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7 Online Side Hustle Ideas - Ocean Morgan

Hey! I’m Ocean 🌊

My mission is to provide aspiring student hustlers with actionable advice and inspiration to win in college.

Because I was once a lost college freshman with the same deprecating thoughts racing through my mind:

  • “I feel like I disappointed my parents.”
  • “I feel like I’m not fit to be in my major.”
  • “I feel like a failure for not getting an internship.”

But I found what clicked. I went from 0 to 6 internships by junior year, running 2 profitable side businesses, becoming a Forbes Under 30 Scholar, and being featured in publications like EntScoop, VoyageLA, and Poets & Quants for Undergrads… all while taking a full course load.

You don’t have to be a child prodigy, the next “Zuckerberg” attending MIT or Harvard, or have a weird name like “Ocean” to win during your collegiate career.

I’ve talked to dozens of students and counting on how to get started with entrepreneurship. I’ve sat down and helped others craft their resume, cover letters, and cold emails to recruiters… And get internships!

So, how did I get here?

Over a decade earlier…

My entrepreneurial flame was ignited when I was six years old. I had just received my first laptop.

On the internet, I came across an addicting online game.

But the membership subscription was $5/month.

I had an idea.

So, I went on Google and typed in these queries:

  • How do I make money online?
  • How do I make money without a bank account?
  • What is a PayPal?

That night, I created my own PayPal account (even though you were supposed to be at least 18 to do that).

Over the years, I learned how to launch websites that offered affiliate products, drive traffic to them, and earn a commission on every purchase.

I also signed up for an online publishing service where I published articles and how-to tutorials on how to beat games. I used search engine optimization (SEO) to grow traffic and clicks to my articles.

By the time I was 8, and about every-other-week, I’d get about $20 deposited into my PayPal.

Bingo.

Fast forward to my freshman year in college

I didn’t get an internship.

I felt like I was a fraud.

I had already had an LLC under my belt. But why couldn’t I get an internship?

When it hit May and my last final was done, I moved out of my freshman dorm. I took my suitcases and headed on the last flight home to Hawaii.

I spent the whole summer working at a shave ice shop where the line would be out the door everyday from open to close, making $8/hour in the sweltering heat.

I would be lucky enough to make $500 the whole summer.

I would stare at my ceiling wondering if my life had a greater purpose… If I could impact people instead of going through daily, robotic motions…

An example of the line on a summer day.

The realization that changed everything…

And then I had a flashback.

I remembered that growing up, my mom would take care of me (a toddler) while going to medical school.

She took intensive exams, worked double shifts, and came home to cook me a meal every single night.

Did she want to be in that position?

No.

But she fought to live another day. It was a game of survival, not perfection.

A lack of money was a blessing. Any wrong choice was at least an inexpensive wrong choice.

If my mom could take care of a toddler while attending medical school full-time…

I had no excuse. It hit me. I found out what I needed to do.

I’m paying for college on my own, taking out student loans. I could either sulk, or…

Use that energy of wanting more as momentum to seek out answers and grind for many, many days straight.

I realized that nothing would ever be given to me. If I wanted something, I had to work for it.

If I didn’t know where to start, I Googled it.

If I didn’t know where to go next, I called someone.

If I couldn’t call someone, I’d look at successful people’s online portfolios.

I built my own personal website using their foundations.

I took Udemy courses on software engineering projects and added that to my portfolio.

I didn’t think twice about all of those decisions.

I just did it. My gut feeling told me to. It was the feeling that I had to keep running, keep pushing, or I would be in the same position next year.

Ocean Morgan Baby Photo

When my mom was taking care of a baby AND going to medical school.

3 years later: waking up to a $8.7k check

This is my journey so far. What will yours look like?

Side Hustle #1: My Clothing Brand

After the 2019 gameday season.

Ocean Morgan Geistwear Success

Side Hustle #2: My Digital Agency

A $5k deal from my first client.

Ocean Morgan: Kaivent Media Stripe $5k Deal

Forbes Under 30 Summit in 2018

Ocean Morgan - Forbes Under 30 Scholar

2020 thus far

And inspiration for the blog

Ocean Morgan - Messages

Now, I’m here to help you do the same.

I can help you if:

  • You want to become a rockstar student that all the recruiters will contact.
  • You want to buy your own dream car in college.
  • You want to get a Fortune 500 internship.
  • You want to live a more fulfilling, purposeful life in your early 20s.

If you’ve made it this far… thank you.

Seriously, thank you. I deeply value every relationship I’ve been lucky enough to build from this community.

Let’s chat. Shoot me an email at [email protected] with where you’re at right now, where you’d like to be when you graduate, or how you’re feeling. I respond to every single DM and email.

Let’s hustle together,

Ocean Ronquillo-Morgan

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