Are you interested in starting a business for kids? If YES, here are 50 great part time small business ideas for kids to start either at home or school and make money in 2017.
When it comes to starting a business, it is generally accepted that there is no perfect time to start; meaning that the ideal time to start any business is now. It is for this reason that if you have kids, one of the best things you can do for them is to train them in the path of making wealth for themselves. Consequently, train them to embrace entrepreneurship from a young age. That is exactly the concept behind the book ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ by Robert Kiyosaki.
Interestingly, there are several businesses that kids can start on their own with the guidance of their parents or mentors as the case may be. The whole idea of allowing kids to start their own business should not be driven with the desire for them to make money, money and more money. However, it is for them to start thinking, acting and speaking like entrepreneurs from a tender age. This is so that they understand the business world and how wealth is generated.
No doubt if a kid begins to make money at a tender age, and isn’t well guided, then there is the tendency to derail. Or, bottom line is that the kid may go out of control- which is why it is important for a mentor (preferably a parent) to always guide the kid at every step of the way in the execution of the business plan and strategies. It is imperative to enforce a saving culture in the life of any kid who starts earning money from a tender age.
It is important to clearly state that if you intend for your kids to start a business or to start making money from a tender age, you should be mindful of the laws in your country. As a matter of fact, child labor is highly prohibited -which is why you must clearly look at the laws as it concerns kids making money for themselves.
If you are looking for a business idea for your kid to delve into, and do not have an idea about what it should be, then you may want to make this article yours, as there are lots of ideas that you can choose from. Here are 50 business ideas that a kid who is interested in learning entrepreneurship from a tender age can choose from;
50 Great Part-Time Small Business ideas for Kids in 2017
If you work closely with kids, you may realize that they love candies a lot; hence it will not be out of place to get your kids to start retailing sweets and gums to their mates, if truly you want them to start to learn the ropes in the world of entrepreneurship.
So, one of the options for your kid who want to start a business is to start retailing candies and chew gums in school. This could be done during break – times, after school hours and of course during holidays- especially to adults within the neighborhood. This type of business requires very minimal start up– capital and as a matter of fact, a kid can start this type of business with his or her own pocket money.
Baking and selling of cupcakes is yet another thriving and profitable business that a kid who is interested in pursuing entrepreneurship can successfully start. As a kid you can easily learn how to bake cake from your mom; it is a skill that can easily be learned. Even if you don’t want to learn how to bake cupcakes, your mom or an adult in your house could bake on your behalf, whilst you do the selling. You can comfortably sell your cupcakes to your family members, friends, and people in your neighborhood and other kids in your school. So, if you are looking towards starting a simple business as a kid, then one of your options is to start baking and selling cupcakes.
- Retailing of Biscuits
Another interesting and of course profitable business that a kid who is interested in learning the ropes in the world of entrepreneurship should consider starting is to start retailing biscuits. Children love biscuits; hence when a kid starts retailing biscuits he or she will surely get other kids to support him or her. It is a business that requires minimal start – up capital and as a matter of fact this type of business can be started with pocket money. It is a business that can be done in school during break – time, during holiday periods and also at home in the neighborhood.
- Start a gourmet business
Gourmet business is yet another business that a kid who is looking towards exploring the world of business should consider starting. The truth is that with the guidance of an adult, a kid who is serious about learning entrepreneurship can successfully manage a gourmet business. This type of business can only be done during holidays and outside the school premises because of the process involve in making gourmet.
- Bicycle Rental Business
As a kid if you are lucky town a bicycle, you can actually start making money from it by simply renting your bicycle to other kids in your neighborhood- who may not be fortunate to own a bicycle. It is a simple business for a kid who is interested in learning the ropes in the business world. This type of business can only be done during holidays and also after school hours. So, if you are looking towards helping your kid start a business, then one of the options available to him or her is to start a bicycle rental business in the neighborhood.
- Retailing of Artworks
It is interesting to note that there are kids who are talented when it comes to creating artworks and painting. If your kid has talent in this regard, then the easiest means for them to start cutting their teeth in the world of business is to go into the retailing of artworks. You can help your kid organize exhibitions or help him or her attend related expos, and all what not. Do this, and you will be amazed at the level of patronages your kid attracts, simply because there are loads of people who will buy his or her artworks / paintings, just for the sake of encouraging his or her talent.
