61 Best Business Ideas for Teens (in 2023)

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Most potential business owners start their business later in life, but for some, the entrepreneurial spirit strikes early. For those young adults who want to earn extra money and be their own boss, we’ve got you covered! We’ll help you find the best business ideas for teens.

We’ve talked to a lot of small business owners who pursued teen business ideas, and many of them make millions before they ever reach 30! If you want to start your own business, you’ll love hearing about some of the local businesses that have been started. 

Without further ado, here’s the list!

7 Small Business Ideas for Teens

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Some of the best teen business ideas we’ve seen are:

  1. Pressure Washing
  2. Landscaping
  3. Cleaning Service
  4. Photography
  5. Truck Driver
  6. Construction 
  7. Washing Cars

Find out how young entrepreneurs started each of these successful business ideas below.

#1. Pressure Washing

Three of the youngest business owners we have talked to started pressure washing companies. Stephen Rogers talked to us about how he started NW Softwash at 19 years old with just $1,500, and now he’s making $120K per month. Hear from him below.

Check out other interviews with Chase Lille, an 18 year old who has been pressure washing for over a year, and Alan from Go Detail, who learned to run a business from YouTube.

#2. Landscaping

A landscaper is a person who designs, builds, and maintains gardens and landscapes. Landscapers usually require a lot of time, patience, and creativity to create the perfect garden for their clients. Most companies that do landscaping also do lawn care. Find out how Mike Andes started his lawn care business as a teenager.

#3. Cleaning Service

One of the easiest business ideas to make money is cleaning people’s houses. Almost anybody with a job and kids needs help keeping their home clean. Young people can start a small business by using the cleaning products at their parents’ homes and offering their services on social media.

If you are over 18, you can also use sites like bark.com or housekeeper.com to find clients.

Check out our interview with Austin from Spruse Clean to learn how he makes $62K/mo.

#4. Photography

Photography is another business idea that offers career opportunities for teens.

As a photographer, you’ll be taking pictures of people or products. The two types of photography that tend to have the highest booking fees are product photography and wedding photography. To learn strategies that can turn a photography company into a multi-million dollar revenue generating machine, check out our interview with Korbin and Whitney Korzan below:

#5. Truck Driver

Companies across the country are struggling with supply chain issues. One of the challenges is the lack of truck drivers and that most of them don’t actually put in all the driving hours they are allowed. Out-hustle the old guard and put in the full 12 hours a day to make a great living like Mikael Sant. Hear how he does it below.

To hear even more tips from Mikael, check out the podcast.

#6. Construction 

Like working with your hands? Avanni Petras started Petras Homes and is making over $125,000 after working for a concrete company for 6 years in his teens. Find out how below.

#7. Washing Cars

There are many ways to make money as a teenager, and one of those ways is by starting a car washing business.

The idea of starting up a carwash is not only an easy way to make money, but it is also an interesting and enjoyable pastime.

It can be done either with or without machines. With low start-up costs, you can start small and then grow the business to include mobile car washes, and maybe even become a car wash chain.

7 Online Business Ideas for Teens

Check out these entrepreneur ideas for teens if you want to make extra money and sell online:

  1. Podcasts
  2. Online Tutoring
  3. Blogging
  4. Web Designer
  5. Tech Consulting
  6. Graphic Design Business
  7. Gaming Live Streams

#1. Podcasts

Podcasts are an interesting online business. Podcasts are focused on discussing subjects that interest you. You’ll need a webcam, recording software (I prefer OBS), and microphones.

Podcasts generate revenue through a variety of methods. Check out this blog on some of the ways to monetize your podcast.

#2. Tutoring

female teacher on a video call

Tutoring can make great money helping students who are struggling. Most tutors will charge $25/hour, but some may be able to get rates up to $80/hour.

You can find clients at your school, or offer services on sites like tutors.com once you turn 18. What better way to start a business than to help others succeed?

#3. Blogging

Anyone can blog. You just have to find something you enjoy writing about. This is near the top of business ideas for teens because you can start blogging on sites like Medium for free.

How do you make money blogging, though?

