Here Are 22 Startups That Are Massively Useful For Students

Want to rent a textbook for only $5? How about order food from any restaurant in town from one website? Or get a degree from an accredited university without paying any tuition – no matter who you are?

10 years ago, you couldn’t do any of these things. Now you can – and that’s why startups are awesome. Tons of people are out there right now, working hard and innovating to help others do things they couldn’t do before. People looking at everyday things and asking the best possible question: “How can we do this better?”

Lots of these startups are incredibly useful for students, and today I want to show you 22 of the coolest ones I’ve come across! Read More…

How To Get (And Keep!) Your First Client As A Freelancer

This is a guest post from my good friend Jessie Spielvogel. You might recognize her from my exceptional bloggers list I published earlier this year. She’s pretty awesome!

Freelancing is one of the best job options in the world right now. If you’re a student or if you’re currently in the market for a job, freelancing may be for you!

Think about it: jobs are hard to come by, you’ve got a set of skills that you’ve been trained for through school and/or previous work experience, and you certainly have some expertise in an area that others could use you for. So why not put those great skills to use immediately, and begin helping others while bringing in some extra cash?

If you’ve decided that you want to start freelancing, that’s awesome (and it puts a HUUUGGEEE smile on my face)!

First things first – if you’ve currently got a “real job,” make sure to check with your employer to be certain that there won’t be any issues with you working the side gig! Being sneaky about moonlighting will only end up with you either getting fired, or simply feeling paranoid and guilty all the time. Don’t let this happen to you.

If you’re employer-free, then you’re good to go! Let’s find you your first client!

“How do I start?” – you

This is one of my favorite questions (and one of the most frequent that I receive), because this is what I’m best at: getting you started!

Whether you’re a graphic designer, marketing consultant, personal fitness trainer, yoga instructor, rodeo clown, or barista, there are ways for you to get the word out about what you’re good at and what you can do to help others (and you can get paid to do so)!

Here’s How. Read More…

Lessons On Leadership: Allen Gannett and CampusSplash

Growing up, Allen Gannett was always fascinated with technology and education. At the age of 11, he jumped at the opportunity to design his first website, which he calls “a horrible old-school HTML news website for my grade school.”

Allen continued to dabble in projects growing up, but education remained his primary concern. In 2010, he had a revelation that “most of the problems we see in education, particularly around college access can be solved in a cost-efficient, scaleable way through technology.”

After putting together the initial concepts and plans to solve this problem, he met Anton, a fellow student interested in the cause, and the two co-founded their own company, CampusSplash. Read More…

Guest Post: Resources For Aspiring Student Entrepreneurs

This is a guest post by Jeff Herbst. Read more about him in the bio below this post.

Entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly popular for young people and has even become a common field of study available at universities across the United States. However, despite the availability of course offerings, successful entrepreneurship can be difficult to achieve. Therefore, having the right tools and resources available is critical to success for aspiring student entrepreneurs. The following resources can help provide the essential guidance aspiring student entrepreneurs need to thrive. Read More…

How To Make The Most Of An Internship-Less Summer

What are you doing this summer? If your answer is somewhere along the lines of, “Well, I didn’t get an internship, so I’m just gonna play Xbox and stare at the wall,” then this post is for you.

Yes, not getting the internship you wanted can suck, and it can make your summer seem like a three-month long void. Your plans have gone out the window, and you’re stuck in the house with nothing but basic cable and a bunch of boxes you don’t want to unpack.

Well, fear not! Failing to land an internship is not the worst thing that could happen to you – it’s far from it. Read More…

Want To Start Your Own Tech Support Business?

Judging by our visiting browser statistics, College Info Geek readers are pretty tech-savvy. Some readers, however, believe they’re legitimately tech savvy, and think it would be a pretty sweet idea to start their own tech support business.

Since I spent 15 months working at my school’s tech support center, I can tell you that tech support only results in brain aneurysms and horrible deja-vu; however, if you’re one of those masochistic souls who still thinks the potential profit outweighs the risks to your sanity, then commit these five tips to memory before carrying on.

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