Have you recently finished college, or are expecting to graduate soon? Congratulations! You’re one step closer to the “real” world of adulthood. However, your past work experience and job options may not easily let you reach your dreams, especially if you’ve got student loan payments on the horizon.
Launching a business of your own will help you handle your debts, while working with student loan consolidation lenders can also give your some welcomed assistance.
Here are seven awesome business ideas for every fresh-faced graduate who doesn’t have a ton of capital to invest in a business.
1. Writing and Editorial Agency
Are you good with words? You don’t have to be an English or Journalism major to make a good career in the online writing industry. A good business idea for literary enthusiasts is to start a content agency, where you offer writing, proofreading, and editorial services to clients. You can also work as an editor and hire other writers. Build a company website to promote your content creation services and use your personal blog to introduce your writing business to prospective customers.
2. Online Crafts Store
Are you an artsy person? Regardless of your degree, having an affinity for arts and crafts can become a viable business. You can open an Etsy or Storenvy store to reach a built-in, mainstream audience, and promote your wares via a Facebook brand page. The crafts market is hot right now … including personalized gift items, hanging signs and canvas art, knitted accessories, handmade jewelry, and a plethora of other DIY items. Selling unique crafts can be a good way to earn income without having to raise a lot of capital.
3. Accounting and Bookkeeping Firm
Are you an accounting major? While preparing for your licensure exams, you can get started with a consultation business. Small businesses with low budgets are the best clients for this kind of business venture, although technically you’re selling your professional services. You can hire an assistant who has an accounting background if you gain more clients in the future.
4. Graphic Design Agency
If you’re a multimedia arts student or just really good with Photoshop, you can start a graphics design agency and offer customized logo and graphic design for small businesses. It’s a huge plus if you’re a visual and digital art student because you probably already have all the necessary tools, programs, and software to get started.
5. Mobile App Development Company
Are you a computer whiz who has a lot of knowledge in coding and mobile app design? You can use these skills to develop apps or serve as a consultant for an app developer. Mobile apps are a hot business idea these days because of the increasing use of mobile devices and growing need for digital tools.
6. Photography Business
Do you like photography? Even if you’re not a photography student, you can start an amateur photography business if you have a high quality DSLR camera and an eye for photographic moments. Start with a website to showcase your portfolio online along with client testimonials, then enlist friends and family as your first customers.
7. Food and Catering Business
This is a great business idea for everyone, not just culinary students. If you have a natural love for cooking, along with culinary flair, you will do well in this industry. Start by cooking for your friends and relatives on special occasions. The profit is good and you can keep the expenses for ingredients and tools low. The upside is that you spend plenty of time doing something you genuinely enjoy.
Now that you’ve got some good ideas to earn decent profit after college, you can pursue your professional dreams.
This article has been edited and condensed.
Charles Crawford is a high-level entrepreneur and co-founder of Crawford and O’Brien. Charles has been studying internet marketing, web design, and tech start-ups for years, and he has been successful with multiple business ventures such as affiliate marketing (where 98%+ of people never make money). Connect with @crawfordobrien on Twitter.
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