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When you are a high school or college student, you generally have huge batches of free time. There's no better way to spend them than becoming a student entrepreneur...

In the past decade, the world has seen many incredible businesses being started by college students (Facebook, just to name one).

Is it Possible to Start a Business While Being a Student?

The internet has removed many barriers that once prevented students from starting businesses. These days, there are no legal, financial, or knowledge restrictions holding you back from launching a side hustle while in school.

School and university demand many of your hours, but if you stay organized and make the best use of your hours, you will find time to both study and run your startup.

Best 36 Business Ideas for Students

1) sell used books.

Sell Used Books

Difficulty : Low

Investment : Low

Description : You finished your academic year, congratulations! Now check your desk… you have a pile of used books, right? In many cases, they end up in your house’s trash bins. However, there’s something better to do with them: sell them to younger students at a cheaper price than what a new copy is.

You'll probably, at least, make enough money to purchase the books needed for your next semester. The best of this idea is that it doesn’t require either any investment or much time.

Resources : Here’s an article on the 6 best places to re-sell old books and some tips on how to do it.

2) Flip Websites

Difficulty : Medium

Investment : High

Description : You buy websites that are exiting for a low price, grow them in 6 months to 2 years, and sell them at a much higher price for a profit. There are people who work full-time on this and make millions per year with their sites.

The key here is to buy a high-quality website at a low price. There’s a ton of information on what you should consider and check when doing it. At the same time, there are all kinds of free digital marketing courses that you will find useful if growing one of these websites.

Resources : Flippa , Empire Flippers, and Micro Acquire are three website marketplaces. Besides that, you should check out this article on how to find, evaluate and buy websites , as well as this review we've written about Micro Acquisitions course , which goes all about buying, growing, and selling sites.

3) Re-Selling

Investment : Medium

Description : There’s an ethical unresolved issue around re-selling sneakers, tickets, or whatever, but I’ve personally seen many people make loads of money buying items at a low price and selling them at a higher one. Re-selling works best with limited items (such as the mentioned tickets and some exclusive sneakers), as those who haven’t been able to purchase them are willing to pay more than their original price to have them once the item is out of stock.

The key when re-selling is understanding the market and anticipating which items will people be more willing to pay for once they run out. Note that it can be pretty risky; I know of a guy who bought 10 tickets for a concert and couldn’t re-sell them. He ended up inviting all of his friends for free with a huge loss.

Resources : This is a really inspirational article on how to re-sell sneakers and make a profit.

4) Writing Services

Description : Start a website that offers all kinds of writing services to students or businesses. It could be anything from sales & marketing copy, SEO content, essay writing, academic papers, or even simple proofreading.

There are already many trustworthy services online, and before starting out your own writing service, it is a good idea to work as a professional essay writer for a top website. After you have gained some valuable experience doing this, you can move on to creating your own essay-writing service. You could charge per hour or project.

+1 if the website invites other fellow students to offer such writing services and you charge a fee ;)

Resources : This article will help you decide whether you should or should not start freelance writing. If yes, make sure to check this one, which teaches you how to do it.

5) Play Cupid

#5 business idea for students

Description : Set up a website or an app, exclusively for your college campus or local area, to let the singles meet. This will be much appreciated by the community and, with a small fee, the app could kick-off and be the Tinder of your campus or neighbourhood.

The app could, instead, be focused around networking. People could use it to meet other people and make new friends.

Alternatively, the app could also be focused around professional networking.

Resources : This Bubble template is a great and cheap point to start a dating app.

6) Motivational Apps

#6 business idea for college students

Difficulty : Hard

Investment : Medium 

Description : Motivational apps have a broad scope range. They could be for anything from academics to mental health.

Consider academics. The app could show events, seminars, or lectures and let the user log the attendance to these, getting award points in exchange. Such apps encourage improved productivity among students in a positive and fun way.

These rewards could be in the form of vouchers, coupons, or deals for any local service. For the sponsors, this would be a worthwhile advertisement option among the clientele too.

Similar apps could be designed for fitness, gym attendance, and other activities too.

The easiest way to monetize such an idea would be through ads.

Resources : There are many tools out there to build apps cheaply and fastly (even without coding). Check our Tools page .

7) Babysitting

#7 startup idea for students

Description : There will always be demand for babysitters and nannies. With both parents working and maternity and paternity leave shrinking in length, the market for this is only widening. If you have a knack with babies and have a pleasing personality, you are already good to go.

Resources : Here is a detailed article on how to properly set up your babysitting business and make the most of it.

8) Babysitting Network

Babysitting Network Business Idea

‍ Difficulty : Medium

Description : You can create a sort of marketplace for babysitting. Other prospective babysitters could sign up for it and offer their babysitting services. Parents could select between the available babysitters and hire them through the platform. You could keep a commission.

Even if you are not able to do the babysitting job due to lack of time, you'll still make a commission from fellow babysitters who have signed up for the program.

Resources : Here is a long article on how to build and grow a nanny app.

9) Pet Sitting

#9 business to start in college

Description : What’s better than babysitting? Pet sitting! Who doesn’t want to spend the whole day playing with dogs? There are busy workers and families taking holidays who need someone to take care of their loved pets.

There are two main ways to face this business idea. The most common one is to take pets for a one/two-hour walk every day/every two days. The second one would be to take care of pets of people taking holidays, for one to four weeks.

Resources : The Balance Careers has a huge series of resources for pet sitters.

10) Local Reviewer

#10 business for students

Description : Every time we want to buy a product, the first thing we do is to look online for product reviews. Sure enough, all big cities have their own dedicated websites for such reviews from multiple sources. But what about small places or even campuses? There’s a huge opportunity there.

Start a website that reviews the local accommodations. You can make this exclusive for the campus itself or other accommodations in the area that students could rent out. This would work as a credible source rather than just word of mouth. There could also be options added to include listings and discussion forums. You can monetize this through advertising.

Resources : WPBeginner has a long article on how to build a review site using WordPress, which would probably be the cheapest and fastest way to do it.

11) Swap Website

Description : Swap websites are used to swap, sell, and borrow goods and services. For example, if a person needs something but only for a single use, it is best to rent it out rather than buy one.

On campus, there is more than one person who is willing to do that, but it is lacking a way to find that person. Such a website would simplify this while enabling people to save a few bucks.

Call it a new age barter system; especially on campus, there would be a lot of demand for this. Start this locally and then expand it later. There are loads to borrow and exchange from academic services, bikes, books, and even clothes. You can monetize it through advertising.

Resources : Here’s a list of 36 bartering and swapping websites to get some inspiration. We’ve also interviewed the founder of a shutdown swapping site who shared all the mistakes he made throughout his journey.

There are loads to borrow and exchange from academic services, bikes, books, and even clothes. You can monetize it through advertising.

12) Design Services

Description : All kinds of businesses have design tasks. So, you can create a site that offers different types of design services, such as logos, flyers, packaging, or even websites, and niche down to local businesses or even other students starting their own startups. This is a great startup idea for students and you could charge per hour or per project.

When you are a student, it can be hard to get businesses to trust you. There are many ways to achieve it, such as showing them previous high-quality work, offering one free project, and connecting them with your previous clients.

Resources : You may be asking how to build a portfolio if you’re just starting and have never had clients, right? Here’s a tool that generates fake client briefs for you to design and showcase in your site.

13) Digital Marketing Services

Digital Marketing business dea

‍ Difficulty : Hard

Description : Digital marketing has grown a lot in the last decade, with the emergence of eCommerce and online businesses. The businesses that don’t digitalize themself and ignore working on their internet profile and presence are missing a huge percentage of clients.

There probably are many local businesses looking for help on their digital marketing strategies. You can reach their owners and provide them with a free consultation to show you know about the subject. You could help them with local SEO , social media management , and Google Ads / Facebook Ads campaigns, among other strategies.

Resources : Make sure to check out Acadium , a tool connecting businesses looking for digital marketing work to be done, and students who are willing to learn and do that work. They provide great free digital marketing courses on different topics.

14) Development Services

Description : Having a website is a must for any kind of business, and most local ones tend not to have one. There’s a huge opportunity there.

Learning to code is super accessible for everyone. There are thousands of free development courses, books, articles, and videos, so “I don’t know how to code” is definitely no longer an excuse. And if you don’t want to learn, you can even build a website without coding. This site was built with Webflow , a powerful visual web design tool.

Resources : Google “free web development course” and you will get 3.2B results… I think that’s enough ;) You should also check this complete guide on web development freelancing.

15) Cleaning Services

#15 business ideas for students in university

Description : Publish an online ad offering cleaning services in your neighborhood. Do a great cleaning job and build trust with your clients. Ask your clients for a referral and you will soon be cleaning the houses of all your neighbors.

That’s actually what Kisten Hadeed did and the origins of Student Maid, a really successful cleaning company in Florida. You can charge per hour and keep initial investment really low by asking clients to supply you with the needed equipment. 

Resources : This article from teaches how to get started in this industry.

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16) Pool Cleaning Services

#16 business ideas for students without investment

Description : Cleaning pools is an alternative to the already mentioned cleaning neighbor’s houses business idea. It’s definitely not as easy, as it requires to be educated on what you’re doing. You might even need legal permissions to work on it, depending on where you are based. On the side, it requires some investment in equipment and products to be able to carry out the job.

Both the difficulty and investment issues come with a big chance of making great money. You can easily get paid $40-60/hour. Note that the business would mainly run during the summer seasons.

Resources : This article provides detailed information on how to set up and grow a pool cleaning business.

17) Moving Service

#17 business ideas for students in school

Description : Both neighbors and students need moving services eventually, whether it's because the academic year has finished and the student is moving back to their homes, or because a neighbor has rented a new house. You can make money (at least $200/moving) if you find it easy to pack items and move boxes.

Resources : Here’s a long article on how to start a moving company, some tips for growing it, and the recommended price you might want to charge.

18) Transcription Services

Transcription services business idea

‍ Difficulty : Low

Description : Transcription services are needed in all kinds of fields, such as law, medicine, and businesses. It also doesn’t require either fixed hours or many skills. On the side, there are many forms of transcription, including video podcasts and recorded lectures, so you will probably be able to select the niche that interests you.

No formal training is needed in order to be able to do transcription services. Good listening abilities, great knowledge of English grammar rules, and fast typing skills would be a perfect combination to get high-quality work done fast.

Resources : Here’s a motivational story on how Benjamin Walker grew a transcription business to +$1M/year.

19) Translation Services

Translation services business idea

‍ Difficulty : High

Description : Offering translation services isn’t as easy as offering transcription ones. You will need to be bilingual in both languages and know the grammar rules of the two of them. Businesses may not be really willing to offer advanced translation work to students, but they might be if it is basic and unimportant translations.

You could start by translating lectures, books, and articles for professors. There’s a ton of high-quality content in other languages - professors might want to share it with their students but they can’t as it isn’t in the student’s native language. That’s where you can help and charge per word translated.

Resources : Here’s a whole content site dedicated to the business of translation.

20) Photography Services

Description : If you love taking photographs, you can take your hobby and talent into a photography freelancing business. Both students and local businesses may need your services whether because they want to update their Tinder profiles or because they are looking to promote their recently-launched products.

In the beginning, you can start offering all kinds of services, but as you grow the business, you will probably realize there’s a ton of competition and you will need to niche and focus on one segment or one specific photography service in order to be different than the rest.

The biggest issue for this kind of business is the cost of the photography equipment, which, if you’re moving from one place to another, can break and make it even more expensive.

Resources : Make sure to check this guide from Bplans on how to start a successful photography business.

21) Photography Portfolios

Description : Good photography skills need to be appreciated before they get lost in that Instagram page. Any campus will have a few fellows with exceptional skills in photography and videography. It would be easy to make a database of students who are interested in and create a platform to sell their work to others.

The platform could charge a fee to either the photographer or the customer. On the side, it could also work hand in hand with a photography club giving more chances and connections to both sellers and buyers by offering more exposure.

Resources : Here’s a no-code template to build such an app.

22) Food Delivery Services

#22 business ideas for students at home

Description : Create a platform to deliver quick eatables, like sandwiches and smoothies, made by local businesses. Start by targeting firms with employees in younger age groups, who often go out to grab a meal during lunch breaks. This is a gold mine, with food deliveries for simple items that don't break their wallet, the business would be exponential. With options to schedule deliveries made earlier to arrive at lunchtime, this could actually be a problem solver for the firms.

Take a step further and make these homemade too. This way, it is not necessary to rely on multiple third-party services. The food will be authentic, tasty, and have a personal touch to the service.

Resources : Steven Long was the founder of Chowdy, a Toronto-based food delivery startup making $110k/month which had to shut down due to some legal issues. Ali Jiwani is the founder of MealSurfers, a Canadian food startup that made an exit when it was making $7k/month. Make sure to check those two stories and learn from both the wins and mistakes of each.

23) Deliver Food Hampers

#23 startup business ideas for college students

Description : How often have you thought about that mac and cheese your mom makes so deliciously. Or even wondered when you are finally going to eat something healthy?

Well, the lack of time or will to go to a grocery store and cook something is in the least probable category. And the parents are well aware of this too. So design an app where parents can make such orders for kids that would be delivered to them. 

This will have the personal touch and love of a package coming from home itself. You could monetize it by taking a shipping fee.

Resources : has a complete article about food hamper businesses. You should check it out!

24) Blogging

#24 small business ideas for students

Description : Is there anything you really enjoy talking about? Are your friends tired of listening to you talk about it? Then start a blog about that topic, build an audience, and monetize it through ads and premium content.

 The startup costs of building a blog are super low nowadays (with a domain and hosting would be enough, so less than $50/year) and the information to grow such a site is free all over the internet.

When we started this site, we had 0 knowledge of how to grow it. Nowadays, it receives +150k users every month from all over the world. Note that it took us 3 years to build such an audience. Consistency is key when blogging.

Resources : GrowandConvert is a content marketing agency that has an amazing blog related to creating and publishing content on the internet. Backlinko is another blog that publishes content-related articles, particularly about the search engine optimization of these. 

25) Video Classes

#25 business ideas for students

Description : Visual media often makes things easier. That is precisely the reason why we are all so hooked up on Youtube, without having a clue why we are watching a cat playing piano at 3 am. The thought is simple, won’t lectures be so easy to understand with such visuals? With a creative mind and some graphic design skills, it could be put to use for this.

The idea is to make a visual representation of any lectures and offer them to tutors and students. It would make studying so much better and more straightforward. You could monetize it by pricing every video or through a monthly subscription.

Resources : Here’s a great guide on how to make videos look professional without investing much money.

26) Class Notes

Description : We all know those students who are pretty lazy to actually take notes or those others who tend to miss classes under any kind of excuse, right? Those students would be your niche market if you set up a class note business.

There are some people who are really great at taking lecture notes, being able to summarize the information in a nice-looking and concise way. If you are that kind of person, you should consider re-selling your notes to other students. You could sell them independently per class or in packages of all the notes related to one exam or to one semester.

Resources : Make sure to check this well-known book , in which Sönke Ahrens shares his unique technique to take smart notes that are easy to study and learn from.

#27 business plan ideas for students

Description : Where there are students, there are tutors. If you stand out in one subject, you can probably teach it to someone else who struggles to understand it. A common trouble-maker subject is Maths, but note that there are many math tutors as well.

Schools and professors tend to be helpful with students starting their tutor businesses. Some schools even have a database of tutor students, so make sure to check if there is one in your school. The monetization model would be per hour; you can charge anything between $10-$100, depending on the subject, the concepts taught (how advanced they are), etc.

Resources : This article is super inspiring for anyone starting a tutoring business. The writer shares how he is making $1,000/week as well as lots of recommendations and mistakes you should avoid.

28) Organize Trips

#28 innovative business ideas for students

Description : It is a known fact that most of the group plans for a trip but never happens. The WhatsApp groups have seen hundreds of failed plans. It is the time that someone takes responsibility and get things done.

Organize trips to various destinations which could be for events, festivals, or even just weekend trips. You can charge a commission or a fixed amount for an all-inclusive deal.

Resources : Here’s a detailed guide from Bplans on how to start a travel agency.

29) Event Organizer

#29 innovative business ideas for students

Description : Lots of students enjoy parties and socializing, so why not capitalize on it? Everyone is willing to spend $10, $30, or even much more on a great party. These can take all forms and shapes, from organizing a small meetup at a nightclub to running Project X 2.

What will you need? Excellent communication skills to convince everyone they can’t miss such a party (social media is a MUST to promote it!) and advanced organization abilities to make sure everything is in the right place at the right time.

Resources : Here’s a long article from Capterra explaining how to turn those small parties/events you have maybe carried out in the past, into a profitable business.

30) Campus Newsletter

#30 business idea for students

Description : This is quite a unique business idea for students. If your campus doesn't have a newsletter already, it is time to start one. The source of money from this could come from advertisements from local businesses or even other student startups.

The newsletter could be sent as emails rather than printed versions or both. As a third party, a student can even make a deal with the college to create brand awareness among potential students using the letter. It could be used for promotional purposes, branding, and lead generations outside the campus too.

Resources : Here’s an article on 7 tips to create a school newsletter.

31) Campus Podcast

#31 ideas for college students

Description : Instead of a campus newsletter, you could do a podcast. It could be an interview podcast, talking with students and professors, or more like a solo podcast, talking about the news, events, and things going on in the campus.

The equipment needed is pretty cheap, with the possibility of recording even with your phone. As for monetization, it could be done through sponsorships from local businesses or premium content for those who love the podcast.

I haven’t personally seen this on many campuses, which makes me think this is one of the most innovative and unique business ideas for students on the list.

Resources : Here’s an article on the 5 steps required to start a school podcast.

32) Language Course

Description : Do you excel in any language? Do you enjoy teaching other people? Then you should set up a Skype language course and sell classes to people from anywhere in the world while staying in your home. You could easily charge $20-$60/hour and work part-time on it.

Growing your client base is all about building an online presence and getting referrals from your existing customers. In the beginning, you could boost your initial customers by providing them with a free 1-hour call.

Resources : Here’s a long guide for beginners on how to make $30/hour teaching languages and 6 places to get your first clients.

33) Bookkeeping

#33 business ideas for students

Description : You don’t need to have a finance degree in order to be able to manage a local business’s bookkeeping records. An online course or even just some Youtube videos would be more than enough to start with. As all businesses require such work to be done, you probably won’t have big issues finding your first customers.

The initial investment costs are super low, as you can ask the business owner to supply you with the needed tools. As for monetization, most bookkeepers charge per hour and the amount depends on the complexity of the tasks ($30-$100 or more).

Resources : Here’s a detailed video on how to start a bookkeeping business in 2021.

34) Jewelry Business

#34 business ideas for college students

Description : This is a great startup idea for students because jewelry making isn’t as hard as it sounds. You can easily learn about it through online courses and Youtube tutorials. You will then need to practice a lot until you start getting great results. Profit margins can be really high when you achieve a nice looking product.

There’s a ton of competition in the jewelry space so you will have to identify a niche. Social media (particularly influencers) are among the most usual strategies carried out by this kind of businesses.

Resources : Shopify has a detailed guide on how to start such businesses. Besides that, a few years ago we interviewed , on this site, the founder of a jewelry business that shut down and then emerged again with a new business model just to start making +10k/month.

35) Baking Business

#35 businesses to start in college

Description : Selling cakes, cookies, bread or other baked goods can be another startup business idea for students. You can easily post an online ad or some leaflets around your campus. Make a client happy, and you will have 3 new ones. The food industry works a lot with word of mouth.

There are two main ways to monetize this. The first would be to prepare the goods based on requests from customers. The second could be to produce 100 cookies, rent a bike, and wander around the campus and neighborhood looking for hungry people. The chosen price for the cookies would be cheaper than if it’s a requested job.

Resources : Here’s a detailed article on how to set up and grow such a business. You should also watch this video from the founder of a “late-night cookie delivery service” in his college city.

36) Youtuber

#3 business ideas for students

Description : Becoming a YouTuber looks like a easy and lucrative career. Many see it as a great business plan idea for students because you make videos on a niche that you enjoy and then make money off them through ads and sponsorships. But the reality is that becoming a well-known YouTuber is not an easy feat. 

Behind every famous one, there is a long, painful journey of hard work. Start by creating content and keep iterating from there with the help of your audience. It won't be an overnight success, but if you keep going for some time, you'll see amazing results.

Resources : Here’s an article about a checklist to become a successful Youtuber.

How Can a Student Start a Business?

Or in other words, how do you become a student entrepreneur?

The list of business plan ideas for college students mentioned above is nonsense if you don’t now take action toward the chosen business.

If you are a Business student, you probably have an idea of what are the steps that involve setting up and launching a business. However, all kinds of students read this article, so here are some common steps that entrepreneurs carry out:

1) Decide on the idea

All of the business ideas for college students on the list are really interesting ways of making money, but you definitely can’t work on them all.

To decide which to focus on, make sure to think about what you enjoy doing in your free time, what you excel in, and what would you be willing to keep doing even if it doesn’t bring money (or it means negative numbers). We have compiled a list of both online business ideas and offline business ideas so you can pick the one that best suit your needs and skills. We hope we came up with some innovative startup business ideas for students that you would have never imagined.

Make sure to also consider your initial investment. Some featured in the list are business ideas for college students without investment or little resources, while some others will require a few hundred or thousands to start.

Note that some of the above are business ideas for students in university (or would work better with them) and others are business ideas for students in school (those that don’t require much money and getting physically involved).

2) Decide on a niche

Nowadays, there are businesses of all sizes and shapes. Building one has become so easy that the internet is full of websites, millions of videos are uploaded to Youtube every second, and thousands of LLCs are formed every day.

This means that there’s a lot of competition in any industry. The best solution for students who don’t have enough resources to invest in research and development and build a unique product or don’t have the capital required to set up a huge factory and win over competitors through economies of scale (= low pricing), is to focus on a niche.

A common niche could be to geographically limit the business so that you just focus on people within your neighborhood or your college campus. Another could be to focus on people with certain interests and likes.

3) Choose a name and a brand style

Here’s a detailed article on how to choose a name for your startup. The key is to brainstorm many, evaluate each option, and ask for feedback from your partners.

As for branding, here’s another article on how to build the brand of a business. There are free tools to do it. Don’t spend much money/time on it, at least at the beginning.

4) Launch the business

It’s now time to push the LIVE button for your business.

This needs to happen as fast as possible so that you quickly validate whether it is worth it to keep pushing towards that business idea or it’s better to move to a new one from the above list of entrepreneurship ideas for students.

There’s a common issue entrepreneurs face when launching new startups that’s called “ paralysis by analysis ”. They keep improving the product, adding features, changing the design, etc, and spend months and months without launching it.

This is exactly what you need to avoid, especially if this is your first business. 90% of startups fail (I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this), so you need to launch fast, validate early, and move to another business if it didn’t work.

5) Market your business

You pushed the LIVE button and you didn't get any sales, right?

The “build it and they will come” phrase is a completely unreal myth . It will take you blood, sweat, and tears to get your first clients.

Do some advertising, go outside your home and deliver leaflets (there actually are some unique business ideas for students at home above, in case you’re too lazy), knock on your neighbor’s doors, send cold messages to potential customers that you found on Facebook groups, etc.

6) Make sure your customer is happy

Many of the college business ideas tend to market themselves by word of mouth and referrals. That is why it’s essential to make sure that each of your clients is happy with the results.

Interact with your customers, ask them what they think you could do better next time, provide them with a discount if any parts of the job were done incorrectly… there are so many ways to make your client happy, even if the price of the service is high or the quality of the work wasn’t the best.

If the business is going well, you will soon find yourself with many tasks under your belt and little time to work on them, along with studies and extracurricular activities.

That’s when you might start considering hiring your first employee. In order to avoid the risks of going into negative numbers during a bad month, you can work on a commission-based wage.

In this stage, the selection of new team members is essential. Remember that word of mouth can be a key way of promotion and marketing. If you hire someone who has zero knowledge of the tasks they are required for, delivers low-quality work, or mistreats clients, you will soon find yourself ceasing operations.

Now It’s Your Turn!

There is no direct and simple answer to the question of how to start a business in college.

As smooth as the above startup ideas for students may sound, they will all inevitably require a lot of dedication and perseverance.

There is an abundance of resources at your fingertips, from valuable classes to school technologies, and access to professors. So make use of them in the best way possible, and if the idea still doesn’t seem feasible, lay the groundwork for it.

You would be getting practical knowledge and work experience before finishing the course. Even if it fails. Remember that college is the time to blossom and experiment, and it is only the beginning of your life journey.

If you have any questions, have other small business ideas for students you think we’re missing, or want us to help you with your new startup, make sure to reach us at [email protected] !

Which Business is Best For Students?

Here are some of the best businesses: flip websites, re-sell sneakers or tickets, baby or pet sitting, deliver writing, design or development services, start a blog, sell your class notes, become a tutor, organize others’ trips, organize parties, and create a campus newsletter or podcast.

What Kind Of Business Can a Student Start?

Students can start all kinds of businesses, but it’s really common that they start a service-based one, such as house cleaning, pool cleaning, food delivery, content writing, content transcription, graphic design, and website development, among others.

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46 Best Startup Ideas for Students

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Last Updated: January 12, 2024 By TRUiC Team

Whether you’re in high school, community college, or university, it can prove challenging to juggle a 9-to-5 job while finishing school. Launching your own startup company as a student offers the flexibility of creating your work schedule to align with a busy school schedule.

The first step involves selecting the right business idea for you based on your interests, the overall startup costs, and the amount of time you can dedicate to your business. This guide highlights the most unique and innovative startup business ideas for students to help you find the right one for you.

Recommended: Find more inspiration by checking out our list of the best startup ideas and top startups to watch in 2024 !

Startup Business Ideas for Students

Some of the most successful startups in history were created by students. Even if you are only looking for a little side-hustle income while you study, an innovative concept will undoubtedly set you apart from the get-go. Here are some of the best startup ideas for students we've sourced.

1. Tutoring

Are you proficient in a specific subject or do you have a unique skill? If yes, you can help other students by starting your own tutoring business. Any subject in which you excel — like math, English, or science — can provide a potential tutoring opportunity.

Tutoring businesses can charge by the session or the hour. You can easily market this type of business within your school, at the public library, or in community centers. Best of all, this startup idea has virtually no startup costs. 

2. App Development

While it might seem like there’s already an app for everything, the potential to create millions of apps for entertainment purposes or to solve everyday problems still exists. This startup idea can ideally suit tech-savvy students, but anyone can create a popular app with the right support during production and a great idea.

If you don’t currently have an app idea, don’t worry. Start brainstorming ideas by conducting an audit of daily tasks or problems an app could simplify or solve. Many of the most popular apps solve a common problem, making them more likely to have widespread appeal.

3. Freelance Writing

If you’re a skilled or talented writer, freelance writing might provide a great way for you to make money as you pursue your education. Freelance writers of all kinds are in demand by businesses and publications looking for temporary employees to write blog posts, articles, and other content.

One of the biggest benefits of freelance writing at a younger age is that you’ll gain experience that can help you later on as you establish a career. Sites like Upwork® and Writer Access® provide a secure platform for businesses and freelancers to connect.

4. Podcasting

Next up on our list of business ideas for students is podcasting. As the popularity of podcasts continues to grow , it’s an ideal time to start a podcast of your own. In fact, the podcast industry was valued at $18.52 billion in 2022 . The most successful podcasts feature engaging hosts and a specific topic that can attract interested listeners. You also must feel comfortable with interviewing and public speaking before you start a podcast.

Moreover, it’s best to choose a topic for which you have a passion and can see yourself dedicating a good amount of time to researching. For example, if you’re passionate about sustainability, your podcast could focus on interviewing other entrepreneurs who currently work to fight climate change.

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5. Tech Support

Do you have a knack for solving technical problems? If so, you may want to consider launching a tech support startup. You can run these types of online businesses entirely from your home and market it by posting flyers at schools, coffee shops, and libraries. You just need a phone, a website, and some technical experience. You also can charge by the job, the hour, or the type of device.

In this type of business, customers typically call or email with a technical issue and you, the tech support person, walk them through how to fix that issue. Alternatively, you can request your customers drop their computers off so you can take a first-hand look.

Check out our full list of tech startup ideas .

6. Digital Textbook

Digital textbooks are educational ebooks that provide a much-needed alternative to traditional textbooks in terms of both price and sustainability. With the introduction of ereaders and other devices, the market for digital alternatives to educational materials continues to grow. Whether you plan to write a digital textbook or start a website that’ll house popular digital textbooks, this startup idea can enable you to earn a profit while you provide a service to students and the educational system.

Online learning continued to gain popularity in the past year. Providing additional tools for students — or people who just want to brush up on a subject — by developing an educational technology (edtech) startup can make education more accessible to a larger fraction of society. Startup costs for this business idea can range from $12 to $27,209 , depending on the business model. 

Whether you plan to develop an app, create online courses, or build an online tutoring resource for students, you must first identify your target subject and platform. Additionally, successful edtech startups tend to offer a product that’s both effective and intuitive. Remember to consider those criteria during your product development process.

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8. Meal Delivery Service

Faced with fewer dine-in options, people increasingly turned to food delivery services in the past year. In fact, the market is expected to experience a 14.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2023 to 2032. Starting your own meal delivery service can help small local businesses meet delivery demand, enable customers to enjoy their favorite restaurants, and provide a business opportunity that’ll work with your busy schedule.

To compete with the big names in meal delivery, connect with your local restaurant owners. Many popular food delivery apps and websites charge a substantial fee to deliver for restaurants. Your business can gain a competitive edge by offering quick delivery times and lower fees.

Check out our full list of  startup ideas for food lovers .

9. College Care Package Business

Going away to college often represents an exciting adventure. For families and friends seeking to support their favorite college students, a college care package business can take the guesswork out of what to send them with thoughtfully curated packages.

One benefit of starting this type of business is that you can operate it completely online. That’ll reduce your overhead costs and give you more freedom for your busy schedule. Offering a variety of packages for different types of students with customizable options will set your college care package business apart from the competition.

10. Ebook Writing

Today, you can accomplish almost everything virtually — even publishing a book. Ebooks provide an alternative to traditional publishing, making them cheaper for both authors and readers. Moreover, ebooks are far more sustainable than paper books.

To get started, you’ll need writing experience and a topic idea for your ebook. Whether you choose to write a novel or a cookbook, the ebook market offers a huge profit potential while requiring minimal startup and overhead costs. Especially considering that ebooks made up over 10% of book sales in 2022 . That makes this type of business a great choice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

11. Social Media Influencer

A successful social media influencer almost always understands how to create and effectively market a brand. If you think you’re up to the challenge, this can make a lucrative and exciting startup idea. Social media influencers with between 10,000 and 25,000 followers make $100-$250 per post , on average. 

Influencers earn money through brand deals. Because every industry has influencers, you’re more likely to generate a large viewership and build a strong brand if you focus on a specific industry or niche for which you have a passion. In addition, you’ll need to feel comfortable with public speaking and connecting with your audience in order to attract brands that want to work with you.

12. Mobile Coffee Cart

Many students work in coffee shops and cafes while pursuing their education. A mobile coffee cart offers a flexible schedule and the opportunity to network within your community. It also provides a relatively low-cost alternative to opening a brick-and-mortar cafe with many mobile coffee carts costing between $2,000-$5,000 to start. 

Customers typically hire mobile coffee carts to work events like corporate retreats, school events, and even weddings. Make your business stand out by offering a customizable drink menu that can complement customers’ event themes.

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13. YouTube Channel

Launching a YouTube channel is next up on our list of startup business ideas for students. YouTube has billions of subscribers worldwide, which means the platform offers a great opportunity for new channels and video content. Starting your own video channel can represent another form of blogging (called “vlogging”) or provide a space for you to teach a skill or share a hobby. If you have a passion for ceramics, for example, you could start an entire channel about your process from clay to kiln.

Social media platforms focus on making connections, and YouTube is no exception. Every industry or hobby has the potential to connect with thousands of YouTube subscribers, which you could parlay into a lucrative business venture. Especially considering the average YouTuber in the US makes $33 per hour on average. 

14. Review Website

Like most people, you probably search online for reviews before you spend your money at an unfamiliar business. Review websites hold businesses accountable by giving people insights about them so potential customers can make an informed decision.

You can easily start and manage this kind of website with a minimal budget, making it perfect for student entrepreneurs. In order to run a successful review website, you’ll need to gain credibility with customers and differentiate your site from larger review sites like Yelp.