- Retailing of Crafts
Basket making, raffia works, cane works, wire works, bead makings and other related crafts are stuff that kids can easily learn and make money from. So, if your kid is gifted in crafts, then it will be to his or her advantage to start retailing crafts related items in your neighborhood and even on the internet. It is a cool way of making money-specifically if your town or the area you live in attracts tourists. It is a business that can be done during holidays and after school hours.
- Retailing of Fruit Salads
Another simple but profitable business that you can get your kids to start; if you want them to start learning about entrepreneurship from a tender age is for them to start retailing fruit salads. Of course if you want them to start this type of business, then you should help them in preparing the salads and also have them packaged. It is a business that can be done in school, after school and during holiday periods. So, one of the options available to kids who are interested in making money is to start retailing fruit salads.
- Retailing of Fruits
Retailing of fruits is yet another profitable and simple business that a kid who wants to learn the ropes in the world of business can successfully start. All you need to do is just to secure a space in front of your house and a source where you can get supplies of fresh fruits. Fruits like mango, apples, pears, bananas, cherry, guava, pawpaw, oranges, strawberry, and grapes et al are fruits that can be retailed in the neighborhood. Good enough; as a kid if your father has a fruit farm or lives in an area notable for fruits farming, then you should consider starting this type of business. It is a business that can be done during holidays and of course after school hours.
- Start a Rabbit Farm
Rabbit’ farming is yet another highly thriving and profitable livestock breeding business that a kid who is interested in learning the ropes in the world of business should consider starting. Interestingly, kids loves taking care of domestic animals and with the aid of an adult this hobby could be converted into money making venture. There is no law prohibiting the rearing of rabbits in towns and cities. Rabbits are good source of protein especially in Africa, Asia and South Africa; hence rearing rabbits is a good source of making extra income as a kid. Of course, this type of business can be done during holidays and outside the school premises.
Another highly thriving and profitable business venture a kid who is interested in horning his or her business skills from a tender age and also wants to start making money should consider starting is to go into fish farming. Fish is consumed in all parts of the world; hence there is a large market for fish. Over the years, quite a few people have made fortunes from fish farming, as the population is swelling and protein needs are far outstripping the available supply.
Before now, people found it easier to rear only catfish, but in recent times, fish farmers can comfortably rear tilapias, trout and salmons fish et al. All you need to get started is a space, tanks or ponds, fingerlings and fish feeds et al. As a kid, you can successfully run this type of business with the aid of your parents or an adult. It is important to note that this type of business can only be done during holiday periods and perhaps after school hours.
- Start a Parrot Business
Breeding and selling of parrots is business that a kid can effectively start and manage during holidays. Parrots are interesting birds that are loved by many, because of their display of intelligence. Starting a parrot breeding business might not be easy initially, especially when it comes to sourcing for parrots. But one thing is certain, if you are able to kick start the business with good species of parrots (the talking species especially), then you will not have to struggle to sell and make good profits off them.
There is a large market for parrots, although it is rear to see people eat parrots, but almost everybody who purchases parrots keep them as pets. This is because they are funny and interesting pets to keep as companions. If you are lucky to have an intelligent and lively parrot in your home, there wouldn’t be any dull moment.
Dogs breeding business is yet another profitable business- which a kid who love dogs and wants to step into in the world of entrepreneurship can easily start. Amongst domestic animals, dogs are considered to be one of the closest companions to humans. Dog breeding business is a lucrative business-particularly in countries where people value dogs. Dogs are used for hunting, for security as pets, for games and in some climes as a major source of protein.
In essence, there is a global market for dogs, because different breeds of dogs are used for different purposes. If you are looking towards setting up your kennel, ensure that you source for dog breeds that are highly marketable in your area. It is important to state that it is easier to sell puppies than to sell adult dogs and you can earn good money from dog mating.
- Start a Video Rental Business
Another interesting and profitable business which a kid who is interested in cutting his or her teeth in the world of business can successfully start is video rental business. This is a business that can be done outside school and during holidays in the neighborhood. As an adult, before starting this type of business for your kids, ensure that you abide by the laws governing this type of business; so as to avoiding making money from people’s intellectual properties without paying the expected dues. As such, if you are looking for a business to start as a kid, a business that you can successfully run from your home and in your neighborhood, then one of your options is to start a video rental business.
