Top 100 Startup Ideas for Students
Telling from our own experience of working at different ventures and working on our own startups. Here you will see all real life startup ideas. Instead of some unrealistic ideas.
Students need to focus on both studies and side hustles at the same time. So, We have carefully hand picked this awesome list of startup ideas, for you to work in free time.
Also, remember that this list of Startup Ideas are arranged as Easy First and Most difficult but innovative one's last.
List of Most Successful Business Startup Ideas For Students
1. Start a blog or website
It is as easy as it sounds to start a website. You don't need any coding knowledge to make one. You can create one at blogger.com which is a Google's product to make your first website in just few seconds.
There are more than 600,000,000+ blog on the internet today. With almost 576,000 websites being created each day.
So you may think there is a lot of competition in this but the reality is there are over 3.5 billion searches on Google every day. And you can get a lot of audience.
You can write about anything that you know well.
Like if you are good at cooking then start a blog writing about how to cook a cake🍰. It's that easy!
2. Start a Youtube Channel
"Hey! Welcome to my channel " if you can say those words with enthusiasm in front of a camera. Then why are you waiting for a magic to happen? Go ahead and start a youtube channel in any niche you want.
Always remember that the quality is not important when you are starting. Instead you should improve your quality of videos over time. Most people don't start saying "I don't have a good camera or speaking skills". But do you know that this things doesn't matter when you are committed to achieve your goals.
There are people who got millions of views without showing there face, also you may have seen some absolutely bad voices when you watch "how to" videos. Some random guys recording videos on there old mobile and still got tons of views.
It's never about how you introduce in starting, but what value do you provide to your viewers.
3. Making Online Courses
In this digital era, almost no one wants to write notes and read boring books. Everyone is looking for a video course on every topic. You can use this opportunity and make educational content of concepts you know or make PDFs and videos for chapters and topics.
Upload this educational contents on different platforms where students check for courses and notes or even doubts. This has a lot of potential because they never get old. If you are a type of student who sometimes tech or solve doubts of your friends then this is for you.
4. Monetizing your social Media
Today, youngers spend most of their time on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. You can start a page on this platforms and can monetize it to earn good income once you make enough number of followers.
Have you ever seen a photography, educational, celebrity's page or even a meme page, they have lot of audience engaged with them. This makes them huge money by sponsered posts, selling products, or even promotions.
To make good money on Social Platforms, you need to post creative and good content on your Social Pages everyday. If you have any interests about some page and start today, then remember to stay consistent because it takes time.
5. Doing a freelancing
Almost everyone has some sort of skills, Inwhich they are Better than average people. This skills can also be very beneficial for a journey to become a successful freelancer. If you are good at stuffs like photography, videography, logo designing, banner designing, thumbnail for YouTube videos, video editing, writing, graphic designing and 1000+ more.
Then this field is worth trying. Even I used to design websites and edit videos for creators to make good income back in college.
Some popular freelancing Websites are:
If you're planning to get a job after graduation then this field is really beneficial for you. While doing internships you will not only earn money but learn many Business skills as well as get good experience in businesses.
Internships are available in wide variety of works offered by many different companies and Business startups. Well-known tech gaints like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon also offer internships of many types.
I really like the concept of internships because of such huge benefits. Businesses also provide you certificates and all. So, you can add them in your CVs or resume to get hired at good company. There is no limit on how many internships you can do at once. The more time you have the more you can do in any kind of companies.
This may sound old, boring and difficult. But in reality this startup idea is one of the most successful things for many decades. Tutoring is not meant for everyone. There are many obstacles if one wants to start tutoring.
You can do it easily if there is not high competition for coaching institutes and if there are many kids or students that are looking for a tutor. If this are no such problems in your area then you must consider this idea. You can start alone or get your friends together with you.
This idea has good earning potential, easy to start and most importantly it's scalable.
8. Social Media Manager
As we have seen above how can you start your own social media page to earn income. For this Startup Idea you are not required to start page and work on it. But instead you can manage social media handles of other businesses and services. Which are on social media for engaging with there audience or building a brand presence.
In most cases, one person is not enough to manage a social media handle. So they hire a social media manager to manage there accounts. You may get to post in behalf of them, or adviced to be helpful for people asking queries related to their business like customer service.
Also you may get to do marketing for there brand and promote there brand services or products. It's possible to get a client if the Business is just started. Doing it with many clients will bring you a huge fortune.
You may have heard a lot about this. It's as profitable as your website or youtube channel. There is a huge audience who listen to podcasts regularly. You should start one if you are good in speaking and discussions.
A professional and highly successful podcaster generates over $50,000 per episode. And relatively new podcasters make $2000 per year. There is a huge difference because it takes time to become a professional podcaster.
My personal tips if you are interested in starting a podcast are:
10. Web Design & Web Development
If you are a passionate geek or have some interest in coding and programming languages. This could be a life changer. In this case, I am not taking about a job based web developer. Instead I am referring to a startup idea. Here's how:
There are a lot of businesses out there in your surrounding that doesn't have an online presence of there brand. Reach out to them asking if you can help them make a website for there Business brand. And there are chances of 50% chances that the Business owner feels it's not required for them.
