40 start-up ideas you can start as a student

I’m sure as a fresher its likely you haven’t thought about starting a business to fund your University life but there are so many examples of young entrepreneurs who started it all at Uni. You could do the same, check out our 40 start-up ideas. Don’t miss an idea, the last one could be for you!

1. Browse sites like Gumtree and Freecycle and acquire free stuff to up-cycle and sell on

2. Start a blog! Write engaging content about something you are passionate about, find your niche! Once you get a good following you can host ads on your site for payment. Even better you can sell ads to local and national brands. This takes commitment and can be time consuming concept to nail but once you do the awards can be great.

3. Start a Youtube channel! Pick a topic you are passionate about or a niche in the market. Once you get a good following you can get money from ad revenue or pay-per-view vids if you get enough subscribers.

4. Start a book business. Buy second hand books from your year and sell them on at the start of the new term to students the year below. They will need the same textbooks and would much rather buy them second hard at a fraction of the price. Plus most students don’t think to get rid of their books that they are unlikely to need in their new year of study.

5. If your creative or have a skill, cash in on it! Sell your skills through Fiver or people per hour or task rabbit (only in certain locations in the UK currently). They are always looking for computer geniuses.

6. We’ve all had an experience where we have lost a key or left it somewhere. Fix the problem by being an emergency key holder. Change a fee for doing so.

7. Start a magazine about something you are passionate about. Get local and national businesses to advertise, although this will take a bit of time getting used to selling and reaching the right people.

8. Use Airbnb and rent out your room for the summer months – don’t just let it sit there, make money from it!

9. Look at running a anything you want service. At weekends or evenings deliver anything people want. This could be beers, newspapers, coffee, anything!

10. You could create a unique year book using a publisher and print on demand – get it out their to your classmates!

11. Hire a projector and start a film screening club. Charge for entry. You could even offer pizza and popcorn to increase profits

12. Start a review website for anything you can see is needed in the market – maybe reviews for student accommodation blocks, private and public

13. Plant up plants from seeds and sell them once grown. You don’t need tons of equipment to do this – just an outdoor area and some green hands

14. Help the elderly by offering to do their online shop for them. In exchange claim cashback!

15. Make audios or e-book versions of out-of-copyright texts – anything old and hard to find

16. Be a personal shopper to the wealthy – source hard to find items. Find your clients via social media

17. Create a website via Shopify which only costs £21 a month and is free for 3 weeks! Create food hampers and advertise via social media letting people purchase through your shopify store

18. Like setting people up? Set up a matchmaking event and charge a small amount for entry fee. Partner up with a venue, most will let you do it for free and get the profits from people buying drinks

19. produce a transcript service where you can type up lecture recordings and sell them to fellow students

20. Organise a student club night – collaborate with a local club and hold your own night. Agree a percentage of the takings for yourself! Think about what you love about a night out and create that

21. Get a good quote from a coach company and charge to transport students to other cities or popular festivals

22. Picfair allows you to upload stock photos that you’ve taken. Grab a camera or use your phone to take some epic pictures and set your own price up on picfair

23. Create a online newsletter and sell to ads to local and national businesses. Offer discounts and competitions to entice reader volume

24. Start a yearly gift or card service where people can sign up for you to send (dependant on criteria) gifts are cards to their friends and family. That way they never forget an important birthday!

25. GraphicRiver allows you to sell web graphics or icons. If your not skilled in this area hire a graphic designer and sell the designs on graphic river.

26. Offer to wait or collect deliveries for a fee! People hate to miss parcels now you can be there solution!

27. Organise a bootcamp every week in your local park and get friends and friends of friends to sign up! Charge for your class

28. See if you have any local markets near you and hire a stall to sell smoothies or sandwiches

29. Start a cleaning business offering to clean peoples houses or offices. Start with 2nd and 3rd years who have moved into houses. When it gets big hire more cleaners to work for you

30. Create flyers offering your gardening skills and post to local residents

31. Start a proofreading or easy service to your fellow students! You’ll have customers in no time!

32. Create ‘a guide to your city’ magazine or website and get local businesses to pay to be featured

33. Create a shopify store and sell essential kits to freshers – stationary kit, kitchen kit, dress up kit ect. Source it from wholesalers online

34. You can create a tutoring platform to connect Uni students with school students. Charge a few for the connection. Alternatively tutor yourself

35. Learn how to do eyebrow tattoos or microblading or lip liner and offer out your services. Although courses can be expensive, you can charge upto £300 for an eyebrow appointment

36. Put together budget flights and holiday packages by browsing the internet. Put together your very own travel exchange. You can even offer package events for hens, stags or celebrations once they get to their destination

37. Run a subscription service. Think about what people need on a monthly basis, perhaps a hungover survival kit. This is a good website to start one – Cratejoy

38. Collect students laundry and take it to the launderettes for a fee

39. Offer an ironing service to students and local residence

40. If your a foodie open a small restaurant in your living room offering unique dishes with a great environment – check licences you need first

We hope this was helping and got you thinking of some great start-up ideas. Let us know below if you have started a business. We would love to share it with out readers!

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