Maybe you are too young to get a job or you simply like being your own boss. Starting a business may be the perfect choice to earn some money. With a little creativity and hard work, you can start your own business. There are many ways aggressive young people can get started in the business world. Here are a few ideas:

A Painting Service

Painting is a messy job, so if you have some experience and some friends there are surely some people who would pay you to do it. Be sure you can offer professional results at a lower cost than a professional company would charge.

Selling Drinks or Bottled Water

During the hot summer months, an ice cold drink at a good price would be a welcomed thing at a park, playground, or anywhere there is activity. You could purchase drinks at a wholesale price, chill them and they would sell like crazy.

A Cleaning Service

People who don’t have time to clean their homes or small businesses would gladly pay someone to do it for them. Yard or basement cleaning could be a real money maker too.

Car Washing Service

People who don’t have time to wash their own cars would really welcome a door-to-door car washing service. This type of business is very easy to get started and you could set up appointments at the car owner’s location.

Dog Walking Service

Busy people and homebound people would gladly pay someone to exercise their pets. You could get regular customers or even take care of pets while the owner is away.

Yard Service

A nice looking yard is nice but not everyone has the time or the energy to do it and would gladly pay someone. Cutting grass, weeding, planting flowers, and raking leaves could have you raking in bucks in the summer.

Computer Technology Service

Are you good with computer programs or setting up websites? There are people who would pay for your help designing websites, burning CDs or DVDs. You could charge to convert old VHS tapes to DVD. There even people who would pay you to teach them how to use a computer or software.

Starting your own business will be a lot of work. You have to be prepared to work long hours finding and promoting your business. Handing out flyers, knocking on doors, and getting referrals is hard work that could pay off in a big way.

Author's Bio: 

Eric Mayo specializes in professional and personal development with special emphasis on life skills and job readiness training. Eric has over 20 years of corporate and educational experience which he uses to help people improve the quality of their lives.

Mr. Mayo has a degree in Business Administration from Seton Hall University where he was a standout member of both the Pirate football and wrestling teams. An author and lecturer, Eric is the author of the books, “From Jail to a Job", “The Teenager’s Guide to Getting a Job" , “The Secret to Getting Better Grades", and has addressed, among others, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Charles Hamilton Institute for Race and Justice of the Harvard School of Law. He is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and has spent his life committed to community empowerment.

Eric has been studying, learning, applying and executing the art of personal achievement and leadership throughout his career. It is truly his passion and his gift. He combines a straightforward approach and real-world perspective with a presentation style that is inspirational and motivational. His primary message is, “Independence through Self-Reliance."

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