Fun Ideas for Teens to Sell

Make some cash with a little entrepreneurial effort.
Make some cash with a little entrepreneurial effort. (Image: Jami Garrison/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Industrious teens can put some extra cash in their pockets by creating and selling goods. By starting a business at a young age, teens gain experience in the field and use their spare time productively. If you are a teen who doesn't want to wait until adulthood for business success, put effort into preparing and selling some fun and desirable goods.


Craft beautiful baubles for people to wear by trying your skills as a jewelry maker. While producing metal rings, necklaces or bracelets requires a host of specialized equipment pieces, beaded and woven jewelry pieces are economical and simple to create. Prepare an assortment of jewelry pieces, then replicate your designs, offering each creation for sale at a booth or through an online marketplace.


Create beautiful and aromatic candles to offer for sale. Craft candles in engaging shapes using molds, or produce rainbow creations by pouring different colors of mixed wax together to produce a multi-chromatic home decor piece. Add aromas to the mix by using scented wax or adding scented oils to your melted waxes to create candles that smell as good as they look.


Give your customers a handmade way to keep warm this winter by crocheting and selling scarves. Produce a plethora of these winter-wear pieces in an assortment of colors, or make a few samples and take orders for custom pieces.

Photo Tote Bags

Present buyers with a customized way to tote their belongings by creating photo tote bags. Buy white canvas bags in an assortment of sizes, and customize them for shoppers. Allow buyers to order a bag with an image of their choice. Take the selected image, scan it into your computer, print it in mirror image onto a sheet of T-shirt transfer paper, and iron the image onto the bag. These easy-to-make customized gifts look a lot harder to produce than they are and will likely be a hit with the buyers in your area.

Framed Photography Art

Put your photography skills to work by preparing and selling framed photography art. Offer your services as an amateur photographer to friends and family. Go to events armed with your camera and snap away. After the event, email digital images to the individual who hired you and allow her to select images to buy. Before presenting these bought images, frame them to make them more polished and professional-looking.

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