10 WINTER-BREAK BUSINESS IDEAS FOR KIDS, TWEENS, AND TEENS
Your budding girlpreneur can make the most of her holiday season downtime by launching a business from home.
For many students, winter break is the perfect time to recharge and relax. But it’s also a perfect time for your girl to start a business. She’ll accomplish new things, learn more about herself, and acquire some of the lifelong skills that entrepreneurship can provide. As a bonus, she’ll make money on the side! And since keeping safe while staying at home is a good idea, especially nowadays, here are eight socially distanced business opportunities to choose from.
Videos are not just for YouTubers and extroverts who aren’t camera-shy. Your girl can go behind the scenes and build her own video production business. She can tap the market of newbie YouTube personalities, small companies, or entrepreneurs. There’s a growing demand for video editors who can come up with amazing videos that attract clicks and increase traffic. Brooklyn-based Cinema Kidz offers virtual lessons on video editing, filmmaking, and cinematography. Wondershare Filmora also shares video editing tips and resources online.
Flipping Sneakers (or anything!)
Buy low, sell high. That’s the name of the game when it comes to flipping sneakers. Your girl can scour the Internet or check out eBay and bid on a pair of sneakers she plans to resell. Popular sneaker brands and limited edition products usually have good profit margins, even after shipping and platform fees. If sneakers aren’t her game, the same opportunities exist for almost any product you can buy and sell. Reselling also teaches your girl about the law of supply and demand, inventory, customer service, and how to deal with fakes. Udemy teaches the basics of reselling with one of their online courses.
Is your girl an artist? She can hand-paint custom monograms and designs on bags, shoes, and cell phone cases. She can set up shop on Etsy, take after these artistic entrepreneurs, and deal with customers who crave the personal touch to their beloved accessories.
Your girl can learn Amigurumi, the Japanese art of crocheting, and knit personalized stuffed dolls for people and animals. She can join a Facebook group of Amigurumi fans and offer her services there or on Etsy, just like these Amigurumi entrepreneurs.
Coding Games and Animations
Scratch, a free online coding platform that’s safe for kids, allows coders and animators to design their own video games and interactive stories. Your girl can do custom projects for clients or be like 7-year-old Annabelle of Stop and Love. She creates personalized stop motion greeting cards and advertisements for brands.
Curating Gift Baskets
During the winter break, many people love to get creative with their presents but don’t have the time and energy to make an effort. Your girl can go beyond gift wrapping for friends, family, and neighbors by curating gift baskets for people everywhere. She needs an eye for good design and marketing know-how. Plus, a user-friendly website with online payment and convenient shipping options. Once the holidays are over, your girl can shift her business to goody bags and party favor bags. Here’s a great how-to reference for a gift basket business, from startup costs to operations, so your girl can start strong.
The holidays are usually stressful for a lot of pet parents. Before finalizing any travel plans, they have to find a safe and suitable home for their pets. Your girl can ask friends, family, or neighbors if they’re on the lookout for a pet-sitter. And if people are staying home due to the pandemic, she can offer to take care of their pets while they enjoy a staycation!
If your girl likes kids and is patient with them, she can tutor them virtually and teach them any topic or skill she’s good at. There’s no limit to what your girl can teach remotely, as long as she’s passionate about what she’s teaching. Online tutoring for school subjects, video games, chess, graphic design, or music lessons are really popular nowadays.
Even though the coronavirus continues to reshape everyone’s present and future, getting a startup off the ground during the winter break is a great way to build for the future, earn money, and stay busy at home. With guidance, perseverance, and an open mind, your girl can be a young CEO just like these girls. And you can inspire your girl to get started with her own copy of The Startup Squad books. For more biz ideas, you and your girl can review our other lists here and here.