Ways to make $ during graduate school?

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
3303 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I was in the same boat…our student positions were cut.  I worked at the YMCA doing the teen drop-in center.  By the end of grad school I could only do one drop-in a week for about 3hrs but they still kept me on and it was nice to have something coming in.

Post # 4
1018 posts
Bumble bee

@gingerspice:  I’m not sure where you are from but you can look into donating plasma. I think you can do it a couple times a week and they usually pay around 20-30 dollars. It’s like giving blood but they separate the plasma from it so you can do it more often than giving blood.

Also if your area recylces you can collect cans and turn them in.

Post # 5
1231 posts
Bumble bee

@gingerspice:  Have you asked the department secretary?  They usually know a lot especially if they’ve been around for a while.

Post # 6
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

This isn’t ideal, and you might not even want to consider it depending on your schedule, how much you get to see your husband, etc…but you could try to pick up a serving shift or two on weekends. Depending on the restaurant, you might be able to make really good money. I know this doesn’t help with your career (some of the other options you discussed are clearly more related to education!) but if your goal is just to make some extra cash, it could be an option to look into.

Post # 8
1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

See if you can tutor undergrads.  My grad school had a system where the athletes got tutoring and it paid $25/hr to tutors.  Individual departments also sometimes pay for tutors and often pay more but that is usually for hard sciences and economics/math…I know you’re in Ed but if you feel ok tutoring a freshman level course in math/econ/science you can probably pick up good money that way.  Also, see if there is a “writing center” or something equivalent, those often pay grad students to act as tutors–maybe even the career center, my undergrad paid students to teach how to write great cover letters, resumes, and statements for applying to grad school.


Another option is just hang some flyers offering tutoring for X Y Z subjects.


Also, dog walking, babysitting, nannying.


Post # 9
334 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@gingerspice:  You can try tutoring. Depending on the subject/area you’re in, you can make $40-$70/hr. It’s a lot of money for not a huge time commitment.

Just saw that PP suggested tutoring undergrads. You could also tutor local kids (elementary, middle, or high school) depending on what subjects you’re good at. Anything from reading, writing, SAT help, college essays, etc. You’re able to get more money doing that on your own instead of through tutoring centers.


Post # 11
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Magpie86: +1000000


I used to work 10-hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday mornings–and I made like $150 each day! It was TOTALLY worth working 7 days a week! And you’re done by 2 or 3 pm!

Post # 12
4827 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY



Sorry, you set yourself up for that 🙂

Post # 13
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@gingerspice: It’s completely understandable that you might not want to do this….I think it’s a matter of balancing out what’s going to give you better quality of life. Will you and your husband be happier having the extra income this year, but maybe not getting too spend as much time together/time with friends and family? Or would you rather have that time freed up, but maybe have to be more careful with money/not get to save as much this year?


I know what I would pick, but I don’t think there’s a universally “correct answer.” Of course the ideal thing would be if you could do something like tutoring or an after-school program that wouldn’t wreak as much havoc on your personal life time. Fingers crossed for you, good luck either way!

Post # 14
1327 posts
Bumble bee

When I was finishing my postgrad program I got hired in Februrary for an unpaid internship in Spain, which was to begin in June.  So I had 4 months to make enough money to live on in Europe for half a year!

I ended up doing 3 jobs while I was finishing school – I hosted at a restaurant, taught a French course at a company downtown, and I did some telemarketing.  It was a very…character-building 6 months. 😛 When I came home I was dirt poor, so I was working two jobs at one point – I did retail (beauty department of a high end drugstore) in addition to my day job. 

I think the restaurant and retail industries probably are the most flexible because you tell them when you can work.  Sometimes managers may not be cooperative, but you’ll figure it out.  It’s not the best work but whatever pays the bills (plus it’s only temporary), right? 🙂

Post # 15
6928 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m not sure if your program will let you do this, but mine did. I’m getting my Masters in Education as well. We were told if we got a job in a school (either as a paraprofessional or as a teacher) our work hours would count towards our internship required hours. Is this a possibility for you? To either start teaching with a non-renewable license or to look for parapro jobs?

The other thing I did the first year was tutor after school. I tutored two kids every single day and then had another client I went to 3-4 days per week (except on class days). I also tutored for the SAT/ACT through the high school, and still do.

Another thing I did which was unrelated was I ran the social media for a small business. I got paid $500 per month to run their website/blog, facebook and twitter pages. I did it mostly on the weekends and would schedule posts to go live during the week so it remained a constant presence. To get this job I advertised my technology skills and it worked. 🙂

Good luck! Just one more year!

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