23 Businesses to Start on Campus for College Students!

College students: Do you dream of starting your own business? Don’t wait until you graduate. Here are some great ideas for businesses you can start now to make a little extra cash and gain the entrepreneurial skills employers are looking for.

Babysitting Network For Evening And Weekend Students
Many non-traditional students who take classes at night are in need of child care services. Coordinate a network of “sitters” who can provide babysitting services while parents are in class.

The Businesses You Can Start As A Student

Moving Company/Car Loading And Unloading Service

Rent trucks and sell your services to students who don’t want to waste their time loading and unloading boxes and carrying them to the top floor of their dorms.

Sponsored Notebook Giveaway

Provide free notebooks to students, sponsored with ads on the back from local businesses. The businesses pay for ad space, and you get their name out to students. What a partnership!

Finals Survival Kits

Make them and market them to parents as a surprise “gift” they can send to their sons and daughters during the difficult and stressful time of finals week.

Airport Transportation Service

Offer to provide students to and from the airport for breaks and holidays at a small cost. (You will need a dependable car for this one!)

Unofficial Sports Team Site

Create an unofficial website for your school’s most popular sports team. Sell apparel, gain sponsorship from local restaurants and other businesses and market the site to fans.

Logo Boxers

Sell boxer shorts with logos for special events on campus – much more creative than the typical t-shirt idea!

Tutoring Service

If you’re skilled in a certain subject, offer your services as a tutor for students in need of a little extra help. You can even market yourself to local elementary and high schools, so that teachers can refer their students to you.

Birthday Cake Baking

Take orders for, make, sell and deliver birthday cakes. Market yourself in the dorms to students who might want to buy a cake for their friends!

Room Supplies

During move-in week and the beginning of each new term, set up a stand to sell much-needed, last minute supplies to the new students, such as TV cable cords, sticky tack and storage crates.

Teach A Musical Instrument

Play guitar, piano, or another musical instrument? Give on-campus lessons to students and charge an hourly fee.

Make And Sell Crafts

Make crafts that students can buy for their friends’ birthdays, for Christmas or Valentine’s Day (promote them heavily around the holidays). You can make candles, flower arrangements, bookmarks and lots more.

Cleaning Service

Provide cleaning services to fraternity and sorority houses, as well as other student housing both on and off-campus. You’d be surprised at what some students will pay to NOT have to clean their own houses!

Computer Setup & Maintenance Service

Be the ultimate computer setup and maintenance source! Promote your services for helping non-tech savvy students set up their computers in the dorms and get hooked up on the network, as well as doing random computer maintenance services.

Haircuts

If you have a knack for cutting hair, why not provide your services in the dorms to the low-budget college student at a small price? Beats paying 30 bucks for a haircut any day!

Event Promotion Service

Student organizations are always having big events and fundraisers on campus, and it takes a lot of manpower to promote the event – hanging flyers, calling newspapers and sending mailers. Begin a service that will, at a cost, provide all of the manpower so that they don’t have to do a thing.

Band Booking Service

There will undoubtedly be student bands that form on campus. Be their connection for booking shows at local establishments – clubs, restaurants, etc.

Laundry Service

Set up a laundry service in your dorm once a week where students can drop off their laundry and, for a price, you will wash, dry and fold it for them to pick up later.

Artwork Sales

If you have an artistic side, why not sell your artwork to students for decorating their dorms? Students are always looking for unique touches for their rooms. Your artwork could provide just the addition they are looking for.

Income Tax Service

Between January and April 15th, provide income tax services to students around campus. Not too many people enjoy the hassle of filing their taxes – do it for them for a small fee!

Car Repair Service

If you know cars, you can provide a repair service to students that can compete with any local car repair business. You are right on-site, and can charge much less than most places, so you’ll be quite a commodity when a student needs an oil change or a battery replaced!

Singing Serenades

Get some of your vocally talented friends together and provide a “singing serenade” service. Sell your singing services and offer to show up at sweethearts’ doors for Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day, Christmas and birthdays.

Sports Souvenir Sales

Work out a deal with the athletic department at your school to give away fan knick-knacks to the student section at school sporting events, such as noisemakers, towels and signs. Get sponsors from local businesses to pay you for allowing them to advertise on them.

