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Student Entreprenuership and Side Hustles

Updated: May 22

Making money as a student can be a struggle. It is often hard to find a job that fits your tight schedule, and many people get frustrated with the lack of control that working some jobs brings to their lives. The solution to this problem might be to start a side hustle. There are so many ways for students to make money, and most don’t even realize it! Here are some ways students can make money during their busy schedules.

Start a photography business.

Taking photos may be someone’s hobby, but they can also make money while doing something they enjoy. You don’t need to be a professional – many kick off their photography business by simply taking photos of family and friends and gradually learning more about photography over time. Start taking lots of pictures that show off your talents and put them all together to make a portfolio. Then, you can advertise your services through social media and flyers posted around your city. This side hustle is great for busy students because they can set their hours in order to fit into their tight schedules. It can also be highly profitable since there aren’t many expenses, and people are always looking for someone to photograph their events.

Make money by selling art.

Another hobby many can turn into a side hustle and small business is creating original art, including painting, drawing, digital art, sculpting, niche crafts, and more. Like photography, most people begin creating for fun and then realize they can make some extra money on the side once someone shows interest in buying one of their art pieces. People can sell through social media, on platforms like Etsy, at local events, and even do commissioned work.

Start a small baking business.

Some people also turn their love of baking into a side hustle. If you have a special recipe you know others would love, selling these baked goods could be a great way to make extra money as a student. You can sell your baked goods at farmer's markets and create made-to-order goods that customers can get for special occasions. Showing off the process of baking these baked goods on social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok could help bring attention to your business.

Sell your old clothes.

Another great way to make money on the side is by selling clothes. Many people have clothes simply sitting in the back of a drawer or closet, not worn for years. With apps like Depop, Poshmark, eBay, Vinted, and more, it is easier to make money by selling your clothes. These apps are also very user-friendly, so learning how to begin selling clothes and accessories wouldn't take much time. Many thrift stores will buy clothes from sellers. Selling to thrift stores might be a good option for those who do not wish to deal with the packaging, shipping, and customer service involved with selling on an app.

Write children’s books.

You can become an author if you are passionate about writing and have good ideas to turn into children’s books. Writing is something you can do in your free time, and you can turn it into a side hustle. If you’re worried you won’t be able to create a children’s book because you don’t have the artistic abilities to create illustrations for your story, worry not! There is an abundance of freelance artists and illustrators who are constantly looking to create art for children’s books. Your books can be about topics that are important to you and can impact young readers' lives.

Take C.M. Harris, for example. She writes books that focus on acceptance and friendship. These themes are displayed in her books, like “What If We Were All The Same!”. The payoff for making these books can also be a great bonus. Being able to entertain or help children with the books you write is priceless and can make it all worthwhile. Plus, many platforms, like Amazon, make it easier than ever for smaller, independent authors to sell their books.

Use your knowledge to tutor others.

Are you gifted in a specific subject in school? Tutoring could be a great way to make extra money as a student. Starting your tutoring business might be the perfect option if you want complete control of your hours, workload, and pricing. If you’re looking to tutor at a more established place, online tutoring sites are always looking for tutors. The benefit of this is that tutors typically have the option to teach both remotely and in person. Tutoring is a good side hustle for college students because many school-aged kids need tutoring after school hours, especially to catch up on delayed studies during the pandemic.

Teach music or sports.

Tutoring doesn’t have to be limited to the typical subjects you would learn in school, however. If you are more interested in teaching something like music or sports, you can also turn that into a side hustle. Parents are always looking for someone to teach their children how to play an instrument, as learning how to read music and play instruments can be incredibly helpful during children’s developmental stages. Teaching sports is also a valuable side hustle because children need to be active, which many parents recognize and value. Doing after-school teaching can be the perfect way for someone who is musically gifted or loves sports to make extra money as a college student.

Become the local handyman.

If you enjoy doing handy work and helping with tasks around the home, this can be made into a side hustle, too. People always need someone to help fix something around their house. It could be something as simple as screwing in a light bulb! These services can be advertised online or rely on word-of-mouth to gain customers. Once you start working for people in your local area, your credibility will also increase, making you the first pick for a handyman among locals.

Start an auto-detailing business.

If you’re into cars and cleaning, you can make a business doing auto-detailing around your area. This is a great way to make extra money because the costs of starting an auto-detailing side hustle are very low. Cleaning supplies are easy to find and inexpensive. It is also highly convenient for customers because they don’t even have to leave the comfort of their own homes to get their car detailed, as this can be done in their driveway or a parking lot. This is another small business idea where you could choose your hours, making it an excellent idea for students.

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