50% Business owners may think about it and only 10-15% will accept your offer. So if you reach out to 50 businesses every month. There is a good chance you will get 5 clients. This will be enough for you as a student. Helping businesses like local restaurants, hotels, electronic shops and even general stores to get sales online will be a great way to get started.
11. Indian Culture E-Commerce Niche Store
If you want a Startup through which you can help indian street vendors and earn income at the same time. An Indian culture based E-commerce niche store would be a perfect fit. Due to ease of selling products to all over the world within just few fraction of cost as compared to old days. Selling products based on our culture would be an awesome startup idea.
There is a huge demand for handicrafts from India like ornaments, jewelleries and wooden arts. You don't need to buy or store any products. Just tie-up with local vendors and take awesome pictures of products and upload on your store.
When someone orders a product you just have to pack it and post to that address. And for example if the product costs ₹5000 then add shipping charges and your profit to it to finalize it's selling value. Assuming shipping costs ₹1000 and you want to make ₹2000 on it. Your selling price would be around ₹8000. Also, Making an E-commerce website isn't that hard. You can setup one on Shopify or on wordpress through WooCommerce.
12. Textbook exchange service
The textbook exchange service is one of the classic college small business idea that is little bit hard to start and grow. But if you do it right, it will have major rewards. This service will involve work like: Setting up a website or an app where people from same school or college will be able to upload their used textbooks for others to let them buy or rent those books.
This idea sometimes fail because of low requirements of the needed textbooks. And then the textbook buying season goes off and startup runs out of money to sustain until the next semester.
Now, you might think! why did I put this in the list then? Because this Startup Idea might not be working in most of the schools or colleges. But, where it works! It makes huge profit.
13. Instagram Influencer
Do you ever considered yourself to be an influential person in any moment of life? You can become famous on Instagram by posting travel photos, fashion shots, tips from any niche, yoga poses, or anything else you’re good at.
There are uncountable things to share on social media like Instagram to become what you want. It’s not really easy to become an Instagram influencer in 2021. You need to make thousands of followers before brands can notice you and start contacting you for collaboration.
But if you’re talented at something that you know so well. Why waste that skill, keep your fear in fridge and start doing.
14. Personal Fitness Trainer / Yoga Instructor
You can place an ad at you surrounding streets and public places. You will then find local clients who’d like private fitness or yoga classes. You will need to go to their homes and help people focus on their health through yoga and meditation. This people pay high because there most priority is to become fit and healthy.
Do you love making arts? You can showcase your arts on Etsy and Ebay. There are lot of opportunities. Especially this days, people love to showcase arts in there house. I have personally seen many people sell their arts and crafts in many ways.
And once I saw a art in a cafe and thought. I should buy some arts for my dorm room like that. And guess what? I get to know that it's for sale in that cafe.
The artist has featured his arts in cafes and small restaurants. So that, it could help restaurants and cafes to look good. Also if someone likes them he can make money as he got a free place to showcase his talent to lot of people. Awesome Idea right?
Some Startup business needs an investment in few high-quality equipments. Photography is on of them. You will need a good camera, some lenses, a good PC, and ofcourse an editing software.
But if you are really good at photography. You will soon get back that investment. You will make enough money to fulfill your basic needs. You can choose a category like: event, portrait, baby, or nature photography. People sell the photos online on many platforms. But you can also work for people and businesses.
17. Natural Cosmetics Maker
Do you know how to make home scents, candles, body scrubs, face masks, soap, and other natural products? Even if you don’t, you can learn. You can invest in organic materials and packaging. If your products show great response, everyone will want to use them.
You can also sell them to other students, and can also start an online store.
18. Personal Stylist
Do you like to be stylish and fashion is in your lifestyle? Can you easily take the simplest pieces of clothing, turn them into a memorable combinations? You, my friend, were born to become a personal stylist. This is a one of the best business to start from your room.
One can shop online for their clients, and can connect through a video call tool to give them tips on how to style their outfits.
19. Sell print-on-demand posters, greeting cards, and prints
Let's say, you’re a good cartoonist or an urban photographer. Then you're in a really good position to give this business idea a try. It depends on the printer you work with! It's very fun turning your work into products such as Framed wall art, Posters or even greeting cards.
There are numerous digital templates and those mockup generators like Place.it. Where you can easily showcase your work with not even having to print out each item and do your own photoshoots, etc.
20. Create digital products or courses
Digital products like courses, music and different kinds of templates are new and unique on this list of Startup ideas. Unlike the remaining ideas, they are not tangible products. No need of recurring manufacturing or shipping costs to worry about. So your profits will be high.
There is a trick for figuring out what counts as a good digital product. What is the need of that product to people. And does people really willing to pay for it to download it? The answer for this question ranges from stock photos to original instrumental beats that can be licensed to other creators who need to use them.
Also information products and kinds of templates that help people educate and gain knowledge and their skills in a particular field. If you really have any talent that can be turned into a great digital product which is genuinely useful for people. You should think about letting this into a new stream of passive income and ofcourse your passion.
21. Design and sell print-on-demand t-shirts
T-shirts, hats, phone cases, hoodies, skirts, tote bags, and more have become canvases for creativity. You can place tech slogans for developers or silly comments that resonate with cat owners and many.
