Students typically run out of money fast, student loan will last so long so it is then that the harsh realities of life kick in and it is either look for a part time job in a bar or restaurant or earn money in more creative ways such as starting up a small business to help pay for living costs and university fees.

student business ideasIn the UK there is plenty of opportunity for students to start up their own business and since nearly all students will have access to free internet than an online based business could be perfect. Here are a few online business models that students could implement to make money. Business ideas for students:

1. Offer to write essays and coursework for a fee – There is huge demand for essay writing online and students who are studying in a particular field are highly sort after. Even GCSE or A level students will pay for someone else to write their coursework for them.

2. Write articles for websites – many website owners loathe writing content because it can be long, laborious and non-cost effective for many businesses. If you are happy to write then get in touch at sites like and Register for free and offer your services as a writer.

3. Social Media work – Find yourself always sitting on Facebook or Twitter? I bet you didn’t know that there are some people who will pay you to operate and manage their social media campaigns for them. pays for tweets so if your Twitter account has thousands of followers sign up and see how much you can earn selling sponsored tweets.

Non Online Students Business Ideas

1. Pet Walking – students do have quite a bit of spare time so why not look after pets and get paid at the same time? busy people who have to go to work early and get home late at night need someone to baby sit their beloved pets for them during the day. you can earn as much as £10 per hour pet sitting and if you enjoy it that much you could always set your own dog walking business.

2. Retro Clothing Market Stall – Students love retro! take a trip to some charity shops, (Oxfam is perfect for this as they have really low prices for all their stuff) and buy some cool retro styled clothing from the 60s, 70s 80s and 90s. Spend about £30-£50 in total and find out where the local markets are. Fashion pop-up shops are certainly in vogue so set yourself and try to double your money, re-invest your money in order to buy more stock and go again the week after.

3. Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg – Everyone loves fresh food (this one of the most original business student ideas) and if you’re not able to grow fruit and veg then a small herb garden is perfect for students who live in flats or shared accommodation. Get a book from the local library or ask your Dad on how to grow herbs from pots and then resell at local fruit and veg markets or to farm shops.