Unethical Employer Activities Employees Suffer Through

Have you ever worked for an employer with unethical methods? You might have and not even known or realized it. Unethical employers are not limited to just sexual harassment or asking out employees. Unethical employers do more than just harass employees or verbally abuse employees. Unethical employers are usually immoral and walk the line of illegal activity. I’m not talking about illegal activities that only hurt the government or themselves, I’m talking about hurting the employees.

Recently, my husband had the misfortune of working for someone who was unscrupulous. The owner like most owners would cut corners. Cutting corners is okay until customers complain. The problem was the owner wouldn’t make good on the work that was done. My poor husband would have to stay late by himself to correct other worker’s errors.

Being the manager my husband didn’t get paid any extra for staying and the only reason the work had to be fixed was the work wasn’t done to the manager’s specifications and yet the manager had to fix it. Had the work been done the way it was explained the first time no one would have had to fix it. Customers were always angry. The owner didn’t want to do anything to appease them. In fact the owner would cause most of the problems by going behind the manager and telling employees to do something differently to save money, which always cost more money in the long run.

What employers do that is unethical and illegal is doing write-ups on someone that has already been fired, just so that person wouldn’t be able to collect unemployment. My husband watched in horror as the assistant manager wrote up a former employee six times to look like gross negligence just so the man couldn’t collect unemployment all because the owner told her to do it. Needless to say my husband quit the job less than a month later because the owner was always doing something bordering on illegal.

Two employees sat down with the owner, one would get Thanksgiving 4 day weekend and one would get Christmas four day weekend with pay. The one that took the Christmas weekend not only worked most of Christmas Eve but didn’t even get paid for it. He didn’t get the other two days pay either. That is definitely illegal but without costing yourself money you can’t fight.

Unethical things employers do:

1. If there is an employee that doesn’t clock in and out, the employer won’t pay the salary for the day and there is no record. Where ever you work make sure there is a time clock even if you are salary.

2. Writing up employees after they quit or are fired so the employee can’t claim unemployment.

3. Making employees work through lunch with out pay especially if they are salaried.

4. Verbally abusing employees on a personal level or professional level.

5. Throwing professionalism out the window, not standing behind their company and blaming other people for what they do by themselves.

6. Employers being dishonest.

7. Verbally telling an employee he or she would be paid one thing and paying a different amount.

8. Giving favoritism to one employee over another.

9. If an employer is constantly accusing other people of stealing with out any reason stay away from that employer. That employer is going to be dishonest and is treating everyone as he or she should be treated.

If you have a dishonest employer your only hope is to leave. When his or her empire falls you don’t want to be caught in the illegal activity that you may not know about or that you are turning a blind eye to because you want to keep your job. No job is worth getting in trouble for someone else.

Freelance Writers: How to Say No to Clients

Very few freelance writers are rich – that is, unless they have another job or they’ve come into a mighty big inheritance. That is why many freelance writers take on too many jobs at once, hoping that they can get ahead financially. But there is a limit to how many words you can write in a day – and how many projects you can reasonably manage.
First, I would advise that you purchase a wall calendar or date book that is reserved specifically for your freelance writing jobs. Each time you are contracted by a client, write down the start date of the project and the date on which it’s due. You might also want to include the total word count, page count or breadth of the project to decide how many hours it will take to complete.

That will give you an idea of the projects you are currently working on, as well as the number of projects you could safely consider in the near future.

Now, let’s say that you’ve reached maximum capacity. You’re already working twelve-hour days, and you can’t possibly fit anything else into your schedule The first step is realizing that you’re overloaded; the second step is doing something about it.

Learning to say no to clients is a difficult process for freelance writers. You want to please your existing clients and you certainly don’t want to turn away prospective ones, but you must also avoid burn-out as effectively as possible. Taking on too many projects at once is an injustice to yourself as well as your clients. After all, they’ve paid for the best work you can provide.

How to Say No to Clients: Don’t Accept Jobs on the Phone

Many freelance writers suffer from this syndrome, which is why you should avoid taking projects over the phone. You receive a call from an important client or from someone who wants to become a client and he’s frantic to get you to work on his project immediately, without delay. Not thinking about the ten other projects you’ve got in the works, you agree to his proposal. You discuss it at length and by the time you’re off the phone, you’re wondering why in the world you agreed.

Instead, implement a twenty-four hour policy. Let clients and potential clients know that you’ll have to examine your schedule, come up with a price quote and determine an estimated completion date. You’ll get back to them in twenty-four hours with your response. This gives you the opportunity to decide whether or not you can take on another project at that time.