If you see there is a passion and pride within a community, there’s a lot of potential in t-shirt business which you can start with little investment. But what if you see a good potential but don't have great creativity. Ofcourse there is a way!
Even if you are not a good designer, you can always find a designer to work with by using freelance sites like Upwork, 99Designs, Fiverr or Dribble.
22. Launch your own book
A book is as equal as any other product. When you write a good book. It will not going to get an order for its length of writing or things like that.
It's uniqueness and valuable thing it has within it. That's what really matters. Basically express your dreams or feeling or story that you feel is truly amazing.
Some popular categories are:
If you have the knowledge or the creativity. Then there are various of great original books you can write and provide to the market.
23. Sell a service
With services-based businesses, “time” is your inventory and your biggest investment. You will only got a limited hours of time in your day. However, it would be a lot easier for you to make it, if you’ve got skills that are in demand.
Designers, photographers, writers, developers, house cleaners, fitness trainers and many more are the skills that can build business around it. They can also expand their business with any of the other ideas above to build an additional revenue generating streams by productizing their services through products physically or digitally.
Take an example of a photographer, they can service an event while selling prints online through their Instagram handle. On the other hand, a copywriter can sell a copywriting swipe file of high converting sales copy. Combining your service based business with physical products can give you additional source of income that doesn't takes much time of your day.
You can also offer your services through a freelance marketplace like Upwork to increase your chances of getting discovered by the people who need your skills.
24. Create an online fashion boutique
If you love being fashionable and share your sense of style to your friends and even online, you must consider creating your online fashion boutique store.
You don’t need to become a fashion designer either you can simply curate items from other vendors into your own online store using Shopify.
25. Sell handcrafted and homemade goods
If you've got skills to make handmade stuff like soaps, candles, sauces, or even potter. Then you are in an excellent position to setup an online business for your skill or idea. Because, product making and processing are literally at your fingertips.
Unlike other ideas on this list, you will have to consider shipping and inventory management. But you can simply start on the basis of per-order or with a small group of friends until you start generating consistent sales.
I have personally seen many people starting out with a part-time home based business. They used to sell on Etsy and even relatives and friends. Later converting it into a full-time business after getting demand for their products. Just be mindful and conscious about any regulations in your product topic, importantly for anything customers will consume, inhale, or put on their skin.
26. Grow an audience you can monetize in multiple ways
In today’s world were everyone is connected widely, the ability to capture and attract the attention of people is an asset.
It’s one of the many businesses that people are willing to pay for, and one that many content creators are able to convert this into a business with different revenue models. Whether you choose to grow your audience on YouTube, Instagram, or even on a blog.
You have tons of ways for monetizing your audience like:
- Do sponsored posts on behalf of brands
- Become an affiliate
- Sell physical or digital products (by any of the ideas on this list)
- A combination of the above
Taking an audience first approach to starting a business means you’re playing the long term game. But you don't need millions of followers to do it. For example, Instagram Influencer Kat Gaskin, make a $10k product launch with only 3,000 followers.
27. Craft classes online
This is a generation that learns online and you can use this to start your own online business.
If you are passionate about art and craft, you could either start curating and selling DIY kits online, or start selling online classes/ courses. All you need to do is getting a bit crafty about how you want to teach online.
28. Online book store
Are you someone who reads a lot of books and have got good enough knowledge about them? If YES! then its time to share them with the world.
You can easily start an online store to sell the books you have read too many times or even those you know, you're not going to read them anymore. You can consider starting a bookclub too and initiate book exchanges.
29. Affiliate Marketing
If you have a website or even a YouTube channel with good enough traffic, you can use this traffic to earn through affiliate marketing.
You will just need to do a registration on one or more affiliate networks related to your website or youtube channel. There you can find businesses who would pay you good commissions for bringing them traffic and sales via advertising their products or services through your own website or YouTube channel.
30. Video Editing
If you know how to make videos look better and can use video editing softwares like Harry Potter's magic wand to make them however you want. Then you must consider using you valuable skills very effectively.
There are thousands of small business owners and content creators who either don't know how to edit videos or don't have time to do them. It's a great opportunity that generates passive income. You can checkout freelancing sites to find clients.
31. Event Management
By any chance, if you are thinking to start an event management venture then the most vital thing that you require is strong social networking communication.
Success in this field depends on contacts, marketing, and negotiating skills. It also requires imperative time management to successfully organize an event.
32. Marketing Copywriter
On the off chance that you can compose content that gets individuals amped up for buying what your customer is offering, you can earn a substantial amount of money by this. Unless you are very experienced from working in the copywriting field, take a course. There are online courses or classes available that can further enhance the writing skill.
Writing content for brochures, catalogs, advertising, and, of course, marketing copy for the web is one of the emerging fields of modern times.
33. MS Powerpoint Design
While some people may consider it a small thing, PowerPoint presentations can be quite complex and excruciating for those who are not well-versed in Microsoft Office tools.
If you have a good idea and experience in these technologies, you can earn well by providing your services to those in need.
34. App Development
The mobile app industry is growing at a rate higher and more significant than any other sector. Even with over 2.1 Million apps in the Play Store and close to 2 million in the Apple Store, the demand for new apps is not slowing down.
So, if you can develop good mobile apps, you can surely put your skills at work by starting your own venture in this industry.
