Canada and USA
International students often find they have to earn extra income for their stay in foreign lands to be smooth. This is because the stress that college students face often has to do with more than just taking classes and writing exams. Having enough money to pay your bills can also be a challenge.
Staying in Canada or America on a student visa comes with limitations in terms of what you can do to earn money. In most cases, students on visas are not allowed to take regular days to supplement their incomes.
Nowadays, however, there are many online jobs for students you can do from any location whether Canada or the United States. Most of these jobs simply require that you have an Internet access as well as the passion for earning a little extra dollar the legitimate way.
These legitimate work from home opportunities require little to no upfront investment and offer easy ways to earn extra cash.
We have compiled here some legit ways for you to earn money while on a student visa in Canada, the US, and virtually any other country. Some opportunities may, however, be not so readily available in some host nations.
If you haven’t started blogging already for fun, then do it for money! Blogging is an excellent way to earn passive income if you know what you are doing and have the zeal for it.
Start a niche site and write about something you are passionate about. As your blog gains traction, you can monetize it using Google AdSense adverts, Amazon and other affiliate marketing. You can also sell an online course.
The cost of starting a blog is also far less than any other hustle, especially considering that you need about $10 to purchase a domain name and about the same amount per month for site hosting.
Honestly, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t start blogging right now and supplement your finances. Blogging might not reward you within the first few months, but once it starts paying, it pays big.
If you easily catch grammatical or punctuation errors when reading, a freelance proofreading job could work for you. No previous experience is required.
In Canada, a proofreader earns an average pay of $25-$30 per hour. Depending on how much free time off lectures you have, this can be a big money spinner.
You can find Proofreading work on sites such as Freelancer, Fiverr, and Upwork.
- Work as a virtual assistant
Virtual assistants perform a variety of tasks remotely for businesses and individuals. This is a highly lucrative trade especially if you find the right organisation.
You can be hired to answer emails, manage social media platforms, plan and schedule meetings, book travel, proofread, plan events, research a project, maintain a website, enter dat and do more depending on your skills and interests.
Sites such as PeoplePerHour, Zirtual, VA Networking.com, and Upwork are a good start if you want to earn as a virtual assistant.
- Social media campaigns
The power of social media has had tremendous effects into how businesses conduct daily operations. Businesses are looking for individuals who can help them grow a following, post on social media, and answer questions from customers.
Reach out to local businesses in your area and let them know how you can help them engage with customers to grow their brand.
You can also use your social media platform to provide other people’s products and services. This is referred to as affiliate marketing.
When someone clicks on your link and makes a purchase, you get a commission. If you are a college student with a decent social media following that you’re not monetizing, then you’re sitting on gold. Turn that social media clout into a money-making business!
- Start an online shop on Shopify
Do you have collectibles and antiques that you can sell online, or even arts and crafts that you can source frok your home country and sell? Ever considered how much you can make by selling these items online?
You may even consider selling a service, such as onlince courses on some subject you know best about.
Apart from starting an online e-commerce store where you sell your own products, you can simply act as a middleman between suppliers and the final customer.
Shopify had ready-made templates and tools to get your shop up and running within hours.
The easiest way to get your store going is to use dropshipping, which means you can sell physical items without keeping an inventory.
After a customer makes the purchase, the third-party supplier ships the product to them directly, and you get paid an agreement commission. You can also sell on Etsy, Zazzle, and ThreadUp.
- Online Tutoring
Teaching is a job as old as the Sun, but it’s gone virtual nowadays and students on international visa are using the internt to earn while tutoring.
You can teach various subjects online to middle school, high school, and college students, including English as a second language to kids abroad.
This gig also includes tutoring from extracurricular things like fashion, music, art, social media, and more.
Some companies require a Bachelor’s degree, while others are okay with some teaching experience.
Try sites such as VIPKid, Chegg Tutors, QKids, WyzAnt, and Tutor.com to see if you can get started on this money-making venture.
- Find data entry jobs
If you have good typing skills and can pay attention to detail, then why not consider taking data entry jobs and earn extra dollar?
To get started, create a detailed profile on platforms such as Clickworker and Fiverr so that you stand a good chance to find jobs.
Thing is, data entry can be time consuming and taxing for most college students given how hectic a job typing is. But for those with the drive and the skill, it’s worth the while.
- Freelance writing
Perhaps you do not want to own your own blog but still want to earn some money blogging?
Well, Upwork, iWriter, Problogger, FreelanceWriting.com, PeoplePerHour.com, and Textbroker have some excellent opportunities for you.
Companies, blogs, magazines, websites, and others are looking for freelance writers to work for them on a full or part-time basis. Look for such opportunities, market yourself well and start earning some idle money.
Remember you’re still a student!
Lastly, remember you’re just a student looking for extra income, and must still reserve time for your lectures and college assignments.
Most of these are part-time side jobs that should be taken alongside a more permanent occupation such as your day job or school activities.
We hope you grab these opportunities and earn your own extra income so that you do not constantly strain your sponsor or family back home for expenses that you can cover yourself.
God bless and All the best!!