There are a few ways:

#4. Web Design

man working on a laptop

Web design can be a fun way for teens to make money. Develop the skills for one of the fastest-growing careers in the U.S. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the need for web design to grow by 13% by 2031, and average wages are over $77K. Wages are typically less than 1/3 of a business’s revenue, so that means a business could make over $225K/designer.

#5. Tech Consulting

Tech consulting can be an easy business for teens to start. Tech consultants can earn money through affiliate marketing and by advising people on the best way to achieve their desired results.

My brother started getting Apple certifications in his teens, and by the time he reached his 30s, he was one of the most highly certified Apple network admins around and had helped companies like Electronic Arts and Intel integrate Macs with Microsoft to work seamlessly.

Check out this list of the top 100 software companies and find one you are interested in. Businesses are definitely looking for help with implementing software more efficiently and effectively.

#6. Graphic Design

man working on a laptop

Graphic design is another easy business to start as a teenager. Graphic design is focused on creating artwork and product information for businesses, including:

  • Logos
  • Websites
  • Product packaging
  • Marketing materials

To find out more about different types of graphic design businesses, check out the blog 8 Types of Graphic Design.

#7. Gaming Livestreams

Are you proficient in using an app or online game? You can live stream playing video games and other things you enjoy doing. You can share the online game stream on sites like Tiktok, YouTube, and Twitch. Gamers find guided tutorials a valuable resource when they get stuck.

6 Small Business Ideas for Teenage Girl

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The following small business ideas for teenage girls can also be done by guys, but many homeowners prefer letting women help in their home. Consider these ideas:

  1. Babysitting
  2. Pet Sitting
  3. House Sitting
  4. Pet Photography
  5. Pet Grooming Services
  6. Dog Walking

#1. Babysitting

Every family with kids will need a babysitter occasionally. Start a business babysitting and make money watching the kids.

Ask your parents to tell their friends, print up some business cards and leave them at places you frequent, and check on social media for people looking for help. Finding clients shouldn’t be too hard. Almost everyone I know has babysat at some point in their life.

#2. Pet Sitting

young woman carying a dog

In the pet sitting industry, people are required to care for animals in someone else’s home or property. Pet sitters should have experience with animals and a passion for caring for them.

They should also be responsible and trustworthy. In order to get started, you should start by signing up to be a pet sitter on websites such as Wag

These websites will then help connect you with people looking for a pet sitter in your area.

It’s not just a matter of hanging out with cats and dogs while their owners are away. Pet sitting requires proper knowledge about animal behavior, nutrition, exercise, and basic first aid skills.

This is not an easy job, but it can provide numerous business opportunities for teens who want to make some cash while enjoying the company of furry friends.

Check out our blog about a pet sitter to learn more.

#3. House Sitting

House sitting is the act of caring for someone’s home while they are away. It can be done with or without rent or utility payments.

There are many benefits to becoming a house sitter, but it does require a certain level of trust and responsibility. House sitting gives you a chance to live in a different environment and keep a close eye on people’s homes and pets.

House sitting can be done through many different platforms, such as websites, classified ads, word of mouth, etc. One great website for house sitting is TrustedHousesitters.com.

#4. Pet Photographer

If you have a love for animals and photography or just have a lot of time to spare, then you could consider starting your own pet photography business.

There are plenty of online courses that can help you learn the skills needed to start this type of business. You can also use your creativity to come up with different ways to make money with your photography skills.

#5. Pet Grooming

young woman grooming a cute dog on a table

Starting a pet grooming business can be a great idea to make money for teenagers or young adults.

The best way to start this business is by getting certification through the National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA) and asking clients about their desired groom style.

It’s also worth considering what type of services the prospective clients will need—whether that’s basic bathing and clipping, or something more elaborate like shampooing, hair trimming, nail clipping, ear cleaning, etc.

#6. Dog Walking

A dog walking business includes knowing how to pick up after the dog and transporting the animal from one location to another. That means dog walkers may need a vehicle or access to public transportation.