35. WordPress Development
WordPress is an open-source CMS for developing websites. If you have the required skills and experience in WordPress development, you can go into the business of building WordPress websites, blogs, plugins, WordPress maintenance, etc.
based on your skillset, you can build basic to advance WordPress sites and earn good money.
36. Domain Sell and Buy
Besides websites, you can also get involved in the buying and selling of internet domains.
People are always looking for good domain names for their new businesses. You can let them search and buy from an existing list of expired or on-sale domains.
37. Translation Services
If you are proficient in more than one language, with English being the primary language, you can find good opportunities as a translator for businesses around the world.
Over time, you can grow your business by hiring more translators with coverage to more languages.
38. Content Proofreading & Editing
If you think your grammar and typo skills are impeccable and you are good at catching mistakes in the written content, you can start providing proofreading and editing services to businesses and individual writers around the world.
Are you good at writing and want to take it as a full-time business? then, you can consider providing your services as a ghostwriter.
In this, you’ll be writing content on someone else’s behalf who will pay you and get the credit for your work.
40. Coach Online
If you have good knowledge about a particular topic or subject or you are really good at something, you could start an online business teaching your skills to others.
This may involve starting a YouTube channel, creating and selling online courses, and/or starting a blog.
41. Teach English
The demand for proficient English teachers is as high as ever. If you have good English writing and/or speaking skills, you can consider teaching English to students online.
You can get paid handsomely depending on your skills and experience.
42. UI/UX Designers
With the increasing demand for user-oriented interface designs, the need for qualified User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) designers is only increasing with time.
If you have those skills, consider starting your UI/UX design agency.
43. Online Journalism
Journalism has always been a lucrative field with a lot of career opportunities, but not everyone is comfortable with working in a traditional broadcasting atmosphere or newspaper.
Well, no worries. You can start out in online journalism by creating your own YouTube channel or blog or by simply working for an online magazine or newspaper like Forbes.com.
44. Teach Music
This is one of the small businesses that can be run both offline and online.
If you have a serious interest in teaching and good enough music skills, you can consider becoming a part-time or full-time music teacher.
45. Voiceover Services
The voiceover is a special skill where you should have a good, distinct voice with the ability to modulate it according to the script’s requirements.
If you have that, feel free to try your luck in voiceover services for movies, animations, etc.
46. SEO Consultancy
Have good SEO and online marketing skills? If you think your SEO skills can help businesses get more traffic the online way, the option to provide dedicated SEO services by starting an agency seems the right one for you.
47. Content Marketing
Marketing a particular product, service, or business via unique and targeted content is something that not everyone can do.
If you think you’ve got the right content marketing skills, make a business out of it by providing your content services to businesses around the world.
32% of Digital Marketing Experts Say Finding Content Marketing Professional Is a Challenge.
Copywriting is a skill different from content writing. A copy is usually written as a promotional content for advertising or marketing a particular thing.
If you are good at that, you could lend your skills to businesses looking for promotional content.
49. Sell Photos Online
If you have a genuine interest in photography and own a good enough Camera, it is time that you start using it to make yourself some money.
Select the best of your camera photos and list them on photo-selling websites such as Shutterstock and Unsplash to earn money in the form of royalties.
50. Mobile/Computer Repairing
The increasing use of mobile phones and other portable devices is a business opportunity not only for the manufacturers of these devices but also for those who can repair them.
If you have the required skills, you can consider providing your repairing services to those who need them.
51. Food Truck
Going a little out of the internet league, this kind of business is purely brick-and-mortar, however, you can always provide home delivery of your food via an online app or website.
If you have a keep interest in food-making, this is one of the best ways to start a career in this industry.
52. Organic Farming
The demand for natural, organic food is increasing by the day.
Organic food is the solution to the hundreds of diseases arising out of your stomach.
Consider starting a business in this industry.
Even better if you already have a place for farming as this will reduce the startup cost.
53. Voice Translator
Business ideas around translation in 2021 can bring big money back to your home. For those who don’t know, Google translates in 2021 has 227 million monthly voice searches alone from people to help them translate things they want. As a startup business, you can sell text in different languages to an international audience to help you get to reach more people.
Being a business, it is a very good idea to sell products that can translate into multiple languages to make good profits.
54. Amazon seller
If you have a product that isn’t quite a fit for one of those marketplaces, look into selling on Amazon. Despite the fact that it’s a retail giant, selling on Amazon is actually pretty straightforward—especially if you do Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) and let them take care of storing and shipping your items.
If you want to run an ecommerce business—but don’t understand the ins and outs and also don’t have any room for inventory—dropshipping is a viable option. As a dropshipper, you choose a product you want to sell from a supplier and list it on your own website at a price you determine.
When a customer places an order, you then order that item (at a discounted price) from the supplier, who ships it directly to the customer. You’re essentially a middle person who’s earning a profit.
56. Photo editor
You have a creative eye and consider yourself an expert in Photoshop and other editing programs. Especially in this age of Instagram, you could build a business as someone who professionally edits photos for other businesses and individuals.
From weddings to corporate commercials, there’s a real demand for video content today—whether it’s to promote a brand or capture a special memory. If you have an eye for film, a videographer business is a great option for you.
