Best 50 Side Hustles for College Students [Updated for 2022]

Best 50 Side Hustles for College Students [Updated for 2022]

Whether you're a college student looking to make a little extra money on the side or just starting in your career, there are plenty of side hustles for college students to choose from.

A side hustle is a great way to make extra money and can be a lot of fun.

So if you're looking for excellent and easy side hustles for college students, Here are the best side hustles to help you make the most of your skills and knowledge as a college student. So get ready to start earning!

1. Start an uber driver business as a side hustle

Uber is the top ridesharing and delivery platform that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As an uber driver, you have the chance to set your schedule. You can drive with the Uber app anytime, day or night. Uber app gives you driving directions and suggestions, enabling you to maximize your profitability and make money on your terms.

To get started, check the driving requirements for your area, sign up online, and choose the cities you would like to drive in. Ensure the car types meet Uber’s specifications.

How Much Can You Make?
$250,000/month
Skills

Case Study

My name is Albert Williams. I am the President and CEO of The Best Deal Group of Companies. located in the Boogie Down Bronx. Best Deal is a transportation company, who specializes in local community transportation, Corporate Transportation as well as Non Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT).

Below is a picture of our cars gathered to pick up 30+ passengers for one of corporate accounts

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2. Start a junk removal business as a side hustle ($23.3K/month)

Households and businesses need help hauling away broken furniture, clearing out trash, and even emptying properties during a foreclosure. Therefore, the demand for junk removal services is high. Starting a junk removal business can be profitable if you own a box truck and are looking for self-employment opportunities.

To begin with, perform market research in your area, and apply for the necessary regulatory permits or licenses. Build a website and market your services.

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $37,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$9,233
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

My name is Sam Evans. I am 23 years old and a recent graduate from Penn State Altoona. I am the founder of You Call We Haul Junk Removal, a junk removal company that removes anything from single items to hoarder home cleanouts. We’re located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and have been in business (part-time) since May of 2016.

Our main customers are middle-aged and up adults, typically with a higher income that do not want to or are unable to do the work themselves. We complete over 75 jobs per month, bring in about $20,000 in revenue per month profiting about 65% per job.

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3. Start a newspaper delivery business as a side hustle

Despite the adoption of digital news platforms, some people still love reading a physical newspaper and will buy them daily. Thus, starting a newspaper delivery business could be one of the fastest routes to becoming an entrepreneur.

The newspaper delivery business does not require huge capital and is a high-margin business. You can partner with a local newspaper company and become their distributor. Target offices and homeowners who want to read the daily newspaper.

4. Start a music lessons business as a side hustle ($35K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$35,000 — $70,000/month
Skills

Case Study

Hello! My name is Brooke Schrager and I am the founder and studio manager of Lessons By Brooke & Company. We provide customized, in-home, private music lessons to students of all interests, ages, and ability levels.

We have also been able to expand our offerings to include lessons in arranging, bass, brass, composition, guitar, piano, sound engineering, viola, violin, and voice. I could not be more proud of and grateful for my team and our community of incredible students and families.

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5. Become a wedding photographer as a side hustle

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$60,000
Skills

Case Study

Hi, I’m Steven and I’m a wedding photographer based out of Adelaide, Australia. I believe photography is about portraying a scene in ways that people recognize, but at the same time, have never witnessed before. Anyone can take a photo of a scene, but I want to show the world what I can create through my lens in ways that are unique and yet completely relatable to other people who have witnessed the same scene, all the while allowing my couples to act as though I’m not there just as a ‘photographer’ but rather their friend. This allows for a much more genuine set of photos for them to remember their big day!

One of the things that stand out to my clients when comparing myself with my competitors is my ability to come across as a professional wedding attendee! I can help out with any aspect of a wedding, not just their photographer - so I’m often planning everyone's wedding for them. I also make use of some cool technology such as Virtual Reality cameras, hybrid shooting video, and photography, and course drones - and not just the aerial kind, underwater too!

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6. Mobile pet grooming business as a side hustle

How Much Can You Make?
$250,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

My name is Amy Reed and in 2004 my neighbor, Leslie Barron, and I founded Woofie’s - a professional pet care services company in Northern Virginia. Woofie’s offers Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, and Mobile Pet Grooming services.

With 16+ years of experience, Leslie and I have seen the industry grow and mature, we have turned challenges into opportunities, and we continue to keep Woofie’s evolving well ahead of the pack!

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7. Start a sewing and alteration business as a side hustle ($1K/month)

Do you have sewing skills and looking for an entrepreneurship opportunity? You can start your sewing and alteration business.

