Let’s face it, going to school is expensive and it takes up a lot of your time. And, you still need money for all the essentials… like makeup, food, and a night out with the girls once in a while! Whether you’re a full-time or part-time student, there’s a good chance you could use some extra money in your pocket. The good news is, there are lots of ways to make some extra money on the side without sacrificing your study time.
As a cosmetology student, it’s safe to assume that you have a passion for all things beauty and style related. Why not use that passion and your newfound skills to make a side income right from the comfort of your own home? Here are five beauty related side hustles you can do from home as a cosmetology student.
Become a Beauty Blogger
Blogging is a smart way to make a little money on the side, and it could even become a way to make some serious money down the road. The key to successful blogging is to produce useful, engaging content consistantly. As a cosmetology student, you could use your insider’s knowledge of the beauty industry to create a blog about hair, makeup, skincare, and other beauty tips. The key will be finding a way to make your blog stand out from the rest.
Make sure you only blog about things you can get excited about, otherwise your readers will pick up on your lack of interest. Trending beauty topics, like K-Beauty products, new skin care treatments, or the season’s most popular makeup looks are always great jumping-off points. As your beauty blog begins to build a loyal following, you can start to make that much-needed side money through affiliate links and ads on your blog.
Start a YouTube Channel
Starting a beauty channel on YouTube is a great way to share your passion for all things beauty and make a little money on the side at the same time. The great thing about YouTube is you can create any type of videos you want… makeup/hair tutorials, product reviews, skin care, fashion… you get the idea. You’ll have the flexibility to create your content in your spare time, without ever leaving your home.
You will need to invest in some decent equipment to get started, including a decent computer, video camera, microphone, and some editing software. You will also need a quiet place with a proper background and good lighting to film your videos.
One of the critical steps to building a loyal following on your channel will be to create valuable content on a regular basis. As you start to gain subscribers, your videos will gain popularity, and you’ll begin to make money through ads and clicks. You’ll begin to be considered an expert in the beauty industry and brands will want to partner with you to help market their products. In some cases, you could receive monetary compensation for reviewing a product, in other cases, you will receive free products from popular brands. Either way, it’s a win-win for you!
Become a Beauty Influencer on Instagram
Much like YouTube and blogging, Instagram is a great way to show off your expertise and make a bit of extra money at the same time. Set up an Instagram profile that focuses on your passion for all thing beauty. Create gorgeous photos and offer valuable tips to build up a group of followers steadily. As you can popularity, beauty brands will seek you out to partner with them, and you’ll make money by talking about their products.
Instagram gives you the opportunity to post photos and videos so you can share your personal opinions and experiences about beauty and beauty products. As you share your insider’s knowledge of the industry and build your following, you will become a trusted influencer. The key is to know what people are interested in and interact with them through comments on your posts.
Become a Beauty Representative
Opportunities to become a beauty representative for various beauty companies have been around for a long time. Avon and Mary Kay are a couple of examples, but there are numerous others. You start out by becoming a representative with one of these companies. This gives you the right to sell and distribute their products. Every time you make a sale, you earn a commission.
In some cases, you can earn additional income by getting other representatives to sign up under you. Then, you will earn money not only on your own sales but on theirs as well. If you are a successful recruiter, you could really make a lot of extra money with this idea.
Create Your Own Product or Product Line
You can probably think of at least one blogger, model, or YouTuber that has gone on to start their own line of beauty products. So, what made them successful? They used their knowledge and passion about the beauty industry to develop a product, or an entire line of products, the meets the needs of consumers.
This isn’t a make money quick type of idea, and it will take a lot of hard work to get it going, but you could earn notable money with this idea if you develop a great product. You could even work on this idea as you’re pursuing one of the other side gigs mentioned above. Start out by doing tons of research to learn about current beauty trends and the needs of your potential customers. Learn about the cosmetics laws in your state. Then, you’ll need to learn how to source your ingredients, manufacture, and market your product to potential clients.
As you can see, there are a lot of ways to make some side money as a cosmetology student. The potential is unlimited… it really just depends on how much time and effort you’re willing to put into it. And, you don’t have to stick with only one side hustle, either. You can use one platform to promote another and increase your range of influence more quickly. Turn your passion and excitement for the beauty industry into a profitable side hustle without ever leaving the comfort of your own home!