If you would’ve told someone just a few decades ago that they could run a thriving business just by recording and uploading their daily activities, they likely would have laughed. But, vlogging has become a bonafide career.
59. Proofreader or copy editor
Do you have an eye for typos? Do you grit your teeth every time you see a misplaced apostrophe or a grammatical error? Start a business as a copy editor or proofreader—so you can catch those mistakes for your clients.
60. Resume or CV writer
Everybody struggles to write about themselves and their accomplishments. If you consider that one of your skills, start a resume writing business to work with clients on pulling together solid career documents that help them land jobs.
You believe they don’t make things like they used to. You love digging for antique treasures and vintage finds and restoring them to their former glory. Those types of items can draw a lot of interest, and a refurbishing business can help you share your passion with others—while also putting some extra dollars in your pocket.
Accounting/bookkeeping is one of the most outsourced jobs. Companies, who do not have the required resources or budget for such operations, usually outsource the task to small accounting agencies and freelancers.
If you are good at finance and bookkeeping, consider starting your own accounting company.
63. Makeup artist
A cosmetologist license also works for makeup artistry. So, whether you want to pursue bridal makeup or special effects and prosthetics, a business as a makeup artist is a great way to flex your creative muscles.
64. Domain Name Trading
In 2009 a domain called “insure.com” was sold for $16 million. Let that sink in for a minute. This business is nothing new but there is still money to be made in this sector. Buy low, sell high and you can do it from literally anywhere with an internet connection.
Of course, this requires some amount of initial investment on your part, but once you get the hang of it and learn to analyze what a good domain for this purpose is, you can be making a whole lot of cash really soon!
65. Photo Stocks
If you love photography and have a treasure of photos buried deep on your hard-drive, you could be making a lot of money off it. Platforms such as Shutterstock, iStockPhoto and Unsplash are places where you can sell your pictures and earn royalties for every download on their platform. Alternatively, you could also create a portfolio of sorts by publishing your photos on your own website.
A well-designed website with interesting art can attract a lot of eyeballs and before you know it, you could be landing photography gigs all over the place. You can also sell prints on your website to boost your earnings.
66. Homemade soaps
If you love scented soaps and have a sizable knowledge base of the different ingredients and their beauty and health benefits, this could be the startup idea for you! All you have to do is be able to follow the instructions of any well made online soap-making tutorial and have some great packaging ideas and you are good to go!
The initial investment in making these kits isn’t too much and you can get as creative with the scents and flavors as you want. Combine a great product with gorgeous packaging and the right kind of targeted marketing and you can make wonders happen!
67. Charcoal Beauty Products
Everywhere we look—be it Facebook, Instagram or even actual stores (both online and brick-and-mortar) have been selling charcoal beauty products.
These products boasted the presence of activated charcoal that has several benefits: In tubes of toothpaste, it acts as a natural whitening agent, in face washes it acts as a purifier and one of the most popular charcoal beauty products are the peel-off masks. These are all the rage on social media and influencers on platforms such as Instagram and YouTube favored the products openly. On the vendors’ side of things, charcoal beauty products have been one of the best selling online products in the beauty and make-up niche lately.
The trend seems to continue this year as well, with support from customers and influencers alike. Such products are also great to dropship and ePacket delivery is easily available to most countries.
68. Bamboo Toothbrushes
Minimalism has increasingly become a lifestyle choice for many people and it is a trend that’s continuing to grow with the environmentally conscious. This, coupled with the fact that customers are looking for more sustainable alternatives to typical consumer goods and are consciously making such choices, has also put products such as the bamboo toothbrushes on the list or great startup ideas.
While this product has been around for a while, popularity-wise, it still hasn’t reached its peak, which means that getting into a business that sells sustainable products like bamboo toothbrushes so early on in the game is perhaps a good idea.
While you’re at it, look into the “zero-waste” trend to see which other major markets could potentially be disrupted in the future—soap, detergent, storage containers, packaging? There are just so many options out there! Capitalizing on sustainability isn’t just a lucrative business path but it also has a feel-good factor to it, making it almost irresistible to the new age of eco-friendly or trend-savvy entrepreneurs.
69. Night Face Masks
The beauty and skincare industry is something that will perhaps always be around as a “trending market” which is why it constantly attracts entrepreneurs to startup beauty and skincare businesses. One of the latest fads in the market is night masks.
Just like the charcoal face peels and masks that took the market by storm and were one of the hottest trending products, night masks are touted as becoming the next “hot product”. If you are planning on starting up a beauty and skincare business, adding night masks to your arsenal of products should be a no-brainer.
70. Phone Accessories
With the advent of the smartphone, a new market was formed. This market also included a niche that has created a solid foundation for itself amongst top contenders such as home decor, fashion, etc.—this niche is phone accessories. The variety of products in this niche is incredibly alluring and often people set up stores that solely sell phone accessories.
The products can range from smartphone cases, screen guards/protectors, chargers, USB-type converters, stickers to earphones (both the wired and wireless kinds), amongst a few others. The more that smartphones evolve over time, the more accessories are going to be created to improve customer satisfaction with the products. Projections show a nearly a $100 Billion sales cap by 2022 which makes it a goldmine.
