This turbulent year has apparently not been the best one for the fashion industry, but it’s by no means a reason to give up your vocation. If you are among those lucky ones who can proudly say “I work in fashion”, stay committed – and mind that now can be the right time to get yourself into the business!
Below you will find a list of business ideas you can safely try while still being a student. If you succeed, you’ll already be an established entrepreneur by the time you graduate. And if not – you’ll still have the time to drop it and try something else instead!
1. Freelance Fashion Journalism or Editing
If you are good at writing and only use essay help to assist you with subjects not related to fashion, or because of the lack of time, then fashion journalism might be the job for you. And while you surely can find an internship in a big magazine and become a new version of Andrea from “The Devil Wears Prada”, there are also some other ways.
To become a freelance author, you can:
- Set up a profile at a job search platform as a freelance fashion author;
- Write outlines and try to pitch them to magazines of your choice;
- Establish your own magazine and become its chief editor. In this case, your college will probably offer you lots of opportunities, plus you’ll be able to recruit your staff members from your fellow students.
However, it’s important to understand that this business is very time-consuming, requires teamwork, and is not very likely to become lucrative.
2. Fashion Blogging or Vlogging
Blogging is still a top popular occupation for experts in nearly all fields, and the future looks promising for social media stars. But if you think that being a blogger, especially a fashion blogger, is easy – come out of the delusion.
Blogging is serious work, and if you really want to become popular and monetize your content, you should invest a lot of time, especially during the first few months. You will also need to put up some money, too, as it will be almost impossible to grow your audience organically in 2021.
However, this occupation is also easier than many others in the industry, as it still gives one an opportunity to work from anywhere and have a flexible schedule.
3. Personal Styling/Image Consulting
If you’re not good at writing and video production, but have an immaculate sense of style, you can try a hand at personal styling or image consulting. Such specialists are always in demand, as many people lack their own style perception, but still need to look good on special occasions and on social media.
However, finding your first clients may be tough. To do that, you can yet again give ads on job boards, but the best way is to start a buzz on social media by showing off your works and offering consultations.
The problem is, you may still need to invest some time and money at the beginning to make sure you have a place online to demonstrate your expertise – a website, a blog, or a social media account.
4. Fashion Photography and Styling
If you’re longing for the laurels of a new Richard Avedon of Patrick Demarchelier, you can start working on it early on. These days, it’s become easier than ever before, as everyone can self-advertise on social media.
Social media is also the place where you can be most useful with your skills and earn some money with it. You probably know that great photo content is a must for every commercial Instagram account, be it a blog or an online store, right? So, that’s where you can practice before you land a job at some big glossy magazine!
5. Freelance Fashion Design
If your passion is clothes design, there’s also no need to wait until you get famous to earn money with your craft. You can become a solo entrepreneur or set up a small business with a minimum workforce – a tailor, a pattern maker, and a marketer/SMM manager.
This kind of business can even make you famous and successful one day if you happen to possess true talent and market your products, and brand in general, the right way. So, if you feel like fashion design is your vocation, don’t hesitate to try and put your stakes high.
Possessing creative genius is not a must, however. If you just like making clothes and not designing them, you can always easily earn some cash with tailoring, as this is the type of service that will always be in demand.
This year has also shown a tendency to buy fewer new clothes as people become more aware of the damage that fast fashion induces. Moreover, their budgets have been affected by the pandemic. So, fashionistas prefer to mend their luxury garments rather than buy new mass-market ones – not to mention that many students don’t have money to spare for new clothes!
The fashion industry offers a myriad of opportunities for inspiring entrepreneurs. And there’s no need to wait till you graduate to try a hand at something that you want to be your profession for life.
College is the best place to start any kind of small business, be it an image consulting agency or a clothing brand, as there you have connections, infrastructure, and at least a little free time. What’s more, you have years and years ahead of you. It would be a shame to miss such an opportunity!