When you think of teen entrepreneurs, most people think of lemonade stands or mowing lawns. But just as the Internet has provided many opportunities for adults to start a home business, so too has it for teens. In fact, since teens have grown up on digital technology, they’re uniquely qualified to rock a home business, especially online.
Just like for adults, the best business for teens is a bit subjective. What might be ideal for one, might be a dud for another. When choosing a business, teens entrepreneurs should consider their talents, interests, and passions, and how they can monetize it. With that said, here are a few home business ideas that are ideal for teens.
Here are some home business ideas for teens, including skills and experience needed, as well as legal issues for teen entrepreneurs that should be considered.
There’s nothing wrong with old-school teen business ideas that provide services to the local community, and in most cases, the teen can start with little skill or experience. Instead, they’ll just need a willingness to learn and work hard.
Many residents want and need help with a variety of tasks including:
- Yard Work
- Errand Running
- Household Helper (household help such as cooking, cleaning, laundry)
- House Sitting
- Pet Sitting
- Dog walking
- Children’s Party Organizer
Creative teens can sell their works locally through store consignment, farmer’s markets, or craft fairs. They can also sell them online either through their own e-commerce website or through Etsy.
Further, sites like Café Press or TeeSpring offer the opportunity for teens to create a design for a t-shirt, mug, and other items that can be sold online. This eliminates the need for space at home for product creation and inventory.
Teens don’t necessarily have an A+ in art, but they should be able to create a quality product. Great crafty items to consider selling include:
- Decorated T-shirts
- Decorated Totes
- Pillows and other home décor
- Decorated glasses or mugs
- Soap and spa products
Growing up in the digital world, teens are uniquely qualified to provide online services to small businesses. While teens don’t need a degree or technical training, they do need experience and skill, which they often have built on their personal use. Some ideas include:
- Graphic design
- Web Design and programming
- Videographer and video editing
- Audio editing
- Social media management
- Virtual support
Become an Online Star/Influencer
The Internet is littered with celebrity teens who make money online simply by being themselves. Because they’ve generated a following, they’re able to make money through brands and/or ad feeds, and affiliate marketing. Some fun ways teens can do this include:
- YouTube: Starting a video blog on YouTube is a fun way to make money through ad revenue, brand sponsors, and affiliate marketing. A teen can take a hobby or interest and turn it into an online show. For example, many gamers screencast their video games to share on YouTube. Other YouTube stars sing, provide beauty or fashion tips, deliver comedy, share lifestyle tips or insights, provide exercise tips, and more. Or, if video seems like too much work, podcasting is another option.
- Instagram: Similar to YouTube, teen Instagram influencers tend to focus on a passion or interest, such as beauty, fashion, food, pets, or life in general. For the most part, these highly followed teens make money through sponsored shout outs.
- Blogging: Another great way for teens to profit on their interests or passions is through blogging. While teens seem to prefer visual content (i.e. video and social media), blogging is popular too and can expand on other influencer channels such as YouTube and Instagram.
Other Great Home Business Ideas for Teen Entrepreneurs
App Business: Games, job search, homework help, and more! The need for apps will continue to grow and teens, who already use apps for fun and tools, are in the best position to create them. Many community colleges offer courses in app development, or there are books you get to teach yourself.