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12 Online Money Making Business for Students

If you have been following my post on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) I always make emphasis to those who care to listen that “being a student is not an occupation”.

I’m a student myself and I have seen lots of students go through a lot in school due to not having buoyant parents, who may sometimes sends peanut to their wards not considering the fact that demand for money in school for text books, Materials and more is really high, you can’t blame them.

Personally we’re 3 in the university, my elder sister, myself and my kid sis who just got in, all the responsibility layed on our parents who earns only a meagre salary (story of my life).

Being a student doesn’t limit you from also earning little or more money to support yourself in school, I current do almost all of the 12 Online Money Making Business for Students that I’m going to be listing down here, it’s an added  advantage to you, you can say the knowledge I’m dropping here is a personal experience. I have the core experience in what I’m writing about, They’re a lot of good articles elaborating on this online money making, but no one is really narrowing it  down so it can also be applicable to students who don’t have the whole time in the wolrd to face any other stuff apart from their studies.

Like we all know, as a student (what ever school) time is not always on our side for Leisure. In other to be able to pursue other extra curriculum activities (e.g Working) we need to really know how to manage our time and manage it very well.

One advantage of starting online business as a student is that, online business is less time consuming, it gives you time to study go to school and still put money in your account to do some things in school without depending on any body.

12 Online Money Making Business for Students

They are lots of online businesses to engage in, in fact thousands of business opportunities arises every day online with promises of good returns and over night money, but they end up becoming time waste or sometimes scam, as a student time is luxury, you wouldn’t dare to waste it.

But the question is. “Which online business can I as a student engage in that will not only give me time to face my studies, but also be profitable to me; this is where I come in. I will be listing out, “12 good money making business for students“, not just listing, but also explaining in a very detailed and understanding way, like I said, the good part about this is that most of the online businesses I’ll be writing about are online businesses I have tried myself with first hand experience and knowledge.

1. Copywriting

Do you have skills in writing? Oh! wait you’re just coming across the word “CopyWriting” ? don’t worry i will explain what copy writing means.

According to KopywritingKourse “Copywriting is re-arranging words to make things sell better. It is a text form of salesmanship”.

But there’s a lot more to it than that, but the simple truth is that everything can be learned and everything can be taught even if you have skills in writing or not you can still be a copy writer with a mentor and teacher who can teach you.

You can make money by just writing sales letter for clients or for yourself. Writing a sales latter doesn’t take much time, that is if you know what you’re doing, personally I have written over 20 sales letter for a client who keeps coming back and I  have used that same skill and method of writing to drive in sales from different sales tunnel for myself.

Learn the skill of writing, if you already know how to, then go straight to learning Copywriting, and offer your skills to clients and charge a fee from them.

Also read: How to Create JAMB Profile 2020 Guide

2. Affiliate Marketing

I might not call myself any other thing, but I won’t fail to call myself an affiliate marketer. Affiliate marketing is the real deal for me, for me it’s the money producer.

What is Affiliate Marketing? According to Neil Patel

Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.

I started Affiliate marketing around late 2016 it was hellish getting customers to buy the products i was offering and since i was a novice, I never knew how to play my card well.

I was making a simple mistake of not knowing where to sell. I quit affiliate marketing, attending a few mastery class and came back in full force early 2018, the money I’ve earned selling peoples products (Affiliates) can’t be compare to what I make blogger,, for me Affiliate marketing is my money hub.

As a student looking to make money online, Affiliate marketing is the best bet though a bit time consuming. when you know how to manage your time like i said earlier, you’ll b alright after all.

I’m writing a book to explain this very well follow me.

Main while this my Piggyvest Affiliate dashboard, I refer users to them when the users signup I get N1000 ($2.59) as affiliate bonus. They are many other affiliate programs I run and get paid without stress just refer as much as you can and get paid.

Piggivest Affiliate Dashboard

3. Youtube marketing

YouTube Marketing is a crucial strategy to benefit from the massive shift of the web toward video for both internet marketers and online business owners. The huge traffic received by this platform every day only justifies the fact that YouTube Marketing is a growing trend and a very effective means to reach your target segment.

So grap this opportunity and and milk out your share. Youtube Marketing is simple, create a channel and post interesting videos  that users will be engage in, why also making sure you are not sharing someones video to avoid ban.

I have not really earned from this Business because I never took it serious.

4. Freelance Writing

This is another hot online business you can engage in as a student that doesn’t take much.

