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Students, in partnership with eStudy, we are pleased to announce the following FREE SOCIO ECONOMIC/SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT COURSES – perhaps complete some over the holiday period?

There are 20 vouchers available to conduct 1 or more of the following courses (Learners can opt how many courses to enroll for):

1. Developing your leadership skills – 5 hours – 1 point

2. Managing for the first time – 13 hours – 3 points

3. Managing your time and priorities – 5 hours – 1 point

4. Be a great team player – 16 hours – 4 points

5. Managing conflicts – 6 hours – 1 point

6. Ethics and Social Responsibility Awareness – 7 hours – 1 point

7. Self-Awareness and Decision Making-Skills – 7 hours – 1 point
All the above courses are CPD Accredited by the SABPP and learners will receive their certificate the month after completing the course. For any of the above courses, eStudy will not charge the student additional services/fees.


Students will have 12 months from date of registration to complete the above course/courses.

Should you wish to be considered for the above free courses, please contact with motivation and CV – use subject “eStudy Courses” – please make sure you will use this valuable asset as places are limited for now to 20.

Part time paid work for students south africa

Students, we continue to grow, both in terms of the number of students and the number of positions available for students to work part-time. With all the “no fees” protests, it is a pleasure that some students (YOU) are willing to work to get through studies. In fact, it is proven that a part-time job benefits students in many ways. Good for YOU! Pity that the powers that be are not supporting us as a Non-Profit Company, but, as stated we are helping more students daily.

Rent-a-Student now has agreements with several Exhibition Organising companies, large business and as you know transcription services along with other “work from home” opportunities. We have also added web design work and bloggers to our growing list of services during the winter .. brrrrr….

Now, we look forward to summer, and historically, this is “Silly Season” i.e. we go bonkers as more and more work requests pour in! So .. complete the form below to be front of queue. If you have students friends and even siblings aged 17+ get them to join us by registering. Finally, we are just over 1,000 likes short of 50,000 and would love to hit that milestone – get liking us please 🙂 and make some social media noise!!! … Finally, finally, speak to your parents and other business owners, maybe some of them have been thinking to hire students but just do not know how to go about it? They can contact us directly anytime



WOW ….

We hate to say this, but we are disappointed with the lack of attention to detail from some students applying for part-time paid work via our platform. Rent-a-Student is a non-profit organsation trying to HELP students! We have businesses asking for students non-stop and our reputation means students get good pay!!

Rent a Student was formed to help students. Employers (in the main) want to help students, but the quality of applications has declined!! When we ask for a photograph – we need a photograph, when we ask for a CV we need a CV, when we say the job is in Johannesburg and students apply from Cape Town it is NOT acceptable! When students apply and then do not show it is totally unacceptable. YES that is the reality, students apply for positions and when given the position, they fail to show up = lost client = bad reputation = the end of this Non-Profit … PLEASE Respect us, respect yourself, respect the clients wanting to help students.

We give work experience to over 1,000 students a month, we have a minimum wage policy of R40 per hour, so please only apply if you have read the brief and can do the JOB.

PLEASE, remember that first impressions count.

PS – Congratulations to the many students who do excellent work! We are proud to have you on-board!

The HCI Foundation Bursary Programme provides financial assistance to academically deserving and financially needy students.

The HCI Foundation Bursary Programme provides financial assistance to academically deserving and financially needy students, pursuing an undergraduate degree up to Honours level in any field of study, at a public university or university of technology in South Africa.

HCI Foundation bursaries are primarily for students who will be in their 1st year of study in 2017 and our current bursary recipients.

Applications for other years of study will only be considered if we have spaces available.

To successfully complete an application form, follow the five steps below between 01 August 2016 and 30 September 2016.

Between 01 August 2016 and 30 September 2016.


If you have applied before, you must login with your existing username and password. Click on lost password if you have lost or forgotten it.

If you are a new applicant you must register on the system.


There are 4 sections that you will be required to complete on the application form:

Personal details
Family details
Details of proposed study for the upcoming year
Parents’ employment information
Now begin to send in your supporting documents:

Copy of ID, proof of family income or affidavit of unemployment and proof of grant.

You will be able to submit supporting documents until 30 September 2016

You can save your application at any stage and return to complete it later.

Closing Date: 30 September 2016 before Midnight

Click Here to APPLY ONLINE

More and more workers are operating outside the traditional confines of regular, full time employment. They may be free agents or elancers, that is freelancers in the digital world who work for themselves. Or they may be employees of an organization your firm is allied with. Employees of an outsourcing or temporary help firm or even volunteers. Last year, almost 18 million people worked as non-standard employees for 15 hours or more a week. Software maker Intuit estimates that 40% of the workforce will be non-standard employees by 2020.