15. Social Media Platform

Many social media users seek new platforms to explore so they can connect with others. Starting your own social media platform can provide a space to foster a sense of community as well as a potentially lucrative business venture. Moreover, it offers a flexible schedule — especially during the initial stages of operating your site.

To entice users to join your social media platform, focus on developing ideas that’ll make your site feel distinct from other platforms. For example, you could opt to cater to a specific demographic like gamers or musicians.

16. Livestreaming

If you already spend a lot of time playing video games, why not make it a business venture? Livestreaming essentially involves broadcasting live footage of your game as you play, using a platform like Twitch or Smashcast. Once you obtain the minimum number of followers (e.g., 500 on TWITCH), you can become a partner of the livestreaming site and begin to make money based on the traffic your streams generate.

17. Graphic Design

Many businesses and organizations need graphic designers to create visual branding for use on everything from signage to marketing materials. Because graphic design is a fairly broad industry, having a multifaceted skill set can prove extremely beneficial. For example, proficiency in logo design as well as typography or web design can help you book more clients and build your portfolio.

18. Dropshipping

If you like the idea of an ecommerce startup but don’t have the room to store items to sell, dropshipping could be the perfect solution. Dropshipping startups simply take customer’s orders online, but instead of filling orders themselves, they are sent to a third-party retailer for fulfillment. Essentially, your startup consists of customer experience management, marketing, and curating items for your dropshipping business. On average, dropshippers make $3,414 per month , according to ZipRecruiter. 

19. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a popular side hustle , but it can be a profitable business idea if you do it right. Through affiliate marketing, you will earn a commission on sales you drive for brands you partner with. What makes this idea particularly good for college students is that there is a relatively low barrier to entry. Be sure to pick products you're already known for, associated with, and to which you have market access. 

20. Website Development

Building websites can be a great way to make money as a student, particularly if you're studying something related. Almost everyone, from businesses to individual entrepreneurs, needs a website, and if you do a great job on the first few projects, you'll start getting business through word of mouth. This is another space with a pretty low barrier to entry as there are many open source tools available for developers.

21. Virtual Assistant

You don’t have to be in an office to help businesses and fellow entrepreneurs get organized. A virtual assistant startup is a great business idea for organized, task-oriented individuals. If this sounds like you, it is easy to get started by utilizing sites that can help you find work you’re interested in. Get a competitive edge by diversifying your skill set to make yourself eligible for a litany of job opportunities. Plus, this flexible position brings in $24 per hour on average in the US, according to ZipRecruiter.

22. Web Design

Web designers focus predominantly on the user experience aspect of web pages. If your field of study relates to design (or even if this is just a passion for you), a web design startup might be your best bet for a student business. To really hook the clients, pair up with a friend in the development space and offer your services as a package.

23. Handcrafted Products

Handmade, artisanal goods never go out of style. Plus, the market for handmade goods is expected to see moderate growth from 2023 to 2030 at a CAGR of 4.7% . Selling handcrafted products offers you the flexibility of selling your goods online, in established retailers, or at local markets. The first step involves determining the product(s) you’ll make. This could include food products, pet toys, wooden furniture, or many other items. To successfully sell handcrafted products, remember to focus on product quality and cater to the right niche market.

24. Cleaning Services

Next on our list of the best business ideas for students is cleaning services. You can start a successful cleaning startup in several ways. For example, you could start a house-cleaning business, an office-cleaning business, or a graffiti-cleaning business, among others. 

This type of startup has low initial costs and flexible hours. You can schedule as many clients as you can manage based on your availability. Overhead costs for cleaning services include marketing materials, cleaning supplies, and vehicle expenses, which means it'll cost very little to launch your cleaning startup. Notably, in the US, cleaning business owners make $127,973 per year on average , making this a lucrative business for students. 

25. Moving Company

If you ask people if they enjoy moving, most will answer with a firm “no.” That can make a moving company startup a potentially lucrative business idea. Not to mention, the industry has grown by 11.4% in 2022, meaning the demand for moving companies is increasing. You’ll need to hire a team and purchase a vehicle large enough to move furniture so this type of business has higher startup costs than other business ideas. But, that initial investment can pay off once you start booking jobs and generating positive reviews.

26. Planner and Journal Business

The right planner or journal can help even the most disorganized people manage their time more effectively. Journals also can serve multiple purposes, making them a valuable tool for many. Starting a planner and journal business can help fulfill the demand for these products while offering you a potentially lucrative business venture.

Planner and journal businesses can sell their products online or in established retailers like bookstores and novelty shops. To make your products stand out, consider giving them distinctive features like including time-management tips inside your planners or manufacturing your journals from recycled materials.

27. Social Media Marketing

If you're already spending a lot of time on social media platforms and you have a good understanding of the marketing end, why not turn that into a startup? Anyone with a product or service, especially local businesses, to sell today needs to be on social media, and many business people do not have the skills or the time to pull it off well. The multiple free scheduling and design tools available today also make this a pretty low-cost industry to enter.

28. Website Flipping 

Another website-based startup you can try is website flipping. People often allow their websites to go dormant either because they've closed their business or just aren't interested anymore. This is an opportunity for you to purchase this website at a relatively low cost, optimize it, increase the traffic, and flip it at an excellent profit when it is worth far more than it was.  

29. Motivational Apps

Mobile apps are really popular, and if they make you feel good and improve your life, all the better. Apps geared toward motivation do very well in most app stores, and they're relatively simple to build and maintain. You will need to come up with an innovative idea, though, but thankfully, there are many spaces to work within — meditation, mindfulness, inspiration, and productivity, to name a few. If you plan to develop an app of your own, you can also take advantage of university-led incubators or startup accelerators such as Techstars Mobility or Plug and Play Tech Center. 

30. Organization Service

Few people naturally possess strong organizational skills. If you’re one of those few, an organization service may represent the perfect startup idea for you. Professional organizing services not only help customers tidy up cluttered spaces, but also help them develop the organizational skills they need to maintain order going forward. One of the benefits of starting this type of business is you can operate it either in person by visiting customers’ homes and offices or virtually by conducting video consultations.

31. Errand-Running Service

Busy professionals, small businesses, and seniors typically need help running errands they can’t get to themselves. This could involve going to the post office, picking up dry cleaning, or taking a pet to a vet appointment.

To get started, you just need a vehicle, a phone, and some spare time. You can operate your errand-running business from home and market your services on bulletin boards at community centers, senior centers, or anywhere you can post a flier with your information. While this business idea isn’t the most lucrative, on average, errand runners make $15 per hour . If you can manage a fleet of errand runners, the earnings can add up. 

32. Language Learning Startup

If you’ve learned a foreign language, you know it’s difficult, especially for adults. However, knowing a second language is not only a fun pastime, but it opens up job opportunities and helps people connect with other communities. A language learning startup can be any product or service that helps people learn a new language, such as an app, instructional website, or written guides.

To make your startup stand out, focus on making learning a new language fun for users so that they want to reach for your product or resources again and again. If you opt for a tech-related language learning model, consider utilizing an edtech incubator to help develop your idea such as Berkeley SkyDeck, FasterCapital, or ASU Venture Devils. 

33. Virtual Event Planning

With businesses and organizations grappling with social distancing requirements in the last few years, the virtual events space has exploded, and hosting events online has actually become a game-changer for many businesses. As a result, a new critical skill has emerged: the need to plan these events. If you have great digital skills and you're pretty good at organizing people, look into virtual event planning as a startup. Again, there are many open-source tools available that make breaking into this space relatively cheap.

34. Clean Beauty Products

Green or “clean” beauty products are increasing in popularity across the US as we learn more and more about the harmful effects of some ingredients in traditional beauty products. In fact, the global clean beauty market is currently valued at $8.3 billion in 2023 and is expected to reach $15.3 billion by 2028 . A green beauty product startup provides a better alternative, whether it’s clean skincare or cosmetics — the key is to create a product that is as effective as traditional products without the same damaging ingredients.

35. Software Startup

A software development startup is responsible for creating, distributing, and maintaining the programs that businesses use every day. This industry is experiencing exciting growth with annual revenue of $238 billion per year and an annual growth rate of 3.9% , which means this startup idea holds a tremendous amount of opportunity for entrepreneurs.

36. Snack Company

Do you have a go-to homemade snack that you know other people would love as well? If so, take your tasty treats to the next level by starting a snack company . Consumers are always looking for delicious new snack options with special ingredients or a twist on a classic snack. Growing your audience can be done by going to farmers' markets or local events and letting people try your delicious new snack!

37. Robotics Startup

It's not uncommon for robotics startups to be founded by students or recent graduates, especially if they are studying in the field at one of the more prestigious colleges with well-backed programs and grants for research. College can be an amazing place to discover new technology and brainstorm with fellow students, but you also want to ensure that you understand the industry you're trying to get into before you get too far ahead of yourself. 

With that said, definitely use the resources at your disposal if you're in a great robotics program and see where it can take you and your startup. Or, consider joining an incubator or accelerator such as AlleyCorp, MARL 5G Accelerator, or Buildit Accelerator to help develop your startup. 

38. Fintech

If you have a good understanding of both the financial and technology spaces, you may want to consider a fintech startup as your niche. Historically, student fintech startups that have focused predominantly on student financial issues have done really well. It's vital to understand your market, after all. When you start to delve into the world of finance, though, you'll need to ensure that you are complying with any state laws that govern the industry. After you've ticked that box, your fintech startup will be ready to go. For a startup idea like this, you may want to consider seed stage venture capital firms such as Precursor Ventures that have a history of deploying capital into promising fintech companies. 

39. Marketplace Website

Become the platform your community uses to sell and exchange goods and services by creating a marketplace website startup. Elevate the startup idea by prioritizing user experience and safety protocols. The key to a successful marketplace website is to create a positive experience for users that makes buying and selling items seamless and safe.

40. Sustainable Clothing Line

Fashion is one of the most wasteful industries on the planet. If you’re thinking about starting a clothing line, consider making it a sustainable one! Plus, the demand for these businesses is growing and is projected to continue that trajectory, forecasted to grow from $7.8 billion in 2023 to $33.05 in 2030 . A sustainable clothing line can make an impact by creating thoughtful garments that are long-lasting and ethically made out of sustainable materials such as linen or hemp.

41. Virtual Meeting Platform

With the virtual events space growing so considerably, the need for virtual meeting services has increased proportionately. This might mean anything from scheduling software for end-to-end management or perhaps even add-on apps that assist large companies with the management of various meetings simultaneously. There are several open-source tools available to help you break into this space.

42. Beverage Startup

If you have a great drink recipe or an idea for a special ingredient or function that will entice customers, start a beverage company ! A competitive edge in this industry is well-designed packaging that is catered to a target demographic and, of course, a delicious beverage inside. If you’re more of a connoisseur of beverages, a beverage distribution company is another lucrative startup idea that can be focused on a specific type of beverage such as beer, soda, or wine. Keep in mind that if you start a beverage company, you may benefit from a founder community such as Foodbevy to connect with other entrepreneurs in the space and grow together. 

43. SEO Services

Search engine optimization ( SEO ) is an essential tool for online marketing. However, to achieve a successful SEO service, you need to dedicate time and effort to creating content and staying on top of changes in search trends. Starting an SEO services startup offers customers an opportunity to cash in on this powerful internet marketing tool without spending too much of their own. To create a successful SEO services startup, you will need a deep understanding of SEO tactics and the software to do effective research. 

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our list of the top startups to watch in 2024 !

44. Online Courses

Online courses are a great way to use your existing knowledge to help college students, professionals, or anyone looking to expand their skill set in a niche market. This startup idea, on average, can bring in roughly $82,500 per year , according to ZipRecruiter. To create an online course, you will likely want to join an online course platform such as Udemy or Skillshare and utilize digital marketing strategies to get the word out about your course. However, a great online course can be one of the less laborious but still profitable business ideas for students.

45. Translation Services

If you speak more than one language, offering translation services can be a great way to leverage your skills to start your own business. A translation services business is often responsible for translating various documents while maintaining client confidentiality. This can be done to either provide grammatical and spelling help or to ensure the content of the translation matches the original document.

46. Become a Reseller

With the rise of apps such as Poshmark, Vinted, and Depop, reselling clothing, shoes, and even home goods has become a popular side hustle for students. While some sellers opt to resell items from their own closets, others choose to upcycle garments or scour local thrift stores for deals on items. This idea involves keeping an eye on trends as well as offering items seasonally to ensure you are selling an item when demand is at its peak. 

How to Choose a Business Idea

Starting your own business as a student can mean additional cash and valuable experience. However, choosing a profitable business idea can be challenging, here's a few tips to find the right business idea for you.

Research Time Dedication

Whether you're in high school or college, school is your number one priority. Therefore, you need to seek business ideas that will be doable with your current school load. Many online business ideas for students provide time flexibility and allow you to work on your entrepreneurial goals during spare moments.

Pull From Your Skill Set

What are you already well versed in? Pulling from your skill set allows you to build a strong foundation early on and capitalize on your existing knowledge. This could mean launching a tutoring business if you're highly educated in one subject or doing freelance work doing strategy for other local businesses getting started on social media platforms.

Follow Your Passion

Above all, when you're starting your own business you should choose business ideas that you're excited and passionate about. If you are passionate about your business idea, there is a higher chance you will dedicate the time and effort necessary to make it a profitable, sustainable startup. 

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Business success can come at any age, and you never know who will think of the next big idea. If you have an industrious teen with an entrepreneurial spirit — or if they’re just looking to make some extra spending money on their own schedule — launching their own business could be the answer. Let's look at some business ideas for teens that are perfect for a first business.

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What makes a good business idea for teens?

There are a few criteria that will make a business idea slightly easier for teens to start and operate. After all, they’ll need to work around a full class schedule and will likely have limited resources — including startup capital. As you evaluate the following small business ideas for teens, keep these things in mind.

1. Home-based or easily accessible

Depending on the age of the teen, transportation can be a major concern. For teens who aren’t old enough to drive or are just learning, a home business will be much easier to operate.

2. Flexible hours

Just like many adults who start a side hustle, teens are working a full-time job while starting up their business. While school isn’t traditionally considered a “job,” it does take up eight to 10 hours of each weekday, depending on their extracurriculars. The best business ideas for teens will have flexible hours that will allow them to work in the evenings and on weekends.

3. Low financial investment

While most potential business owners are looking to make as small of a financial investment in their new business as possible, most teens will have limited savings and have minimal access to outside financing (especially if you don’t want the “bank of mom and dad” to be on the hook). Choosing a business idea for teens that has a low-cost financial investment is key to success. The fewer things needed to operate the business, the less they will need to buy before getting started.

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28 business ideas for teens

There are so many cool business ideas for teens out there. You can start with something traditional like babysitting in your neighborhood or helping kids with homework, but technology has opened the doors to so many other, new opportunities.

With the above criteria in mind, let’s take a look at 28 business ideas for teens.

1. Academic tutor

An easy business idea for teens is to become an academic tutor. Everyone has unique skills, so whether you’re good at math, science, writing, or reading, you have the skills to teach someone else who may be struggling in that subject. An academic tutor can also help with test prep for the SATs, ACTs, AP tests, or other standardized tests.

2. Car washing

Everyone loves to have their car looking shiny and new, but not everyone has the time to dedicate to washing it. A car washing business is simple to start, all you need is a bucket, soft sponge, window cleaner, and elbow-grease for polishing. This can be a great weekend job for teens.

3. Child care

A tried and true business idea for teens is to operate a child care or babysitting business. On the weekends or even during the week after school, you can help neighbors or family friends by caring for their young children. If you want to stand out from the competition, many communities offer local classes on child care and babysitting .

4. Pet sitting or dog walker

For kids who love animals, there’s no better way to get time with animals and start a business than by pet sitting or dog walking . Both of these businesses also offer flexible hours and your clients will provide all the supplies you’ll need, from leashes to treats and more.

5. Lawn care business

If one of your teen’s chores is to mow the lawn, they already have the skills needed for this business. By marketing their services around the neighborhood, they may be able to drum up a lengthy client list, and an especially popular time for a lawn care business is the summer, when your teen will have lots of free time on their hands.

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6. Housecleaning

For any kid who’s been helping out with chores around the house, they’re likely already familiar with all the skills they’d need to start a housecleaning business . Nearby homeowners would likely be happy to pay a teenager to help them dust, mop, and vacuum their home.

7. Housesitting

During the summer and scheduled breaks from school, many families take this opportunity to travel. While they’re away, they need someone to stop by the house, take in the mail, water the plants, and perform other small daily tasks. Starting a housesitting business can be a great way for teens to earn some extra money while filling a need in their community.

8. Errand-running

For teens who drive, offering to run errands for neighbors or friends could be an easy way to start a business and make money. This business can be especially helpful to people who are home-bound or have limited mobility. Plus, this business idea doesn’t require any specialized skills and they can set their own hours.

9. Seasonal chores

Another seasonal business for teens is to help with seasonal chores. Most homeowners don’t have a lot of spare time, but they still want their homes to look nice and festive during the holidays. Teens can start their business by doing odd jobs at the season changes, such as putting up and taking down holiday decorations and lights, shoveling snow, raking leaves, gift wrapping, and much more.

10. Selling handmade crafts

Artistic teens who are good at crafts can hone their skills and make some money by selling their creations. This can be a local endeavor, or they can set up their own business website to sell their crafts to a larger audience. Check out our list of the best craft business ideas.

11. Making greeting cards

One specific idea for a handmade craft that teens can create and sell is greeting cards. Many people are returning to handwritten notes. By creating personalized designs or eye-catching artistry, teens can easily sell their own greeting cards to be used by friends and family.

12. Art teacher

The ability to draw, paint, or do any other kind of art is a skill, just like being able to solve complicated math equations. Teens who are looking for a business idea and are good at art should consider starting a business as an art teacher. They can offer lessons to peers or younger children in the neighborhood.

13. Musician

Not every artist works with a pen in their hand — some are gifted with music. For those passionate about playing or writing music, teen years are an opportunity to get together with friends, form a band, and perform locally. This is a good business idea for teens that should also be a lot of fun.

14. Music lessons

For musically inclined teens who aren’t interested in starting up a band, they may be interested in giving music lessons. Whether they excel at the piano, guitar, violin, or another instrument, there’s bound to be a market for this skill.

15. Farmers market vendor

Farmers markets are generally a great way to sell handmade goods in your local area, and they can be an easy way for teens to start a business and sell their wares close to home. Whether selling crafts, food items, or handmade beauty products, there are several avenues for this type of business. Keep in mind, you may need a parent to actually reserve the booth and oversee operations.

16. Candle maker

A simple craft to make that’s always in demand is candles. For those looking for a business idea for teens, this is a sellable craft that’s easy to learn and doesn’t require a ton of upfront investment. Learn more in our guide to starting a candle business.

17. Retail arbitrage

An interesting and simple business idea for teens is retail arbitrage. For those who are savvy online, this can be a simple business that makes a decent profit. The main idea in retail arbitrage is to find high-quality items for a low price and then to resell them in a different marketplace for a higher price. Many people who start a retail arbitrage business will find items at local garage sales and then resell them on eBay or Facebook Marketplace.

18. Graphic designer

For a tech-savvy teen who is also artistically inclined, there’s an opportunity to start a graphic design business. This can be as simple as creating a few cool designs and then putting them on T-shirts for friends or could involve doing freelance work for local business’s marketing efforts.

19. Technology tutor

While some older adults don’t know how to use their smartphones, tablets, or computers, kids are growing up with this technology and know it better than anyone. If your teen has the patience and the skills, they can make some extra money as a technology tutor.

20. Blogger

With a dash of tech know-how, some skill for writing, and a passion for a specific topic, your teen could launch a business through a blog. Keep in mind, this business idea will take a little more time to turn a profit. First, they’ll need to grow an audience, and then they will have the opportunity to partner with advertisers and affiliate partners to bring in revenue. If they can optimize their blog, though, this could be a simple way to make extra money.

21. Podcaster

A still relatively new and growing space is the podcast world. Similar to a blog, your teen will need passion for a specific topic and the ability to grow a decent following, but once they do, they can earn income by finding advertisers interested in placing ads on their podcast. Learn more about how to start podcast.

22. Social media influencer

As most teens already know, there are lots of celebrities out there who make money by talking about products on their social media platforms. This has become known as a social media influencer. Many brands also look for local personalities with a strong following. If this sounds like your teen, they may have a business on their hands.

23. Live-streaming gamer

For teens who love video games, there’s no better dream than to make money by playing video games. Live-streaming gamers do just that. One of the most popular sites for getting started with this type of business is Twitch.TV .

24. Photographer or videographer

With a small investment in equipment or some skill with a smartphone, teens can start a business as a photographer or videographer. There are many niches within this type of business, so teens can specialize in pet photography, events, family portraits, or creating social media content for local businesses.

25. Web designer

A little knowledge can go a long way toward supporting this business idea for teens. Many small businesses need websites and may not have the cash to hire a professional. By offering their services at a discounted rate, teens can start their own business as a web designer. This is a great way to practice skills and make some extra money.

26. Transcription

Another business idea with flexible hours is to transcribe interviews for a local newspaper or other business. Your teen can work on their typing skills while also providing a service that makes money.


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27. Data entry

For most future professions, teens will need to know how to use spreadsheets and work with data. To learn these skills, teens can start a business in data entry. This type of business offers teens a flexible work schedule and the ability to learn an important new skill.

28. Create an app or online game

Anyone can create an app or online game these days, including teens. If your teen has a great idea and the technical skill to make it into a reality, they could turn this into a business. Completed apps and games can then be featured on various app stores, which return a percentage of the profit to the creator.

This article originally appeared on JustBusiness, a subsidiary of NerdWallet.

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70 Small Business Ideas for Anyone Who Wants to Run Their Own Business

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Published: March 19, 2024

A good business idea may seem hard to come by, but with some planning and preparation, you can easily launch a small business to supplement your income — or become your own full-time boss.

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Maybe you already have an idea of the business you’d like to start. But while you might feel ready for a new venture and passionate about your idea, you might be looking for some direction.

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The first step to becoming a successful entrepreneur is finding a business idea that works for you. In this article, you’ll find dozens of small business ideas you can start from home and scale up as your clientele grows. Let’s get started.

What makes a good small business idea?

Not all small business ideas are made equal: Some require more effort and funding than others, while some can be launched with few resources — or resources you already have. As a potential small business owner, you’ll want to save as much money as possible on training, rent, supplies, and other necessities.

Let’s go over what makes a good business idea:

  • Requires little to no training . A good small business idea will ideally leverage your existing field of expertise and require little to no training. That will not only shorten your time-to-launch, but also lessen your expenses, since training courses can cost a significant amount of money. Plus, you’ll be more confident offering services that you feel prepared to deliver.
  • Requires low setup costs. Your business should be cheap to start. Maybe you only need to purchase a website domain or buy a desk for your garage.
  • Requires little hands-on inventory or supply management . A great business idea needs few supplies and little inventory management. If you want to sell physical goods, you can either try drop-shipping and manually make goods in small batches.
  • Is based online . The best small business ideas are based online and can be carried out from your personal computer. This will automatically lower your commuting costs and give you greater flexibility over your personal and work life.
  • Can sustainably be managed by few people . As a small business owner, you won’t have the funds to hire other people to help you run your business — at least not at first. A good business idea should give you the ability to run your business on your own.

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Airbnb Co-founder, Brian Chesky, said, “If we tried to think of a good idea, we wouldn’t have been able to think of a good idea. You just have to find the solution for a problem in your own life.”

If you’re like Brian and you’ve already thought about a solution for a problem you encounter in your life — or you’re on the path to doing so — then starting a small business may be in your future. It may also be for you if you dream of clocking out of your nine-to-five job for the last time and becoming your own boss.

Below, we include the best ideas for you to start your small business — with resources and examples to help you get started.

1. Handyman

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8. Life/Career Coach

If you have experience navigating career, personal, and social transitions successfully, put it to good use as a life or career coach. Many of us are looking for guidance in our careers — and finding someone with the time to mentor us can be tough.

Life/career coaches don’t come cheap, but they are able to offer clients the intense and hands-on training and advice they need to make serious moves in their personal and professional lives. After all, everyone needs some uplifting advice from time to time.

To start your life/career coaching business with confidence, you can look for a certification program (like the Life Coach School’s or Diane Hudson’s ), then apply your skills as you acquire new clients.

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A resume writing business is economical, has few overhead costs, and has few educational requirements. We still recommend having an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree and a few resume samples on hand. If you still feel that you need to brush up on your resume writing skills, you can take a course like Coursera’s or LinkedIn Learning’s .

Once you’ve gotten resume writing down, you can expand your business to include cover letter writing and even offer career coaching services in conjunction with these services.

10. Freelance Writer

If you have writing skills , there’s someone out there willing to pay you for them. Write blog posts, magazine articles, and website copy galore — just make sure you have a body of work built up to share with potential clients. Even if you create a few sample pieces to have on hand, they’ll help exhibit your work and attract new business.

To become a freelance writer, it’s essential to choose a specialty. For instance, you might choose to only write for publications in the healthcare industry (maybe because you were previously a healthcare worker) or focus on lifestyle publications. Whatever the case, specializing will help you find your niche market and gain confidence as a new freelancer writer.

There are no educational requirements for freelance writing, but you do need strong writing skills. It also helps to enjoy writing. While certification may be beneficial, getting practice and writing every day is more important. Try these writing prompts to start.

11. Landscaper

Mowing, tree-trimming, and seasonal decor are all neighborhood needs. If you have or can acquire the equipment, a landscaping business can be a lucrative affair. It’s also a great choice if you enjoy doing it for your own home and have a good eye for landscape design.

The good news is that you can start small. For instance, you could offer your neighbors seasonal planting services and start with a few perennial plants, or simply offer mulching services.

To grow your landscaping business, you should consider taking some formal training. The following organizations offer courses:

  • New York Botanical Gardens

After completing a course and getting enough experience, you can apply for a certificate from a landscaping organization. While a certificate isn’t necessary to work in the field, it can build your credentials and help you make industry connections to take your landscaping business to the next level. The Association of Professional Landscape Designers offers one potential certificate you could pursue.

Some states require licensure, especially if you’ll be using pesticides and fertilizers. Be sure to review the requirements for your state.

Learn some of the basics now with this video on landscape design from Lowe’s:

12. Videographer

Video production requires you to have invested in the equipment up front, which can be quite expensive. But that’s also what makes your services so valuable. Make sure you have a reel of your work to share or create a website with several selections of your work available for interested viewers.

There are no educational or licensure requirements for starting a video production business. As with writing and other creative arts, though, it pays to specialize. Real estate videos differ radically from wedding videos, and wedding videos differ radically from in-studio interviews and testimonials. By specializing, you target a highly specific customer who’ll benefit the most from your services, and you can also skill-up more effectively in one shooting style.

While you can find general classes on videography, you should consider taking a class in the type of videography you’d like to do. For instance, you could take The Complete Wedding Videography Course .

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13. Photographer

Start by conducting photo shoots for your family and friends. As you build a body of work, ask for referrals and reviews. Photography businesses often grow by word of mouth, so create a Facebook page where you can tag recent clients. Photos where you tag those clients will show up in their friends’ newsfeeds, where they can view your work. You can also ask them to leave reviews on your Facebook business page.

Like with a video production small business, you’ll want to specialize. Will you do product shoots or portraits? How about wedding or fashion photo shoots? Once you specialize, you’ll be able to create a body of work that most accurately represents your strengths.

There are no educational or licensure requirements for starting a small photography business. Still, we recommend investing in a few photography courses, especially if you haven’t used your camera in a while. Some courses you might start with include:

  • Cornell’s Digital Photography Certificate Program
  • New York Institute of Photography’s Course

From there, seek courses that help you build skills in your chosen specialty.

If you’re not sure where to start with freelance photography, take a look at Erica Clayton’s journey into the business below. Her advice? Give yourself a firm deadline to turn a profit.

14. Bed and Breakfast Owner

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Some consulting industries are more competitive than others, so be sure to complete your research before starting a small consulting business. One way to find out how competitive a consulting niche is by doing keyword search . If your target niche is highly searched or is already dominated by big companies, you may have a harder time breaking in. You can use keyword research tools to uncover keyword volume and local demand.

If there’s room for you to enter the market, the next step is to land your first clients. Be sure to participate in local networking events covering your niche and reach out to potential prospects through cold calling and emailing. Investing in dedicated sales software can also help measure and improve your emailing strategy, as well as keep track of worthwhile leads.  

12. Event Planner

An event planning business is an excellent choice if you have great organizational and interpersonal skills, and it’s relatively cheap to start. You might choose to specialize in a specific type of event — like weddings or company meetings — or set yourself up as an event planner of all trades.

The good news is that event planners are always in demand. It’s not an easily automated job, so this small business idea is set to thrive regardless of the digital landscape. To start, you’ll want to look for a platform that will easily allow you to advertise your availability, such as event planner directories like Eventective and WeddingWire .

If you’re highly organized, detail-oriented, and have experience planning large events, it might be time for others to benefit from your skills.

13. Personal Assistant

Personal assistants help business owners and executives take care of administrative tasks. To launch a freelance personal assistant business, you should leverage networking opportunities on LinkedIn and attend small business events at local chambers of commerce. Most local business owners might not even know they need a personal assistant until you market your services to them.

If you’re an organized, highly-detailed person, the life of a personal assistant might be for you. Don’t want to be tied to one office or person all day, every day? Consider becoming a virtual assistant, which allows you a more flexible work environment.

To become an assistant, choose a niche — will you be helping women business owners specifically? Do you have a specific field of expertise, like bookkeeping? A website can also go a long way, and be sure to print business cards for you to hand out during networking events.

14. Consignment Shop Owner

If you have an eye for style but don’t want to invest in the inventory of a brand-new boutique, consider starting a consignment shop. It will allow you to curate a collection of clothing that matches your goals and aesthetic without the overhead of a boutique selling entirely new garments.

The beauty of a small consignment business is that you can now start one online. You can sign up on a platform such as Poshmark , Depop , and even Etsy , then easily start selling your own used fashion from home.

Once you’ve defined your niche — such as vintage clothing, unique locally made art, or colorful shoes — you can begin sourcing new products from your local stores and thrift shops.

15. Caterer

If the personal chef gig is too restrictive for your schedule, consider catering instead. Pick your projects, work on fewer but larger events, and hone in on your time management skills.

Becoming a caterer is a natural step for those who are used to cooking for large events — for instance, you may have already catered your friend’s wedding or brought a 20-person meal to a potluck (that counts, too!).

It’s essential that you have enough temperature-regulated storage for the meals prior to each event, and that you arrange for reliable, temperature-controlled transportation to and from your home kitchen. Alternatively, you can lower your costs by inviting customers to pick up their order at your home.

16. Gym Owner

Kickboxing gyms, yoga studios, CrossFit, oh my! Turn your passion for fitness into a community for others by creating your own gym — start one from the ground up, become an affiliate, or open a franchise location.

Available franchise opportunities include Anytime Fitness, Orangetheory Fitness, Pure Barre, Planet Fitness, Crunch Fitness, and more. Be prepared to take out a loan to finance your franchise — most agreements start with fees upward of $20,000. But the payoff can be tremendous due to brand recognition. You’ll have no trouble recruiting new members as long as you use local marketing strategies .

Alternatively, you can create a local studio, but ideally, it should be for a specific activity instead of general fitness. Yoga, pilates, bootcamp-style gyms, and martial arts perform well as independent fitness studios.

17. Boutique Agency Owner

What’s your specialty? Whether it’s marketing, social media, or PR, it might be time to start your own agency. Many other small businesses need this type of help but don’t have the resources or volume to necessitate a full-time position.

To start an agency, you would ideally have worked in your specialty for a number of years. You should also be prepared to interface directly with clients, fulfill their requirements, and temper their expectations (if they want results in an unreasonably short amount of time).

Consider building a small team and learn from other entrepreneurs who’ve successfully started their own agencies, like Duane Brown of Take Some Risk .

18. Coffee Shop Owner

Turn your caffeine addiction into something a little more lucrative. Opening a franchise or buying an existing shop are lower-risk entry points to the coffee game, but they usually require a little more cash upfront. Starting a shop from scratch requires more planning and work — but it also maximizes your earning potential in the future.

A coffee shop is an excellent fit if you already have a full-time remote job and wish to supplement your income with a small business. You can manage the coffee shop as you work at one of the tables, but be sure to have the budget to hire an experienced barista who can pick up the slack.