What is it all about?

The freelance definition or freelance meaning as a writer is someone who works on a self-employed basis. You are considered an independent business owner.

You can define freelance as someone who typically writes for more than one client and are paid per writing assignment or per batch of assignments. I have several high-paying freelance writing clients with recurring projects or ad hoc projects.

To be a freelance writer you must have basic writing skills just like the first business, though copy writing is base on writing sales converting write ups. I’m a freelancer.

5. Forex trading

Though Forex trading has been around for a very long time, it’s only reaching and being accessible by the masses. Forex trading is one of the trending and well paying business myself and many many other Nigeria students are doing it pays very well if you know what you’re doing.

According to Wikepedia

The foreign exchange market (Forex, FX, or currency market) is a global decentralized or over-the-counter (OTC) market for the trading of currencies. This market determines foreign exchange rates for every currency. It includes all aspects of buying, selling and exchanging currencies at current or determined prices. In terms of trading volume, it is by far the largest market in the world, followed by the credit market.

I’m still a newbie, when it comes to Forex trading, currently I’m attending classes to boost up my knowledge on the Forex business. I  can add  you up if you want, just simply use the contact me form and get to me, the class is free.

6. Dropshipping

Dropshipping is a retail fulfillment method where a store doesn’t keep the products it sells in stock. Instead, when a store sells a product using the dropshipping model, it purchases the item from a third party and has it shipped directly to the customer. As a result, the seller doesn’t have to handle the product directly.

Dropshipping is a great business model for aspiring entrepreneurs to start with because it’s accessible. With dropshipping, you can quickly test different business ideas with limited downside, which lets you learn a lot about how to choose and market in-demand products. Here are a few other reasons why dropshipping is such a popular model.

This is one business I have never done though I have friends and associates who do them and are doing well, the best part about is that, these friends and associates on mine are students, so dropshhipping is worth a mention as a business a student can engage in and get good profit.

7. Mini Importation

The mini importation business is is self explanatory business which you can engage in as a student that won’t take most of you time. It’s just an online small scale importation business model where a person with small capital can import goods from China at a low price and sell in the country at a higher price. It involves basically buying and selling.

Though this business demands little basic skills in other not to run loses. products that are sold outside are way cheaper than products sold in the country, you can simple order such products, create an awareness, (maybe adverts) and sell to demanding audience.

Here is one of the mistake some newbie Mini importers who don’t have who to guide the make. Not knowing the products to order, you don’t just start ordering goods no one will buy and end up forcing them on on unwilling buyers who will not want to pay good amount for products they don’t want (that is if they want to patronize you ), if you do that you will run loses.

Here is what to do. make research on some of the hot and high demand products in your geographical location, advertise the product even before ordering, and start selling.

That was what i was taught it worked out for me in my first trial.


8. Blogging

The definition of blogging is the process of writing a blog, an online journal in which you share your thoughts about a particular subject with readers.

Blogging has evolve over the years to becoming one of the most ventured business in the world, but the truth about blogging is that, they is always going to be space for many more people to come in, as they is always space for more businesses in the offline space.

Create a blog, which wouldn’t cost much, (I can help you with setting it up) write about things you like, you can monetize it and start earning. Mind you, Blogging is not a get rich quick ventures, time and consistency is needed.

9. Twitter Advertising

This is self explanatory, learn the skills of making twitter advert that converts and make reach it targets. I learned this skills (social media marketing) in a paid class, though for personal use, I can still help other people reach their target by placing Ads that convert.

10. Facebook Advertising

Just like the above topic, you can share your Facebook marketing skills to intending clients who want to mark sales.

They’re many Facebook advert management companies around, you can learn Facebook marketing skills and sell the skills for money.

11. Graphic Design


Are you a good graphic designer ? If not, learn some basic graphic designing skills and sell to people, they’re a lot of people needing the services graphic designers out there on social media and the real world learn the skills and sell to others who need need.

I’m a good graphic designer, though I use the skills for my personal use and some times help friends in designing flyers, it is a good money oozing skills for students that doesn’t take too much of your time

12. Online Course Creation

I create courses, though most my courses are free  I still have paid courses where i teach people the various knowledge I  know like, Web designing, Internet Marketing, Affiliate marketing and personal consultancy class.

This is simple, create a course about something you know that the public will want to know too and make money from selling it.


Search Engine Optimization

Information Marketing

Visual Animation

Mobile App Development.



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