Is your teen dying to earn more money than they can score at their local fast-food joint or with their pocket money?
Are they expressing the desire to start up their own business?
If that’s the case congratulations are definitely in order!
Kids and teens with a burning wish to create their own income stream should definitely be encouraged and admired.
Some of us may feel intimidated or overwhelmed by their big dreams (ah is this actually a trap? Am I somehow going to get stuck running the business for them?)
But…before you squash this exciting yet maybe scary notion please know that this entrepreneurial spirit is something to be treasured.
Trust me, kids and teens can run businesses successfully and there are MANY teens already running their own super profitable business – just Google teen entrepreneurs!
If your child or teen happens to show even the tiniest spark of entrepreneurial spirit, DO NOT discourage them by laughing at their ideas.
Instead nurture this curiosity, get them to do some research.
Even if it isn’t a multi-million success, get them to at least give it a go if the idea is viable.
What’s the worst thing that they happen?
They either learn that their ideas need some adjusting or they are rewarded for their time and effort.
To me, that is a win-win scenario.
There are no mistakes, just lessons learned.
Here are 101 ideas that any teen or kid could potentially pursue if they show a skill, desire or passion for that particular area.
101 KID AND TEEN BUSINESS IDEAS
THOSE SKILLED IN THE ARTS AND CRAFTS
1 Homemade Greeting Cards
2 Homemade candles
3 Personalized and Handmade Invitations
4 Custom Painting
5 Jewellery And Accessories Designer
6 Clothing Designer
7 T-Shirt Designer
8 Artist and Illustrator
9 Cartoons and Caricatures
10 Personalized Song Writing
12 Musician or Busker
A PASSION FOR FOOD AND BAKING
15 Fresh Produce and herbs
16 Gift baskets
17 Lemonade / Drinks Stand
18 Ice-cream Stand
19 Sauces and Salsas
20 Specialty Goods
21 Cake baking and decorating
23 Gourmet Baked Goods
THEY JUST LIKE MAKING STUFF
24 Custom Doll houses
25 Knitting and Quilting
26 Flower Arrangements
27 Cushion Covers
28 Lip Glosses and Cosmetics
29 Hair Scrunchies and Headbands
30 Making Friendship Bracelets
31 Soaps and Bath bombs
32 Inventing new things!
THEY LIKE TO BE OF SERVICE
34 Alterations and custom tailoring
36 Running Errands and deliveries
37 Make-up artist
38 Nail studio
39 Personal chef
40 Personal organizer
41 Personal trainer
42 Music instrument tuning and repair
43 Hair styling and braiding
45 Collecting Firewood
46 Home organizer
47 Carpet or blind cleaning
48 Window cleaning
49 Garage Sale organizer
50 Interior Design
51 Packing / Unpacking
52 Construction Cleaning
53 Deck cleaning
54 General Maintenance/Handyman
55 House Painting
56 High pressure washing
57 Lawn mowing/care and gardening
58 Pool cleaning / maintenance
60 Car washing and detailing
61 Events management
63 Children’s Party or Event Organizer
64 Cooking with Kids
65 Gift Wrapping
66 Leaf or Snow Removal
FOR ANIMAL LOVERS
67 Fishtank clean and maintenance
68 Dog washing and grooming
69 Dog walking
70 Poop scooping
71 Breeding mice or hamsters
72 Pet sitting
73 Making pet treats
74 Making personalized pet dishes
WEB DEVELOPMENT AND TECHY STUFF
75 Web development and maintenance
76 Social Media Design
77 Computer Repairs
78 Graphic Design
81 Videographer and video editing
82 Photoshop editing
83 Logo Design
84 Flyers and Posters
85 Business cards
87 Shooting of Commercials
88 Event recording and editing
89 Voice-overs, jingles and sound effects
90 Computer Tutor
91 Educational Tutor
92 Music Lessons or music practice buddy
93 Surfing Lessons
94 Tour Guide
95 Articles and blog posts
96 Proofreading and editing
97 Kid’s Book Author
99 Resume or essay writing
100 Research and summaries
101 Copy writing and fact checking
Have your child or teen peruse this list to see if anything here that sparks their imagination.
What idea sounds the most attractive?
Is there anything here that they could start right now?
I would love to hear any success stories if you have some to tell.