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10 Dec 2017

Top 15 Legit Ways To Make Money As A Student – Student Hustles


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In this content, I will show you the Top 15 Legit Ways To Make Money As A Student. Understand that this is going to be a quite long guide, endeavour to read till the last full stop.

First Off, Why Do You Have To Make Money As A Student?

Being in a higher institution can be all fun, however, confronting reality; it can set out and fiendish to the individuals who are not fortunate enough to have elite parents.

Also, going hungry on campus is a scary feeling. You will see books and won’t be able to read as they will seem like uneatable chops. You will experience nights filled with nightmares, that’s when you will realize that all cats are gray in the dark. You will walk on the streets and get shaky and dangle in the direction of the wind like a drunk monk, that’s when you’ll realise that you’ve been caught up in a vicious circle.

Skipping the stories, let’s get down to the main subject matter.

Legal Ways To Make Money As A Student

1.) Tutorial Centers

If you’re good in any particular course(s), you can start by tutoring your junior colleagues especially first-year students in your department/faculty. You may choose to hold these tutorials every weekend and you charge money per classes held. You can photocopy past questions and sell them out to students that come for your tutorial. You can also organise vocational tutorials and train people on how to bake, make beads and other lucrative vocational training.

2.) Blogging

You must have heard about blogging and how lucrative it can be, even though it’s no lazy man’s game. You also must have heard about successful bloggers such as Makinde of Naijaloaded, Seun Osewa of Nairaland, Linda Ikeji and the millions of naira these people make on daily basis.
Making money from blogging is not as easy as it seems but with the right guide, you too can tap from the ever-evolving gold mine. For more on making money blogging, you can check this page. This is one of the best legit ways to make money as a student.

3.) Web Design/Development / Programming

You can learn how to build websites or blogs and make money offering the service.
There is a market for you both on campus and beyond. You can reach out to departments, student associations, fellowships groups etc. and offer to build websites for them. More importantly, you can start a freelancing career with this knowledge. You might want to check how to make money as a programmer.

4.) Photography

Students love to take photographs especially newbies. There is also an almost constant demand for passport photographs in many higher institutions in Nigeria. Photography is a very profitable and yielding business and all you basically need is a digital camera no matter how small it is to get started. You can even sell beautifully captured places or events online and you are already making money from photography.

5.) Freelance Writing

If you’ve got an interest in blog writing and got quite a way with words, you could write for independent websites and blogs that would pay you for it. Let the content creativity juices flow and express yourself through some freelance work. See how to make money as a freelance writer in Nigeria.

6.) Graphic Design

If you’re very good with Coreldraw, Photoshop and other graphic design packages, this is a very big business as there are always activities/events on campuses which require posters and flyers for promotion. Your work will speak for you and you will start to have new clients far and near you.
You’ll be contracted to design basically anything that requires great designs.

7.) Baking/Pastries Making

Not limited to dietetics and Home Economics students, students can make cake, buns, puff-puff, doughnuts, Fish/Meat pie, even popcorn. They can also make Yoghurt/Ice cream, Zobo, Juice drinks, Soya milk, Custard powders etc. and sell to fellow students from their room or supply to canteens or stores. The products can also be sold at event venues especially on Saturdays and within church premises on Sundays. This is also another brilliant student hustle.

8.) Bulk SMS services

Many groups, fellowships, organizations, departmental associations etc. find it necessary to stay in touch with their members. You can offer to send bulk SMS to their members for a fee. See how to build a bulk SMS website.

9.) Learn a craft

There are things you can learn that will fetch money for you while in school such as Hairdressing, Facial makeup, Jewelry making with beads, bags, and shoes making with beautiful materials etc. If you have interest in any skill at all, just learn it and start making your money. The internet has made learning easier. You can just go to Google or YouTube for tutorials concerning your skill of interest.

10.) Printing

Students do a lot of printing work. You can start up this business by getting any of the cheap desk jet printers whose inks can easily be refilled without completely changing the cartridge. You can start this up in any students’ hostel and from your room, that way you won’t have to pay for any space. All you need is disciplined and cooperative roommates.
If you have the time, you can also typeset students projects and assignments at your own rates.

11.) Affiliate Marketing

This involves you promoting other people’s (or company’s) products and earning a commission for each sale that you make. You needn’t even have a website to do this, you can make use of social media.
For those of you with thousands of virtual friends on Facebook whose only benefit to you is the likes you get on your photos that make you feel “important”, you can actually sell things to your large number of followers and make money which will make a real positive impact in your life.

Read more >>> On Affiliate Marketing

12.) Branding Services

You can design Customised T-shirts, wristbands, mufflers and other trendy fashionable wears for classes, departments, faculties, associations, group of friends etc.
If you can’t personally do the branding, find someone who can and strike a deal with them, then act as a contractor/middleman. Be sure to always deliver what you promise and at the agreed time.
Reputation is everything in business. With a good reputation, you get loyal clients and new referred ones.

13.) Laundry Services

Students on campuses love to look good, but mostly feel tired to do the laundry. If you are diligent and hardworking, you can make good money from this. It just takes doing the laundry for few of your friends and they will keep bringing others to you.
You can hire a trusted local resident to assist you when the workload becomes too much.

14.) Football Viewing or Game Center

With what you see and notice around you about people’s interest in football, I am sure you can imagine how profitable a football viewing center business can be. However, this kind of business is better done by students who are natives or long-time residents in the particular area for obvious reasons. Students after their lectures will love to rest their stressed brains and game centers will be one of their choices.

15.) Make use of your skill

Whatever skill set you have can be a source of income for you. Whether you can play musical instruments or you are good at artistic drawing or you are a great writer etc. You just have to market yourself.
A simple notice printed on an A4 paper with details of the services you offer and how you could be contacted is enough to get you clients when pasted in strategic positions around campus.


Conclusion: There are more ways to make money as a student. The above-mentioned are some of the best opportunities by which students can make money on campuses and off campuses. The problems you might face is how to start and how to combine student hustles with academics. However, people still do this and they graduate with good results.

Note: Freshers or first year students are not advised to involve in campus businesses. They need to completely focus on studies and learning their new environment unless they are already familiar with the environment.


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