A sewing and alteration business offers customers clothing repair, custom tailoring, button replacement, and other alterations. You can start a sewing and alteration business at home or set up a retail location.

To start a sewing and alteration business, you will need a commercial-grade sewing machine and a marketing strategy so target customers learn about your business.

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Case Study

We are Saara and Stephanie - we’ve been friends for 8 years and have both launched our own socially oriented businesses. We recently started ALTRD - a clothing alteration service.

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8. Become a mobile personal trainer as a side hustle ($30K/month)

Do you love helping people through their fitness journey? If you want a great side hustle to earn extra income, consider becoming a personal trainer.

The fitness trainer side hustle can be an adamant industry to earn good money. However, once you develop a reputation as a good trainer, you can get more clients through referrals. You need to register for the certification course to start offering personal trainer services .

To attract your first clients, consider online advertising, and seek referrals from every customer.

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000 — $8,333,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$100,000
Time To Revenue
240 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 4 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Case Study

Hey everyone! I am Chris and in March 2011 I started Live Fit. Live Fit is a personal training company that was created to change the standards in the personal training industry. Early on I focused on building a company that is not only based on results, as most fitness companies are, but that is also focused very heavily on relationships. Relationships create trust, trust creates buy-in, and buy-in leads to the accountability and dedication it takes to get results.

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9. Become a business consultant as a side hustle ($5K/month)

Business consultants serve as professional advisors who help companies achieve their goals or to streamline operations in a particular business area.

Business consulting is big business. Experts project the demand for consultants to keep increasing in the coming years. Therefore, becoming a certified business consultant can be rewarding.

To become a business consultant, you need a bachelor’s degree and expertise in a specific area. Are you ready to start your business consulting career and develop a professional network and web presence to help you connect with clients?

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$10,390
Skills

Case Study

I am Christos Kritikos and I am the founder of Emerging Humanity. I see entrepreneurship as a catalyst for business activity, economic development, and (ultimately) social progress especially in developing parts of the world.

Since we started (3-4 years ago) I have personally helped more than 50 founders/entrepreneurs. We are also seeing promising activity with our (more recent) educational offerings like the accelerator and the eCourses.

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10. Start a language translation service as a side hustle ($275K/month)

Language translation services bridge the linguistic barriers, helping businesses reach a wider audience outside of a single language. A language translation job is an opportunity to cover a wide range of topics and meet people from different cultures.

To become a language translator, master a second language and earn some experience so you become fluent in the second language.

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000 — $550,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$635,000
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hello, my name is Cédric Sigoire and I am the owner of the DEMAN Translations group.

We will reach more than 6 million euros in the year 2021 and my target for 2022 is 10 million euros!

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11. Start an etsy shop as a side hustle

Etsy has been around for over a decade, and the platform has only become more popular for creators, entrepreneurs, and consumers over the years.

The platform started out as a place for crafters to sell their supplies and handmade goods. Now it has turned into a venue for artists and small businesses of all kinds to sell their products.

If you just started your shop, or you're looking to sell your products on Etsy, there are many different ways to make a killing on the platform. With the tips and advice of Etsy sellers who've been in your position, you'll soon be on your way to success!

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $750,000/month

Case Study

My name is Sasha Weekes and I’m the 25 years old owner of Timber Grove Studios. Our home-based woodshop is nestled in the hills of PEI’s countryside, and we specialize in decorative shelving and home decor with a focus on minimalist design and simplicity. Each piece is made to order with 20+ color options, meaning it will be the perfect fit for each customer's space. We ship Canada and U.S. wide.

Moving twice in two years has definitely caused organizational, financial and opportunity hiccups, but the business has grown steadily regardless so we’re very excited about where 2020 will take us. We’ve learned what to focus on during which months, as revenue can range anywhere from $2000 during slow months to $10,000 during high months. Net profit has run anywhere between 20-50% throughout the life of the business and varies month to month. It’s closer to 20% right now as we’ve been spending all we can on new tools and materials for our new larger products and our Christmas stock.

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12. Start a golf instruction business as a side hustle

How Much Can You Make?
$165,000/month
Skills

Case Study

Hello, my name is Sean Petersen and I am the founder of Golf Trip Junkie, a trusted source for delivering memorable customized golf vacations to our valued customers.

My business is growing more than I ever expected, with average monthly revenue of $165,000.

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13. Become a copywriter as a side hustle

Copywriting is a high-demand, high-reward job. This kind of work can be done from anywhere - all you need is a computer and an internet connection.

