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Home based Business Ideas for Teenagers

If you’re still young and you can’t find a part-time job, there are yet so many business opportunities that can earn you a good income. You don’t have to be part of statistics about teenagers being lynched or condemned for engaging in drugs or crime. There are numerous opportunities of owning your own business and becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Before making your choice on the best type of business to start, there are a few things you need to consider. Indeed, there are so many business ideas out there and not every one of them would be suitable for you.

Do you for instance like being independent? Do you have the entrepreneurial mind or do you prefer an office job? Do you like indoor or outdoor activities? What are your hobbies? Do you for instance prefer tending animals, repairing stuff, working on the computer or in the field? Your answers to some of these questions can provide a lead on what type of home based business would be best suited for you.

Here are some great ideas on how you can start a home based business, make money and be your own boss.

Become a social media Manager

If you love spending time on your computer, and most teens do, then becoming a social media manager can be a great entrepreneurial idea. There are so many company executives, politicians, celebrities and other people in the society who are too busy to find time for creating or running their own blogs, websites and social media accounts. Depending on your skills, you can design, develop websites and blogs, update Facebook and Twitter accounts for a fee.

Retail stuff Online

Many teenagers are gifted in arts and crafts. If you can make your own stuff such as ornaments, elegant paintings, take good photos and so on, then you can earn a good income selling them on online marketplaces such as eBay or Etsy among others. You’ll not only make good money but will also feel happy to sell your own jewelry and crafts online right from the comfort of your home. You can choose to sell either new or used products. For more on how to get started, there are so many books and online materials on how to sell online.

Start Bicycle repair services

If you are into bikes and you have some mechanical skills, then you can operate a simple cycle garage from home and repair bicycles for people within neighborhood and the community. You may want to take a short course to add your skills. Indeed there are many of them and it will only take you a couple of weeks to get certified.


Running errands can be a great idea, especially now that there are so many people with busy schedules and they would like to have someone help with errand services. If you can help someone transport their pet for check up or fetch groceries for a fee then why not? The good thing about running errand services is that you don’t need to incur a lot of initial cost, apart from on few promotional materials, means of transportation and your phone.

Other home based ideas for teens include baby sitting services, lawn and gardening services, window washing, car washing and dog walking services among others.

Ten Mistakes To Avoid When Writing a Business Plan

You might have a brilliant home based business idea but if your business plan is riddled with mistakes you will not be able to convince a bank or investor to pump money into your business. The reasons why many entrepreneurs make mistakes when drafting a business plan are lack of knowledge in writing a business plan, rushing to write a business plan and not hiring a professional. Every aspiring business owner should have a business plan. And the business plan must avoid several major mistakes that make a business plan a “poor” business plan.

The following are common mistakes to avoid when writing a business plans.

1. Incomprehensible business plan

Social media has killed the art of proper writing. When writing a business plan written in proper English. Make sure it does not contain errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and style. A business plan is a reflection of your level of knowledge and education. If your business plan is full or errors and poorly written the reader might conclude you lack intelligence and not qualified to run a business. Proof read your document 5 times. Ask a friend to proof read it for you.

2. Poor formating

Your business plan should follow basic rules of typesetting. A business plan with inconsistent margins, missing page numbers, incomplete charts and tables without headings, or a missing table of contents will not only be difficult to read but will also convey a negative image to the reader.

3. Incomplete business plan.

Make sure your business plan does not miss any aspect of a sound business plan. A business plan should include statements of the vision and mission of your business; the core values,SWOT analysis; information on the customers, products and services; marketing and sales information; management team; analysis of competition; and detailed financial projections (e.g. monthly cash flow and income statements, as well as annual balance sheets–going out at least three years to five years.

4. Too shallow

Don’t be brief and assume the reader will just assume what you mean. Include all the important details in your business plan.

5. Too much information.

Too little information is bad but too much information is equally bad. If the business plan is over 200 pages, the reader will get bored going through it. Try to keep things minimal by using figures, charts and tables. Touch on the specific points and leave the general details for the actual presentation.

6. Unrealistic assumptions.

Writing a statement like ‘I plan to profitable by the second year and be the leading provider in my two” that is being to naïve and vague. A more realistic statement would be “I plan to get 20 clients by year end and increase that number to 40 in year two”

7. Business plan built on hot air/guess work

Make sure all the information is based on true facts. Don’t guess the potential size or the market or assume the total number of competitors. Go to your local business bureau offices and gather factual business statistics.

8. Under estimating risk.

There is no such thing as a “no risk” business. Risk can be anything from customer failing to honor payment to you dying. Be aware of any potential risk and write it down and explain how you plan to mitigate against it.

9. Assuming you have no competition.

Just because no one is offering a product/service similar to yours does not mean you have no competition. The competition may not be direct but in-direct. If you are opening a tea shop in an area full of coffee shops you will be in-directly be competing with coffee shops.

10. Lacking plans on how to achieve your goals.

A business plan is full of goals but it must be backed by details on how you will achieve those goals. That includes, marketing plan, sales plan, quality product and management.

Avoid these mistakes and you will be on the road to success. Remember, if in doubt, consult a professional to guide you.

Simple Guide to Drafting a Business Plan For A Home Based Business

They say failure to plan is to plan to fail. Writing a business plan for your home based business will go a long way to making your business a success. Most owners of home based business make the mistake of having the idea in their head. Just having a great idea in your head is not enough you need to write down the idea. Writing the idea down you will making it easy for a financier to understand it. Even if you aren’t going to be borrowing money for your start up home based business, you still want to guide to assist you execute your plans.

A well written, thoughtful, realistic business plan will go along way in actualizing your dreams.

Defining your goals and objectives

The first step in writing a home based business plan is to clearly define your goals and objectives. Don’t just be vague and say you want to xxx amount of money in two years and be the number one provider in your area. You need to be clear and say something like “By the end of first year I want to have 20 monthly clients bringing in $12,000 a month.” It’s a good to break this into segments. In in the first month target 5 clients. By month six set a target  of 10 clients. A home based business plan that outlines your objectives this way gives you a road map to refer to and will ensure you’re on the right track and that you stay there.

Estimating the Market Size

Many aspiring business people have set up a business only to discover the demand for their service/product is either limited or at worst non existent. If they had a done a market survey before embarking on their entrepreneurial journey they would avoided this disappointing discovery. If your home based business is going to provide business curtain cleaning services, for example, you’ll want to be sure that there are enough homes, and offices in your immediate area that need your service. This information can be gathered from local classifieds, yellow pages and local business council.

Write Down your Expenses

Next, item to consider is all the costs your home based business will incur. The cardinal sin made by people who operate a business from home is they fail to consider the small expenses. Printer ink, paper, postage, long distance phone calls and cell phone bills are easily missed when considering the cost of operating a home based business. These expenses may seem small but they add up over the long term. Another important reason for writing down your monthly expenses is it will help you know how much revenue you need to bring in per month to break even.

Writing Down Your Marketing Plan

Doing a business without marketing is like winking at a girl in the dark. After starting your home based business you need a marketing plan to generate a demand for your business. The best form of marketing a home based business is advertising and direct sales.  Advertising through TV is effective but because of the cost involved it is out of reach for a small home based business.  Radio is a good option but if that is out of your budget, advertise through local classified ads. For those who have no money to advertise, consider free strategies such as flyers, circulars and posters to begin with.  Don’t forget web advertising. Programs such as Google Ad Words are cheap and very effective for targeting local communities.