If you are looking towards starting a business for your kid, a business that will not in any way affect your kid’s studies and as a matter of fact a business that will serve as a booster towards your education goals, then you should consider starting a book club for kids. As a matter of fact, your kid can conveniently combine a book club with schooling. Book clubs are basically all about a group of people coming together to discuss a book or books that they have read or the books they are currently reading.
It is cheaper to start and to run a book club, but creativity has to be brought to fore, if you want to make money out of a book club. Aside from the membership fee the kid gets to collect from people who may want join your book club; it is important that strategies are spelled out on how to generate income from members of the book club and from other related areas.
Yet another way to make money from a book club is to start a sale book; with a sales book club, one is able to sell books at a discounted price to the members and of course members will be the first set of people to get newly released books from one’s stable.
- Organize Soccer Competitions for Kids
Interestingly, some of the qualities we see in adults are qualities that are developed over the years; starting from they were kids. So, if you have observed that your kid has good organizing skills and you want him to start learning how to do business from a tender age, then one of your options is to give him the needed support to start organizing soccer competitions for kids in the neighborhood. It is a cool way of horning your kid’s organizing skills and also for him to start making money.
- Open a Video Game Center
No doubt you will quite agree that kids love video games and it wouldn’t be out of place to categorically state that the inventor of video games had kids in mind when he worked towards inventing video game. As such, one of the thriving and profitable business that you can help your kid establish, if you want him to learn the ropes in the world of business is to open a video game center for them. A place where other kids can pay to play video games of their choice. It is indeed a cool way of making money as a kid.
- Start a Video Game Rental Service
If you don’t have the financial capacity to start a video game center for your kids and are interested in helping your kid learn how to manage business and make money, then one of your options is to help your kid start a video game rental services. Aside from video game cartridges that kids can easily rent, they can also rent small video games. Just give them the options of paying on an hourly count, on a daily count, on a weekly count and also on a monthly count. It is a cool way of making money and it is a business that can be done during holidays, and of course outside the school premises.
- Sale of Children’s Educational Materials (Toys, DVDs, CDs and Pads et al)
Another profitable and thriving business in the education industry that a kid who is interested in learning how to successfully start and manage a business can start during holidays without any form of technical skills is retailing of children’s educational materials. Materials such as kids learning pads, story books, Lego, jig saw puzzle, educative video games, educative CDs and DVDs et al are highly sellable as long as you position the business is a location where there are loads of children.
You can as well help take the goods to schools to market. Retailing children’s educational materials is indeed a profitable business and anybody can start this type of business. As a matter of fact, you would not need any specially license or permit to run this type of business and it is a business that you can successfully combine with your studies.
There are loads of parents out there who can’t afford new text books for their wards, hence the only option available to them is to purchase used books. As a parent if you are looking towards helping your kids establish a business, a business that is thriving and profitable and a business that requires minimal start – up capital, then one of your options is to get them to start retailing used text books. It is a cool way of making money and it is a business that can be done during holidays, during break – time and of course outside the school premises.
Another easy to start, profitable and thriving business that a kid who is interested in learning how to run a business should consider starting is a consignment business. As a kid you can successfully gather toys, bicycles, used clothes, used shoes, used belts, used school bags, used plates, used water bottles and any item that can easily be sold out. These items can be placed in your parent’s garage and you can find a way to attract people to come buy from you. Your parents can help you announce your business on social media platforms and other platforms that can help you attract traffic.
Another interesting business idea that a kid who wants to learn the art of business should consider starting especially if they are talented in presentation and the likes, should consider starting a TV program for kids. As a kid, it would be nice to organize kid’s programs on television; you will be able to attract sponsorship especially from those who would want to encourage your talent. The truth is that there are loads of kids out there who have raw skills in organizing and anchoring television programs. So if you know that you are talented in this regard as a kid, then you should consider starting a program for kids on TV.
Organizing radio talk show program for kids is yet another means for a kid who is gifted in broadcasting should consider starting. If your radio talk show is well packaged and if it addresses pressing issues that affects kids, you are likely going to secure lucrative sponsorship deals from the government of your country and also from corporate organizations who may be interested in encourage raw talents. It is a cool way to express your broadcasting and organizing skills as a kid.
