Summary: Is your teenager too young to get a job at Burger King but wants to earn some money? Does your older teen yearn for a business of his or her own? Here are six great entrepreneurial enterprises to help teens beat summer boredom while earning some money.
Is your teenager too young to get a job at Burger King but wants to earn some money doing something other than babysitting this summer?
Does your older teen yearn for a business of his or her own? Well, look no further.
Below are six great entrepreneurial enterprises for teens to choose from that can help them keep busy, content and – of course – earn some “dough-re-mi” during the dog days of summer.
With any of these endeavors, be sure to keep in mind:
- Safety first.
- Make sure anything you want to do is legal.
- Do your homework – learn about the “business.”
- Get the word out – Flyers are a great way to advertise, but be sure to put them in door handles and not in mailboxes; it’s against United States Postal Service regulations.
- Think in terms of serving your customer, giving “100%,” and doing it with a smile and pleasant demeanor.
Affixing Mailbox and House Numbers
This is a win-win business venture for both teen and community. A home without a visible number posted on either the house or mailbox can delay deliveries and visitors, cause automobile accidents or even worse – delay emergency responders when every second literally counts. Someone’s survival may depend on it.
Distribute flyers describing the merits of this service to homes that are missing their identifying numbers or those with numbers not clearly visible. Numbers can be purchased at your local hardware store and are relatively inexpensive – ranging from about $1 to $6 per number – depending upon size and make (i.e., vinyl, brass, satin nickel). A hammer and screw gun would help to secure metal number plates. Charge for the materials and set a reasonable fee for your labor.
[Note: Avoid curb painting; curbs generally do not belong to the homeowner and are usually prohibited from being defaced in any manner]
Vacation Home/Pet Care Service
Summertime is vacation time for many families. This is a terrific opportunity to put them at ease about their home and pets while they’re away, and for you to earn some cash.
Advertise in your neighborhood. Services provided can include:
- Pet care/sitting
- Watering plants
- Taking in mail and newspapers
- Cutting the grass
- Taking out the trash or recyclables
- Checking outside perimeter, doors, rooms and windows
by Patricia Schaefer
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