You’re a high school or college student and want to start a business? No problem! Here are 50+ business ideas for students, teens, and business ideas for women!
Keep reading if you wanna know all the different ideas!
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Business Ideas That Are Creative
These are startup ideas you can do at home! Yo can also do from a younger age if you’re in high school, but also as a college student.
1. Sell Pet-Related Art
A great idea for starting a business is selling art! You can draw, illustrate, or paint pictures of people’s pets. People usually love their dogs and cats, and love receiving gifts from others about their pets. That means there is quite a good market for it!
You can sell that art digitally, or ship it physically, and sell it either on Etsy or your own online store.
2. Sell Personalized Art
Similar to #1, selling personalized art of people is one of the best business ideas for women! You can have set options on your shop but allow people to customize it, making it possible for you to charge more and deliver great Christmas gifts!
3. Make Jewelry
Making jewelry is another amazing way to make money with art! You can start by making them by hand and once you get more sales, you can invest in equipment to make more jewelry in less time. I see many teens selling jewelry on Etsy and they market it using Instagram!
4. Sell Digital Prints
Selling digital prints is one of the easiest and fastest ways to start a business as a teen or as a college student. You can sell a lot of things digitally, especially artwork. You can make custom illustrations, paintings, or drawings and sell them as digital prints, either personalized or just in bulk.
That is a great way to make money passively since once you put it up, multiple people can buy it and you don’t need to worry about shipping.
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5. Create Printables
One of the best startup ideas for business is to sell printables. There are so many different niches you can go into, including college, travel, homeschooling education, knitting, EVERYTHING can use printables. That could be printable quotes, checklists, guides, workbooks, and more.
For example, in my shop, I sell printables for college students, including planners, lists, pack lists, and more! You can check it out here.
6. Start A Design Business
You can also start a design-related business as a student. If you’re talented in any type of design, you can offer your services to clients. Of course, you can also add products to this business, but it’s a successful idea to sell your services in this area.
7. Offer Web Design Services
Similarly, you can offer your design services in the web design area. Here, it’s useful to have some knowledge about code and web design, but there are tons of courses out there that teach it affordably (you don’t need a college degree!).
Many people look for custom websites or a freelance web designer for their business, so this is a very profitable business idea for students.
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8. Social Media Marketing
Another profitable business idea for teens and students is to offer social media marketing. We are all quite good at social media, so why not offer our services to companies who don’t have a strong online presence yet?
Put together a media kit with your skills and rates, and pitch to those companies! You can do this on a freelance basis.
9. Be A Content Creator
Being a content creator is such a fun creative business idea for women. You can do this from home or while traveling the world.
Content creators create content for different platforms, including YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Blogs, TikTok, etc. This is a very diverse business idea, because you can have multiple streams of income with it.
For example, you can make money by monetizing your account or platform with ads. Also, you can use affiliate marketing to make money, sell your own products, or get sponsored by brands.
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10. Videography Business
Don’t wanna deal with growing your or other people’s social media accounts but still want to create content? You can record and edit videos for others!
That is very common in the wedding niche, because many couples want a videographer on their wedding.
11. Start A Photography Business
This is something I want to do on the side once I get back to university in person! Having a photography business is an amazing creative outlet that makes money!
There are so many different styles of photographers, so the market can never be too saturated. There are also tons of different niches within photography. You can do children, families, maternity, graduation, adventure, elopements, etc.
12. Sell Presets
Looking for another income stream as a photographer, content creator, or artist? You can sell presets for Lightroom! They are really easy to make and export, and for selling them you can create pictures and videos where you can see the difference. So fun!
13. Offer Photo Editing Services
Don’t wanna do photography sessions but love editing? Perfect! You can also offer services to edit pictures for others. This goes hand in hand with selling presets also!
14. Do Video Editing
Similarly to photography editing, you can edit other people’s videos! I do this for my parents’ company to make some extra money on the side of my business.
15. Sell Stickers
Selling stickers is another awesome business idea to start from home as a student. Making them doesn’t take too much equipment, and they are small enough to ship in envelopes.
Business Ideas For Teens
Those were some startup ideas for business, meaning that you can make a small business out of them! Next, we are going to talk about business ideas for teens, although the previous ideas can also be done by high school students.
Babysitting might sound simple, but it’s a great business idea for teens! You can add it to your future CV and it also makes good money. Here in Switzerland if we have a babysitter certificate and first aid certificate, we get MUCH more money as a babysitter. Maybe your country offers something similar, so look into that!
Love pets? You can do dog sitting as a side hustle or make it into a full business!
18. Start An Online Clothing Shop
Did you know that you can start an online clothing shop as a teenager or student? Of course, you can get your parents to help you out about the legal stuff, but you can design your own clothes or find a wholesaler to start a dropshipping business.
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19. Sell Checklists
Checklists are super easy to create and you can sell them in bundles. I use Canva to create my printables, including checklists, and you can sell them on Etsy or your own online shop.
You can also do tutoring when in high school or college, whether that is through your school or your independent services. You could also offer online tutoring sessions!
21. Tiktok account manager
Know something about TikTok? You could offer your management services and social media management for TikTok!
22. Sell Your Notes
If you’re good at note taking, you can sell them once your class is over. You can do that on Study Bay or on your own website!
23. Write A Book
You enjoy writing or have knowledge about a topic? You could write a book and make money with it whether that’s a fantasy novel or a book how to get fit.
24. Sell Baked Goods
If you enjoy baking you can also start a baking business! It can be dry baked goods that last longer, or you could start a cupcake business and deliver to your local area.