If you would like to open a coffee shop and run it full-time on your own, you’ll need to undertake barista training, understand worldwide coffee sources, and have excellent customer service skills.

19. Moving Company

A truck, moving equipment, manpower, and the correct permits and insurance are the building blocks of starting your own moving company . Before you buy your first fleet of trucks, however, start small with a moving van and keep your costs low.

Still sound like too much of an initial investment? Consider offering packing services only, which have a much lower financial barrier to entry. You can partner with moving companies and offer to do their packing, or have them refer clients to you.

You could even take a niche approach to the industry as Astro International has by offering international moving services.

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2. Vending Machine Owner

Since 2015, the growth rate for vending machine businesses has increased 1.4%. Even as social distancing restrictions are still in place, this business can still be lucrative if you choose the right locations. High-traffic is key — places like hospitals, schools, and community centers are smart places to start placing your machines to generate enough revenue to cover cost and turn a profit.

3. Social Media Manager

Do you have a knack for social media? As a social media manager, you can use your skills to manage the social media accounts for companies and even individual people. Influencer marketing has become more common and many influencers rely on marketing agencies or employees to help them run their social channels.

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Online Business Ideas

If you want a business idea that you can run entirely online, check out the ones below. These ideas are ideal for those looking for a passive income stream. In other words, you shouldn’t need to do too much manual work to launch these businesses from your home or preferred business location.

1. Become an online reseller.

To become an online reseller, all you need is some business savvy and some funds to invest in product stock from manufacturers — or, of course,the willingness to sell your own used items. Generally, this is a low-touch but high-performance way of creating a passive income online business.

Online resellers usually use a platform, such as Facebook Marketplace or Amazon Sellers, to sell either their own or manufacturers’ stock. The benefit of using Facebook Marketplace is that you can begin today with your own Facebook account, and simply list items that you already own.

Interested buyers typically drive directly to your home for pick-up — but if you’re not interested in human interaction, you can leave it outside and have the buyer pay via an online platform.

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Blogging is one of the most accessible small businesses to start, and there are countless niches to choose from. That said, because there are many blogs online, you’ll need to learn blog SEO and keyword research to ensure your audience finds you. That way, you actually make money out of your blogging efforts.

The great news is that a small blogging business has a ridiculously low overhead. All you need is a custom domain and your time for writing blog posts. Although finding the right topic ideas and outlining your posts may seem challenging at first, especially if you’re new to writing, you can let a blog ideas generator do most of the grunt work for you.

These tools leverage Artificial Intelligence to help you brainstorm ideas and set up your content structure. That way, you can kickstart your creative juices and begin writing about what you love right away. 

5. Home-Baked Goods Seller

Warehouse-made, store-bought chocolate chip cookies will never compare to a batch made with love in someone’s home. Simple desserts can be easily baked and packaged to sell at local events or around your neighborhood. Use custom labels and watch the word spread about your goods!

You can begin a baked goods business easily by opening a Facebook and Instagram profile. Facebook and Instagram are both excellent platforms to market your goods, show pictures of your previous baked products, and even showcase happy clients.

Build a loyal following slowly, and save on costs by asking clients to drive to your home to pick up their order. Choosing a niche can be helpful here, or baking in a specific style that can’t be found at grocery store bakeries. The overhead can be especially low if you already have most essential baking supplies.

6. Ecommerce Store Owner

Do you create, collect, or curate anything special? Consider starting an ecommerce store and turning your hobby into a full-time job. Whether you need somewhere to sell all that pottery you’ve been making, or an excuse to search for the sports memorabilia you love tracking down, an ecommerce store can make it financially viable for you to pursue your passion.

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Starting an ecommerce store is simple and easy. You can set up a shop using an ecommerce website builder , all of which start at a minimal monthly subscription (some even start at free). Be sure to take good photos of your products and write descriptive product pages .

If you don’t have inventory, you can always own an ecommerce store by using dropshipping . Instead of creating and shipping your products yourself, you’ll instead partner with a dropshipping website and have them mail out the orders directly to your client.

7. House Cleaner

With a low barrier to entry, house cleaning can be a great way to start doing what you love — soon. Consider advertising to homes in your neighborhood and get more bang for your buck by earning a few small businesses as clients as well. They’ll usually bring in a higher paycheck for a similar amount of work.

To become a house cleaner, you should be prepared to invest in cleaning supplies and accessories, or be willing to use your own. If you plan to serve small businesses, you should buy industrial janitorial supplies so you can get work done more effectively.

Need some inspiration? This small business cleaning service grew virtually overnight on Instagram after their content went viral during the pandemic.

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Learn more about choosing the right structure for your business from the Small Business Administration.

6. Create a business bank account.

Once you have a legally formed business and have been issued an Employer Identification Number (EIN), open a bank account specifically for your business. Having a business bank account is essential for keeping your personal and business finances separate which can help you gain an accurate picture of your business’s cash flow and financial health.

Additionally, keeping your personal and business finances separate makes bookkeeping and tax preparation easier.

Many banks offer business checking and savings accounts. Business checking accounts typically do not have a limit on the number of transactions that can take place, and issue a debit card that can be used for making business purchases. However, these checking accounts do not accrue interest.

Business savings accounts typically earn interest over time but have a limited number of transactions that can occur each month. When you’re just starting out, look for a business bank account that does not have a minimum balance requirement so you are not penalized for having low funds as you work to build your business.

7. Determine if your business idea works well from home.

Ask yourself whether your business idea will work well from home. Some businesses simply aren’t suited to be based from home. If you want to run a dog boarding center but live in an apartment without a backyard, you might want to consider a dog walking business instead.

8. Set up an office.

If your business idea is well-suited for being run from home, it’s still important you have a designated workspace. While a home office might not be possible, consider setting aside a corner in your living room or putting a desk in your bedroom for a space that inspires you and creates the conditions for success.

Need a more professional space? If you conduct client-facing work requiring you to be on video calls, no one wants to see your rumpled sheets in the background. Check out local coworking spaces for memberships that earn you access to conference rooms, desk space, and more.

9. Get to work!

You’ve put in the hard work, but I’ve got bad news — it’s only going to get harder. But most entrepreneurs will agree that the payoff of being your own boss, making your own hours, and working on projects that you’re passionate about will pay dividends for the rest of your life.

What are the types of small businesses?

The types of small business structures are sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs), and corporations.

  • Sole Proprietorship — The simplest type of business structure is a sole proprietorship, which is also the easiest to start. As a sole proprietor, you are personally responsible for the business's liabilities and profits, and you have complete control over your business. If you are a solopreneur, you are automatically considered a sole proprietor.
  • Partnership — A partnership is a business model involving two or more individuals who agree to share the business‘s profits and liabilities. Each partner contributes to the business and shares the risks and rewards. It’s essential to have a partnership agreement that defines each partner's roles and responsibilities to ensure clarity and prevent potential misunderstandings.
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC) — An LLC, or limited liability company, is a common option for small businesses because it protects its owners by separating personal assets from the company's liabilities. To form an LLC, the business owner must file the required paperwork with the state.
  • Corporation — A corporation is an independent legal entity distinct from its owners. It provides limited liability protection to its shareholders, who are not held personally accountable for the company's debts. Corporations have formal requirements and often raise capital by issuing stocks or shares.

Which business type is best?

The best business type is a limited liability company (LLC). Operating as an LLC means that your personal assets are separate from your business assets. If your business goes bankrupt, your personal holdings won’t be affected. That said, it’s also one of the costlier types, requiring a fee paid to the state.

The easiest business type to start is a sole proprietorship. The main downside is that there’s no differentiation between you and your business.

It's crucial to seek advice from legal or accounting professionals to determine the best business structure based on your unique needs and objectives. Each structure has advantages, legal requirements, tax implications, and flexibility considerations.

How do I create a business idea?

To create a business idea, determine your skill set, work preferences, startup budget, and available resources. It’s important to strike the right balance between what you can feasibly offer and what you can feasibly afford in the short and long term.

We recommend starting with your skill set so that you can easily determine the niche in which you can effectively compete. For instance, if you have ample experience as a writer, you might consider starting a freelance writing business. But if you know you’d prefer to work with clients face-to-face, you might choose to start a ghostwriting business instead. That’s why it’s so important to take your work preferences into account, as well.

After that, take a look at your budget and determine the type of business you can start based on the resources at your disposal. For instance, you might not be able to afford a physical office or location, so a location-based business will likely not be a good fit. In that case, starting an online business is your best option.

What resources or tools can I use to refine and validate my business ideas during the brainstorming process?

Online market research tools like Google Trends, Keyword Planner, and SEMrush can provide insights into market demand, competition, and keyword trends related to your business niche. Industry reports and market analyses from reputable sources such as IBISWorld, Gartner, Statista, and industry-specific publications can offer valuable data and trends to inform your decision-making. Ensure you know the industry risk before embarking on your small business venture.

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Additionally, joining entrepreneurial communities, forums, and social media groups can provide opportunities to seek feedback, network with like-minded people, and gain insights from experienced entrepreneurs. Finally, consider conducting surveys or interviews with potential customers to gather feedback and validate your business concept before investing significant time and resources.

What are some of the most successful small businesses?

Every small business has the potential to be successful and profitable, provided it’s backed by a strong product-market fit and a robust business plan . These two elements are essential. Maybe postnatal services are one of the most successful small businesses to launch, but if you live in an area with declining population or a large elderly population, then that small business idea won’t yield a high return on investment.

Think carefully about the market where you’re launching your business, and you’ll be more than likely to see lasting success.

What are the top growing small businesses?

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31 Best Business Ideas for Students 2024 (Combine with Studies)

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Navigating college is an adventure. For many, it's a time of learning, growth, and exploration. But it can also be a time for innovative thinking and entrepreneurial action. Yes, college students can start their own businesses and make serious money!

Welcome to the world of student entrepreneurship! This guide will provide you with the 31 best business ideas for students in 2023. You don't need to wait until graduation to lay the foundation for a successful future.

Whether you have a knack for creating viral content on social media platforms or simply have a burning passion, there are countless profitable business ideas.

Not only will these ventures potentially earn you income, but they also teach invaluable skills, enhance your resume, and perhaps transform into a full-time career post-graduation. Buckle up and get ready to explore!

Benefits of Starting a Business as a Student

In between juggling classes, extracurriculars, and social life, you may wonder why on earth a college student would want to start their own business. The answer lies in the benefits that come with running your own show, especially while still in college.

Let's unpack the potential rewards of a student launching their own business.

Real-World Experience

By translating a business idea into action, students can gain hands-on experience in the business world.

You'll learn to manage resources, understand the market, and enhance your negotiation skills. In other words, you're receiving a real-world MBA while still pursuing your degree.

Financial Independence

Let's not overlook the appeal of making money. Many college students feel the pinch of financial constraints. Having a profitable business idea not only paves the way for financial independence but also reduces reliance on student loans or part-time jobs.

Entrepreneurial Skills

Student entrepreneurship cultivates essential entrepreneurial characteristics and skills like leadership, strategic thinking, and problem-solving. These skills are transferable to future career endeavors and can set you apart in the job market.

Utilize Free Time

College often offers more free time than a 9-5 job. This flexibility allows for the pursuit of innovative startup business ideas. And remember, many of today's biggest companies were born out of college dorm rooms.

Building a Network

Running a business gives students opportunities to interact with diverse groups, helping them build a strong network. This can open up more opportunities down the line, both for their business and for their future careers.

Best Business Ideas for Students

1. online tutoring.

Global Online Tutoring MArket

Ah, the classic tutoring business. But this time, with a modern twist. As a college student, you have a treasure trove of knowledge that can be turned into an online business idea.

What and Why?

Online tutoring is one of the most approachable business ideas for students. You get to share your academic strengths, be it math, science, languages, or essay writing, with learners worldwide.

With the shift to remote learning, the demand for online tutors has spiked, making it a potentially lucrative endeavor.

Where and How?

Get started by identifying the subject areas you excel in and are passionate about teaching. You could offer services through established platforms like Chegg or start your own website. Don't forget to advertise your services on social media platforms and student forums, and use the best online teaching tools .

Practical Takeaways

  • Research online platforms where tutors are needed.
  • Identify your strengths and the subjects you can teach.
  • Build a schedule that balances your tutoring with academic commitments.
  • Network on social media pages and student forums to find potential students.

2. Proofreading and Editing Services

Another business idea where you can cash in on your academic skills is proofreading and editing. It's a niche market, but it's always in demand, especially among your fellow students.

The hustle and bustle of academic life often leave students struggling to proofread their papers thoroughly. Offering a fresh pair of eyes and a knack for grammar, you can provide editing services for your peers and even academic staff.

Just like online tutoring, you can start offering these services on platforms like Upwork and Fiverr or create your own website . Again, the social media accounts of your fellows are your best friends when it comes to promotion.

  • Brush up on your grammar and style guides.
  • Determine a fair but profitable pricing structure.
  • Promote your services through all available channels.
  • Deliver high-quality work to build a good reputation and attract repeat clients.

3. Social Media Consultancy

Social Media Consultancy

While college students are known for their social media savvy, local businesses often struggle to maintain an active online presence. This disparity creates a prime opportunity for you to step in and offer your services.

By offering social media consultancy services, you can help businesses expand their online presence and engage with their customers more effectively. With more businesses turning to online platforms, the demand for social media consultancy is on the rise.

Start by identifying local businesses in your area that could use a social media boost. Offer to manage their social media pages or provide consultancy on their online strategy. Tools like Hootsuite and Buffer can help you manage multiple social media accounts efficiently.

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of various social media platforms.
  • Identify businesses in need of social media services.
  • Master the tools that will help you manage social media accounts efficiently.
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest social media trends and stats to offer relevant advice.

4. Website Development

Let's talk digital, shall we? Web development – it's like constructing buildings but in cyberspace. With more and more businesses going digital, the need for well-crafted websites is ever-growing.

Website development is one of the most lucrative online business ideas that aligns with the digital age. If you're tech-savvy and know how to code, this is your opportunity to make serious money. Every business, big or small, needs a website, and they're willing to pay for a job well done.

This is one of the profitable online business ideas that can be launched right from your dorm room. You can start by using website builders like WordPress or Wix to provide simple websites.

As you grow, you can move on to more complex coding languages like JavaScript or Python to offer custom solutions.

  • Learn basic and advanced coding languages.
  • Create a portfolio website to showcase your work.
  • Stay updated with the latest web design trends and stats .
  • Network with local businesses and online communities to find potential clients.

5. Graphic Design Services

Graphic Designer Facts & Stats

Picture this – using your creativity to help businesses visually communicate with their customers. Yes, we're talking about graphic design .

If you have a knack for aesthetics and know your way around design software, offering graphic design services could be your golden goose. From logo design to marketing collateral, businesses need a multitude of graphics and are ready to pay for quality work.

You can offer your services on freelancing platforms such as Fiverr and Upwork. Alternatively, you could create your own website to showcase your portfolio. Social media platforms are excellent places to promote your work and attract clients.

  • Learn to use design software like Adobe Illustrator or Canva.
  • Develop a diverse portfolio showcasing your design skills.
  • Understand the needs and preferences of your target audience.
  • Stay updated with the latest design trends.

6. Freelance Writing

If you're the kind who can paint pictures with words, then freelance writing could be your canvas.

Freelance writing service is a flexible and profitable business idea that can be pursued right from your college dorm. Businesses, bloggers, and various online platforms are always in search of original, high-quality content.

You can offer writing services on platforms like ProBlogger or start a blog . Besides, academic writing platforms, like EssayShark and Writers Labs, always welcome writers who can assist with essay writing. Promote your services via social media to attract more clients.

  • Polish your writing skills and learn different writing styles.
  • Identify your niche – tech, fashion, academic writing, etc.
  • Create a portfolio showcasing your writing prowess.
  • Network with potential clients on social media platforms.

7. Virtual Assistant

Business Functions Delegated to Virtual Assistants

Stepping into the digital arena once more, let's explore the world of virtual assistance. Picture a personal assistant operating in the cloud, and you've got a virtual assistant.

What and Why? Being a virtual assistant is a great business idea for students. With more small businesses going digital, the demand for remote assistance is on the rise.

As a VA, you can offer services ranging from email management to social media scheduling. If you're organized and love helping others, this gig could be your ticket to making extra money.

Where and How? Kickstart your VA journey right from your laptop. Begin by identifying the tasks you're skilled at—it could be anything from managing calendars to handling customer service. Promote your services on social media platforms and freelancing sites like Upwork and Fiverr.

  • Identify your skills and package them into services.
  • Use project management software like Asana or Trello for organization.
  • Master employability skills , like communication and learning, to elevate your chances of being hired.
  • Develop a strong online presence, especially on platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter, to attract potential clients.

8. E-commerce Store

Imagine owning a store without the hassle of a physical space. Welcome to the world of e-commerce .

What and Why? Starting a profitable online store is one of the best business ideas for students. The e-commerce industry is booming, and there's a world of products you could sell. From handmade crafts to imported goods, the online marketplace is vast and varied.

Where and How? E-commerce platforms , like Shopify or Etsy, make it easy to set up your own e-commerce store. To start an e-commerce business from scratch , you need to identify your niche, source products, set up your online shop, and start selling.

  • Research to find a profitable niche that aligns with your interest.
  • Excellent product photography is key to attracting customers.
  • Invest in good customer service.
  • Use social media platforms to promote your store.

9. Dropshipping Business

Global Dropshipping Market Size

Now, what if you could run a store without dealing with inventory? Sounds great, right? That's dropshipping.

What and Why? Dropshipping is a lucrative online business idea where you sell products without handling them. You purchase the item from a third party after a customer makes an order and have it shipped directly to them. It's a fantastic way to start an e-commerce business with minimal upfront costs.

Where and How? You can start dropshipping on an e-commerce platform like Shopify, which integrates with dropshipping providers like Oberlo. You select the products, set up your store, and start marketing.

  • Choose products with high demand and low competition.
  • Create an appealing website to attract customers.
  • Excellent customer service is still a priority.
  • Use social media and SEO strategies for marketing your business.

10. Translation Services

In the modern globalized world, language has never been more important. This is where offering translation services can come into play for multilingual students.

What and Why? Translation services are an excellent business idea for students fluent in more than one language. With businesses expanding internationally, the demand for translators is high.

Offering translation services can help bridge language gaps and enable effective communication. Plus, it's an online business idea with low startup costs .

Where and How? This business can be operated from anywhere. You can offer your services on freelancing platforms like Upwork or Fiverr. Moreover, targeting industries like legal or medical can fetch higher rates due to the specialized language used.

  • Identify the languages and industries you want to focus on.
  • Develop your translation skills and stay updated with linguistic changes.
  • Network with businesses that may require your services.
  • Create a profile on freelancing platforms.

11. Digital Marketing Agency

How big is the Digital Marketing Industry

With businesses going digital, having an online presence has become a necessity. And guess what? You could be the one to help them establish that presence.

What and Why? Starting a digital marketing agency is a perfect business idea for students well-versed in the digital world. From SEO to social media management, businesses are willing to pay for help in navigating the online marketplace.

Where and How? Digital marketing services can be run from home with your laptop and an internet connection. You could start with a specific area, like SEO or social media, and expand your offerings as your agency grows.

  • Stay updated with the latest digital marketing trends and stats .
  • Identify your niche and excel at it.
  • Build a portfolio to showcase your skills.
  • Network and build relationships with potential clients.

12. Mobile App Development

Got a knack for coding? Mobile app development could be your ticket to a thriving business.

What and Why? With everyone glued to their smartphones, apps have become indispensable. Mobile app development is an excellent business idea for students with coding skills. There are different kinds of mobile apps out there. Whether it's a game or a productivity app , if you can create such an app, there's a market for it.

Where and How? Developing apps can be done from your dorm room or home. All you need is a computer, relevant development software, and a great idea. Once your app is ready, you can publish it on app stores and start generating income either through in-app purchases or advertising.

  • Stay updated with the latest app development technologies.
  • Identify a problem that your app can solve.
  • Invest time in designing an intuitive and attractive user interface.
  • Market your app effectively on social media platforms and app stores.

13. Online Coaching

Online Coaching Platform Market Size

Do you have skills or knowledge that others are eager to learn? If so, online coaching is an excellent business idea that lets you capitalize on your expertise while helping others grow.

What and Why? Online coaching is all about imparting your knowledge, skills, or experiences to others via digital means.

Whether you're an academic wizard, a business guru, or even a sports coach, you can reach and impact a global audience. With the rise of remote learning, this online business idea has gained immense popularity.

Where and How? You can operate an online coaching business from the comfort of your home. Platforms like Zoom or Google Meet can be used to conduct sessions, and social media platforms can help market your services.

Additionally, creating a YouTube channel to share snippets of your coaching sessions can attract potential clients.

  • Identify your area of expertise and the target audience.
  • Design a structured curriculum or course.
  • Market your services through social media.
  • Deliver high-quality, engaging sessions to retain and attract more clients.

14. Stock Photography

Do you have a keen eye for aesthetics and a decent camera? Then stock photography can be a lucrative business idea for you.

What and Why? Stock photography involves selling your high-quality photos through platforms that supply images to businesses, websites, and individuals.

With businesses' growing online presence, the demand for unique, quality images is on the rise, making it an excellent business idea for students.

Where and How? You can start your photography business from anywhere, shooting images that interest you or align with market demand.

Once you have a collection, you can upload these photos to stock image websites like Shutterstock or Getty Images, where users can purchase them.

  • Invest in a good quality camera and learn basic photography skills.
  • Understand the market demand and trends in stock photography.
  • Regularly upload your photos to stock image websites.
  • Ensure your images are clear, well-composed, and high-resolution.

15. Podcast Production

U.S Market Podcast Revenue Growth Projections

Podcasting is taking the digital world by storm. With a unique concept and excellent production, you can join the podcasting wave.

What and Why? Podcasting involves creating digital audio files on various topics that can be streamed or downloaded by users. If you have a knack for storytelling or expertise in a specific field, podcasting can be an engaging way to share your knowledge and ideas.

Where and How? Starting a podcast doesn't require a fancy studio. You can start recording from your own room with a decent microphone and editing software. Once your podcast is ready, distribute it on platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your own website.

  • Identify a unique topic or niche for your podcast.
  • Invest in decent recording and editing equipment.
  • Promote your podcast through social media and collaborate with other podcasters.
  • Engage with your audience by asking for feedback and topic suggestions.

16. Fitness Instructor

For those students passionate about health and wellness, becoming a fitness instructor is a rewarding way to transform your passion into profit.

What and Why? As a fitness instructor, you'll provide workout routines and health advice to clients. With the increase in health consciousness, this business idea for students allows you to empower others to lead healthier lives while maintaining your own fitness.

Where and How? You can conduct classes virtually using video conferencing platforms , like Zoom or Skype, or in person if you have your space.

Initially, you can provide services for a small fee or even free to build a client base and reputation. Gradually, as you gain more clients and experience, you can increase your rates.

  • Gain fitness certification to enhance credibility.
  • Identify a fitness niche – yoga, aerobics, weight training, etc.
  • Market your services on social media platforms and through word of mouth.
  • Maintain a high level of personal fitness and continually update your knowledge.

17. Home Organizing Service

Home Organizing Service

If you have a knack for decluttering and organizing, starting a home organizing service can be the right business idea for you.

What and Why? A home organizing service helps clients declutter and organize their living spaces, leading to a more functional and aesthetically pleasing environment.

With the rise in popularity of minimalistic living and decluttering trends, this is one of the more practical small business ideas for students.

Where and How? This business can be started in your local area, targeting homes and even offices. You'll physically visit the client's location, assess the situation, and provide organizing services. You can promote your services through social media platforms, local advertising, and word of mouth.

  • Learn basic organizing principles and trends.
  • Start with small projects and gradually take on bigger ones.
  • Build a portfolio of your work to showcase to potential clients.
  • Provide excellent customer service to build a solid reputation.

18. Pet Care Service

For animal-loving students, a pet care service can be an enjoyable way to earn extra money.

What and Why? A pet care service includes pet sitting, dog walking, and even grooming. As people's lives become busier, the demand for reliable pet care services is on the rise, making this a profitable business idea for students.

Where and How? You can start a pet care service in your neighborhood. Promote your services by distributing flyers or posting on community notice boards.

You can also leverage the online business model by creating a simple website optimized for SEO or using social media platforms to attract customers.

  • Learn basic pet care skills, including first aid.
  • Determine competitive rates for your services.
  • Promote your services both offline and online.
  • Provide a caring, reliable service to build trust with clients and their pets.

19. Gardening Services

Global Landscaping And Gardening Services Market

As greenery is the need of the hour, a gardening service might be the best business idea for students with a green thumb.

What and Why? Gardening services can range from lawn maintenance to plant advice and landscaping. It's a business idea for students who enjoy gardening and have knowledge about different types of plants and their care.

Where and How? You can start this service within your local community. Advertise your services at local events, community centers, or online platforms. As you gain experience, you can expand your client base through word of mouth and positive customer feedback.

  • Brush up your knowledge about different types of plants and their care.
  • Invest in basic gardening tools.
  • Offer personalized garden design services.
  • Consider offering related services like composting advice or garden installations.

20. Handmade Crafts

If you have a knack for creating handmade items like jewelry or home decor, turning your hobby into a business could be a lucrative idea.

What and Why? Creating and selling handmade crafts allows you to express your creativity while making money. From jewelry making to knitted products, the possibilities are endless, and the demand for unique handmade items is growing.

Where and How? You can sell your handmade crafts at local craft fairs or online platforms like Etsy. Also, sell them on social media platforms like Instagram, where you can reach a larger audience. Word of mouth among other students is a powerful way to expand your business too.

  • Identify a niche market and create products that appeal to that market.
  • Invest in high-quality materials for your crafts.
  • Learn about basic business principles like pricing strategies and Marketing Mix .
  • Take high-quality photos of your products for online listings.

21. Online Courses

Global eLearning Market Size by Year

With the rise of the internet, sharing knowledge has never been easier. If you're knowledgeable about a specific subject, offering online courses can be a million-dollar business idea .

What and Why? Online courses can be about anything, computer coding, music, art, science, you name it. If you're passionate and knowledgeable about a topic, you can teach it to others. This is an ideal business idea for college students, as they can target their peers or those in lower grades.

Where and How? You can create your courses and host them on online course platforms like Udemy, Skillshare, or even your website. Promote your courses through your social media platforms, within your college, or through email marketing.

  • Identify a topic that you're both knowledgeable about and that has demand.
  • Design the course to be engaging and comprehensive.
  • Invest time in creating high-quality course materials.
  • Utilize SEO to ensure your course is discoverable on online platforms.

22. Influencer

Nowadays, being a social media influencer isn't just about posting photos on a beach. It's a business idea ripe with potential for enterprising students with a knack for online communities.

What and Why? “ Influencer” is a broad term spanning across various social media platforms like Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, and more.

It's all about building an audience by sharing engaging content and working with brands to promote their products or services. This is an excellent business idea for students with a flair for creativity and a strong social media presence.

Where and How? To start, choose a niche you're passionate about. Popular niches include finance, beauty, business, and marketing.

Then, create and share content that reflects your interests and personality. As you gain followers, you can collaborate with brands for sponsored posts or affiliate marketing .

  • Consistency is key. Regular posting and interaction with your audience are crucial.
  • Collaborate with other influencers to expand your reach.
  • Quality content is critical. Ensure your posts are unique and engaging.
  • Leverage your influence to collaborate with brands for sponsored content.

23. Videography Services

Market Size Outlook

If you're adept at capturing the world through a lens, offering videography and photography services online could be an exciting business venture .

What and Why? Videography services can cover a range of events – weddings, corporate events, music videos, or social events. With the growing demand for high-quality video content, this can be a profitable venture for students skilled in filming and editing videos.

Where and How? Start by creating a portfolio showcasing your work. These could be videos you've made for school, for friends, or for personal projects. Promote your services through social media platforms, and as you build your client base, request referrals and testimonials to build your reputation.

  • Invest in high-quality filming and editing equipment.
  • Attend videography workshops or online courses to enhance your skills.
  • Build a solid online portfolio using a website builder for videographers and promote it on social media platforms.
  • Network within your local community and offer competitive pricing for your services.

24. Data Analysis

In today's data-driven world, businesses are continually looking for insights to help them make informed decisions. This presents an opportunity for students skilled in data interpretation.

What and Why? Data analysis involves processing data sets to extract meaningful insights. These could be market trends, customer behavior, or operational efficiencies.

This business model is suited for students with a strong analytical mindset and familiarity with data analysis tools.

Where and How? You can offer your services to online businesses that need help analyzing their customer or operational data. Start by identifying a niche, such as e-commerce or finance, and market your services to businesses in that industry.

  • Master popular data analysis tools like Excel, SQL, or R.
  • Stay updated with the latest trends and stats in data analytics .
  • Start a blog or website to showcase your expertise and case studies.
  • Understand the needs of your clients and customize your analysis accordingly.

25. eBook Author

Global E-Book Market

Weaving words into stories or sharing knowledge on a subject of your interest can now earn money, thanks to the revolution of digital publishing.

What and Why? As an eBook author, you can write books and publish them digitally on platforms like Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, or Google Play Books. This is an ideal student business if you have a knack for writing and want to share your expertise or creativity with the world.

Where and How? Start by identifying a niche you're passionate about, write the eBook, format it, design a cover, and publish it online. Promote your book on social media platforms and through your personal network to reach a wider audience.

  • Research popular niches to find a potential market for your book.
  • Consistently write, edit, and revise your work for the best outcome.
  • Promote your eBook aggressively on various platforms.
  • Collect reviews and ratings to increase your eBook’s visibility and credibility.

26. Budgeting Advice

Many university and college students struggle with managing their finances. If you're good with numbers and budgeting, this business idea for students is a match.

What and Why? As a budget advisor, you can help fellow students understand their finances better and manage their money effectively. This can be rewarding and beneficial, especially when most high school students and university freshmen have little to no knowledge about budgeting.

Where and How? Begin by offering your services to other students in your college or university. You can conduct one-on-one sessions or organize workshops. Utilize social media and school bulletin boards to advertise your services.

  • Stay informed about personal finance trends and advice.
  • Develop a simple, effective budgeting system that's easy to follow.
  • Build trust by maintaining the confidentiality of your clients' financial information.
  • Market your services effectively to reach a wider audience.

27. SEO Consultant

State of SEO in Business

If you understand the importance of SERPs and know how to optimize them, becoming an SEO consultant could be one of the best startup ideas.

What and Why? As an SEO consultant, you help businesses improve their online presence by optimizing their website and content for search engines. In the digital era, every business seeks to rank higher in search engine results, creating a demand for SEO experts.

Where and How? You can start by offering your services to small businesses in your local area or online. Keep updating your SEO knowledge, as search engine algorithms change frequently. Use SEO tools for audits and propose data-driven strategies to clients.

  • Stay updated with the latest SEO trends & stats and algorithm changes.
  • Gain practical experience by working on different projects.
  • Obtain SEO certifications to enhance your credibility.
  • Develop strong communication skills to convey your strategies to clients effectively.

28. Virtual Reality (VR) Game Development

Embracing the newest technological trends can lead to unique business ideas for college students. If you're intrigued by the immersive world of VR, this business idea might be just right for you.

What and Why? Virtual Reality (VR) game development involves creating interactive, engaging gaming experiences using VR technology. The VR gaming market is booming, with more players seeking thrilling, immersive experiences.

Where and How? Starting this business would require knowledge of game development and VR technology. You can learn these skills from numerous online courses and tutorials.

Start by creating simple games, get feedback from players, and continuously improve your games based on the feedback.

  • Acquire VR game development skills and stay updated with VR trends.
  • Choose a game genre that aligns with the interests of your potential customers.
  • Use feedback to refine your games for a better user experience.
  • Market your games on various gaming platforms and forums.

29. Transcription Services

Global Business Transcription Market

In an era of content explosion, transcription services have become a sought-after solution for many businesses and professionals.

What and Why? Transcription involves converting audio or video content into written text. It's a business idea with a low startup cost that can generate consistent income. Universities, businesses, podcasters, and researchers are among those who often require transcription services.

Where and How? You can start this business right from your dorm room. All you need is a computer, a reliable internet connection, and good listening and typing skills. Market your services on freelance platforms and reach out to potential clients directly.

  • Invest in high-quality headphones and transcription software to increase your productivity.
  • Be accurate and detail-oriented to ensure high-quality transcripts.
  • Learn to transcribe in different formats and styles to cater to various client needs.
  • Market your services actively on freelance platforms and social media channels.