Another business idea that a kid who is interested in cutting his or her teeth in the world of business should consider starting a magazine for kids. If per chance you belong to a press club in your school, you can successfully leverage on all what you have learnt from such organization to start publishing magazine for kids. Of course, if the magazine covers a wide range of issues and news as it related to kids, then there is likelihood that one wouldn’t struggle to sell every edition of the magazine, as long as it is always packed with useful contents.
So, if you are considering starting a business as a kid, then one of your options is to start publishing magazine for kids. Please note that this type of business is demanding which is why an adult that is experienced in publication should always be on ground to work with the kid who is interested in this line of business.
- Organize Talent Hunt Shows for Kids
Another interesting business idea which a kid who is good at organizing events should consider starting is to organize talent hunt shows for kids in the neighborhood. Of course with the aid of an adult a kid, the kid can successfully launch this type of business and good enough it is a business that a kid can pursue as a life career. This type of business can be done during holiday periods and with the aid of an adult who is experienced in organizing events and hunting for raw talents.
- Music, Movies, Computer Games and Apps Download Center.
If you are looking for an easy to setup business to establish for your kid, a business that wouldn’t affect your kid ‘studies , then one of your options is to open a center where people can pay to download music, movies, computer games, and apps. Basically what is needed to start this type of business is a laptop and the willingness to work; it is a business that can be successfully launched with very minimal start – capital and can be done in the kid’s parent’s living room or in front of your house.
This type of business if well managed will not in any way affect the kid’s studies and you can actually run this type of business for your kid without renting a shop. Please note that if you are interested in starting this type of business for your kid, then doing it during holiday periods is your best option.
There are kids out there who are talented when it comes to writing computer programs and developing software applications. If you have a kid that is talented in this regard, then it will be easier to get them to start making money and learning the ropes in the world of business by selling software applications. It is a business that is highly profitable and trending. As a matter of fact, you can coach a kid to learn how to develop software applications and it is a thing that they can learn if they are serious and willing to learn. This type of business can be done during holiday periods when there will be ample time for kids to spare.
- Start Blogging
Another business idea that a kid can consider starting is blogging- especially for children related issues. No doubt blogging is open to all and sundry, as long as you have useful, educative or entertaining contents to share. The truth is that, blogging is all about creating useful and perhaps educative content for a targeted audience on the internet. As a kid, if you think that you have good knowledge on a particular subject, you can make money by sharing your knowledge to a wide range of audience via your blog.
This is how making money from blog works; if you have good contents on your blog, loads of people (human traffic) will visit your blog. The larger the traffic that visits your blog, the more money you will make. If you blog attracts huge traffic, you can attract adverts from top corporate organization. You can also earn money from your blog via AdSense, by offering subscription services to members and also selling your products via your blog.
- Become a Musician
It is no longer news that kids who are talented in music, go all the way to become celebrities and multi – millionaires from a tender age. A good example is Michael Jackson of blessed memory, who started singing as a kid and went all the way to become one of the greatest musicians of all time. So, if you have noticed that your kids are talented in music, then one of the ways you can get them to start making money is to help them to become musicians. There are loads of people out there who are more than willing to help groom young talents.
- Become a Standup Comedian
No doubt there are kids out there who are naturally funny; kids who can make people laugh at every given opportunity. If you have noticed that your kid is talented in this area, then one of the business ideas that you can help them pursue is to help him or her become standup comedian. As a matter of fact, if the kid is truly talented he or she will be booked all through the year for shows. Aside from making money from standup comedy shows, such kid can also feature in comedy TV series.
- Run Errands
Kids can run errand for adults and make bucks. So one of the cool means of making income as a kid is to help adults that you know; it could be your uncles, your aunties and trusted adults in your neighborhood. Please note that it is vital for kids to carry their parents, along, as they engage in this type of business. The truth is that there are parents who may not want their kids to engage in running errands for people because of the security risk involve.
- Start Investing in the Stock Exchange
Another interesting way of teaching your kids how to make money is to teach them how to invest in the stock exchange. It is a cool way of making good money as a kid and you can actually save – up your pocket money all through the year for the purpose of investing in shares. So if you want your kids to become wealthy, then one of your options is to teach them how to save their monies and invest it in the stock exchange.
