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Teens – Start your own business June 21, 2006

Posted by stratbiz in Jobs for Kids - Enterprising Teens.

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As a parent having spent time with teens that have an entrepreneurial spirit but no clue as to what kind of business to start, I’ve taken advantage of this opportunity to connect with my teens by offering suggestions and helpful hints on selecting and starting their business. Below is a list that with a little effort can make a very successful summer business.

I am sharing my favorite business opportunities based on first hand success stories and research.

A wonderful quote to ponder from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Summer Businesses for Teens:

A cleaning service. Maybe you hate doing your chores at home, but getting paid for doing them is completely different! You could offer complete housecleaning services, or specialize in one or more areas, such as attic/basement/garage cleanups.

A yard maintenance service. There is always something that needs to be done…mowing lawns and weed control in the spring and summer, raking leaves in the fall, and shoveling snow and planting for the spring in the winter.

A car-detailing business. With so many people working multiple jobs and having such busy lifestyles, very few people have the time to really take care of their cars — and you could offer a weekly or monthly service of washing, waxing, vacuuming, etc.

A pet sitting service. Typically people tend to go on vacation and need a pet sitting service. This also makes a great year-round business by offering pet walking, bathing, cleaning, etc. services.

A PC tutor/Web site development service. Are you a whiz with computers and the Web? Well, many adults are not, and you could make a good business helping people learn to use PCs and develop Web sites for their families — or for their businesses.

A catering service. Do you enjoy cooking and baking? In these busy times, if you can provide a service that offers well-cooked meals or cookies, you could do quite well.

A painting service. If you have some experience — or there is a few of your friends that want to go in business with you — you might consider a painting business. People are always renovating…and you could paint exteriors in the nicer months and interiors during the colder months.

An errand, messenger, or delivery service. This idea works best in larger cities where there are more people and public transportation, but these are busy times and people need help with all sorts of errands.

An educational tutoring service. If you have expertise in one or more areas — music, foreign language, math and science, or others — you could offer tutoring sessions to children, teens, and adults in your neighborhood.

An online Web business. If you are a master at creating Web pages, perhaps what you need to do is brainstorm a concept for an online business — where your potential customers can come from anywhere in the world, not just in your local neighborhood. If you are a whiz at setting up social networking pages like MySpace or blogs, why not offer that service to your friends and family.

A freelancing service. If you are truly gifted in a certain field, such as writing, drawing, or photography, consider starting a freelancing business where you sell your wares to various businesses and media outlets.

I encourage the Stratbiz readers to add to this list from their personal experiences.



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