Run Errands for the Elderly or People with Special Needs
The elderly or people with special needs often need help with the simplest chores. They may need someone to go to the grocery store to pick up a few items, to take a pet to the veterinarian or the groomer, or to give them a ride to a doctor’s appointment, social function or church meeting. Teens can also cook or heat meals to help elderly people get proper nutrition. It is important to be reliable, good with people, patient and understanding of human limitations. You can get some good ideas on sites like Seniorerrandservice.com and Care.com.
Make and Sell Crafts
So many teenagers have made handmade gifts over the years. They sew, cross stitch, embroider, knit, paint, make ceramic items, assemble baskets and do many other types of crafts. Some teens develop traditional skills, while others utilize technology in new ways to create stunning artwork or crafts. These crafts can be sold to people looking for innovative and unique gifts or home decoration items. There are many avenues for selling, including local craft fairs or other community events, and/or online on sites like eBay, Etsy, and ArtFire.
Health and Fitness
Tech-smart teens can develop and sell a health app, but there are other ways to make money on health and fitness. For example, some parents need a reliable teenager who can teach or improve their children’s skills in a sport like basketball, baseball or soccer, or who will take their children to the community park or community center to participate in sports or to play on the playground. Teens can also coach or referee sports. For example, the United States Soccer Federation only requires the person to be over the age of 16 to become a paid soccer referee, and there are many different levels of play so no need to be an expert.
Take Advantage of Technology
Technology offers an endless array of business opportunities. YouTube, podcasting and blogging can become a source of advertising revenues. Tech savvy teens can sell tech support and web design services, do social media consulting, repair computers and iPad & mobile phone screens and help people set up and learn the functions on their mobile phones. Teaching older generations how to utilize technology is also an excellent business opportunity. Mark Zuckerberg was a teenager when he developed the software that would become the Facebook.
Lawn Care Services
Mowing yards may not be glamorous work, but it can be lucrative. You can set a fee schedule and charge for various services, like mowing, shrub trimming, leaf raking and so on. Set a flat fee for total yard services.