Capitalism is alive and well on America’s college campuses as some hard working students are offering their services to colleagues for a price. According to a new report at USA Today’s Money blog, business is booming.
Who will clean up after your children, do their laundry or bring them snacks when they go off to college this fall?
Relax. Students can now outsource everything, from grocery shopping to laundry to businesses often run by, you guessed it, more enterprising students.
Laura Vanderkam, author of time-management book 168 Hours, says student entrepreneurship is part of a trend aided by social media savvy, and also a good way for kids on student loans to make ends meet.
But it’s not going to save other students time, because they probably wouldn’t have bothered with cleaning and cooking anyway. “I’d say it’s more about Mom being assured that you’re not living in total squalor,” she says. Preventing just that:
•Laundry-free linens. No matter how gross sheets get, some students never wash them. College moms since 2009, Beantown Bedding founders Joan Ripple and Kirsten Lambert released a solution July 30: Bedsox, biodegradable sheets that go into the compost instead of the wash, available online at $25 a set.
“Basically, what it boils down to is, college students are lazy. They’d like to have clean sheets, but their moms aren’t there to wash them,” says Lambert.
•Clean room. Nate Andorsky’s own messy room at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., inspired the student cleaning service he founded with Mike Waterman, in April 2011. He says DC3 can do 60-70 cleanings a month because one crew can clean many dorm rooms in a single trip. Cleanings start at $39.