Below is a guest blog post from a new friend of mine who is passionate about helping teens find ways to make an income before they leave high school. If you have an entrepreneurial teen, then show them this article… chances are, they might have already found it though!
Take it away Lexie…
These days, many teens aren’t just looking for a job – they’re looking to start their own company, even before they’ve graduated high school!
While this may seem like a tall order, it’s actually a very achievable dream. In fact, there are many things you can do now to work for yourself while building the skills you’ll need in the job market in the future, no matter what path you end up taking.
Here are a few ideas you may wish to try if you’re considering starting your own business before you finish high school:
Ideas for Starting a Side Hustle
Let’s face it, not everyone loves giving up a Friday or Saturday night to watch their neighbor’s child (especially if she’s a biter!), but most of us would leap at the opportunity to be paid to play with a cute dog all day. And there are plenty of people who will pay you to care for their favorite four-legged friend.
If the idea of pet sitting makes your tail wag, this article offers helpful suggestions on how to make this a successful part-time job – and who knows, maybe even full-time by the time summer vacation rolls around! Just know that to work with a company like Rover.com, you’ll have to be 18 or older. But if you’re younger than that, don’t let your ambitions be swayed. Offering to sit for family members and neighbors now, will help you build up the experience you need to be successful on a larger scale once you’re 18.
If you have a passion for writing, taking up freelance writing gigs can help you in a couple of ways in your teenage years.
First, you’ll obviously be paid for your work, which is usually determined based on the word count, or on a per-project basis.
Secondly, if your writing is published, it will make you look even more appealing to any colleges that you apply to. This guide provides information on how to get going as a paid writer.
Social Media Manager
Do you live on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram? Or perhaps you regularly switch back and forth between these different platforms? Good news! Believe it or not, there are careers out there centered on keeping social media accounts updated for large businesses.
While you’re not going to land this type of role for a large corporation without a college degree, you can certainly lend your services to locally-owned businesses (think doctor’s offices and mom-and-pop restaurants) or even a franchise location of a larger company (such as some McDonald’s and Starbucks store locations).
If you spend your free time making cool craft projects, you might already have an inventory stocked up for a new business venture! Websites like Etsy allow those with artistic flair to sell their masterpieces, including jewelry, clothing, paintings, and home décor pieces.
If you’re an expert earring craftsman and you constantly receive praise when you wear your creations, odds are that others will be willing to pay for a pair, so this type of gig might be right up your alley. This article offers helpful tips on how to get started.
Customer Service-Oriented Side Hustle
There are few jobs out there that aren’t highly benefitted by customer service experience, and the sooner you can develop these skills, the better. If you already feel confident in your ability to work with people, a job like running errands for seniors in your community might be a good fit.
You’ll be able to help individuals by performing tasks like picking up their groceries and taking them to appointments, and you’ll have the flexibility of working with multiple clients at a time.
If you think your customer service skills need some brushing up before you start a business that depends on them, this guide will help you spice up your resume so you’ll have a better chance of getting hired for this type of job.
If you dream of being your own boss, don’t let your age stop you. As you can see from this list of options, there are plenty of ways to get your own business or side hustle started. The trick is to follow your passion, and then give it your all. But don’t let your schoolwork suffer! There’s no better way to be paid than by starting a passion side hustle and doing something that you enjoy doing.
Lexie Dy loves learning. As a child, she would beg her parents to take her to the library, where she’d spend her free time learning about topics of interest. And today, she continues to spend countless hours at the library as a grad student. When she isn’t preparing for exams and research papers, she enjoys helping teens prepare for the job market through her work with ReadyJob.
Lexie Dy, ReadyJob
Do you have some other ideas you’d like to share on how to start a side hustle as a teen entrepreneur? Leave your comments below!