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College students cash in: Finding creative ways to profit

Photo by Julie Gonzales

Who says you have to wait until after college to make bank? Some ORU students are doing that now, and in their own creative ways.

Sophomore management major, Josiah Wiens has his own business — The Works: Guitars — a guitar repair, teaching and mentoring studio. Wiens started his business in August of 2012.

He has been playing guitar since he was 6-years-old, making this his fifteenth year.

“I have always wanted to start a business, but it wasn’t until I got so frustrated with my old teacher several years ago that I decided I was going to seek a better way of learning how to play the guitar,”  Wiens said. “In my process of doing so, I also realized that having the knowledge of repairs along with that would be very beneficial.”

Wiens attended a luthier (guitar building) school in St. Louis. He is currently working towards his professional certification from Berkeley College of Music in Guitar.

Wiens hopes to start building guitars in a few months. He is still perfecting his craft by working on electric guitars.

“Like any good entrepreneur, I believed that I could do it better than what was out there, so I did,” Wiens said. “It is so nice to be able to make my own decisions as to what I do in my studio.”

The Works: Guitars is located in Bixby near 134th and Memorial.

Freshman marketing major Kaylei Atchley didn’t realize as a senior in high school that she would be aiding missions over seas, when she picked up a piece of copper wire one day and made a ring in the shape of a music note.

After many of her friends commented on her Instagram post asking where they could buy them, a bigger reality began to set in. She created her own jewelry business called Reecie B. Jewelry.

“I always felt a call of God on my life for missions, but I also loved anything business related,” Atchley said. “I began to give my profits from my jewelry to missionaries in India, sex trafficking rescue homes in Burma, Thailand and a community outreach in my hometown.”

Atchley would walk out of her high school in Jackson, Mississippi with over twenty orders each day. Local boutiques began to carry Reecie B. jewelry.

“God put website developers, graphic designers, and an accountant all in my path who created a website, logo and helped me become an official sole proprietorship company for free,” Atchley said.

Atchley is now selling fashion jewelry online at When a customer checks out, they choose where to donate their money — towards church planting, sex trafficking or community outreach.

“We want the customer to be able to make their time with online retail worthwhile by allowing them to donate the profits of their purchase to a cause they are passionate about,” Atchley said.

Currently, Reecie B. Jewelry has teamed up with ORU Enactus as a main project for the year.

“We plan on doing a lot of work with Syrian Refugee camps, and hopefully we will have a handmade jewelry line from the women in the refugee camp,” Atchley said. “The jewelry they make will be sold at to provide an income for their families.”

Junior music technology major, Max Kutz is a freelance photographer, videographer, graphic designer, and music producer. His initial interest was in music until his high school art teacher encouraged him to branch out into other mediums of art.

He gained an interest in design when filling the needs of a church back home in Dallas, Texas. Kutz has now been designing for five years.

“I started getting contract work about a year into it, and jobs just kept coming,” Kutz said.

Kutz spent a few years after high school to sharpen his art skills before coming to ORU.

“From graphic design, photography flowed naturally, same with videography,” Kutz said. “Everything sharpens everything else. The more I improve in one area, the stronger another becomes.” Kutz hopes to use his design talents in the future to become a creative director.

To see some of Max’s work, visit his website:

Junior public relations major, Emily Canavesio decided to share her love for fashion from her keyboard her freshman year when she created a blog called “Hush Fashion.”

From her title name, “Hush,” she started her blog to give style and makeup secrets for college-aged women with photos taken mostly on campus from her iPhone.

The pink and white polka-dotted pages became an outlet for even greater inspiration when she integrated inspirational quotes and scriptures into her posts.

“I also wanted to incorporate my faith into my blog, because I see my blog as a small form of ministry,” Canavesio said. “I use fashion as an outlet to encourage and challenge women

of faith.”

Emily created her blog for free using Blogspot. After her blog hit 10,000 views, she was asked by the site to allow ads and has since made a profit. She can monitor her viewership by line graphs. In April she received 1,600 page views.

“I want to inspire my peers to live life with pure, genuine inner joy and beauty that comes from God,” Canavesio said. “I think beauty can change the world.”

You can visit Emily’s blog at:

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