It’s already happening now in a number of industries. In terms of the kinds of work available, it’s not just low level clerical tasks. It’s also managerial and professional work. Think accounting and finance, information technology or marketing. One of the payoffs from using non-standard employees is that they may be cheaper than their full-time counterparts, especially since they typically are not eligible for benefits. Moreover, the size of the workforce can expand or contract as necessary based on the demand for particular services. More generally, companies can tailor the skill sets they need to fit the work to be done without hiring and firing full-time employees.

At the same time, there are risks associated with non-standard employee workers. Will they be as committed as full-timers? Will their rapid turnover require extensive orientation and training of new ones? Will they stick around long enough to develop the kind of depth of understanding of people and operations that will enable them to contribute meaningfully? In terms of managing and integrating work, there are three broad considerations. The first consideration is strategy.

Namely, considering the overall work to be done, which parts of it are core, proprietary operations that need to stay in-house and whichparts might be done elsewhere. Consider Nike or Apple for example. In both cases, a core competency is design. The look, feel and functionality of the product. Both firms design their products in-house and then outsource the actual manufacture of the products elsewhere.Design allows Nike and Apple to retain activities that are at the very top of the value chain and to outsource those lower in the value chain.

A second consideration is procurement. More specifically, procuring the kinds of knowledge, skills and abilities that are necessary to do the work that non-standard employees can do. This is where talent platforms can be extremely helpful. A talent platform is simply an internet enabled marketplace that matches work to free agents. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk for example was originally built to solve Amazon’s own internal data processing problems.

To do that, it created a platform where work could be broken up into tiny pieces called microtasks and distributed to a low-cost workforce.Examples of microtasks include information gathering such as completing a survey, or photo and video processing for example, tagging images. This approach is inherently global for once you post work on a digital talent platform you won’t know and you may not care where the work is being done.

The final consideration is accountability. Managing means getting work done through other people and following through to ensure it’s done properly. Managers have to be exquisitely clear about their expectations for deliverables and they need to specify four parameters in great detail. By when, that is time. In what quantity. At what level of quality. And at what cost. When the deliverables arrive, managers need to check to ensure that the deliverables meet the standards previously set for timeliness, quantity, quality, and cost.

In summary, when the boundaries of an organization are no longer fixed as is happening more and more these days, then non-standard employees may do at least some of an organization’s work. In order to manage and integrate that work into ongoing operations, managers need to do three things well. Determine which elements of work must be done in-house and which can be farmed out to non-standard employees. Procure the kinds of knowledge, skills and abilities that are necessary to do the work that will be farmed out.

And specify in detail four dimensions of expectations about deliverables. Time, quantity, quality and cost. Do these three things well and you’ll be well on your way towards developing an overall strategy for managing and integrating work when organizational boundaries are permeable.

Holiday Jobs 2016-17

Student Holiday Jobs. We are already being asked for students for the main (December-February) holidays. Please confirm your location and availability using the form. Please pass on to fellow students and/or try and email to group and post to your social media groups – remember the more students, the more jobs!!


MTV audience ren-a-student for Lip Sync

MTV Africa has revealed its hosts for Lip Sync Battle Africa, which has it’s final shooting tonight in Johannesburg. Rent-a-Student has assisted by providing students to be part of the audience. This is our 4th live TV audience with more already scheduled! What the sample Lip Sync video .. more to follow!

Nigerian artist D’banj and local TV personality Pearl Thusi are official presenters.

The multi-talented pair have both expressed their excitement and say this is the best platform to reach Africans.

The critically acclaimed and award nominated show was originally created for a US cable channel and has gone on to be a viral sensation.

It features celebrities lip syncing the song of their choice and battling it out for what MTV Africa says is the ‘coolest bragging rights on the planet’.

Lip Sync Battle Africa will premiere on MTV, MTV Base and eTV.

Rent-a-Student provided the lip sync SA audience using students and we all had a blast!!



An article from the National Small Business Council which maybe of interest to you budding Entrepreneurs!

While passion is no doubt the fuel that sustains entrepreneurs, you will find that even serial entrepreneurs and avid risk takers understand the importance of being grounded. That is balancing or harnessing passion within the framework of good reasoning and quality decision making.

When passion and entrepreneurship come together however, it isn’t always magic as there could be a conflict of interest. As highlighted, you don’t have to discard one for the other. Instead you can use the passion as a flame that allows you to acutely identify and relentlessly pursue excellent business opportunities. Here are four guidelines to help you achieve this:

Be honest with yourself

You need to decide what is more important, pure passion (on an idea that might not be lucrative), or redirecting your enthusiasm and energy into a researched idea that presents a greater chance of being rewarding. By rewarding, we mean not only in the ‘feel good’ sense, but importantly, in the financial sense of the word. When your heart solely influences all business decisions, it’s time to sit down and have an honest conversation with yourself about whether you are heading in the right direction for yourself and your business.

