For those interested in getting involved with a start up of some sort, particularly in the field of the Internet, a website has popped up called Eternships. Whilst most internships are unpaid, they are a good place to get some experience and if you’re lucky, you may even be offered a job in a successful startup and get some shares in the process… upwards and onwards!!!
If you can show that you’re responsible you can pay next to nothing (or nothing) for accomodation. When people go on holidays or extended leave, they will need people to look after their property and/or pets who live there too.
You can apply to become a housesitter, use the facilities of the home that you’re at (with permission of course) and get paid. The length of time varies from place to place depending on the circumstances. Of course, you’re going to have to build the trust you have with the homeowner but once you have done this, you maybe call regularly when they are visiting.
There are all sorts of companies out there which offer house sitting facilities and through these sites you can apply to become one… just type in ‘house sitter’ in Google or other searche engines.
The ones which came up when I searched online are:
Ok, I am not talking about doing anything illegal or indecent here but there are a few things which you can do to make some extra money with your body..
Selling your hair
I don’t know if it’s because more and more people are going bald (probably all the dissolved chemicals in tap water) but wigs, hair extensions and hairpieces are popular again. The best of these are made of real hair and of course, it’s got to come from somewhere. Typically, you need to have hair longer than 6 inches, it needs to be clean with no colouring or other treatment. Banbury Postiche are a major wig make and will pay you about £3 per ounce of hair that is 6-12 inches long and £5 per ounce for anything longer than 12 inches. Visit http://www.banburypostiche.co.uk for more information
Sperm and Egg donation
As a student I frequently saw adverts for sperm donation but the thought of having an untold child freaked me out so I never thought to do this. However, the money wasn’t bad, you can get paid up to £40 for a.. er, deposit! If you want to go down this route, then go and visit your fertility centre or hospital. As a female, egg donation however involves being given drugs to regulate your menstrual cycle and then a 10 minute operation to remove them.. I would think carefully about donating your eggs as a female however. So, a relatively easy way for a man (if you have good sperm count) but perhaps not so easy for a woman.
A lot of students I knew did this when I was a student but being a human guinea pig, you just don’t know what sort of risks are involved. You may experience nothing and find it a very lucrative way to earn some pocket money but then again, what if something goes wrong? Visit http://www.biotrax.com who list all the medical trials which are currently available. A lot of people earn thousands doing this type of stuff but just remember that you never quite know the short term, let along long term affects it may have on you.
This is relatively easy work and the pay can be quite good. You will be recruited for memory tests, brain imaging and other brain studies. You will get paid in cash for your time and travel expenses. You can get paid up to £60 for a session.
Just visit your local police station and they will pay you about £10 for your picture which they will use for line-ups… let just hope you don’t get picked mistakenly for something you didn’t do!
All you need to do is to sit still and be ok with people drawing/sculpting you. Contact the local art schools and adult education centres. You can also put up adverts in local arts schools or newspapers. Each session can last up to 3 hours and you can get paid upto £10 ($20 USD) per hour clothed and up to £15 ($30 USD) unclothed.
I have always wanted to do this but I never got picked. Would it be great to see yourself in the background of the new Harry Potter film? Anyway, you can earn up to £70 ($150 USD) a day for just a few hours work… more if you have your own props. All you have to do is to find a casting agency but be aware of the ones which as for an upfront fee.
You read about the huge amounts of cash Hedge Fund managers make. They are in a different world altogether!
Anyway, you can apply for the opportunity to get trained by a top hedge fund trader and then trade their money and take a cut of the profits. You don’t have to pay anything at all and it could be the start of a fantastic career.
By now, you’re thinking… hmm, what’s the catch! Well, depending on the type of person you are, they are planning to film a documentary on the BBC for these traders. I guess it’s going to be a bit like the Apprentice on TV except about traders.
For anyone who makes it, you won’t be a poor student no more.. just don’t forget me when you make a mint!
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