In the age of the pandemic, finding ways to make money has made its way into the everyday lives of people of all ages. There are plenty of online business ideas for teens and young adults for ways to make money that don’t involve a degree. It’s as easy as creating an Instagram or Facebook page for your business and letting your followers support you. You can also create a website for a low cost to showcase your new business. You can link this website to your already created personal social media pages to make it easy for your followers to support you.
Below are some great options for teens and young adults looking to start their businesses.
Streaming with Twitch
If you are a gamer looking for an additional source of income, streaming is a great option. You would be surprised how many people want to watch others play their favorite video games, do their make-up, or cook. No matter what your stream idea is, there’s a good chance that there are plenty of people out there who will follow along. Twitch also has affiliate and partner programs that have a better potential for earning more money.
Starting a photography business can turn a hobby into a very lucrative side business. Or even a full-time business depending on the success rate. The great thing about getting started in photography is that you don’t have to buy anything from the beginning unless you wanted to. You could try your hand at photography by using the camera on your mobile phone. Then, buy a dedicated camera once you figure out what you like and need an upgrade. During the summers especially there are lots of weddings and events. If you have plenty of practice over the off seasons you could be ready to have some big paydays.
Whether you live in a tourist town or you’re surrounded by busy parents in your neighborhood, there is always someone who needs help with cleaning. Starting your own cleaning business as a teenager or young adult can be a great source of income with a relatively low start-up cost due to materials and marketing. Getting those few initial customers will be much easier than you may think because they are everywhere.
In the age of covid, deliveries are in higher demand than ever. You can have anything from your morning coffee to your clothes delivered without ever having to step foot into a store. There are several delivery services. But you could start your own within your community to cater to a need that possibly isn’t covered in your immediate surroundings. You could also offer a more affordable delivery service than what might be available around you due to high delivery fees on popular platforms.
Tutoring and Babysitting
If you live in a community with lots of families, you will easily be able to find tutoring opportunities. Lots of school-aged children need or want more help with specific subjects in school. This could be math, science, language arts, or a different language they are trying to learn. Parents would happily pay for additional learning for their children.
Tutoring and babysitting could go hand in hand, in terms of your customer base. Many of the same parents who are happy to pay for additional learning opportunities will also be happy to pay for someone they trust to look after their children.
If you find yourself with a creative passion burning you can turn that into a business. Many people surrounding you would love to support any small business they can. Whether it be using a heat press to create custom tee shirts, making clay earrings from scratch, pottery you glaze yourself, or beaded necklaces with a special message, communities love supporting local artists and entrepreneurs.
Supporting local has become one of the biggest takeaways from the pandemic. Communities find that they can produce most of the things they pay in shipping fees. Their neighbors themselves can make and sell based on their passions. As a young entrepreneur, you can find your customers in your immediate space.
Now that you’ve read about some of the most popular online business ideas for teens, you can pick the best option. It’s as easy as creating a profile for your business. Then, marketing on your social media site to find your customers. Or, you can go the website route and link it to your existing account. Remember to use your community to your advantage. You may just have your first customer next door to you.
Adeline is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she majored in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and Journalism. Currently living in Charlotte, she enjoys reading, volleyball, and strolling through her favorite farmers markets with her Goldendoodle Theo.