Employ other people to run the business

They do not have their heart invested in the business as much as you, and so, are more likely to make less emotional decisions that could see the growth of the business. A sound team of two or three people can be put in charge of different aspects of the business, and they can each consult with you when major decisions have to be made. This also allows you to spread your wings as the company visionary and forerunner.

Get a business coach

These are qualified and trained individuals who specialise in helping businessmen and women achieve their full potential. Furthermore, by talking to your business coach, you will gain a much clearer understanding of what your priorities are. This will equip you to better harness the untamed passion for your product, service or your industry in general, in order to go after and achieve specific entrepreneurial and related business goals.

Rent-a-Student have partnered with Purpose Unleashed to offer business coaching at a much reduced rate for Students. Contact ME directly for more information.

Know when to walk away from a deal

It can be hard to know when to walk away from a deal or business venture. The burning passion to succeed in business, pursue an ideal or chase a dream – while being immensely positive – can also be the number one culprit for not realising when to quit. This is NOT giving up, but refers to an objective assessment where all the variables, circumstances and signs are saying, ‘Proceed no further.’ Think of it this way: you may be in business, but discover that there is a severe flaw in your strategy, there is no market for the product, you’re in a completely wrong location etc. One first has to stop what they are doing, re-evaluate and then proceed. And yes, proceeding may include a completely new plan, a new business or a new way of tackling the original venture.

Passion is an important part of running any business, but it can overshadow practical business decisions if one is not careful. In order to find the right balance between what you love, and the acumen required to succeed in a competitive world, you will need to be honest with yourself when making business decisions. Consider the above guidelines as a starting point to effectively achieving this harmony.

Proudly brought to you by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC).

Firstly, let’s make one thing clear. There are no magical tips that will help you get rich overnight!! However, it is possible to make some money if you own a website and do some affiliate marketing. Rent-a-Student for example has some affiliate partners e.g. Rebtel. We make around R1,000 a month from these partners. So read on if you want to give Affiliate Marketing a try!

First, you will need a website! Try our other site which offers a FREE website design. All you pay as a student is R50 a month or R500 for the year. Simple contact the site owner (that’ll be me) and we will get your website done in 1 day.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

According to Wikipedia: “Affiliate marketing is a marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate’s marketing efforts”

Basically, you as a publisher will be rewarded when you help a business by promoting their products or services. try Commission Junction which has one of the largest collections of partners, then promote it’s partners and you will get a commission when the visitor you send from your site makes a purchase.

Affiliate marketing is probably one of the quickest and cheapest (not the easiest) ways to start making money online as you don’t have to create any products yourself. You simply link up a buyer and a seller, and you take a commission on the sale that has been referred by you.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

When you join an Affiliate program and choose the products that you want to sell, sellers provide you with a unique affiliate code that you can use to refer traffic to the target site. Most affiliate programs will offer ready made text links, banners and other forms of creative copies whereby you only have to copy the code and place it on your website to start referring traffic. When interested visitors click on these links from your site they get redirected to the product site and if they purchase a product or subscribe to a service you as the referrer make a commission.

The sellers can track your performance through your affiliate ID and the affiliate software that they use. You also have complete, real time access to all sales and commissions stats.

You don’t need to sell products all the time to make a commission. Different affiliate programs can use different payment terms such as:

  • Pay per Sale: In this program a merchant pays you a percentage of the sale price when the purchase is completed.
  • Pay per Click: In this program you get paid based on the number of visitors you redirect to the Merchant’s website from your affiliate site, whether or not a sale is made.
  • Pay per Lead: You get paid once the referred visitors provide their contact information on the target site by filling out a simple contact form.

Why be an Affiliate Marketer?

Affiliate marketing is considered to be one of the world’s fastest growing and best internet marketing techniques to earn money online because:

  • Cost effective: Marketing on the internet is cheap and you don’t have to worry about the production cost as the product is already developed by the seller. You don’t need a physical business location or hire employees either.
  • Global Market: Online marketing gives you the opportunity to reach people all over the world easily.
  • No Fees: You don’t need to pay anything to join affiliate programs.
  • No Storage No Shipping: You don’t need to worry about storage, packing or shipment of the product. They are all taken care of by the seller.
  • No customer support: You don’t need to provide any customer support or deal with consumer complaints as the Seller does that for you.
  • Passive income: A regular job can give you a fixed income as long as you continue to work. Depending on your marketing skill Affiliate marketing can create a steady flow of income even when you are not in front of your computer.
  • Work from home: If you make enough money then you don’t have to worry about going to work at the same time every day or getting stuck in traffic. You can work in the comfort of your own home.