With services like Upwork and Fiverr, it's easier than ever to find work, build up your clientele, and make a substantial living copywriting.

Once you've gained experience and connections in this field, you may consider venturing out on your own and starting your own copywriting business.

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $160,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$859
Skills

Case Study

My name is David Tile. I own and operate a Content Writing Service, under the banner Article-Writing.co.

We don’t consider ourselves a content marketing firm. But a firm dedicated to the business of writing. Project management offers most often attached to marketing agencies. We work against marketing briefs delivering content on time and under budget.

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14. Start an affiliate marketing business as a side hustle ($290K/month)

Are you looking for a side hustle that will pay you a passive income? Affiliate marketing is one of those side hustles that will pay you well over the long-term. It is a way to earn money online by promoting other companies’ products and services. You will be paid a commission for each sale you make as an affiliate marketer.

To get started, learn how to find the right product and find the right brand to partner with. You may prefer becoming an affiliate marketer for an eCommerce store or partner with a manufacturer, and market their products for a commission.

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$38,575
Skills

Case Study

My name is Spencer Mecham. In 2016 I first heard about an industry called affiliate marketing and in 2017 I founded Buildapreneur, an affiliate business.

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15. Become a proofreader as a side hustle ($2K/month)

Proofreading business is a service that helps customers review their written work and ensure it is ready for publication. Typically, a proofreader corrects grammatical errors and provides the written piece meets any relevant style guide.

As a proofreader, you can work online, allowing you to choose what time to work.

If you plan to start a professional proofreading business, make sure you possess the following skills:

  • Have an excellent grasp of grammar
  • Ability to correct mistakenly capitalized words
  • Familiarity with the proper use of capitalization
  • Use spell-checkers to flag misspelled words

Proofreading is a great way to enhance content quality. With the increased use of written content marketing to reach a broader market, the demand for professional proofreaders has grown tremendously. Professional proofreaders earn an average of $12/hr. And $30/hr.

Therefore, consider proofreading as a business if you are looking for a great side hustle idea or simply looking for ways to increase your income.

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Case Study

Hi, my name is Lenny Bron, and I am The Blog Proofreader. I’m the annoying grammar police person you’ve always been tired of hearing from every time you use an ellipses incorrectly in a Facebook post you wrote 3 years ago.

I’ve been able to build my business from scratch to consistently make ~$2,000 per month with zero experience in the field, no expenses, and barely any upfront costs.

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16. Start a podcast as a side hustle ($36.6K/month)

Do you have knowledge and passion that you'd love to share with other people? Or perhaps you are a content creator and looking for ways to expand your revenue streams? If you match any of these criteria, then becoming a podcast host could be the perfect opportunity for you.

Podcasts are the new radio. Podcasting is one of the fastest-growing mediums for online audio, and it's not expected to slow down any time soon. But unlike traditional radio, podcasts are driven by content creators who have a passion for sharing stories with their listeners.

One of the main benefits that come with starting a podcast is the minimal investment needed to get started. All you need is a computer or phone with a microphone and a way to host it online. You can even create one on your own website if you want.

How Much Can You Make?
$419 — $1,020,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,868
Time To Revenue
90 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 2 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Case Study

Hey there! I’m Jeremy Enns, the founder and Storyteller In Chief at Counterweight Creative, a podcast production and strategy agency.

I started the company 3 years ago, in 2016 with one client, making $15/hour and have grown into a team of 10 contractors producing more than 30 shows per week with revenue of over $10K/mo.

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17. Start a resume and cover letter business as a side hustle

A resume & cover letter is short documents used to advertise yourself for an open job. This document also helps with winning over the hiring manager and provides evidence that you have what it takes to get the job done.

Starting a resume and cover letter business is an excellent way to make money. You can start this as a side-hustle or a full-time career. Running a resume and cover letter business could be very lucrative, yet it is also something that you should put your heart into. Resume and cover letter businesses are not only able to make a living but they can also find joy in helping others become successful.

The resume writing business is a multi-million dollar industry. Everyone is worried about making sure that they have a good resume. The resume and cover letter writing business is actually one of the coolest things you can do at first. You get to help people turn their careers around and serve them in your own way.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,500 — $42,857/month
Average Initial Investment
$33,346
Skills

Case Study

Hi, my name is Ana Colak-Fustin and I am the founder of ByRecruiters, a website and resume shop for job seekers (originally named Recommended By Recruiters). In 2018, I started an Etsy shop selling resume templates that have since supported over 6,000 job seekers on their career journey.