To become a successful dog walker, one should be patient, dependable, and comfortable working with other people’s dogs. They should also be able to work flexible hours.

11 Teen Business Ideas for Creatives

If you want some business ideas for creatives, consider these ideas.

  1. Holiday Decorating Business
  2. Be a Rockstar
  3. Proofreader
  4. Greeting Card Writer
  5. DJ
  6. Event Photographer
  7. Caricature Artist
  8. Provide Art Lessons
  9. Music Lessons 
  10. Fire Spinner
  11. Handmade Jewelry

#1. Holiday Decorating Business

Offering an attractive and memorable holiday decorating business can be a great way to earn some extra cash during the holidays.

The major holidays that people or businesses tend to have decorative festivities for in the US are:

  • Valentines Day – February 14
  • Easter – First Sunday after the full moon that follows the Spring Equinox
  • St Patrick’s Day – March 17
  • Cinco De Mayo – May 5
  • 4th of July – July 4
  • Halloween – October 31
  • Thanksgiving – 3rd Thursday in November
  • Christmas – December 25
  • New Year- December 31

Check out our interview with Martin Skarra who runs a window cleaning business and hangs Christmas lights during the winter.

This is a unique option on the list of business ideas for teens because it is creative and lets them focus on their studies and other activities while they are still in school.

#2. Be a Rockstar

young woman carying an electric guitar

There are many business ideas that young people can start to make money. One of the best is becoming a rockstar.

Becoming a rockstar is not all fun and games. If you want to be successful, you will need to practice, write songs, and play at different venues in order to build your fan base. It can be a lot of work, but also a ton of fun.

If you don’t want to write the songs, many locations pay bands to perform at weddings, school dances, or even to be a touring musician with a band where one person writes all the songs and needs bandmates on tour.

#3. Proofreader

Another good business for teens is becoming a proofreader. There are plenty of students who need help making sure their grammar is correct.

One upside is that your clients will be convenient to you. You’ll find them amongst the kids at your high school or college.

Students might not have the most money, but your social network will grow as students become professionals and need other quality control jobs performed.

#4. Greeting Card Writer

Another business idea that creative teens can turn into a small business is as a greeting card writer.

Teens can sell their own greeting cards through sites like Shopify using the print-on-demand company Card Isle. Alternatively, you can try freelancing for Hallmark.

#5. DJ

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A DJ is a person who plays recorded music for an audience.

To become a DJ, you need to start by learning how to play with various turntables and mixers. You also need to learn about the different types of music and songs before becoming a professional.

If you want to become a DJ, you do not need any formal qualifications in most cases. Some professional DJs like Martin Garrix started in their teens. By the time Martin was 21, he was worth $35 million. If you love music, give it a shot!

#6. Event Photographer

Photography is a growing industry for both professional and amateur photographers. The event photographer focuses on taking photographs at any event they are commissioned to photograph. The main responsibility of the event photographer is to capture the essence of the event.

The demand for event photography has increased over the last few years because of its many use cases. As a young creative entrepreneur, this is a great business idea for 18-year-olds. Check out our interview with a wedding photographer that makes $2 million per year.

#7. Caricature Artist

A caricature artist aims to make the person look like a cartoon by exaggerating features to create a caricatured portrait. The caricaturist should be able to uncover what makes each portrait subject unique and then exaggerate it. This will result in the finished product being something that they are happy with—and should give clients a good laugh.

A teen tends to be great at exaggerating reality, and that makes this an easy business to start as a teenager.

#8. Provide Art Lessons

Another fun creative career on the list of business ideas for teens is providing art lessons. If you want to provide art lessons and earn some good money, you should know the following:

  • You will need a set of materials and tools to use in your lessons.
  • You will need your own studio or space to teach from.
  • You may need to create a website or social media page where people can learn about the class.
  • You may even want to register as a business with the local government.

As your business grows, you can start doing more lessons and offer group sessions.

Once you reach the age to legally serve alcohol, you can even do wine and arts nightlife events. Every event like this I’ve ever been to has been a blast. It’s definitely a fun business to be in.

#9. Music Lessons

What better way to start a new business than with something you enjoy?

