Ever since I started teaching college six years ago, it’s always been a thrill to give students support and motivation to go out fulfill their dreams of starting their own business. My wife and I were fortunate enough to start our first business at the ripe age of 20 and 22 respectively. We managed and operated a clothing store. That experience had to be one of the most stressful, yet gratifying times in our lives.

On this page, RealWorld University provides you with a list of business opportunities that you can pursue right now as a college student. Hey, you wouldn’t have clicked on this page if you weren’t entrepreneurial-minded.

According to Steve Mariotti, founder of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and the author of “The Young Entrepreneur,” here is a list of the most common businesses run by college students. Who knows, maybe you might be the next Bill Gates (just don’t go dropping out of college, yet!). Here’s the list:

  • Apartment finding service
  • Babysitting service
  • Baking
  • Bicycle/Auto/Appliance Repair
  • Car washing/detailing
  • Catering
  • Computer maintenance
  • Dee-jay service
  • Delivery service
  • Distributing flyers/event promoter
  • Entertaining (you name it)
  • Garden/lawn cutting
  • Growing plants
  • Handicrafts (i.e., making jewelry)
  • Holiday selling
  • House/office cleaning
  • Info-preneur (selling information for profit)
  • Laundry service (pick up or delivery)
  • Messenger service
  • Music lessons
  • Painting/furniture refinishing
  • Personal shopper
  • Pet care
  • Photography
  • Plant care
  • Researcher
  • Scholarship consulting
  • Translating
  • T-shirt design/printing
  • Tutoring
  • Typing service
  • Wake-up service

I’m sure there had to be something on this list that made you stop for a second and think, hmm… that might be a good idea. Understand that the only difference between dreamers and achievers is that achievers eventually wake up.

The great thing about these opportunities is the fact that most, if not all, only require very little amount of money to start (unlike our clothing store).

If you would like to find out more about any of these business opportunities, e-mail us and let us know. At RealWorld University, our job is to find the answers; your job is to apply them. Please come visit us again, and next time tell a friend. Stay tuned, as RealWorld University will be working on a plan in which we will help you launch and promote your business. As always, live purposefully. God bless.

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