When I was in school, one of my suitemates was really good at doing nails. I’m talking nail salon quality, designs and all. Being the girly girl that I am, I really appreciated her talent.
After seeing the number of girls that also appreciated her talent, she decided that this may be a good way to make some extra cash. She posted fliers with pictures of her work all around campus and handed them out at different club meetings to promote herself. Slowly but surely, she got a solid number of “clients,” and her weekly calls home for extra cash eventually stopped.
If you have a unique skill that others can benefit from, you may be able to use it to make extra cash, like my suitemate did. To help get your creative juices flowing, I’ve put together a short list of six common services that you may be able to turn into a side gig while in school.
Not many students can afford regular trips to the salon or barber shop to keep their hair tamed. If you have a good handle on a pair of clippers or can work magic with a bottle of shampoo and a flat iron, why not use that gift to make some extra cash? Put together your own list of “salon services” along with some student-friendly prices and you’re in business.
Oddly enough, some people actually enjoy doing laundry (go figure!). If doing laundry makes your eyes light up with excitement, it could be a way of putting some extra bucks in your pockets. Many students are living on their own for the first time and aren’t all that familiar with doing laundry. After their first load of whites comes out pink, they’ll be more than willing to pay for your laundry services.
Let’s be honest, campus food isn’t always the best. If you have access to a kitchen on campus and know how to create a delicious meal or two, why not contribute to that freshman 15 and feed your fellow students for a small fee?
4. Taking Notes
If you take detailed and organized class notes, you may be able to make a small profit from them. This option is a simple one because it doesn’t really require too much. A laptop and a printer are really all you need to start this side hustle!
5. Computer Repair
Pretty much everyone has a computer on campus. Being tech savvy is another great way to earn some extra bucks. Not everyone knows how to remove a virus off their computer or install the latest software updates. You can become the go-to tech pro on campus while putting a few dollars in your pockets.
If you have already taken several classes in your major, you can tutor others that are now taking those same courses. This actually works as a double bonus because while making extra cash, you’re retaining the information you’ve already learned.
Have you already started your own on campus “business”? Tell us how things are going for you and any advice you have for other students looking to do the same.