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If you’re in college and struggle to find a part-time job but you know how to fix computers, you can start a business where people come to your dorm and you would fix their computers for a fee. You can choose to charge your customers by the hour or a flat fee for the work you do. To get the word out about your computer repair venture, post flyers on the bulletin boards in the campus student center, in the computer science department’s hallways, inside the library, and at campus events.
Dorm Cleaning Service
We know how dirty college dorm rooms can get and if your school doesn’t have a special cleaning crew for the dormitories, you can fill the need and clean dorms for fellow students while they are attending classes. Start by asking your own classmates who live in dorms and if they are happy with your cleaning skills, the classmates may recommend you to other dorm residents.
Selling Used Textbooks
Another good business idea as a college student is to sell used textbooks you no longer need. You can take your used textbooks back to campus bookstore and sell them for a price or you can have a computer science student you know build your used textbook website where you can post photos, prices and descriptions of the used textbooks.
Another idea is to tutor your friends’ children and children in your neighborhood for a weekly or monthly fee. Think about the subjects and grade levels that you are the most experienced in and target potential customers who represent your areas of expertise. Visit your neighbors’ homes and give them your flyer while discussing your services. Drop off your flyers at elementary, middle and high schools as well as public libraries and on the doors of college radio stations if you want to tutor college students.
For those who like to take pictures, you can become a freelance photographer by taking pictures for clients at birthday parties, weddings, community events or local parades that are sponsored by civic organizations. Before you solicit clients you should take a few photography courses then prepare a portfolio of your best pictures to show clients when meeting with them. Once you build a steady clientele list, visit a web designer and have him build a website that features your photos, a list of services and prices and contact information.
With our population aging, the need for health services has been rising dramatically over the past two decades. People of all ages are looking to improve their health through exercise and eating a healthy diet that’s augmented by vitamin supplements. One area of the health field that presents promising business opportunities is customized supplement programs.
Summit Health LLC is becoming one of the leaders in the field of customizing vitamin supplements. Over-the-counter vitamins that millions of people purchase are standardized for the average person. However, people do not fall into the average category. The supplement needs of a 50 year old, overweight male are far different than a 25 year old, thin male, yet the dosage of vitamins is the same.
Customized nutritional supplements are created by collecting answers to a health questionnaire and a urine sample that is evaluated by an independent lab to discover exactly what supplements are needed. The results are what determine which supplements to take, rather then a one size fits all approach.
The process is very straightforward. Individuals interested in having vitamin and mineral supplements customized for their needs fill out a questionnaire and send in a urine sample. They provides a complete urine sample kit for collection, so while the process may seem a bit uncomfortable at first it’s actually easier than it sounds. From the results provided, a specific, customized vitamin supplement dosage for the individual is generated.
In today’s tough economy, finding good opportunities may seem few and far between. However the health care field has expanded rapidly over the past two decades. Again, unlike traditional over the counter vitamins that millions of people purchase everyday, Summit Health LLC is offering a specific, customized doses of vitamins and minerals based on the needs of the individual.
Now is a good time to get into the customized supplement field. By providing a specific, customized dosage of vitamins and minerals geared toward the individual, a health professional who enters this field stands to make a considerable living over the next two to three decades.
From a business perspective, the opportunities for providing customized supplements are a very strong one. Vitamins sold over the counter feature standardized doses based on an average which in almost all cases do not meet the needs of the individual. The timing for entering the field of providing customized supplements could not be better considering the health concerns of both seniors and the growing number of Baby Boomers reaching retirement age.
Summit Health operates through a network of health professionals nationwide. Individuals who are on the program are usually referred to it by a health professional, who is also there to help and encourage them. People are often skeptical about nutrition programs but they need one to live an optimal healthy lifestyle. The model offered by Summit Health LLC makes it successful for both the health professional and for the individual person on the program.
What’s also impressive, is the use of technology, everything is done online and all test results and recommendations are available online for both the health professional and for the individual to see at any time.
The struggle of running a video production business is a reality. When you try so hard to become successful, you may make wrong decisions because you feel so depressed and exhausted. If you think about it, instead of making these decisions every time you are in turmoil, give yourself a break and relax. You will soon realize that not deciding is the best decision to make.
Even if I have created a profitable video production business, I haven’t found financial contentment. I’m not speaking of assets or belongings. I want to have the luxury to chill out and visit places every time I feel like it and have a business in place where I can passively earn.
I’m in pursuit of financial freedom. This is the freedom to do anything while not thinking about money anymore.
Even though I know that I am almost at that point, I get impatient in reaching that state. Instead of making logical daily plans, I try to take the shortest path which leads me to making wrong choices. These choices made me lose a big amount of money and gave me more disappointment.
Check out these situations if they are familiar to you.
1. Because your sales dropped, you think that you should have a complete marketing makeover for your video production business.
Even if your marketing strategy has always worked before, you decide to change everything about it. One month has passed and you introduce your new website, give out new business cards, show off a new logo, etc. However, even when you made all these transformation, you didn’t notice any changes with your sales trend.
You just spent a month thinking about stuffs that are not really crucial to the status of your business. You also increased your cash expenses through these new things you implemented although they aren’t important. Now your cash reserves are gone and your marketing action plan did not do any good for your business.
2. You’re doing many projects that have critical deadlines and you are working sleepless nights to finish them.
You’re tired, wasted and you feel bad because you do all the work in your company. During this stressful moment, you need to hire someone else to aid you with editing or shooting while you relax.
This might be a bright idea. Adding employees can provide more videos and increase profit. Even if this is the case, think about sustaining this type of workload in the future.
Will you have this workload in the coming months or is this just a temporary situation where your projects are only going to pile up for a few weeks?
I had the same problem on many occasions. I tried to push the company to grow when I knew that it’s doing very well instead of anticipating for the time when the business may fall down. If you feel that you still need help even when sales are slow, go ahead and get one.
I believe that most of the time, you just have to understand how to find temporary freelancers to help you when your projects increase instead of getting full-time employees. You’ll get better work at reasonable costs.
During economic crisis, it is better to find freelancers who are willing to commit to short-term contracts instead of getting employees with long-term contracts. Even if you can cut down on man power when your business slows down, it would not create a good impression for your business if you keep on doing that because your customers will see how you run your business and might question your ethics.
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