Roseville’s Chris Anderson wants to hire students for businessBy: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
Roseville native Chris Anderson 22, came back home after college to start a business that hires students.
Anderson started Student Odd Job Services, a business curtailed toward doing “odd jobs” for residents who need tasks completed at home.
After graduating from Roseville High School in 2014 and Sierra College in 2016, Anderson attended University of California at Santa Barbara in 2018 and graduated with a degree in environmental studies.
This summer, Anderson also participated in the University of California at Berkeley’s business school summer program.
“To pay for my education, I started this business, Student Odd Job Services three years ago,” Anderson said. “It was a way to pay for my living. I started off offering pressure washing services for Sun City Roseville, which is a senior living community in Roseville.”
The young aspiring entrepreneur started advertising in the Sun City community and in parts of west Roseville.
“Shortly after, through hard work and networking, the business kind of took off,” Anderson said. “Through that, I’ve built a nice customer base and it’s a really rewarding job.”
He moved back in the spring.
“Now that I am back home, I am hoping to grow Student Odd Job Services and hire some employees, specifically local students,” Anderson said.
Anderson now has some different perspectives after college.
“If I want to make a career out of this, I have to expand. I want to maintain a certain ‘student angle’ and hire more students that really want to work to support themselves through college,” Anderson said.
This is the “perfect time” to continue his business.
“It’s probably the best time in my life to take a risk,” Anderson said. “I have no mortgage or major expenses holding me down right now. I’m just trying to work on the intricacies of running my own business.”
In the next couple months Anderson plans to hire one or two students and then measure supply and demand to asses the new hires.
Anderson said that he has helped nearly a thousand residents with jobs ranging from window washing to gutter cleaning to Christmas light installation and removal.
“Creating my own job by starting a business has allowed me to avoid falling prey to tens of thousands of dollars of loans, like many of my classmates were strapped with,” Anderson said. “I also graduated with no debt.”
Anderson has different prices for his jobs. For example, yard work and moving furniture start at at an hourly rate of $29, according to Anderson. Washing cars, washing garbage cans and hauling items to the dump start at $35.
Anyone interested in a job while they are in school can email Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.