6 Business Ideas for Teenagers
July 25, 2013
If your teenager is having difficulty finding a part-time job, or at least finding one that they consider to be at least remotely interesting, you might suggest that they start a business instead. With a business, they can have almost unlimited options.
Why a Business and Not a Job?
You may be wondering why not just get a part-time job to earn some extra money? You certainly can and thatâ€™s always an option. But there are several advantages that a business has over a part-time job, especially in regard to teenagers:
- Part-time jobs are not available in all areas, especially in those where there is a high concentration of teenagers to soak up the jobs that are available.
- Part-time jobs generally require that you keep hours â€“ with your own business, you can largely set your own hours. That can work better with a school schedule.
- Part-time jobs generally pay minimum wage or slightly higher; thereâ€™s a very good chance that you can earn substantially more on an hourly basis in your own business.
- A business allows you to work at something that you are good at, something that you enjoy; with a part-time job, you pretty much have to take whatâ€™s available whether you like it or not.
- Starting a business â€“ even a very informal one â€“ is outstanding training for adult life. If you can start a business as a teenager, the future holds endless possibilities for you.
That being said, what are some businesses that a teenager can start right now?
If there is at least one subject that you are strong in, you may be able offer your services as a tutor. Generally speaking, math and science tend to be the most in demand subjects, but you can find students in need other skills as well. Many need help writing term papers or studying for major exams. Some need help learning English.
You can make some good money being a tutor. Where I live, they charge $30 per hour and up, but if you want to build a client base you can probably do so quickly by charging less.
You can advertise your service on Craigslist free of charge, and you can also register your services with local schools. Parents often ask the school for recommendations for tutors, and if you are one who is â€œon the list,â€ you could see a steady flow business.
2. Lawn Cutting
This is one of the most traditional businesses for teenagers. In this day and time of dual income couples, many people simply donâ€™t have the time to cut their own lawns.
Make some phone calls to see what other lawn cutters are charging, keeping in mind that your rate will have to be lower than what an adult lawn service will charge.
You can make up flyers and distribute them in your neighborhood and in surrounding ones. One of the best benefits of lawn cutting is that once you get a couple of customers, youâ€™ll get referrals if you do good work. Eventually youâ€™ll have as much business as you can handle.
Like landscaping, this is another teenage tradition. And once you get one customer, you will usually get referrals for others. Start by making up flyers and distributing them in your neighborhood. You donâ€™t want to advertise too widely as customers tend to prefer someone who is very â€œlocalâ€ (preferably someone they know) when it comes to taking care of their children.
As a teenager youâ€™re probably keyed into what other teens want and like to buy â€“ you can use that as a business idea. If you know what items are popular, you can buy them at garage sales and resell them at a profit.
Craigslist is a good place to resell used items (as well as a great place to buy them too), and if you buy them on the cheap you can often sell them for several times more than what you paid. Entertainment equipment, musical instruments, bicycles, video games and CDâ€™s are all possible items that you can resell.
5. Social Media Consultant
If you are a teenager who is very adept at using the social media, then you are probably better at using it than most adults are. Never underestimate that advantage! Businesses have discovered social media and its importance in communicating with customers and in finding new ones.
If you know how to use popular social media â€“ especially Facebook and Twitter â€“ you may be able to become a social media consultant for small business. Your job will be to get out into the social media and discuss the company and its products, as well as provide bulletins about new products and services.
You may also handle conversations with customers and potential customers. You can probably handle the easy conversations, but any heavier ones can be sent to the business owner as a potential customer. The service youâ€™ll be providing is giving a business a live and active presence in the social media. If you do that for one small business, you probably can take on a second and a third.
6. Running Errands
If you have a car or a reliable bicycle you may be able set up a business running errands. This can involve picking up items at the store, making deliveries or picking up takeout meals. This kind of business has become so popular that there are websites available to connect customers and providers. You can bypass that route and go direct to customers.
Start by spreading the word in your own neighborhood, and by distributing flyers advertising your service. You can decide that you will make deliveries or run errands within one or two miles of your home, charging a fee for each trip that you make.
A side benefit of this business: youâ€™ll get plenty of exercise if you handle errands by bicycle!
What other business ideas can you suggest for teenagers? Leave a comment!
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