The older we get, the more we understand how tough life is. In fact, adulthood is a scam. Yes! This is not how we saw life while we were kids. Here is an age of bottomless bills. It is softer when you have people who provide for you, but even at that, you end up finding yourself on a tight scale of preference, to know how best to spend your little resources. Basic economics has it that human wants are insatiable, the more we get, the more we want to get but it’s even worse when one does not get at all or get so little that he cannot spot the difference between having and not having.
In one of my previous articles “Tips to winning” where I mentioned the importance of preparing for life outside school while still in school. Most businesses take quite long before they can start yielding big profits but little profits could start flowing in through it once you start and carryon judiciously, such little cash outs would enable you stay afloat while in school.
Aside being called aunty or brother by little kids, one of the glories of adulthood is the independence and financial freedom that comes with age. Having the ability to foot some of your personal bills and providing yourself a good life on campus can rob you off certain temptations that come with being broke and dependent. More so, it would bring you respect among your peers and you would begin to appreciate the power of entrepreneurship you are wearing.
Look for opportunities where you can fix a chunk of your 24hours instead of rushing to your hostel or lodge after classes to engage in cheap conversations with roomies and neighbors or seeing the latest movies or wasting your time in chats begging for urgent 2ks.
If you do not have any business ideas in mind, below are some side hustle ideas you can venture into as a student to make some cool cash.
Writing is a very broad skill. According to your gift, you can carve out a niche in writing. There is no mighty formal training for you to be a writer once you know your way around words. It would pay you more if develop inspirations and make them known through words. There are varieties of opportunities in writing. You can start by writing assignments for classmates once you have been able to show proven results of your academic brilliance. You can go further to writing term papers, final year research works and other studies related assignments for a pay.
With YouTube and WhatsApp classes, you can learn copy/content writing to brush your writing ability into serving business purposes. Freelancing sites like fiverr, upwork, freelancer etc are platforms you can register with to get an opportunity to be visible with potential clients who troop in and out hiring freelancers for to write for them. You can make free articles as a starter and share them on your social media walls or give them out for a little token to friends whose businesses need your contents. Constantly writing is easy ways of getting viibity as a starter to enable you build a credible portfolio and get recommendations for high paying clients. One of the advantages of writing is that you get to work at your own free time outside your clients watch, just write well and deliver it in time.
- Tailoring, makeup artistry, baking arts, shoe making, bead making, wig making and hair making.
Rendering services in these fields require a good knowledge and expertise. You can use one of your holidays to learn the basics in any field of your choice. YouTube can be very instrumental for learning, understanding and improvement. Watching videos made by professionals on different styles can enable you master your sewing, makeup, baking art, shoe making, bead making skills.
- GROW AND MONETIZE YOUTUBE CHANNEL
If you have a skill you have mastered well. No matter how useless you think it is, millions of people out there are willing to see and or lean that skill from you. You can start to make videos that teach others what they do not know. Growing a YouTube channel can be arduous but with engaging contents, you could blow up your subscription in other to fit for monetizing and making money.
- SALES OF BUSINESS IDEAS
Sourcing for business ideas, analyzing your ideas through research and communicating business ideas in form of business plan can yield you a lot of money or earn you long-term or lifelong partnership when you sell them to investors.
- POS AGENT
POS business is one of the trending businesses in Nigeria right now. It costs quite some funds for start-up but it doesn’t cost much. You can apply for a soft loan from your bank for this pursuit and it wouldn’t cost so much processes and time to grant. If you can secure a spot in a busy area or market, you could make up to 10k or more in a day plus your bank commissions. The market is quite bigger for you if you live in the hostel because students wouldn’t have to go to queue at the ATM for withdrawals or banks for deposits because they have you for quick cash-backs.
- DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES
Door-to-door sales to fellow students in the hostels or lodges are fit for all businesses. If you have capital to purchase goods students need. Goods like, food items, provisions, household items, fashion and beauty ornaments, recharge cards, perfumes, cooked food.
Blog is a shared on-line journal where people can post diary entries about their personal experiences and hobbies. Blogging helps you bring out the creativity in you through contents. It’s not advisable to create blog posts on any or every topic. Having a niche is very quintessential. Your niche can be on any topic you have passion and in-depth knowledge about like cooking, gossips, news, comedy, natural health remedy, herbal medicines, traveling, self help, writing, tutorial, healthy eating, education, religion, etc. If you can blog and create catchy contents that people want regularly, generating income passively and actively is sure.
You can reach out to parents who have little children that are still in nursery, primary and secondary schools. Start the job of a home teacher for those children to be done mostly at your free time –afternoon or evening. You can also organize tutorial classes for students who are finding a course too difficult to understand.
- WEBSITE DESIGN
- CALLING OR GIFTING SERVICE
You can render the service of calling people as instructed by their loved ones to celebrate them on their special days and to appreciate them. Helping people make a good choice of gift or planning surprise packages for people is money making venture.
Your journey in entrepreneurship can start with a side hustle but a side hustle when given enough attention, can pay its way to becoming a full-blown hustle. There are millions of problems in this world that are yet to be solved, there are virgin skills in your locations and silent business opportunities where you can invest your time, skill, talent, financial resources and energy to win big. The only motivation you need is to START!
Aniekwe Angela Chidiogo