9 Ideas for Teen Businesses

Do you like to be outside or on the computer? Do you like to make things or fix things? Would you rather hang out with animals or kids than anyone else? To help you get a feel for the world of possibilities awaiting you, we've selected nine business ideas that should suit any teen who has a desire to start a business.

Now, let's get started!

Candle Making
Aromatherapy candles, scented jar candles, floating candles, wedding candles, novelty candles, 100 percent beeswax candles, citronella candles, and decorative bowl and crock candles are just a few of the different kinds of candles you can easily make at home part-time and sell for big profits. The candle making learning curve is short, which makes this an excellent moneymaking opportunity for kids, teens and young adults. The best way to start is to educate yourself about candles--how they are made, what the various uses are, and where you can buy the basic materials needed to start. Purchase candle-making books and videos; attend local candle-making classes offered by community centers, craft groups, continuing education programs, and candle-making studios; and partner with other hobby candle makers to learn the secrets of the craft.

Sell your candle creations online utilizing eBay and internet malls. You can sell directly to friends, family members and people in the neighborhood, as well as at flea markets and from vending carts at farmers' and public markets on weekends and holidays. Also, if you are really ambitious and want a shot at earning big bucks, don't overlook the possibility of mass-producing candles so you can establish wholesale accounts with gift and home décor retailers nationwide. Of course, keep safety in mind when making any product. Visit the National Candle Association online at www.candles.org for additional information about making and selling candles.

Art Jewelry
Calling all creative young entrepreneurs! It's time to earn a ton of extra cash by making and selling beautiful art jewelry. Art jewelry is a catchphrase covering all nonprecious stone jewelry. Art jewelry can be created from many kinds of raw materials individually or in combination, including metals, plastics, stones, ceramics, fabrics, bone and shell, and exotic hardwoods and softwoods. And you can even incorporate some precious stones and materials such as silver and turquoise into your designs. The basic skills and knowledge you'll need to learn can include mold making, casting, soldering, polishing, gem and stone cutting, and setting. But don't worry because there are art jewelry classes taught in every small town and big city across the nation. There are also a multitude of books and videos available on the subject of art jewelry making, and with practice, the learning curve is short.

Once you're producing art jewelry, it can be sold to or consigned with fashion, jewelry and gift retailers, and art galleries, or sold wholesale to retailers at discounted prices. You can also sell to friends and family; on weekends at flea markets, craft shows and mall kiosks; and online through eBay and internet malls. Art jewelry making equipment and supplies are easy to find online through companies such as Auntie's Beads, Fire Mountain Gems and Rio Grande.

Bicycle Repair
If you're mechanically inclined and love cycling, you may be able to earn excellent cash repairing bicycles right from a simple home workshop. There are many advantages to starting a bicycle repair service, including low costs to operate, huge demand for the service in an ever-growing sport, and you can work flexible part-time hours nights and weekends.

Even if you're not experienced in bicycle repairs, there are a number of schools offering bicycle mechanic courses that take only a few weeks to complete, such as those offered by United Bicycle Institute in Oregonor Barnett Bicycle Institute. Market your bicycle repair services to friends and family as well as cycling enthusiasts in your community by pinning promotional fliers to bulletin boards and running low-cost classified ads in your local newspaper. Describe your services, give contact telephone number and your website (if you have one), and include an introductory offer, such as a seasonal bicycle tune-up at a very low cost to attract new business. When you are not busy repairing your own customers' bikes, you can also work for bicycle retailers to handle their overflow repair and warranty work.

Run an eBay Business
Can you make big money selling stuff on eBay? Of course you can, just like thousands of other people. In fact, starting your own eBay business is a fantastic way to earn a ton of extra cash. The first decision you will need to make is to choose what types of things you are going to sell--new products, used products, or both. Anything can be sold on eBay for big profits. You can sell clothing, electronics, antiques, toys, cookware, collectibles, sporting goods, art, and just about anything else imaginable.

If you are going to sell new products, you will need to find a cheap and reliable source. Your options include buying from liquidators, wholesalers, importers, distributors, or directly from manufacturers. Visit your local library or buy a copy of 202 Things You Can Buy and Sell for Big Profits! by James Stephenson for ideas and information on and how you can buy more than 200 products for resale.

If you're going to sell used products, then a little more work will be needed to acquire and maintain an inventory of saleable merchandise. Depending on the things you plan to sell, used products can be bought cheaply by scouring flea markets, garage sales, auction sales and estate sales. Collectibles of every sort are always very popular items to sell on eBay. There is a lot to know about eBay and eBay selling, so I strongly suggest that you spend time on eBay sites like the eBay Learning Center and eBay Seller's Guide. Also visit your library or buy books like Make Big Profits on eBay: Start Your Own Million $ Business by Jacquelyn Lynn and Charlene Davis.

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