It's no wonder that college students in the Philippines are sometimes gasping for funds, especially if their parents have a tight budget, or if they still want to have some extra pesos to hang out with friends on occasion. To help you out, we've listed 5 of the most practical ways we at CollegeRev think you can use to make just enough money to grind on.
1. Get a Part Time Job
Getting a part time job no longer equates to long underpaid hours flipping burgers or manning counters at McDonalds or Jollibee. Students who have only completed their high school degrees are now in demand in many sectors. If you have good communications skills, BPO companies or call-centers accept undergraduates on a part-time basis and pay fairly well.
If this doesn't appeal to you, working as a part-time waiter or barista in restaurants and coffee chains can be a good idea too. They not only offer better pay in general, but also give you a chance to earn extra from tips and get some free snacks or drinks in between.
2. Sell your old books and stuff
You probably have a good deal of these unused books and unwanted clothes and trinkets, but chances are, someone out there is willing to pay you a bit of money for them. Organise a garage sale, or set up shop on online classified like OLX. You may not end up earning much, but you can use the money you garner to set up a small shop, or as start-up funds for a small crafts venture.
3. Engage in college research work
If you study in a university that gives it professors the time and resources to publish research, some of them will need research assistants, and if you're willing to be persistent and ask, that someone could be you. The pay is unlikely to be glorious, but nothing beats the convenience of being able to stay at school, cultivate relationships with faculty and gain valuable academic experience while on your job.
Some schools also offer undergraduate research funds, which can help defray some of the costs of living in exchange for research work.
4. Join competitions or apply for competitive scholarships
Here we mean to use the term "competitions" liberally: it could literally be everything and anything that offers some sort of prizes for doing well. This could be as niche as cosplay competitions or as broadly appealing as eating or singing competitions, but the point is, if you're good at something, or if you're at least willing to try hard and maybe embarrass yourself on the way, there are competitions out there that are willing to pay you substantial amounts of money.
5. Start a small-scale, low start-up business from your dorm or home
This is the dream for many young students seeking financial independence, but it's a path that few are able to take, much less finish, because of the constraints. It's incredibly time and energy consuming, and will require capital with the associated risks on your part (plus, of course, the complications of doing business in the Philippines if you don't have someone pulling strings for you), but the rewards both in terms of money and experience are boundless. It's not a path we recommend if you're on a tight budget, but if you have a bit to spare, and if you have confidence in your idea, then it's worth a shot–just don't let it get in the way of your academics.