9 Small and Simple Business Ideas to Start at College

May 26, 2021 06:36 PM AEST | By Jacob (Guest)
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When you're in college and trying to break into the business world, you've got many obstacles. Starting a business takes an initial investment and takes time to get planned out. If you're short on cash and looking for simple ideas to start in college, you've come to the right place. We've got 9 simple and savvy ideas that you can start today, raking in cash and getting yourself ready for a business venture.

Finding A Need for Something

When searching for a market to jump into, you'll need to look for something people need. For example, a research paper writer because students often push papers until the last minute or just don't feel like writing. If you're willing to put in the hours, you may have a lucrative business ahead. So, before you choose a path, stop and think about things that will sell, using your ideas as inspirations to start up your first business in college.           

1.    Tutoring

In an academic world, tutoring is a fun, easy, and super cheap way to start your own gig. If you have a subject that you're great at, offer your services for a per-hour rate. Don't just limit yourself to university students either. You can teach to elementary, junior high, and high school. You can take steps to amp up your writing skills and offer to write essays and term papers for your peers or just help someone who has difficulty with math get things back up and running.

2.    Personal Training

If you're in the gym daily and know a thing or two about workouts, why not try personal training? One of the key things that clients are looking for is motivation, looking to someone that can get them pumped up to go to the gym. Plus, they want someone who gives them fun and unique workouts to make them feel confident and fit. If that sounds like you, start promoting yourself on campus and the web today.

3.    Day Trading

The stock market is an exciting and heart-pumping sector to get into, watching as values jump up and down day by day. By learning the ropes and investing in analytical software, you can start your own trading venture and understand the market inside out. Once you learn and have success, you can offer coaching to clients or manage their accounts for them. You could be the digital Wolf of Wallstreet if you're good at it and know the right moments for jumping in and out of the market.

4.    Web Design and Development

If the web is your playground, then why not take to designing and developing? Businesses and individuals all need web pages, becoming accessible to potential clients on the web. You can start a technical writing journey explaining to others how to solve complex programming issues or just walk newbies through the steps to making websites and apps. No matter what you choose, there is a market for things on the web any day.

5.    Magazine Publishing

Ever thought about publishing a magazine? Well, nowadays, it's easier than ever:

  • Work with images
  • Write compelling articles while making your design unique.
  • Contract writers to write up stories.
  • Publish them into magazines that you can sell for a profit.

You have a great audience in university, including your professors, so don't leave any rock unturned.

6.    Create a YouTube Channel

Got a knack for makeup, organizing, or just chatting to the camera? If you do, then starting your very own YouTube channel could be a great way to start your own business. You can control the content that you publish and work toward securing partnerships with top companies that will pay you to promote their products. Using YouTube, you can add links to your social media pages and have a great marketing tool to promote your videos.

7.    Sell Clothes

For the fashionistas out there, that have a good eye for fashion, selling clothes could be the thing to start in college. These days, vintage finds are a hot and eco-friendly way to look fab while not wearing the same things over and over. You could launch a website that will help others browse and share their clothes. Or take off shopping in vintage stores and find things to sell that you think have an edge. Whatever the case, this is a business that you can launch with little to no initial investments, making it a great idea for students starting out.

8.    Sell Your Creativity

Creativity is a fantastic form of expression and, if you're good at it, why not make a profit? You can sell your creativity if you paint, take pictures, write, or draw by setting up a shop on campus or online. You're not limited to selling things offline if you're able to graphically or digitally design pages. Whatever the case, if you're creative, start looking for places where you can sell online. Some shops will allow you to post without paying fees.

9.    Pet Sit

If you didn't know that people pay for pet sitting, you're probably smiling from ear to ear. If you love furry critters and want an easy way to study on the job, pet sitting could be just the thing. You can market yourself as a pet sitter or dog walker, gaining people's trust to leave their pets with you. You can play with them, take them for walks, and even snuggle up with them for a nap if you need to. Get your name out there and start your own pet business.

No matter what business venture you're embarking on, stick with it and keep marketing yourself. The more you get your name out there, the better you be able to gain customers, taking your business from a startup and beyond while you're exploring your career. You never know where a business venture might go. And college is a great time to experiment and find out, especially if you have a specific talent and see the target audience for your product or service.

Author Bio

Hi! My name's Jacob. I’m a famous novel writer specialized in the romance genre, you might have heard about my book I’ve published just recently. It’s called “Kiss of Athens”. My whole life is devoted to writing and I've been enjoying it since my childhood. In my university years, writing essays was my favorite type of assignment. My philosophy paper was even recognized as the best essay of the year. It was about one of my favorite philosophers, Plato. I hope my advice will help you become a successful student.


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