In this article, we’re going to talk about those skills that could fetch you money while in school and also prepare you for the real hustle outside the campus environment. In other words, with these skills, you can build yourself a successful business or career even when you graduate from higher institutions.
As an undergraduate student, you might be overwhelmed with school work; assignments, projects, seminars, term papers, etc. That you have little or no time for extracurricular activities.
The truth is, no matter how busy you might think you are, you will always need money for your personal and academic needs, ranging from class dues, materials, handouts, textbooks, provisions, etc.
You might not necessarily need to always call your parents/guardian for funds anytime you need these things. If you have a skill that can generate income for you even as a student, there’s no best time to use it than now.
There are different skills that one could combine with studies and if you’re good with time management, you’d have little or no problem combining your side hustle with your studies. All it takes is hard work and determination.
Different skills one can do as a student
- Creative/Content Writing
- Digital marketing
- Graphic designs
- Mini importation
Computer programming has proven to be one of the fast-selling skills in the world today. One’s knowledge of different programming languages also boosts his/her chances of making more money.
Ranging from creating software applications, solving software related problems, organizing masterclasses for prospectives or even landing a juicy job while still in school. These and many more are ways to make money as a programmer.
This is one of the most sought-after skills in the modern world. If you have a knack for programming, now is the right time to start developing that passion.
A blog is an online space where you can write to share your ideas/news about various topics to your readers. You have to know your niche and post quality content that would create an impact on your audience.
For blogging, consistency is key. Unlike what most people think, blogging is not a get-rich-quick kind of profession. You don’t jump into it, hoping to start earning millions tomorrow. This could be challenging, being a student and all.
But that’s why it’s a skill. It’s a gradual process with a lot of hard work and persistence, the end is what justifies the means.
How to make money through blogging:
- Selling Ad Space on your blog privately or via Google Adsense
- Becoming an affiliate partner privately or through ad networks.
- Selling your digital products such as eBooks and tutorials.
- Selling memberships for access to exclusive content or advice.
- Using your blog as a content marketing tool for your business.
Learn in step-by-step how to start a blog and make money, even as a student!
3. Creative/Content Writing
Writing, in this case, revolves around creative writing and content creation. If you have great writing skills as a student, you can put that into good use by writing articles, creative stories, blog posts, quality content to attract the desired audience.
In writing, just like blogging, you have to choose a niche that best interests you, and develop your skills on that. Read articles, take free courses if possible, and be good at it.
As a student, you can make money through writing articles for companies/bloggers, submitting entries for journals and magazines, writing on Fiverr, writing on Medium, scriptwriting, poems, etc.
Like every other skill, it will surely take time before the money starts coming in, but it will eventually pay off once you’re hard-working and consistent.
To get started with a writing career, see How to make money as a writer in Nigeria – write and get paid!
If you have a blog or a podcast (or even both), a vlog could open you up to a whole new audience. People like to consume content in different ways, and just as some like to read or listen to stories or advice, others prefer watching it.
If you have great content that could bring you the audience you need, YouTube is a great platform for you. Most people prefer to watch videos on YouTube than reading blog posts of people they can’t relate with.
By Vlogging, you create a personal connection with your audience. They can see you, your facial expressions, they can tell how you feel about the topic you’re talking about. They can relate to you.
When you Vlog, you’re letting someone in to see a little piece of your life or thoughts, that goes a long way to create a bond between you and your audience.
However, you have to choose the right audience by carving out a niche that best interests you and making videos that appeal to a very specific target market you’ll attract people who are part of that niche and build an audience of people who see you as their go-to source on the topic.
As a Vlogger, you can get paid to promote goods for brands, all-expense-paid trips, you can also monetize your channel.
5. Digital marketing
The world has gone digital. Every day, billions of people spend their time on the internet, either just surfing the web, selling goods and services, paying bills, making orders, hanging out on social media platforms, etc. A business owner on the other end prays for customers to patronize his or her brand on a daily bases.
A digital marketer dives right into this opportunity by creating an effective online presence for the products and services of her clients, helping businesses reach more potential customers and make more sales. This she does through different strategies, including running ads on Facebook, Google, etc; email campaigns, content marketing, and social media marketing.
