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Money In The News
September 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM

As the blogger for the FamilyPiggy Bank, I read a lot about money stuff. Surfing around, I uncover all sorts of stories beyond just hints on how to save or the state of the economy, like snippets on what the newly-found Van Gogh masterpiece sold for at Sotheby's or how a young girl was rewarded for returning a wallet full of cash. It's fun to read about all sorts of money news and thinking about how it impacts us or makes us think about our own money situation.

I ran across this cool article on USAToday a few weeks ago. Going to college costs money - not just tuition money, but spending money and money for books and everything. The article talks about how students are turning into entrepreneurs to find ways to make money, starting businesses to help other students out. 

One student started a snack delivery service, another began a room-cleaning service to clean other kids' dorm rooms. Laundry businesses (because who really wants to do those sheets?) have cropped up, as have moving companies (because again who wants to move boxes of textbooks up and down flights of stairs). Smart and savvy students are filling needs of others and making huge profits. 

Pretty cool, when you think about it - and who knows if anyone of them are even business majors. Just goes to show you, if you think hard enough and look around, golden business opportunities are everywhere. Me? I was a dorm counselor, which helped with housing costs and worked summers to bank up spending money for the year...

How did you make money in college? What is the best business idea you have had lately? 



  • meglennox
    September 12, 2012 at 10:42 AM

     those are some really smart ideas! see a need, fill a need. ;)  i worked for the short time i was in college. that's how i earned money. lol  i haven't had any good business ideas of late.

  • .Angelica.
    September 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    i never would have thought of that. i haven't been to college yet.

  • countrygirlkat
    September 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    That is awesome that they are thinking like that!  I worked 80 hours a week at an awesome guest ranch in the summers to save for the coming school year.  I loved it!

  • natesmom1228
    September 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Quoting countrygirlkat:

    That is awesome that they are thinking like that!  I worked 80 hours a week at an awesome guest ranch in the summers to save for the coming school year.  I loved it!

    That would be so much fun. I would love to work on a ranch.

  • MamaMandee
    September 12, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    I worked fast food. I was going to do a generic red box here in my little town as we didnt have one or anything but the library to get movies but we had a new store move in & they just put up a red box. 

  • slw123
    by slw123
    September 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I worked a full time retail job while I went to college.

  • Bob192
    by Bob192
    September 12, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    I managed a shoe store in college.  I currently have a website for the DFW area where people can find where to donate the goods and volunteer time.  It's still getting off the ground, no income yet.  I hope to have advertisers to help pay for the site.

  • Rushn311
    September 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    I never went to college. I probably would of waited tables.

  • copperswifey
    September 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    I lived at home with my parents when I went to college!  I haven't had any good business idea's lately. I'm still hoping someday I might think of the next best thing! I loved reading your article. :)

  • LOswald0314
    September 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM

     I had a job until I absolutely couldn't work anymore due to clinicals that were in the afternoon.

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