1. Quick Summary
  2. Babysitting
  3. Tutoring
  4. YouTuber
  5. Car Detailer
  6. Sell Old Video Games
  7. Sell Art
  8. Landscaping
  9. Take Online Surveys
  10. Create an Online Blog
  11. Sell Jewelry
  12. Freelance Writing
  13. Design Logos
  14. Review Music
  15. Watch Ads
  16. Host a Gaming Class
  17. Customize Merchandise
  18. Snow Removal
  19. Fitness Classes
  20. Conclusion

If you’re a teen looking to make some extra cash, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you need money to buy a car or you’re just saving for college, we can help by suggesting some of the best business ideas. These teen business ideas are perfect for those who want to start their own ventures. Here are 18 business ideas for teens.

1. Babysitting


Put the word out to friends and family that you’ll be available to babysit, as it’s a good business idea for teens. It’s a great way to earn some extra cash. In the summer, you can really clean up when parents are working.

2. Tutoring


If school is your thing and you do more than well in different classes, tutoring might be for you. Let your friends know and post on school sites that you’re available.

3. YouTuber


Use your smartphone and start a YouTube channel. This is a long-term proposition, but it can be very lucrative. YouTube shares ad revenue with you once you have 1,000 subs and 4,000 watch hours in one year. You’ll have fun and make money. Additionally, you have the potential to become a social media influencer, building a brand and attracting business partnerships, which can lead to your own business.

4. Car Detailer

Car Detailer

People pay to wash in and outside of their vehicles. You can go to an individual’s house, so it’s convenient for them. Make a price list based on your supplies cost and what your time is worth. Post your services on social media and reach out to local businesses as potential clients.

5. Sell Old Video Games

Video Games

If you have old video games that you don't play anymore, sell them. Garage sales are another place to find inexpensive video games. Regardless, go on DKoldies or Gamefligp and get some bucks for your games.

6. Sell Art

Selling Artwork

If you have a talent, then capitalize on it. People may be willing to pay for your art. Some sites you can sell include Redbubble and Artfinder.

7. Landscaping


A lawn care business can turn an interest in gardening into a profitable venture, whether you are mowing, trimming, or planting flowers and shrubs. You can get paid to do something you enjoy. Post your availability on social media and tell friends and family.

8. Take Online Surveys

online events

People want to know your opinion. Online surveys and focus groups ask you to share your thoughts about various services and products. A couple you might want to try are Survey Junkie and Branded Surveys.

9. Create an Online Blog


For writers who want an outlet and make money, blogging is one of the best small business ideas. You can also use social media platforms to promote your blog and reach a wider audience. Choose a niche to write about, like gaming or skateboarding, and go for it. You’ll need a platform for your blog. There are several available but Squarespace and Wix are easy to use.

10. Sell Jewelry


There’s a big market whether you make jewelry or find some to sell. You can find used jewelry at flea markets and thrift stores. Then, turn around and sell them on social media or on your website. If you study up on some of the designers, you might identify some expensive pieces for a few dollars. You want to buy low and sell high. Local craft fairs are also a great venue for selling handmade jewelry.

11. Freelance Writing


Start a small business as a freelance writer. There’s a demand for strong writers and you can make money while doing what you love. There are different places you can find clients including, Upwork and Freelancer.

12. Design Logos

graphic artist

There’s a demand for logos, which are used by every kind of business. Some places you can sell logos are logoGround and Scalbranding. You can also sell them on social media.

Additionally, teens can offer services as a web designer, creating websites for small businesses, showcasing their unique style, learning valuable coding skills, and making money by offering services at a discounted rate.

13. Review Music


Tell people what you think about music. It’s a great business idea for teens who are passionate about music. It’s not a big money maker, but you’ll have fun doing it. Check out Review Stream and Playlist Push.

14. Watch Ads

watching tv

You have ads forced on you every day. Why not get paid for watching them? You can join platforms like Swagbucks and Inbox to get paid to watch ads and do other tasks. Unfortunately, it's not a lot of money.

15. Host a Gaming Class


If you’re into gaming, start a gaming class for kids or even other teens. Start with the basics for the younger ones and switch to strategies for teens. This is a fun way to pass on your skills.

Additionally, these classes can help teens become young entrepreneurs by gaining financial independence and valuable skills through their own business ventures.

16. Customize Merchandise

online merchant

This one is perfect for those of you who are creative and have some business sense, especially if you're looking to start your own business. If you can draw pictures, take photos or come up with funny slogans, you can put it on merchandise with print on demand. Print on demand companies take your creative and put it on merch you choose: like t-shirts, tote bags, mugs, etc. They then ship it out for you. You pay for the merch but everything else is included in the price. Just mark your item up to accommodate the price. Some print on demand companies are Printify and Printful.

17. Snow Removal

Snow Removal

This is a great small business idea if you live in the north. Many people, especially seniors, don’t want to or can’t shovel their driveways and sidewalks. All you need is a shovel for this one. Make sure your price is appropriate. Your time is worth money, but you don’t want to price yourself out of a job.

18. Fitness Classes

Fitness Classes

This is something like a summer camp, but you’re doing exercise and games. Develop a program and then go on social media and promote it. You must have a decent venue to hold it at and some basic exercise equipment. But your parents looking for someone to watch their kids or stress fitness, this could be a money maker.

Another great service-based business idea for teens is pet sitting, which involves caring for pets while their owners are busy or away.


There's a lot a teen can do to make money with their business. Start thinking about what you like to do and how you could make money doing it. You'll have fun and earn some cash.

Bob Haegele

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Bob Haegele, your personal finance guru, draws on years of experience to simplify complex financial concepts and offer actionable advice.

Dedicated to helping you achieve financial success, Bob is here to guide you through every step of your journey to financial freedom with expertise in areas such as investing, student loans, and credit cards. His work has appeared on Business Insider,, and other nationally recognized outlets.

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