Let’s face it; if you want to start a business, you need money. And money isn’t something abundantly available to college kids, known for their propensity to live off of Ramen Noodles and drink bottom-of-the-barrel beer at frat parties. So, if you want to be a college entrepreneur, but lack funds, here are some first-time entrepreneur businesses, by major, that cost little, if anything, to start but could result in some serious revenue.
If you’re a web design/development major, you probably have more advanced and up-to-date training than many of the designers and developers that have been doing it for years. Apart from this advantage, what’s great about web design is that you can do it in your spare time while simultaneously receiving real-world experience for your future career.
Landscaping Business – Business Major
Some people may roll their eyes at this; after all, many of us go to college to avoid a career that involves manual labor. However, living in a college environment offers you a great opportunity over other landscaping businesses: access to young, able workers, who generally do not need the finances adult manual labors will; thus they are willing to work for wages you will be able to afford.
Textbook Sales – Any Major
It doesn’t matter what major you are, anyone is capable of buying and reselling textbooks to make a profit. Even better, as a student, other students will prefer to come to you. If possible, offer to buy textbooks for a little over what the bookstores are buying them back for and sell them for a little lower than what the bookstores are selling them for; unlike bookstores, you won’t have any costs other than your book inventory, so you’ll probably be able to afford buying for more and selling for less.
Event Planning – Business/Event Planning Major
Even if you’re not planning on going into an event planning career, event planning is a great college entrepreneurial venture. You can decide which jobs you want to take and can generally work when you don’t have class. Events like frat parties, children’s birthday parties, and the like are great events for college entrepreneurs to plan.
Freelance Writer – English Major
If you’re an English major, the best way to get real world experience is by writing professionally. One way to do that and start your own business is to begin freelance, or contracted, writing. It’s simple to do, is something you can do in your spare time, and can be done from the comfort of your dorm room or apartment. Here are some great bidding websites for freelance writers:
Basic accounts are usually free, though you may want to consider upgrading so that you can have more access to possible clients. Basically, once you sign up, either you or a client will seek out one another, place a bid, and once you are part of an accepted bid, you will be given an assignment and paid once it is completed.
Alexis Tate is a writer offering us a guest post featuring 5 low-cost start-up businesses for first-time entrepreneurs. Alexis writes on a variety of topics, but her passion lies in law. After realizing that lawyers represent themselves falsely to citizens in need of legal help, Alexis began writing educational articles to help citizens find a good car accident lawyer.