30. 3D Printing Service

If you are tech-savvy and enjoy creating physical products, a 3D printing service could be one of the great business ideas for students.

What and Why? A 3D printing service provides customized objects made using 3D printers. The demand for this service is increasing as more people discover the benefits of 3D printing, from custom gifts to practical everyday items.

Where and How? You would need to purchase a 3D printer and supplies and learn how to use design software. Alternatively, you can skip the upfront cost of investing in a 3D printer and simply outsource the work and charge the client a premium.

You’ll get business by marketing your services to local businesses, younger students for their school projects, or individuals looking for personalized items.

  • Learn how to operate a 3D printer and use 3D printing software .
  • Identify a niche market like custom gifts or school project models.
  • Advertise your service locally and online to reach potential customers.
  • Offer a range of products to cater to different customer needs.

31. Personalized Gift Service

Personalized Gifts Market

The world of personalized gifts can be a fertile ground for student business ideas. Your imagination is the only limit.

What and Why? A personalized gift service is all about crafting unique presents tailored to the recipient's tastes and interests. As a university student, this business idea allows you to blend your creative talents with the opportunity to earn money.

Where and How? You can run this business from your dorm room or home. Simply get started with a few art supplies and a dedicated workspace.

Later, you can explore technologies, like 3D printing, for more complex designs. Promote your service online, leveraging social media platforms to showcase your creations and reach potential customers.

  • Identify a niche market after conducting market research . Personalized gifts for birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries are popular choices.
  • Offer a broad range of personalization options to attract different customers.
  • Showcase your creations on social media platforms to attract potential customers.
  • Provide excellent customer service to ensure repeat business and referrals.

32. Online Book Club

If you're a university student who loves reading, an online book club could be the perfect startup idea for you.

What and Why? An online book club provides a platform for book enthusiasts to discuss and share their views on various books. It can generate income through membership fees, sponsored content, or affiliate marketing.

Where and How? You can start by creating a website or a social media group for your book club. Decide on a book to read each month, and organize weekly or bi-weekly discussions. Engage your members by encouraging them to share their thoughts and opinions.

  • Pick a variety of interesting books to attract a diverse audience.
  • Engage your members through polls, debates, and live chats.
  • Monetize your book club through membership fees, sponsorships, and affiliate marketing.
  • Promote your book club on various platforms to reach a larger audience.

33. Language Lessons

Global Online Language Learning Market

If you're fluent in more than one language, offering language lessons could be a great way to leverage your skills and earn extra income.

What and Why? Providing language lessons involves teaching a second language to students or adults. With the rise of global communication, the demand for learning new languages is continually growing.

It's one of the viable business ideas for students, especially for those who have mastery over a high-demand language.

Where and How? You can offer these lessons either face-to-face or online. If you choose the online route, you can take advantage of various virtual meeting tools . Develop a curriculum, start marketing your services, and adapt your teaching methods to fit different learning styles.

  • Determine what languages are in demand through market research.
  • Develop a structured curriculum that caters to different proficiency levels.
  • Be patient and adaptable to cater to different student learning styles.
  • Leverage social media and online language learning platforms to reach potential students.

How To Start a Business as a Student

Initiating a business venture as a student is a bold step towards financial freedom and practical learning. But where does one start? What are the considerations, and how do you manage it with academic commitments? I will break it all down for you.

Identify Your Interest and Skill Set

The first step in starting a student business is to identify what interests you and where your skills lie. Business ideas stem from a keen interest and a set of relevant skills.

For example, if you're a fast typist and have a keen ear, offering transcription services might be your calling. Similarly, if you are proficient in a foreign language, offering language lessons could be a great fit.

Perform Market Research

Once you've identified your potential business venture, the next step is to conduct market research. It's a crucial step that often differentiates a successful business from a failed one.

This research helps you understand the demand for your product or service, identify your target audience, and determine competitive pricing strategies .

Create a Business Plan

A solid business plan acts as a roadmap for your venture. It outlines your business goals, strategies for achieving them, and the resources you need. It also helps you understand the financial aspects of your business, including your costs and potential revenue.

Start Small and Scale Gradually

One of the advantages of being a student entrepreneur is the ability to start small. With minimal financial risk, you can test your business ideas and adapt based on feedback.

Starting small allows you to learn the ropes, make mistakes, and refine your business model before you scale up.

Balancing Business and Academics

Juggling a business venture and academic commitments can be challenging. Time management and organization skills become critical.

It's essential to allocate specific hours to your business without hampering your studies. Remember, your education is a priority that you shouldn't neglect.

  • Explore your interests and identify a business idea that aligns with your skills and passion.
  • Conduct thorough market research to understand your potential customers and competitors.
  • Draft a clear, comprehensive business plan to guide your venture.
  • Start on a small scale, learn from the experience, and refine your business model.
  • Learn to balance your academics and business to ensure success in both areas.

In a nutshell, starting a business as a student can be a rewarding experience. It's an opportunity to apply what you learn in your studies, develop new skills, and earn money.

So, why wait? Dive into these business ideas, unleash your entrepreneurial spirit, and start building your empire today!

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59 Obvious Business Ideas For Students in 2023 (With Low Investment)

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Launching a business while studying can be a daunting task. However, it's an excellent opportunity to apply learned theories, gain practical skills, and even earn some income. In this article, we present 59 low-budget business ideas specifically curated for students.

These ideas are designed to be manageable alongside your studies, requiring minimal initial investment, while offering valuable learning experiences. Whether you're pursuing an MBA or an undergraduate degree, there's something here to ignite your entrepreneurial spirit.

(And, of course, if you're looking for a hub to research, plan and think through it all, get started in Bizway , today.)

1. Tutoring Services

‍ Offer your academic expertise to peers and younger students.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Budget needed: Low
  • Technical experience: None
  • Tips: Start with subjects you excel in, promote through college boards and social media.

2. Proofreading Essays

‍ Help fellow students improve their essays with your impeccable grammar.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Budget needed: None
  • Tips: Offer services on college boards, libraries, or online platforms like Upwork.

3. Campus Laundry Service

‍ Assist students by washing and folding their laundry.

  • Budget needed: Moderate (for equipment)
  • Tips: Start with dorm mates and friends to gain trust.

4. Dorm Cleaning Service

‍ Offer cleaning services tailored for student accommodations.

  • Tips: Promote during start/end of terms when cleaning needs are highest.

5. Freelance Writing ‍

Create content for blogs, websites, and local publications.

  • Technical experience: Basic writing skills
  • Tips: Start a portfolio on platforms like Medium and seek clients on freelance websites.

6. Graphic Design

‍ Design digital assets like logos, banners, and infographics for businesses.

  • Budget needed: Low (for software)
  • Technical experience: Intermediate design skills
  • Tips: Use free tools like Canva initially, and showcase your work on platforms like Behance.

7. Photography Services

‍ Capture events, provide portrait sessions or sell photos online.

  • Budget needed: High (for equipment)
  • Technical experience: Basic photography skills
  • Tips: Offer discounted rates to friends and college events to build your portfolio.

8. T-Shirt Printing

‍ Create and sell custom apparel for college events or niche themes.

  • Budget needed: Moderate
  • Tips: Use print-on-demand services initially to reduce upfront costs.

9. Meal Prep Services

‍ Cater to health-conscious peers with pre-planned, nutritious meals.

  • Technical experience: Basic cooking skills
  • Tips: Begin with simple recipes and promote on college boards or through social media.

10. Mobile Repair Service

‍ Provide handy repair services for common devices like phones and laptops.

  • Technical experience: Intermediate technical knowledge
  • Tips: Offer pickup and drop services for added convenience; ensure you’re updated on the latest repair techniques.

11. Event Planning

‍ Organize and coordinate events for your campus and outside clients.

  • Budget needed: Low to Moderate
  • Tips: Partner with local suppliers for decor, catering, etc., and always have a backup plan.

12. Fitness Classes

‍ Lead workout sessions or yoga classes for fellow students.

  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Technical experience: Basic knowledge of fitness
  • Tips: Offer classes in open spaces in the campus or virtually through Zoom.

13. College Blogging

‍ Share insights, reviews, and tips about campus life through a blog.

  • Tips: Use platforms like WordPress or Blogger to start; incorporate multimedia like photos and videos.

14. Handmade Crafts

‍ Sell unique handmade items like jewelry, paintings, or knitted goods.

  • Technical experience: Craft skills
  • Tips: Set up stalls during college fests or sell online via Etsy.

15. Personal Shopping

‍ Assist peers in shopping for clothes, accessories, or even groceries.

  • Budget needed: None (unless offering products upfront)
  • Tips: Stay updated with the latest trends; consider niche markets like vegan shopping.

16. Digital Marketing

‍ Offer social media, SEO, or PPC services to local businesses.

  • Technical experience: Basic digital marketing knowledge
  • Tips: Certifications from platforms like HubSpot or Google can add credibility.

17. Personal Chef Services

‍ Cook and deliver meals to students or faculty on-demand.

  • Technical experience: Cooking skills
  • Tips: Consider health trends like keto, vegan, or gluten-free options.

18. Music Lessons

‍ Teach fellow students how to play a musical instrument or sing.

  • Technical experience: Proficiency in a musical instrument or vocals
  • Tips: Offer group classes to accommodate more students at a time.

19. Pet Sitting

‍ Take care of fellow students' pets during vacations or busy times.

  • Technical experience: None, but love for animals is a must
  • Tips: Ensure you have a space for pets and understand their specific needs.

20. Custom Merchandise

‍ Design and sell custom merchandise for clubs, teams, or events on campus.

  • Technical experience: Basic designing skills
  • Tips: Use print-on-demand services to avoid inventory issues.

21. Study Group Coordinator

‍ Organize and lead study groups for tough courses or exams.

  • Technical experience: None, but a strong academic record helps
  • Tips: Charge per session or offer package deals for a series of sessions.

22. Campus Tour Guide

‍ Help potential new students and their families get to know the campus.

  • Tips: Familiarize yourself with the college's history and frequently asked questions.

23. Language Tutoring

‍ Teach students a new language or help international students with English.

  • Technical experience: Fluency in the chosen language
  • Tips: Use platforms like Duolingo or Rosetta Stone for structured curricula.

24. Reselling Business

‍ Buy popular or discounted items in bulk and sell them individually at a profit.

  • Budget needed: Moderate to High
  • Tips: Start with dropshipping to minimize risks.

25. Graphic Designing

‍ Offer design services for websites, advertisements, or custom artwork.

  • Technical experience: Proficiency in tools like Adobe Illustrator
  • Tips: Build a portfolio on Behance or Dribbble to showcase your work.

26. Hair and Makeup Services

‍ Offer grooming services for special events or regular styling.

  • Technical experience: Basic styling skills
  • Tips: Stay updated with the latest beauty trends; consider partnering with event planners.

27. Campus Laundry Service

‍ Offer laundry services to students, including pickup and drop.

  • Tips: Offer package deals or subscriptions for regular clients.

28. Organic Farming

‍ Grow and sell organic vegetables or herbs.

  • Difficulty: High
  • Budget needed: High
  • Technical experience: Basic gardening knowledge
  • Tips: Use campus spaces or local gardens, and promote the organic and fresh aspects.

29. Travel Planning

‍ Plan trips or local experiences for fellow students during holidays.

  • Technical experience: None, but knowledge of the locale is helpful
  • Tips: Offer group discounts and unique experiences.

30. Thrift Shop

‍ Sell second-hand clothes, books, or gadgets to students.

  • Tips: Hold regular pop-up events and ensure quality control.

31. Interview Coaching

‍ Help students prepare for job interviews or college placements.

  • Technical experience: None, but experience in recruitment or placements helps
  • Tips: Use real-world examples and conduct mock interviews.

32. Coffee Cart

‍ Serve coffee or snacks to students during breaks or study sessions.

  • Tips: Find high-footfall locations and offer student discounts.

33. Campus Delivery Service

‍ Deliver food, books, or supplies across the campus for students.

  • Tips: Use apps or chat groups to take orders and update customers.

34. House Cleaning

‍ Offer cleaning services for student dorms or off-campus housing.

  • Tips: Offer flexible scheduling and regular cleaning packages.

35. Book Exchange

‍ Create a platform for students to exchange or rent textbooks.

  • Technical experience: Basic platform management
  • Tips: Ensure quality checks and transparent pricing.

36. Campus Guide App

‍ Develop an app to help newcomers navigate campus facilities, eateries, and events.

  • Technical experience: App development basics
  • Tips: Collaborate with student groups for regular updates and event integrations.

37. Sports Coaching

‍ Offer coaching sessions in sports you excel at, or arrange group training activities.

  • Technical experience: Expertise in the chosen sport
  • Tips: Consider seasonal sports clinics or fitness challenges to boost engagement.

38. Nutrition Consulting

‍ Guide students on balanced diets, meal plans, and fitness nutrition.

  • Technical experience: Nutrition basics or certification
  • Tips: Collaborate with campus gyms or offer meal prep workshops.

39. Custom Merchandise

‍ Create and sell custom t-shirts, mugs, or stickers based on college culture and memes.

  • Tips: Take pre-orders to gauge interest and reduce inventory risks.

40. Study Groups & Bootcamps

‍ Organize focused study sessions or intensive bootcamps on challenging subjects.

  • Technical experience: Expertise in the chosen subject
  • Tips: Collaborate with professors or TA's for credibility.

41. Career Workshops

‍ Organize sessions on resume writing, LinkedIn optimization, and job hunting.

  • Technical experience: None, but having a recruitment background helps
  • Tips: Collaborate with the college placement cell or invite industry professionals.

42. DIY Craft Store

‍ Sell handmade crafts, jewelry, or DIY kits.

  • Technical experience: Craftsmanship
  • Tips: Offer customization options or hold DIY workshops.

43. Personal Shopper or Stylist

‍ Help students shop for events, or offer wardrobe styling sessions.

  • Technical experience: Fashion sense and awareness
  • Tips: Stay updated with the latest fashion trends and offer packages for special events.

44. Mental Health Workshops

‍ Organize sessions on stress management, mindfulness, or mental wellness.

  • Difficulty: Moderate to High
  • Technical experience: Basic knowledge or certification in psychology/counseling
  • Tips: Collaborate with college counselors or mental health professionals.

45. Event Planning

‍ Help organize campus events, parties, or functions.

  • Technical experience: Organizational and managerial skills
  • Tips: Start with smaller events and build a portfolio.

46. Roommate Finder Platform

‍ Develop a secure platform for students to find and vet potential roommates.

  • Technical experience: Website or app development basics
  • Tips: Integrate verification methods to ensure safety and authenticity.

47. College Gear Rental

‍ Offer rental services for equipment such as cameras, musical instruments, or sports gear.

  • Technical experience: None, but knowledge about equipment maintenance helps
  • Tips: Offer student discounts and create a strong check-out/check-in system.

48. Campus Tour Guide

‍ Provide tours for prospective students or visitors, showcasing the highlights of the campus and sharing student experiences.

  • Technical experience: None, but strong communication skills are essential
  • Tips: Collaborate with the admission office for potential leads.

49. Foreign Language Tutor

‍ Assist students in learning a new language or improving their proficiency in one.

  • Tips: Offer interactive sessions, like language cafes or game nights.

50. Tech Repair Service

‍ Offer repair services for gadgets such as phones, laptops, or tablets.

  • Technical experience: Knowledge of electronics and device repair
  • Tips: Ensure you have reliable suppliers for parts and always prioritize safety.

51. Content Creation Agency

‍ Offer services like blogging, graphic designing, or video production for local businesses or websites.

  • Technical experience: Skills in content creation tools or platforms
  • Tips: Build a strong portfolio and consider group collaborations for diverse offerings.

52. Plant and Succulent Sales

‍ Grow and sell indoor plants or succulents to fellow students.

  • Technical experience: Basic knowledge of plant care
  • Tips: Offer care workshops or unique planters as an added incentive.

53. Nutrition and Meal Prep Business

‍ Provide pre-packaged healthy meals or snacks for students on-the-go.

  • Technical experience: Basics of food and nutrition
  • Tips: Collaborate with fitness enthusiasts and offer subscriptions.

54. Handmade Jewelry Store

‍ Design and sell unique pieces of jewelry made from materials of your choice.

  • Technical experience: Craftsmanship in jewelry making
  • Tips: Offer customization and consider attending craft fairs.

55. Dorm Cleaning Service

‍ Offer cleaning services for dorm rooms or student apartments.

  • Tips: Offer packages during move-in/move-out periods for maximum business.

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49 Best Business Ideas for Teens to Start (in 2024)

November 19, 2023

49 Best Business Ideas for Teens to Start (in 2024)

Most potential business owners actually start their businesses later in life, but for some, the entrepreneurial spirit strikes early. For those young adults who want to earn extra money and be their own boss, we’ve got you covered! We’ll help you find the best business ideas for teens.

We’ve talked to a lot of small business owners who pursued their ideas as teens, and many of them made millions before they ever reached 30! If you want to start your own business, you’ll love hearing about some of the local businesses they’ve started.

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Without further ado, here’s the list!

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Some of the best teen business ideas we’ve seen are:

  • Pressure Washing
  • Landscaping
  • Photography
  • Truck Driving
  • Construction
  • Car Washing

Many of these are local businesses that young entrepreneurs can start in their neighborhood to make some extra money, and they can become a lucrative business as they get older and learn more about how to run a business.

Find out how young entrepreneurs started each of the successful businesses below.

#1. Pressure Washing

• Average Annual Revenue: $64K • Average Profit Margins: 8.8% • Startup Costs: $200-$5K • Time to Revenue: 3+ months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 0.9% • Best For: Those who like to work outdoors, those who enjoy working with their hands and using machines and tools

Three of the youngest business owners we have talked to started pressure washing companies. Stephen Rogers talked to us about how he started NW Softwash at 19 years old with just $1,500, and now he’s making $120K per month. Hear from him below.

Check out other interviews with Chase Lille , an 18-year-old who has been pressure washing for over a year, and Alan from Go Detail , who learned to run a business from YouTube.

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#2. Landscaping

• Average Annual Revenue: $272K+ • Average Profit Margins: 8.7% • Startup Costs: $2K-$10K • Time to Revenue: 1-3 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 8.1% • Best For: Designers, gardeners, and people who like physical work and working outside

A landscaping or lawn care business designs, builds, and maintains gardens and landscapes. Landscapers usually require a lot of time, patience, and creativity to achieve the perfect garden for their clients. Most companies that do landscaping also do lawn care.

Find out how Mike Andes started his lawn care business as a teenager.

#3. Cleaning

• Average Annual Revenue: $74K+ • Average Profit Margins: 6.7% • Startup Costs: $1K-$30K • Time to Revenue: 1-6 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 1.2% • Best For: Self-motivated, independent, and detail-oriented entrepreneurs

One of the easiest ways to make money is cleaning people’s houses. Almost anybody with a job and kids needs help keeping their home clean. Young people can start a small business by using the cleaning products at their parents’ homes and offering their services on social media.

If you are 18 or older, you can also use sites like Bark or to find clients.

Check out our interview with Austin from Spruse Clean to learn how he makes $62K a month.

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#4. Photography

• Average Annual Revenue: $50K • Average Profit Margins: 7.3% • Startup Costs: $1K-$10K • Time to Revenue: 1-6 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 0.3% • Best For: Visual artists and photographers, outgoing and social entrepreneurs

Photography is another field that offers business opportunities for teens. As a photographer, you’ll be taking pictures of people or products. The two types of photography that tend to have the highest booking fees are product photography and wedding photography.

To learn strategies that can turn a photography company into a multi-million-dollar revenue generator, check out our interview with Korbin and Whitney Korzan below:

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#5. Truck Driving

• Average Annual Revenue: $449K+ • Average Profit Margins: 5.5% • Startup Costs: $1K-$100K • Time to Revenue: 3+ months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 0.9% • Best For: Logistics experts, travelers and drivers, and vehicle repair and maintenance pros

Companies across the country are struggling with supply chain issues. One of the challenges is the lack of truck drivers and the fact that most of them don’t actually put in all the driving hours they are allowed.

Out-hustle the old guard and put in the full 12 hours a day to make a great living, like Mikael Sant. Hear how he does it below.

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To hear even more tips from Mikael, check out our podcast .

#6. Construction

• Average Annual Revenue: $696K+ • Average Profit Margins: 3.4% • Startup Costs: $1K-$100K • Time to Revenue: 1-6 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: -1.3% • Best For: Contractors, builders, and makers, people with strong math skills who like physical work

Like working with your hands? Avanni Petras started Petras Homes and is making over $125,000 after working for a concrete company for six years in his teens. Find out how below.

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Pro Tip: You can also read our blog on How to Start an $80M/Year Construction Company .

#7. Car Washing

• Average Annual Revenue: $73K+ • Average Profit Margins: 16.1% • Startup Costs: $500-$5K • Time to Revenue: 3+ months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 1.0% • Best For: Car enthusiasts, detail-oriented entrepreneurs, and those who enjoy working with their hands

There are many ways to make money as a teenager, and one of those ways is by starting a car washing business.

The idea of starting up a carwash is not only an easy way to make money, but it is also an interesting and enjoyable pastime.

It can be done either with or without machines. With low startup costs, you can start small and then grow the business to include mobile car washes and maybe even become a car wash chain.

Check out these entrepreneur ideas for teens if you want to make extra money with an online business:

  • Online Tutoring
  • Tech Consulting
  • Graphic Design Business

#8. Podcasting

• Average Annual Revenue: $4M+ • Average Profit Margins: 27.1% • Startup Costs: $500-$5K • Time to Revenue: 1-3 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 6.4% • Best For: Influencers and thought leaders; people with valuable expertise and online marketing/social media skills

Podcasts are an interesting online business where you can discuss things that interest you and broadcast it to the masses. At the very least, you’ll need recording software (I prefer OBS ) and microphones.

Podcasts generate revenue through a variety of methods. To learn more, read this blog on some of the ways to monetize your podcast .

#9. Tutoring

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• Average Annual Revenue: $18K+ • Average Profit Margins: 13.10% • Startup Costs: $100-$1K • Time to Revenue: 1-3 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 8.5% • Best For: Educators and compassionate, empathetic, people who can explain complex concepts in simple terms

Tutors can make great money helping students who are struggling. Most tutors will charge $25 per hour, but some may be able to get rates up to $80 per hour.

You can find clients at your school, or offer services on sites like once you turn 18. What better way to start a business than to help others succeed?

#10. Blogging

• Average Annual Revenue: $46K • Average Profit Margins: 14.6% • Startup Costs: $100-$200 • Time to Revenue: 1 month to 3 Years • Annual Market Growth Rate: -1.50% • Best For: Teens with writing, graphic design, and other content creation skills, strong marketers

Anyone can blog. You just have to find something you enjoy writing about. This is one of the best business ideas for teens because you can start blogging on sites like Medium for free.

How do you make money blogging, though?

There are a few ways:

  • Freelancing through Upwork and other sites
  • Using affiliate links and earning commissions based on referrals
  • Earning crypto by blogging on Publish0x
  • Allowing Google to sell ads on your site

#11. Web Design

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• Average Annual Revenue: $239K+ • Average Profit Margins: 5.3% • Startup Costs: $100-$1K • Time to Revenue: 1-3 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 1.4% • Best For: Programmers with knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, visual artists and designers, detail-oriented entrepreneurs with strong time and project management skills

Using web and graphic design software can be a fun way for teens to make money. Develop the skills for one of the fastest-growing careers in the U.S.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the need for web design to grow by 13% by 2031, and average wages are over $77K. Wages are typically less than one third of a business’s revenue, so that means a business could make over $225K per designer.

As a web designer, you might create the next cool website or app. Could you imagine if everyone in the world was using a website you created? You’d make millions of people happy with your small business idea.

#12. Tech Consulting

• Average Annual Revenue: $1.4K • Average Profit Margins: 6.4% • Startup Costs: $100K-$3.5M • Time to Revenue: 6-18 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 2.2% • Best For: Entrepreneurs with management or business expertise, people with strong analysis, problem-solving, and communication skills

Tech consulting can be an easy business for teens to start. Tech-savvy consultants can earn money through affiliate marketing and by advising people on the best way to achieve their desired results.

My brother started getting Apple certifications in his teens, and by the time he reached his 30s, he was one of the most highly certified Apple network admins around and had helped companies like Electronic Arts and Intel integrate Macs with Microsoft computers.

Check out this list of the top 100 software companies and find one you are interested in. Businesses are definitely looking for help with implementing software more efficiently and effectively.

#13. Graphic Design

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• Average Annual Revenue: $123K+ • Average Profit Margins: 13.5% • Startup Costs: $500-$5K • Time to Revenue: 3+ months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 2% • Best For: Visual artists, entrepreneurs with creative skills

Graphic design is another easy business to start as a teenager. Graphic design is focused on creating artwork and product information for businesses, including:

  • Website imagery
  • Product packaging
  • Marketing materials

To find out more about different types of graphic design businesses, check out the blog post 8 Types of Graphic Design You Need to Know .

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The following small business ideas for teenage girls can also be done by guys, too, but many homeowners prefer letting girls help in their homes. Find business ideas below:

  • Babysitting
  • Pet Sitting
  • Pet Photography
  • Pet Grooming Services
  • Dog Walking

#14. Babysitting

• Average Annual Revenue: $143K+ • Average Profit Margins: 0.9% • Startup Costs: $0-$1K • Time to Revenue: 1-3 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 51.7% • Best For: Those who enjoy childcare and like children

Every family with kids will need a babysitter occasionally. Start a business babysitting and make money watching the kids.

Ask your parents to tell their friends, print up some business cards and leave them at places you frequent, and check on social media for people looking for help. Finding clients shouldn’t be too hard. Almost everyone I know has babysat at some point in their life.

You could even go a step further and start full-time child care services, like Kristy Bickmeyer, who started Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency. Learn more about Kristy here .

#15. Pet Sitting

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• Average Annual Revenue: $34K+ • Average Profit Margins: 16% • Startup Costs: $500-$5K • Time to Revenue: 3+ months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 1.7% • Best For: Pet owners, animal lovers, and those who like working outdoors

In the pet sitting industry, people are required to care for animals in someone else’s home or property. Pet sitters should have experience with animals and a passion for caring for them. They should also be responsible and trustworthy.

In order to get started, you should start by signing up to be a pet sitter on websites such as Wag or Rover .

These websites will then help connect you with people looking for a pet sitter in your area.

It’s not just a matter of hanging out with cats and dogs while their owners themselves are away. Pet sitting requires proper knowledge about animal behavior, nutrition, exercise, and basic first aid skills.

This is not an easy job, but it can provide numerous business opportunities for teens who want to make some cash while enjoying the company of furry friends.

Check out our blog about a pet sitter to learn more.

#16. Pet Photography

• Average Annual Revenue: $50K • Average Profit Margins: 7.3% • Startup Costs: $1K-$10K • Time to Revenue: 1-6 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 0.3% • Best For: Visual artists and photographers who love animals or own pets themselves

If you love animals and photography or just have a lot of time to spare, then you could consider starting your own pet photography business.

There are plenty of online courses that can help you learn the skills needed to start this type of business. You can also use your creativity to come up with different ways to make money with your photography skills.

#17. Pet Grooming

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• Average Annual Revenue: $72K+ • Average Profit Margins: 11.5% • Startup Costs: $1K-$100K • Time to Revenue: 6-18 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 1.1% • Best For: Pet lovers and experts, salon and grooming professionals, empathetic and detail-oriented entrepreneurs with strong customer service skills

Starting a pet grooming business can be a great way to make money for teenagers or young adults.

The best way to start this business is by getting certification through the National Dog Groomers Association of America and asking prospective clients about their desired groom style.

It’s also worth considering what type of services the potential clients will need—whether that’s basic bathing and clipping or something more elaborate, like shampooing, hair trimming, nail clipping, or ear cleaning.

#18. Dog Walking

A dog walking business requires picking up after the dog and getting an animal from place to place. That means dog walkers may need a vehicle or access to public transportation.

To become a successful dog walker, one should be patient, dependable, and comfortable working with other people’s dogs. They should also be able to work flexible hours.

If you want some business ideas for creatives, consider these ideas:

  • Holiday Decorating
  • Proofreading
  • Greeting Card Writing
  • Event Photography
  • Art Instruction
  • Music Teaching
  • Jewelry Making

#19. Holiday Decorating

• Average Annual Revenue: $168K+ • Average Profit Margins: 10.6% • Startup Costs: $1K-$100K • Time to Revenue: 1-3 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 1.2% • Best For: Those who like to organize, clean, and declutter, those who like to socialize and help people

Offering an attractive and memorable holiday decorating business can be a great way to earn some extra cash during the holidays.

The major holidays that people or businesses tend to have decorative festivities for in the U.S. are:

  • Valentine’s Day
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • 4th of July
  • Thanksgiving

Check out our interview with Martin Skarra, who runs a window cleaning business and hangs Christmas lights during the winter.

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This is a unique option on the list of business ideas for teens because it is creative and lets them focus on their studies and other activities while they are still in school.

#20. Proofreading

• Average Annual Revenue: $25K+ • Average Profit Margins: 9% • Startup Costs: $100-$1K • Time to Revenue: 1-3 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 1.9% • Best For: Grammar and writing experts, people with a sharp eye for detail

Another good business for teens is offering proofreading services. There are plenty of students who need help with their grammar and punctuation.

One upside is that your clients will be convenient to you. You’ll find them among the student body of your high school or college.

Students might not have the most money, but your social network will grow as students become professionals and need other quality control jobs performed.

#21. Greeting Card Writing

• Average Annual Revenue: $712K • Average Profit Margins: 14.6% • Startup Costs: $100-$200 • Time to Revenue: 1 month to 3 Years • Annual Market Growth Rate: -1.5% • Best For: Creative entrepreneurs with strong communication skills

Another passion that creative teens can turn into a small business is greeting card writing.

Teens can sell their own greeting cards through sites like Shopify using the print-on-demand company Card Isle . Alternatively, they can try freelancing for Hallmark .

#22. Event Photography

Photography is a growing industry, and both seasoned and young photographers can offer event photography services. The main responsibility of the event photographer is to capture the essence of the event they’re commissioned to photograph.

The demand for event photography has increased over the last few years because of its many use cases. Check out our interview with a wedding photographer who makes $2 million per year.

#23. Art Instruction

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• Average Annual Revenue: $18K+ • Average Profit Margins: 13.10% • Startup Costs: $100-$1K • Time to Revenue: 1-3 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 8.5% • Best For: Educators and tutors with creative skill and imagination

Another fun, creative career is providing art lessons. If you want to provide art lessons and earn some good money, you should know the following:

  • You will need a set of materials and tools to use in your lessons.
  • You will need your own studio or space to teach from.
  • You may need to create a website or social media page where people can learn about the class.
  • You may even want to register as a business with the local government.

As your business grows, you can start doing more lessons and offer group sessions.

Once you reach the age to legally serve alcohol, you can even do wine and arts nightlife events. Every event like this I’ve ever been to has been a blast. It’s definitely a fun business to be in.

#24. Music Teaching

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• Average Annual Revenue: $18K+ • Average Profit Margins: 13.10% • Startup Costs: $100-$1K • Time to Revenue: 1-3 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 8.5% • Best For: People with a keen ear for sound and music

What better way to start a new business than with something you enjoy?

A music teacher can provide music lessons to both children and adults. Most of these music lessons are done in person, but they can also be done via video chat.

If you want to start it as an online business, many talented musicians provide Masterclasses or create YouTube tutorials.

Check out our interview with Jacques Hopkins to learn how he earns $480K a year teaching piano lessons with his course:

#25. Jewelry Making

• Average Annual Revenue: $114K+ • Average Profit Margins: 10.3% • Startup Costs: $500-$250K • Time to Revenue: 3+ months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 2.0% • Best For: Fashionistas, designers, and artists with strong sales and marketing skills

If you like arts and crafts, many small business owners find success making their own jewelry.

This consists of buying raw materials and turning them into a piece of jewelry. Then you can sell them in online stores or at craft fairs. The business events platform 10times has a list of almost 25,000 events in the U.S. where you can sell your goods.