With digital marketing, the problems of reaching out to new customers, getting potential customers who are willing to convert to buyers, and retaining old customers are solved.
All you have to do is know your onions and knowing those things that would entice the customer into patronizing Mr A and not Mr B who offers similar goods or services.
To be a good Digital Marketer, you have to think like a buyer and a seller at the same time.
And to determine your area of strength in Digital Marketing, you can choose two or more areas that interest you. Try them for a while to know where your heart lies.
This skill does not only serve as a means to make money in school, but it also helps boost your chances of landing better jobs after school as most businesses need the services of a digital marketer to make their products or services known.
Learn how to get started with digital marketing: Digital Marketing Step-By-Step Guide.
It may interest you to know that Photography has transcended from being just a hobby to the level of money-making skills. It didn’t start today.
A student with a good mastery of photography is in for a real deal. If he/she knows the tricks. You don’t need one of those very expensive canon Cameras to be a good photographer.
If you have a smartphone with a good camera, and you know how to take pictures from eye-popping angles, you need to consider this skill. You could add a little more editing lessons and you’re good.
No matter how hard campus life is, students love to take nice pictures for birthdays, matriculation ceremony, convocation, departmental and faculty nights, any events at all, and they are always willing to pay the price to get the best shots.
Owning a small studio or any place where you could take these pictures without disturbance is a big plus.
7. Graphic designs
There are a thousand and one things one could do to make money as a graphic designer.
I think the campus is a very big market for graphic designers. Talk about handbills, posters, and flyers for school events, textbooks, birthdays cards and gifts stickers, etc. You can add photoshopping skills, and you’re a hot cake!
Anyone can learn graphic designs and be a pro at it. All you need is a laptop or desktop to practice. Create random designs, post on your class group pages. You could get lucky with a referral.
If you have an interest in graphic designs; think it, create it, share it, improve and be the best at it.
Gone are the days when youths have to choose between learning crafts or going to school. These days, graduates also learn crafts.
By crafts I mean, fashion designing, shoemaking, accessories, hair styling, makeup, skincare, etc. These are lucrative businesses in Nigeria today, and they are also trending.
One who has talents for designs/ handcrafts can develop any of these skills and turn them into money-making machines.
You can take lessons, online lessons, intensive classes, seminars, etc, to improve your skill. Watch Youtube videos, take free courses or paid courses as the case may be. Just give it a try and see where it leads you.
One may ask how possible it is to see and design clothes while in school. Students love good outfits. And if you know how to make good outfits then you’ve won the hearts of fashion-loving students around you.
For students who live Off-campus, you might consider buying a sewing machine. For those living in the school hostels, you can hire sewing machines from tailors around you.
Do not let anyone discourage you from making good use of your skill.
9. Mini importation
Good news! before now, people had to think about raising large capitals before they could import goods. Now, you do not need millions to start importing goods. With mini importation, one can start with as low as #10,000. Interesting!
If you have a thing for business as a student, you should try mini importation.
One of the things you should be on the lookout for is fast-selling products. Identify the needs of the people around you, buy a good quality of these products, bring it down to their doorstep and put a price on it.
You can access the needs of your target market by posting pictures of those trending products to see their response rate. Most times it’s better to buy on preorder to be on a safe side.
Requirements to start mini importation business
To start a mini importation business, You will need the following:
- A laptop/desktop or mobile phone
- Fast internet Network –WiFi, Modem, Mifi, etc.
- A valid email address.
- Valid and traceable home address where you can receive your orders.
- Capital (from NGN 10,000 and above)
- A PayPal account (optional)
- Get a US bank account with Payoneer (It’s free)
You can equally team up with people who have been into the business if you feel you can’t go through the stress of setting up these accounts.
With mini importation, one can earn 6-7 figures, for selling goods from the comfort of your home. All you need is an effective advertisement for the right audience.
Recommended: Best online business ideas for students.
Time to take action!
Now that you know these skills. It’s best to choose one or two, develop them and be a pro at it. It’s even better to start now that you are still in school because this can help you in choosing your career path for the hustle after school. Choose a skill and be intentional about making money this year.