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Too Busy? Read These Top 10 Small Business Ideas for Students.

Students today are extremely meticulous at multi-tasking. They are always searching for avenues to enhance various skills, and use it to their advantage.

Incidentally, a huge number of students today have been running their business ventures. These businesses allow them to strengthen their financial standing and also sharpen their leadership or entrepreneurial skills. Also starting out early allows the students to gain a fair understanding of the tricks of the trade.

Speaking of businesses, there are some simple business ideas that the aspiring entrepreneurs can pursue alongside their studies. Ideally, many students shy away from venturing into a business owing to the fear of being distracted from their studies, and that’s particularly true if the education is sponsored by parents, or funded by a scholarship program.

But if a student can spare an adequate amount of time for their social life, then they might as well start thinking about doing something productive.

Listed below are some business ideas that’s students can consider without worrying too much about capital investment.

  1. Selling personalised Greeting Cards and Flowers

When you’re a student, the sale of customised greeting cards and flowers is one of the lucrative business ideas to have some extra income. There are multiple occasions where greeting cards and flowers are in demand on campus, and you can gain leverage from that demand and make your business venture successful.

  1. Selling artworks

This is another lucrative business idea that you can execute on the college or university campus. This kind of venture would be ideal for the students belonging to arts’ department or for those with a keen interest in arts. As a young entrepreneur, you can conduct exhibitions on campus where you can invite other people to witness your creations and possibly purchase them.

  1. Standup Comedy

If you have always felt inspired watching Russell Peters, Sarah Silverman, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld, or Kevin Hart, then this business idea is just what you need. Of course, not everybody is fit for the role of a standup comedian, but if you know you have the gift of the gab and can tickle the funnybones of people, then you should consider making money while you’re studying. If you become famous as a standup comedian on campus and make sufficient money to pay for your expenditure, you can quickly pursue it after your graduation as well.

  1. Football Jersey Customization

If you have been toying with a business idea on campus, football jersey customisation can be a great option, to begin with, in the first place. The most prominent football clubs in Europe like Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Real Madrid FC, Inter Milan, Arsenal FC, Manchester United, AC Milan, Juventus, Liverpool FC, Manchester City etc. boasts of huge popularity among the masses. One essential aspect of venturing into this kind of business is the need to have excellent graphic design skills and a strong business connection that can allow you to get the raw materials necessary at a reasonable price.

  1. Make informative videos (vlogs) and post them online

This is one business that has emerged to be one of the most popular for the youth of today. Today the video sharing platforms like YouTube and Vimeo are buzzing with various DIY or innovative videos that have many takers. And with technology on your side, it is now a lot easier to come up with amateur videos. As a college student, you can try your hand at producing and earning through informative videos. You can gain a great deal of leverage through YouTube and other popular video sharing sites, and through some other websites. If you can make videos to educate people regarding various areas like arts and crafts, baking and cooking lessons, dance tutorials etc. and put them online, you will find many enthusiasts out there who will contribute to your popularity.

  1. Freelance Writing Jobs

Freelance writing is another productive and lucrative business idea that can be successfully pursued by a student alongside his/her studies. If you are blessed with a great writing skill and you have got adequate time to spare, then you can easily make a good amount of money through this freelance writing business. There are a host of websites through which you can find and apply for freelancing jobs. Some websites that enable you to bid for freelance writing assignments are, upwork.com, freelancer.com, elance.com and guru.com etc. Through these websites you can get writing assignments, which will allow you to earn some extra and at the same time you can sharpen your writing skills.

  1. Selling perfumes

You can consider selling fragrances of different designers or local brands as another hugely profitable business venture successfully, while you’re still pursuing your education. This kind of venture is convenient, to begin with and is easily manageable. All you have to do is to ensure that you make connections with several different perfume designers and manufacturers and then proceed with marketing the perfumes to your peers and acquaintances.

  1. Retailing of Jewelries and Fashion Accessories

If you can afford to make some capital investment and are trying to decide on a suitable business to start as a university student, then retailing Jewelry and Accessories can prove to be a somewhat beneficial option. Since jewellery is always in demand, you will have no dearth customers to buy rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets etc. You can easily make time for such businesses aside from your studies without upsetting your academic commitments.

  1. Become a Social Media Manager

As a student, when you have a considerable time to spare and have a special affinity towards social media platforms, then you are definitely fit for the role of a social media manager. You will be required to manage the profiles for several eminent personalities, like politicians, business executives, pastors, celebrities, public figures, and some product or brand etc. You to maintain some amount of expertise and professionalism before you can be considered for this role. However, it goes without saying that you can make a pretty decent amount money from this types of jobs while you’re still a student. But you have to also balance your studies alongside this job because it can get quite hectic at times.

  1. Website Designing Services

Another thriving business that a student can delve into while studying is providing website designing services. Statistics suggest that internet is filled with over 350 million websites, and yet it isn’t sufficient to satisfy the demand of the netizens. Since internet presents a broad scope and there’s a lot to learn from it, hence websites are being created on a regular basis.

If you are a skilled website designer, you should not limit the marketing of your services to the area you operate from and consider expanding your horizons. Through harnessing the power of the internet, you can tap into a vast market within the online communities conveniently. All you are required to do is to describe the kind of services you provide, and if you are efficient, you will surely attract clients from all across the globe.

Through these jobs, you not only earn some extra, but your resume receives a much-needed boost as well.

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