Business Advice

College is expensive—everyone knows this. Oftentimes, college students are forced to become creative in terms of their spending. Ramen noodles and dollar pizza become staple meals. Buying secondhand books instead of new ones are a trend. Living in an apartment with four roommates, though not conducive, is sometimes necessary. However, there’s another way to make college less expensive.

You can start a business and earn money while you’re still in school. Here are 8 businesses that you can start right now:

1. Tutoring

College students are hot commodities when it comes to tutorial services. You can reach out to nearby high schools or local parents to offer your tutorial services to their students or children. Even within your college, you can find a student who needs a little extra help through your school’s peer-tutoring center or an online community board. Just make sure that you have expertise in the subjects that you’re offering to tutor your client in, so they’ll get their money’s worth.

2. Delivery/Moving Services

If you have a car or a truck, you can start a delivery and/or moving service. A delivery service will be profitable year-round, while a moving service will be very in demand during the start and end of each year or semester. It doesn’t cost much to start this kind of business, but you might need another set of hands to help you during the moving in/out season.

3. Online Freelancing

There are a lot of online freelancing jobs nowadays. All you need is a reliable computer and internet connection and you’re good to go. You can be a writer, a marketer, a graphic designer, a voice actor, a web and app developer, etcetera, depending on your skills and talents. The key to starting this business is to find relevant online job boards where you can find clients who are looking for the services you offer. It may also help your business if you create a website (there are free hosts available if you want to save money) where you can showcase your portfolio.

4. Personal Training

Are you an active person? Are you fit? Do you enjoy working out? If you answer yes to all of these questions, you can start a personal training business inside or outside the campus. There are always people looking for someone to help them with their workout routines and diet regimens. You can use your knowledge about effective exercises and meal planning to start a successful personal training business.

5. Crafts and Jewelry Making

For more creative people who like to use their hands, crafts and jewelry making might be a suitable business for you. You don’t need a physical store to start a business like this anymore; you can literally start it from your phone. Websites like Etsy allow you to sell things that you made. You can also create a Facebook page or Instagram profile dedicated to your crafts and jewelry making. Although this idea will require a startup fund, the return on investment can also be huge. After all, dainty and unique pieces of jewelry are a trend right now.

6. Childcare Services

Childcare services are still a good business idea for college students. It doesn’t take up much time and you can still bring your reading assignments and schoolwork with you while you babysit. The key to being successful in this kind of business is to create a trusting relationship with the parents of the child. If the parents are happy with your services, they will likely recommend you to their friends.

7. Thrifting and Upcycling

You have two options when it comes to thrifting: You can either sell your old clothes, shoes, books and other stuff to earn a few bucks, or you can look for unique pieces in thrift stores to upcycle so that you can sell them at a higher price. There are a lot of upcycling ideas on the internet now. You can look through YouTube and Pinterest, for example, to search for thrifting and upcycling projects that are easy yet profitable.

8. Event Promotion

If you’re in a sorority or fraternity, you and your friends can become promoters for parties, concerts and other social events in and out of your campus. Planners and organizers usually look for people who can post about their events on social media so they can get more people to attend these events. To become effective event promoters, you should have your members wear your sorority or fraternity shirts, which you can get here. This will make your social media posts more cohesive and appealing for those who are interested in the event.

As a college student looking for ways to earn money while studying, a little bit of creativity and perseverance will go a long way. Hopefully, these business ideas have inspired you to become an entrepreneur yourself. However, always prioritize your studies.