Three lucrative ways to make money as an undergraduate

If you are lucky you will probably spend only a few months waiting for your admission into the University. However, a large pool of people spends a significant amount of time waiting to be admitted into the University of their choice. Typically, this time is spent doing nothing particularly useful which is sad because time lost can never be regained.

As a recent graduate from Secondary school, you can work and earn real money while at it during this period of waiting. We have compiled a list of some jobs you can engage in while you await your admission. You can also fall back on some of these jobs even as a side hustle while in school.

Freelance Writing

If you have a good command of English and you don’t suck at putting your thoughts on paper, you should consider becoming an online freelance writer or blogging. Even without any real writing experience, there are many jobs available for amateur writers online and you can make a reasonable income from your home while on them too.

However these jobs won’t come knocking on your door, for a chance to nail a freelance writing gig, you should;

  • Research about online writing or talk to people that are already involved in the business. Looking up job offers on freelancing sites will help
  • Determine the kind of content you are interested in working on, you may opt for rewriting articles or writing new content about a particular subject such as science or fashion.
  • Start writing!

Web development/ web designing

Whatever you are going to study in the University doesn’t matter, you can venture into web design or development if you haven’t already. You can utilise the free time before your admission to take free courses in coding. W3schools, Codecademy and freeCodeCamp are great online resources to help you get acquainted with codes. Start from the basics and you can go on to choose a programming language to start with.

With a little bit of coding skill, you may find a team of developers that will be willing to allow you, work, learn and earn at the same time. Even if you don’t, coding is an interesting way to keep yourself engaged and it is one skill you can always fall back on in the future. Who knows, you might be developing the next Facebook for the world.


If you have a good voice and can gain access to a music studio, then you may have customers waiting. Online platforms like Fiverr and Asuqu can connect you to people in need of your vocal powers.

You don’t have to do the singing if you can’t, you can simply stick to songwriting instead if you can handle it. You can also specialize in providing DJ drops, or commercial jingles.

There are so many ways to make money as an undergraduate. There are no boundaries or barriers that limit you.

Feel free to share your opinions, questions and contribution. I will love to hear from you.

 Editors Note: This is a continuing series, look forward to next week Friday.