Since 2018, I have sold over 6,000 resume templates supporting job seekers from 50+ countries. Today my business brings in between $1,500 to $4,000 per month.

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18. Start a babysitting business as a side hustle

Babysitting service entails providing baby care to infants and children either in their homes, with registered caregivers, or in a child care center. A babysitting service requires a low startup cost and is a low overhead business with high profit margins.

The target market includes affluent and middle-income families where both parents are working. Baby sitters earn a fixed monthly income or are paid per hour depending on the agreement that suits both sides.

19. Start a party planning business as a side hustle

Party planning involves budgeting, establishing party timelines, selecting and reserving ideal party sites, acquiring permits, theme décor, and coordinating party catering and transportation.

Are you organized, creative, and client-focused? You can put those skills into starting a successful party planning business. To become a party planner, you must desire to help other people enjoy themselves. Besides, you need diplomacy, salesmanship, and multitasking skills.

How Much Can You Make?
$25,000 — $400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$8,666
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 6 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

Hello, I am Akshay Patel from Albuquerque, NM the land of enchantment. I started an event rental and decor company that led me to an event venue. The View Event Center is a lavish space that is an indoor and outdoor event venue with panoramic city views. Our high-end venue with experienced staff will assist from venue decor to the smallest details entailed in making memories of a lifetime. Simply Decor, Tents, and Events ensures exclusive decor and thrives to bring your event to life through customized, elegant decor for all of their clients.

The full-service company will individually work with every client to design their event that will intrigue every eye in the room. Our company is broad that we get many different types of customers and we make many great connections with them as well. The company was making upwards of $380,000 a year.

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20. Become a house sitter as a side hustle

How Much Can You Make?
$250,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

My name is Gareth Mahon. I’m the co-founder and CEO of The CareSide, a home care and nursing service provider for elderly individuals in Australia. We are based in Perth, Australia.

We launched our company in 2017. Over the past 3 years, we have scaled to $5 million in revenue.

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21. Start a pet sitting business as a side hustle

A pet sitter is a professional who provides daily care for pets while the pet owners are at work or on vacation. The pet sitter's duties include:

  • Cooking special meals for pets as instructed by pet owners.
  • Reporting any behavioral issues to pet owners.
  • Playing with the pets to encourage their mental and physical stimulation.

One of the advantages of working as a pet sitter is that it's not a stressful career. You also get to work with different animals while enjoying a work-life balance.

Time To Revenue
150 days
Skills
Business model

22. Start a dog walking business as a side hustle ($54K/month)

Do you love dogs? If yes, you can turn your love for animals into a lucrative side hustle that can help you pay extra toward your mortgage, save for a vacation, or even clear that student’s loan.

If you choose to offer dog walking services as a side hustle, you could earn an average income of between $10,000 and $30,000 per year. As a dog walker, sitter or boarder, you offer your services to dog owners looking for a caregiver for their puppy. Register on a legitimate dog-walking app and create a compelling profile to get started.

How Much Can You Make?
$8,000 — $54,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,125
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 2 hours/week
Skills

Case Study

Hi. My name is Melodi Landi. I am the Founder & Owner of Furry Fellas Pet Service LLC.

Furry Fellas has been voted in the TOP 3 Pet Sitting / Dog Walking Company within the RI / MA area for 8 years in a row!

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23. Start a gardening business as a side hustle

A gardening business makes money by planting trees, growing specific types of produce, maintaining landscapes, and more.

Gardening companies work with homeowners to install, maintain and repair their landscaping areas. For instance, a typical gardening business provides all-inclusive services to create and maintain a lawn such as mowing, fertilizing, and edging.

Owning a gardening business can be a very flexible and profitable business venture.

How Much Can You Make?
$27,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$46,000
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hi! I’m Udit from Mumbai. I’m 30 years old and started Root Bridges 5 years back. Root Bridges is an online plants store that delivers plants direct to plant lovers across India. We’re focused on indoor plants and exotic species that are hard to find, easy to grow, and don’t need too much sunlight.

Our customers are first-time buyers, seasoned plant parents, and anyone who wants to get something beautiful for their home from across India. We currently clock sales of USD 350,000 per year, with our website doing particularly well in the pandemic (grown 200% YoY).

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24. Start a painting business as a side hustle

If you are looking for a self-employment opportunity that gives you the chance to define your working schedule, consider starting a painting business. Painting is one of the low startup costs craft businesses with a high-profit margin. However, not everyone has the patience or the skill to do painting tasks.

