11 Ways Toronto Students Can Make Easy Money
Ever tried freelancing?
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Every college/university student has a "fund" - whether it's for beer, wine, Netflix, video games, or shoes - and thankfully Toronto is full of ways to earn. Unlike every other major city in Ontario, it's a place that's full of quick cash opportunities and thankfully most of them don't involve mowing lawns or washing someone's dentures. If you've been strapped for cash, then there's a good chance you've come across a few of these options. If not, then read on and get ready to feed that urge for pad thai.
Be A Bartender For A Night
Anyone can bartend - if they have their credentials and aren't a total jerk - but the key is finding the right opportunity. That's where Craigslist comes in. It's usually a super-creepy-miss for most areas of work, but it's actually full of legitimate social parties and networking events that tip pretty well.
Become An Extra
The jury's still out on whether you can walk on the set Robocop II and pretend you're a paid extra, but it's not a bad idea. Robocop, Kick-Ass 2, Pacific Rim, and Total Recall were all filmed in Toronto in the past several years and with other projects on the horizon, there will be openings to be had. Who knows, maybe you'll wind up as a zombie (or just an average extra that can gorge on free muffins).
DJ Everything And Anything
If you don't DJ by now, then you undoubtedly know someone who does. Being the guy/gal in charge of the music doesn't exactly seem like heaven on earth, but it's not like the average corporate party needs a Bjork-only playlist. Then again, it's Toronto... so maybe charge anyone who has a request.
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Take "Sitting" Seriously
Dog sitting, cat sitting, bird sitting, house sitting - hell, even cottage sitting is a thing. And the best part is, they're all part-time gigs that pay extremely well. They don't really require a lot of effort, especially if you're looking after a quiet home in Summerhill, and guess what? Free food y'all.
Open Your Own Etsy Shop
Believe it or not, you can find anything on Etsy and in any form. It's become an iteration of eBay that makes gifting a breeze and if you can knit/paint/craft, it's a potential moneymaker. It's just to be a successful Etsy Seller, you have to truly embrace your creative side and "your inner entrepreneur". Meaning, if you really have a need to make True Detective bobblehead dolls, then go for it!
Freelance Your Heart Out
Whether you're an aspiring writer, a grammar Nazi, a graphic designer, or a social media butterfly, the world is full of freelance opportunities. Granted, not every open gig is applicable, but there are various websites that are dedicated to different fields and different positions that can refine your skill sets and provide experience. Okay, cash may rule all in this instance, but hey, perks?
Participate In A Focus Group
It's the year 2015 and focus groups should be your best friend. They're a blessing in disguise for students and partially because they're really just a civilized version of class discussion. It does take some effort to get your name on a weekly email blast, but in most cases, you're basically paid to be opinionated and open about your habits - i.e. talking about your drunk history for two hours or less.
Become A Mystery Shopper
Much like focus groups, mystery shopper openings are hard to come by. Everyone and their Mom has email alerts on deck, but if you do a little bit of digging online, you can weed out the fakes and find outlets that are willing to give you monthly assignments. If you're helpful and discrete, of course.
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Do Promo For Bars/Nightclubs
Nightclub gigs are incredibly boring (and sometimes sketchy) jobs, but they do pay well. Whether you're assigned to take photographs, poster the streets or survey a long line of U of T kids that pre-gamed too hard, the tasks at hand all equal one glorious outcome: a nice, cold wad of cash. It can sometimes feel a little bit light (promoters can be sketchy) but hey, all funds can be wine funds.
Rent Out Your Parking Space
Most off-campus housing accommodations in Toronto are equipped with at least one parking space and if you don't use it, then you might be in luck. Lots can go for $100 to $200 a month, but it depends on your location as a spot near Queen & Spadina is a lot more attractive than one in Roncy. Just make sure to know your area and clientele as city dwellers are always trying to escape daily parking rates.
Sell Your Course Textbooks
It's the most obvious way to make quick cash, but it works. Textbooks are overrated binds of paper that will forever be the death of everyone and any program newbie would be glad to grab essentials at a discounted price. Just make sure to scout your market and know 60% off is better than nothing.