Do you have a kid who has always had that entrepreneurial mindset? Do you want to teach your kids what it’s like to start and operate their own business? What are you waiting for?
The process of starting and operating a business can be a great educational opportunity for kids. They can learn the ins-and-outs of how businesses work, personal responsibility, and finances. Plus, they can start small with what they have and what they know.
Wondering what kind of business kids can start? Here are a few business ideas for your young entrepreneur you might want to consider.
Kids’ Business Ideas
Dog walking/pet sitting
This is a great business opportunity for the young animal lover. Every neighborhood has pet owners. Kids can start by offering to walk a neighbor’s dog or feed their cat while the owners are at work or on vacation for experience and to gain a referral source. Once credibility is gained, make a flier and offer pet services for a fee to the entire neighborhood.
Babysitting is often a girl’s first job. Parents are always looking for trustworthy babysitters for their kids, so jobs are usually easy to come by. Babysitting isn’t just for girls, though. Boys can start a babysitting business, as well. Often, parents of boys will look for an older boy to babysit. Tip: Get babysitter certified from the Red Cross for more credibility and marketability.
Mowing lawns is a great summer business for kids. It’s the kind of service that keeps customers calling again and again all summer long. Kids can first gain experience in lawn care by mowing and trimming their own lawns. To start their own business, they just need that experience, a lawn mower, a trimmer, and a flier. Kids can stay busy all summer long and make a lot of money.
Cars are always dirty – inside and out. This is especially true with cars belonging to families with children. Kids can offer to wash cars at their own home or the car owners’ home. They just need their own quality supplies and a vacuum that can be used for car interiors.
We live in the digital age. Artistic kids who know how to use graphic design programs can start their own business designing business cards, logos, invitations, and more. They can sell their works and services locally and online on sites like Etsy.
Tutoring is big business these days. Some parents are looking for ways to help their kids get ahead in school, while others are just trying to get their kids to understand math. If your child is good in school, they might be able to start their own tutoring business.
Grocery delivery, Amazon, and online ordering from restaurants are huge right now. People love the convenience. They would rather have someone else do their running for them, so they can have time for the things they enjoy. If your teen has a car, they could start an errand service. Start with friends and neighbors and offer to run errands within a certain radius.
Cleaning the house is something that many people hire out and it is something that many kids help with at their own homes already. Kids can start a house cleaning business by offering basic services like vacuuming, mopping, cleaning kitchen counters, and bathrooms. As they get better at cleaning, they can offer more.
I dare say that a teen with their iPhone can take better quality photos than some professionals. I mean, look at their Instagram accounts! If your kid seems really interested in photography and has the talent, you might want to invest in a digital camera and let them start an event photography business. This would be a great service for families who want to take pictures of a birthday party or a sports event, but don’t want to take the time away from actually experiencing it.
Craft Fair Vendor
Is your child really creative? Do they design jewelry, create paintings, make soap or candles, or do woodworking? Selling their wares at craft fairs might be a great business to start. They can create all week and sell at local events on the weekends.
Do your kids have the entrepreneurial spirit? Are they looking ways to make money? Have they started a business of their own? We’ve love to hear about it.
Time: The second Tuesday of each month from 3:00-4:00 PM EST
The Micro Business Club will help teenagers earn money while learning how to start their own business. A micro business is simple to start, usually home-based, low risk, educational and easy for a busy student to run. This club will encourage students to come up with a viable business idea, avoid pitfalls, and start their business with no debt. The student projects will include: brainstorming ideas, conducting surveys to test their ideas, and creating a business plan. The second semester will explain sales and marketing techniques and wrap up with tips on customer service to keep the micro business going. Students will create business cards and flyers, design a website, and practice making a sales pitch.
The Micro Business Club will be led by author and accountant Carol Topp, CPA who has encouraged thousands of teenagers to start a micro business through her presentations, PBS television show, and the Micro Business for Teens curriculum. The club projects will include worksheets from Carol’s Micro Business for Teens Workbook. Purchasing Carol’s books on Starting a Micro Business and Running a Micro Business is not essential, but the books will greatly enhance the club experience for an enthusiastic student.
Carol’s got a really neat vision for young people doing creative, productive, but realistic things. I liked the balance she strikes between neat opportunities to serve customers and earn money, and the fact that they’re students and any business project has to take that into account.—Melanie Young, Mother of 6 sons and 2 daughters and author of Raising Real Men
As an accounting professor, I have been teaching college students to prepare business plans for startup businesses for more than ten years. Carol Topp’s book, Starting a Micro Business, is the first business planning resource that I have seen that is geared specifically for teens who are thinking of starting a business.—Michael P. Licata, Ph.D, Accounting Professor Villanova University