. In some cases, you may be allowed to work part-time. Some students are also given permission to work on campus. There may be restrictions, so check with student services, and be sure that you understand the policies you have to follow as they relate to your Visa. If you are able to work check out the following:
• Restaurants and cafes
• Museums and libraries
• Local tourist offices
• Attractions and gift shops
If you don’t speak the local language, you can improve your chances of getting a job by at least picking up a few phrases. Also, you might consider getting help with your resume using writing services for students. It can really help. If you are staying in an area that is popular among tourists, your ability to speak English can be a real asset.
Do Odd Jobs
No matter where you are, there are going to be people who simply don’t have enough time to get everything done. Many of them will gladly hire people to take care of these small jobs for them. This includes running errands, babysitting, assembling furniture, and cleaning.
You’ll have to do a bit of research to determine the best places to advertise your services. There may be local Facebook groups, a local newspaper, even bulletin boards at the nearby supermarket. Sometimes, word of mouth works best. It’s also a great excuse to get to know your neighbors.
Help With Research And Other Projects at School
Your school may be a great resource in your quest to earn money. Speak to your instructors. They may be able to help you find a part-time job on campus, or get you a spot on a paid research project. If you go this route, start early. Sometimes these opportunities can go quickly.
It may not be as easy to earn money abroad as it is at home. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Use the tips and resources suggested here. It won’t take you long to begin earning some money to help with extras and expenses.
Author Bio: Daniela McVicker is a valued blogger at Rated by Students. She shares her expertise on topics including education, technology, and college life. Eventually, she would like to obtain her PHD and work as a university professor. When she’s not pursuing her education or working, she enjoys knitting and restoring antique furniture.
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