Small Business Ideas for Young Adults


Given their academic responsibilities, many younger adults may not have as much time to start a business as their adult counterparts. This does not mean that opportunities do not exist for a young entrepreneurial mind. Teens should start with something that interests them and build on that idea. Any entrepreneur who is not interested in the business she chooses can quickly lose interest. As with any new business, make a plan so you will know what is needed before you start.

Animal Lovers

  • If you love animals, try starting a pet-sitting service. Neighbors go on vacation or take business trips, leaving their animals behind. Offer to walk the dog or feed the cat. Do a good job and word will spread that you are competent. Then all you need to do is announce that you are available to help others. You may need to start small, but with a little effort your business will grow. If you want to expand a little faster, post announcements at the grocery store, your church or local community centers. You can also ask former clients to write a recommendation for you so you can advertise references.

Lawn Care

  • This "chore" can actually be a regular pastime for many adults, but others may be too busy to finish everything they might need addressed. This is where you offer to help. Whether it is mowing the lawn, planting flowers, weeding a garden or trimming hedges, these tasks could become a lucrative business opportunity for an energetic person. Plan to have all the tools needed for this business. If you offer to trim the hedges, for example, make sure hedge trimmers are available. If not, bring your own.


  • If you have a bicycle, a car or other means of transportation, you can offer to be a personal assistant for local business professionals. Whether it is to courier lunches to a business meeting or to run clothes to the dry cleaner, a young person can charge busy professionals for handling small errands. Offer quick professional services and you will be remembered. Your name and reputation will also be passed along to other professionals who are in similar need of services.

Clean House

  • Take the skills you learned while cleaning your room and take them to a neighbor. Busy professionals will pay you to help them keep their homes neat and clean. Most need help with taking out garbage, cleaning bathrooms and even sweeping out the garage. Start with a trusted friend or neighbor that needs your help, and then market your services to others in your neighborhood.

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