The problem with this market, however, is that it is extremely saturated and there are way too many competitors. Unless you have an extremely niche product idea there is a chance that your store might not even get noticed. The key to gaining success in this niche is to have the right combination of a premium quality product, an impactful marketing campaign, brilliant customer service and consistency.
71. Accessories Of Accessories
For many businesses, this is going to be one of your largest windows of opportunities when it comes to finding the perfect startup idea to sell in the coming years.
With consumers adding more and more technological products into their daily routines there is more interest in accessorizing these devices to make them more stylish, streamlined and functional. These accessories can add style to the device itself whether it be a phone, computer, camera, drone, etc, or these accessories can be a more stylish version of something you regularly use in tandem with a device such as docking stations, power banks, cords, chargers, etc.
Some popular accessory items include the iRing which adds additional functionality to the iPhone, AirPod Skins add style and protection to the Apple Airpods, or even sweaters for drones and Airpod floss stickers. Yep. Those are a thing. Take advantage of the demand for stylish, sleek, streamlined and functional accessories and create a new product that makes an existing device or accessory better.
The beauty of this approach is that it doesn’t have to be complicated. Spend some time thinking of the devices you use every day and what small accessory would make them either function or look even better. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel here, just think about useful, functional, quirky or customizable additions that make existing devices better.
72. Currency Trading
Currency trading can be one of the most lucrative and fascinating small business ideas. If you are someone who is good with numbers, willing to work long hours, ready to take high risk, then this is the ideal business for you.
73. Macronutrients And Workout Enhancing Powders
None of these are new inventions that people have never heard of before, however, their up-swinging trend stems from their delivery to the end consumer.
Consumers concerning themselves with their macronutrient intake is becoming more and more prevalent as people’s interests are rapidly shifting towards their health, diet and wellbeing. Macronutrients are nothing new, consumers have just become newly interested in them. This has started to generate a response in brands who are looking to connect with these consumers by advertising their food product’s macronutrients at the forefront of their marketing campaigns.
Protein powder is a well-known workout enhancement that helps muscles repair after a workout, but it’s nothing new. It has been a part of mainstream trends for many years now, however, the workout enhancing powder market has started to shift into new territory: Pre-workout powders. Pre-workout powders, commonly referred to simply as “pre-workout,” has started to carve a place in the market.
While protein powders are commonly consumed post-workout to help muscle repair, pre-workouts are meant to be consumed before the workout, giving individuals a hit of energy to help them have productive workouts. This innovative delivery of a simple product is an ingenious way to sell to the end consumer.
74. Vegan Foods
Veganism isn’t just a trend anymore but instead a lifestyle or cultural choice for a growing number of people.
The vegan food industry is booming and it’s a market with a lot of development potential as it isn’t quite in the mainstream yet. Be it soy products or vegan “meat,” vegan alternatives to household items or even chains of vegan restaurants—there is so much untapped potential. Think about all the food choices and options that are available to the majority of the urban population—confectionery items, condiments, gourmet desserts, home-delivered meat cuts, recipe books, website and channels—it’s an endless world.
Finding alternatives to these products and services for the vegan sector can help you break into and carve your own startup in this segment while establishing a base for a solid business in the vegan foods industry.
75. Website Flipping
Website flipping is among the new business ideas that have got everyone from work-at-home to recent graduates excited. It involves buying an already running website, improving its design and content, and then selling it for a profit.
There are quite a few places where you can buy and sell websites to earn a profit. Shopify’s marketplace Exchange, for example, allows you to buy ecommerce websites that you can further improve via content marketing, SEO, and other tactics. Once your site begins to generate more revenue than when you acquired it, you can list it for sale on the marketplace.
76. Home-based Catering
If you have a knack for cooking and see it as a creative outlet, you can make a decent income by opening a home-based catering business.
The initial investment depends much on how big you want the setup to be. For example, if you start with smaller events that you can manage on your own, you should be able to start your business for less. Most home-based caterers start by creating a website, experimenting with local food markets, or joining platforms that allow cooking experts to squeeze some profits out of their culinary skills.
77. Yoga Studio
Today Yoga has spread widely as a science and art of wellness. People from all around the world have started showing interest in yoga asanas to get relief from physical and mental health. Having a yoga studio can be the easy business to start with.
You have the high chances to get succeed in this business providing you know all the moves perfectly. In order to make your business stand apart from competitors you also need to come up with something unique and innovative. And it can be anything – yoga logo design, easy ways to do asanas or any extra facilities.
78. Dance Studio
The growing popularity of dance T.V shows has increased the interest among people of all ages to take dance classes. If you have a commercial space that can be adapted to a few class rooms and wider performance area, then you may consider opening a dance studio. You can also rent it to the aspiring Youtubers who can dance but need a space for shooting.
79. Music Studio
Plato once said that musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul. Music is something which is liked by every individual. Researchers have shown that music helps in developing the mind.
Aspiring professional singers look for studios so that they can record their own music and albums. Therefore, starting off with a music studio can be the easiest business to start with, if you have the infrastructure ready. Don’t forget to get a music logo for your studio. That’s really important.
80. Coffee Shop
Over the past few years, the coffee industry has seen rapid growth. Earlier people go to coffee shops to spend some quality time with their loved one. But today, people are conducting their official meetings there. If you yourself a ‘coffeeholic’ then convert your love and passion for coffee into a profitable business.
