Beyond Babysitting and Mowing Lawns - Business Ideas for Teens
Teens need money too. Their parents cannot always buy them all the things they want - video games, movie tickets, concert tickets, designer clothing, etc. What better way for a teenager to make money than his or her own business? Before you say "But I hate babysitting (or mowing lawns)," consider that there are many more options for teenagers to make money than these two traditional methods.
Before starting your own business, you need to ask yourself a few questions. The first question to ask is whether you can reasonably handle running your own business given your other commitments. Right now, you should make a list of all your weekly commitments. You can do this on a sheet of paper, or you can download a free calendar template. Now, also list birthdays, tests, papers and any other responsibilities you already have. Once you've done this, take into account time for meals, and at least 9 -10 hours of sleep at night (yes, teenagers are still growing and require more sleep each night). Now you will have a reasonable idea of how much time each week you have free to devote to your business. Suggestion: keep within the limits suggested by your local school's work permit regulations (usually around 20 hours a week depending upon your age and whether school is in session or not).
Next, make a list of things you like to do - jewelry making, sports, reading, studying languages, computers, etc. This will come in handy when brainstorming ideas for what kind of business you'd like to run.