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Side hustles to help you make rent

Side hustles to help you make rent

Side hustles to help you make rent
February 08
11:30 2019

Picture it: Pay day comes and you feel like you’re on top of the world. You’ve planned your amazing weekend full of frivolous spending, but then unfortunately the slightest bit adult in you comes out and forces you to save, put money aside for gas, pay your rent, buy groceries — the list goes on.

Life doesn’t always have to be this way, however, and getting a second part time job doesn’t have to be the answer. Plenty of people have side hustles nowadays and besides being a monetary plus, they can also be a great way to channel your passion into something real.

Producing and selling beats/eps

For all the amateur music producers out there, you could be making some great side money off your creations. You can begin by posting parts of your beats onto SoundCloud to discover an overall reaction to your music. When you begin to bring in some positive feedback, place contact information and your social media links on your account, so people can contact you.

Free websites like Beatstars are also helpful if you are trying to push your beats out there. If you don’t already have some music already created, a free application like Garageband is just fine to start out with. Look up music producing tutorials on a free platform like YouTube and begin your producing journey.

Writing articles

English and journalism majors, along with anyone who loves to spend their free time writing — listen up. It’s never too early to start getting paid for your writing. Whether you write features, personal essays or poetry, there is a website out there that wants your writing and will pay for it. Take some time to write up some excellent non-timely articles, and then pitch your work to papers and magazines.

Most organizations and companies have a contact page that tells you where to send your pitches, so pay attention closely. It can take weeks to months to hear back about your articles, so be sure to send in pitches to various places. Websites that are currently accepting work are The Sun Magazine and Buzzfeed.


The spring is a great time to kick off a photography business. Graduation and prom is right around the corner which is prime time for photographers. If you aren’t a photojournalism major but have a camera lying around, take a photography class or go find some free online classes on YouTube. Next, you will need to create a portfolio.

Ask some friends to star in some photos and post them on a website and social media platforms. A great plus of being a UNT student is having access to advanced editing software like Adobe Photoshop on school computers, so take advantage and get started.

Creating a YouTube channel

A lot of people scoff at YouTubers, but if they took a look at their pay checks they’d probably think twice. I’m not saying you are going to be making thousands after your first few weeks or even months. This side-hustle is much more of a long term project, but if you have a unique personality and aren’t shy showing that to the world, you may just find some success on the platform. Though you may not see any dollars reign in for a little while, another benefit of being a content creator is the free stuff, which is one of the loveliest words a college student can ever hear.

Featured Image: You can produce and sell beats as a form of income on the side. Image by: Vanessa McTillmon. 

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