50 business ideas to start at university

Running low on cash and inspiration? Have a gander at this weird, wonderful and lucrative startup suggestions for business you can run from your dorm!

We’re not saying that running a business from the comfort of your home is a walk in the park but it is possible, and that’s enough to start talking about the options pronto!

If starting a small business sounds like it’ll take up too much of your precious time, head over to our quick-fix cash injection guide for ideas on how to make money pronto.

However, if you have a bit of entrepreneurial spirit in you, these ideas should get your juices flowing and set you off on your merry way to small-business success.

Enough monkeying around: let’s get to it!

Nail that big idea

Do some research: what do people need or want? Think of an everyday obstacle you’re met with – how can it be overcome?

If you could provide or invent something that would make life easier, better, safer, fairer or cheaper – what would it be?

What are you really good at or love doing? Perhaps start with that!

Think about what ventures might support your degree course or future ideal career.

50 startup suggestions

1. Upcycle and sell on free stuff you’ve found in charity shops, on Gumtree and on Freecycle 

2. Start a blog. Make your uni ramblings as engaging and insightful as you can (it helps to provide a few laughs and be opinionated). Once you have a good following, you can start hosting ads on your site for payment, or even write advertorials for brands (this basically involves you writing about a company for payment)

3. Similarly, start a You Tube Channel and earn a slice of the ad revenue. It could be reviews or guides related to your course subject, or pick any topic that really fascinates you (games, comedy and music do particularly well). You can run some ads and often blag freebies, and further down the line you could even stream pay-per-view vids if you get enough subscribers

4. Buy second-hand in-demand textbooks at the end of term and sell them on to new students at the start of the new term (worth double checking that the same textbooks will be used again the following term, otherwise you could be left with a lot of useless material!)

5. Cash in on your creativity by selling a design, a piece of music, a recipe, or whatever your speciality is on a site like Gumroad 

6. Become an ’emergency key holder’: offer a base package that lets people keep a spare key with you that they can collect if they lose their own. We all know how easy it is to get into a pickle with this! You can add sliding fees if they want you to deliver or for unsociable hours

7. Start a magazine about your uni subject and get other students, tutors and guest experts to write for it too. You could charge local businesses to advertise – the money might not start rolling in instantly but it’s a good project to invest in and will look great on your CV 

8. Set yourself an unusual goal – like living on a yacht for a year or surviving on a tenner a week– and blog or write a book about it. You’ve got a good chance of featuring in the papers too (and could charge so cash for images!)

9. Rent out your student room or house over the summer months on Airbnb 

10. Run a ‘you want it, I’ll get it’ delivery service. Evenings and weekends could see you delivering McDonald’s/beer combos, while early mornings could be coffees, newspapers or train tickets. Or just see what everyday things people run out of and buy in bulk (midnight loo roll’s got to be a winner, right?)

For the other 40 business ideas. Please click the link.

Taken from here. http://www.savethestudent.org/make-money/50-business-ideas-to-start-at-university.html

 

 

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