A music teacher can provide music lessons to both children and adults. Most of these music lessons are done in person, but they can also be done via video chat.

If you want to start it as an online business, many talented musicians provide Masterclasses or create YouTube tutorials.

Check out our interview with Jacques Hopkins to learn how he earns $480K a year teaching piano lessons with his course:

#10. Fire Spinner

female swinging a fire poi

It may seem daunting to start a business, but even if you are only working for yourself, it can be rewarding. It helps you become more independent and grow as an individual.

There are many ways that teens can start their own businesses. One idea is to become a fire spinner! With the increasing popularity of this activity (also called Poi), there are plenty of opportunities for teenagers who want to try something new.

If you’re interested in learning how to spin fire, go talk to some performers at music festivals.

The performers most likely can point you in the right direction. If not, search for YouTube videos. When you first start practicing, use glow toys because they hurt far less than fire brushing across your arm.

#11. Handmade Jewelry

If you like arts and crafts, many small businesses find success in making their own jewelry.

This consists of buying the raw materials for the jewelry and turning them into a piece of jewelry. Then you can sell them online or at craft fairs. 10times has a list of almost 25,000 events in the US where you can sell your goods.

5 Entrepreneur Ideas for Teens 

We have five business ideas for teens to earn money that aren’t difficult but will teach you skills that impact almost every business. Consider: 

  1. Errand Running Service
  2. Delivery Service
  3. Packing Business
  4. Recycling Business
  5. Gift Wrapping Business

#1. Errand Running Service

An errand running service is a business idea for teens that enables them to work as a personal shopper and a courier at the same time. This is a great business to combine with driving Uber or Lyft. 

The job is simple: you’ll go to a grocery store and buy all the items that correspond with the list of items that a customer has sent.

Then you’ll deliver the goods. The customers will pay for these services through PayPal, Venmo, or your own payment processor.

#2. Delivery Service

The food delivery industry is a booming market, with companies like Uber Eats and Grubhub making it easier for people to get their favorite food delivered to their doorstep.

This food delivery service business idea is perfect for teens who want to make some money on the side or want a supplemental income. As a teen, you can start your own courier service where you pick up orders from restaurants and deliver them locally.

Learn more about starting a delivery service below.

#3. Packing Business

young woman taping a box

A packing business is the perfect business idea for teens looking to get started in the world of entrepreneurship. They can start this enterprise on a small scale and eventually expand it into a larger-scale company.

Some of the benefits teens get from starting this kind of business include:

  • Working from home, making it an easy venture for all family members to contribute to.
  • Providing job opportunities to other family members like grandparents who might not be able to work anymore but still want some income.
  • A need for limited capital to start because they are labor-intensive rather than capital-intensive.

#4. Recycling Business

Recycling is one of the most important things that we can do for our planet. It’s also one of the easiest things to get into.

There are plenty of ways to make money with recycling, but it may be best to start with a simple idea like running a recycling business.

What you’ll need:

  • A space for storing and sorting recyclables
  • A website or Facebook page to advertise your service
  • Recycling bins for customers to use when dropping off materials at your business
  • Deals with recycling centers to send the recycled goods to be processed

Two areas of recycling that are often overlooked when recycling are electronics boards and construction materials.

Both can make hefty returns if you start a business in an area that doesn’t offer these services.

#5. Gift Wrapping

young woman wrapping a box

The idea of starting a gift wrapping business for teens is perfect for creative, entrepreneurial teens.

Gift wrapping is an art form that has been around for centuries. Gift wrapping can be done in many ways depending on the occasion, the person to whom the present is being given, and the person who will be receiving it. All it takes is a little creativity and a lot of tape!

4 Marketing Business Ideas for Young Adults

Think you might enjoy marketing? Consider a business idea from this list:

  1. Sports Promotion
  2. Social Media Marketing Business
  3. Videography Business
  4. Social Media Influencer

#1. Sports Promotion

screenshot of sports marketing from feedough website

The internet is a vast space, and there are business ideas for teens in most niches. Starting a business in sports promotion is a great idea for a teenager who loves sports and has the time to dedicate to it. You’ll be marketting sports or athletes. Learn more about the field.