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These businesses aren’t especially difficult but will teach you skills that are valuable to almost every business. Consider:

  • Errand Running
  • Packing Business
  • Recycling Business

#26. Errand Running

• Average Annual Revenue: $131K • Average Profit Margins: 3.6% • Startup Costs: $100-$9.5K • Time to Revenue: 3+ months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 6.7% • Best For: Drivers, those who like to socialize

An errand running service enables teens to work as a personal shopper and a courier at the same time. This is a great business to combine with driving Uber or Lyft.

The job is simple: You’ll go to a grocery store and buy all the items that correspond with the list of items a customer has sent. Then you’ll deliver the goods.

The customers can pay for these services through PayPal, Venmo, or your own payment processor.

#27. Delivery

The food delivery industry is a booming market, with companies like Uber Eats and Grubhub making it easier for people to get their favorite food delivered to their doorstep.

Food delivery services are perfect for teens who want to make some money on the side. As a teen, you can start your own courier service where you pick up orders from restaurants and deliver them locally.

Learn more about starting a delivery service below:

#28. Packing

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• Average Annual Revenue: $168K+ • Average Profit Margins: 10.6% • Startup Costs: $1K-$100K • Time to Revenue: 1-3 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 1.2% • Best For: Those who like to organize, clean, and declutter, and those who like to socialize and help people

A packing business is the perfect business idea for teens looking to get started in the world of entrepreneurship. They can start this enterprise on a small scale and eventually expand it into a larger-scale company.

Some of the benefits teens get from starting this kind of business include:

  • Working from home, making it an easy venture for all family members to contribute to
  • Providing job opportunities to other family members who might not be able to work anymore but still want some income
  • A limited capital requirement to start because they are labor-intensive rather than capital-intensive

#29. Recycling

• Average Annual Revenue: $52M+ • Average Profit Margins: $52M+ • Startup Costs: $500-$3.5M • Time to Revenue: 6-18 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 1.9% • Best For: Materials and construction experts, businesspeople who like physical work

Recycling is one of the most important things that we can do for our planet. It’s also one of the easiest things to get into.

There are plenty of ways to make money with recycling, but it may be best to start with a simple idea like running a recycling dropoff business.

What you’ll need:

  • A space for storing and sorting recyclables
  • A website or Facebook page to advertise your service
  • Recycling bins for customers to use when dropping off materials at your business
  • Deals with recycling centers to send the recycled goods to be processed

Two areas that are often overlooked when recycling are electronics boards and construction materials. Both can make hefty returns if you start a business in an area that doesn’t offer disposal of these things.

Think you might enjoy marketing? Consider a business idea from this list:

  • Sports Promotion
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Social Media Influencer

#30. Sports Promotion

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• Average Annual Revenue: $60K-$160K • Average Profit Margins: 8% • Startup Costs: $500-$2K • Time to Revenue: 1-3 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 10.5% • Best For: Bloggers, influencers, and digital marketing and social media experts

The internet is a vast space, and there are business ideas for teens in most niches. Starting a business in sports promotion is a great idea for a teenager who loves sports and has the time to dedicate to it. You’ll be marketing sports or athletes.

This article can teach you more about the field.

The most important thing about starting a business in sports promotion is being aware of the different obstacles that come with this type of business.

For example, you have to know how to promote yourself on social networking sites, have connections with people in the sports industry, and be assertive when interacting with consumers.

#31. Social Media Marketing

• Average Annual Revenue: $817K • Average Profit Margins: 6.9% • Startup Costs: $100-$10K • Time to Revenue: 1-6 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 1.3% • Best For: Social media experts, writers and content creators, people with search engine optimization (SEO) expertise

Social media is a powerful marketing channel that every business should take advantage of. It’s the easiest way to get in contact with your target audience, build your brand, increase sales, and attract new customers.

A social media business posts content regularly to help engage with followers. It doesn’t have to be big content, either! Open questions, polls, and Q&As are great ways to engage consumers.

Helping out a business with their social media management is a natural fit for teens who are already familiar with the ins and outs of social media platforms. Your customer list could include any small or large business that simply doesn’t have the time or bandwidth to manage its own accounts.

#32. Social Media Influencer

• Average Annual Revenue: $817K • Average Profit Margins: 6.9% • Startup Costs: $100-$10K • Time to Revenue: 1-6 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 1.3% • Best For: Social media experts, writers and content creators, and people with SEO expertise

When it comes to marketing, social media influencers are the new celebrities. They can reach millions of people with just one TikTok or tweet. Once you become one, businesses will hire you to promote their selling digital products online.

Influencers on social media are not just people who have a ton of followers. They are usually people who have something valuable to offer on their channels, whether it be their creativity or their expertise in a topic.

Start sharing more about the things you love, post regularly, and build your following.

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Consider some of these businesses.

  • Cake Making
  • Magazine (e-Zine) Publishing
  • Craft Fair Vending
  • Window Washing
  • Soap Making Business

#33. Cake Making

• Average Annual Revenue: $1.52M • Average Profit Margins: 5.4% • Startup Costs: $100-$3M • Time to Revenue: 1-6 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 1.1% • Best For: Food lovers and creative entrepreneurs with strong customer service skills

One of the most fun businesses for teens to get into is cake making—or any other food-related business.

If you enjoy cooking, baking, and decorating cakes, then it might be a good idea for you to start your own cake-making business in your free time.

You can sell them to your friends and family members, or in some cases, you can even open up a shop in the local area.

Another option is to create an online bakery where people can order cakes through the website and have them delivered on-demand with additional customization options depending on what they order (flavor, toppings, etc.).

Check out this video about how this bakery owner started his bakery.

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#34. Magazine (e-Zine) Publishing

Starting your own magazine can be a difficult endeavor. But with the right knowledge, you can help ensure the success of your project.

The first thing to know about publishing a teen-oriented magazine is that it has to be relevant and tailored toward teens in order to make it interesting for them. Good thing you are one.

Don’t make the mistake of having old people tell you what to write about, ‘cause we have no clue! There are plenty of great examples out there of successful teen magazines that have been created by teens themselves.

#35. Craft Fair Vending

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One of the more common entrepreneurship ideas for teenagers is selling at local craft fairs. That makes sense, since good business ideas for teens are low-cost and can be done mostly from home.

A craft fair vendor is a great opportunity because you can sell your arts and crafts projects or simply purchase goods for reselling.

#36. Window Washing

• Average Annual Revenue: $64K • Average Profit Margins: 8.8% • Startup Costs: $200-$5K • Time to Revenue: 3+ months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 0.9% • Best For: Those who like to work outdoors, those who enjoy working with their hands, machines, tools

If you’re wondering how to start a business as a teenager with no money, consider a window-washing business.

The world loves to be able to see through their windows, and a teen can start this business with a roll of paper towels and the window cleaner they can find for free in their cleaning closet.

When you run out of paper towels and free window cleaner, you can easily buy more after the first job.

If you really want to get creative, use a squeegee and develop your own cleaning products that you can sell to your clients.

As a teen, this is great because it combines low costs with lots of opportunities to increase your skill set.

Check out our interview with Martin Skarra, who bought a window cleaning business:

#37. Art Sales

• Average Annual Revenue: $68K+ • Average Profit Margins: 6.8% • Startup Costs: $1K-$100K • Time to Revenue: 3+ months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 0.5% • Best For: Salespeople, those with marketing skills, and those who like to travel and socialize

There are a ton of ways to sell art.

Here are some tips for success while selling art:

  • Decide what kind of art to sell: original, commissioned, or prints.
  • Find a niche for your art. Digital art? Watercolor paintings? Photographs?
  • Create a website or blog where you display your work and provide contact information for potential buyers.
  • Showcase your work at galleries, small art festivals, and local events. Keep in mind that the goal is to have people see your work and want to buy it.
  • Consider using social media sites like Facebook and Instagram as marketing platforms.

#38. Soap Making

• Average Annual Revenue: $1.4M+ • Average Profit Margins: 5.7% • Startup Costs: $500-$250K • Time to Revenue: 3+ months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 1.2% • Best For: Makeup artists, beauty influencers, cosmetic chemists, and hair and skin care experts

Everybody has to clean themselves. Creating different fragrances of soap can be a fun way to make money. In fact, the U.S. spends nearly $43 billion per year on soap. Get a piece of your local market, then go national.

Didn’t get enough ideas above for businesses you can run online? Consider some of these:

  • Online Reseller
  • Tech Support
  • Transcription
  • Retail Arbitrage Business

#39. Online Reselling

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• Average Annual Revenue: $60K-$120K • Average Profit Margins: 5-15% • Startup Costs: $100-$10K • Time to Revenue: 30-90 days • Annual Market Growth Rate: -9.3% • Best For: Thrifters, collectors, hobbyists, and craftsmen

Starting an online reseller business is a good idea for teens who want to earn some money and explore their entrepreneurial spirit.

It can be as simple as buying clothes, collectibles, or any other item from local stores and reselling them on your own website or on eBay.

Check out our interview with Mike Wilson, who makes $1K to $30K+ per month selling on eBay:

#40. Data Entry

• Average Annual Revenue: $35K-$50K • Average Profit Margins: 10.5% • Startup Costs: $100-$200 • Time to Revenue: 1-3 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 1.9% • Best For: Detail-oriented people and those with administrative, clerical, or similar experience

Companies need a ton of data entry. You could start a small business helping other small business owners enter their data.

This is a job that can be done from home with remote access, or you can go to local companies and do the work on site.

As long as you can type, data entry should definitely be on the list of teenage business ideas.

#41. Tech Support

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• Average Annual Revenue: $35K-$50K • Average Profit Margins: 10.5% • Startup Costs: $100-$200 • Time to Revenue: 1-3 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 1.9% • Best For: Outgoing and social entrepreneurs, those with strong scheduling, time management, problem solving, and technical skills

If you have a knack for technology, have a positive attitude, and are great with people, then you should consider starting a tech support business.

You might not realize that there’s a huge demand for tech support. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that there were currently 110,000 jobs in this field.

#42. Transcription

• Average Annual Revenue: $25K • Average Profit Margins: 20.50% • Startup Cost: $500-$5K • Time to Revenue: 1-3 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 4.4% • Best For: Fast typers who are excellent listeners and have strong time management skills

Transcribing is documenting what is said during a meeting. Plenty of businesses need this service, and NYtimes Wirecutter found that humans are still better than AI at transcribing.

You can combine both human and AI tools in your business to help you serve multiple clients at once.

Transcription may be a slowing field due to technological advances, but if you know how to leverage the technology, it can be a great business for teenagers.

#43. Retail Arbitrage

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• Average Annual Revenue: $60K-$120K • Average Profit Margins: 5-15% • Startup Costs: $100-$10K • Time to Revenue: 30-90 days • Annual Market Growth Rate: -9.3% • Best For: Shoppers, collectors, and thrifters

Finding products that are being sold for less than market value, buying them, and making a profit is a great way to make some extra money. You’d be surprised how easy it is.

We interviewed a former delivery driver who makes $35K doing this and selling on eBay .

Maybe you like helping people accomplish tasks they need to complete. Then these businesses might be right for you.

  • Laundry Services
  • College Prep
  • Leaf Removal
  • Tech Tutoring for the Elderly
  • Makeup Artistry

#44. Laundry Services

• Average Annual Revenue: $311K+ • Average Profit Margins: 22.1% • Startup Costs: $100K-$3.5M • Time to Revenue: 6-18 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: -0.1% • Best For: Customer service pros with high attention to detail

Running a laundry service is a great way to make money, and it can be very profitable. A ton of people are too busy to do their laundry and would be happy to have someone come to their home and do it for them.

As your business grows, you can get a location where customers can just drop off the clothes on the way to work and pick them up on the way home.

You’ll need more than one washer and dryer to have a location with drop-offs to serve the client, though. You will most likely have to buy or rent them from a company that provides laundry equipment for entrepreneurs.

You will also need to get the supplies, such as detergent, fabric softener, bleach, and other things needed for washing clothes. After you have purchased the necessary supplies, start marketing to more people in the area.

Check out our interview with Ferndale Laundry to find out how lucrative a laundromat can be.

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#45. College Prep

• Average Annual Revenue: $234K+ • Average Profit Margins: 5.8% • Startup Costs: $100-$1K • Time to Revenue: 1-3 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 1.1% • Best For: Teachers and people with in-demand or niche skills and knowledge

College is becoming more expensive every year, so it is no surprise that many teenagers are looking for entrepreneurial opportunities to make extra cash. And some of the most popular businesses for teens are college prep courses.

These types of courses help high school students prepare for college, whether they want to attend a four-year university or go into trade school.

College prep courses can be a profitable business, but they also require a lot of time and effort on the part of the teen business owner.

#46. Leaf Removal

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A leaf removal service is a small business that offers to remove leaves from a client’s property during fall or year round.

For example, if you live in a city and have a lot of trees around your house that shed leaves all year round, you can see success in cleaning up the leaves every week or two.

#47. Tech Tutoring for the Elderly

• Average Annual Revenue: $18K+ • Average Profit Margins: 13.10% • Startup Costs: $100-$1K • Time to Revenue: 1-3 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 8.5% • Best For: Educators and people who are compassionate, empathetic, and can explain complex concepts in simple terms

Technology is the future, and yet it can be overwhelming for the elderly.

One way to make technology more accessible to the elderly is to provide tech tutorials for people who are not familiar with technology.

#48. Makeup Artistry

• Average Annual Revenue: $18K+ • Average Profit Margins: 13.10% • Startup Costs: $100-$1K • Time to Revenue: 1-3 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 8.5% • Best For: Makeup enthusiasts, artists interested in beauty

Another great business idea is starting a makeup artist business. Anyone can start their own business doing makeup, but some states may have licensing requirements that require an apprenticeship or school.

You can book clients online, teach them how to apply their own makeup, apply people’s makeup in person, and also be an online fashion reseller for your favorite products. You can be a valuable resource to people wanting to beautify themselves.

If you want to work with food but don’t want to work as a server or in fast food, consider running an…

#49. Ice Cream Cart

• Average Annual Revenue: $279K+ • Average Profit Margins: 3.7% • Startup Costs: $100K-$3.5M • Time to Revenue: 6-18 months • Annual Market Growth Rate: 0.7% • Best For: Friendly, creative, fun-loving, and detail-oriented entrepreneurs focused on customer service

An ice cream cart is another great small business idea for teens.

If you live near a park, just get an ice cream cart and some of your favorite treats that you can get at low cost from the grocery store, then sell them individually for 3x as much as you paid.

Make sure you have a little radio with the ice cream man music playing, and your job’s done.

All the kids will rush your ice cream, and you’ll be ready for your next journey to the grocery store. If you want to hire your friends to work jobs at other parks, the growth can compound quickly!

Many business ideas follow the same basic seven-step process. When you want to start a teenage business idea, follow these steps:

  • Choose a good business idea .
  • Write a business plan .
  • Choose your business structure .
  • Get everything to s tart your business .
  • Follow industry best practices, regulations, and tax laws .
  • Run your business .
  • Keep learning and improving .

If you are a teen under 18, you may need your parents to help you start the business legally.

If so, make sure that you trust the adult who signs the contracts to be honest and fair. Greedy parents have ruined lives. Don’t let people steal the gains you make as a teen entrepreneur.

Use your resources. Adults love seeing teens develop their skill sets and are happy to give input on their areas of expertise.

The whole world is going to social media marketing. No matter what business you are in, start developing your status as a social media influencer. It will make the process easier in any industry.

Always encourage people to help you get more business through word of mouth.

Check out some of our most-viewed videos and blogs to understand different aspects of starting a business:

  • How to start a cleaning business
  • Most profitable businesses

If you have started a business as a teen, we’d love to hear from you about how you started your business.

If you decide to start one after reading our blog or watching our videos, we definitely want to keep track of how you’re doing. Let us know so we can follow your journey.

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How to Start a $60K/Month Shoe Line From Scratch

1. Get Fashion Design Training and Experience

  • Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Pensole Footwear Design Academy

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Work in the Retail Industry

2. how do i start my own shoe line start researching.

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Questions to Consider When Researching

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  • What is the market analysis of the entire shoe industry?
  • Are you making active, non-active, or both types of footwear?
  • What is your niche in the shoe business? (See Step 3)
  • Do you want to be gender-specific?
  • Who is your competition?
  • Are you designing your line or do you need to find a designer?
  • What are the costs of your supplies and where will you get them?
  • Do you intend to mass-produce your line?

3. Determine Your Niche and Sales Platform

  • Keen - Known for their Uneek shoe made from recycled plastic and shoes that accommodate work and outdoor activities (steel toe, waterproof, slip-resistant).
  • Nobull - Marketed to the CrossFit crowd. Nobull makes stripped-down training shoes for athletes.
  • Simon Miller Shoes - Luxury thick-soled shoes and boots along with designer platform and heel shoes. They also have a vegan leather collection.
  • By Far - Designer shoes that are a throwback to the '80s '90s and early 2000s.
  • Can my shoe line solve a problem?
  • Will it market to a specific audience?
  • Will my design offer a distinct improvement over other brands?
  • Is there something that makes my line special?
  • Is there a section of the market that is underserved?

Ecommerce is the Way

4. write a business plan.

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What's in a Business Plan?

  • Market Analysis
  • Mission Statement
  • Startup and Operating Costs
  • Marketing Plan (Target Market)
  • Supply and Manufacturing Chain
  • Sales Funnels
  • Startup business plan template
  • U.S. Small Business Administration Business Plan Guide
  • 500 sample business plans
  • One page business plan template

How Much Money Do You Need to Start a Shoe Line?

  • Small - $30,000
  • Medium - $110,000
  • Large - $200,000 and up

5. Create Your Brand

What makes up a brand.

Choosing a brand name for shoe line business

  • Font and Typography

Branding Resources

6. choose a business name, avoid a name that is hard to spell, don't pick a name that limits your growth, secure the .com domain.

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Test it Out

7. register legal entity, licenses and permits.

Approval of business license and permit application

Legal Structures

Limited liability corporation (llc), 8. funding your shoe line.

Funding for shoe line business

How Do I Raise the Money?

  • Personal funds
  • Personal loan from family or friends
  • Business investors (Afshan's path to launch)
  • Approvals in 24 hrs
  • Work with an Expert Financing Advisor
  • Access to 75+ Lenders
  • Simple & Easy
  • Human Intelligence over Artificial Intelligence
  • Find your best loan offer from competing lenders*
  • Loans up to $5M. Rates from 6.00%**
  • Checking rates won't affect your credit score

9. Build Your Team: Sketches & Shoe Designs

Freelance designers and software shoe designs.

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10. Create Prototypes and Analyze Materials

The mockup shoe, the final sample, 11. patents and trademarks.

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Keep Track of Everything

12. manufacturing: how do you get a shoe made.

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What is the Location of the Manufacturer?

Does the manufacturer have minimum order requirements, can your manufacturer handle growth, what's the price point of my shoe line, tech pack submission and manufacturing resources.

  • Italian Shoe Factory
  • Modern Vice

13. Packaging and Distribution

Employee packing boxes for delivery

  • The Premium Boxes
  • The Custom Printed Boxes
  • The Printing Daddy
  • Fantastapack

Walking Your Shoes from Point A to Point B

14. establish a marketing and sales plan, digital marketing & social media, social media.

Use of social media for shoe line business

Refine Both Strategies and Watch Your Revenue Grow

How to Start a $4.2M/Year Reselling Business

What is a Reseller Business?

How to make money reselling, is a reseller a home-based business, how much do resellers make, step 1. what can i resell to make money, step 2. research your niche market, step 3. create a reseller business plan, step 4. find resale products, step 5. create your resale business model, step 6. implement your sales strategy, step 7. start marketing your reselling business, step 8. manage your inventory and sales, step 9. expand your reselling business, go resell with your own ecommerce business.

  • Buy the products 
  • Pay business expenses

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How to Become a Reseller Business

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  • Decide what resale items you’ll sell
  • Research your market
  • Create a business plan
  • Find products to buy and sell
  • Start your business
  • Create a sales strategy
  • Start marketing
  • Manage your inventory and sales
  • Expand your reselling business
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Resell Clothes and Accessories
  • Software and Digital Product Reselling
  • Car Accessories
  • Antique Furniture
  • Collectibles


Clothing and accessories.

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Software and Digital Products

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  • Identify potential customers
  • Create a buyer persona
  • Analyze your competition

Identify Potential Customers

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Create A Buyer Persona

Research your competition.

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  • Include an executive summary 
  • Define the products or services
  • Identify your target market
  • Explain the pricing strategy and how you will make a profit
  • Include a marketing and sales strategy
  • Provide financial projections and a break-even analysis
  • Search for directories of suppliers online
  • Go to places you can purchase products
  • Vet suppliers
  • Get samples
  • Negotiate the terms of the agreement

Search for Supplier Directories Online

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  • Reference USA : The website claims to have over 400 data points on the majority of businesses in the U.S including which wholesale supplier provides each of their products and when the last shipment was.
  • ThomasNet : Search a wholesale database by size of company, compliance standard, types of products, and annual sales.
  • Wholesale Centra l : Search their database or check out one of their tradeshows.
  • Worldwide Brands : This wholesale supplier directory only lists the highest level of wholesalers and dropshippers. Cut out middle men and get the lowest prices possible.

Go To Places That Sell Items

  • Online Marketplaces
  • Trade Shows
  • Industry Events
  • Used Clothing Store
  • Social Media Sites
  • Other Retailers
  • Estate Sales

Vet Potential Suppliers

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Request Samples

Negotiate with suppliers.

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  • Business Structure : LLCs and corporations are popular types of businesses for resellers.
  • Resale Permit : Most states have a resale permit (sometimes called a resale certificate). These allow you to buy products without paying tax. Learn more about each state’s resale permits.
  • Business License : May be required by state or local governments to operate legally. This permit business license allows you to purchase goods from wholesalers without paying sales tax, as you will collect it from your customers when you resell the products.
  • Business Account From Bank : Make sure to get a business bank account to keep your business finances separate.

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  • Listing on Amazo n: Find out how to sell products on the world’s largest online marketplace by dropshipping products .
  • Niche Marketplaces : Selling on specialty platforms can be a great way to sell products fast. With StockX you can resell the product immediately if there is a bid you are willing to accept on the type of product you are selling.
  • Your Website : If you don’t get sales through a website, you’re leaving a lot of money on the table because a business grows by collecting data and increasing lifetime customer value. Learn how to create a website.
  • Social Media : You can develop a following and sell on social media. Learn to earn on TikTok .
  • Retail Store : Sell in your own retail store or provide wholesale orders to other retailers.

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Setting Prices

Creating a brand, networking , providing great customer service.

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  • Amazon Seller Central
  • Zoho Inventory

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  • Upsell customers. A reselling business can do this both in person and in your own ecommerce store.
  • Increase your marketing spending.
  • Start reselling additional products.
  • Create a customer loyalty program.
  • Partner with or buy other businesses.
  • Add a retail store.
  • Expand to other regions.
  • Open a reselling business e-commerce store if you don't already have one.

13 Best Places to Get Cheap Business Cards (2024)

Benefits of Business Cards

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  • A printed design helps portray a professional image.
  • They are a quick way to share contact information.
  • Business cards are the ultimate networking tool.
  • All business cards help with lead generation.
  • Business cards are a branding tool.
  • It is easy to transport business cards.
  • Cards are one of the lowest-cost marketing tools. Compare the cost of business cards to your other marketing spending.
  • Unique business cards stand out and give your new contact something to remember you by later.
  • Touch builds cooperation and trust . Give potential clients something to hold.
  • Business cards can get you free stuff.

What Goals are You Trying to Achieve?

  • Provide your contact information.
  • Share the company values.
  • Communicate a specific brand image. Do you want to be viewed as no-frills, a premium product, fun, or another image?
  • Make it easy to pull up a specific web page.
  • Provide an easy way to add contact information into phones with QR codes.
  • Show off your artwork.
  • Provide a personal business card while job hunting.

How to Make Cheap Business Cards

Size and shape.

  • Customization
  • Shipping or Pickup

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  • Paper Stock : The standard material for business cards is paper.
  • Metal : Typically, stainless steel is used for this style.
  • Plastic : These are similar to the plastic for drivers licenses and debit cards. You can find ones made out of recycled materials as well.
  • Fabric : Business cards made of fabric are most commonly used on clothing as labels.
  • Hemp : Use hemp if you want a more sustainable paper business card. It produces 4 to 10X the paper as trees per acre, but most processing is out of the US, decreasing some of the sustainability.
  • Recycled paper : Recycled paper is meant to prevent cutting down trees, but it’s more expensive to produce because of the additional production steps.
  • Cork : Be careful when buying these. Read the materials because it is often just normal paper that is designed to look like cork.
  • Photostock : If you’re using photos, this stock is similar to what you use for photographs.
  • Bamboo : Bamboo can grow up to 3.28 feet per year . Unfortunately, most of the production is in China, so the transportation costs offset some of the environmental impact that this plant could make.
  • Wood: You can make business cards out of Oak, Cherry, Walnut, Cedar, Maple, and other woods using a provider like Cards of Wood .
  • Magnets: Magnets are a great way to create a business card if you work directly with consumers. They can just slap them on the fridge and they see your logo and name every time they get a snack.
  • Stickers : Have some fun and create business cards that can also be stickers.

Cheap Business Cards Stock

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  • High gloss UV coating : These slide across the hand better, and are similar to a glossy finish on a photo. They might show fingerprints, though.
  • Silk printed : These cards use silk to accent the card for a soft smooth texture. You can choose flat or raised silk to create a custom feel.
  • Foil embossed : Offset your primary material with foil accents to create a different feel. This can be raised or flat with paper stock.
  • Natural texture : Natural texture cards look similar to a wall’s texture.
  • Woven : Criss-crossed fabrics give the card a pattern you can feel.
  • Material’s texture : Many of the materials have a texture that is readily identified. For instance, most people can readily identify the difference between metal, plastic, and wood.
  • 3 dimensional : Die-cutting has made it easy for small business owners to get unique business cards. The die-cut shapes don’t have to be flat. They can have multiple layers to them creating completely new textures and tactile sensations.

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  • Scan and pay? No problem.
  • Pull up a menu? Sure can!
  • Send people to your website? You got it!
  • Automatically input your contact information and branding in their phone? Just scan the code!


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  • Illustrator
  • Text should be larger than 8 pt. 
  • Lines must be .5 pt or larger.
  • 300 dots per inch (DPI) are needed.
  • File size should be smaller than 50 MB.
  • QR codes should be as large as possible, but no smaller than ½ inch and should be high contrast. They won’t scan if they aren’t done right.

Same Day Business Cards, Bad Customer Service

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  • Don’t procrastinate : A business card printing service will provide the lowest price if they have time to print them and complete the delivery. lets you know how fast they can provide their products Typically, around 7 to 10 business days will give you the cheapest price for online business cards.
  • Local Printing Companies : Find a great local printing company to print business cards and other marketing materials. You might pay more, but if you go with a big box store, be aware of their reviews. (They are often not desirable unless you find an employee who cares.) Local business owners want every customer to leave happy because it’s their business and livelihood at stake.
  • Staples Business Cards : Many call Staples the best for same-day business cards. If you order before 2 pm, Staples prints the same day. They often have free delivery for orders over $50. Their Trustpilot score is miserable at 1.6 stars, but 250 cards start as low as $12. When you need cheap business cards printed fast, it’s an option.
  • Office Depot Business Cards : You can get a box of 50 for about $12.00 (or take advantage of their sales for better values. I found eight coupons for the site). The best thing about Office Depot is they have Canva built-in. They also have a miserable 1.5 star Trustpilot Score. I have ordered print products from them and have had no issue, however.
  • FedEx Business Cards : It’s official, big box corporations are not ideal for printing cards. FedEx also has a ton of bad reviews and a 1.3 Trustpilot Score. They also don’t offer same-day orders online. Their pricing starts at $10 for 100 business cards, though.

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Where Can I Get Cheap Business Cards?

  • GotPrint: Best cheap business card design and printing service
  • MOO : Best place to get business cards
  • Zazzle : Best for custom business cards
  • Print Place : Best for business card designers
  • PsPrint : Best for custom shapes 
  • Vistaprint : Best design templates
  • : Only provider I found with a free shipping coupon
  • Elite Flyers : Best for bulk orders
  • UPrinting: Worst of the white label providers others might rate
  • Overnight Prints: Best for technical problems, they try to cover with great prices
  • Staples : Best to print business cards the same day
  • Office Depot : Second Best same day business card printer
  • FedEx : Lower ratings than Office Depot, but at a much lower cost, does not offer same-day business cards for small business owners

Rating Methodology of a Business Card Printing Service

Gotprint: 9.64/10, best cheap business card design and printing service.

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MOO Business Cards: 8.93/10

Best place to get business cards.

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Zazzle: 7.86/10

Best custom business cards .

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Print Place: 7.79/10

Best if you design business cards, psprint: 7/10, best for custom shape business cards.

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Vistaprint Business Cards: 6.21/10

Best custom design templates, printrunner: 5.36/10, fast cheap business cards, free shipping over $39 (subject to change)., elite flyers 5/10, fast bulk order business cards .

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UPrinting 4.93/10

  • They had more bad reviews than the others.
  • Shipping is the only category where they outperformed competitors.
  • The free shipping deal for over $39 (subject to change) made Printrunner a much better deal.

Overnight Prints: 4.71/10

Get your cheap business cards printed.

  • Product features
  • Timeliness of the order
  • Rounded corners
  • At least 16 pt. stock, but higher is better
  • Consider magnet, sticker, or other specialty business card options

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A Guide to 50 Creative Business Ideas for Kids

A Guide to 50 Creative Business Ideas for Kids


  • April 22, 2019

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Encouraging kids to pursue their business ideas and solutions has benefits far beyond just financial. Critical life skills – including those that impact the emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing of children –  are gained when kids are well-supported in starting their own business and in seeing their ideas come to fruition.

We believe that there are infinite ways for kids to put their talents and skills to good use when it comes to being Kidpreneurs. Look beyond traditional ideas, find a market niche, and hone in on the areas your child would like to apply themselves. Capitalize on a child’s eagerness, curiosity and unique perspective to help build their confidence and get them running with their business concepts.

Starting a business can be hard work but also incredibly rewarding!  To help keep parents and kids enthusiastic about the process, we offer this guide to 50 of the most creative and accessible business ideas for kids of all ages.

To keep the inspiration going, the guide also includes successful and inventive Kidpreneurs that we’ve featured on our website.  Finally, we’ve outlined important skills and character building areas that each of these business ideas can help to cultivate and nurture.

We hope you find this guide helpful! Please feel free to reach out to us to provide your feedback on this guide or to share success stories of YOUR Kidpreneur.

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Featured Kidpreneur:

Check out Kidpreneurs Isabel and Caroline Bercaw, who have built a multi-million dollar business with their bath bombs!

Skills and Character Building:

Focus, non-verbal communication, collaboration, receiving constructive feedback, coordination, creativity, imagination, confidence

Face Painter and Balloon Artist

A party isn’t complete without these fun services! Kids can easily learn DIY techniques for face painting designs and balloon creations that will spice up any party.

Art With Heart

Put artistic skills to good use by creating/designing and selling greeting cards and postcards. Kids can use their own drawings or inspirational photos and can easily have these printed with affordable, online printing services.

Copy Editing and Copywriting

Great writers are always in demand! Kids can offer editing services or copy writing to business professionals, students needing help with essays, or authors with editing requests. Online tools for grammar and spell check make this job so much accessible to young kids.

‘Tis the Season

Holidays provide a huge opportunity for those willing to offer seasonal services such as gift wrapping, holiday decorating, meal planning, wreath-making, or holiday baking. Advertise far in advance to book out customers (if allowed, your neighborhood, parent’s workplace, and school are an excellent place to advertise your services).

DIY natural bath and body products are all the rage. Kids can learn how to craft soaps, cosmetics, natural fragrances, deodorant, and hair products that are both natural and better for the environment. These make great gifts for any gender and can be sold online or in person.

Business Ideas for Kids: The Outdoorsy Kid

Check out Kidpreneurs Check out Kidpreneur Seth Damsgard whose company produces low-cost yardage books for golf courses in several states

Motor skills, coordination, healthy communication, work ethic, determination, courtesy, resourcefulness, confidence.

Yard Maintenance

No matter where you live in the country, people need their lawns mowed, leaves raked, show shoveled, weeds pulled, and plants tended. Kids with a good work ethic can quickly build their reputation with this service and gain steady customers.

Cleaning Campers, RVs, and Cabins

When camping season begins, folks could really use a helping hand with cleaning and freshening up their campers and cabins that may have been vacant in the off season. This is an awesome service to advertise to your local community or to places that store or repair RV’s and campers.

