Years ago, Jessica Ekstrom was a college intern at Disney World. There, she encountered many seriously ill children whose wishes were being granted by charitable organizations. She returned to college with a business idea. Make headbands, sell them online, and for each one sold, one would be donated to a child with cancer, and $1 would go to cancer research.
Here is why her company turned into a million-dollar business. First, she filled a need for her target audience – the need to “do good” in some way. Second, she had a product that females of all ages want and use. Her marketing strategy is clear on her website – check out the website, headbandsofhope.com.
As a college student, you may have an entrepreneurial spirit too. And, you may need to make extra money while in school. Rather than take a boring and uninspiring part-time job, take a look at the talents and skills you have, how they can be of value to someone else, and start your own online business.
As you consider what you might want to do, here are eight ideas. One of them may just “strike a nerve” with you.
1. Freelance Writing
Students all over the country struggle with writing assignments, high school, and up. If you have strong research and writing skills, you have an opportunity to grow a business via plagiarism free essay writing. It will involve designing a website and an order form, setting up a payment portal, and then marketing yourself – something that will be addressed shortly.
2. Online Tutoring
Perhaps you’re a math savant. There are high school and college students all over the country struggling with math. You can start locally until you build your reputation, collect glowing testimonials, set up your website, and, eventually, hire other tutors for a variety of subjects.
3. Sell Your Art
Whether it’s photography, painting, metal sculpture, etc., you can sell your pieces online with a stunning website and an amazing portfolio of your works.
4. Get Crafty
Do you make jewelry or great holiday decorations for family and friends? Turn that talent into a web-based business,
5. Remote Computer Repair
This is a matter of trust, of course. Customers have to “let you into” their computers to conduct repairs. You can begin by getting yourself bonded, which is a good marketing tool, and then collecting testimonials from local repair jobs before you go national.
6. Online Fitness and Nutrition Training
If you are a PE (or related field) major, turn your gained expertise into an online business. Create videos of a wide variety of fitness workouts, cooking healthy meals on a low budget, etc. You can begin by selling them to other established online fitness sites.
1. Website Design and Development
This is a tough business as a go-it-alone entrepreneur. But, again, you can create some amazing designs and present your portfolio to established design firms, and work as a freelancer for them.
There are two options here. If you understand the “rules” for successful blogging that engages audiences, you can freelance for writing service or sell yourself to individual companies who sell in areas of your expertise. Barring that, you can establish your own blog on a major topic of interest and monetize it in a number of ways. You might want to check out some of the short online courses offered by Market Business News. They are designed for budding entrepreneurs and cover everything from finding your audience, to marketing your business, to handling the finances of your endeavor.
Are There Costs Involved in Such a Project?
Of course, there are. But consider this: Setting up online businesses and marketing those businesses has been made so much less expensive than it used to be. You have social media platforms; you have low-cost ways to establish your website and promote it; and you can start locally at first, building your business as you expand to a larger audience.
Are You Ready?
What are your skills and/or talents? Turn them into an online business!
Christian Duke is a writer and consultant on entrepreneurship and business marketing. He is in the process of completing his first book on entrepreneurship in the 21st century. When not working, he enjoys gourmet cooking and playing the guitar in a local band.