Business Ideas for College Students

Going to college is one of the highlights in a young person’s life. It is the stage when the student embarks on higher educational challenges to equip him for his future career and endeavors. However, having a college or university education could be very financially demanding for students.

In the United States, around 70 percent of college students or aspiring ones lack the means to pay for tuition fees and are relying on student loans and scholarships – from the university, the government or private lender – to finish their studies.

However, the onset of financial crisis in the U.S. and worldwide adversely affected the schooling of a number of students. Some entities from which students get their funds have closed down leaving the students with nothing to pay for their education and their living expenses – rent or board, food, clothing, transportation and other expenses. Total costs for college education is approximately $10,000 per year for the first two years and approximately $12,000 per year for the next two years totaling approximately $44,000. Moreover, states are cutting educational funds driving tuition fees up (around 14 percent for public schools and 6 percent for private schools from 2002 to 2004).

The need to get a college education and the rising costs associated with it compel students to look for ways to earn while studying. Working part-time, aside from scholarship, is the best way to counter the harsh climate of college. But getting a part-time job is not very easy because there are limited slots, companies are freezing employment to cut costs not to mention the difficulty in balancing work and studies. And yet, students continue to look for ways to earn and finish college not minding the hard work, challenges and hardships it entails.

It is in this connection that we are publishing 13 articles that are doable, feasible and profitable to help students earn their way through college. These business ideas are easy to operate, fast to put up, and require minimum capitalization. We strongly encourage young individuals specifically college students aspiring to become young entrepreneurs to read our articles on how to start their own businesses on grocery delivery service, mobile canteen (burger, sandwich, sodas, snacks and favorite foods), mobile "essentials" store, laundry pick-up/delivery service, shipping/packing service, “dorm stuff" rentals/sales/pawn/re-sales, student van shuttle service, party-time "gypsy taxi" service, bicycle/moped/scooter service & repair, "finder" of stuff for students, video and game rentals/sales/exchange, low-cost cars/bikes/mopeds/scooters (buy/sell/rent) for campus kids, and paper re-writing/editing service. We are confident that these articles will encourage students to engage in business helping them become self-sufficient and financially able to finish college and reach their dreams in life.


