14 Teen Business Ideas for Young Entrepreneurs

14 Teen Business Ideas for Young Entrepreneurs

by Nicholas Tart on February 28, 2009 · 48 comments

Lemonade stands, lawn mowing services, and babysitting services are not the only options for young entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur is someone who starts a business. There are plenty of other things young people can do to make money. We have compiled a list of several JuniorBiz ideas below.

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  1. Fresh produce stand. A fresh produce stand would be a good idea if you have a garden. You could plant all your fruits and vegetables in the spring or summer (depending on what you are planting) and then sell them in the summer and fall.
  2. Dog clean-up service. A dog clean-up service is a good business idea if you live in a neighborhood that has a lot of dogs. Dog owners dread picking up the dog poop, but if you can tolerate it, there is a lot of money to be made.
  3. Pet sitting service. A pet sitting service is also a good idea in a neighborhood with a lot of animals. People have pets and are always going on vacation. So they need someone they can trust to take care of their pets. Also, pet kennels are expensive, so people are going to be willing to pay a lot for you to take care of their pets at home.
  4. Snow removal service. A snow removal service is a great business idea if you live in a place where it snows a lot. People cannot leave their homes if there is too much snow in their driveways. Thus, they will pay a great deal for you to remove it. You should know that this business works best if you can start working early in the morning.
  5. Yard maintenance service. A yard maintenance service is a good business to combine with your lawn mowing business. There is a lot more work to be done in yards other than mowing. You could plant flowers, trim hedges, pull weeds and rake leaves.
  6. House cleaning service. A house cleaning service may seem like something you would not enjoy doing, but household chores become a lot easier when you are getting paid to do them. You could specialize in one type of cleaning, (i.e. vacuuming, dusting, laundry, dishes), or you could offer all types of cleaning.
  7. Car cleaning service. A car cleaning service is a good idea because people are often busy and do not have time to take care of their cars. With this business, you could offer it on a weekly or monthly basis so you would maintain a steady income.
  8. Computer tutor/repair service. A computer-based service is a great idea if you know a lot about computers. There are plenty of people out there who do not know anything about computers, especially now that technology is getting more complicated every day.
  9. Catering service. A catering service is a fun idea if you enjoy cooking food and trying new recipes. If you can prove that you know your way around a kitchen, there are plenty of busy people who would love to have you make dinner for them.
  10. Painting service. A painting service is usually successful because people dread painting. It is a lot of hard work, but the more difficult the task, the more people will pay you to do it. However, do not offer a painting service without plenty of painting experience.
  11. Errand/Delivery service. An errand/delivery service is a good idea especially if you live in a big city where there is public transportation. Although, this service does carry some risks. Particularly if you are a young kid who is traveling around a big city by yourself.
  12. Educational tutoring service. An educational tutoring service can be a good business if you have expertise in a specific subject. You could offer a service that tutors kids, teens or even older adults. Some examples of subjects you could tutor are math, science, a foreign language or a musical instrument.
  13. Freelancing service. A freelancing service would be a good business if you are truly gifted in something that people want or need. Such as writing, drawing, photography or other form of art. If you know that you can produce something that people or businesses will buy, then a freelancing service is the way to go. Just make sure your hourly freelance rate is more than $80.
  14. General maintenance service. A general maintenance service is a good idea if you are not sure exactly what services people need. Even if you already have a lawn mowing service, you should promote yourself as a general laborer too. This way you will get more potential customers contacting you. If you can mow a lawn, then you can probably move boxes and plant trees.

These are all great business ideas. Some of them might suit you more than others, so choose wisely if you want to become a successful entrepreneur. Keep in mind that you can combine businesses too. The more services you offer, the more customers you will ultimately have!

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1 Stephanie December 22, 2009 at 6:37 pm

The Catering service is not possible unless you have a sperate kitchen other than your personal kitchen otherwise you will not be approved for a license.

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2 Nick Tart December 22, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Hmm… Didn’t know that. Thanks for the insight, Stephanie!

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3 Mema Tart July 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Great, but have you checked the article They spelled your name wrong It should be Tart, not Tarte How do I get my first issue? I can’t find an order form . I am so so so so so so so so proud of you.

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4 Nick Tart July 7, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Hey Mema! I’m not sure how you found that article! Anyway, you can get your copy of the book at: http://youngentrepreneurs.50interviews.com/battle-a-giant

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk to you soon!

