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Should I Start a Summer Business

I want to start a business this summer, but my schedule is always packed. I'm worried it will take up too much time once school starts again. What can I do?

This story appears in the May 2002 issue of Teen Startups.

If you're the type of teen who is heavily involved in extracurricular activities--things that take up a lot of your free time during the school year and leave little time for anything else--starting a seasonal business might be just the thing. Seasonal businesses are those that are only active during certain times of the year, such as during the summer or over the holidays. This way, in the "off season," you'll still have time to complete your other activities and schoolwork while maintaining your business only occasionally.

Since you said you want to start a business over the summer, first you'll want to decide on a business that will bring in profits over the summer and can lie dormant during the school year, easily resurrected once summer rolls around again. This can be as simple or complex as you like. Things like car washing, child care, lawn care and pet care are easy enough to get started and can be great ways to bring in extra money. But you can always take things a step further if you so desire. If you're tech-savvy, for instance, you could add a Web component to your lawn care business, making it easy for customers to get information about your service and book appointments. Create some business cards and other marketing materials that include your Web site address, and soon you'll have people from all over town visiting your Web site. This theory would work for virtually any kind of business you wanted to start.

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