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5 Highly Profitable Skills For Students

Being a student does not mean you can not be profitable or have a side income for yourself. Even if your pocket money is regular from home, learning a skill is one thing you will never regret doing. This is because such skills have sustained numerous students while in school and ages after graduation.

Some skills can accrue you lots of money without leaving the comfort of your room. And of a truth, every skill is as profitable as much as you make them.

List of 5 Highly Profitable Skills For Students

So if you have been searching for what to do to earn income as a student or you are looking for ways to never be broke again, or you don’t want to start waiting for a 9-5 job after leaving school, here are some highly profitable skills you need to jump at right away.

Communication skill

Every organization is on the lookout for someone with good communication skills. And already you are a student, there is no doubt you can communicate well enough for another person to understand. You don’t need a Bachelor’s degree in communication before you can be hired by any employer. Hence, nothing should stop you from making money via your act of communication.

The most important strategy for selling is your ability to listen and communicate properly with people. It will help you close a deal with a client, and also sustain a good relationship with customers. So if you learn the mastery of making and closing deals, you will make a reasonable amount from this skill. An effective communication skill will lead you to more prospects, more productive discussions, and more business deals.

What if I’m an introvert or not so outspoken?

Introversion is not an excuse in business. You don’t have to beat yourself up unnecessarily as you do not need to be talkative before you make a good communicator. However, you should be able to persuade people to accept your opinion and take action, be able to compose clear and effective emails or reports; and then manage difficult customers and stressful situations.

Job roles for a good communicator

There are tons of jobs you can do to earn a good income with your communication skills. With good communication skills, you can become a Customer relationship manager, Sales representatives, Social Worker, Public relations specialist, or Virtual assistant.


Writing is the easiest and most convenient skill you can ever add to yourself as a student. Aside from making money from it, you need the skill for your project and seminars in school. If you can speak well, then writing is not going to be a challenge for you. All you need is to master the skill and fine-tune it to the standard of the various services you might need it.

Niches in writing

There are different niches that you can make money from in writing. So if you find any that matches your interest or comes naturally to you, then you should start with it. As time goes on, you can learn the mastery of other niches and be opened to more writing opportunities. We have;

  • Storytelling/narrative writing
  • Article writing
  • Blog writing
  • Email writing
  • Copywriting
  • Research and Academic writing etc.

Depending on your level of competence and exposure, your average hourly pay can range from $10 to $100 in a week. Visit websites like Upwork, Fiverr for writing gigs. The sites connect you with clients and they are hundred percent remote. And if you’re loud enough on your services, people around can refer or patronize you.

Editing and Proofreading Skill

If you are an avid reader and you are good with words – both spelling and grammar – you will make a good editor. After someone might have written their contents or articles, the services of an editor or proofreader are always the next line of action. A good proofreader or editor will take note of any grammatical error, spelling error, or coherence of a statement to make a written piece professional and well readable to people.

Editing and proofreading is a very profitable skill that you should learn. And you will easily get jobs on Upwork or Fiverr if you are conversant with the sites. Even professional writers sometimes do require editors to help them proofread their manuscripts before final submission.

But because language is dynamic, you might need to always update yourself and to do that you can visit websites like Coursera or Udemy to learn the mastery of editing and proofreading free of charge. You can also check these courses online, they are free and very effective to be a competent editor: ‘Cleaning Your Copy: Grammar, Style and More’ and ‘Khan Academy Grammar Course’. Depending on how fast you can bring perfection out of a written piece, you can earn up to $10-$20/hr as an editor or a proofreader.

Graphic Design

Another highly profitable and recommended skill you can learn as a student is Graphic design. It is using visual means such as pictures, icons, symbols, and illustrations to communicate a piece of information to people. You do not need to write much nor look too far to make a good graphic designer. In as much as you know how to combine shades and colors, your creativity will pave way for you and earn with the skill.

There are lots of jobs you can take as a graphics designer. You can design Wedding invitation cards, Event Flyers, Business logos, and so on.

Graphic Design Apps for Beginners

You can use several apps to make graphic designs without being charged. A few of those Apps include:

  • Adobe XD
  • Photoshop
  • Canva
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign, etc.

And the good thing is that the step-by-step instructions on how to use these applications are available online. With designing, you can earn up to $100 in a week or month depending on how fast and skilled you are.


Don’t be surprised that I mentioned this as a highly profitable skill. This is because Hairdressing is one thing that can never go into extinction on campus. Your hair is one of the factors that complete your appearance, so everyone definitely needs the service of a hairdresser.

Students spend a few to several thousand of Nigerian currency to get their hair done in school and you can imagine how many students will patronize you if you are competent with the skill. No need for data, no need for steady electricity nor computer. All you need is the hairdressing skill and you are good to go.

An added advantage is for you to learn how to make different kinds of hairstyles for the ladies and cut nice styles for the men. Ladies usually like braided hair, crochet, or weave-on fixing, which means you can have a focus on mastering them among all other styles.

However, hairdressing being a hands-on skill will require that you go for a physical learning session rather than online classes.


It’s profitable to have a good skill at hand as a student. Nothing can be more rewarding than that. We hope you find a befitting skill you would pick in this post. And if otherwise, check more of our posts as we expose you to other tons of skills you will benefit from as a student.

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