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Student Sidelines
For years, many young adult students in my courses have successfully pursued enjoyable “Side” business activities, rather than part-time jobs, that required little dedicated time, money, or risk. Our talented facilitators at Student Sidelines have now gone online to show you how to create a profitable Sideline of your own making.

Jim Clark, PhD - Founder of Student Sidelines

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Register and Enroll in Courses: These Low Cost Management Courses will help you learn critical skills for starting, managing, and growing your part-time side business. Each of these 2-hour courses include skill: pre-test, competency components, examples that apply the skill, follow-resources, and post-test to make sure you understand it. After completing each course and assessment, you will receive a Competency Certificate that can be used for school credit, resume enhancement, job promotion, and program applications.

About Our Company

We believe that starting a Sideline, however big or small, will reward you with invaluable business skills, confidence, and meaningful financial gain. We will work diligently to help guide your progress so that within six months you will be making at least $1000 a month for no more than 8 hours a week of flexible dedicated time – or seek a better fit Sideline. Our primary role in your development is that of small group facilitator. Along with 11 other non-competing student Sideliners, you will spend an hour preparing for each online session, and an hour participating in your group session. We will specify course content to read and respond to between each group session.

Our Founder, Jim, discovered Sidelines as a financially strapped, college student. Like many students today who can’t afford college, have schedule conflicts preventing marginal part-time work, or fear the debt associated with loans, Jim discovered how and how much having Sidelines could bridge his gap.

What he later learned was how much a Sideline could positively affect his confidence, social skills, business savvy, and willingness to take on bigger challenges. As a University of Washington Management Professor for 20 years, Jim included “sidelines” as part of his course curriculum and students loved it - in part because they realized how many hugely successful people also have Sidelines. Later, when Jim started Moss Bay in Seattle as a Sideline did he fully appreciate how much a successful sideline can bring joy to others. We are delighted to provide you with Sideline tools, skills, resources, and mentoring to help you enjoy the benefits of doing your own Sideline.

Successful Sidelines

Success is a great teacher. Please do read about these student-developed Sidelines. In each example you will see the students invested little funds, kept always their side business to 8 hours a week or less, started small, and found ways to involve helpers without getting stressed out. Put yourself in their shoes - this could be you!

  • Robert Home Furnace Filter Repair Service

    My name is Robert. By nature I’m pretty quiet and even shy. The idea of starting my own Sideline was pretty petrifying

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  • Betty Garage Update Service

    I’m Betty, a self-proclaimed neatnik, when it comes to organization. In walking to school down my alley,

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    / Garage Update Service

  • Timmy Beater Car Resale

    I’m Timmy – my friends call me “Timmy the Greaser”. I like messing with old cars. Have been this way for years. I’m a senior in high school,

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    / Beater Car Resale

  • 4 students Student Tutoring

    We are a group of four students at XX high school, which has a student body of almost 2,000 students.

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Courses We Offer

Parts of all 21 Sideline courses have been repeatedly field tested with high school and college students. Each course is divided into 4 competency-based skill modules. You can start the course in and order – but common sense would suggest doing the basic 7 courses first. The right starting place for exploring the Modules is the Pre-Assessment of Management Skills. Please notice that the fee-based Management Courses are broken into 3 levels of proficiency: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced, with each level containing 2-hour skill modules, focused on specific management problems you will likely face. Each course costs $10 and takes 2-hours or less to complete. The content areas for the courses cover the most critical skills you will need to be able to do, sooner or later as your Sideline grows. You can take them in any sequence you choose. Click on the course box and a description of the content will pop up. Should you want to receive a Management Skill Certificate in one of the content area, you can complete 4 of the modules within one content area. These Competency Certificate will look good on your Resume, or work promotion Application.


As you enroll in a Sideline Peer Group, one of our professional facilitators will be assigned to work with you and up to 11 other non-competing students, initially based on best time to meet online. Available times will be from 7am to 11pm PST, once a week for four sessions. Prior to each anonymous online meeting, participants will submit answers to questions pertinent to two of the instructional modules. The facilitator will review responses and selectively use the responses to review best practices for applying the skills covered by the modules. Much of the remaining discussion will focus on specific issues or concerns participants have when applying the content to their own Sideline ideas. Although the cost of a 4-session group is $40 per month, there is no additional charge for the modules to be included in the weekly sessions.

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Student Sidelines exists to help high school and college age students gain financial self-reliance skills, aimed at offsetting significant expenses in high school or college. Our years of experience with student operated Sidelines shows that well designed and executed “side” businesses can: 1) help high school students offset club or team participation fees; 2) assist college students in eliminating expenses for housing, meals, book fees, and perhaps tuition; and 3) reduce or replace the need for costly student loans or unrewarding part-time work while in school.

Through our 21 online Management mini-courses, participants will learn crucial skills required to operate small but profitable side businesses of their own making. In addition, by participating in a profesionally facilitated, and non-competing Sideline Peer Group, students will receive valuable tips, suggestions, and support for tweaking their evolving Sideline idea.

Once launched and generating income, participants will be shown how to safely involve other student helpers in executing their successful sideline, so they are able to limit their weekly time demands for operating a Sideline to around 8 hours of flexible time demands.

TO BEGIN: (A) Register and Complete the complementary SPI - Sideline Preference Indicator, to explore best-fit Sideline ideas; (B) take the free Management Skills Pre-test; (C) Complete Sideline Course #1, to start crafting your own Sideline idea, and gain admission to one of our Facilitated Sideline Peer Groupe

Please email us with questions you have about getting stared Dr. Jim Clark, Founder and long-time Management Professor at the University of Washington

Frequently Asked Questions

The idea of Side businesses has been around for centuries. Some of America’s most successful people also have Sidelines that draws on talents, interests, and curiosity that they often don’t get to develop in their primary career. It was conceived by Dr. Jim Clark in 1985 to help seniors in Management Courses at the University of Washington to realize that successful business management is about skills, not theories. He challenged his students to craft a Sideline idea on something the 1) enjoyed; 2) were [becoming] good at doing; and 3) that people wanted to buy. he also challenged them to limit their side business to a total of 8 hours per week so they were forced to both focus their idea and consider involving helpers. They loved it.
Sure - why not? The initial challenge is to keep it small, and then as it starts to gain traction, begin to involve others in running it. The backbone of our country is small business success. Sidelines are just scaled-down versions of successful small businesses. Sideliners don’t need money business experience to craft a viable idea.
No guarantees - but yes. As many of the examples described in the Management Modules demonstrate, a new sideline can gain traction in perhaps 2 months, and generate $800 or more a month in self-generated profit, requiring no more than 8 hours a week to operate.
It’s a challenge - but a good challenge. Many students in high school and college are not challenged doing assignments for teachers, with little opportunity to take on responsibilities for themselves. Sidelines engage young adults to take on challenges with confidence. The modules, mentors, and other Sideline participants will help focus time and resources so the busy student doesn’t lose site of school requirements.
Most small businesses fail, period. Applied to Student Sidelines, “fail” is more about “First Attempt In Learning”. Little to no money is invested in an initial Sideline. Few if any classmates at school even know a student’s Sideline has been initiated - until it becomes successful. If a mistake is made initially, the new Sideline developers tweaks the idea and tries it again, or switches to another Sideline.
They are all competency-based Skill Modules. In other words, each Module will emphasize 4 or 5 discrete skills, including examples, exercises, suggestions, and references for follow-up.
In most cases at the beginning - No. Over time if your income escalates sharply, you will need a business license. For some specific Sidelines, a credential is required by someone on the team, but not necessarily the student founder.
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