The most important thing about starting a business in sports promotion is being aware of the different obstacles that come with this type of business.

For example, you have to know how to promote yourself on social networking sites, have connections with people in the sports industry, and be assertive when interacting with consumers.

#2. Social Media Marketing

Social media is a powerful marketing channel that every business should take advantage of. It’s the easiest way to get in contact with your target audience, build your brand, increase sales, and attract new customers.

A social media business posts content regularly to social media platforms to help engage with followers. It doesn’t have to be big content either!

Helping out a business with their social media management is a natural fit for teens who are already familiar with the ins and outs of social media platforms. Your customer list could include any small or large business that simply doesn’t have the time or bandwidth to manage their own account.

#3. Videography

dslr camera and other equipment for video production

Video is going to be the most important form of marketing in the future. It’s a powerful way of connecting with your audience, and you can use it to promote all kinds of products and services. But it’s not easy to become a videographer.

The first thing you need to do is find out what equipment you’re going to need. That will depend on whether you’re just starting out as an amateur or if you want to become more serious about videography.

You’ll also need to set up some kind of recording space so the quality of the video is good enough for your audience.

And don’t forget about editing capabilities! That’s an important part of creating videos, too, so make sure that you have some kind of software at your disposal.

As a business idea for teens, this one ranks at the top.

#4. Social Media Influencer

When it comes to marketing, social media influencers are the new celebrities. 

They can reach millions of people with just one TV show or one tweet. Once you become one, businesses will hire you to promote their products.

Influencers on social media are not just people who have a ton of followers. They are usually people who have something valuable to offer on their channels, whether it be their creativity or their expertise in some topic.

Start sharing more about the things you love, post regularly, and build your following. 

Keep reading for some pointers for starting a business in your teens.

9 Cool Business Ideas

girl making a soap on a molder

Consider some of these business ideas.

  1. Cake Maker
  2. Create an e-Zine
  3. Craft Fair Vendor
  4. Inventor
  5. Window Washing
  6. Sign Spinner
  7. Loan Shark
  8. Sell Art
  9. Soap Making Business

#1. Cake Maker

Many teenagers start their own businesses when they are in high school. Some business ideas for teens include cake making or any other food-related business.

If you enjoy cooking, baking and decorating cakes, then it might be a good idea for you to start your own cake-making business in your free time.

You can sell them to your friends and family members, or in some cases, you can even open up a shop in the local area.

Another option is to create an online bakery where people can order cakes through the website and have them delivered on-demand with additional customization options depending on what they order (flavor, toppings, etc.).

Check out this video about how this bakery owner started his bakery.

#2. Publish Your Own Magazine (e-Zine)

Starting up your own magazine can be a difficult endeavor. But with the right company, you can make sure that you have everything in order to ensure the success of your project.

The first thing to know about publishing a teen-oriented magazine is that it has to be relevant and tailored toward teens in order to make it interesting for them. 

Good thing you are one.

Don’t make the mistake of having old people tell you what to write about, ‘cause we have no clue! There are plenty of great examples out there of successful teen magazines that have been created by teens themselves.

#3. Craft Fair Vendor

Entrepreneurship ideas for teenagers include selling at local craft fairs. Good business ideas for teens typically need to be low-cost and should include small business ideas from home.

A craft fair vendor is a great opportunity because you can sell your arts and crafts projects or purchase goods for reselling.

#4. Inventor

If you see a problem you want to solve, a job as an inventor might be your calling.

Just research what is already created, find a way to improve on the tools out there, and build a prototype. Test it out and see whether it works.

Then all you need to do is apply some motivation and research to start producing it in mass.

#5. Window Washing

If you’re wondering how to start a business as a teenager with no money, consider a window-washing business.

The world loves to be able to see through their windows, and a teen can start this business with a roll of paper towels and some window cleaner they can get for free from their parent’s cleaning closet.

Even after you run out of paper towels and free window cleaner, you can easily buy more after the first job.