When it comes to coffee shops menu design, custom mugs design and ambience plays a very important role. Take the help of graphic designers for menu design.
Starting a bakery business is one of the most successful home based businesses available today. If you enjoy baking and got skills not only to create tempting food but also visually appealing, then this can be one of the best startup ideas. You can also tie-up with retail shops to sell your products in their stores.
While going with this business opportunity, there is one thing that you need to keep in mind and that is business plan. Just like other businesses, home based bakery business also requires a proper business plan.
82. Email Marketing
Are you good at writing emails? Have you cracked the code for crafting subject lines that people can’t help but click?
If so, you can step into entrepreneurship and make money by launching an email marketing business.
You can find companies that need help with their email strategy on platforms like PeoplePerHour and Upwork, as well as via cold outreach. Once you demonstrate that skill of enticing recipients, clients will rush to get your services and even agree to the price you quote them (major brownie points if you can help grow their email list). Startup costs include investing in email marketing tools, which will automate many of your tasks.
Do you have experience in generating backlinks and improving the search engine visibility of a website? If yes, then there’s an opportunity for you to cash in on your skillset. Site owners worldwide require the services of SEO experts, so opening a business in this field could turn out to be one of your best decisions.
When looking for clients, focus on a niche audience, learn from the experiences and build your portfolio – showcase your success stories and you are bound to see an influx of clients if your SEO techniques are on point. You can choose to target all sorts of companies or appeal to businesses in a particular niche, such as in the legal, health or financial sector. With monthly retainers in the range of $501-$1,000, selling SEO services is one of the best business ideas to make money in 2021.
84. Virtual Dance Studio
The upsides to a virtual dance studio are pretty obvious: you don’t need to rent a big space and it’s convenient to record, publish, and share the choreography at your own discretion. It’s even possible to give dance classes from home, making it one of the best home based business ideas to consider. Plus, there’s no limit to the number of students you can enroll in your class.
To start a virtual dance studio, you’ll need to invest in a video conferencing software such as Zoom. You’ll also need high-speed internet to ensure there are no lags or buffering during the live stream. Make sure to arrange enough classes per month so that your students learn their routines fast.
If you have a passion for creating your own unique choreography, you may also find opportunities to partner with dance schools to give their students access to your content on a membership basis.
85. Ice-Cream Stand
If you are looking for part time business ideas, then this can be the perfect option for you. Starting an ice-cream stand or a kiosk can bring you handsome profits. You can have a mobile or a fixed ice cream stand – whatever brings you more income!
When it comes to ice-creams, people love to try new flavors. Spread the word on social media pages and make your audience aware of the new ice cream flavors, special offers, etc.
86. Fast Food Joint
Starting a fast food joint is one of the small profitable business ideas. Although the industry already has a lot of big sharks like McDonalds, KFC, etc. you can make profits if the location and food quality is great.
People always look out to try new eating joints. They also search for the nearest food joint for home delivery. All thanks to Google maps. Apart from food quality, in order to get the attention of customers, make sure your business should have a unique and eye-catching custom logo design.
87. Home Food Delivery
For many years, you may have enjoyed preparing meals and bringing it for office lunch. However, today, because of the busy schedule, food delivery companies have gained a lot of popularity. People have started looking home-cooked food online and taking monthly or yearly subscriptions.
If you are looking to start your own business in food industry, then this can be one of the great business ideas. In the initial stage, you can start with a short menu with a right delivery boy. And if things go well, you may take it to large scale.
88. Cooking Classes
Do you love cooking? Do you make food so scrumptious that your loved ones can’t stop praising about the food and the presentation? If the answer to these questions is yes, then it means that you are a great cook.
Starting cooking classes is also one of the great business ideas from home. Just like fast food joint, this business too requires minimum capital investment, and once you start gaining popularity, you can always start your own training center.
89. Video Production
According to video marketing statistics, 85% of internet users in the US watched online video on their devices. With more and more video being watched than ever before , there’s certainly a need for people who can record, edit, cut, and publish videos.
Starting a video production company, therefore, might turn out to be a lucrative business idea for you. The initial investment in this business is a basic lighting set, wireless microphones, one to two cameras (and lenses), and editing software like Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro. See if you can find second-hand varieties for some of this equipment in order to reduce startup costs.
You can offer to produce video content for companies’ YouTube channels, manage graduation and wedding videography, and more. While there’s no restriction to the types of projects you can do, specializing in a niche makes it easy to stand out in a busy marketplace.
90. Cheap Home Solar Energy Setup Company
There is a large opportunity for residents in India to generate their own power and save money. For this idea, you would buy and setup solar equipment for people to install on their roofs or balconies, since apartment living is popular.
The solar could feed into the main battery for the individual or building to provide additional power. To execute, you could start by finding 10 people interested in this service that will pay you before the work is done, and then you have the money to buy to solar panels, creating a low initial investment for this business idea.
91. Internet infrastructure Building Company
There is a significant growing demand for stronger and better internet throughout all of India. Although there are currently providers, there is a lack of internet speeds in the rural parts of India, and even some issues with connectivity from the larger corporations. This leaves the business idea for starting an internet infrastructure in perfect light to execute.