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5 Ashwin June 9, 2011 at 1:53 am

Will they provide us the license if we have a separate kitchen in our home for preparing the catering services

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6 Nicholas Tart June 13, 2011 at 9:53 am

Hey Ashwin… I don’t know much about this, but that seems to be what Stephanie was implying. As long as the kitchens are separate, you can probably get that license. Contact your local government and ask them before you separate the kitchens.

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7 Rohit Sane January 17, 2010 at 12:11 am

I think these days, most youngsters start up with a Freelancing job [mostly self-employment] and then start giving related services to people. Like people start blogging and then start giving SEO and other Blogging services to other bloggers..
.-= Rohit Sane´s last blog ..Cool and Funky T-Shirts with Quotes for Girls and Boys =-.

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8 Nick Tart January 17, 2010 at 11:15 am

Hi Rohit! You’re absolutely right. Young entrepreneurs are awesome at upselling and they don’t even know it. Thanks for the comment!
.-= Nick Tart´s last blog ..Target Your Customers Like You Eat Your Pizza =-.

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9 King Sidharth February 24, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Yo! I’ve been working as a freelancer since I was 16. It’s great fun – to have clients, talk to them on phone.
Important thing is to be professional, I learned by mistakes but people are always so supporting. What do you think Nick?
.-= King Sidharth´s last blog ..Ego v/s Self – War of the Worlds =-.

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10 Nick Tart February 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I was just having a conversation about this earlier. There has never been an entrepreneur who hasn’t made a mistake. In fact, most entrepreneurs make more mistakes than they do things right. And you’re right, as long as you handle things professionally, people will respect and support you. I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

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11 King Sidharth February 25, 2010 at 1:56 am

So true! Making mistakes is how most entrepreneurs learn. I think this should be added to the definition of entrepreneurs :P

Thanks for JuniorBiz – awesome resource for young entrepreneurs – I am lovin it!
.-= King Sidharth´s last blog ..Zazen: Easiest Meditation – The Art of Doing Nothing =-.

12 Dave January 22, 2010 at 9:40 am

Hi,
I mow my (parents) yard on a riding mower in the summer and there are a few small cul-de-sacs around my house, and my dad thinks i should go around and tell people that i’ll use their mower and mow their lawns.
I don’t know if i can be at peoples houses at a certain time every week, as i sometimes can’t do it at my own house on a fixed schedule
What is you opinion?

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13 Nick Tart January 22, 2010 at 11:42 am

Hey Dave!

I say, “GO FOR IT!” Your dad is right. You need to go around those cul-de-sacs and ask all of your neighbors if you can mow their lawns. More than likely, a few of them will say yes. And that will be the start of your mowing empire!

As far as mowing on a regular schedule, most people don’t care too much. It’s nice if you can mow their lawns on the same day every week, but in most cases that won’t break the deal. However, if you really can’t mow regularly, then you need to tell them that you can’t at the beginning of the season.

Give it a shot, Dave! And let me know how it goes…
.-= Nick Tart´s last blog ..Nationwide Competition to Award $30,000 in Prizes for Teen Girl Entrepreneurs =-.

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14 King Sidharth February 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Wow! you are always so encouraging! Love it!
.-= King Sidharth´s last blog ..Ego v/s Self – War of the Worlds =-.

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15 Nick Tart February 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Thanks King! I think every young person in the world needs to try entrepreneurship at least once. You don’t know if you’re going to like broccoli until you try it and it’s really healthy for you.

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Carol Topp 16 Carol Topp, CPA February 13, 2010 at 10:59 am

Stephanie is correct that most states require a health certified commercial kitchen for food preparation. But sometimes church kitchens can qualify. Also, most states do not require a commercial kitchen for baked goods that do not require refrigeration (i.e. cookies). County extension offices will know the rules. Check out: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension

As for the dog clean up, my local paper did a story about man who charges $10 a yard to clean it up. More for multiple dogs. The guy is very busy with customers.
.-= Carol Topp, CPA´s last blog ..New Biz on the Block interview =-.

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17 Nick Tart February 13, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Wow, thanks for the insight Carol! That’s really interesting. I can understand why they require a health certified kitchen, but it’s a bummer. I wonder if they can also make exceptions for young entrepreneurs. Thanks for the link!

