If you couldn’t tell from the title, I’m not just some random blogger site that caters to the general masses.
I made Broke College Solutions to help out students like myself who are looking for a little extra income online.
All of us wondering if business is for us, I mean we can barely afford to go out much less start a business, “Can I really start a business with no money?”
I’ve been there done that, and along the way I managed to find out the easy and the hard way what works and what doesn’t. If you want to know more about my story and how I can relate, feel free to check out my about me page:)
With our busy schedules and limited time frame online business for students has to be catered to their personal life. I know you want to make MASSIVE money, but that’s going to take MASSIVE time.
But for those of you with a little more time on their hands or have some crazy ambition I won’t leave you out and throw in some business models I’ve seen work for me. (They will take work, but they can show great results.)
Before heading in…
Having a general Idea what you want out of your business and having your priorities in order can have a huge affect on the results you’ll see with your business.
How much money do you have to invest?
What interests you? (Most important one of all)
How much time are you willing to put into your business every day?
What business idea could help further your degree or future career?
What could you offer to the world that would make someone’s life easier?
Now that we got our priorities in order here are some online business ideas that could work for you.
Online Business for students| Ideas
Start a blog!
I know this is one that a lot of people have probably heard of, but who actually acts on it?
Some of the most successful blogs today are pulling in an easy 7 figures a year!
Now I’m not saying these will be the results you can get, but the results are clearly there, so that’s go to be something worth looking into right?
The great thing about blogs is they can be just about anything, a passion of yours, something you enjoy doing, a topic you like talking about, or just cool stuff you find interesting.
On top of that there are many different ways you could pull in revenue from selling services or products or featuring company ads on your site.
If you’re someone who:
- Enjoys writing (Probably about 500-1,000 words every other day)
- Is the creative type (Can come up with original creative content regularly.)
- Doesn’t mind putting themselves out there. (People love to put a face to a site, it helps them connect.)
This could be something worth looking into, if so here’s a blog post I wrote to help get you started- How do you make money blogging?
The massive giant that is Affiliate marketing has been around for the past decade and will probably be here for the decades to come.
If you’re unfamiliar with affiliate marketing here’s a quick little rundown on what it is and what it takes.
Affiliate Marketing is:
“The process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products.”
Simple enough, you promote a product via social media or website, they click your link that the company provides and you get a commission of whatever they buy.
The greatest thing about affiliate marketing is you don’t have to invest massive amounts of time and money developing your own products.
The potential for earning with this business model is virtually limitless, entirely depending on the amount of effort you are willing to put in.
So if you’re one with a little more ambition then most then this might be something worth checking out.
Of course it’s going to take a little more than just slapping a link on a tweet or blog page, there are some technicalities that come along with it. Like anything in life, it isn’t just handed to you.
You will need to acquire some learned skill such as:
- SEO development. (Search Engine Optimization)- how people find you on the internet.
- Some basic marketing skills such as social, e-mail, and online.
- Very basic website development. (hardly any at all truthfully.)
Things you will need:
- A website. (Can rage from being free or $1,000’s depending on the technicality of your site.)
- A registered domain for your site. (avg. price around $15 per year)
- Hosting (free to $100’s a month depending on your hosting platform)
- Goggle Analytics account (Free)
- Google Webmaster Tools (Free)
Now if you feel like I’m speaking a foreign language in some instances or just have no idea where to start with this, don’t worry.
Here’s a Beginners Guide I wrote on this all included with a program I personally use for my affiliate sites (like this one here) where I pay a flat fee at a fraction of what the competitors charge.
They’ll give you all the training you’ll need along with free website hosing, domain purchasing, and 1,000’s of website designs to choose from all included inside.
Start an online service
Online services can be almost anything so sit down and answer these questions to find a direction:
What is something you’re good at?
Is it something you think someone else would like to learn how to do or have done?
Can this be done online?
“NOTE: Once you have an idea and a direction down you are going to have to get your self out there, since you are new you need to establish credibility.
Something I always recommend and found out works pretty well is offering a free first time offer.
People will be more likely to trust someone who is newer with this kind of policy, and if you offer a quality product and good service your most likely going to get a returning customer.
These people will refer you to additional clients who in turn can become regular clients and over time your clientele will increase substantially to the point of you becoming an authority in your niche.”
You can earn money through charging per client, hourly, or you could create a paid e-book or how-t0 video series for your clients.
This can also fall into the above category of online services, but I felt compelled to list it due to so many people overlooking it.
On average there is roughly around 2 – 4 websites created every second, that is HUGE, and the demand is growing!
Not everyone wants a bland template, maybe they want their own additional touch to the site but don’t know how, that’s where you come in.
If you’re willing to learn or are familiar with HTML and have a creative eye, this can be an excellent potential source of income for you.
You can capitalize on this growing market by offering your services locally and online.
This is great for someone who is looking for a flexible schedule with their work life, this will take some extensive training if you’re unfamiliar, but the outcome later can far outweigh the effort put in now.
Additional Business Ideas
Maybe an online business turns out not to be the best route for you? Or maybe you’re looking for a little more inspiration.
Well I tend to have more ideas than time these days so I put them together for those of you who can make time for them, so here’s some additional business ideas offline for you aspiring entrepreneurs.
21 Entrepreneurship ideas for college students– A nice little compilation of great ideas geared specifically towards students, maybe you can find you’re next big venture there!
Before you go…
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Of course I’ve expanded and grown more today but they certainly opened some doors.
They’re low cost and offer a complimentary free trial, along with an amazing community of like minded driven people all looking to help.
They say you are who you surround yourself with so why not surround yourself with the best people possible?
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Until next time,
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