College isn’t cheap, and it can be difficult to find a balance between a full-time job and a busy school schedule. For future entrepreneurs looking to improve their skills, college is the perfect time to find ways to make money without working for someone on a full-time basis.
Bryn Carden, a seasoned entrepreneur attending the Neely School of Business at Texas Christian University, founded Styles for Smiles and co-founded BF Hats. Through personal and professional experience, Cardin believes that inspiring entrepreneurs should try to make college money with small businesses. Below, she shares five ideas that anyone can use to get started:
Find and fill a campus need
A great way to come up with a lucrative business to do in your spare time is to find a specific campus need and meet it. Maybe Starbucks in the library closes before the entire library closes. You can meet this need by buying a box of donuts and a box of coffee, selling coffee and donuts at your desk while you work late in the library.
Make and sell clothes
College students can use many different platforms to sell used clothing, clothing that has never been worn, or even clothing that you make. Creating your own clothes and creating a clothing brand can be done using a platform like Etsy, a website, and even social media. You can put your creativity to the test by piecing together vintage styles from Goodwill. If you want to sell clothes from a closet, try apps like Poshmark or Mercari.
Walking the dogs or sitting with pets
Why not try sports and make money? By offering dog walking services between sessions, you can earn extra money. Plus, providing pet sitting services when you visit a pet owner’s home to release them during the day when out of town doesn’t take long. You can post flyers around the campus and the surrounding area advertising your business.
If you love writing and would rather make money in your spare time in the quiet of your room or library, a freelance writer can be a great contract role to start with. Companies and bloggers are always looking for content authors, and freelance writing can be done anywhere you have a laptop and an internet connection. You can also sign up for jobs through Fiverr.
Try to stimulate your creativity and use your free time to make decorations and sell them on campus or online. You can host evening wine shows to attract clients, or offer inexpensive “How to Make Decorating” lessons. Ms. Carden said she used her jewelry making skills to develop Smile Styles. The organization is helping to fund operations to treat mouth ulcers in children from the profits it generates from the sale of bracelets. For any college student who is also passionate about philanthropy, combining business ideas with philanthropy is a great way to build a social enterprise.
About Bryn Carden
Bryn Cardin is a young entrepreneur and philanthropist with a passion for real estate and design. She is currently studying at the Neely School of Business with a degree in Finance with a focus on real estate. In addition to working on her degree, she has already started her entrepreneurial journey as co-founder of BF Hats and creator of Styles for Smiles, a bracelet company to help fund cleft palate operations for children in developing countries.