  • josh p. said on March 21, 2009
    personally, i think that due to current recession, scrap metal is one of the best bet.
  • Raj Mourya said on May 20, 2009
    A technical student can make major or minor projects. this requires more effort than money, can fetch a handful money on retailing.
  • naresh said on August 13, 2009
    hi, presently i am pursuing my MBA 3rd semester, i want to start a business which has full demand in market.
  • parbati gupta said on November 13, 2009
    hi....i am doing BBA from SMU, i want to do business but have no idea. please help
  • Sri said on November 19, 2009
    Hi, I would like to do a innovative business, in the area of exporting and importing. now I am in chennai, Tamilnadu, India....
  • sarada prasad said on March 4, 2010
    Hi, I would like to do a innovative business, in the area of exporting and importing. now I am in PARADEEP PORT & BHUBANESWAR, ORISSA, India. BUT ANY BUSINESS WHAT EVER RUNNING AT ORISSA. I HAVE GOOD Contact & MARKET ALL OVER ORISSA. PLZ INFORM ME.. MY EMAIL ID. /
  • zwane sthembile said on April 14, 2010
    I would like to start a party snacks business. part time. I am a fourth year Bachelor of Commerce student in the University of Swaziland.
  • rahul said on April 23, 2010
    i want to start a tea processing business. please give me knowledge
  • rahul said on April 23, 2010
    i want to start food processing business within 2 lacks rs. please tell us a suitable business
  • lokesh said on June 6, 2010
    hi.... i am doing my secrti.) in chennai final year i would like to start a company in college please help me give me some ideas to start... it pleas
  • Keletso Ogaketse said on October 22, 2010
    Hi, i would like to own my own small business, but i have no idea what would work. I am a BBA Marketing student, first year, at the University of Botswana.
  • Hariprasad.b.k said on February 11, 2011
    hi, i am a civil student of vivekananda college puttur, i would like to do part time business,give me some ideas to start.....
  • Cas said on October 24, 2011
    Hi,am a 2nd year computer science student in a private school in Nigeria and I would like to start a small business within the campus as it is against the rules to leave the school...pls give me ideas
  • manjunath reddy said on February 22, 2012
    hi, i'm final year engineering student(ECE), i'm very much interested in starting business like small scale factory within 5 Lacks and also taking dealership in any field, can u please suggest some business based on my interest....
  • Joe said on March 9, 2012
    Hi we are 20 young ladies currently studying Design in a college in Oman, we would like to start a business of our own this year, and to make it a successful cooperative business by the time we finish our graduation in 2015.
  • MOHD ARISH said on March 14, 2012
    hello... i have done MBA and want to start my own business with Rs. my own city...which has population near about 1 lack - 2lack.. So please tell me any business which can be suitable for me.
  • Roohi said on March 31, 2012
    hi i am a dental student studying 3rd year.But i need money for my studies so i want to do business in Chennai.I dont have that much money to invest also.Suggest me some good business to help me in education.
  • Mukesh Kumar said on April 22, 2012
    hi....i am doing MBA in marketing from RTU, i want to do business but have no idea. So please tell me any business which can be suitable for me. please help
  • Kamala kannan said on August 25, 2012
    Hi, i did, but i don't interest to work others. I'll interest to start business in my village. so give me any idea to start new business in 2 lacks
  • Kavin raj said on August 28, 2012
    Hi, I am pursuing My m.b.a in coimbatore, tn, india. i am willing to start a business to earn for my own needs and some social activities . so pls give suggestion for it with lowest investment as possible
  • faisal areacode said on September 23, 2012
    i am 2nd year engineering student in india kerala state wayanad district. i want to start a business to make money. i like to start selling sollar products in wayanad with help of the company
  • akshay said on October 23, 2012
    I am a bba student 1 year i want a guidance that how i work or choose the courses or collages .... N i want to do business of import export if any one is interested den pls help me
  • surbhi said on November 17, 2012
    i am a 3rd year student. i want to start a small scale dairy industry in bihar. kindly guide me for this. how can i achieve this??
  • STEPHEN NDEZU said on November 24, 2012
    am a second year pursuing agriculture economics and agribusiness at sokoine university of agriculture in Tanzania, am planning to establish my own mushroom farming unit after may graduation please guide me what to consider actually.
  • kuldeep sharma said on January 27, 2013
    i am an it eng. and i want some idea for starting a company based on website design ,pls give me home process and solution
  • Geethu jaganadh said on January 29, 2013
    I am a 3rd semster MBA(HR) student. i would like to do part time business with limited capital ,give me some ideas to start small scale business in kerala, pandalam, pathanamthitta district.
  • sshakar said on February 26, 2013
    Hi i am working in a private company as well as started doing part time business with the network marketing. Really its a great business opportunity.Really If you are interested, Please let me know so i will show the path. Thanks
  • Tamilselvan said on February 27, 2013
    hi guys..... now am doing BBM give some idea to start better business and its should not effect my studies... am waiting for yr ideas
  • Gaurav garg said on July 29, 2013
    I have done bba this year and i want to do any business please suggest me the business which can i do...
  • Rahul said on February 17, 2014
    If any one interested in selling onions in their respected location contact me I can supply good quality onion which you can market easily and grow business in any folds Contact 09823022209. Nasik India
  • TAS said on April 23, 2014
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  • sumaiyya said on June 9, 2014
    i am student and in need of work at home at cheap prices. Any work related which can be done easily at home me at
  • shrikant waghmare said on June 12, 2014
    i have completed my BBA and i want to start my won business within 3 lakh please help me to start a business
  • Bhagyashree said on July 19, 2014
    hi, i am doing final year in electronics and communication engineering .i want to start any business by investing amount within 2 lakhs. so please help me
  • lillypriyanga said on September 2, 2014
    Am doing ism final year I want to do part time business with no investment give some idea please
  • Dhananjaya Mallick said on September 9, 2014
    Hi, I m a production in-charge and bushiness developer also, but I m a STUDENT . I want to know how can doing better of now performance , how can I do well give me some idea plz.
  • Dilkush said on November 12, 2014
    Am doing second year from university of calicut. i want to do part time business with no investment give some idea please
  • rajaraman said on November 22, 2014
    hi, we are manufacturing company of servo stabilizers, inverters, ups. if anyone interested in marketing or dealership can contact me on below email id
  • Tony anthony said on April 8, 2015
    I am tony studying NSS college cherthala and i am going to be complete my degree this month . I want to start a plane plate making company. But i haven't finance support it. It's a ecofriendly project. We can control the use of plastic. How can government grant for start my company. I want to start it kerala, cherthala Alappuzha district .
  • neha bisht said on April 19, 2015
    i want to start a business with min capital. i am pursuing mba
  • Owethu Hlanze said on November 12, 2015
    To the person concerned. I am a student at Nkangala TVET Collage, i would love to start a cotton farming business but i have an idea of how to start i also have the land to start the farming, but don't have capital to start with. The place is in Swaziland
  • shivam agrawal said on November 2, 2016
    Hi i am persuing BBA 5SEM. I Want to start a business but i have no idea please help me


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