Although this business idea is not low-cost, it would have a lot of positive impact on people and could make a lot of money.
92. Warehouse/ Inventory Management for E-Commerce
Again, playing off the e-commerce trend, the warehouse management company for e-commerce would provide fulfillment for the e-commerce stores. Instead of an e-commerce store setting up their own distribution channels, buying fleet trucks, and warehouses to store the goods, this company would do it all for them.
You could start by buying large pieces of land to hold people’s goods. Then use a shipping company to send them to the places they need to go, this business idea could make money from holding people’s goods in the warehouse. As well, you could charge for each shipment sent. This is a larger scale business idea, but also has the potential to make a lot of money.
93. Mobile wallet payment solution
Cash is a huge part of the business transactions in India. People are more comfortable using cash than other payment methods. Until now. The growth of mobile payment solutions is ripe for extreme growth.
A significant portion of the population have smartphones, and rely on them to communicate, do research, and watch entertainment.
This business idea would require a decent amount of startup capital, however, because this is directed for business in India, there is a wealth of programmers and coders that one would have access to. Making the startup costs lower, and more reasonable.
94. Agriculture Business
Agriculture business is all about the production and marketing of agricultural goods through farming items related to crops and livestock. If you have vacant land that is suitable for agricultural activities, then agriculture business can be the best home based business idea.
Here is a list of business ideas in agriculture:
- Agriculture Farm
- Vermicompost Organic Fertilizer Production
- Fertilizer Distribution Business
- Poultry Farming
- Bee Keeping Business
- Fish Farming
- Basket Weaving
- Dried Flower Business
- Dairy Farming
- Fruits And Vegetable Farming
95. Blockchain Tracked Bank Ledger for E-Commerce Transactions
The blockchain is a growing technology, and is going to become an essential part of the business in the Indian marketplace in the coming years. The government has set up support funds to help the development of technologies like this and the Internet of Things, leaving this business idea ripe for making money.
The blockchain tracking bank ledger would allow e-commerce store owners to track where their payments are coming from, verify they are secure, and be able to accept money faster. There is a large problem with the current “Cash on Delivery” system where the money is only collected once the goods are delivered. This creates a large cash flow problem for stores that could be solved using this trustworthy and verified technology.
96. IoT Home/ Builder Consultant
The Indian government has released plans to support the development and innovation that is happening with the Internet of Things technology. This support is a huge opportunity for business women and men to create a startup that services this area. One related business idea is to be an internet of things Home Builder/ Consultant.
You would work with developers or existing homeowners to transform their living space into one that is automated to their liking. Turning their regular home into a Smart Home.
This business idea would be low-cost to start, as the parts for the IoT installations are quite cheap, and you could find clients that would pay you up-front for the services.
97. Mobile Ads Specialist for Businesses
The use of mobile phones in India compared to that of the United States or Canada is incredibly different. Cell phone usage is high, and there is a growing demand for continued use as well. This presents the business opportunity to develop mobile advertising for companies that do not have the knowledge or bandwidth or do this.
This idea would specialize in creating mobile ads for companies so they can reach potential customers more effectively than traditional print media. It could start out as a low-cost business idea if you have some marketing or advertising skills, as you don’t need much to create mobile ads.
98. Website to App Conversion Company
With the rise of the smartphone and higher bandwidths of internet being available, there is growing demand to convert their websites or web apps into native mobile applications. This is not an easy process, so this business idea for India would make it easy for the business owners.
If you already have knowledge of coding and how to make apps, this would be a low-cost business idea. As well, with the significant amount of programmers one has access to, it would not be hard to find a partner for this business idea to keep things low cost.
99. Wifi Installation Company
As I said before, the Indian government is spending a lot of time and money improving internet access for all. With this support, there is huge potential for growth for providing wifi internet solutions, as mobile phones become faster and customers demand internet everywhere. This company could start low-cost as buying supplies to install wifi routers is quite cheap.
To execute on this business idea you could begin by approaching public malls and areas with a lot of foot traffic, talk to the owners, and see if you can set up a deal to install the wifi hotspots. Once installed, you could make it open access for people to use for free and you could sell the data you get from that. Otherwise, a subscription or per minute charge could be applied.
100. 3D Printing
3D printing is on its way to becoming part of mainstream business and consumer’s daily lives. For so long it seemed like a futuristic experiment us mere mortals could only dream of but the time has come where owning a 3D printer can be a reality.
The technology and development is finally coming to a place where it’s an approachable item for some consumers to purchase. It hasn’t become a fully justifiable purchase for the mainstream market yet, however, we expect to see leaps and bounds of growth over the course of the year. Keep an eye on its progression and start getting your ideas in place ready to take advantage of this startup idea as it becomes an active part of consumer’s lives.
It’s likely that you don’t have the technological know-how or the means to startup your own 3D printer business, so leave that to the experts and focus on the accessories. Once it launches into the lives of the masses they’ll be eager for add-ons that make the experience even better.
So there you have it, 100 startup ideas that can make you money as a Student! With such a wide range of choices that span across different market segments, you should hopefully be able to find your next startup idea and turn it into a money-making machine. Thanks for reading "100 Best Startup Ideas for Students".