To start a painting business, craft a business plan and register your business. Then, get insurance cover for your business and apply for licenses. Get the right painting equipment and focus on marketing your business.

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000 — $105,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$65,000
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills

Case Study

I’m Debbie, and I’m known online as TheFlooringGirl. I have a home décor blog where I blog about flooring, painting, and home décor. It has now become my full-time job.

My site has over 700,000 pageviews/month. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has been the key to my success and you can find my SEO ebooks here.

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25. Start a pool cleaning business as a side hustle

Pool cleaning services serve affluent homes and commercial places. Their service involves adding and testing chemical levels and catching debris to keep the swimming pools clean. A pool cleaning company ensures the swimming pool water stays clear and inhibits the growth of microorganisms.

Starting a pool cleaning business fulfills your entrepreneurial spirit and is also a profitable venture. If you are starting a pool cleaning business, you need a basic understanding of how to mix pool cleaning chemicals, invest in professional pool cleaning equipment, and marketing your pool cleaning business.

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Case Study

I’m Dan Stewart and I’m the founder of Dundas Valley Pools. We help homeowners with swimming pools in Southern Ontario, Canada maximize the summers in their backyard. We do this by providing personalized, on-site services such as pool openings/ closings, pool maintenance, equipment installations, pool renovations, and new pool installations. Since our humble beginnings in May of 2016 we have serviced 350+ pools, opened and closed 200+ pools, and have installed tons of high-quality pool equipment, pool liners, and winter safety covers for happy customers throughout Southern Ontario.

Dundas Valley Pools has grown from a company producing very little revenue in 2016 to a company that is earning an average of $8000/ month net revenue during the on-season. This year we hope to actually double that number. This is due to our expansion into more technical services as well as taking on larger jobs-- namely, new pool installations.

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26. Start a window cleaning business as a side hustle

If you are ambitious about cleaning spaces, you may consider the window cleaning business opportunity.

Starting a window cleaning business offers several advantages. First, you get to choose a suitable work schedule. Also, you have access to repeat business since windows need regular cleaning to keep the shiny appearance.

Besides, starting a window cleaning service is not capital intensive, and comes with minimal overhead costs.

How Much Can You Make?
$60,000/month
Skills

Case Study

While he was still a full-time student, Johnny Robinson built OrangeWindowCleaning.com into a $700k/year operation.

One day while hanging out with his friend Sergio, Johnny came up with the idea of the window cleaning business. He first approached door-to-door marketing and approached local stores to offer window cleaning services.

Later, after he discovered digital marketing and how tools and software could help him multiply his client base was when this journey started to take off for real.

His story proves that if you want to start your own business, it doesn’t necessarily take a never-before-seen business idea to have a never-before-seen impact on your life.

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27. Start a lawn care service as a side hustle

Are you ready to begin your lawn care business and be your boss? A lawncare business offers lawn aeration, Seeding, fertilizing, soil acidity tests, and controlling weeds, among other services. If you love creating amazing landscapes, consider starting a lawn care company.

To start lawn care legally and run it profitably, you must register the business legally. You can get into a franchise or start the business from scratch. Decide what lawn care services you will offer and your target clients.

To offer effective service, purchase lawn care equipment, and hire skilled lawn care personnel.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$250,000
Skills

Case Study

I'm Bryan Clayton CEO of GreenPal which is best described as Uber for Lawn Care.

Good thing early investors told us no because with their capital they would have owned and controlled 30% of our business.e are self-funded and my cofounders and I own it all.

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28. Start a packers & movers business as a side hustle ($5.8K/month)

Packers and movers are service providers that pack and move customers' belongings, easing the relocating experience from start to end.

The moving and packers' industry is set to experience growth over the next decade. The growing population and influx of multinational corporations are reasons for the current and anticipated demand for moving and packers' services.

Therefore, starting your movers and packers' in 2022 can be rewarding if you ensure the right business approach.

To start, identify the niche, prepare a business plan, and acquire the necessary equipment and freight. An online presence is essential for running the movers and packers. A website and active social media presence will advertise your business.

Besides, you must ensure proper competitor research to focus on strategies to help your business stand out.

How Much Can You Make?
$60,000/month
Skills

Case Study

My name is Max Maher I am a serial entrepreneur, lifelong learner, and a founder of Skinny Wimp Moving!

I am now 23 years old and my locations average $115,000 a month in revenue with record monthly sales of $158,000.

