Raghav Haran is a graduating senior at the University of Michigan, and the founder of LandAnyJobYouWant.com. When he’s not coming up with new hustles, he’s probably suffering from self loathing after eating an entire package of Oreos.
Starting a company is the cool thing to do now in college.
Most college students think that if you want to be an entrepreneur, tech is the best place to be. And there’s some truth to that.
But in reality, some of best opportunities for student entrepreneurs to have amazing impact, freedom, make a lot of money, and live life on their own terms actually lie outside of Silicon Valley.
Let me share my experience with you.
It’s crazy enough telling people that you’re balancing a business with taking college classes. It’s even crazier when your company is totally different from what most people think of when they think of entrepreneurship.
A couple of months ago, I started LandAnyJobYouWant.com to help people land jobs they’re excited about. I don’t have a fancy website, a mobile app, amazing design, software, or anything like that. Instead, I started off by creating a 4 week online video course packaging up what I’ve learned over the years about landing amazing job offers.
Most people would tell you that balancing a highly profitable business with school is very difficult, if not impossible.
But for me, it’s incredibly easy.
That’s because the whole model for these “non-technical” businesses is super simple. You take something you’re already good at – whether that’s in the realm of career advice, social skills, relationships, fitness, etc – package it up into an online course or coaching program, and create a bunch of free content to attract people to it. As long as you know more about your area than the people you’re targeting, you can help them.
How much did it cost me up front to start? $35.
I didn’t have to spend a ton of money to hire a sketchy guy from Elance to code something for me. I didn’t have to worry about raising any money or potentially wasting my own savings on something that might not work. I didn’t have to watch some horrible tutorial on the internet to try to learn programming.
And best of all, it doesn’t eat up all my time.
I’m planning on traveling a lot after I graduate in a few months, and I’ll still be able to run and grow the business in the process.
I’m always really surprised to see how few college students even realize that starting an online business is an option.
Many students who want freedom and flexibility end up trying to start tech companies of some type – and there’s nothing wrong with that. But it seems like it’s more a result of being ignorant about other options rather than a special interest in tech.