If you really want to get creative, use a squeegee and develop your own cleaning products that you can sell to your clients.

As a teen, this is great because it combines low costs with lots of opportunities to increase your skill set.

Check out our interview with Martin Skarra who bought a window cleaning business:

#6. Sign Spinner

If you are a teenager who loves music, being outside, and wants to help other people promote their businesses, sign spinning is a creative option on the list of teen entrepreneur ideas.  Check out the video below to see what you’ll be doing.

As a teen business owner, you can hire your friends to support more businesses per day.

There’s even a World Sign Spinning Competition where teen sign spinners can earn cash prizes for being the best in the business. For teenager participation, some states may need a work permit.

#7. Loan Shark

This one is mostly a joke, but if you wonder how to start a business as a teen, loaning people money is a lucrative option. Las Vegas just auctioned off a pawn broker license for nearly $2M.

When your broke friends need money, accept something valuable in exchange with the agreement that if they don’t pay it back with interest in 90 days, you get to sell it to recoup your loss.

It might not make you many friends as a teen, but it will get you everything you desire at low costs (and maybe make you a profit).

#8. Sell Art

man paint a dollar symbol on the canvass

There are a ton of ways to sell art.

Here are some tips for success while selling art:

  • Decide what kind of art to sell – original, commissioned, or prints.
  • Find a niche to sell your art in – digital art? watercolor paintings? photographs?
  • Create a website or blog where you display your work and provide contact information for potential buyers.
  • Showcase your work at galleries, small art festivals, local events – keep in mind the goal is to have people see your work and want to buy it.
  • Consider using social media sites like Facebook and Instagram as a marketing platform.

#9. Make Soap

Everybody has to clean themselves. Creating different fragrances of soap can be a fun way to make money. In fact, the U.S. spends nearly $43 billion per year on soap. Get a piece of your local market, then go national.

5 More Small Business Ideas for Teens Online

Didn’t get enough ideas above for businesses you can run online? Consider some of these.

  1. Online Reseller
  2. Data Entry
  3. Tech Support
  4. Transcribing
  5. Retail Arbitrage Business

#1. Online Reseller

young woman holding a tablet with ebay logo

Starting an online reseller business is a good idea for teens who want to earn some money and explore their entrepreneurial spirit.

Opening an online reseller business is a great option. It can be as simple as buying clothes, collectibles, or any other item from local stores and reselling them on your own website or on eBay.

Check out our interview with Mike Wilson who makes $1K to $30K+/month selling on eBay:

#2. Data Entry

Companies need a ton of data entry. You could start a small business helping other small business owners do their data entry.

This is a job that can be done from home with remote access, or you can go to local companies and do the work on-site.

As long as you can type, data entry should definitely be on the list of teenage business ideas.

#3. Tech Support

man working on a desktop computer

If you have a knack for technology, have a positive attitude, and are great with people, then your business idea might be to start a tech support business.

You might not realize that there’s a huge demand for tech support. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that there were currently 110,000 jobs in this field. And they’re expected to grow by 10 percent from now until 2024!

#4. Transcription

Transcribing is documenting what is said during a meeting. Plenty of businesses need this service, and NYtimes Wirecutter found that humans are still better than AI at transcribing.

You can combine both human and AI tools in your business to help you serve multiple clients at once.

Transcription may be a slowing field due to technological advances, but if you know how to leverage the technology, it can be a great business for teenagers.

#5. Retail Arbitrage

screenshot of how to sell on ebay article from upflip website

Finding products that are being sold for less than market value, buying them, and making a profit is a great way to make some extra money. You’d be surprised how easy it is. We interviewed a former delivery driver who makes $35K doing this and selling on ebay.

5 Service Based Business Ideas for Teenagers

Maybe you like helping people accomplish tasks they need to complete. Then these businesses might  be right for you.

  1. Laundry Services
  2. College Prep Courses
  3. Leaf Removal
  4. Teach the Elderly to Use Tech
  5. Setup Computers

#1. Laundry Service

Starting a laundry service is a great way to make money, and it can be very profitable. A ton of people are too busy to do their laundry and would be happy to have someone come to their home and do it for them.