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29. Start an auto detailing business as a side hustle ($6K/month)

Starting an auto detailing business is a great way to start your own business and get in on the action. Auto detailing is one of the fastest-growing industries in America, and it's only going to get bigger as people want their cars to look like they just came off the showroom floor. Plus, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you're helping people take care of their most prized possession: their car!

Auto detailing business is a low barrier to entry entrepreneurship opportunity and can be mobile or operate from a physical location. To start an auto detailing business, find a strategic location and invest in modern auto detailing equipment and technology.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $6,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,666
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 8 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

My name is Matt Paskow. I started a mobile auto detailing business called Fresh Look Mobile Auto Detailing which services North County, San Diego.

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30. Start a car wash as a side hustle

As more people purchase vehicles, the demand for carwash services will keep increasing. Starting a car wash can be the ticket for the budding entrepreneur looking for an innovative business idea with low startup costs.

You must choose an ideal location and invest in quality car wash equipment to operate a successful car wash. Proper advertising and marketing are critical to running a successful car wash business.

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Skills

Case Study

Hi Starter Story! My name is Joey Sanchez and I'm the founder of Wolf's Auto Detailing in Phoenix, Arizona. We are a mobile auto detailing service that focuses on quality work and convenience. We specialize in interior detailing, Paint polishing, and ceramic coating just to name a few.

While our client list consists of many different types of vehicles and personalities, they all share one thing in common: they all understand the value of quality work. We hold our standards very high and measure our success not only in dollar amounts but in the satisfaction of our clients. However, making $3K a month only working 3 days a week isn't a bad deal!

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31. Start a blog as a side hustle ($5.8K/month)

Starting your own blog can be an exciting, rewarding, and challenging experience. Blogs provide a great way to connect with your readers, grow your brand and develop an audience of people interested in the topics you cover.

There are over 600 million blogs on the internet. The average person spends 37 seconds reading a blog post. 2/3 of people’s main reason for blogging is income. The average time spent on writing a post is increasing by the year and The average length of a blog post is now 1,269 words.

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $2,900,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,576
Skills

Case Study

Hi! My name is Natalie, and I help people build conscious wardrobes through my blog Sustainably Chic. It’s the ultimate destination for everything in a sustainable fashion. From learning what it is to brands who produce it, you can find all of that information on my blog. Sustainably Chic is here to show you fashion can exist responsibly.

I make $6,000 per month, and Sustainably Chic receives around 60k monthly visitors.

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32. Start a grocery delivery service as a side hustle

Grocery delivery is an on-demand service where clients shop for groceries and you deliver to their commercial or residential premises.

As a carrier in grocery delivery, you have an opportunity to maximize your output, as you can serve multiple customers in one trip. Besides, you get to choose your preferred working time and location.

33. Start an airbnb hosting business as a side hustle

Do you have an extra room or unoccupied house in your home? You can turn that property into a revenue-generating asset by starting an Airbnb listing. Airbnb is one of the world’s largest accommodation platforms. According to experts, Airbnb’s future is undoubtedly bright.

Therefore, starting an Airbnb business can be rewarding. To start, prepare your Airbnb listing and set it up accordingly. To increase bookings, offer the best services and encourage the guests to leave a positive review.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,333 — $270,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,000
Skills

Case Study

My name is Gary Fox, and I run HostButlers, an Airbnb concierge service in Dublin, Ireland.

Since we started nearly four years ago, we have hosted over 200,000 people and have been profitable from month 5.

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34. Start a niche blog as a side hustle ($9.52K/month)

Growing a niche blog can be an incredible way to build an income on the Internet. You can start blogging in any niche that you find interesting with a few easy steps. You simply need a domain, hosting, and WordPress to start blogging. The hard part comes when you try to monetize your website traffic. Making income from your blog, and making a blog that actually pays you the money takes time, work, and effort.

There are more than 500 million blogs out of 1.7 billion websites. Over 409 million people view more than 20 billion pages each month. Users produce around 70 million new posts and 77 million new comments each month. Content marketing is predicted to be an industry worth $412.88B by 2021.

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,224
Time To Revenue
120 days

Case Study
  • The most comprehensive interview about starting: Founder Interviews: Pat Walls of Starter Story.
  • A more personal side of the story: The Best Year Of My Life: In 35 Tweets.
  • More recent: How Starter Story grew to 1.4 million monthly visitors and $500,000 in annual revenue # Read these first
  • The most comprehensive interview about starting: Founder Interviews: Pat Walls of Starter Story.
  • A more personal side of the story: The Best Year Of My Life: In 35 Tweets.
  • More recent: How Starter Story grew to 1.4 million monthly visitors and $500,000 in annual revenue

35. Become a social media influencer as a side hustle

Social media has become integral to people's lives and daily routines. Given the importance of social media, brands are flocking to different social media platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and TikTok in the hope of connecting with their target audience.