How to Say No to Clients: Offer Recommendations

One of the best ways you can ensure a reasonable workload is by networking with three or four other freelance writers. Keep in contact, and when you’re offered a project that you just can’t take on, refer the client to one of the other freelance writers in your group. That way, each writer is never overloaded, but you’ll get extra work when you don’t have enough on your plate.

This is a win-win situation for both writers and clients as long as you approve of the standards of the other writers. Make sure that your styles, business practices and abilities mesh so that your clients aren’t disappointed with your recommendation.

How to Say No to Clients: Start a Waiting List

Just like medical specialists and major universities, you can have your own waiting list. When you’re overbooked, let your clients know that there will be a two-week, two-month or even six-month waiting list for new projects, and give them an estimated date you can start. Faithful clients will put up with a waiting list in order to benefit from your expertise, and you’ll even gain popularity when clients here that you’re amazing enough to warrant a waiting list.

As a freelance writer, you don’t have to overwork yourself in order to make the rent. Simply begin an effective organizational program that allows you to monitor your current projects. Don’t be afraid to say no when you just can’t handle anything else.

How to Edit a Business Picture/Brochure

If you are creating a brochure, pamphlet or any other advertising material for a business and plan on using photos, you need to edit the pictures to better fit your needs. However, you must take a few areas into consideration to make the image more appealing, such as time stamps, business logos and negative space. Checking these specific areas of your business photos and correcting any issues you have can keep the images legal to use.

Remove any date and time stamps placed on the picture. These often appear in the corner of the image in the form of orange figures with the day, month, year and often time of day printed directly into the image. There is no use for this content and it can be distracting. You can easily crop the picture in an editing program to remove the section of the image taken up by the time stamp.

Inspect the image for any logos of other companies. This can be on clothing, shoes or even in the background. Crop this area out of the image. However, if the content is important to the image, you can use the blur tool in the editing software to blur out the company logo. Leaving a company log in your image can not only advertise for or against the company, but the other company can sue you for using the image.

Remove any individuals from the image that you do not have a signed release form from. You are not allowed to use the likeness of an individual without his consent. However, if you are using images provided to you from a photography source, such as an online shop that sells you images, it is up to it to have the signed release form, so you can use the image. This is similar to using a logo you do not have permission to use. If you or your company took the image and the individual did not sign any release form you can be hit with a lawsuit. It is best to save yourself the trouble and cover your back.

Crop out any unnecessary space in the image. If there is a large background or area of the image that has no relevance to your picture, you need to remove it. Not only is it distracting, but you most likely have limited space on your advertisement and there is no need to waste it on the unnecessary areas of your pictures.

Business Training is Key, Especially When It’s Free

Mentorship is a great form of training. In my new role, I am mentored by a business owner with years of expertise. We discussed the importance of training good leadership. We disused invaluable free training designed to help grow individuals and organizations. In my training, I noticed three things that I was amazed to learn about training. These three keys are such that I was thankful to get them as I grew in my own efforts.

Training Is Key: Especially When It Is Free

“I don’t fly, so I’m going to skip on this free training.” Was what a leader said when they were in a stagnant environment. I was amazed by this statement. Let me be clear, the training was such that the following was paid for:

  • Flight
  • Facility for training amp; Hotel Accommodations
  • Food
  • Facilitator
  • Funds on a per diem basis above and beyond salary

I don’t know many that would turn that deal down, but leadership in this case did turn down the training. Leadership felt that it had too many important things to do that to learn how to do what they do better. If leadership doesn’t value free training it is very unlikely the organization will grow. I read someone say it best “Chickens’ don’t fly but eagles do.”

Training is Key: Law of the Lid

John Maxwell author of 21 irrefutable laws of leadership has a tenet called the law of the lid. The Law of the Lid in essence, stated that your team can not grow to a levelsuperior to its leadership. Training is a key if you want your team to grow and thereby grow your productivity. Regardless of what level you can produce, you can exponentially increase production if you recognized the Law of the Lid and work to improve your leadership.

Training is Key: Fresh Communication

When you consider the best conversation you had with your best friend 10 years ago. Now, if you consider this person your best friend and you do not talk to them again for 10 years. If you start the conversation up again without consideration of the 10 year gap you are either naive or foolish. Regardless, you have not worked or managed the relationship well enough to truly still consider this person your best friend. Improved communication comes from practice and training. You cannot expect growth If you keep communicating the same message for 10 years or limit communication. Training is a key for effective, clear and fresh communication skills.