25. House Cleaning Service
To make some extra money as a student, you can also offer your cleaning services to your neighborhood and clean houses, cars, gardens, etc.
Business Ideas At Home
While most business ideas for students above are possible to start from home, here are some more home-based startup ideas.
26. Start A Dropshipping Clothing Store
One of the best business ideas for students is to start a drop shipping business. This idea involves buying clothes wholesale and selling them with a profit margin. You don’t need any inventory for this, because the wholesaler ships it straight to the purchaser. Such a good business model!
27. Start A Decor Store (using dropshipping)
Similarly, you can sell decoration items using the same drop shipping technique!
28. Sell School Supplies (dropshipping)
Wanna help other students? Pick your favorite school supplies and sell them with drop shipping too.
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29. Write Ebooks And Sell On Amazon
Don’t want the hassle of needing a publisher for your book? Create an ebook instead! You can sell it on Amazon as well as your own online shop. Currently, I am working on one too and I’m so excited!
30. Teach English Online
You’re a native English speaker or know the language well? You can teach English online without a college degree! I know this mostly as a gap year option abroad, but there are also online versions of this.
31. Start A Course Business
You’re good at something? Make a course out of it! This is one of the best passive business ideas for students. There are various course creation programs out there, including Teachable.
32. Become An Influencer
If you have a growing Instagram, YouTube, or TikTok following, you can also make money with it! Being an influencer allows you to make money with brand deals, your own products, and more.
33. Review Products
Believe me, reviewing products is an actual freelance job! You can make money reviewing websites, products, and more using different websites.
34. Offer Virtual Assistant Services
A virtual assistant is like a real-life assistant, but online. You will complete tasks such as organizing files, answering emails or arranging meetings. It can also be part of the job to manage financial information of your employer or complete online tasks they need you for. The post below has a more detailed description of this business idea as well as the average pay. Check it out!
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35. Sell Templates
Selling templates is one of the best startup ideas for business! You can create templates for workbooks, ebooks, photo albums, anything!
36. Do Proofreading
You’re good at grammar and spelling? How about becoming a proofreader? Honestly I think I might do good at this since I enjoy correcting my friends’ essays lol.
If you’re interested in this but not sure how it works, check out the free training from Caitlin here!
37. Be A Website Tester
You can also be a website tester and make money with it! Being a website tester means that you will be giving feedback on websites and apps online, by recording your screen and voice.
The website TryMyUi connects you to companies and people who need feedback on their sites or apps, after filling out your profile and sending a test audit. You can reject or accept offers as you like, making this a flexible job!
38. Start A Freelance Writing Business
1love writing but don’t want the hassle of having your own blog? You can write for others and charge for your services. You can charge per word, or per 1,000 words, but this is a great business idea to start from home (or your dorm).
39. Start A Freelance Marketing Business
Maybe you study marketing and want to add something special to your CV, or maybe you just think you cracked Instagram’s algorithm. Either way, starting a marketing business is a great way to make money!
40. Create Natural Skincare Products
If you want to sell physical products instead of virtual ones, you can create your own skincare (or other care) products naturally. Many people want to go more natural now because they are aware of how toxic some skincare brands are. Take advantage of that!
41. Make Magnets
This might be more of a niche market, but you can also make magnets and sell them on Etsy! People love handmade and personalized gifts, so this is a great product idea!
42. Create Custom Phone Cases
Wanna sell something unique yet easy? Phone cases are easy to sell through the drop shipping method, by buying wholesale and reselling them to customers. Oftentimes you can also design your own phone cases.
43. Design T-Shirts
Similarly, you can design t-shirts and start your own online shop! How cool is that?!
44. Sell Eco-Friendly Products
One of my favorite business ideas for students, obviously, is selling eco-friendly products. I love sustainable stuff, and other people do more and more too. This could be anything in eco-friendly form, or sustainable clothing, skincare, etc.
45. Start A Knitting Business
If you’re crafty, you can also start a knitting business! Get those supplies and sell your artwork on Etsy or your own shop.
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46. Make Candles
Another creative startup idea is to make candles yourself. This might be a little tricky for teens, but there are tons of guides on how to do this online. You can then sell your special candles on Etsy or other online stores, as well as your own if you want.
47. Start A Blogging Business
Starting a blog is a very profitable business idea that can bring you various income streams. For example, you can make money with ads, affiliate marketing, your own products, brand deals, sponsored posts, and more!
If you wanna learn more about how to start a blog, check out my free email course!
48. Be An Online Summit Host
Have you ever heard of online summits? If not, in a nutshell they are online events where a host interviews experts on a certain topic or gets them to do presentations. Attendees can get free access for a few hours, but there is an upsell offer of getting lifetime access and bonuses, which is how the host and the speakers make money.
This is a great business idea because you don’t need a large following to get traffic to the event since the speakers promote it for you.
49. Start A Podcast
A podcast can be a great addition to any business, since it gives people more insight into what you sell and what you have to offer.
50. Be A YouTuber
Starting a YouTube channel is also a business! You can make money by monetizing your channel, getting sponsored by brands, and more! I have a channel too and it earns me passive income even with my minimal following haha.
51. Offer Any Other Services
Besides all of thee business ideas for students, you can offer any other type of service! Try to brainstorm a little bit what you’re good at, what you like to do, etc.
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Those Were 50+ Business Ideas For Students!
I hope you enjoyed them and you could find a few ideas you like! Let me know in the comments!