Yeah, I wish I offered a dog clean-up service when I was younger. He could even go around apartment complexes and offer it as a weekly service. My apartment area is cluttered with dog poop. I relinquish this idea to anyone who sees it.
.-= Nick Tart´s last blog ..Love Your Other 8 Hours: Interview with Robert Pagliarini =-.

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18 Ola Youssef May 18, 2010 at 4:03 pm

hi i love your articals so i need some extra cash and i want to start a lemondade stand but were do i start it i live on a very busy street and not many people go to our town park thank you so much

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19 Nick Tart May 18, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Hey Ola! Thank you for liking my site. If you live on a busy street, I recommend putting it there as long as it’s far away from the traffic and there’s an easy place for people to pull over.

Another thing to consider is that maybe your lemonade stand could be the reason people start going to the park. If you make great lemonade and always treat your customers exceptionally, you could develop a routine of going there a few times a week and people will come because they know you will be there.

But always, always have a parent or guardian with you alongside of your lemonade stand. Always.

Check out this article if you have more questions: http://juniorbiz.com/lemonade-stand-guide

Let me know if you have any questions.

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20 Ola Youssef May 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm

THANK YOU SO MUCH THAT WAS SO HELPFUL MAYBE I WILL GO THERE EVERY WEEKEND THANKS KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

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21 Nick Tart May 19, 2010 at 10:54 am

Hey Ola! I’m glad I can help! Weekends are the best days to sell lemonade. Feel free to come back here if you have any more questions.

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22 Liane May 26, 2010 at 8:34 pm

a painting service ! A PAINTING SERVICE!

Nick, why do you have to make me feel bitter right now??? HAHAHA.
I REALLY love arts especially painting since I was a kid. I actually planned to pursue Fine Arts, but as reality would have it, I became a political science major. Sigh. Nothing in there is artsy at all except talking about flags :p

Anyway, to others, these sure makes you want to jumpstart a business.
.-= Liane´s last blog ..Authority and Profits – Why and How You Must Become a Blogger Consultant =-.

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23 Nick Tart May 26, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Hey Liane! As far as artistic painting, there are plenty of people making a lot of money. But, as you know, the typical artist doesn’t make much. The real money in painting is exterior house painting. It’s an easy 6-figure business if you know what you’re doing.

By the way, I saw your interview on Alex’s site several months back! Thanks for being an inspiration to young bloggers!

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24 brianna March 24, 2011 at 5:31 pm

good ideas i did a tutoring club for $5.00 bucks for each tutoring awsome in one day i made $40.00 bucks cool

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25 Nick Tart March 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Haha… That is really cool, Brianna!

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26 June Young April 19, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Freelancing is a really good start to a possibly big career as an online entrepreneur. It also caters a lot of skills and so there is a big market out there for employers and contractors to meet and collaborate. I think it also makes a lot of sense to do this especially for people who are also taking classes in college. Freelancing enables you to control your work hours and negotiate your price. Sounds great, right?

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27 Nicholas Tart April 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Hey June! Yeah, I think every college student should be freelancing. It’s flexible enough to work with class schedules and will teach them the basics of running a business. Most successful people I’ve talked to started with freelancing. Thanks for bringing up this point!

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28 J.Wilson April 30, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Those all great ideas, but all of them except for the three:(Educational tutoring service,Fresh produce stand,Freelancing service) require a lot of hard work and I am not sure any teen would last a long time doing any other above mentioned ideas.

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29 Nicholas Tart May 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm

They all require a lot of hard work if you want to do it right. You’re right that a lot of teenagers are incredibly lazy, but those ones aren’t going to be looking for this website.

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30 Emily May 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm

So, I guess I’m kinda young, but I really think I’m smart, and a lot of other people do, too. I was thinking that maybe, in a few years, I could start tutoring… but… how do I… start? I mean, you can’t really test it with anybody unless they need a tutor… help?

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31 Nicholas Tart May 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Hey Emily! The fact that you used “too” correctly is a good sign that you’re right. Start by tutoring for free. Find someone who struggles in the areas you wish to tutor in, and tell them that you’re willing to tutor them for free for a certain period of time as long as they give you feedback. This is an easy way to get started and it will give you experience that you can tell others about. Once you’re confident in your ability to tutor, start asking others if they’d hire you to tutor them. And you’ll have a case study that you can tell them about.

