According to Katherine Lee, a school-age children expert, by the age of 8, a kid starts to figure out the world, who he is, what he wants, and begins to take more responsibilities and routines. This stage opens up his mind, giving him a need to contribute to family chores. Thus, let your kid explore the world and develop his skills in entrepreneurship by letting him choose from these micro-business ideas that are fun to do and suitable for children aged 8 and above.
For ages 14 years old and above
Business skills that can be developed: Communication, Responsibility, Professionalism, Time Management
Contact small business owners who are too busy growing their own businesses and office workers who have a lot of paper works to hire you as an assistant. You can do some of their minor tasks, such as checking e-mails, organizing schedules, and writing reports. For starters, you can be an aid to your parents’ office works or your aunt’s social media marketing.
The good thing here is you don’t need to be present in their offices because you will be given instructions through the Internet. To set up this kind of business, all you need is a quiet work space at home, a computer, useful applications installed in your computer, headset for client calls, and stable Internet connection. You are also required to have knowledge in word processing, desktop publishing, and basic spreadsheet skills, which are not hard for you to learn because they are taught in school and you can find everything now in the Web.
For ages 13 years old and above
Business skills that can be developed: Attention to detail, Time Management, Creativity, Communication skills
Research and typing service
This business is ideal for youngsters who have a very satisfactory skill in typing, good reading comprehension, fluency in written English, and thorough knowledge of a word processing software. Providing research and typing services is among the easiest businesses to establish because all you need is a computer, word processing or desktop publishing software, high quality printer, and Internet connection. You can also offer services like resume writing, mail services, and creating newsletters, brochures, or business cards.
For ages 12 years old and above (or as long as you are tall enough)
Business skills that can be developed: Responsibility, Time Management, Marketing, Attention to detail
Car Wash Service
One of the most popular money-making businesses a young entrepreneur can start with is car washing. You will need is a space for a parking lot and your simple driveway can be turned into one. Prepare your water source, hose, bucket, soap, and rags as well. Visit the Internet and search for certain skills, such as interior cleaning and wheel shining, if you want to offer extra services. You can invite friends and split earnings. The more, the merrier, the easier.
For ages 11 years old and above
Business skills that can be developed: Self-confidence, Communication, Innovation, Patience
Coffee—the basic need of men. Not because men can’t live without it but because majority of the human race is addicted to it and you can use it as an advantage.
Brew up some profits by selling coffee drinks on cups. You can build your own cart and decorate it uniquely. Your target market may include people attending sports events and concerts. You can also sell them to your friends, neighbors, or in community events like parades and festivals. Pair your cups with bread or sweet pastries that will surely make customers crave for more.
For ages 10 years old and above
Business skills that can be developed: Leadership, Responsibility, Team Work, Time Management, Negotiation
Cleaning is one of the first skills kids learn inside the house and in school. With this ability, a young aspiring entrepreneur can start a cleaning service business and begin growing his own income. The target market may be the nearest neighbors who don’t have time cleaning up their backyard, attic, garage, or the whole house. This can be done during weekends, after school, or vacation. Contact your close friends, form a group, name your team like a small company, and earn together by sweeping off dust, scrubbing the floor, and doing other household chores. Be careful with your client’s things but don’t forget to have fun.
For ages 9 years old and above
Business skills that can be developed: Marketing, Selling, Handling Inventory, Creativity
Selling old comics, books, clothes, toys, and other things that are no longer needed can not only produce income, but can also clear and organize the storage room in your house. Display used and unwanted items in front of the house or create a booth during school activities. The money raised from this small business can be used to buy new items that will replace the old stuffs you sold. The good thing with a garage sale is that it can be managed by a young kid, with an adult supervising his sales inventory. You as a young entrepreneur can learn how to negotiate with people and improve your persuasion skills. Have fun deciding the price for each item and advertise your business to people by distributing flyers and sharing it using your social media.
For ages 8 years old and above
Business skills that can be developed: Patience, Responsibility, Self-motivation
Growing starter plants
Nothing is more fun and exciting than growing money from your backyard and seeing it flourish. Growing plants for profit is as easy as ABC and even elementary kids can try them at their own homes. Plant seedlings of flowers, vegetables, or ornamentals and take good care of them as they grow. At the right time, they can be sold to people who love plants and to those in the landscaping business. You can also supply them to farmers’ markets or sell vegetables to your neighbors. Plus, this business requires a small investment and can be done during your spare time. It doesn’t need expensive equipment or high-tech gadgets.
PARENTS, these business ideas are interesting and fun to do; BUT still, don’t forget to guide and supervise your kids in everything they do. Making your kid an entrepreneur at a young age must be solely for the development of his character and not for raising money to support your daily needs at home. It still depends on the kid if he wants to start his own business. If he doesn’t like the idea, ABORT MISSION.