I was in my IDEAS LAB and hulas, an idea comes to my mind! Henceforth, this post that I titled “Student Entrepreneur Ideas.” I can feel you’re confused and just wanna burst and ask ME “Oscar, do you want us to fail at school….School and money making go different directions!!”
Hold it! I have got a conciliatory WAY, that’s the tips I am going to share right now. Just scroll until you finish reading. Who knows, this can be your START UP. Here we goooo!
Entrepreneurship skill: a twenty-first century ONE
My start question is why do go to school or why on earth our parents enroll us in schools? Why do government issue law about compulsory education? What is the purpose of school? Answered to these questions, especially the last depend upon who answers.
For some students, this answer to “What is the purpose of school?” is “to get good grades.”
Some parents may sound a bit different and say “to educate.”
A teacher may add—and this is clearer—“to prepare students for their futures.”
“Preparing students for their futures”, (Kaufman, 2013, p.78) got the same answers. If I break it up, the purpose for school is to help learners gain knowledge and skills needed to earn a living (through working and getting money), help their communities and nations.
Elrod (2010) emphasized that the skills students get at school should climax in their being able to ultimately generate a growing and prosperous economy. I’m not then talking nonsensically because these two individuals I have cited in here are education experts!
Among the 21st Century Skills a learner needs, Kaufman listed at the eighth position “Financial and economic literacy and awareness.” Again I’m comfortable to talk about money making as a student.
Are you too young to generate money online?
If your answer is yes, Ryan (a by now 8-year Toy reviewer) would laugh at you. Do you know what? Ryan started reviewing toys when he was 4 years old!
He now owns a You tube channel that exclusively reviews new toys or kids’ food products. The videos released on that channel features Ryan with “off-camera guidance from his parents.”
It is not a must to own a you tube channel to start your business online. But you will need it later!
Let’s start the main discussion: the student entrepreneur ideas
1) Understand the nature of earning online
Actually, earning online starts from HELPING ONLINE. There is a want or a problem that brings people online. People do not just type something in Google, Bing, Baidu, Yahoo, etc browsers… They always have a purpose!
- want to lose weight;
- need to gain weight;
- would like tips to relieve their maladies;
- have hair loss and need some practical solutions;
- hate themselves and need some hits on stress or self-esteem management;
- live addicted lives and come online to get some help;
- are studying not doing well in writing skills, literacy, or numeracy and would like some tips to succeed;
- need information on how to start blogging;
- would like ideas to write about;
- want to read job ads;
- learn how to operate stuff like computer software programs;
- want to see reviews (negative versus positive aspects) of products (food, toys, etc);
- are trying to read about places they wish to visit
- want to learn a new language
As you’re at school for a purpose, or ask a question to your teacher with a now-want to know, people come online with a purpose too!
There are TWO MAIN WAYS FOR BEGINNERS to earn online cash:
===> If you’re a camera fan, YOU TUBE CHANNEL is the recommended way for you (I will be back later in another post on earning a living through running YOU TUBE channel)
===>If you’re comfortable writing or typing, there is plenty of opportunities for you too.
Whether you embrace you tube path for your helping people get answer for their wants or you write tips/reviews/etc., you’d got to go online with at least some answers to their wants/problems/queries.
Now the following step is identified most where you can be helpful. You’re going to ask yourself “what am I comfortable with?” What would I enjoy shooting video about? what would I tirelessly write about?
2) What are you studying or what do you love most?
What you study can open your eyes and I guarantee that from now on, everything you’ll be studying, you’re going to be thinking of how to sell it to online visitors! what you enjoy most and love to do, enjoy writing about where lead you to solving or answering/catering specific online users’ wants/problem/queries.
Your specific help or what you’re be shooting video or writing about will target specific people’s (THIS IS YOUR AUDIENCE) needs, not every internet user’s.
3) Your target audience/your online customers
People who read your writings or watch you You tube video are your potential customers
=== Look at the stationers selling pens near your school;
===Don’t you often go to buy some stuff in a store? Do you go to buy pens at the green grocer’s?
No! Everyone has got a specific shop or store for specific products
===Online too, you need to have specific brand (what you’ll be talking about), a specific NICHE you’re exclusively dedicate your content or videos on: Women cosmetics? tips about pain in periods for women and girls? Toys for X-(the 2-, -4, 6-, 9-, etc) year old boys/girls? YOU HAVE TO BE SPECIFIC!
4) Your online address/Online stand: that’s your site, your OWN blog
You personally now where to buy what you need. It would be had for the sellers of the items you often buy hadn’t they got a specific address. There is a known shop or store and they put the item people need. There not shop there is know to be operational if it is empty!
=A person will be typing in his/her browser “new movies for 2019“
if your specific contents are about movie reviews, they will be directed to your site… that’s your online/internet STAND.
5) Your Relevant content
Contents or videos are your ideas, these are what you sell online. They have to be relevant and orderly
Have you ever seen a mixed stand for soaps and flour? Don’t talk about different or irrelevant ideas. This will keep followers/users often coming to read or watch your what you’ve prepared for them.
Whichever video you shoot or ideas you write about should be relevant to the audience you have chosen to help. I have been using the word help intentionally because:
- online businesses start as forms of helping audience with some query or specific wants. In helping, you’ve got to be as relevant as possible
- Be someone whose contents/videos are helpful
6) Monetizing your ideas/your help
The content or video magnetization process is easy to understand:
- You have valuable tips you share via writing or videos;
- Since these are solutions/tips that really are helpful to those having particular wants: people needing them will be directed to your site/blog
- If the number of your stand/website visitors is big enough (which is related to the quality of your online contents and videos);
- You put online/on your website/blog what you think your visitors might need to buy online!
====>Later when you’re mature enough you can connect sell your offline products by delivering them to customers who have ordered them via your website.
====> If you have gained good experience, you can create a course (teaching anything you like and find promising to earn you money)
To sum up, I have walked you through a series for “student entrepreneur ideas.” The ball is in your goalie: it’s up to you to give a try. If you have understood the nature of earning cash online, content/video creation, coming out with a helpful mind rather than business-oriented, you’ll be successful. Nice journey.
If you need any specific help or more ideas, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know students as I am a teacher…. I know you than most online marketers and I care about your thorough understanding of “earning cash online.“