A popular approach taken by these brands is engaging social media influencers. A social media influencer has established credibility in a specific industry and has access to a vast audience they can persuade to act based on recommendations.

Anyone can become a social influencer so long as they have the right strategy. Choose a popular niche based on your interests and start creating relevant content.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,500 — $300,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$601
Skills

Case Study

Hi! My name is Dohyun Kim, and I am the individual behind the social media account YourAverageTechBro. My largest platform is TikTok with 155,000 followers, and I am also on Youtube with around 11,000 subscribers, and I am also on Instagram with a much more humble follower count of 850, and on Twitter @DohyunKim.

Currently, I am averaging around $3000/month across ad money, sponsored content, and a few course sales (this is a much newer product category that I am breaking into.

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36. Start a catering business as a side hustle ($20K/month)

A catering business is responsible for providing food & beverage-related services for a vast types of events.

Catering businesses are known to be more flexible than other businesses because they don’t have to worry about location or pricing, and can even work 24/7. They can cater anywhere and offer any price point that they want.

However, starting a catering business requires a lot of planning. If you want to start a successful catering business , you'll need to plan and prepare menus, manage budgets, handle clients, and more. Catering also allows you to meet more people and show off your cooking skills.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,750 — $20,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$356
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hi, my name is Nestor Nidome and I am the founder and owner of Elegante Catering. Serving the Inland Empire (San Bernardino and Riverside county) and now have expanded to serve all of Southern California. Our customers, mostly higher middle class, have enjoyed our delicious menu ranging from full service plated meals, made to order pasta bars to buffet-style menus such as Mexican fajitas bar and tacos.

Weddings because there is no higher compliment than to have the bride and groom come up to us complimenting us and letting us know how all their guests are raving about the food. As for corporate caterings we like to make it as simple as possible for them. We have 12 different menus they can choose from so that every month their employees enjoy a different menu. Plus once we have their information all they have to do is text us the Date, Menu, and Time they want. We understand that they have better, more important things to do than order food. This has allowed us to grow our monthly sales to $20,000.

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37. Start a language translation service as a side hustle ($275K/month)

Language translation services bridge the linguistic barriers, helping businesses reach a wider audience outside of a single language. A language translation job is an opportunity to cover a wide range of topics and meet people from different cultures.

To become a language translator, master a second language and earn some experience so you become fluent in the second language.

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000 — $550,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$635,000
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hello, my name is Cédric Sigoire and I am the owner of the DEMAN Translations group.

We will reach more than 6 million euros in the year 2021 and my target for 2022 is 10 million euros!

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38. Start a graphic design business as a side hustle ($44.3K/month)

Graphic designers create logos, brochures, ads, and other marketing materials for companies and organizations. They also design websites and other digital content, including social media graphics.

Graphic designers may specialize in one type of design (such as print or web design), or they can be generalists who do everything from logo design to social media graphics.

Starting a graphic design business can be one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do. It's not easy, but if you're passionate about design and want to make a living from it, starting your own graphic design business is a great way to go.

When you are starting a graphic design business, consider a suitable pricing structure. You may charge the customers per hour or fixed pricing based on the project's nature.

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$165,502
Time To Revenue
300 days
Business model

Case Study

There are so many project examples but an interesting one in the early years was a portable vacuum to clean up dog poop when you walk your day. It was called the “Vacapoo”

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39. Start a data entry service as a side hustle

Data entry service is expanding and growing with each passing day. Thus, starting a data entry business can be a profitable opportunity. Data entry experts can work from home and choose their preferred work schedule. To become a data entry specialist, you need computing skills. Alternatively, you can outsource the contracts to a third party.

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$200,000
Skills

Case Study

My name is Rahul, I'm the co-founder at Flamon cloudtech. Which is the parent company that owns our primary product TeleCRM. Taking a step back and looking at the big picture of what we are trying to achieve with TeleCRM - What if there was a way to bring software, automation, and intelligence together in a way that salespeople would only have to do the human part? Instead of spending countless hours every week entering data into specific formats and then more hours crunching that data to figure out who are the leads that they need to focus on, the system that collects all the data do the crunching and return a simple list of people who have already been warmed and just need that human touch.

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40. Start a transcription business as a side hustle ($100K/month)

A transcription service converts live or recorded speech into a written or an electronic text document. Transcription service is in demand globally, across the industries.

