Business Ideas for Teenagers

It is never too early or too late to launch one’s self into the entrepreneurship world, there are various teenagers all over the world that are doing fine in various businesses and have carved a niche for themselves in the business world.

An example of these youngsters is 13-year-old O’Neil Shallangwa, who was recently featured on founders Africa, he is the founder of iSave Nigeria, a business that focuses on teaching both adults and kids the importance of financial discipline, using modern and creative handmade wooden boxes to change lives one day at a time.

You can read O’Neil Shallangwa’s story here: https://foundersafrica.com/13-year-old-oneil-shallangwa-wants-to-improve-the-saving-culture-in-nigeria/

You don’t have to be an adult to start your own business. In fact, there are many different business opportunities that teenagers can use to get their entrepreneurial journeys started. It is in the light of this that we have made a compilation of a few business ideas that teenagers can venture into:

Academic Tutor

For students that excel in certain subjects, you can offer assistance to other students that need help in that area by starting a business as an academic tutor.

SAT/College Prep Tutor

You can get even more specific about your tutoring services and focus specifically on helping students and college applicants prepare for the SATs or other standardized tests.

Child Care

Babysitting and child care services are popular ways for young people to make some extra money. You can accept jobs that don’t conflict with your school schedule or other activities.

Social Media Influencer

For those who are skilled with social media, you can build up a following and then work with brands as an influencer to promote various products and services.

YouTube Personality

YouTube is also a popular platform for entrepreneurs. You can start your own channel and then earn revenue through advertising shares as you gain followers and views.

Podcaster

If you’re more inclined to create audio content, you can start your own podcast and then earn money through advertisers on your podcast or website.

Blogger

Blogging is also a viable business opportunity for people of all ages. You can start your own blog about a subject you’re interested in and then earn money through ads, product sales, affiliate links or other methods.

Errand Service

You can also offer a variety of different errand services to local customers, including picking up groceries, dry cleaning and more.

Inventor

People of all ages can invent new products. If you have a great idea for a new invention as a teen, you can build a prototype yourself or work with businesses or mentors to find a way to get it produced.

Tech Support

If you’re fairly competent with computers or technology, you can start a tech support business where customers can call or chat with you to get help solving their tech issues.

Also, you can focus more on teaching clients how to set up their devices or solve other tech issues on their own by starting a business as a tech tutor.

Online Graphics Seller

If you have some design skills, you can create your own printable or online graphics and sell them to customers as downloadable files online.

Clothing/T-shirt Designer

You can also potentially channel your design skills into creating your own clothing line and selling pieces online or in local boutiques or you can keep it simple and create your own designs to include on t-shirts and then get them printed to sell online or in stores.

Greeting Card Maker

If your creativity is suited more toward creating your own paper goods, you can also design your own line of greeting cards to sell.

Recycling Service

For those who want to start an environmentally friendly business, you can start a service where you pick up recyclables and take them to the proper facilities.

Musician

Or if you’re musically inclined, you can start a business with a band or as an individual musician who plays at weddings or events.

Custom Portrait Artist

For those who are more visually focused artists, you can offer your services to people who want custom portraits of their families, pets or other subjects.

Event Photogapher

As a teenager, you can offer your photography services at weddings or special events if you’re skilled at it or have interest in it.

Delivery Service

You can also start a delivery service business where you deliver items to different locations on behalf of your customers as long as you have a reliable form of transportation.

Graphic Designer

If you have some basic design skills, you can start your own graphic design business where you help clients by designing logos and other branding elements.

Ecommerce Reseller

Entrepreneurs of all ages can easily open ecommerce stores. So you can purchase items and then sell them at a profit on platforms like eBay.

Proofreader

You can offer editing or proofreading services to businesses, authors or individuals who need help perfecting their copy.

Videographer

If you have the right equipment and skills you can also offer your services as a videographer for local businesses or events.

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