Laundry Extraordinaire

Even some hired housekeepers don’t include laundry services as part of their job. Capitalize on this very needed opportunity by offering to wash, fold, and even put away laundry. Kids could do this task at their customer’s homes or offer pick up and delivery service for the laundry.

Practice Coach

Athletic kids can offer to practice sports with others after school or on the weekends. If they are skilled in their sport, they can even include coaching skills. But even just having another hand to catch or throw a ball, shoot hoops, or provide encouragement and mentoring can be a huge help to parents and their kids.

Older children who receive their lifeguard certification can enjoy a rewarding seasonal job at the local community center or water park. Additionally, they could offer to be a lifeguard for parties or even just to keep an extra safe eye on kids while swimming at home.

Business Ideas for Kids: The Techy Kid

Check out Kidpreneur Ben Hampton , who is an awesome social media influencer on Instagram.

Problem solving, critical thinking, independent research, patience, motor skills, academic skills (Math, Science, English), retention, multi-tasking, confidence.

Social Media Influencer

If your kid has some expertise or credibility in a certain niche – and has been a decent following on social media – they can consider using that knowledge to become a social media influencer. This means they help to promote or advertise certain products or services and are compensated for doing so.

Tech Support

With technology on the rise and always evolving, there is a huge demand for mobile tech support services. Kids with these technical skills can help with internet or equipment set up, cell phone navigation and apps, or even with getting streaming services ready to go.

Web and Design Pros

Combining their technical and creative skills, kids can find an abundance of jobs requesting website design, video creation and editing, photography, and graphic design. These jobs are often posted online but many small business owners can benefit from these skills as well.

Social Media Managers

Social media is trendy and for good reason. Everyone from entrepreneurs to teenagers use social media to promote their brand, services, or image. Kids that are savvy with social media can be hired to manage social media accounts, create posts, and encourage follower engagement.

Tech Research

With so many overwhelming options for new technology and products, many people are in need of someone who can provide in depth research on products to make recommendations.  Kids that are interested in the newest tech can research options, read reviews, and compare products such as cameras, laptops, cell phones, video gaming systems, and much more.

Business Ideas for Kids: The Big-Hearted Kid

Check out Kidpreneur Kenzie Hinson , the determined founder of Make a Difference Food Pantry.

Empathy, compassion, kindness, life skills, patience, healthy communication, mindfulness, respect, good citizenship, gratitude, confidence.

Pet Services

This is a large and profitable industry that is always in need of helping hands and TLC. Kids can offer to walk pets, groom and wash them, clean small cages and aquariums, feed and water pets while owners are on vacation, or scoop litter boxes and yards.

While this is a traditional service, it is one of the most sought after services for families. Consider getting CPR certified and taking babysitting classes to appeal to more families. Child Care services can be for after-school care, date nights, or even during parties.

Elderly Care Services

Having an extra person to run errands or provide basic care for the elderly is a critical need in communities. Kids can run errands, pick up prescriptions, drive the elderly to doctor appointments, clean and make meals, and be a trusted companion.

Community Helper

Local nonprofit organizations are always in need of people willing to help out with daily tasks and larger projects. While volunteer work is always avail, most offer paid jobs as well. Kids can help serve food at shelters, organize shelves at food pantries, clean kennels at animal shelters, or lead summer camp programs.

Crafts for a Cause

Kids who can sew, knit, crochet, or felt can create wonderful handcrafted accessories such a stuffed animals, blankets, and small toys. They can sell these and offer to donate a percentage of funds to their favorite organization or can have customers sponsor these items for local children in hospitals or shelters.

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Check out Kidpreneur Isha Pani and her delicious cookbook and YouTube channel.

Sensory exploration, Science and Math skills, nutrition, problem solving, planning, patience, collaboration, communication, confidence.

Meal Planner / Shopper

Sometimes, it’s the planning that makes dinnertime so challenging. For those that are of driving age, offer to plan meals and shop for the ingredients at the grocery store.

Community Cook

For those kids who like to combine cooking and lending a helping hand, they can offer to cook simple meals for elderly neighbors, busy parents, for kids after school, or for parties.  This can be an invaluable service as well as provide a way to connect to the community.

Meal Train Deliverer

Meal trains are where a group organizes meal delivery around a significant event in someone’s life (birth of a child, hospitalization, death in the family, sickness). While there are internet sites for a meal train to be organized, often the concept of getting these meals to the recipient holds people back from participating. Kids who can drive can offer to do pick up and drop off for these meal trains.

Cookbook Contributor

Everyone loves a good cookbook! Your child can brainstorm their favorite tried-and-true recipes and create their very own cookbook. Online sites make designing and printing books easy.  These cookbooks can be sold at school or community functions or through an online marketplace. They can also create a food blog or YouTube channel or get paid to submit their recipe to magazines or books.

Food Tester

Believe it or not, there are some companies that will pay your children to taste test their foods. If your kid has brave taste buds, and is willing to put them to the test for some cash, consider checking out these online options.

Business Ideas for Kids: For Any Kid

Check out Kidpreneur Mikaila Ulmer and her amazing flaxseed lemonade creation that was featured on Shark Tank.

Persistence, resilience, problem solving, creativity, goal setting, creative and emotional expression, project management, confidence.

Running Errands

Busy parents and professionals alike know that running errands is often a task that gets pushed to the bottom of the list. For those of driving age, offering to pick up the slack

Online Resellers

Selling gently used clothing, toys, and other household goods is a great way for kids to learn commerce and business. Online sites make this job easier than ever. Kids can list any item, communicate with the buyers, and coordinate the entire process all via apps. Parents can outsource this task to their kids as well to save time.

Home Organizer

For kids who are detailed-oriented, home organization may be the perfect job.  Services can include decluttering and organizing offices, kitchens, closets, drawers and cabinets, and garages. Satisfied customers are usually happy to refer more business to kids who do a fabulous job.

Packaging and Shipping

Many home businesses spend a ton of time packaging and shipping their products to customers. Kids can help tremendously by offering to take over that task. They can inventory products, label and address them, package them up nicely, and prepare them for shipping. If they can drive, kids could also drop them at the post office.

Party Planner and Server

This is a fun opportunity for kids to be creative as well as resourceful. Kids can help with the planning of parties by doing research for decorations and themes, setting up, and even helping with serving food and clean up.

This one doesn’t sound fun, but resourceful kids can offer to clean up trash after parties or events or even in yards. Along the same lines, cleaning curbside neighborhood trash cans is definitely a dirty job but one that many residents are happy to pay for.

Fruit Stand

All over the country, people have fruit trees that produce more fruit than they can pick of use. Kids can offer to pick this fruit for free and then sell it at a neighborhood stand.

Ah, the good ol’ car wash gig! The reason this has stuck around is because it’s a perfect match for kids AND car owners.  Kids can take advantage of the hot weather by not only cooling off while they work but making good money. Kids can upsell by offering to clean and vacuum out the inside of cars as well.

Window Washer

Few people have the time or patience to clean their windows. But what a difference it makes!  With some cleaner, rags, and a handy squeegee, kids can get dirty windows (inside and/or outside) sparkling clean.

Christmas Tree Disposal

For kids that can drive, and have a vehicle large enough to haul a tree, disposing of Christmas trees is an awesome way to pick up some extra cash after the holidays.

This is an easy and fun way to create unique pieces of jewelry from nature. All you need is jewelry/metal glue, adjustable ring blanks, and an eye for hunting pretty rocks, minerals, and geodes. Sell these beautiful creations online or at a local market or event.

Digital Photo Scanner

Many people have boxes of old photos that they’d love to have digitized. If your kid has a scanner and a few technical skills, they can charge for this useful service. Upsell and create a slideshow of these photos.

Homegrown Produce

Kids that love to garden can sell herbs and produce to local neighbors or markets. If you have chickens, this can be an easy and wonderful way for kids to make money by selling and delivering farm fresh eggs.

Hot Beverage Stand

Kids can take advantage of cold days by selling hot cocoa or tea at a neighborhood stand, park, or at local events. A thermos will go a long way in keeping liquids hot. Add in marshmallows or baked good for extra cash flow.

If your kid loves music, has an ear for good tunes, and loves entertaining crowds, they could make decent money as a DJ for parties, events, and fundraisers. Invest in a few good speakers and a microphone and they are good to go.

Apron Designer

For kid that love to sew, and have an eye for fashion, crafting aprons is an excellent side business.  Cooks of all ages love sporting a unique, fun, and utilitarian apron. It makes a great gift for parents and grandparents as well.

Shovel Snow

Making money is often about capitalizing on opportunities like inclement weather. Kids can bundle up and offer to shovel snow from driveways, sidewalks, and even scrape it off of cars.

Makeup or Nail Artist

With the accessibility of so many DIY articles and video channel, many kids have become amazing makeup and nail artists. Offer to do makeup or nails for proms, dances, special events, parties, or photo shoots.

Personal Shopper

Fashionistas can offer their creative skills to people in need of a makeover or shopping assistance. They can help friends or even adults find a perfect outfit for a special occasion or to refresh their wardrobe.

Art Instructor

Budding artists are always on the lookout for mentors and guides to help them boost their art skills. Kids with artistic talent can offer to teach in-home art lessons or even host art parties.

Who doesn’t like a nice, relaxing pedicure and foot massage? Kids can offer these services as a party package or for slumber parties. Just make sure they are following safe protocols with clean tools and they are bound to have fun while making money.

Acting Coach

Kids with big personalities and acting skills can be in big demand for sharing their tips and tricks with other kids (and adults).  If they are adept at improvisation, they can consider hosting improv parties or events, which are fun way to get people engaged and laughing.

Viral Dance Coach

We all can name a dance move or two that has gone viral and is making the rounds. Let kids take advantage of this trend, and make some extra bucks, by offering to teach the viral dance moves. This could be done in a group setting as well.

Social Media Graphics

Local businesses are always in need of some quick and eye-catching social media graphics to post to their pages. Kids that have decent design skills can easily advertise their services or put together monthly packages for social media graphics.

School Photos

Not every parents wants to pay the fees for standard school photos. But you bet they’d be willing to pay less for a quick and simple digital photo of their cute school kid.  During first/last day of school and school picture time, enterprising young photographers can offer their services and even book an event where clients can drop in for just a few minutes to get their photo taken. Bonus – a photo of the school kid with their parents!

BONUS JOB #51 - Flyer/Door Hanger

This classic cash-earning task has stuck around for ages because it’s always in demand. Kids can advertise this services in their local neighborhood and hand out customer flyers or hang door tags. For even more fun, kids can take a friend and offer to split the money.

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170 Creative Product Ideas For School Projects

School projects let students learn new things and show their creativity. These projects are more than just assignments. They let students explore their interests, use their knowledge, and develop essential skills like problem-solving and teamwork.

Choosing the right project idea is important. It should teach students something new and be fun and engaging. This blog will discuss creative product ideas for school projects across different subjects. There are ideas for everyone, from technology projects to art projects.

Students can get the most out of learning by picking new and relevant project ideas. They can also impress their classmates and teachers. Let’s look at some inspiring project ideas to use for your next school project! 

Criteria for Selecting School Project Ideas

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Here are some criteria for selecting good school project ideas:

  • Easy to Understand: Choose topics students can comprehend and explain based on their grade level. Avoid overly complex concepts.
  • Educational Value: Projects should teach students new skills or build on concepts covered in class. Prioritize intellectually stimulating ideas.
  • Creativity and Originality: Opt for ideas that allow students to apply original thought and creative expression. This makes the projects more engaging and fun.
  • Resource Availability: Consider project ideas that use accessible and affordable materials. This makes execution easier for students and teachers.
  • Alignment with Curriculum: Ideas should connect to key learning objectives and curriculum standards for the subject and grade level. This ensures their academic relevance.
  • Skill Building: Projects that develop critical thinking, problem-solving, time management, and teamwork skills have great value for students.
  • Student Interest: Topics students feel passionate about will lead to more engagement and motivation to learn.
  • Feasibility: Ensure ideas are realistic in scope and can be completed within given timelines and resource constraints.

Tips for Successful Project Execution

Here are some tips for students to execute school projects successfully:

  • If available, understand the project requirements clearly by reviewing the assignment brief and rubric. Ask questions if anything is unclear.
  • Do your research and plan thoroughly before starting the work. Gather all materials you may need well in advance.
  • Make a schedule covering different phases of the project and stick to it. Include buffer time for unforeseen delays.
  • Leverage and correctly cite all sources – online articles, books, expert interviews, etc. Keep track of references.
  • Be creative and add a personal touch to make your work stand out. Introduce unique ideas that meet the project goals.
  • Document your work at every step with photos, drawings, or other records based on the project type.
  • Proofread, edited, and refined the final output multiple times to produce high-quality deliverables.
  • Practice presenting your work or prepare cue cards. Be ready to explain your process and learnings to the teacher and class.
  • Save all files in multiple places for backup to avoid last-minute technical issues or data loss accidents.
  • Congratulate yourself once you are done! Hard work pays off, so celebrate your efforts and accomplishments.

Product Ideas For School Project

Creating an innovative product idea for a school project can be challenging. The product must be helpful, feasible to build with limited resources, and appealing to the target audience – usually the teacher and classmates.

Here are some creative product ideas for school projects across different age groups and skill levels. These ideas can be great starting points or inspiration for your next school project.

Language and Literature Projects

  • Writing and presenting a graphic novel adaptation of a classic novel
  • Creating a poetry anthology exploring themes of identity and belonging
  • Designing a language-learning board game for practicing vocabulary and grammar
  • Organizing a literary magazine featuring student-written short stories and essays
  • Hosting a spoken word poetry slam event to raise awareness about social issues
  • Crafting handmade bookmarks inspired by famous literary quotes
  • Creating a podcast series discussing the influence of literature on society
  • Writing and executing a play based on a historical event or literary work
  • Designing a digital storytelling project featuring interactive narratives
  • Conducting a comparative analysis of different translations of a literary text

Mathematics and Economics Projects

  • Designing a budgeting app to teach financial literacy skills
  • Creating a board game that incorporates mathematical concepts and problem-solving
  • Investigating the relationship between socioeconomic factors and academic performance
  • Developing a stock market simulation game for learning about investments
  • Designing and analyzing surveys to gather data on consumer behavior
  • Building a model of a sustainable city with efficient transportation systems
  • Creating infographics to represent statistical data on population trends visually
  • Organizing a charity fundraiser and analyzing the economic impact
  • Developing a mathematical model to predict trends in climate change
  • Investigating the mathematics behind encryption algorithms for data security

Health and Wellness Projects

  • Designing a nutrition and exercise plan for improving overall health
  • Creating a peer mentoring program to promote mental health and well-being
  • Investigating the effects of different diets on physical fitness and performance
  • Hosting a wellness fair featuring workshops on mindfulness and stress management
  • Developing a mobile app for tracking daily physical activity and nutrition intake
  • Designing a community garden to promote access to fresh produce and outdoor activity
  • Researching the benefits of alternative medicine practices
  • Organizing a sports tournament to promote teamwork and physical fitness
  • Creating informational posters on the importance of sleep hygiene
  • Designing a campaign to increase awareness about the dangers of substance abuse

Environmental Science Projects

  • Building a model of a sustainable ecosystem with native plant species
  • Researching the effects of pollution on local waterways and wildlife
  • Designing and implementing a recycling program at school
  • Creating educational materials on renewable energy sources like solar and wind power
  • Organizing a beach cleanup to raise awareness about marine pollution
  • Conducting experiments to study the impact of climate change on ecosystems
  • Designing a community garden to promote urban agriculture and biodiversity
  • Building a model of a sustainable home with energy-efficient features
  • Investigating the benefits of composting and organic gardening practices
  • Creating a documentary film on environmental conservation efforts in the community

Physical Science Projects

  • Designing and conducting experiments to study the properties of magnets
  • Constructing a model of the solar system to present planetary orbits
  • Investigating the effects of different variables on the rate of chemical reactions
  • Creating a volcano model to simulate volcanic eruptions
  • Designing and testing a homemade rocket for a science fair project
  • Investigating the physics of roller coasters and designing a miniature model
  • Conducting experiments to study the properties of light and optics
  • Building a model of a renewable energy source like a hydroelectric dam
  • Investigating the properties of different states of matter through experiments
  • Designing a wind tunnel to study aerodynamics and lift forces

History and Social Studies Projects

  • Creating a multimedia presentation on a significant event in world history
  • Organizing a historical reenactment of a pivotal moment in local history
  • Writing and performing a skit based on a historical figure or period
  • Designing a museum exhibit showcasing artifacts and documents from a historical era
  • Conducting interviews with elders in the community to preserve oral history
  • Creating a timeline of significant events in a specific historical period
  • Hosting a cultural heritage day to celebrate the diversity of different cultures
  • Investigating the causes and consequences of a historical conflict or war
  • Designing a mock election campaign to learn about the democratic process
  • Creating a documentary film on the history and significance of a cultural tradition

Geography and Anthropology Projects

  • Designing a map of a fictional world with unique geographical features
  • Creating a model of a geographic region to study its landforms and ecosystems
  • Investigating the impact of urbanization on local geography and demographics
  • Conducting fieldwork to study the culture and traditions of a remote community
  • Designing and conducting surveys to analyze demographic trends in the community
  • Creating an interactive digital atlas with multimedia content on different regions
  • Studying the effects of natural disasters on human settlements and geography
  • Organizing a cultural exchange program with students from another country
  • Designing a board game that teaches about geographic landmarks and locations
  • Creating a documentary film on the geography and culture of a specific region

Culinary Arts and Nutrition Projects

  • Designing a cookbook featuring healthy and culturally diverse recipes
  • Organizing a cooking competition to promote culinary skills and creativity
  • Investigating the nutritional value of different foods and creating a dietary plan
  • Designing a school garden to grow organic fruits and vegetables for cafeteria use
  • Creating informational posters on food safety and proper nutrition guidelines
  • Hosting a multicultural food festival to celebrate diverse culinary traditions
  • Conducting experiments to study the chemical reactions in cooking processes
  • Designing a meal delivery service for students with dietary restrictions
  • Investigating the cultural significance of food rituals and traditions
  • Creating a documentary film on the history and evolution of a specific cuisine

Performing Arts Projects

  • Writing and performing an original play or musical production
  • Organizing a talent show to showcase various performing arts skills
  • Creating a dance performance inspired by a historical event or cultural tradition
  • Designing and producing a student-led theater production
  • Hosting a film festival featuring student-produced short films and documentaries
  • Conducting workshops on improvisation and character development
  • Designing and performing a puppet show with handmade puppets and props
  • Creating a radio drama series with original scripts and voice acting
  • Organizing a choir or instrumental ensemble performance
  • Writing and performing spoken word poetry or slam poetry pieces

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Projects

  • Designing and making a working model of a roller coaster
  • Creating a water purification system using household materials
  • Investigating the principles of flight and designing a paper airplane
  • Designing and constructing a bridge with specific load-bearing requirements
  • Building a model of a solar-powered car and testing its efficiency
  • Investigating the effects of different variables on the growth of crystals
  • Designing and building a simple machine to solve a real-world problem
  • Creating a model of a sustainable city with renewable energy sources
  • Investigating the properties of different materials and their applications
  • Designing and conducting experiments to study the principles of electricity and magnetism

Environmental Sustainability Projects

  • Creating a recycling program for the school and educating peers about its importance
  • Designing and building a composting system for organic waste
  • Conducting an energy audit of the school and implementing energy-saving measures
  • Organizing a tree planting initiative to promote reforestation efforts
  • Designing and implementing a water conservation campaign at school
  • Investigating the impact of plastic pollution on local waterways and wildlife
  • Creating informational posters and presentations on environmental issues
  • Organizing a community cleanup event to remove litter and debris
  • Designing and implementing a school garden to promote sustainable food practices
  • Hosting a sustainability fair to showcase eco-friendly initiatives and solutions

STEM Outreach and Education Projects

  • Organizing STEM workshops and activities for younger students
  • Designing and implementing a robotics program for elementary school students
  • Hosting a science fair or expo to showcase student-led STEM projects
  • Conducting outreach programs to promote STEM education in underserved communities
  • Creating educational videos and resources on STEM topics for online platforms
  • Designing and building educational kits for hands-on STEM learning
  • Establishing a STEM mentorship program for high school students
  • Organizing field trips to STEM-related facilities and industries
  • Hosting guest speakers and professionals in STEM fields for career talks
  • Creating a STEM-focused newsletter or blog to share student achievements and opportunities

Digital Media and Communication Projects

  • Creating a podcast series on topics related to technology, culture, and society
  • Designing and producing a student-led news broadcast or video series
  • Organizing a photography exhibition showcasing student work and perspectives
  • Designing and implementing a social media campaign for a cause or issue
  • Creating a digital magazine featuring student writing, artwork, and photography
  • Producing a radio show or podcast featuring student music, interviews, and commentary
  • Designing and conducting surveys to gather data on student opinions and experiences
  • Creating digital portfolios showcasing student projects and accomplishments
  • Developing a website or online platform to showcase student work and achievements

Technology-Based Projects

  • Designing a mobile application to promote mental health awareness
  • Creating a website for sharing educational resources and study materials
  • Developing a software program for learning a new language
  • Building a robot that assists in household chores
  • Designing a game-based learning platform for younger students
  • Creating a virtual reality simulation for exploring historical events
  • Developing a fitness tracker app tailored for teenagers
  • Designing a social media platform focused on promoting environmental activism
  • Building a weather forecasting system using data analysis and visualization
  • Creating an online platform for peer-to-peer tutoring sessions

Science and Engineering Projects

  • Constructing a solar-powered car model
  • Designing and testing a water filtration system
  • Investigating the effects of various types of soil on plant growth
  • Building a model of the human digestive system
  • Developing a wind turbine to generate electricity
  • Creating a model of the solar system with accurate planetary orbits
  • Investigating the relationship between exercise and heart rate
  • Designing a greenhouse with optimal environmental conditions for plant growth
  • Building a model of a sustainable, eco-friendly house
  • Investigating the efficiency of different insulation materials

Arts and Crafts Projects

  • Painting a mural depicting local wildlife conservation efforts
  • Sculpting a model of a famous historical figure
  • Creating a stop-motion animation film on the life cycle of a butterfly
  • Designing and making handmade jewelry from recycled materials
  • Crafting a scale model of a medieval castle
  • Creating a collage representing cultural diversity in the community
  • Sewing and designing eco-friendly clothing
  • Making a paper-mâché sculpture of an endangered species
  • Designing and painting a set for a school play
  • Creating an origami exhibit showcasing endangered animals

Social Studies and Humanities Projects

  • Organizing a cultural festival celebrating diversity in the community
  • Creating a documentary film on the history of local landmarks
  • Designing a board game that teaches about different cultures
  • Writing and illustrating a children’s book on environmental conservation
  • Conducting interviews with war veterans and creating an oral history project
  • Hosting a debate on current social issues
  • Creating a podcast series exploring influential historical figures
  • Organizing a food drive for the homeless in the community
  • Designing a community garden to promote sustainable living
  • Creating a mock United Nations conference to discuss global issues

These project ideas have various categories and offer opportunities for students to examine their interests while earning valuable skills. Remember to choose a project that aligns with your interests and the resources available.

Final Remarks

In summary, product ideas for school projects are an excellent way for students to learn, grow, and show their creativity. By exploring new and exciting ideas across different subjects, students can make learning more fun and meaningful.

Whether building a model or making art, there’s no limit to what students can do when they try. These projects help students develop essential skills like problem-solving and teamwork. Students also get to express themselves and positively impact their classmates and teachers.

So, the next time you have a school project, don’t be afraid to think creatively and try new ideas. Enjoy the chance to learn, have fun, and make your project one to remember! I hope you liked this post about product ideas for school projects. 

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Fake business ideas for school projects can be serious or funny depending on the parameters of your assignment. Show off your creativity and entrepreneurial skills by creating an original and comprehensive company.

Fake Product-Based Business Ideas

Some businesses are based on making or buying and then selling a specific product. Companies like Nike, Apple, and Nintendo sell products to consumers. Product-based business opportunities can take on all kinds of forms from small businesses with a charity component to large corporations giving students experience in lots of different business practices.

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Custom Pet Creator

Build a business where customers can choose all the features of their ideal pet thanks to genetic engineering. You'll need to think of every angle from how the pets will be ordered and created to how you'll stave off critics of this controversial process. The fun nature of this product and its real-world potential are ideal for a school setting because teens will need to explore building a business and the dilemma of ethics versus profit.

Replacement Robot

Have you ever wished you had a second version of yourself to cover for you on sick days or take a test you're not prepared for? Now you can with the Replacement Robot. Students may actually be able to build a robot prototype to use in testing their business, even if it's on a smaller scale. Creating a business teens can actually run takes their project to the next level in understanding the complexities of being an entrepreneur.

Rent-A-Cell Phone Center

Forget disappearing messages on apps, the ultimate way to call or message someone with complete anonymity is a Rent-A-Cell Phone Center. At your kiosks, anyone can pick up one of the provided cell phones and use it for any length of time. A mobile phone business project like this gives teens the chance to explore franchising within their business as that might be an option for how to get these phone centers all over the place.

False Combination Locks

Everyone has trouble opening their school locker combination lock at some point throughout high school. These false combination locks might have hidden buttons or levers or require the user to only turn to one specific number instead of the traditional three number opening method. This business takes a real world teen issue and provides a solution, which helps connect business lessons with real life.

Senior Painted Portraits

Teens today don't want to blend in with the crowd, they want to stand out as unique individuals. Start an art business where you paint senior portraits for teens. Instead of hiring a photographer for their yearbook photo or photos for home, students can hire you to paint a unique senior portrait. Since each product is completely original and takes time, students will be challenged to explore the feasibility of creating a business based solely on their own talent or skill.

Fake Service-Based Business Ideas

Service-based businesses provide experts who will do work for customers. Services are usually focused on one specific task or field. Examples of companies providing services are Uber, Chipotle, and lawn care businesses. Students will need to define their customer base and create service packages to best meet customer budgetary needs.

School Backpack Couriers

Tired of carrying around your overloaded, heavy backpack all day at school? With this business you can employ dozens of backpack couriers. These couriers can carry backpacks to and from school for students or all during the school day. Since the customer base is students, teens can do real market research in their own school for this business plan.

Personalized Sports Fan Section

For people who want to feel like professional athletes, you can give them the dedicated fan experience they've been hoping for. Athletes of any level can hire their very own sports fan section for an upcoming game or even the whole season. Include different tiers of packages like an inexpensive option where 3 to 5 fans who will hold a sign with your name on it and an expensive version that includes 20 fans. Students will have to consider all aspects of running a company with many potential employees.

Lunch Leftover Packagers

Those who pack a lunch and those who buy a lunch at school might have leftovers because of short lunch periods. Build a business where you can package up leftovers for students, staff, and the cafeteria. You can keep the leftovers refrigerated for the rest of the school day then have a pickup location near the main school exit at the end of the day or donate all the leftovers. This business option gives kids an introduction to working with food, which requires an understanding of government regulations.

Farm to Table Food Truck

Starting a food truck at your school or in your town is a simpler way to create a fake restaurant business. This small business option relies heavily upon networking because students will need to find farms who provide different ingredients and work with local governments or businesses to find places to park the food truck.

School Campaign Promotors

From student council campaigns to prom queen campaigns, high schoolers have many opportunities to market themselves. This business offers the chance for teens to hire a team of professional promotors who will do everything from design and hang posters to coordinate flash mobs for their campaign. Students will focus on learning about marketing techniques as they create this fun business.

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Does the idea of School Market Day for your child make you feel anxious about what you need to make?

I’ve been there — as recently as last year!

To help stem the panic this year, I came up with ten clever, easy, and practical items to ensure that your child’s next Business or Market Day is a big success.

easy business ideas for school project

Fun & Easy Market Day Ideas for Kids

I tried to find things to make for many different ages, so whether your kid is in elementary school or middle school, they’ll find a good, simple business idea in this list.  

Everyone will have fun making these creative products!

easy business ideas for school project

Video Overview of Things to Sell at School

If you want a quick glance at everything you’ll find in this post, I made a quick YouTube video of the ideas:

For more detailed explanations, keep reading below!

Choosing an Age-Appropriate Product to Create

If your child has the opportunity to sell things at school for Market Day, I thought I would give you ideas of some of the creative things I’ve seen little entrepreneurs sell at an event like this.

As you think about options to make for School Market Day, keep in mind your child’s age, ability, and the amount of work they are willing to put forth.

easy business ideas for school project

Elementary school, middle school, and high school students should make different items.

There is a vast difference between what a 4th or 5th grade student can make versus what a 7th grader can make versus what an older teenager / high schooler can make.

For example, 6th through 8th grade middle school students naturally have a longer attention span and greater capability for following longer instructions than elementary students have.

And high school students are even more capable than middle schoolers in that regard. 

Here are some ideas of what kids can make at each level:

easy business ideas for school project

Deciding What to Sell at School Market Day

I would carefully consider the types of stuff your child has the ability to make before investing in inventory. 

The last thing you want to do is choose an item that causes stress and headaches for them (and you!) to create because it takes too much time or is beyond their capabilities.

If you choose an entrepreneur’s day project that is too challenging, you likely will be setting yourself up for a lot of work (that you might not have planned on doing)!

Whatever you choose, try your best to pick something both simple and practical.

Kids will learn amazing lessons in economics simply by going through the entire process from concept to sale, no matter what item they’re selling.

I consider a sale a success if we can make a profit AND have fun doing it. 🙂 

easy business ideas for school project

Finding the Best Unique Things to Sell at School

Finding products that are easy enough for your child or tween (and you) to make while also being interesting enough for someone to purchase can be a challenge!

After all, the primary reason they are embarking on this endeavor is to learn about business & economics.

We definitely want it to be enjoyable & profitable at the same time.

Running List of the Best Items for Young Entrepreneurs to Sell (17 Ideas & Counting!)

I will keep adding to this product list as I find more and more ideas that kids can make. So make sure to save this page for later reference! 

1. DIY Bath Salts

This is the PERFECT Market Day project for school! Bath salts look beautiful, are easy to make, and are just right for elementary school students to create.

Plus, they generally sell very well, are in high demand, and popular with kids and adults, alike.


Everyone absolutely LOVES bath salts scented with essential oils.

Some of the best scents for bath salts are lavender, chamomile, mint or eucalyptus >>

Lavendar bath salts - easy to make craft for kids.

Yes, it’s still hugely popular and easy to make in different varieties.

If you look at a booth that sells slime, you will often find it nearly out of stock. 

When my daughter participated in her last entrepreneur’s day, the girls with a slime booth sold out halfway through the day! Slime sold the most out of anything else offered. 

Also consider selling slime-making kits, as many parents know their kids want to make slime but don’t want to go to the effort of gathering all the materials and finding directions.

Making slime to sell is fairly straightforward. 

You can use a Slime Making Kit like this one to make a huge variety of slime for sale in no time.

This Galaxy Slime Kit is also really cool. For containers to sell it in, I like these plastic containers with slime stickers  are great!

Child playing with blue lime created for school market day.

3. Tie-Dyed Items

Whether you want to tie-dye shirts, handkerchiefs, canvas bags or something else, kids love the experience of creating tie-dye.

Plus, buyers are drawn to colorful patterns. I have seen booths with tie-dyed items sell out completely (and quickly)!

I’m a huge fan of working your cost into your pricing and I LOVE the idea of using a kit to make these things easy to make.

If you grab a tie dye kit like this you can make 5 shirts for the cost of $12 + t-shirts.

Sell the shirts for $10-14 each and you’ll make a tidy profit!

DIY tie-dyed tee shirt sell really well at elementary entrepreneur days


A classic. Perfect for kids of all ages to create because you can tailor the craft to fit their ability and skill level.

Feel free to get creative with these, using ribbons, trinkets, fringes, tassels, and more.

These might not sell quite as well as other options on this list, but it’s a great idea for younger kids to create.

You probably already have the materials you need for the actual bookmarks in your craft stash.

However, these colorful tassels make a nice addition to the end and probably will justify you charging a little more for each bookmark. 

DIY bookmark craft easy for kids

5. Essential Oil-infused candles

While this would be more appropriate for an older child to make (or would require active adult involvement to create for younger kids), candles sell well.

People always enjoy candles. I recommend using a variety of scents and maybe a couple of different sizes.

I have made candles for sale before, and I will say they are rather cost-prohibitive up front.

