10 Incredible Business Ideas for Busy Students

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Most students don’t know which business they could do with their limited time. Some are new to business in general.  Well, I have some good news. You can still start and run a business even though you are a student and you are very busy. I used to be an undergraduate, and I understand how demanding it could be. But I would have started a business on campus if I knew of  any business ideas for busy students.

Nowadays, it is usual to find students complaining about their low income level and the burden of payment of student loans. In a world heavily driven by the laws of money and the laws of demand and supply, things could get a bit difficult for a student.

This trend seems set to stay, especially in a world where human wants are insatiable, but the resources to meet them are few. A wise student could save money for the rainy day and start a business now in order to be financially independent.

Students are busy, that’s a given, but being busy is no excuse not to start your own business, I’ve highlighted 10 business ideas every busy student should be able to pull off.

  1. Web Design:

For starters, web designing is one of the most lucrative businesses around and it doesn’t require much time. With constant drift of everything towards the internet, web designing has become a goldmine. However, it requires some technical know-how apart from natural talent and creativity.

Once the art is mastered, then work becomes play. There’s always a need for new web designer as new websites are built every day. You could check out resources like; CareerFoundry, TreeHouse and SkillCrush to get the basics of web designing.

2. Sell Textbooks To Your Mates:

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This may seem unorthodox but it is really a goldmine. I once had a course mate in college who meet our lecturers during breaks to know all the resources the students would need. Always, by the time we resumed he had all the books we needed on display.

He was an adept salesman and loved business. He grew so popular in the business that after a while he didn’t need to advertise. The idea is to produce a solution, a little creativity and confidence and you are good to go! Plus this is an amazing idea because it is school related still.

3. Social Media Manager

Big companies, Newspapers, Advertising firms and corporate bodies often require a Social Media Manager to perfect their reach towards their target audience. You can fill the void and make yourself good money in this business.

We all spend hours on social media anyways, so why not turn your passion to work? Do you have an active social media page or a large number of social media followers? already? Turn it into a profitable business. Check out FlexJobs and CareerBuilder for more research on how to go about this business.

4. Cake Baking

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Do you get compliments when you bake in house? Do your friends or room-mates always want you to be the one baking the cupcakes? Then you can turn this to big business as you obviously have a knack for baking.

You don’t even need special training or a license before you can rake in money from this. Good news right? Yes, bake and sell to corporate bodies, supply to Weddings, Birthday gigs etc. this can be done during the weekends, start small and grow steadily.

5. Book keeping

Work during weekends and in your spare time as a book keeper at a local store near you. Put your accounting and math lessons to good use and get paid handsomely for it.

6. Interior Decoration

This is a good source of income for busy students as work could be fixed to suit schedule. All you need in this business is creativity and vision; people will pay for your expertise when you are good at your work.

7. Affiliate Marketing

A staggering $2.1 billion in affiliate marketing fees was paid to blog and website owners in 2008. This finding in a recent study by Jupiter Research confirms that Affiliate marketing has become one of the top business opportunities online because the startup costs are so low and the income you generate can be mind-blowing.

You will need a website and there are many inexpensive website services at Godaddy and Hostgator then you will need to decide on your product or service Niche and then find them and get started. Affiliate Marketing can be done part time and then you can step up the game after College.

8. Freelance Writing and Content Writing

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You can decide to also write articles for a newspaper or magazine company for a fee. This is a good source of income for any busy student as all you need is talent. Certain Blogs and websites will also pay well to have you write blog posts and website content for them.

9. Music Instruments Tutor

If you have a gift for music and the requisite skill, then you already have “business at hand”. You could teach kids your art and charge a fee. They will gladly pay for your knowledge. Besides, who doesn’t like music?

Meanwhile, you could fix your classes for weekends or your spare time during the week.

10. Wedding and Event Photography

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Couples pay exorbitant fees to get their wedding pictures captured as they see the wedding as their most important day together. A good photographer will earn reasonably well in this field. You should visit sites like The Wedding School and The Complete Wedding Photography Experience for insights on how to be successful in this line of business.

Plus there are many other events you can cover if you are one of those in love with the lens.

Way too many students have given up on their “daydream” of becoming a Student Millionaire, but implementing these ideas with the right business habits will surely lift you out of the migraine zone!

Cheers!

 

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Comments (8)

Hi Toby

You listed great business ideas for business students. These days he internet has made any business possible; there is no excuse. Thanks for sharing. Take Care

Hello Ikechi,

It seems you have become a comment king yourself just like Harleena, lol. You are absolutely right. There is no excuse for anyone who is serious about starting and running a business these days. The internet has made everything so easy.

Thanks for dropping by

Interesting insight about building the career in the right direction. It will actually help students like us a lot which also helps anyone selecting business as their career options.

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