Low-Cost Business Ideas for College Students

Are you a college student who is struggling to make ends meet? Do you wish to start a business but lack funds? Well, there is good news for you. Now, you can kick start your own business with a thin budget as well. I have been doing a mini business myself. All I needed was a Cox Ultimate Internet speed package, a laptop, and a space that I could call my office (a corner in my room). 

So, if you are a college student as well and wish to earn, here are some options for you.

Moving Service

What does it take to start one? A powerful person who is comfortable with moving and lifting heavy objects around. This includes furniture and the like. The best part is that you will find many students who would love to lend your service. As students keep moving places during or after a semester ends. Not only this, but you can provide your services to other people as well. 

However, you will have to make sure that you inform the people about your busy college schedule. Other than that, if you are well-connected, then spreading the word shouldn’t be an issue for you. And in case you are not, then you can use social media to your benefit. Eventually, you will see that your business will expand. And at that time, you can hire more people. 

Child Caretaker

On weekends and at times weekdays, parents of toddlers wish to go out for events or dinners. And at that time they need a caretaker who could care for their little one. That is when the role of a caretaker comes into play. So, if you think that you are good at handling babies, their cries do not irritate you and you can stay up till late at night, you should opt for this option. 

All you would need is patience and good conduct. However, you will not always be asked to take care of the child until late at night. Some people might even hire you for daytime caretaking during weekends. But you should inform clients about your schedule. As you do not want to make your grades suffer. In case, you find it hard to market your service, you can contact an agency that can put you through. And then who knows you might as well end up setting your own business one day.

Dorm Cleaning Service

You might not be the cleanest person but when it comes to making money you might as well turn into one. Keeping your dorm clean or not is another issue. But did you know that cleaning some else’s dorm could pay you well? So, look for all the lazy kids and offer them your service. You would want to tap this opportunity. And make sure to clean the whole place so well that they are convinced to ring you again. 

All you will have to do is go from door to door and market your service. Or you can even put up an ad or brochure on your campus’s notice board. It won’t cost you much to start your service business. But it will earn you a good amount of money. 

Online Video Courses

Are you good at a subject? Do you wish to share your knowledge with others? But not for free of course. Then here is a deal. You could spend your free days making videos that include detailed lectures on the subjects that you feel you are good at. Once, done, you could sell these videos for a good amount. 

However, you will have to take care of one thing while making videos. You cannot, at any cost, copy the same lecture that an instructor delivered and sell it for a high amount. Because this will get you into trouble. So, if you think that you have a better and easy way to convey a lecture to students only then you should opt for this option. 


While the above option might not work for many, another way of sharing your knowledge with others is tutoring them. No one will be able to raise any issue if you tutor students. As the students themselves would hire you because of the way you explain things to them. Therefore, if you are good at a subject, and think that you have what it takes to be a good teacher, go for this option. You will be amazed to see just how many people turn up to you and pay you for tutoring them. 

The best part about this is that you do not always have to leave the campus either. So, make the best out of your free periods and days. And extend your service to students who need it. 

After finishing college, I started working as a customer support rep on my friend’s recommendation who was a rep at Cox Customer care. That job taught me a lot and gave me the confidence that I have today. So, whatever you decide to do, remember you may earn little money but it will help you in building your character. So by the time you get done with college, you are ready to take on any challenge.

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