Many Kenyan university students rely on loans from the government for their survival. You can live a productive life in the university by doing small businesses during your free time. There is always a ready market due to many students, especially when you are social and have many friends. Think of things to sell to university students in Kenya and then get started. This article will provide you with profitable business ideas for students in university.
1. Cyber Cafe
A cyber café is among the best small business ideas you can start at the campus. Many times students require internet connection, photocopying and printing services. You can rent a small store within the university premises or operate the business from your hostel. Let your course mates and friends know you are offering the services and within a few days, you will have many customers.
2. Selling Vegetables
Selling vegetables is among the best business ideas for university students. Students don't like eating in hotels since it is cheaper to cook. You can start selling kales, tomatoes and spinach door to door in campus hostels. Leave your contacts to your customers and anytime they need some, they can call you. You can also opt to rent a stall within or outside the university premises.
3. Selling Cakes and Mandazis
Most university students prefer preparing breakfast from their hostels instead of buying from hotels. As such, you can be waking up early and distributing snacks in the hostels. If you can prepare them, you can make more profit, unlike buying snacks in wholesale and distributing them. Students will refer more customers to you if they like your snacks.
4. Freelance Writing and Blogging
With free Wi-Fi in most universities, you can take advantage and start freelance writing. You only need to have a computer, internet connectivity and freelance skills. Many campus students participate in freelance writing and you can learn from them if you don't have the skills.
Sign up on some of the best freelance websites like Upwork and Fiverr. Freelance writing is one of the small business ideas that will you get you an extra coin while in campus.
5. Selling Beauty Products
Many university students want to look smart and stay up to date with what is trending. This makes the cosmetics and beauty business one of the most profitable businesses at the campus.
You can sell cosmetics like mascaras, hair treatment products, skincare products, weaves, manicure and pedicure products. Carry them whenever you are going for a lecture. After lectures, show them to your course mates and many of them will buy. After some time, you will have made a name for yourself in this cosmetics business. After some time, you will have customer referrals if students like your products.
6. Start M-Pesa Shop
Although an M-Pesa shop is expensive to start for a university student, it is something you can make huge profits from if you can raise startup capital. The M-Pesa business thrives well in densely populated areas.
Students transact a lot when they receive money from their parents, creating an opportunity for Mpesa business. With around Ksh 150,000, you can start the business. It is one business that you won't lack customers in university.
7. Barber and Salon Business
A salon business can be time-consuming, but it is something worth venturing into. You can employ a person while you attend your lectures. For a barbershop, it is easy to start and operate when you don't have lectures. You can also employ a person to leave in your business when you have classes. Your fellow students will be willing to try your service and if they like them, they will refer their friends.
8. Video Games like PS4
PS4 is one of the most played video game in Kenya making it one of the best small business startup ideas for students. You can start a business within your hostel without having to hire premises.
Students like playing PS4 and within no time, you will have many customers through referrals. You need a screen, gaming pads, PS4 console. If you have a laptop, you can start with it and raise capital to buy a PS4 console.
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