15+ Money Making Businesses For International Students

Business Ideas For International Students

Business Ideas For International Students


One of the mistakes I see international students do it try to get into a study country first, then start Job hunting, this usually becomes fruitless in the end and you might just end up wasting all your resources.

Most international students usually have rich parenting, making it easy for them to just have a splash life, but if you know you come from a home where you parents are struggling to give you the best, then you have to think ahead and start something for yourself.

My advice to you is to plan if you know that you will end up studying abroad, but if your parents are so wealthy, then you can decide to just live the best of your life the way you feel.

Why You Should Study Abroad.

I wrote an article on this blog where I gave so many valid reasons on why every young person should try to study abroad, also in that article I wrote so many statistics and the best of all, the best country to study when it comes to studying abroad.

Here is a link to that article, make sure to read this article below and come back to finish this one.

Money-Making Business Ideas For International Students

When starting a business as an international student; you should make sure to choose businesses that are not taxed by the laws of that country, and this means that online businesses are usually the best to go by; you may be earning very little, but as time goes by, you are sure to start earning very much; this is why I recommend that you plan before choosing to study abroad.

1. Blogging.

Blogging is one source of income that is never tasked by any government, your blog is a global business so you can take it with you all over the world without any hassle.

All you need to start a blog is to choose a proper nice, buy a domain name and a web hosting plan that would cost nothing less than $5/Mo, then start making money by publishing reasonable contents that resonate with an audience.

I wrote an article to help you jumpstart your blog business, I recommend you read that article.

2. Become A YouTuber.

When you go on YouTube, the majority of channels you see there are owned by international students and travellers, sharing their thought on what they feel about living oversees, they usually have a lot of views because most immigrants usually consult the internet before coming to live in that country.

I wrote an article to help you get started on starting a YouTube channel and making money with it, click the link below to read the article.

3. E-Commerce.

e-Commerce is another business model that is highly profitable for international student living abroad, all you need to start an e-commerce business is a website and very good product sourcing, you should have a very solid of marketing to be able to scale your e-commerce business.

I wrote an article to help you get started with your e-Commerce business.

4. DropShipping.

Dropshipping is a business model that is stress-free and profitable for international students living across the world.

All you need to get started with a dropshipping business is to find a supplier to work with, then work on promoting those products.

5. Affiliate Marketing.

Affiliate marketing is another business model that is highly profitable in any part of the world; I was in a seminar with Stefan James, the founder of Project Life Mastery and he was telling us how he made over $10,000 while on a vacation in Hawaii, all he did was to choose a product to market, obtain a unique affiliate link and send it across his email marketing list of over 300,000 subscribers, which converted in less than ten minutes.

Affiliate marketing is a cool business that anyone can do no matter race, ethnicity or colour.

I wrote an article on affiliate marketing on this blog to help you kickstart your affiliate marketing business and I recommend that you read that article below to get started.

6. Freelancing.

Freelancing is a cool business model that allows you to make money with a new or existing skill set that you possess.

Soft skills like Graphics design, photography, web design are usually outsourced in foreign countries, and possessing such skillset can put you at a place where you make cool cash without being tasked by the Government of that country.

I wrote an article on how you can get started as an affiliate marketing and I recommend you click

7. Software Development.

Software development is another skill set that can be monetized at any point and at any time.

Knowledge in basic programming terms like HTML, CSS and Javascript can become a source of livelihood when you eventually find yourself abroad.

There are so many remote jobs that can be outsourced from any part of the world to your present location as an international student.

Do you need a roadmap to get started as a web developer, I wrote this guide on this blog to help you get started.

8. Graphics Design.

knowledge in image manipulation is another skill that can be monetized anytime; this skill can be used to make money on a part-time basis while studying full-time, many platforms can be used to source for jobs as a graphics designer, and one of them is Fiverr, you can also seek remote jobs in your country of study to get started with.

I wrote a guide to help you start your career on freelance platforms like Fiverr, click the article to read it.

9. Video Editing.

Another major skillset that should not be underemphasized is video manipulation, there is an enormous need for this skillset all over the world, so getting jobs and making money should not be a problem.

You can decide to look out for freelance platforms like Fiverr and Upwork or seek out a company in your country of study.

I created a guide to help you walk your way through on Fiverr, click the link to get started.

10. Amazon FBA.

Amazon FBA is a very lucrative business that was designed for Americans if you are studying in the US and you need something lucrative to fall back to, then starting an Amazon FBA business should be one to look out for.

Amazon FBA works like a dropshipping business, all you need do is purchase products from countries like Vietnam and China, dropship on Amazon and the rest is perfected for you.

The Amazon FBA business is designed for American citizens only, you will need somebody with American citizenship to help you get an account.

Read this guide on digital marketing to help you get started.

11. Writing.

Writing is another lucrative business that can help you make money online, apart from owning a blog, you can become a freelance writer and make very cool money from it.

Freelance platforms like Fiverr can help you make money, you can also decide to leverage writing platforms like Medium to pay you for all your works.

Just in case you don’t want the stress that is attached to running a blog, then Medium is a great place to get started on.

