How to Become a Student Entrepreneur

Becoming a student entrepreneur can be easier than you might think. With some hard work and commitment, along with a sense of fun and creativity, you could get started with your new business right away. Schools offering Entrepreneurship degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

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Becoming a Student Entrepreneur

Think you have to be in business school to start your own business? Think again! Not only can you start your own business with ease but you can also do it while you're still in college. And if you think that's surprising, you might be even more surprised by some of your options on what to start.

Just because you don't have a degree in business it doesn't mean that you can't start up your own business. Now more than ever, students are taking to the streets or the Internet to find new or classic ways of making money without running over to Burger King to get a job. Many of these ways are easier than you might believe and most rely greatly on simply honing what you're already good at.

Tutoring

Not all college students get along with new classes easily. Especially during freshman year. You can take advantage of that. Think of classes that you took before or ones that you're in right now that you particularly excel at. Put up fliers around the campus offering your assistance as a tutor in those classes for a low hourly rate. Make sure you have studied up on where the class is right now in the lesson plan and that you understand the subject fully before you offer tutoring though. Keep in mind that your client list is going to get significantly better around finals time.

Cleaning and Laundry

So a maid service isn't exactly glamorous, but it can be very profitable. Mommy isn't here to do laundry or clean up, so many students have problems getting laundry done or keeping their room tidy now that they are on their own. Just as with the tutoring, put up fliers offering to do laundry or clean up student rooms for a low price. You're likely to get quite a few freshmen answering the ads who have not quite figured out this whole college thing yet.

Rent-a-Ride

If you have a car in college, you've probably noticed that people are always trying to steal a ride from you. Why not take advantage of that lack of transportation? Yet again, put up some fliers advertising your services and also print out some business cards that people can put into their wallets for later. Be ready for calls on Friday and Saturday nights, because these are the nights people are going to be out drinking and find they are not sober enough to drive home. Make sure your prices are low enough to compete with local cab fares but high enough to cover your gas costs.

Art and Design

If you've got a knack for the artistic then you might find you can make a small sum using those skills. Offer yourself to do pictures online through deviantART or your own website, making sure you have a few samples up first. If you have a sense for coding or website design, offer yourself to companies who have a shoddy websites or a complete lack of a website. Work on logos, slogans or other commercially usable art and writing. It's a good idea to create your own website, displaying these skills and then submit it to search engines so that those in need might find you.

Editing

Similar to tutoring offline, you can help people with papers through an online business. Make a website that offers to edit student papers for a small fee. You can look over the work, make changes in spelling and grammar and then send the papers back to be turned in. Make sure you do not write their paper for them entirely because if your school finds out you may get into trouble for helping people cheat. If you are found online by a company and have evidence of your skills on your site, there is a chance that you will be asked to edit more professional papers and articles for greater sums.

T-Shirts

Even though it is easy to create T-shirts online nowadays, people often seem to have some trouble thinking up witty or inspiring messages and images. Brainstorm up a few T-shirts that cater to specific cultures you will commonly find in college. Those in the gaming community and other more underground forms of 'fandom' in particular are good targets. Create the T-shirts using CaféPress or some other online T-shirt company. Then you can then resell them for slight profit, either online on your own website or around campus by hand. Also offer to make custom T-shirts in bulk for those who might want it.

Looking to try your hand at being in charge of something without owning a business? Why not be a resident assistant?

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