Last updated on April 2, 2017
It all started out when I saw many freshmen at UC Berkeley unable to get summer jobs.
I asked: How can I take advantage of people who are super smart but can’t get an internship?
I decided to create a local business consulting company. Why?
Over the course of two months, we contacted major companies through the college’s alumni list.
The very first gig we got was for Dell computers. We helped dell recruit students. After that we began advising local businesses about their menus and on-campus marketing.
A great tip for anyone to use (in school or not) is to start off doing stuff for FREE to build your expertise, client base (for repeat business), and testimonials (for new business).
This is something we encourage in our course that helps people create a $1,000 a month business.
We grew to a small army of 20 people doing this consulting. Then one day, Kenny (an intern) suggested we do a student discount card.
There are about 5 prototypical student businesses: selling credit cards, discount cards, t-shirt company, tutoring company and something with booze.
The year before, a company did a discount card and it was wildly popular over campus but they decided not to do again.
I figured it wouldn’t really cost us a lot and would be good to keep some of the (unpaid) interns busy.
A few of the key things to note about this business:
We ended up getting about 20 businesses together on the first Ninja card. We sold them for $10/each.
You can see what our card and first landing page looked like here:
The keys for growing a business in college:
Ultimately, we spread across 5 campuses and generated $50,000 within a year. Not bad for a senior (me) and some freshmen.
Since then I’ve been an early employee at Facebook and Mint, plus I started 2 multi-million dollar businesses. A LOT of people have asked me how I started those businesses.
Instead of repeating myself over and over I created the solution to get you your own business.
If you want the blueprint to start your own business, personal support, and access to a community of 3,000+ entrepreneurs, take a look at “How To Make A $1,000-A-Month Business.”