Find the perfect student side hustle

Second I.T. Alejandra Fontalvo | JB Charleston

Second I.T. Alejandra Fontalvo | JB Charleston

At the age of 15, I began to pursue my side hustle, which was a lot more interesting and profitable than my job at a tutoring center. I took an interest in fashion and quickly realized that I could take advantage of the market deficit and growing popularity surrounding archival cult designers, such as Martin Margiela and Raf Simons.

I took an interest in fashion and quickly realized that I could take advantage of a market deficit and the growing popularity surrounding archival cult designers, such as Martin Margiela and Raf Simons.

Once I realized the need for this in the market, I imported collectible designers from across the world and resold them at a markup to collectors.

Balancing schoolwork with a side venture is possible, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to get ahead in their careers, as well as looking to make some extra money.

Starting your own business is an amazing way to gain work experience because it is the only opportunity to gain executive-level responsibility without prior experience. Not only is creating a business a great way to gain firsthand experience, but there is also potential to turn your side hustle into a full-time career.

Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook in his sophomore year of college and is currently worth over $60 billion. Having experience as a founder is a great addition to an otherwise lackluster résumé. It is an impressive label and a great conversation starter at interviews. It is the key to finding a great side hustle is being creative and identifying what you are passionate about.

There are so many untapped opportunities to create a side hustle; researching online and investigating your ideas can spiral into the next greatest invention.

Keep in mind that the internet is a powerful tool and can connect you to anyone, including potential customers. With today’s technology, you might not need to leave your home to start a company.

The Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College offers workshops and seminars to learn more about starting a business. Baruch also houses the New York Small Business Development Center.

You can schedule an appointment with a business adviser, who can help you with business-plan writing, identifying sources of funding and any other entrepreneurial questions.

They can also assist with loan packages and introduce you to bankers. If you have a business idea but no idea how to start, the Center is a great start. Advisers in the Center have signed a confidentiality agreement, so there is no fear of having ideas stolen.

There are new businesses created every day — don’t be held back by having big ideas and not knowing where to start with them. Companies such as Amazon and Uber needed to start from somewhere, too, and have slowly progressed and escalated to huge multibillion-dollar operations.