You’ll need to make sure you can charge enough to make the materials worth it.

That being said, I would reserve this project for older kids. You can see a variety of supplies for different kinds of candles here >>

DIY essential oil candles - one of the best ideas for a school sales

6. Sun Catcher

Sun catchers are another item that kids of various ages can create.

With so many different options of ways to make them, it can be something that’s also a lot of fun to do!

Plus, people love sun catchers – why not? They are gorgeous and also make great gifts.

Dragonfly sun catcher - easy & cheap craft to sell

For little kids, small suncatchers that come in a big kit could be the easiest thing to make. 

Here’s a kit of 28 suncatchers that comes with suction cups >> Paint Your Own Suncatchers Kit  

easy business ideas for school project

7. Bead Jewelry

Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, you name it.

While this one isn’t difficult to do, it can be time-consuming, so think about your child’s age and attention span before choosing to create bead jewelry.

Personally, I think this is the best item for a 9th or 10th grade student (or older) to make due to the difficulty. 

Fun fact! I used to be a jewelry designer so I can take some of the mystery out of this one for you.

The main tools and materials you’ll need to make jewelry are:

  • a crimping tool
  • a cord/wire cutter (or actual scissors will work)
  • beads 
  • strong jewelry string
  • crimpers (the little metal things you clamp down) to hold the ends of jewelry together 
  • findings like lobster claws or earring hooks 

I would personally do this instead of getting each item individually:

Buying a kit like this one will get you most of the hardware AND some beads you need to make a variety of jewelry. 

easy business ideas for school project

Pair a kit like that or choose a similar one from this selection on Amazon then also grab some beads from this list that you like to go with it.

A kit + separate set of beads will probably be all you need to make earrings, bracelets, or necklaces unless you want to do something fancy.

Piles of beads to create jewelry for young entrepreneurs

8. Dream Catcher

Dream catchers are fun to make, beautiful to look at, and kids love them.

However, creating them is probably more appropriate for older primary school students or middle school students and older.

DIY dream catcher are really cool things to make

9. DIY Bouncy Balls

Quick and easy to make, incorporates STEM learning, and families will be drawn to them at the event.

You can make different colors, sizes and even add additions like glitter or small toys to spice them up.

This craft project will need some adult supervision and help, but the balls come together quickly so even little kids can help make them!

They’re a fairly effortless item to produce once you have a good assembly line going. 

Hand holding a set of four round bouncy rubber balls with colorful designs on them

10. Baked Goods

I have never seen a booth of baked goods not sell well! Brownies, cookies, cupcakes, and quick breads are all fair game and tend to fly off the table almost as quickly as they are put onto it.

Baked goods are a classic for good reason. If younger children make these, adult supervision will be necessary.

Older kiddos can likely make these on their own with minimal adult involvement.

When we did brownies for my daughter’s own Young Entrepreneurs Day a few years ago, we found that a nice display went a long way.

People ALWAYS wanted to choose items off the display rather than from the tray. I think it’s because the display made our brownies look more impressive. 🙂 

We brought a dessert stand from home, but we almost dropped a couple times during set up so next time we’re using this pretty display setup for desserts >>

This cupcake / cookie stand is also lovely.

Here are six more ideas for wrapping up baked items for sale: Six Super Cute Baked Item Packaging Ideas

And here are 25 best selling baked goods to consider if you want something other than brownies.

Tip: We offered several types of brownies at our booth, and I can tell you hands down the TRIPLE CHOCOLATE BROWNIES sells the best over any other variety!

Ordinarily, I would say offer a variety of each kind of item, but in this case, we’ve tested the market and triple chocolate is the way to go. 🙂 

DIY cupcakes for market day at school - these are the best baked items to sell.


11. diy bath bombs.

Super easy and fun to make, bath bombs are all the rage right now.

Add some variety with colors and scents and watch your bath bombs disappear quickly as both kids and adults love them. 

DIY bath bombs - these are among the best projects to create pretty quickly

You can easily follow directions for homemade bath bombs. This bath bomb recipe from Suburban Simplicity comes with step by step instructions that are easy to follow.

OR you can also just grab a DIY kit for a super simple all-in-one project.

easy business ideas for school project

12. Recycled Craft Items

Recycled crafts can be a big hit if they’re done right. You don’t want to sell a bunch of junk, but if the items are useful, they could sell for you! 

I personally love the idea of these recycled soda bottle animal planters and these no-sew t-shirt tote bags.  

Recycled items have a dual purpose – they are not only good for the environment (which is a great selling point), but they are cost effective to make if you are on a budget!

For instance, you could make those recycled soda bottle planters using donated empty soda bottles from family & friends and then grab some Dollar Tree supplies to complete the project. Easy peasy!

Here’s a picture I took at my daughter’s most recent Young Entrepreneur Day in town. 

easy business ideas for school project

The little girl who had this booth made lovely rustic-looking repurposed mason jars. They were meant as Mother’s Day gifts, utensil jars, and flower vases. 

She made them out of old pasta sauce jars and other food containers. I thought her items were lovely and I even bought one for myself! 🙂 

13. Candy Bouquets

The beauty about candy bouquets is that they can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like! 

These particular examples were made entirely from Dollar Tree finds. You could easily make a really nice bouquet for under $10 and sell it for $15 or maybe even $20. 

That’s a $5 profit per bouquet AND they’re fun to make! 

easy business ideas for school project

14. Emoji Necklaces

These little boys have got the right idea!

They were selling these emoji necklaces (including the hilarious POOP emoji! LOL) at their local Acton Children’s Business Fair.

easy business ideas for school project

15. Snow Cones

If the market day event will be held on a sunny, hot day, then this could be the perfect thing to sell! 

The cost to get this all set up is rather reasonable, too. You can get this vintage looking snow cone machine on Amazon for a great price and then all you need is the cones and flavoring, which you can buy as a complete set right here >>   

easy business ideas for school project

16. Scrunchies

Scrunches are surprisingly EASY to make! My daughters sewed a bunch for themselves by hand recently. 

And they require very little by the way of supplies! The perfectly profitable DIY item!

You could easily sell them for many times what they cost to produce. 

easy business ideas for school project

You could make them in school colors for an instant best seller, in my opinion. 

But, really, any awesome color or pattern would work. Here are some pretty handmade scrunchies I saw recently in a craft shop – 

easy business ideas for school project

17. Handmade Soap

Once upon a time, I used to have all the supplies to make soap. It was easy and fun!

On fair day, you can easily make the soap look great in your booth by using a variety of raised displays such as this acrylic display stand or even wooden crates like this >>

Here are two ways to do it. Older kids can make more sophisticated looking soaps like the one below.

easy business ideas for school project

Younger kids or tweens might like using a DIY soap making kit like this one from Amazon: 

easy business ideas for school project


When picking from this list, you really can’t go wrong with any of these ideas!

Just remember to keep in mind your child’s abilities and attention span when making your choice so that the experience is positive from start to finish.

My goal is to help you quickly come up with easy ideas for things to sell on Entrepreneur’s Day.

My hope for you is that you will be able to look at this list and come up with an interesting item or two that are simple to make for school!

If you need even more ideas, check out these crafts that kids can make and sell as well as my running list of 100+ crafts to make and sell .

Oh! One more thing – when you’re holding the sale, you’ll need a safe place to keep the money you earn. 

A general rule is to have at least $100 worth of a variety of $10, $5, and $1 bills in change to start the day. That way you are ready when someone pays with a $20 bill.

Keep this cash box in a safe spot but within reach when you need it. Here are two great options:

  • Two-tier metal cash box with key
  • Cash box with security cable

easy business ideas for school project

Want to help your kids learn the value of money and creative ways to make it?

We all know that eBay is a great place to sell your old household items. So why not let your kids sell their old toys? Flipper University: Kid’s Edition is the perfect course to teach these skills. 

No more asking for toys on every store visit. No more saying no over and over again. Now you will be able to simply ask them if they have made enough sales to buy what they want. Win-win!!

When kids run their own businesses, they gain life long skills with money and also learn the importance of working hard & taking responsibility for outcomes. 

These are the the kinds of things I hope my kids take away from our entrepreneur adventures! 

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22 Simple Things for Kids to Make and Sell at School (Market Day Ideas)

By: Author Amanda L. Grossman

Posted on Last updated: February 28, 2024

Looking for things for kids to make and sell at school (maybe for market day)? Here are 22 unique things to sell at school for kids, tweens, and teens.

I love encouraging kids of all ages to roll up their sleeves and dive head-first into entrepreneurship.

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That's why I decided to tackle both brainstorming and finding some of the best things for kids to make and sell at school. 

These are good for any time of the year, but specifically, they can work well for your child's market day at school.

Before we get into all the details, let's look at how to pick out the best things for your kid to make (you know, the ones that will sell the best and take the least amount of time?). 

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How to Pick Out the Best Things for Your Kid to Make and Sell

First of all, you want to make sure to read your middle school’s (or elementary school’s) rules for market day.

You don’t want your child to put in all that work and effort, only to not be allowed to sell anything!

Next, you want to do at least one practice run with whatever they’re making, plus how they want to display it (could use these Market Day display ideas from Dollar Tree ) and distribute it.

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For example, if you choose to make the Unicorn body butter recipe from below and package it in the ice-cream cone (with live-scooping for more sales), then you’ll want your child to practice:

  • Creating the recipe and using it to make sure it’s good
  • Packaging up an ice cream cone and leaving it for a few days to see what adjustments need to be made
  • Scooping the body butter into the ice cream cone, putting on the cellophane wrap, and tying a bow, in front of other people

Let’s talk about what you should think about when helping your child, tween, and teen pick out a craft or thing to create to sell (for market day, TREPS ideas, and beyond).

Psst: does your child need help with pricing their market day product (plus you want to teach them a money/entrepreneur lesson)? Here's my market lesson plan to teach kids how to price their market day product to sell . Also, here's 3 kid business plan examples . Could make great, complementary market day projects!

I’ll help you with some bullet points to consider:

  • Skillset required to make the craft or thing
  • How many your child can create at once (remember, they’ll be making a lot of these!)
  • Cost of materials to create the craft
  • End customers, and what they would like to buy
  • What other kids (aka, the competition) are going to be creating, and how your craft stacks up to that

Having said all that, the best market day ideas for your kid to make and sell would be something that…

  • Kids/tweens/teens want to buy
  • Costs only a few dollars or less to make
  • Lends itself to scaled production (meaning, your child can make several at once)
  • Is age-appropriate, or can be so with adult supervision
  • Is something your child is excited to make (I've also got 17 ideas for boy crafts to sell )
  • They either know how to create already or can learn pretty easily and quickly

Unique Things to Sell at School for Market Day

If you’re looking for unique things to sell at school on your next market day (and what to sell at school besides candy), then you’re in the right place.

Find brand new, creative entrepreneur fair ideas below (and some really creative ways to package your products!).

1. Figure 8 Mason Jar

plastic cone shaped bag with colorful tie with figure out sticker and colorful popsicle sticks inside

Grab a ton of Popsicle sticks , and mason jars (don’t have a bunch of mason jars hanging around? You can also buy some cellophane cones or anything else that will hold the Popsicle sticks).

Have your child print up generic answers to yes/no questions on the computer to print out, cut up, and glue onto the Popsicle sticks.

Example answers:

  • You can count on that
  • I wouldn’t expect it
  • Only if you keep trying
  • After a year
  • Sometime in the future
Hint: you’ll want to have them fill in a few answers, print it out, and test to make sure it’ll fit onto the Popsicle sticks you have.

Fill jars or containers with the Popsicle sticks. Put a lid on, and create some labels for the top to display “Ask Your Yes/No Questions”, “Get the Answers You Seek”, “Figure 8 Jar”, or anything else you can think up.

Demonstrate these on your Market Day by asking customers walking by to ask any question they have, then pull out a random Popsicle stick and get the answer they’re looking for.

cone-shaped plastic bag with colorful  popsicle sticks with sayings on them

2. Ice-Cream Cone Body Butter

Kids (of all ages) love ice cream cones, right? Your child can create a body butter using one of the following recipes:

  • Unicorn body butter (or Unicorn whipped body butter )
  • Peppermint Patty body butter
  • Vanilla-whipped body butter

Then, use an ice cream scoop (or baker’s piping bag ), and fill an ice cream cone up with the body butter. Wrap it in cellophane treat bags – tie with a bow or twisty – and sell, sell, sell! 

Bonus tip: if you can practice at home, go ahead and put all of your body butter into an old ice-cream plastic tub, and live-scoop it on market day at your school. You might just get a crowd😊).

Here’s an ice cream cone rack you can use to display !

3. Slime Bar with an Ice Cream Scoop

There are literally TONS of recipes out there for homemade slime. My twist on this?

Is to create your favorite slime recipes to sell, but to package them a bit differently.

You’re going to create 3-4 different varieties, and then…wait for it… sell them by the scoop .

Depending on your costs to create the product, you might charge $0.25/scoop, $0.50/scoop, or even $1.00/scoop.

Want to get extra exposure to your stand on market day? Go ahead and let the kids themselves scoop out the slime that they want.

Here are some slime recipes to get you started:

  • Fluffy Unicorn Slime
  • Jello Slime Recipe

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Package these up in cute Chinese takeout boxes . What a pleasing presentation AND a cool product to sell!

4. Hand-Dipped Chopsticks

three teal colored buckets with one different colored chopsticks dipped in paint in each

This might be my favorite school business fair idea (could be because I used to live in Japan!).

Kids love to experiment with eating with chopsticks. And decorating the tops of chopsticks (not where they’ll eat with them, but where their hands go) is so easy to do!

Here’s a package of 10 bamboo chopsticks that are dishwasher safe , and here is dishwasher-safe paint to use to dip the non-eating ends of each pair of chopsticks in. You can dip one color layer on, let them dry (below, I have a Dollar Tree cooling rack bridging two chairs, and clothespins holding each chopstick, with paper below to catch the paint), and then create a new layer of paint line above the last color, and repeat until you’ve created a rainbow look.

bamboo chopsticks package and three kinds of paint on a dark table

Note: You’ll want to include a note that the chopsticks and paint are top-shelf, dishwasher-safe, but that handwashing would likely preserve them longer.

5. DIY Phone Pop Sockets

Do you know those little phone holders on the back of a smartphone? Your child can make some to sell.

Here's a video tutorial:

6. Shoe Charms

Help other kids decorate their shoes and express themselves by making shoe charms !

7. Donut Soaps

six colorful donut soaps - things kids can make and sell

How darling are these DIY donut soaps ? I'd definitely want to buy a few of these as gifts from a kid or teen who made them!

Psst: make sure you really label these as non-edible!

8. Homemade Sprinkles in Jars

Check out these adorable homemade sprinkles your child can sell in cute little jars!

Here are more Market Day food ideas from Dollar Tree .

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Crafts for Kids to Make and Sell

Here are even more craft ideas for kids to make and sell.

Note that many of these will need adult supervision, so please plan ahead accordingly. Also, if you're looking for your child to create an actual business from their market day product? Perhaps check out the Teen Entrepreneur Toolbox .

1. Tie-Dye Wax Bookmarks

Why don’t you be the first person ever to create wax bookmarks?

Here’s a tutorial for how to make wax paper from old candles . You can also use paraffin (and dye it various colors, then create a marbling effect). Cut out the bookmark from your wax paper, punch a hole in the top, and add a cool tassel

The texture will be fun!

2. Door Hangers

What kid, tween, or teen doesn’t want a cool door hanger to proudly display outside of their room?

Decorate these wooden door hangers anyway you’d like.

One idea to get you started? Paint with chalk paint , and include a piece of chalk as part of your product.

3. Gemstone Soaps

These soaps are brilliant! Bright, in the shape of gems…what’s not to love?

They’re also ridiculously easy to make. Here’s a tutorial for how to make them , plus everything you’ll need.

picture of gemstone soaps kids can make and sell

Box these up in adorable party treat favor boxes (which also happen to be cheap!).

4. Popsicle Stick Soap

These soaps on Popsicle sticks are not only easy to make, but are super cute!

You can purchase some cellophane to wrap around the soap part, then tie off with a twisty.

5. Jell-O Lip Gloss

Buy yourself a set of lip gloss containers , then head over to this post for the details on how to create a big batch of lip gloss .

Hint: Be sure to read the comments section – there are several helpful tips, such as using hot water to stop any graininess after it sets – from people who used this recipe.

Cheap Things for Kids to Make and Sell

I’ve heard from lots of teachers that they need cheap ideas of things kids can make and sell for market day – not everyone can afford lots of supplies some of the crafts take.

No worries at all! I’ve dedicated this section to the cheapest market day ideas out there.

1. Decorated Marshmallows

What I love about this idea is not only can you get all of the ingredients at the grocery store, but it’s pretty cheap without looking cheap. In fact, you can make some gorgeous-looking marshmallows out of this!

Grab a bag of marshmallows, Popsicle sticks (in a pinch? You can use toothpicks), a bag of candy melts, and sprinkles.

Melt the candy melts in a bowl, and stick the marshmallow with the toothpick/Popsicle stick. Dip the marshmallow in the candy melt (doesn’t have to be the whole marshmallow – could be just the bottom portion), and then dip it in the sprinkles. Sit it on a cooling rack or plate to dry.

Create a display case by overturning a bowl, and placing a plate on top of it. Voila!

2. Origami Animals

While this one might be a bit more tedious, it’s definitely cost-effective. You’ll need to check out an origami book at the library and grab some origami paper .

Here are a few online tutorials that are pretty easy to follow:

  • Jumping Frog
  • Shark Cootie Catcher
  • Monster Bookmarks

3. Soap Jellies

These are super simple, and very cheap to mass produce . You’ll need things like packages of gelatin, liquid soap, and ice cube trays!

I think kids will like how squishy they feel.

4. Design a Binder Printable

In this digital products age we live in, why not get your kiddo started early creating printable products?

Help them use a free PDF-creating software like Canva .

They can choose the PDF option, and then create a binder printable that kids would love to add to the front cover of their binder, or punch holes in and put inside of their binder to name it.

Here are some video tutorials about how to use Canva .

Then, help them print out a bunch of them at the office store (I would do color, and you can usually find a coupon for 15% off printing at places like Office Depot).

5. Super Soaker Sponge Balls

Head to the dollar store and grab a bunch of kitchen sponges and twine, then check out this tutorial on how to create super soaker sponge balls . Here’s a bulk bunch of them .

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6. Create Marbled Shaving Cream Paper

This one makes my cheap list IF you have several of the ingredients at home (which I think you might). Pick up some shaving cream and white paper from the dollar store. You might already have food coloring and other materials.

7. Cupcake Liner Umbrellas

Grab some toothpicks, and cupcake liners, and you’ll have just about everything you need for this craft .

8. Stress Ball

You’ll need balloons and some flour for this stress ball craft – that’s about it!

9. Marshmallow Shooters

You’ll need a bag of mini marshmallows, some of those cheap plastic cups, and a bag of balloons. Here’s the tutorial . Simple…and these could be the hit of Market Day!

10. Bags of Confetti

You could buy really small baggies , and have your child cut up all the paper in your recycling bin to create confetti. Kids can buy one pack at a time.

Because…what kid doesn’t want to throw around some confetti?

11. Smartphone Home Screen and Lock Screen Designs

Lots of kids have their own smartphones. Your student could graphic design a background image for kids to buy and use on their phones.

Here's an example of one .

They might want to write up and print out instructions for how to install the background image on an iPhone to hand out to customers.

That completes my list of things for kids to make and sell – it was so fun to brainstorm and find some of these cool ideas! Check out these market day ideas for 3rd graders , too. Leave a comment below with your kid’s own market day ideas and it might just get featured in the list above.  

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101 New Product Ideas For School Project [Updated]

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In the dynamic landscape of education, where creativity and innovation are valued as much as traditional learning, the quest for new product ideas for school projects takes center stage. These projects not only stimulate students’ minds but also contribute to the advancement of educational tools and resources.

In this blog, we’ll delve into the exciting realm of generating new product ideas for school projects, exploring techniques, categories, evaluation criteria, and real-life examples, all in simple language for the average reader.

Brainstorming Techniques for Generating Ideas With Examples

Table of Contents

  • Mind Mapping

Start with a central concept and branch out with related ideas. For instance, if the central concept is “transportation,” branches could include “cars,” “bicycles,” “public transport,” and so on.

  • Brainstorming Sessions

Gather a group of people and generate ideas through free-flowing discussion. An example could be brainstorming ideas for a new restaurant concept, where participants suggest themes, menus, and ambiance ideas.

  • SCAMPER Technique

Use prompts like Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to other uses, Eliminate, and Reverse to spark creativity. For example, applying SCAMPER to the idea of a smartphone could lead to ideas like combining it with a wristwatch or adapting it for underwater use.

101 New Product Ideas For School Project: Category Wise

Educational tools and aids.

  • Interactive math learning app with gamified quizzes.
  • Virtual reality field trip simulations for history lessons.
  • Language learning chatbot for practicing foreign languages.
  • DIY science experiment kits for home learning.
  • 3D-printed models for biology dissections.

Sustainable Solutions

  • Solar-powered USB chargers for student devices.
  • Upcycled school furniture made from reclaimed materials.
  • Water-saving devices for school bathrooms.
  • Indoor air quality monitoring system using IoT sensors.
  • Recycled paper stationery sets.

Health and Wellness Products

  • Meditation and mindfulness app for stress relief.
  • Ergonomic backpack design to prevent back pain.
  • Healthy snack vending machines with nutritious options.
  • Fitness challenge app to promote physical activity.
  • Hydration reminder water bottles with built-in timers.

Community Engagement Projects

  • School community garden for growing fruits and vegetables.
  • Peer tutoring platform for students to help each other.
  • Neighborhood litter cleanup initiative with incentives.
  • Local history preservation project with student-led tours.
  • Recycling awareness campaign with creative posters and events.

Technology Integration

  • AI-powered homework helper for answering student questions.
  • Smart classroom management system for teachers.
  • Student attendance tracking app with facial recognition.
  • Digital portfolio platform for showcasing student work.
  • Virtual reality language exchange program with partner schools abroad.

Creative Arts and Expression

  • Student-produced podcast series on educational topics.
  • Online art gallery featuring student artwork.
  • Drama club’s original play production tackling social issues.
  • School-wide mural project depicting cultural diversity.
  • DIY musical instrument kits for music education.

Environmental Conservation

  • Beekeeping initiative to support pollinator populations.
  • Composting program for cafeteria food waste.
  • Rainwater harvesting system for watering school gardens.
  • Endangered species awareness campaign with educational materials.
  • Butterfly garden to attract native pollinators.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

  • Robotics club’s competition-ready robot design.
  • Renewable energy science fair project kits.
  • Hydroponic gardening system for studying plant growth.
  • DIY weather station for monitoring local climate conditions.
  • Coding club’s mobile app for learning programming languages.

Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship

  • Student-run school store selling eco-friendly products.
  • Financial literacy workshops teaching budgeting and saving skills.
  • Stock market simulation game for learning investment strategies.
  • Entrepreneurship incubator program for student startups.
  • Microloan program to fund student-led community projects.

Social Justice and Equity

  • Diversity and inclusion training program for school staff.
  • Gender equality awareness campaign with workshops and events.
  • Community service day organizing volunteer opportunities.
  • Social justice book club focusing on diverse literature.
  • Student-led anti-bullying campaign promoting kindness and empathy.

Mental Health Support

  • Peer support group for students dealing with anxiety or depression.
  • Mindfulness room equipped with calming activities and resources.
  • Therapy dog program to reduce stress and promote well-being.
  • Mental health awareness week with guest speakers and workshops.
  • Art therapy workshops for creative expression and stress relief.

Global Citizenship

  • Pen pal exchange program with schools in different countries.
  • Fundraising campaign for global humanitarian aid organizations.
  • Cultural exchange fair celebrating diversity and traditions.
  • Model United Nations club simulating international diplomacy.
  • Student-led environmental conservation project in partnership with global NGOs.

Digital Citizenship and Online Safety

  • Cyberbullying prevention campaign with educational resources.
  • Internet safety workshops teaching students about online privacy.
  • Social media awareness program promoting responsible use.
  • Digital citizenship curriculum integrating ethical online behavior.
  • Online security awareness day with guest speakers and activities.

Career Exploration and Work Readiness

  • Career fair showcasing various professions and industries.
  • Internship program connecting students with local businesses.
  • Job shadowing opportunities for exploring career paths.
  • Resume writing workshops and mock interviews for seniors.
  • Entrepreneurship challenge for developing business plans.

Cultural Exchange and Language Learning

  • International student exchange program fostering cultural understanding.
  • Language immersion camps during school breaks.
  • Cultural heritage festival celebrating diverse traditions.
  • Language buddy program pairing students for language practice.
  • World language club organizing cultural events and language games.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)

  • STEAM festival featuring hands-on workshops and demonstrations.
  • Art and engineering collaboration project designing kinetic sculptures.
  • Music composition software for exploring sound engineering principles.
  • Environmental art installation using recycled materials.
  • STEAM-themed escape room challenge for problem-solving.

Outdoor Education and Adventure

  • Outdoor classroom space for nature-based learning activities.
  • Orienteering course for developing navigation skills.
  • Environmental education trail with interpretive signage.
  • Wilderness survival skills workshops with camping trips.
  • Geocaching treasure hunt promoting outdoor exploration.

School Safety and Emergency Preparedness

  • Emergency response team training program for students and staff.
  • Safety awareness campaigns with drills and simulations.
  • First aid and CPR certification workshops for students.
  • Safety app for reporting concerns and emergencies.
  • Campus security upgrades like surveillance cameras and emergency call boxes.

Digital Learning Platforms

  • Online tutoring marketplace connecting students with tutors.
  • Virtual classroom software for remote learning.
  • Educational gaming platform for learning through play.
  • Collaborative document editing tools for group projects.
  • Podcasting platform for creating and sharing educational content.
  • Cross-disciplinary project integrating art, science, and technology to address real-world challenges.

Evaluation Criteria for New Product Ideas

To ensure that new product ideas are not just creative but also feasible and impactful, students can use the following evaluation criteria:

  • Feasibility: Can the idea be realistically implemented with the resources available?
  • Relevance to Educational Objectives: Does the idea align with educational goals and standards?
  • Creativity and Originality: How unique and innovative is the idea compared to existing solutions?
  • Potential Impact and Scalability: Will the idea make a meaningful difference, and can it be scaled up for broader use?
  • Resource Requirements: What materials, time, and expertise are needed to bring the idea to life?

Examples of Successful School Project Products

Now, let’s take a look at some inspiring examples of successful school project products:

  • Interactive Learning Apps: Students develop apps that gamify learning, making it more enjoyable and accessible for their peers.
  • Eco-Friendly School Supplies: From recycled paper to biodegradable pens, students create sustainable alternatives to traditional school supplies.
  • Mental Health Support Platforms: Recognizing the importance of mental health , students design apps that provide resources and support for their peers struggling with stress and anxiety.
  • Community Service Initiatives: Students organize community clean-up events, food drives, or fundraisers to address local needs and make a positive impact.

Innovation in education doesn’t just happen in research labs or corporate boardrooms—it happens in classrooms and school projects, driven by the creative minds of students.

By exploring new product ideas for school projects, students not only enhance their own learning experiences but also contribute to the collective advancement of education.

So, let’s encourage our young innovators to dream big, think outside the box, and create a brighter future for education—one project at a time!

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16 Best Business Ideas for Students with Little or No Investment

Last updated on: November 21, 2022 by Mani Karthik

Looking to start a new business, but not sure what or where to start? Look no further. Here are some of the best business ideas for students.

The entrepreneurial bug can bite anyone, anytime. Success in the entrepreneurial line does not discriminate based on age or gender, which means anybody can give it a shot, irrespective of their age.

The youth is definitely buzzing with ideas and energy. Channelising that energy and resources to start a side hustle is a great way for students to earn an extra income. If you are looking for ideas to use your free time to earn some extra bucks, and build your entrepreneurial muscle, here are ten business ideas for students like you. Also, a little extra money never hurts anyone! 🙂

1. Start a Website/Blog

2. become a youtuber/ start vlogging, 3. resell books, 4. sell on online marketplaces like fiverr, gumroad, dukaan, 5. become a model for stock photographs, 6. start a tutoring service, 7. event promotions, 8. t-shirt business, 9. food preparation business, 10. home baking business, 11. social media management, 12. social media influencer, 13. freelancer, 14. sell handmade craft like scrunchies, mask, 15. jewellery making, 16. child care, what can i sell as a student, how can students make money fast, what business can a 12-year-old start, what business can a 16-year-old start, business ideas for students.

Let’s start with the first one. Something very close to us here at Dukaan and probably voted the top among best business ideas for students.

Starting an own website or a blog is one of the most rewarding things for the new digital-age student. With a wide range of options with respect to free website and blog hosting platforms, it becomes even easier! Once up and running there are further options to monetise these properties.

Affiliate marketing, taking up sponsored posts, running ads etc are few of the many ways one could monetise a website/ blog. One great example of how successful you can become by starting a website is Umer Qureshi . He made a business out of affiliate marketing which makes about 50L a year – all at the age of 15!

Yet another high returns business idea is to become a Vlogger! Setting up an YT channel doesn’t take any investment. All you need is some familiarity with the platform and knowing the nitty-gritties of how it works.

The next few steps include understanding your target audience, finding your niche, branding yourself uniquely, and a basic setup that will help with the shoots and production. Once you are all set up and established, consistency in creating creative content is key. In no time, you will see a spike in followers and brands approaching you for paid promos.

Carryminati is an inspiring example to many. He started his YT channel about ten years ago in 2010 and is today the number one vlogger in India. Doesn’t his growth story speak volumes about the scope this business offers?

Many students are clueless about what to do about their used books and many go to trash. A better and a more benefitting thing to do would be to resell the used books every year/ semester. And whoever complains about some extra pocket money?! 😉

With many online platforms out there selling/ donating your books or any item that is not of use anymore, has become way easier and hassle-free. Read more about reselling business here .

Who said you need tangible products to be able to sell? How much ever niche your talent or ability is – you will have someone seeking your services/ consultation.

Be it logo designing, website development, UX/ UI designing, mascot building, animation , doodling, customized illustration.

And with digital platforms like Fiverr , Gumroad , and Dukaan , the gap between service provider and the seeker has been narrowed like never before.

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Many students aspire to become models. What if we told you that you could start modelling while you are still in your school/ college and even earn money for it? That’s right. Modelling for stock photographers is something that students can explore. The good part is there’s something for everyone – and there are no strict standards that you need to meet in terms of height of physique. Stock photography is something more natural and realistic.

You could search for photographers on the stock photography websites and write to them directly expressing your interest in modelling. These modelling projects will not only earn you money but also groom and prepare you for professional modelling if you aspire to become a model.

And if you are a person who likes being behind the lens, you could also explore photography, click images, and sell it on digital platforms .

Teaching is the most novel way of earning some extra money for students. Imparting knowledge is the best way a student can give back to society. Pick your favourite subject and start an online tuition business. It is as simple as that. This fosters a two-way growth – it not only helps those who are seeking external help with a subject they struggle with but also helps you learn and grow better.

Reaching out to the student is also easier – a simple flyer or word-of-mouth within your circle of friends/ school/ college itself will help you gain enough traction.

If you are a social media junkie and have a boast-worthy number of followers, you could simply promote events happening in and around your city. This is a commission-based business idea.

Many event organisers are on a continuous lookout for economic, organic, and creative ways to market their events – be it exhibitions, parties, flea markets or weekend popup-stores.

They often handover the task to those with good followers on social media rather than investing heavily on paid ads. Again, a win-win for both parties.

One thing that never goes out of fashion is unarguably the T-Shirts. Regardless of their size, colour, material, and brand – there will be takers. T-Shirt wearers are more like a cult. Most of the trending t-shirt styles don’t belong to the big labels. Most of the designers are young quirky heads – even school/college students. Realising its money-making potential, students have turned t-shirt designing into a full-fledged business that includes printing, dying, and customization.

Artists and business owners can make creative designs that range from quotes to artwork depicting superheroes and pop culture, and print them on t-shirts. These can then be displayed and sold through various online channels. It’s a simple model that doesn’t require a lot of investment.

  • Learn how to start a t-shirt business online.

If selling T-Shirts online was too easy, there’s the food business for the passionate.

