If you are a college student, free time may feel like it is hard to come by. With class, extracurriculars, study sessions, and social life, there is not even much time to sleep, let alone explore options as a student entrepreneur. However, starting a business while in college can be an exceptionally profitable enterprise for a couple of reasons.
Some cool new business ideas and jobs students can start pursuing while in university include:
- Service Provider
- Event Promotion
- Social Media Influencer
- App Developer
First, many college side hustles are a very low investment in terms of start-up costs (more of my low startup costs business ideas here) and can be undertaken using many of the same materials used for a class.
Second, the social network on a college campus is immense, which means you can create a built-in client base that can follow you after graduation.
23 Business Ideas for College Students
The following is a list of 23 business ideas that can be started in university.
#1 – Blogging
Online advertising is where the money is these days. All you have to do is pick a niche, create a blog to help people in that niche, and collect the royalties as your readers follow links on your blog and make purchases.
Blogging offers extreme flexibility to make your own schedule. As a college student, you are uniquely positioned to offer helpful insight in a variety of niches related to university life.
#2 – Housesitting
In college, life is all about multitasking and juggling responsibilities. Housesitting is a creative way to multitask work and school, as you are likely to have ample free time to study and do homework while you are watching someone’s house for the weekend.
This is a particularly attractive option for college students because there is virtually no investment, and homeowners in college towns may be more likely to seek housesitting services as a precaution against weekend shenanigans.
#3 – Social Media Influencer
In the social media era, even middle schoolers know how to monetize their accounts. However, university students are in a unique position to quickly build their followings, with the chance to meet thousands of potential followers each semester. Combine your newfound following with the knowledge you acquire in digital marketing to see a nice stream of passive income.
Learn more ways to earn money via the internet on my list of online business ideas
#4 – Tutor
This is another business idea with a built-in clientele that can fill multitasking purposes. If there is a subject you are particularly strong in, you can enhance your study efforts by offering your tutoring services to students who need extra help.
#5 – Resume Writer
Resume writing has become a big business, with many experienced HR professionals charging over four figures for professional resumes. As a college student, you are uniquely positioned to be in contact with hundreds, if not thousands of young people entering the job market, so becoming adept in the area of resumes could be quite lucrative.
#6 – Personal Trainer
All college students are afraid of the “freshman 15,” the dreaded weight gain that comes with unlimited access to the cafeteria and lack of sleep due to all-nighters.
If you are a physically inclined person, this can be a great way to help fellow students, make a little money, and ensure that you stay in shape, as well.
#7 – Laundry Service Provider
One of the common narratives of college lore is of the student who takes his or her laundry home on the weekends to have mom do it.
Whether it be due to lack of time or lack of laundry knowhow, there are likely many college students who would pay you a fee to take care of their laundry needs.
Check out my list of the best laundry business name ideas here
#8 – Musician
The challenge for many musicians is finding an audience for whom to play. In a college community, you are likely to find yourself in an appropriate environment for the arts than in the general society.
If you are musically inclined, start a business as a gigging musician, as you are likely to have plenty of opportunities to play for school performances or local functions.
How to make money with your talents – my list of entertainment business ideas
#9 – Baker
College students consume mass quantities of caffeine to get through their study sessions. If you enjoy baking, provide students with yummy morsels to pair with their cups of coffee and make those study sessions more enjoyable.
Learn the costs to start a bakery in my comprehensive bakery startup cost guide here
#10 – Tech Support Provider
In a world of increasingly online education, the need for high-functioning computers and tablets is of utmost importance. If you are tech-savvy, there is likely to be no shortage of business coming your way, especially if you can open shop outside of the university’s regular IT hours.
#11 – Ecommerce Reseller
Textbooks, backpacks, and other college supplies and memorabilia can come into and out of fashion very quickly on a university campus. As a reseller, you can make some money selling items that some students are trying to get rid of, and other students are trying to get at a discount.
#12 – eBook Author
This is a great idea, especially if you are in an English-related major. There are several eBook platforms that allow you to publish your books and collect royalties from the downloads, eliminating the costs associated with traditional printing.
#13 – App Developer
If you are inclined with mobile devices, designing apps can be a lucrative enterprise, as many apps gain a lot of downloads quickly and move up the app store ranks due to popularity on college campuses.
To pursue this job opportunity, you’ll need to take courses on mobile development first.
#14 – Residential Cleaning Service
With thousands of college students moving into and out of apartment complexes and houses with great regularity, there is sure to be demand for quality cleaners near any college campus.
#15 – Moving Service
Along the lines of a cleaning service, a college start-up in moving services is sure to lead to a steady flow of business. If you have access to a truck, you are especially likely to get all of the work you can handle.
#16 – Babysitting
This is a classic side hustle for college students and another great way to multitask work and school responsibilities, taking care of your homework after you put the kids to bed for the evening.
#17 – Event Promoter
There is no shortage of concerts, shows, and sporting events coming to college campuses on a regular basis. If you are skilled in marketing and promotion, you can start a business that helps visiting groups with their advertising and logistic needs.
#18 – Jewelry Maker
You do not need to be a professional to make money selling jewelry. Thanks to the increasing popularity of websites like Etsy, those who are artistically inclined or enjoy craft making can make money selling their creations online.
#19 – Delivery Service
Whether it be through partnering with one of the many rideshare and delivery platforms currently on the market or starting your own service and marketing it to the campus community, those with reliable transportation are likely to see plenty of business delivering late-night eats to college dormitories.
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#20 – Virtual Assistant
Many businesses do not have time to take care of all of their office tasks but do not want to hire a full-time secretary. By starting your own virtual assistant business, you can handle companies’ email and social media accounts from the comfort of your own dorm or apartment.
#21 – Podcaster
Like blogging, podcasting has really taken off in recent years. By developing a personality and talking on a specific niche, you can generate revenue through advertising and sponsorships of your podcast.
#22 – Dog Walker
This is an especially attractive idea for those animal lovers at school, as they have likely been forced to leave their pets back home. Dog walking can be a quick way to make some money by helping out busy professionals during your downtime between classes.
#23 – Event Photography
Finally, with no shortage of events on college campuses, use your skills with the camera to help you start a photography business. Concerts, parties, and sporting events are among a few of the ideas for which your photography services may be in demand.
More of my best profitable photography business ideas here
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