As a grown up kid one of the easiest means of making money especially during holidays from school is to offer babysitting services. There are working class parents who would be more than willing to hire your services especially if you are known to be level headed, focused and caring kid. You don’t need any start – up capital to start making money offering babysitting services; all you need is how to successfully take care of babies and perhaps under the supervision of an adult.
The now famous Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook started Facebook in 2004 as a 19 years old lad; so there is nothing stopping you from launching your own social networking website as a kid- especially with the support of an adult around you. The fact that there are several big time networking websites does not in any way stop you from starting your own social networking site.
It may take time before you start making money from the site, but with diligence, dedication and hard work, you will sure start generating income from it. Part of what you need to do is to choose a niche or concentrate on a target audience that can make it easier for you to attract people to you social networking site. For example you can start a social networking site to connect kids in your country.
- Sale of Call Cards and Data Bundles
Selling of call cards and data for different networks is another easy to start business that a kid can successfully start in his or her neighborhood. Aside from people that subscribe to post – paid packages for their mobile phones / GSM, most people (pre-paid customers) buy call cards and data on a regular basis. Depending on the country you reside, there are several telecommunication companies whose cards and data bundles you can deal in. Selling call cards and data bundles is a simple and easy to establish retail business that will not affect your studies as kid.
- Sale of Tickets for Events
Selling of tickets for sports events, comedy show, music concerts and other events is another easy and profitable business that a kid can successfully start with little or no startup capital. People usually purchase tickets in order to watch live sports events. You can engage in the sale of tickets for football matches, boxing matches, athletics events, rugby events or any event as longs as people are ready to pay to watch the events.
This type of business is based on commission; the amount you are expected to make is dependent on the numbers of tickets you sold. It is a business that a kid can successfully combine with his or her studies without hitches.
- Become a Voiceover Artist
Becoming a voiceover artist is one of the means a kid can generate income with little or no stress; as a matter of fact, there are roles (voices) that are exclusively reserved for kids especially in cartoons and any film or advert that a kid is meant to feature. Your good voice and excellent diction is an asset; with it you can generate extra income for as long as you are willing to work. As a parent, all you need to do is to Google voiceover outsourcing jobs and you will see loads of them.
Ensure that you read through to source for the ones that are meant for kids and the ones you feel your ward can handle. As a voiceover artist, you can help your kid sign up with an advertising company and they will help you secure voiceover jobs.
- Ice Block Making and Sale Business
Ice Block making and sale business is one of the retailing businesses that is easy to start and manage; it is a business that won’t take your time as a kid. With effective ice block making machines, all you need to do is to employ a sales girl or sales boy and they will help you handle the business that is if you aren’t going to be around to sell the blocks yourself. So, if you are looking at starting a retailing business that wouldn’t take most of your time; a business that will allow you concentrate on your studies, then you should consider starting an ice block making and sale business. It is a business that you can successfully operate from your home.
- Retailing of Chocolates
Another interesting and of course profitable business which a kid who is interested in learning the ropes in the world of entrepreneurship should consider starting is to start retailing chocolates. Children love chocolates; hence when a kid start retailing chocolates, he or she will surely get other kids to patronize him or her. It is a business that requires minimal start – up capital and as a matter of fact this type of business can be started with pocket money. It is a business that can be done in school during break – time, during holiday periods and also at home in the neighborhood.
- Start an Ice Cream Business
As a parent who is interested in helping his or her kid learn how to run a business, one of the businesses you can start for your kid is ice cream business. You can open an ice cream shop for your kid in front of your house; a place where other kids and even adults can purchase ice cream from. It is a cool way of making money. This type of business is profitable and thriving especially during summer period and it is a business that a kid can do during holiday periods.
All over the world kids love to have ice creams. This single reason is supposed to give the kid the drive to take on an ice cream business. This is because of the ample opportunity that is always available to the kid, as he or she positions for a healthy competition.
- Sale of Customized Greeting Cards and Flowers (Bouquet)
As a kid, one of the suitable businesses that you should consider starting is to go into the sale of customized greeting cards and flowers (bouquet). You don’t necessarily need to be the person producing the greeting cards and flowers. During valentine, Christmas season and Easter period et al, customized greeting cards and bouquet are always in high demand. You can leverage on such celebrations to sell your customized greeting cards and flowers to people in your neighborhood and also on the internet.