As your business grows, you can get a location where customers can just drop off the clothes on the way to work and pick them up on the way home.

You’ll need more than one washer and dryer to have a location with drop-offs to serve the client, though. You will most likely have to buy or rent them from a company that provides laundry equipment for entrepreneurs.

You will also need to get the supplies, such as detergent, fabric softener, bleach, and other things needed for washing clothes. After you have purchased the necessary supplies, start marketing to more people in the area.

Check out our interview with Ferndale Laundry to find out how lucrative a laundromat can be.

#2. College Prep Classes

College is becoming more expensive every year. It is no surprise that many teenagers are looking for entrepreneurial opportunities to make some extra cash. Some of the most popular businesses for teens are college prep courses.

These types of courses help high school students prepare for college, whether they want to attend a four-year university or go into trade school.

College prep courses can be profitable, but they also require a lot of time and effort on the part of the teen business owner.

#3. Leaf Removal

man wearing yellow polo shirt smilling

A leaf removal service is a small business that offers to remove leaves from the property of the client on a regular basis throughout the year.

For example, if you live in a city and have a lot of trees around your house that shed leaves all year round, you can see success in cleaning up the leaves every week or two.

#4. Tech Tutor for the Elderly

Technology is the future, and yet it can be overwhelming for the elderly.

One way to make technology more accessible to the elderly is to create business ideas that provide tech tutorials for people who are not familiar with technology.

#5. Computer Setup Company

computer cpu with motherboard on the table

Running a business as a teen can be a challenge, but if you know how to manage a process well, then you can repeat it and see tremendous growth. Another technical job on the small business ideas for teens list is starting a computer setup company.

An entrepreneur in this field would typically go to a person’s home or work, establish what they need the computer to do, then set it up to optimize the computer for the owner to use.

It requires a little technical skill, but there are tons of free educational tools from major tech companies available to help.

2 Business Ideas for Teens Serving Food

If you want to work with food, but don’t want to work as a server or in fast food, consider these ideas.

  1. Lemonade Stand
  2. Ice Cream Cart

#1. Lemonade Stand

lemonade stall for kids infront of the house

Sure, this idea sounds like it is for little kids, but hear me out. It can be fun hanging out with your friends on a busy street and selling lemonade, water, energy drinks, and more to people driving by. 

It’s way more convenient than a convenience store, and people will love seeing a group of friends working together.

That’s why this made the list of teenage entrepreneurship ideas.

#2. Ice Cream Cart

An ice cream cart is another small business idea for teens.

If you live near a park, just get an ice cream cart and some of your favorite treats that you can get at low cost from the grocery store, then sell them individually for 3x as much as you paid.

Make sure you have a little radio with the ice cream man music playing, and your job’s done.

All the kids will rush your ice cream, and you’ll be ready for your next journey to the grocery store. If you want to hire your friends to work jobs at other parks, the growth can compound quickly!

How to Start a Business as a Teenager

Once you’ve selected your favorite business idea from the list above, it’s time to take steps to start your business. Here are some tips. 

If you are a teen under 18, you may need your parents to help you start the business legally.

If so, make sure that you trust the adult who signs the contracts to be honest and fair. Lives have been ruined by greedy parents. Don’t let people steal the gains you make as a teen entrepreneur.

Use your resources. Adults love seeing teens develop their skill sets and are happy to give input on their areas of expertise.

The whole world is going to social media marketing. No matter what business you are in, start developing your status as a social media influencer. It will make the process easier in any business.

Always encourage people to help you get more business through word of mouth.

Check out some of our most-viewed videos and blogs to understand different aspects of starting a business:

Are You Ready To Start Your Own Teen Business?

If you have started a business as a teen, we’d love to hear from you about how you started your business.

If you decide to start one after reading our blog or watching our videos, we definitely want to keep track of how you’re doing. Let us know so we can follow your journey.

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4 thoughts on “61 Best Business Ideas for Teens (in 2023)”

  • Arotrika

    Holiday decorations business

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