Medical School Side Hustles: Are You Up for the Challenge?

Medical school is crazy expensive. Obviously, your first priority should be doing well in school school and building your resume. This should be combined with a healthy balance of quality time spent with family, friends, not to mention focusing on your own personal well-being. If, and only if, all of that is in order, then perhaps you may be interested in one of the following medical school side hustles. However, working during medical school doesn’t have to be a giant commitment either – here are some of the ideas that fellow med students have tried to make some extra money…

Leverage a Talent

You will have to define your talent, but it could be something along the lines of an athletic or musical aptitude. At the very least, your status as a medical student should earn you tutoring gigs, if not for your medical school itself. Basically, if you are a master at something, or at least well beyond average, then you can likely charge for your services. For instance, I teach tennis part time and garner $20+/hour after the facilities cut. I have also tutored intermittently, landing $20/hour there as well. Now it is your turn, dig deep and find your inner medical school side hustles!

Earn $20+/hour Working for Motivate MD

This flexible opportunity fits perfectly with a med student’s busy schedule!  Motivate MD is currently seeking talented medical students for:

  • MCAT Tutor 
  • Pre-Med Online Mentoring 
  • Blog Content Writing
  • Sharing Motivate MD’s Pre-Med App and Services

If you’re interested in using your talents and past experiences to help pre-meds achieve their dreams, and desire the flexibility to fit into your busy med school schedule, this might be the job for you!  Take 5-10 min to fill out our simple job application here.

Donate Plasma

This one is not for the faint of heart, aka those with a crippling fear of needles. You are going into medicine though, so I will assume this applies to the minority. I have donated at BioLife Plasma, which pays $20 for your first visit each week, with another $50 if you come a second time that week. You can only donate twice in a calendar week and each donation must be at least a day apart. The sessions generally last only an hour. The best part is that BioLife has free Wifi, so studying is an easy possibility. I usually crush Anki decks while donating!

Uber or Lyft

I read online that you could net $25/hour and was obviously skeptical. “Why not try it out,” I said to myself. I was pleasantly surprised and did in fact net $25/hour. Surge definitely helps (elevated fairs based on consumer demand), but even without it I would have done well. Moreover, the passengers were all kind and chatty (one simply handed me a $20 for the tip), instead of drunken and belligerent, as I had imagined. The one downside is that your car can take on a lot of extra miles with this, so I would recommend doing it sparingly, but if you have got some time and a ride, give it a shot as one of your medical school side hustles! You can apply to Uber or  Lyft here.

Overnight Sleeping Shifts

These are absolute hidden gems. What is better than getting paid to sleep? Again, I figured this was too good to be true, but am thrilled with the results. Forty hours a week I sleep at a group home. I am actually only awake and doing things, like making breakfast or packing lunches, for 4 hours each week. The remaining time I truly sleep, or study. Facilities like this need round the clock supervision and odds are there will be one and demand near you if you reside in a big city. You will need to feel out the group home residents though. If they are runners, good luck getting sleep. Simply explain the situation to the interviewer and say that you are paying your way through school and actually need to sleep during the shift. They are understanding, as everyone else picks the job to sleep!


I wish I could have made this one happen, but it wasn’t meant to be. If you think you have the chops to find an ideal property, location being key, then perhaps you should pursue this. The idea is that you have your tenants, hopefully other medical students, pay your mortgage. Then, long-term you can continue renting to medical students and have created your first rental property, voila! Make sure you have the nerve to handle any hiccups and headaches that may come along though.

Thank you for reading, and best of luck throughout your journey to becoming a doctor!

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