Becoming a transcriptionist can be a side hustle or a full-time job, so long as you have the right gear.

Do you plan to become a transcriber ? Take an online transcriptionist course and work on your listening skills. To succeed, you need a good typing speed and excellent language command.

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$325,000
Skills

Case Study

My name is Ben Walker and I am the CEO and Founder of Transcription Outsourcing, LLC in Denver, Colorado.

Transcription Outsourcing was awarded the NASPO ValuePoint ($16 billion in annual sales from 65 contracts) transcription services contract three years ago, over 26 other companies, and haven’t looked back since.

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How to pick the perfect side hustle for you?

Side hustles are great for you as a college student. For some, it's about paying off debt or building savings. Others use it to take vacations and spend more money.

Apart from money, side gigs can open doors to new careers. So, as a college student, you should consider your side hustle carefully rather than just finding one randomly.

Here are some tips for picking your side hustle as a college student:

Pick a side hustle you enjoy

As a college student, you likely spend 40 hours or more working on your main tasks each day, which means you are pretty tired at the end of the day. In addition, a college student's life can be stressful, so finding a side hustle you enjoy is crucial.

Working 10 hours a week at a side hustle as a college student will be challenging, so that side work should be something you enjoy. With this in mind, you could turn your hobby into an income source. This way, that side hustle won't seem so hard.

Prioritize choosing flexible side hustles

Having a side hustle shouldn't interfere with your college student's duties. As a college student, it pays to choose a side hustle that accommodates your schedule and deadlines. If you don't have predictable tasks as a college student, you may need to prioritize choosing a side hustle that offers flexible hours.

Get a job with room for growth

It is not uncommon for college students to turn their side gigs into full-time jobs. However, college students' side hustles can be good to carry into retirement, especially if you start them later in life. As a result, you can earn a living and do something meaningful with your time.

For this reason, it's wise to take on a secondary gig with expansion potential. For instance, if you're a college student who decides to do graphic design work on the side, you can grow the job as more clients discover you. However, if you work a seasonal job at a restaurant to make some money, you might find yourself unemployed soon.

Find a side hustle that pays

While you might like your side hustle as a college student, chances are you're doing it to earn more. So, if you're going to work on top of your duties as a college student, you should do something that lets you earn but you still enjoy it.

Try to find that sweet spot in between. It can make a noticeable difference in your finances as a college student, but you'll also enjoy and learn from it.

Having a side hustle as a college student is an excellent idea to boost your earnings. If you choose the proper gig, you'll hopefully have a rewarding experience.

Frequently asked questions

Can I work for myself as a college student?

As a college student, you can work for yourself, and you will improve your skills and abilities while improving your career prospects.

Having the ability to work on your own as a college student can result in greater productivity. This is because besides the daily tasks you must complete as a college student, you are challenged to do more.

How much time do I need to spend on a side hustle as a college student?

The time you need to spend on a side hustle depends on your free time as a college student. After all, a side hustle is meant for us to earn more using only the time we can spare. Therefore, as a college student, you must maintain a balance of everything.

The goal here is to understand how much time you have besides the time you have to do your tasks as a college student and the time for you to rest.

For instance, it takes around 8 hours daily to finish your tasks as a college student, together with all your schedules. If the rest of the day is only spent doing leisure activities, then that's the potential hours for you to work for your side hustle.

Another essential thing to note as you consider the hours to spend on a side hustle is your resting time. As always, the last thing you'll want is to compromise your time to rest, as it can affect your health in all aspects, especially when you have tasks to finish as a college student.

In short, please take it as a rule of thumb to evaluate your day. It includes your tasks as a college student, your time to sleep and rest, and your spare time. Once you do so, you'll learn how much time to spend on a side hustle and pick one according to it.

How much can I make side hustling as a college student?

Every side hustle has its potential income to offer. As a college student, you can make as little or as high an income depending on your chosen side hustle.

In most cases, the potential income you can earn from side hustling as a college student can be 10%, 20%, or 30% of your actual income if you're working full-time.

However, such a range depends mainly on your chosen side hustle, allotted work hours, and primary income. It's not even impossible for you to make more money from your side hustle over time than in your full-time job.

Conclusion

College students can find side hustles to make more money and have more job security. There are many opportunities for college students to find a side hustle, including online options.

Side hustles can help college students stay current in their field, learn new skills, and network with other professionals.

College students should consider their goals and needs when choosing a side hustle. The best way to start a side hustle is by researching and planning.

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