Student Business Ideas You Can Start Now and From Your Dorm Room

Well, since the site is called Dorm Room Biz, I thought it was time that we got back to posting some more student business ideas. So, without further ado, here is a great list of opportunities and businesses that students can start from their dorm room, apartment, or home. Starting a business in school is a great chance to A) learn business skills, B) make some extra money, and C) to just have a great time.

  • Garage Sale Marketing and Promotion Service – One of the worst parts of holding a yard sale is getting everything together, pricing items, and advertising the sale. So, why not offer this service to your local community? Now is the time to start up a service like this as the spring season is starting to get rolling, people will start ‘spring cleaning’ their houses, and yard sales will pop up all over the place. Check Craigslist in your area for people advertising yard sales and offer them your services.
  • Personal Conceiger Service – How hard could it be to get some reservations set up at a restuarant or to get some tickets to a game? Actually, probably pretty difficult starting out. You’d really need to be able to work your personal network and tap into other networks to make it happen. However, starting small is what it’s all about. Since you’ve got the extra time in between classes and studying, it leaves the perfect opportunity to work on getting your name out there, making connections at hotels, restuarants, stadiums, clubs, etc. Offer the service to students and faculty at your school looking to plan an event (say a Valentines Day date or a birthday party) and set everything up for them. Along the lines of a personal assistant, but without all the bitch work.
  • Green/Eco Consulting – Into the idea of going green? Read up on it because it is the latest and greatest thing happening. Once you have a solid foundation from books, magazines, industry blogs, and other resources, break out on your own and create your own website promoting green and eco-friendly practicies. As your site grows in popularity, so will your exposure and ability to grow your business into a consulting service. Start working with companies and families providing tips and tricks to help them be more green. Provide home inspections and office inspections to see how green your clients are and what else they can do. The kicker here is to also offer the service of whatever you are promoting they do. So as an example, if you inspect someones house and can tell that their lightbulbs should be replaced with CFL bulbs or their windows could be replaced with more energy efficient ones, offer this service to them. This is where real money can come in because you could then outsource the work to a

What do you think? Have a dorm room business idea that you’d like to share? Leave a comment below!

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10 Responses to Student Business Ideas You Can Start Now and From Your Dorm Room

  1. Valerie Cudnik August 7, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    I think the garage sale promotion business is a good idea. It’s not rocket-science and can be learned by anyone with a brain.

    When it comes to advertising, make sure you use all the free resources available. At Garage Sale Finder, you can list your garage sale for free. It’s more than just a list, though, your sale goes on a map “mashup” with all the other sales in your area making it easier for buyers to find you.

    Also make sure you’ve got GREAT signs. They need to be visible from a moving vehicle by middle-aged shoppers. Big, high-contrast signs with obvious arrows work best. For more tips, go to

  2. Sara August 9, 2009 at 9:33 pm #

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  5. Simon October 1, 2009 at 11:06 pm #

    Are people really going to be pay for advertising your garage sale? You wouldn’t end up making any money, might as well donate the stuff to charity.

    • Chris October 2, 2009 at 5:24 pm #

      You’d be surprised that people would pay for some help in getting the word out about their sale! Especially if they have a TON of items and high ticket items that would bring in more money. Spending say $50 in order to help bring in customers to sell a few hundred dollars worth of stuff (say furniture, bikes, etc) is better than having to either take it all back into your house or just throwing it out/donating it.


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