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For students at college and university, an additional source of income is sometimes necessary. Even in countries where education is not that expensive, the student still needs money. Even if they earned a scholarship, it doesn’t cover pocket money.
But before you think about traditional jobs for students (such as restaurant work), you should consider another option: business ideas for college students.
You think you don’t have time and money to start a real business? We’re talking about home based business ideas that require minimum investment in terms of finances and time. You don’t need to rent out office spaces and you won’t need to hire many employees. Different apps for business process automation will make you productive, so you can focus on your brand and your studies at the same time.
Top 10 Business Ideas for Students
- Instagram Influencer
Do you consider yourself to be an influential person in any meaning of the word? You can become famous on Instagram by posting travel photos, tips from any niche, fashion shots, yoga poses, or anything else you’re good at.
It’s not easy to become an Instagram influencer. You need thousands of followers before brands start contacting you for collaboration. But if you’re talented at something and you can take good photos/videos, you can make this work.
- Academic Writer
If you’re great at essay writing, you have a great talent that you can use to earn money. Many students use essay services from EduBirdie, since they can’t complete these projects themselves. If you become part of such a service, you’ll make a steady income throughout the years of studying.
When you understand how this industry works, you can start your own writing agency.
Upwork and similar freelancing platforms offer you a chance to earn out of any talent. Whether it’s writing, graphic design, programming, photography, or data science, you can turn the skill into a profitable business.
Upwork allows you to start an agency. You can manage other freelancers, find clients and distribute tasks within your team.
- Personal Fitness Trainer / Yoga Instructor
You can place an ad and find local clients who’d like private fitness or yoga classes. You will go to their homes and help these people commit to a balanced practice. When you’re ready, you can start your own studio with a minimal investment.
Do you make great art? You can sell it on Etsy or Ebay. You can also feature your art in local cafes, so anyone who likes it can bid on it.
- Eco Cleaning Service
Many students struggle to keep their dorm rooms clean. Local families also need help with cleaning and maintenance. If you’re passionate about keeping things clean, you can start a great business. It’s best to use organic products that don’t cause any damage to the environment, but are just as effective as harsh chemicals.
- Virtual Assistant
As a college student, you can do this job from your dorm room. Professionals from different niches need assistants to help manage their schedule, enter data, transcribe audio, create Excel sheets, and cover other simple tasks.
This type of business needs an investment in high-quality equipment. You’ll need a great camera, several lenses, a good computer, and editing software. But if you’re a great photographer, you’ll soon return that investment and you’ll start making clean money.
You can choose a niche: portrait, event, baby, or nature photography. You can sell the photos online, but you can also work for local clients (people and businesses).
- Natural Cosmetics Maker
Do you know how to make candles, home scents, body scrubs, soap, face masks, and other natural products? Even if you don’t know, you can learn. You’ll invest in organic materials and packaging. If your products are great, everyone will want to use them. You can sell them to other students, but you can also start an online store.
- Personal Stylist
Fashion is your forte? You can take the simplest pieces of clothing and turn them into a memorable combination? You, my darling, were born to become a personal stylist. This is a great business to start from your dorm room. You can shop online for your clients, and you can connect through a video conferencing tool to give them tips on how to style their outfits.
Take Action; It’s Possible to Earn Money While You Study!
If you thought that a student was only supposed to go to classes and study, you were wrong. You’re a grown-up now. You have a responsibility to take care of yourself. Instead of waiting for someone to provide the money you need, you should start working.
There’s no need to commit to a full-time job when you don’t have time for that. You can start your own business, and you can make it great.
All you need to do is find what you’re good at. When you discover your best skill, you’ll make it profitable.
BIO: Elizabeth Skinner is a blogger, traveller, and committed Instagrammer. She found a way to combine work with her studies, so she always has extra money to finance her trips. Elizabeth shares time-management and productivity tips through her blog posts. Her goal is to inspire people to do more with their lives.