Taking care of business
UP students become quarantine entrepreneurs
The Beacon caught up with five student run small businesses that launched in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photo by Molly Lowney
Nothing sparks creativity quite like boredom. When the pandemic hit nearly a year ago, cancelled jobs and summer internships left college students in a state of lockdown limbo. Instead of (or in addition to) falling into a steady routine of Netflix and napping, college students across the country created their own jobs by launching small businesses.
These Gen Z quarantine entrepreneurs are part of a modern small business renaissance. Etsy saw nearly a million new shops open on their platform since the beginning of the pandemic. Just scroll through TikTok for 15 minutes, and you’re guaranteed to come across a video promoting a small business, most likely using the tag #smallbusinesscheck.
UP students are no exception when it comes to being their own boss. From candle making and sewing to polymer clay jewelry and digital art, their creativity and drive to fill the void left by the pandemic has turned into lucrative and fulfilling business ventures. We caught up with five UP student-run small businesses to pull back the curtain on their products, process and purpose.
Willamette Wick Co.