- Retailing of Soft Drinks and Bottle Water
Retailing of soft drinks is yet another thriving and profitable business that any kid- no matter the part of the world they live in can comfortably start. There are various brands of soft drinks (Coca Cola, Fanta, Spirit, Pepsi, Schweppes et al) all across the world and companies that are into the production of these soft drinks rely greatly on retailers to help them sell their drinks. So as a teenager, if you are looking for a means of making money, then one of your options is to go into the retailing of soft drinks.
Beyond every reasonable doubt, there is a very large market for soft drinks; its consumer cuts across people of all age groups. Some of the major things you need to do to make headway in this type of business is to choose a location where you can easily attract consumers of soft drinks and also to ensure that you have assorted chilled soft drinks for sale at all times. Locations such as sports centers, public facilities, school and campuses, religious gathering et al. are suitable for this type of business. You can as well run this type of business in your house. Please note that this type of business should be done under the watchful eyes of an adult preferably your parents.
- Start a Small Vegetable Garden
Another interesting business that a kid who is interested in learning the ropes in the world of business should consider starting is to start a small vegetable garden. The truth is that there will always be a people in and around your neighborhood who will buy vegetable from you. You should consider planting tomatoes, pepper, and spinach et al.
Starting a vegetable farm isn’t a hard thing to do. All that you need to start this trade is to have the interest first in farming. This is vital, because without the passion the kid might not be too fussy to start or even make the business work.
- Creating and Selling Online Wall Papers
Creating and selling online wall papers is yet another easy means a kid with good graphic skills can make additional income. The truth is that as a kid you don’t necessarily need to compete with professional graphic artist; once people know that you are kid, they are likely going to patronize you as a way to encourage your talent. Although, you are not likely going to make huge money from this type of business, but at the same time it is a business that will not take your time. It is a business you can comfortably combine with your education.
- Retailing of Crayons and Water Colors et al
Another small business that a kid should consider starting is to start retailing crayons and water colors. It is a business that requires low start – up capital and as a matter of fact a kid can fund this type of business from his or her pocket money. It is a business that can be done in school, outside the school premises and during holiday periods.
Interestingly, a kid can successfully start a nonprofit organization that is based on children’s advocacy. With the help of an adult a kid who is intelligent and willing to learn can successfully start and manage a nonprofit organization. There are lots of kid’s advocacy groups all around the globe these days. As such; if you think there is a cause your child might be interested to fight, then you may want to encourage that through starting a non for profit business.
Starting this type of business may be capital intensive because of the several registrations and licenses that you would need. This is one of the reasons why there has to be an adult on ground to help pull things off.
- Newspaper and Magazine Distribution Business
If the law in your country permits it, then another lucrative business that a kid who wants to learn the ropes in the world of business should consider starting is newspaper and magazine distribution business. You can distribute newspapers and magazines in your neighborhood -especially if you are a grown up kid and if your environment is safe and free from crime. It is a business that can be done during holiday periods.
- Retailing of Balloons
Another interesting business that a kid who is interested in learning the ropes in the world of business should consider starting is the retailing of balloons. Kids love balloons hence there is a market for balloons. It is a business that requires pretty low start – up capital and as a matter of fact you can finance this type of business from your pocket money as a kid.
- Retailing of Hand Bands, Hair Bands and Ribbons
Retailing of hand bands, hair bands and ribbons, amongst others, is yet another easy to start business that a kid who is interested in cutting his or her teeth in the world of business should consider starting. You can sell these items to kids and adults in your neighborhood. This type of business can be done during holiday periods and of course after school hours.
- Retailing of Roasted Nuts
An extra good business which a kid who wants to learn how to do business should reflect starting is retailing of roasted nuts. As a kid you don’t necessarily need to be the one roasting the nuts-there could be an adult on ground who will help you roast it whilst your do the selling. It is a cool way of making money and it is a business that can be done during holiday periods and outside the school premises. But if your school permits, you can as well retail your well packed roasted nuts to other kids in your school and also teachers as well.
Would adopting any of these business ideas for your kid really work? Yes, you bet it would, as it is usually good to catch these kids young. This typically means that you have to help your kids imbibe the knowledge of multiplying their monies. So, rather than have the kids not have a saving culture, you can do really well by starting a business for the kids, and watch them grow successful.