Students need money. Actually, everybody needs money but students need money lol. There are several ways you can make money as a student and thankfully, there is a large population you can tap into to pick your target market. Some of these ways need low capital while some are relatively capital intensive but there's always something you can do if you have the will.

  1. Catering: Many students don't mind the idea of someone else coming for them. Some don't like to cook, some very really busy e.g during exams and some just don't feel like cooking on certain days. You could take advantage of all these scenarios by providing a catering service. Your model could be supply of weekly or daily meal packages depending on how much time you can devote to the business. You could also learn how to make student β€œsnacks” like Shawarma, different flavors of popcorn, small chops, chicken and chips, ice cream, etc, that you can sell at specific times of the day.

  2. Baking: Baking is a very lucrative business for students and it doesn't look like the market will get saturated anytime soon. Birthday cakes, convocation cakes, doughnuts, meat-pies, etc will always get ordered at some point, why not from you? You don't have to have the high end equipment now, start small and make magic with the little you are able to acquire from the get go.

  3. Hairstyling: Hairstyling is a low capital venture that you can consider if you already have the skill. It might be a bit more expensive if you have to learn from scratch but if you're passionate and patient, it'll be worth it.

  4. Thrifting: We all love to look good , and as students with tight budgets, the opportunity to buy amazing clothes at low prices is always welcome. You don't need too much money to start up a thrift store, you just need a very good place to source for quality outfits and accessories. Initially, you could take your goods to different hostels in your school, going from room to room and letting them know what you sell. Put up lovely pictures of your stuff on IG, get your friends to tell people for you and ultimately, always make sure your have good items to offer.

  5. Tailoring/Fashion Designing: This is another aspect of the fashion industry that you could go into. With good training under your belt, creative hands and decent tools, you can make a name for yourself in your school. If you're feeling extra bold, you could even decide to specialise in certain styles like dinner dresses or formal dresses and carve a niche for yourself.

  6. Makeup Artistry: Right now, there's no such thing as too many makeup artists. Do you like the job? Are you passionate about it? Then get trained, get your tools and get to work honey!  

  7. What you want: Yes. What you want could be an amazing venture with proper research and structuring. That your dream venture isn't in 1-6 does not make it any less lucrative, I only mentioned few out of many. You'll just have to put in enough work, passion and patience and I'm sure it'll flourish.


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