30 Startup Ideas for Students

<strong>Here is business ideas to start at university….

  1. Similarly, you can earn money from YouTube videos by sharing a slice of the ad revenue. It could be reviews or guides related to your course subject, or pick any topic that really fascinates you (games, comedy and music do particularly well). You can run some ads and often blag freebies, and further down the line you could even stream pay-per-view vids if you get enough subscribers
  2. Buy second-hand in-demand textbooks at the end of term and sell them on to new students at the start of the new term (worth double checking that the same textbooks will be used again the following term, otherwise you could be left with a lot of useless material!)
  3. Cash in on your creativity by selling a design, a piece of music, a recipe, or whatever your speciality is on a site like Gumroad
  4. Become an ’emergency key holder’: offer a base package that lets people keep a spare key with you that they can collect if they lose their own. We all know how easy it is to get into a pickle with this! You can add sliding fees if they want you to deliver or for unsociable hours
  5. online-business-for-studentsStart a magazine about your uni subject and get other students, tutors and guest experts to write for it too. You could charge local businesses to advertise – the money might not start rolling in instantly but it’s a good project to invest in and will look great on your CV
  6. Set yourself an unusual goal – like living on a yacht for a year or surviving on a tenner a week – and blog or write a book about it. You’ve got a good chance of featuring in the papers too (and could charge so cash for images!)
  7. Rent out your student room or house over the summer months on Airbnb
  8. Run a ‘you want it, I’ll get it’ delivery service. Evenings and weekends could see you delivering McDonald’s/beer combos, while early mornings could be coffees, newspapers or train tickets. Or just see what everyday things people run out of and buy in bulk (midnight loo roll’s got to be a winner, right?)
  9. Create an alternative yearbook using a print-on-demand publisher and sell copies and advertising space
  10. Start a film screening club (or stick with the ever-popular student club night)
  11. ‘I queue for you’: stand in-line or hang on the phone so someone else doesn’t have to
  12. Convert someone’s entire CD catalogue into MP3 files they can play on their phone. It’s easy enough to do using software like iTunes but can take hours… which is where you come in!
  13. Start an accommodation reviews site for your campus or town
  14. Set up a Skype language course or conversational practice for learners around the world
  15. Buy packets of seeds cheaply and sell pot plants or fresh fruit/veg. You can grow lots of things without tons of equipment – some veg will even thrive in old wellies or grown indoors. Just keep it legal!
  16. Lend a hand to the local elderly by offering to do their grocery shopping online for them on the premise that you can claim cashback
  17. Make and sell audio or e-book versions of out-of-copyright set texts, particularly if they’re hard to find (think medieval literature or 18th-century science tomes)
  18. Be the go-to finder for folk who’ve lost something irreplaceable or want to buy something hard to find. Use the web as well as local contacts and retail knowledge to track down the impossible… for a commission
  19. Freelance: Whether it’s related to your current course or your dream career, offer your skills to peeps who need web design, illustration, writing or admin support. You’ll also get CV-pimping experience to boot
  20. Create food hampers that parents can order and have delivered to their kids – think student essentials in long-life eats or healthy stuff they’re probably not getting enough of
  21. Run a couple of matchmaker events for your campus and charge a small joining fee
  22. Make bespoke photo albums: use a site like Lulu.com to produce professionally printed books or magazines and add hand-crafted touches or notes to make each one unique
  23. Offer a transcription service that types up lecture recordings, or use your graphic design skills to produce handouts for tutors
  24. Create a swaps site that matches owners with lenders: think clothes, services, bikes or books – or maybe one that matches students who want to see the UK with those who live in other towns
  25. Organise student event trips to other cities or to visit festivals – get a good deal on a coach and double your money on the tickets
  26. Design an app that lets students vent about their course or campus anonymously and compare experiences around the world
  27. Offer to sit for stock photographers or source models for them. Or just grab a camera and have a go at shooting and selling your own snaps. Try newcomerPicfair, which allows you set your own prices
  28. Produce a campus e-newsletter and take paid advertising from local businesses, or do deals to offer readers discounts and competitions
  29. Start an annual gift or card service where you select and post cards and presents so subscribers so they never forget important birthdays or anniversaries
  30. Be a market research consultant and sell your services to local or national businesses who want to know what students think about their stuff

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