France is a beautiful country full of diverse people, cuisines, and cultures. The standard of living in France is very high and can take a serious financial toll on students! A lot of students struggle to keep up with the high cost of living and college fees even though they work part-time.
Guest author Michael Vestersen (check out his profile) shares nine ways how students in France can earn money and raise their standard of living while studying.
Sell Jewelry or Trinkets on Etsy
If you are the creative type, one of the easiest ways to generate some extra cash from home is by opening a small online business on Etsy. You’ll need some basic web design skills but once you’re set up, there’s no limit to what you can earn.
Take advantage of France’s association with romance and offer men’s wedding bands for sale to those who have no idea where to get them from or stand as a link between them and their wedding band choice. Get men’s dream wedding band ideas and get them made on Mens Wedding Bands.com. You can resell at a price you choose.
Etsy is especially popular among amateur designers and artists looking for steady income. While it is hard to live off a small online business in today’s world, it is a great way to supplement your income—until you hit it big, at least.
Online Casino Games
A lot of students in Denmark end up playing casino danmark games for fun and some play real money games at casino Danmark to make some money on the side. If you end up playing games based on luck, it is hard for you to make money consistently as you cannot predict your luck. French students can learn a thing or two from students and play skilled-based games like online poker and make some income on the side.
Of course, many casino fans still prefer to be in a land-based gambling resort, playing with a real dealer; however, online casinos have become more popular in Europe and Denmark especially.
Become a Handyman
If you are a skilled handyman, you can always offer your services to nearby residents in exchange for some extra cash. If you are still new to the city, don’t be afraid to befriend your neighbours and ask them if they need some help with small household problems. Doing a great job can help you land more clients down the line.
One way to get into Handyman services is to start off by volunteering and offering your skills for free. When you make a few contacts, you can slowly start to charge a fee.
Sell your Clothes
For people who buy new clothes regularly, this option is a no-brainer. Simply figure out the clothes you don’t want or need, then list them on sites like eBay. Note, however, that the clothing markets in French cities are quite competitive, so make sure to price your items according to the demand in your area.
A lot of French students who live in major cities like Paris and Lyon will rent out an extra room or apartment to help cover the high rents. You can offer your services as a manager of these rental properties, as long as you are fluent in French.
If you’re not yet confident in your language abilities, don’t be afraid to link up with someone else who can communicate with the tenants to make your job easier.
Work at a Café or Restaurant
If you are lucky enough to live close to a college or university, you could also try asking for a job at the local café. This is a great way to make some friends and meet people while making money.
Working as a food server is not always glamorous, but it can be fun if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty.
Check Out Postings on Fiverr
One great website to earn money online is called Fiverr, which allows you to sell just about any service or product at a starting price of $5. The site has a worldwide reach as well, so you can tap into your audience wherever they are—as long as you have the right skills to offer.
Create a Blog
A side hustle that can be surprisingly lucrative is to start up a blog. If you are a foreigner learning French, your blog already has a great hook, you just need to generate compelling content and market it well.
Once you cultivate a reliable audience, you can start looking into affiliate marketing and ads to step up your blog’s monetization.
Work as a Tutor for Other Expats
You may not be a French expert yet, but you should be able to help other foreigners learn conversational French, which will be useful for new expats especially those who find it difficult to understand English in French accents.
Making money as a student can be a difficult challenge especially when you are starting out. We suggest trying out 4 to 5 of the options listed above and see what works best for you. Don’t get discouraged if your first few attempts are not very productive, just push through and you will find things working out for you!