Tips on Becoming a Successful Affiliate Marketer

After reading all the benefits of affiliate marketing if you think you will be rich over night by selling affiliate products online then you are wrong. Affiliate marketing is definitely an excellent way to make money online but it’s highly competitive too. In order to be successful in Affiliate marketing you need to know the market needs, learn how to promote products, what works and what doesn’t. The following are a few tricks on becoming successful in affiliate marketing that we have learnt over time.

1. Only Choose a Handful of Good Products

The first mistake a lot of affiliate marketers make is that they register with too many different affiliate programs and try to promote everything. Pursuing affiliate marketing down this path can become very overwhelming and you won’t be able to promote any product properly. All you need in order to be successful is a handful of good products to promote. Try to understand the market needs and look for products that align correctly with the topic of your site.

2. Use Several Traffic Sources to Promote Products

Most affiliate marketers put up the ads only on their sites. There is nothing wrong with this approach but know that there are many other traffic sources that you can tap into and promote the products simultaneously. The more targeted traffic you can send to the sales page the more your chances are of making money.

Google Adwords can be used to drive targeted traffic to a sales page. You simply make an ad in your adwords account then use your affiliate link in the target page URL of the ad. Obviously, you will have to continuously measure the conversions and see if the campaign cost is less than the campaign profit in order to keep the campaign running but I am sure you get the idea.

3. Test, Measure and Track Your Affiliate Campaign

It is a very good idea to use different product promotion strategies so you can figure out what is working and what is not. Try to do split testing and measure the performance of each campaign then take actions accordingly. Changing a few things here and there can increase your profit dramatically. Make sure to place the banner ads on different areas of your site’s pages. Some positions will make the ads more noticeable than others.

Most affiliate programs will give you basic stats that you may need but there is nothing stopping you from using your own conversion tracking software too. There are many conversions tracking sofware out there that you can use to track your affiliate campaign.

4. Research the Demand of the Product

If you try to sell a product that is in low demand then chances are that you are not going to get many sales no matter how hard you try. So it is a good idea to spend a bit of time researching and finding out if a product that you are thinking of promoting is a product that your audience needs. If your site gets decent traffic then you can conduct an online survey and easily get input from your visitors.

5. Stay Current with New Methods and Techniques

Affiliate marketing is a very competitive field and people are always coming up with new techniques. Try to stay current with these new techniques and market trends otherwise you will fall behind.

6. Choose the Right Merchant

When you promote a product you also promote the person or the company who is behind the product so try to choose wisely. You don’t want your visitors to go and buy a product following your advice then come back unhappy. Do you think that this visitor will come back to your site and take your advice again? Most likely no; this can hurt your credibility in the long run. Usually, websites/company that offer good customer service will have better customer satisfaction so try to stick with promoting their products.

7. Use Helpful Tools

If you are serious about affiliate marketing then try to find tools that will help you be more efficient. There are many helpful tools out there. If you are using a WordPress powered site then consider getting a plugin similar to the Affiliate Link Manager.

Don’t just hope and pray that visitors will buy; setup everything correctly and make it happen! If you think that visitors will click on your affiliate links and buy just because you placed dozens of affiliate links on your website then you are wrong! You need to have a structured plan in place. Affiliate marketing is a business so you will have a much better chance of succeeding if you treat it like one.

Sample Affiliate Marketing Link – code “796439” is Rent-a-Student!


The whole concept of job searching has changed dramatically in the era the Internet. Simply searching for jobs online may not necessarily advance your chances in the today’s job market.

However, by taking the time and effort to learn how to search for jobs effectively, you will be automatically boost your chances of getting interviews. It is important to ‘find a hook’.

What does this mean? When an ad is listed online, take the time to research the person’s background. You may be surprised to know that you went to the same school or know the same people.

By finding a connection, you find ‘a hook’. Alternatively, you can research the individuals work and see if he/she is mentioned in any articles online. This is an effective way to reach out on a more personal level.

If the recruiters name is mentioned in a job ad, you could always proceed to make use of LinkedIn in order to see if you have connections in common. You may not always be successful in your endeavours, however it may be worth the effort to simply do an online check.

By searching your niche online, you will be saving a ton of time and energy. Instead of focusing on many job sites, rather try to find job sites and recruiter websites, which focus on your industry. This will not only save you time but it will also help you narrow it down to your specific skill.

It may be useful to post your resume on websites. This can be done by simply uploading your resume to different websites. These databases are usually a first step for managers and recruiters who want to hire new employees.

If you are currently employed, it may be best to check for an option where you can post your resume anonymously.

Signing up for job alerts and RSS feeds is also a good way to receive emails alerting you to new postings which meet your criteria. On many job sites you are able to sign up for emails alerting you to new postings that meet you requirements. Many allow you to choose their frequency such as daily or weekly.

Make use of filters for your job searches. Many websites offer a filtering tool, where you are able to refine your search results. By making use of filters it will save you time from constantly having to select search categories over and over again.