Among the few businesses that flourished during the pandemic is the food business. Demand for simple, healthy and home-cooked meals is high, now more than ever. If cooking is your forte, you could use your free time to cook some basic homemade food or plan a limited menu to start your food business. You may even take help from the elders at home with the dos and don’ts of planning, cooking, packaging etc.

Healthy snacks are a hotbed for business folks today. You could go niche with sustainably packaged natural and organic healthy snacks.

If you’re passionate about starting your own food business, now is the time.

  • Checkout 30 food business ideas with low investment.

Hotcakes sell like hotcakes – no kidding!

If you are good at following instructions, baking is one of the easiest things to do. Just follow the recipe and measurements, your cake is sure to turn out great. This is another online business idea for students that can grow big and is highly profitable.

If you are determined enough to start your baked goods business, you may even consider enrolling yourself in a baking class.

There are also countless free tutorials available online that break it down well for beginners. To make your cake business a success, all you need is time and continuous upskilling. It may seem to be a simple affair but the art of baking and decorating cakes is getting bigger and more involved every day.

The present-day cake market demands you to be an artist and not merely a baker.

One needs to draw, paint, sculpt, and continuously evolve creatively to stand out from the clutter. Networking is key too – small food businesses thrive on word-of-mouth popularity. Once established, you will need to collaborate with delivery partners if you want to grow your business.

Example: LocalBee India (Mr. Parshwa Mehta from Mumbai is selling home cooked food with help of Dukaan)

Gen-Z is a natural pro at social media and its management. They are absolute experts, and many are turning their social media skills into successful businesses by offering social media management services. Companies have realised the importance of social media and are hiring young students to strategize and manage their social media presence. These students charge monthly retainer fees that make for a good extra income.

To start, you need to have good knowledge of different social media platforms. Investing in tutorials on planning and executing paid campaigns will be a great place to start.

You also need to be hands-on with photo and video editing apps and possess qualitative copywriting skills to get your side hustle up and thriving.

This profession has only emerged in the last few years and has taken social media by storm.

Influencers are social media personalities who have a huge following and can potentially influence their followers with their clout. They leverage their social media ‘influence’ to promote businesses, products, services, and brands and get paid to do so.

Influencers create interesting content to gain followers on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Once you have a large fan following, businesses approach you to do paid promotions of their products, services, and brands.

To be a successful influencer, you need to be consistent with creating content that is original and creative, and posting content online.

You may also need to invest in some of the latest gadgets to improve the quality of your content. Upskilling on photo and video editing techniques and complete know-how of social media marketing also contribute to the overall success of a social media influencer.

A freelancer is an expert or professional who offers their service in exchange for a fee. The reason why they are called freelancers is that they only work on project-basis, and are not tied to a particular company or bound by fixed working hours. Freelancers can work on multiple projects with multiple clients, hence they are ‘free’ in the true sense!

If you are good at writing, you can become a freelance content writer. If you are good at graphics design, you can become a freelance graphics designer, and so on. The key is to be able to manage time, work and clients seamlessly. Freelance business is one of the best things to do as a college student as you can do what you like and set your working hours. Many students moonlight as freelancers by setting up their Dukaan profile and making a good living.

Here are some online platforms where you can register yourself as a freelancer.

Even on Dukaan, there are many folks who are selling their digital services as a freelancer. Look at this guy . ;

Small Business Ideas For Girl Students

If you are one who loves art and crafts and other DIY stuff, this one’s for you. It could be something as small as scrunchies, masks, eye masks, stoles, or anything that you love and suits your likes. You could even think of creative ways of recycling stuff that’s lying unused at home. Recycling and upcycling are catching up and people are getting more and more conscious about brands that are mindfully selling such products.

Here is an example of a brand owned by 15YO that sells scrunchies and dog tags . All you need is a smartphone to click attractive pictures of your handmade products and dedicated pages on social media to promote your online store. With eCommerce platforms like Dukaan, owning an online store is literally three simple steps and takes under 30 seconds to set up!

Traditional jewellery is expensive. Many women (and men of course) are opting for new and unique jewellery styles and inexpensive yet eye-catching designs.

Thanks to the world of the internet, today one does not need to be a certified jewellery designer to be able to sell jewellery. Think of a popular new jewellery brand popular amongst teens, and chances are it’s founded and run by a teenager! Many students are putting their creative skills to use and making homemade jewellery that’s quite different from traditional jewellery.

To start, find your design speciality, like beads, charms, terra-cotta, paper quilling, recyclable products, etc. and look up online tutorials on how to make jewellery.

Once you discover your speciality, start by selling to friends and family to gauge your work’s demand. Simultaneously, you could consider selling your products through eCommerce platforms or online stores like Dukaan, making selling easy and hassle-free. Before you know it, you’d be running a successful jewellery business online!

Here are some Jewellery stores on Dukaan.

  • Krystalsnbeads

Many professionals are returning to work but schools haven’t opened. So, who will look after their kids? Child care service is one of the best business ideas for young students. You can take care of children when their parents aren’t home and charge a fee for the service.

To start this business, you don’t need any investment apart from your time. You may have to create business pages on social media and promote your services online. You need to be good with children and should know the basics of child care – the ability to put them in the stroller, feed them, change the diapers, reading stories, playing safely in their home, etc.

In exchange for your service, you can charge the parents an hourly fee. This is a great business with good earning potential and is in its nascent stage in India.

We, at Dukaan, hope that the above-mentioned business ideas for students will tempt you to jump right up and start your own side hustle. Whichever option(s) you pick, learning and having a business plan will help . Along with a business plan, channelizing your youthful energy and sincere efforts in the right direction will be critical to the success of your business.

For most of the above-mentioned business ideas for students, Dukaan is a great place to get started.

Step 1 – Sign up for Dukaan – Web Version | Android App | iOS App

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Just give your mobile number, verify OTP and you’re in.

Step 2 – Choose your store name and category.

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Step 3 – Upload your products.

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Step 4 – Promote your Dukaan store.

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Simple! Isn’t it?

From t-shirts and hand-made jewellery to books and baked goodies, there are many things you can sell as a student. To simplify, you can sell anything that does not require government licensing and special permissions.

There are many jobs and businesses that students take up to make money. They can offer freelancing services, become influencers, start their online store/Dukaan to earn ad revenues, work in call centres, become a delivery agent, or sell goods. Thanks to easy access to the internet, money-making business ideas for students are umpteen.

12-year-olds can start businesses that don't require them to be legal entities or pay taxes. They can start businesses for:

  • Books & Magazines Recycling
  • Newspaper & Milk delivery
  • Social media content creators
  • DIY tutorial channels
  • Fun experiment video creators

There are a lot of things 12-year-olds can do. They can even do household chores and get pocket money for themselves.

In many countries, 16-year-olds are not legal entities, but they can still do many things to earn some extra bucks. Some of them are:

  • Web Design & Development Services
  • Social Media Services
  • Cooking, Baking & Catering Services
  • Cleaning Services
  • Babysitting
  • Pet-sitting
  • Delivery Services
  • Tuition & Coaching Classes

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150+ Stunning Product Ideas for School Project: Academic Ingenuity

Product Ideas for School Project

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  • October 12, 2023

Unlock your creativity with a variety of innovative product ideas for school projects. Find inspiration, guidance, and step-by-step suggestions for your next educational endeavor.

Imagine this: the bustling energy of a classroom, students eager to roll up their sleeves and dive into a world of creativity. That’s what school projects are all about – an adventure in learning that’s hands-on and exciting.

In this article, we’re going to explore some amazing “Product Ideas for School Projects.” These ideas not only ignite students’ imaginations but also turn learning into an unforgettable experience.

So, let’s embark on this journey into the world of education, where knowledge becomes captivating projects, and the classroom is transformed into a hub of innovation!

Table of Contents

The Importance of School Projects

School projects are like the secret ingredients that make education truly exciting. They’re not just tasks; they’re the gateway to an adventurous learning journey. Here’s why they matter so much:

Hands-On Learning

School projects are your passport to a world of doing. They let you get your hands dirty, figuratively and sometimes literally, as you take what you’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations.

Critical Thinking Playground

Think of projects as brain workouts. They challenge you to put on your thinking cap, identify problems, and find creative solutions. It’s like mental gymnastics that make your brain stronger.

Creativity Unleashed

When you’re working on a project, you’re not just following rules; you’re an artist creating a masterpiece. Your creativity knows no bounds as you brainstorm, design, and innovate.

Learning That Sticks

Unlike cramming for a test, projects offer a deeper understanding that sticks with you. You remember because you’ve lived it, not just read about it in a book.

In simple words, school projects are your backstage pass to a world of fun learning, creativity, and becoming a problem-solving wizard.

Product Ideas for School Project

Check out product ideas for school project:-

Science and Technology

  • Simple Machines Exhibition: Create models or demonstrations of various simple machines to showcase their functions and applications.
  • Astronomy Observation: Set up telescopes to observe and document celestial objects, such as the moon, planets, or stars.
  • Wind Turbine Design: Design and build a wind turbine to explore renewable energy sources.
  • Electric Car Prototype: Construct a small-scale electric car model and discuss the importance of electric vehicles in reducing pollution.
  • Biodiversity Study: Conduct a study of local biodiversity by identifying and documenting different species in your area.
  • Water Filtration System: Build a water filtration system to purify water from various sources, emphasizing the importance of clean water.
  • Microscope Exploration: Create slides and study microscopic organisms or cells using microscopes.
  • Rube Goldberg Machine: Design a complex, multi-step machine that performs a simple task, showcasing principles of physics and engineering.
  • Homemade Greenhouse: Build a small greenhouse and grow plants, learning about climate control and plant growth.
  • Renewable Energy Awareness Campaign: Develop an educational campaign or presentation on the benefits of renewable energy sources like solar and wind power.

Arts and Crafts

  • Art Restoration Project: Restore a damaged or aged piece of artwork, documenting the process.
  • Origami Art Exhibition: Create intricate origami sculptures and host an origami art exhibition.
  • Clay Sculpture Workshop: Teach fellow students to sculpt with clay, leading a hands-on workshop.
  • Tie-Dye Clothing Line: Design and produce a line of tie-dye clothing items, highlighting the art of tie-dyeing.
  • Mural Painting: Collaborate on a mural project to beautify a school wall or community space.
  • Jewelry Making Workshop: Host a jewelry-making workshop to teach others to create unique jewelry pieces.
  • Pottery and Ceramics: Develop your pottery skills and host a ceramic art exhibition.
  • Quilt-Making Project: Create quilts and explain the history and cultural significance of quilting.
  • Photography Portfolio: Build a photography portfolio focusing on a specific theme or subject.
  • Digital Art Showcase: Create digital art pieces using software and present them in a digital art gallery.

Environmental Studies

  • Community Clean-Up Initiative: Organize a community clean-up event to raise awareness of environmental issues.
  • Zero-Waste Challenge: Challenge students to reduce waste and document their progress.
  • Birdhouse Construction: Build birdhouses to promote local bird conservation and habitat.
  • Composting Program: Establish a composting program within the school to reduce organic waste.
  • Sustainable Fashion Show: Host a sustainable fashion show featuring clothing made from recycled materials.
  • Eco-Friendly Gardening: Design and cultivate a sustainable garden with an emphasis on native plants and pollinators.
  • Recycling Awareness Campaign: Create posters, videos, and presentations to educate others on the importance of recycling.
  • Water Pollution Study: Investigate local water pollution sources and their impact on ecosystems.
  • Energy Efficiency Audit: Conduct an energy audit of the school to identify opportunities for energy conservation.
  • Urban Green Space Design: Develop plans for creating green spaces in urban areas to enhance local environmental quality.

History and Social Studies

  • Historical Newspaper: Create a newspaper featuring articles, stories, and ads from a specific historical period.
  • Time Capsule Project: Collect items, letters, and artifacts to create a time capsule representing the present era.
  • Heritage Food Fair: Organize a heritage food fair featuring dishes from various cultural backgrounds.
  • Living History Museum: Transform your classroom into a living history museum, with students in costume, presenting various historical figures.
  • Family History Documentary: Create a documentary about the history and experiences of your own family.
  • World Cultures Fair: Host a fair showcasing the traditions, food, and culture of different countries.
  • Archaeological Dig Simulation: Simulate an archaeological dig to teach excavation and historical analysis.
  • Local History Project: Research and document the history of your local community.
  • Historical Podcast Series: Develop a podcast series discussing significant events or figures from the past.
  • Historical Board Game: Create a board game based on a historical period or event, making learning history fun and interactive.

Language and Literature

  • Book Club and Author Study: Form a book club and delve into the works of a particular author or literary genre.
  • Poetry Slam: Organize a poetry slam competition where students can perform their original poems.
  • Language Learning Podcast: Create a podcast where students discuss language learning tips, cultural insights, and interviews with native speakers.
  • Library Revamp Project: Redesign and rejuvenate the school library to promote a love for reading.
  • Creative Writing Anthology: Compile a collection of students’ creative writing pieces, including short stories and poetry.
  • Shakespearean Play Adaptation: Choose a Shakespearean play and adapt it to a modern setting, possibly performing it.
  • Literary Analysis Symposium: Host a symposium where students present in-depth analyses of famous literary works.
  • Spoken Word Poetry Event: Organize a spoken word poetry event with students performing their own poetry and spoken word pieces.
  • Book Drive for Charity: Collect and donate books to local charities and organizations to promote literacy.
  • Literary Magazine Production: Create a literary magazine featuring students’ essays, stories, and artwork.

These projects cover a wide range of subjects and interests, offering students a diverse array of options to explore and learn in a hands-on, engaging manner.

Tips for a Successful School Project

Alright, let’s talk about the secrets to nailing your school project and making it a blast:

Know Your Destination

First things first, set clear goals. What’s the big idea? What do you want to learn or achieve? Knowing this keeps you on the right track.

Think of your project like an epic quest. You’ll need a game plan. Create a timeline, list the stuff you need, and break it down into manageable steps.

If you can team up with classmates, do it! Working together brings fresh ideas and makes the journey more exciting. Plus, it’s just more fun.

Keep your project materials and notes organized. It’ll save you from that last-minute scramble and make you look like a pro.

Unleash Your Creativity

Don’t hold back; let your creative juices flow. Try new stuff, experiment, and put your own spin on things. Projects are where you shine.

If you’re puzzled, ask questions. Teachers, friends, or your folks can give you tips and save the day.

Polish and Shine

When you’re done, take a step back, and give your project a good once-over. Fix any boo-boos and make it sparkle.

Practice Makes Perfect

If your project involves presenting, practice your lines. Confidence on stage can earn you some major brownie points.

Get Feedback

Before you hand it in, ask for feedback. What do the experts (a.k.a. your teachers and peers) think? Their advice can be golden.

Enjoy the Ride

Remember, it’s not just about the destination; it’s about the journey. Soak in the adventure, the discoveries, and the good times.

With these tips in your back pocket, your school project will not only be a success but also an unforgettable adventure. So, gear up, be the hero of your project story, and get ready for an awesome ride!

New Product Ideas for School Project

Check out new product ideas for school project:-

Smart Hydration Bottle

Design a water bottle that tracks your water intake and reminds you to stay hydrated.

Self-Cleaning Lunchbox

Create a lunchbox that keeps your food fresh and safe through self-cleaning technology.

Solar-Powered Backpack

Develop a backpack equipped with integrated solar panels to charge your devices while you’re on the move.

Real-Time Language Translation Glasses

Invent glasses with language translation capabilities to break down language barriers.

Posture-Improving Wearable

Construct a wearable device that monitors your posture and provides feedback for improvement.

Home Delivery Drone

Build a drone capable of delivering food and packages to your doorstep, enhancing convenience.

Homework and Chores Helper Robot

Design a robot that assists with homework and chores, making daily tasks more manageable.

Engaging Educational Video Game

Create an educational video game that combines learning and fun to inspire students.

Study Collaboration App

Develop a social media app dedicated to helping students connect and collaborate on their studies.

Stylish School Uniforms

Innovate a new, stylish school uniform design that offers comfort and fashion.

Ergonomic School Desks

Construct ergonomic school desks that promote better posture and reduce fatigue.

Interactive Classroom Technology

Invent interactive classroom technology to make learning engaging and effective.

Healthy School Food Program

Introduce a school food program focused on serving nutritious meals to all students.

These ideas serve as a starting point for your school project. When selecting a product idea, consider your target audience’s needs and the potential positive impact your creation can have on the world.

With careful planning and execution, your project can make a real difference in the lives of students and beyond.

Good Product Ideas for School Project

Here are some innovative product concepts for a school project:

An eco-conscious school lunch container crafted from recycled materials, designed to be either compostable or biodegradable, reducing waste and promoting sustainability.

A backpack harnessing solar power to charge electronic devices while on the move, providing a convenient and eco-friendly energy source for students.

The “SmartQuill” – a cutting-edge digital pencil capable of digitizing notes and drawings, while also offering language translation features to facilitate better communication.

A wearable device tailored to monitor both students’ physical activity levels and their academic progress, encouraging a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

“EduPlay,” an educational game that immerses students in the worlds of science, mathematics, or history, making learning engaging and enjoyable.

A social networking app called “ConnectU” that helps students connect with peers who share similar interests, fostering collaboration on various projects and initiatives.

Innovative classroom furniture designed to encourage collaboration and creativity, enabling more interactive and dynamic learning environments.

An extensive school-wide recycling program aimed at simplifying waste disposal for students and staff, contributing to a cleaner and greener school campus.

A student-led enterprise focused on selling sustainable products or services to the school community, aligning with environmental consciousness and responsible consumption.

A community service project addressing local issues and educating students about essential social and environmental matters, promoting active involvement in the community’s welfare.

These concepts are just a starting point. When selecting a project idea, remember to assess the needs of your target audience and the potential global impact of your product.

Through meticulous planning and execution, you can create a product with a meaningful, positive influence.

Business Product Ideas for School Project

Check out business product ideas for school project:-

A subscription box service delivering age-appropriate educational toys and activities to children, fostering their learning and creativity.

A personalized tutoring service that connects students with qualified tutors, helping them enhance their grades in specific subjects.

A web design and development service specializing in assisting small businesses in creating and maintaining their websites, ensuring a strong online presence.

SocialBoost Pro

A social media marketing service that aids businesses in creating and managing effective social media campaigns, expanding their digital footprint.


A graphic design service offering businesses professional marketing materials, including logos, brochures, and flyers, enhancing their visual branding.


A copywriting service dedicated to crafting compelling marketing copy for websites, social media, and other promotional materials, elevating brand messaging.


A video production service enabling businesses to create high-quality video content for websites, social media, and marketing materials.

PhotoPerfect Pro

A photography service providing businesses with professional product, service, and team member photography, elevating their visual content.


An event planning service that collaborates with businesses to meticulously plan and execute successful events, such as trade shows, conferences, and product launches.


A business consulting service aimed at aiding small businesses in developing and implementing strategic plans to achieve their goals.


A bookkeeping service helping small businesses effectively manage their finances and maintain organized financial records.

SocialSphere Management

A social media management service offering businesses expert management of their social media accounts and campaigns, ensuring a strong online presence.

These ideas provide a foundation for your school project. When selecting a business product idea, take into account your skills, experiences, and the specific needs of your target market.

With thorough planning and execution, you can establish a successful business that delivers valuable products or services to your customers.

Commercial Product Ideas for School Project

Check out sommercial proudct ideas for school project:-

A smart toothbrush equipped with tracking technology to monitor brushing habits and offer feedback for improved oral health.

A wearable sleep tracking device providing insights on sleep quality and personalized tips for enhancing rest.


A smartphone app designed to help users manage stress levels and improve overall well-being, offering practical stress-reduction techniques.

A personalized fitness tracker that assists in setting and achieving fitness goals, offering tailored workout plans and progress tracking.

SmartLife Hub

A smart home system enabling remote control of lighting, thermostat, and other devices through a smartphone, enhancing convenience and energy efficiency.

A self-driving car that prioritizes safety and convenience in transportation, reducing the risk of accidents and making commuting more efficient.


A virtual reality headset allowing users to experience diverse locations and cultures without leaving their homes, promoting cultural immersion.

A 3D printer empowering users to design and produce custom objects for various applications.

A voice assistant capable of handling daily tasks, including setting alarms, sending messages, and playing music, offering hands-free convenience.

A smart food system that tracks eating habits and provides nutritional recommendations to enhance diet and overall health.

EcoPower Pro

A sustainable energy system delivering clean and cost-effective energy to homes and communities, promoting environmental responsibility.


A novel medicine with enhanced efficacy and fewer side effects compared to existing treatments, improving healthcare options.


A groundbreaking educational technology designed to make learning more engaging and effective, fostering a dynamic learning experience.

These concepts offer a starting point for your school project. When selecting a commercial product idea, consider the needs of your target market and the potential global impact of your product.

Through meticulous planning and execution, you can develop a commercial product that has a significant positive impact.

Innovative product ideas for school project

Check out innovative product ideas for school project

NeuroLink Prosthesis

A smart prosthetic limb controlled by the user’s thoughts, offering enhanced mobility and independence.

EcoCell: The Everlasting Battery

A self-recharging battery with self-healing properties, reducing the need for conventional electricity sources.

AnimalTalk Translator

A device capable of translating animal thoughts into human language, promoting understanding and communication with our non-human companions.


A novel sustainable food source designed to combat world hunger by providing nutrition while minimizing environmental impact.

A groundbreaking medicine with the potential to cure currently incurable diseases, such as cancer, revolutionizing healthcare.


An innovative educational technology system personalizing and enhancing the learning experience for students.

GreenEnergy Revolution

A clean, efficient, and affordable renewable energy system, contributing to a sustainable future.

SafeSpeed Transit

A swift, safe, and eco-friendly transportation system, prioritizing both speed and environmental responsibility.


A cutting-edge communication system enabling people to connect in innovative and meaningful ways.

AI for Good

A transformative artificial intelligence platform designed to address some of the world’s most pressing global challenges.

PosiLink: The Positive Social Network

A forward-thinking social media platform fostering positivity and productivity, in contrast to existing platforms.


A sustainable and equitable business model aimed at creating a more responsible and fair business environment.

These ideas serve as a springboard for your school project. When selecting an innovative product concept, embrace creativity and think boldly. Challenge the status quo and strive for originality in your ideas.

Cool Product Ideas for School Project

Check out cool product ideas for school project

A smart water bottle that monitors your hydration levels and sends reminders to stay hydrated.

FreshGuard Lunchbox

A self-cleaning lunchbox designed to keep food fresh and safe, reducing food waste and promoting health.

SolarSprint Backpack

A backpack equipped with integrated solar panels, allowing on-the-go device charging.

Glasses that offer real-time language translation, facilitating communication across cultures.

A wearable device that tracks and improves posture, promoting physical well-being.

FoodFleet Drone

A delivery drone capable of delivering food and packages directly to your doorstep.

HomeworkHelper Bot

A robot designed to assist with homework and household chores, lightening the load on students.

EduQuest: The Adventure Game

An innovative educational video game that makes learning enjoyable and engaging.


The Collaborative Campus App”: A social media app that connects students, fostering collaboration on academic projects.

ComfyChic Uniforms

A modern and comfortable school uniform that promotes style and comfort.

A school desk designed to improve ergonomic posture and reduce fatigue for students.


Cutting-edge classroom technology that enhances interactivity and the effectiveness of learning.

NourishEd: Healthy School Meals Program

A school food program providing nutritious meals for all students, promoting health and well-being.

SmartHaven Control

A smart home system that empowers students to control and optimize their home environments.

EduReality Explorer

A virtual reality headset for educational purposes, allowing virtual field trips and immersive learning experiences.

ProtoCraft 3D Printer

A 3D printer for creating prototypes of new products and custom educational tools.

ProgressPulse Wearable

A wearable device tracking students’ physical activity and academic progress, providing valuable feedback.

MentorMatch: Career Exploration App

A social media app connecting students with mentors from various industries, assisting in career exploration and skill development.

These ideas are a great starting point for your school project. When selecting a product idea, consider the needs of your target audience and the potential global impact of your product.

With careful planning and execution, you can develop a captivating product that brings positive change.

Fake Product Ideas for School Project

Check out fake product ideas for school project

These fake product ideas are intended for humor and creative exercises, not for actual production or use.

The Midnight Snacker’s Dream

A pair of glow-in-the-dark pajamas with built-in snack dispensers for nocturnal cravings.

Rainbow Ray Glasses

Eyewear that claims to make the world appear in vibrant rainbow colors, providing a cheerful outlook.

Instant Hair Growth Helmet

A helmet that promises to grow a full head of hair in seconds, making bad hair days a thing of the past.

Unsinkable Socks

Socks that supposedly keep you afloat in water, ensuring you never sink during a swim.

The Silence Speaker

A speaker that plays silence, perfect for those moments when you need some peace and quiet.

The Time-Travel Toaster

A toaster that boasts the ability to transport you to different eras while your toast gets perfectly browned.

Universal Language Gum

Chewing gum that claims to instantly teach you any language, even fictional ones like Klingon or Elvish.

Invisible Umbrella

A device that “creates” an invisible shield from rain, keeping you dry without the hassle of carrying an actual umbrella.

Flavor-Changing Toothpaste

Toothpaste that transforms your taste buds, so brushing your teeth tastes like dessert.

The Pillow Pet Translator

A pillow that purportedly deciphers your pet’s thoughts and feelings.

What should I make for my school project?

Have a close look at what should you make for school project:-

Mini World in a Shoebox

Create a miniature world in a shoebox, showcasing a historical event, a scientific concept, or a natural environment. This hands-on approach brings your subject to life.

Passion Poster or Presentation

Dive into a topic that truly excites you, be it a current event, a social issue, or a fascinating scientific discovery. Share your findings through a visually captivating poster or a dynamic presentation.

Artistic Expression

Let your creative juices flow by producing an art piece, whether it’s a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, or a musical composition. Showcase your unique perspective and style.

Lights, Camera, Action

Create a video or podcast on a subject that’s close to your heart. It’s a great way to combine storytelling with technology and reach a wider audience.

Develop a computer program or website that tackles a real-world problem or provides a helpful service. You can make a digital impact with your coding skills.

Invent an educational game or puzzle that entertains while teaching. Learning through play is always engaging.

Wordsmith’s Playground

Channel your thoughts and emotions into writing. Craft a captivating story, a moving poem, or an insightful essay that resonates with your audience.

Science Sleuth

Embark on a scientific journey with an experiment or research project. Hands-on exploration can reveal fascinating discoveries and lead to valuable insights.

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Develop a business plan or marketing strategy for a new product or service. Show off your strategic thinking and creativity.

Community Catalyst

Give back by organizing a community service project that makes a positive impact on your local community. It’s a chance to make a real difference while learning.

When selecting your project, choose something that ignites your passion and aligns with your skills. The best projects are those that challenge you in a way that’s enjoyable and rewarding.

In a nutshell, finding the right school project idea boils down to creativity, problem-solving, and a dash of innovation. The key to success? Identifying a real problem, coming up with a practical solution, and explaining it effectively.

Whether it’s brainstorming with your buddies, doing some solid research, or just following your passion, remember, the most rewarding projects often come from genuine dedication and a desire to make a positive change in your school or community.

So, dream big, work together, and seize this opportunity not just for a grade, but as a chance to learn and grow while bringing your cool ideas to life. Your school project is a chance to let your creativity and enthusiasm shine. Don’t hold back!

Frequently Asked Questions

How can i choose the best school project idea for my child.

Consider your child’s interests and the educational value of the project. It should be engaging and align with their curriculum.

What are the benefits of hands-on learning through school projects?

Hands-on learning enhances retention and comprehension, as students actively engage with the subject matter.

Can school projects improve a student’s problem-solving skills?

Yes, working on projects that require solutions to real-world problems can significantly improve a student’s problem-solving abilities.

How can I help my child succeed in their school project?

Provide guidance, resources, and encouragement. Ensure they understand the project’s objectives and offer assistance when needed.

Are there any online platforms for sharing school project ideas?

Yes, there are websites and forums where teachers, parents, and students can share and find innovative school project ideas.

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Bread and bagels at The Works Cafe in downtown Portland. Photo by Aimsel Ponti

From New York-style boiled bagels to Montreal-inspired wood-fired ones, there’s lots of great bagels in southern Maine and several shops have the accolades to back that up.

In 2023, Bon Appetit named bagels from Rose Foods and Rover Bagel among the best in the country.

Two years before that,  Food & Wine Magazine put Rover, Forage and Scratch Baking Co. on its list of best bagels in the U.S.

Whether you like yours toasted with cream cheese or as the bread for your breakfast sandwich, you can find plenty of styles and flavors from Biddeford to Brunswick.


The offerings at Beach Bagels include a French toast and marble bagel, and the cream cheese menu comprises spreads like strawberry, olive and honey walnut. Along with breakfast sandwiches, Beach Bagels has hearty breakfast options like omelets and pancakes. Best of all, you’re steps away from a beach stroll. Just don’t let the seagulls steal your bagel. Advertisement

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily WHERE: 34 Old Orchard St., Old Orchard Beach. ______________

Dutchman’s opened in 2022 as a pop-up housed at Nomad pizza in Brunswick’s Fort Andross building. It’s since become a permanent fixture there and uses the pizzeria’s wood-fired ovens to bake its bagels. The hand-shaped, honey-boiled bagels come in plain, roasted garlic, poppy and a bagel-of-the-day flavor.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday to Sunday WHERE: Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick. ______________


Making bagels at Forage Market involves a two-day aging process. The bagels are naturally leavened with wild yeast starter and baked next to a hardwood fire. There are usually five flavors available, including sesame and garlic. Breakfast sandwiches (including vegan options) are available. Forage also has a location in Lewiston. Advertisement

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday WHERE: 123 Washington Ave., Portland. _____________


There are 10 or so Mister Bagel locations in Maine, including South Portland and Falmouth. It all began with the Portland location, which was the first bagel shop to open in Maine. The late Rick Hartglass started Mister Bagel in 1977, and it is still a family business. Music fans will appreciate the breakfast sandwich menu, which includes The David Bowie (bacon, egg and American cheese), the Jimmy Buffett (egg with roast beef and cheddar) and The Lady Gaga (avocado, salt and pepper, with or without egg).

WHEN: 6:30 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday WHERE: 599 Forest Ave., Portland. ______________

At Rose Foods, the menu varies depending on the day, but there are usually six to eight flavors available. For example, should you pop in on a Friday, you’ll find a poppy and onion bialy (a cousin of the bagel that is not boiled). Rose Foods also makes a number of bagel sandwiches, including the Classic Nova with Nova lox and the Classic Whitefish. Advertisement

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily WHERE: 428 Forest Ave., Portland.



At Rover Bagel, you’ll find wood-fired plain, poppy, sea salt, sesame and everything bagels available most of the time, and the spread game here is strong with cream cheese options like lemon-thyme-honey cream and chili-garlic.

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon Sunday WHERE: 10 West Point Lane Suite 10-204, Biddeford (Pepperell Mill).

______________ Advertisement


You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced the line of devoted fans waiting for Scratch Baking Co. to open, especially on weekend mornings. Along with the popular Maine sea salt, plain and other everyday flavors, Scratch has a daily special bagel. There’s honeyed rosemary on Wednesday and jalapeno cheddar on Thursday. Scratch is also famous, at least to locals, for its P-Cheese spread. It’s a pimento cheese recipe made with cheddar, mayo, roasted red peppers and seasoning and was passed down to co-owner and head baker Allison Reid by her grandmother, Mern.

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to noon Sunday WHERE: 416 Preble St., South Portland. ___________


The Maine Bagel is a drive-thru with several breakfast and other kinds of sandwiches available. With a bagel list that features egg and bialy among the standards, the family-owned spot is the perfect place to stop on your way to Pine Point Beach. The Maine Bagel really shines with a dozen kinds of cream cheese spreads, including raisin-walnut, lox, strawberry, cranberry-nut and bacon-chive.

WHEN: 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. WHERE: 117 Route 1, Scarborough. Advertisement


The Works Cafe is an institution on the edge of the Portland’s Old Port. It opened in 1990 as Bagel Works before it changed its name in 2002. The original shop in this regional chain opened in Manchester, Vermont, in 1988, and there are 11 locations around New England, though just the one in Maine. Gone are the ’90s-era banana-walnut bagels and cold pizza cream cheese, but The Works Cafe is still a reliable place to grab a salt, multigrain or cinnamon raisin bagel, among others. The menu also has bowls, sandwiches and smoothies.

WHEN: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily WHERE: 15 Temple St., Portland.

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