College doesn’t come cheap, and it can be difficult to balance a full-time job with a demanding school schedule. For future entrepreneurs looking to improve their skills, college is a great time to find ways to make money without working as a full-time employee for someone.
Bryn carden, a seasoned entrepreneur studying at Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business, founded Styles for Smiles and co-founded BF Hats. Based on his personal and professional experience, Carden believes inspiring entrepreneurs should try to earn an income in college through a small business. Below, she shares five ideas anyone can use to get started:
- Find a need on campus and fill it
A great way to think of a profitable business to pursue during your time is to find and fill a specific need on campus. Maybe the Starbucks in the library closes before the whole library does. You can fill this need by buying a box of donuts and a box of coffee and selling coffee and donuts at your table while you study at the library during the late hours.
- Make and sell clothes
There are tons of different platforms that students can use to sell used clothes, clothes that have never been worn, or even clothes that you make. Making your own clothes and launching a clothing brand can be done using a platform like Etsy, a website, and even social media. You can test your creativity by assembling vintage inspired styles from Goodwill. If you want to sell the clothes in your wardrobe, try apps like Poshmark or Mercari.
- Dog walking or pet sitting
Why not try some exercise and make some money? Providing dog walking services between classes can save you money. Plus, providing pet sitting services where you visit pet owners’ homes to let their pets out during the day when they are out of town is not time consuming. You can display flyers on campus and in surrounding neighborhoods to promote your business.
- Freelance writing
If you love to write and prefer to earn some cash in your spare time in the quiet of your room or the library, freelance writing could be a great contract position to start with. Businesses and bloggers are always looking to hire content writers, and freelance writing can be done anywhere you can take your laptop and get an internet connection. You can also sign up to be hired for your services via Fifth.
- Make jewelry
Try to stimulate your creativity and use your free time to make jewelry and sell it on campus or online. You can organize wine parties to attract customers or offer inexpensive “How to Make Jewelry” classes. Miss Carden said she used her jewelry design skills to develop Styles for Smiles. This organization contributes to the financing of cleft palate operations for children thanks to the profits it accumulates on the sale of bracelets. For any student who also has a passion for philanthropy, merging business ideas with charity is a great way to start a social business.
About Bryn Carden
Bryn carden is a young entrepreneur and philanthropist passionate about real estate and design. She is currently studying at the Neeley School of Business, pursuing a major in finance with a concentration in real estate. In addition to preparing for her diploma, she has already started her entrepreneurial journey as co-founder of BF hats and a creator of Styles for smiles – a business selling bracelets to help fund cleft palate operations for children in developing countries
Posted on July 14, 2021