Whether you’re 19 or 39, studying usually means picking up part-time work. You need the money to keep things ticking over, but you also need a job that works around your study commitments, too.
Working for yourself can fit that bill nicely, so here are five of the best low-cost business ideas you can kick off today.
Nobody’s more qualified or closer to the content of a course than someone fresh out of completing it themselves. Parents and students pay a pretty healthy hourly rate to someone who can improve their education, so make that person you.
Advertise in the local paper, stick your details on notice boards and let course coordinators know you’re available to help. It’s easy to organise a mutually convenient time, and for those long uni days with plenty of breaks, it’s a great way to fill the time.
Borrow a ute or rent a truck, rope in a mate, and you’re in business. There’s huge demand for odd jobs that big removal companies are reluctant to take. You can rent a truck for about $80 a day and charge $100 an hour for your time. Advertise on Gumtree or Airtasker and the jobs will find you.
If you’ve got a little artistic talent, company logos sell for a few hundred dollars each and cost nothing but your time to produce. Check out 99 Designs, Freelancer and design forums to see who needs what. At best you’ve got a new business venture, at worst you blow a few hours you have put into the TV anyway.
If you’re an IT guru, then offer complete packages for design plus a website. Plenty of local businesses know they need to get online, they just want someone to show them how. That’s you.
There’s a huge demand for sports coaches at primary and high schools, as well as early childhood classes too. The best part is that you can teach just about anything at that level, you just need to know the rules.
Once you’re comfortable and have a reputation, take it one step further and set up your own classes on a Saturday morning. Again, a pretty lucrative venture with nothing more than some witches hats and balls needed to start.
No skills? Start a fitness class at lunchtimes at uni. Ten or twenty bucks a head adds up pretty quickly.
If you’re not half bad with words (or a camera) and have a subject you’re passionate about, blogging can start as a hobby and (slowly) turn into a business.
Just look at one of the first in the business, Aussie vlogger Natalie Tran, who brought in $100,000 in one year from YouTube.
Otherwise, think about freelance writing – from articles and business proposals to press releases, there’s plenty of options.
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