I wrote a comprehensive guide to help you start on Medium, click the link below to read.

12. Podcasting.

Another very lucrative business Idea is Podcasting, A podcast is just a pre-recorded voice that is distributed all over the web.

Do you have a talent in speaking or motivating and inspiring people, then you should start a podcast.

I wrote a comprehensive guide to help you get started with a podcast, click the link below to get started.

13. E-Book Sales.

Selling E-books can be a source of passive income fr you as an international student, there are so many people willing to pay for your knowledge, all you need do is create and properly market them, you can make use a platform like Gumroad and Amazon Kindle.

I wrote an effect guide to help you scale your eBook publishing business, read that article below.

14. Digital Marketing/ Social Media Manager.

Digital marketing is another skill set that can be monetized from any part of the world.

Knowledge in Facebook, Instagram and search engine ads can earn you a living in whatever part of the world that you find yourself.

I wrote a guide that can help you kickstart your career in digital marketing, click the link below to get started.

15. Virtual Assistant.

A virtual assistant is someone hired to carry out micro office jobs such as letter typing, attending to email and planning documents, remotely.

Most business usually likes working from, and would not like to waste much money.

You should have basic knowledge of a computer before you can become a virtual assistant.

One thing I like about being a virtual assistant is that you can be employed by more than one business, just imaging being a virtual assistant for more than ten businesses, you would even find yourself outsourcing jobs to the less privileged.

One place to get started as a virtual assistant is on Fiverr; fortunately for you, I wrote an article to help you get started on Fiverr as a virtual assistant and start making money.

16. Start Creating Online Courses.

Do you know a specified area? One legit way to start making money by selling your knowledge is by creating and selling online courses.

There are online course platforms that help you handle every infrastructure that you need to get your business up and running; most of these online course platforms allows you to host your online course, build an email list and even helps you with a website and even collect payment; just like building your own custom online school.

I wrote an article to help you get started with your online course creation business up to the point where you start making money with it, read the guide below.

17. Become An Mobile App Developer.

The current trend of the internet has shifted concentration from the use of desktop computers to smartphone apps; every business you see in the world that thrives has a majority of their infrastructure developed for smartphones, which involves mobile app creation for various devices such as Android, Ios and Windows Mobile.

There is so much demand for mobile app developers in the world today, and this calls for an opportunity; all you need to start developing a mobile application is just knowledge in basic coding and understanding how to use some basic mobile app frameworks.

I wrote a comprehensive guide to help you get started as a mobile app developer, click the link below to read.

18. Become a Photographer.

Photography is one skill that has been around for so many centuries and funny enough, it is going to be very much around in the next coming centuries.

There is very much demand for photographers all over the world today, and the sad part of it is that only a few are readily available.

All it takes to become a photographer is just a basic understanding of some photography concepts and a camera.

As an international student, the majority of your colleagues would not mind paying you anything just to have an amazing photoshoot.

19. Start a Membership Website.

A membership website is an online platform that brings people of a similar mindset to share ideas.

In the past few years, we have seen a few membership websites become a multi-billion dollar business, and a few of them includes; Reddit, Twitter, Medium and many others.

You can start a membership website today and start building your own community.

There are several ways to make money on your membership website and some of them include; offering a subscription for extra services, or even selling ad spaces if you generating a lot of traffic.

20. Become a Social Media Influencer.

Social media influencing is one business model that came along the creation of social media websites like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and many others.

So many brands have not included influencer marketing as part of their business models today, and it has been discovered to convert very well than Paid advertising.

All you need to become an influencer is to create and nurture your own audience, and one way to do that is by becoming an authority in a specific industry of your choice.

I wrote this guide to help you become a social media influencer on this blog, click the link to the article to get started.

Book Cheap Flights.

A wise man once said;

Failure to plan is equivalent to planning to fail.

As an international student, you should make sure that you have access to the right travel platform that solves all your travel needs.

I took my time to make a whole list of the best travel platforms all over the world, most of which are designed to handle flight-booking, hotel reservation, hotel booking, tour guides and many others.


As an international student you must have a side hustle to be able to cover the majority of your expenses; having a side-hustle in a foreign country also gives you a sense of belonging and allows you to network properly; You never can tell you can become a millionaire just before leaving for your home country.

Do you still need more ideas, you can check out the guide below, or better still follow up on the other relevant links that are listed.

All I would say is, Enjoy your study abroad, I should tell you that it is worth it.

What do you think?

Written by Udemezue John

Udemezue John is a web developer, digital marketing expert, and a Serial Entrepreneur.

He Started his digital marketing career at a Health and Wellness network marketing company where he learnt to create paid Facebook ads and Google ads.

He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his travelling experience and writing.

He is also a seasoned investor, a finance education expert currently exploring the stock market and Cryptocurrencies.

His work is published in major publications on, and many others.
Udemezue John started my journey as a digital nomad in the year 2013 after completing his high school, to seek financial freedom, and also to help small and large scale business seek the financial freedom they need.
This is more reason why he started this blog and also started his digital marketing company called Inspire Africa.

Life is to be enjoyed. You can connect with me on twitter


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