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32 Shai June 27, 2011 at 10:11 am

Hey this is my website! I’m 16 years old. http://www.teensummerjobs.co.cc/

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33 Claire M July 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Hi. I really liked this article. It was really helpful. I make a lot of bookmarks and cool paper, but I don’t know where to sell it. I also take a lot of photographs, and I don’t know where to sell those either… Any ideas??

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34 Nicholas Tart July 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Hey Claire! Try selling them to your local retailers. Just walk in and ask to talk to the manager. Show them your products and see what they say. They might be able to work out a deal with you. As a photographer, it’s easier to offer that as a service. Find customers, take the photos they want (i.e. portraits, landscapes, products), and sell them the photos. If you’re a hairstylist, it doesn’t make much sense to cut someone’s hair, then ask if they’d like to pay for it. Photography is the same way.

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35 Aniee Qasim October 1, 2011 at 10:49 am

nice ideas !
i like all the ideas especially the painting, catering, computer repair services, these all are cool ideas ! thanks nick!

Aniee

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36 Kenny Jones December 29, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Hey Nick. Thanks for the great advice. Am only 22 y.o but now making between $3,000-$6000(and sometimes more) every 2weeks as a freelance academic research writer. Got over 10 writers working for me and they earn great as well. Am planning to finance my higher studies soon, but would really like to set up another business. Question; What kind of fine business can i set up to increase my earnings?

Warm Regards.

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37 Nicholas Tart January 4, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Hey Kenny! You’re off to a great start. It’d be best for you to harness your existing customer base. What other services or products could they use? There are only five ways to grow a business. I wrote more about it here: http://14clicks.com/business-growth-101-grow-startup/

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38 William February 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I am a teenage business man. At age ten I had my first business known as Tennessee Treasures. I got bored with Jewelry making so I switched to photography even social network hosting. I created my social network in hopes of growing a world controlled by teens for teens. The yard service & lemonade stands is an insult to me because I know we teens can go sky high and above what hopeless/ dreamless adults can even fathom. I refuse to be an adult that has lost dreams. I am currently the CEO & founder of BeHap Incorporated. My hopes is to move offices all over the eastern states. To continue and help us on this journey please email me at will.butler95@yahoo.com. I could always use more help!

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39 Daniel February 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm

That’s cool. What exactly those BeHap incorporated do? Are you on the internet? I’ll google you right now.

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40 Kara Drewke March 7, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I am 18 and my sister is 14. We have been crafting and selling for about six years. We are trying to get our business boosted in order to sell some major inventory. I am hoping to be able to help with my college costs this coming fall by working our business much harder. We mostly have sold at craft shows and the farmer’s market in the summer. We are looking for new ways to sell. You can check out our stuff on our public facebook page under “2 Busy Chicks Designs”. Please check it out, “like” it to follow us, and give us your opinions on how we can grow!

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41 Rachel April 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm

great ideas,especially the freelance one

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42 Josh Haynam May 13, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I would add “reselling” to this list. If you’re a young person with a lot of time and some street smarts you can find discrepancies in the prices of used goods for sale. It takes time and some startup money but can be very profitable.

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43 Lolu June 23, 2012 at 6:08 am

Hey there, I love writing and doing a lot of other things. I just want to know how the freelance academic research writing works. How can you write on fields other than those you are knowledgeable in? How does it work generally?

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44 Lolu June 23, 2012 at 6:09 am

Hey there, I love writing and doing a lot of other things. I just want to know how the freelance academic research writing works. How can you write on fields other than those you are knowledgeable in? How does it work generally?
And I must say, Nick, nice work! I’m not just impressed, I’m inspired

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45 Mehul August 31, 2012 at 6:12 am

Hey there, I’m 17 and I want to earn some money in lawn moving. I want to know how much bucks does a lawn mover man get? Or suggest me some other way of making money.

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46 Chad Abarbanel May 16, 2013 at 11:48 pm

I would do the petsitting because I love pets.
I have 2 at home and know everything there is to know about them

GO PETS!!!!!

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47 Skylar Holden May 24, 2013 at 4:58 am

Another great idea would be a firewood company if you had the resources. I started a firewood company when I was 11 and at the age of 16 I now have many residential and comercial customers. The work is hard at first but when it gets going you can hire other people to do the grunt work.

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