Spring Semester Dorm Room Business Ideas

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With the spring semester approaching quickly, it is time to start thinking about some different business ideas to start out of your dorm room to help you pay off all those bills from your winter break including holiday shopping and anything else.

So, here are a few different dorm room business ideas that you could launch from your dorm room or your apartment and turn some profit with. Over the next couple weeks we will work on expanding each of these ideas into a more in depth post with a little extra research added into them.

Without a further a do, here are 5 business ideas that you can launch while still getting your homework and studying done at college.

  • Spring cleaning service – offer a cleaning service in the dorm rooms and around campus; cleaning, vacuuming, trash removal, etc.
  • Lawn care for local community and students – although most students who rent houses with lawns are not the ones responsible for maintaining the property, so houses are privately owned by the parents or family of students who attend the school. Contract with them to do the lawn maintenance so that the renters (the students/family members) do not have to.
  • Safe ride services (outsourcing the DD programs) – partner with Greek organizations to offer the service to their organizations.
  • Beer delivery service – contract with a convenience store (not a 7-11, something mom and pop style) and offer the delivery service. Legal issues with checking ID’s, not purchasing for minors, etc. Stores at different universities already offer this service – do enough research to find out how they make it work.
  • Restaurant delivery – many restaurants won’t offer a delivery service because of the expense in maintaining the insurance, having extra staff/drivers available, and the time needed to do so. Offer the service as either a flat monthly rate or even based on a commission of each order.

Of course, if you are looking for something more internet based, you can always consider starting an eBay business, a website development business, or creating niche stores offering products such as custom shot glasses.

So, look out for some future posts coming with more background on the different business ideas above to help you launch them when you return to school after your winter break.

Winter break is the ideal time to start thinking about a business opportunity, start doing the research, and get the planning of it started. When you return to school link up with a couple mentors, business professors, or friends who can give you honest feedback on the business, understand what you are trying to do, and help you expand it. There are so many resources on a college campus to help you start a business it is crazy – you just have to take advantage of them!

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  1. Webmaster August 18, 2008 at 6:40 am #

    Spring Cleaning Services

    Kitchen Spring Cleaning
    Cluttered cabinets, a dusty refrigerator top, and an oven that smokes every time you bake are not the components of an ideal kitchen. Revive this important room in your home with a step-by-step tutorial on Spring Cleaning the Kitchen.

    Begin with a 15 Minute Kitchen Cleanup.

    This will clear out the clutter and dirty dishes, and give you room to do the actual spring clean up. Don’t worry about cleaning the floors in the 15 minute clean up. They will do this later.
    Dust down the ceiling and corners of walls.

    Determine if the walls need washed in dirty spots.

    Spot wash, remembering air vents, doorknobs, doors, switch plates. Walls will likely need to be washed more often in this room than in others. You may not have noticed that the hand mixer or blender sloshed goop all over the wall. Take your spring cleaning time now to clean the grease, grime, and spilled food from your walls.

    Dust and clean all art and photographs along the wall.

    Be careful when cleaning framed art and photographs. Never spray cleanser or water onto the frame. The liquid can seep behind the glass and damage the pictures. Instead lightly wet a clean cloth to wipe the frame and glass.

    Dust and clean the ceiling fan.

    You may need to use a gentle cleanser like Murphy’s Oil Soap. Take down any light fixtures and gently wash and dry them before replacing.

    Take down draperies, curtains, and blinds to wash or have cleaned according to the manufacturer’s directions.

    Vacuum and clean window sills and corners. Wash the insides and outsides of the windows. Take down and rinse off screens, before replacing.

    Bathroom Spring Cleaning

    You can’t remember what color the tile in your shower used to be. An invisible person wouldn’t be able to recognize himself in your dingy mirror. Have hope. This spring cleaning how-to will get your bathroom back in shape.

    Follow the 15 Minute Bathroom Cleanup.

    This will get rid of trash and laundry, enabling you to deeply clean the room. Don’t do the floors in the 15 minute cleanup.




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