5 At-Home Business Ideas for Teenagers


Let me guess. You’re stuck at home, bored out of your mind. There’s nothing to do at home...or is there? Don’t let this pandemic drag you down- capitalize on it! This quarantine is the perfect opportunity to launch your own business! You’ve got the time and talent to make it big, so go out there and make some money!

Here is a curation of 5 businesses you can launch from the comfort of your own home. There is so much potential in these businesses- you could even customize them to better serve your local community.

1. Tutoring Younger Students

This is perfect if you’re passionate about a particular subject, like math or French. Hey, you could even be a tutor for a musical instrument!

Additionally, it’s almost summer. Although this may not seem like the prime time for academic tutoring, this is a great opportunity to tutor students who want a headstart into next year’s curriculum.

Taking the effort to become a good tutor is crucial if you want to attract and keep clients. Youtube and WikiHow are great resources to learn how to become an empathetic and approachable tutor. A good rule of thumb is to treat your student how your favorite teacher treats you.

Online tutoring is a great business to start from home- just set a (reasonable) price per hour/lesson and start advertising. Platforms like NextDoor and Wyzant are perfect for getting the word out about your business.

2. Selling Handmade Goods

If you're an artist, this business concept is perfect for you! No matter what you make, be it friendship bracelets, pottery, or tie-dye hoodies, there is a market for handmade goods.

Now is the perfect time to master your craft and build up a stockpile. Then, set up a reasonable price, post online, and let the money roll in.

Platforms like Etsy, Redbubble, and Society6 make it easy and efficient to post and sell your goods. Did you know there are almost 40 MILLION Etsy shoppers around the world?!

For some inspo, here are just a few ideas for goods you could sell for profit:

  • Digital prints
  • Tie-dye clothes
  • Slime
  • Bath bombs
  • Jewelry
  • Knitted/crocheted pieces
  • Painted canvasses
  • Shrinky Dink crafts
  • Painted rocks

The sky's the limit for this one!

3. Zoom Babysitting

This business is perfect for you if you love little kids. Another bonus- it's totally in demand right now! Parents everywhere are trying to balance work and childcare while they're stuck at home- they would love it if you could take the kids off their hands for some time.

But be warned- this business comes with its own challenges. Parents may require Zoom babysitting for extended periods of time, so it can be quite time-consuming. This type of babysitting will also only work with slightly older kids (above 5ish years old).

This business can also be really rewarding though! Who wouldn't love to get paid to hang out with some adorable kids?

To build a successful Zoom babysitting business, all you need is a Zoom account. It doesn't hurt to have some pre-prepared activities on hand that you can engage the children with. For example, come up with games you can play through a screen or some interesting storybooks to read to them.

Get that in place, and then all you need are some kiddy clients!

4. Growing Fresh Produce and Flowers

This isn't your grandma's everyday gardening. If you love being outdoors and you have a yard, capitalize on it! Growing and selling vegetables, herbs, and/or flowers is a great way to make money, especially with summer coming up!

People cooped up at home would love to get some local freshness delivered right to their door, especially during these dark times. This is a great way to spread some good vibes.

And your business may have an unexpected benefit- chances are, you're selling your produce for cheaper that the local supermarkets. This makes you a great (and affordable) source for buying fresh goods. During this worldwide economic recession, people will apreciate your business for saving them a few bucks. It's a win-win; you get lots of cutomers and the customers get cheap but fresh produce!

Setting up this business definitely takes some time- you must plant, cultivate, and harvest your goods before you can start making money. You also need to consider your growing capacity and how many people you can serve based on that. Finally, you must come up with some delivery system that works for you and your neighbors.

However, it is also really rewarding. Who wouldn't love to spend their days outdoors and spread cheer to their neighbors at the same time? This business model offers a lot of opportunities for growth- you could get into selling flower arrangements or precut salads based on the veggies you grow.

5. Virtual Trainer

This one is for all the fitness aficionados. If you enjoy exercising and helping others get moving, this is the perfect home business model for you!

Being cooped up at home won't do much good for people's bodies, and most people lack the motivation to exercise by themselves. This is where you can step in!

To set up this business, there are only a few steps you need to take.

  1. Develop a workout regimen- get creative and use household objects (like couches) as tools to help you exercise. If you want to be extra personalized, you can do this step later with your client to build a workout that is better geared towards them.
  2. Set up a price per hour/session.
  3. Start advertising! You want to cast your net wide to attract as many clients as possible.
  4. Discuss with individual clients to set up a time that works for both parties. Platforms like Zoom or Twitch are probably going to be the best for virtual workout sessions.
  5. Start exercising!

Bonus: Content Creator

Now, this isn't exactly a surefire business, but it is possible to start making money off content creation. Undoubtedly, it will be fun!

Pick something you are passionate about, and brainstorm some "postable" ideas regarding that. Then, all you got to do is pick a platform (Instagram and Youtube are usually the easiest) and a catchy handle. Then, you're all set to start creating content!

Some niches you can create quality content about include:

  • Photography
  • Bullet journals
  • Makeup/Beauty
  • Art
  • Music (your own, covers, or remixes)
  • Student Life (study hacks or productivity tips)

You can make money with this via sponsorships and brand endorsements. On Youtube, you will eventually start earning money per view (from ad revenue).

Making money off content creation will take a LOT of time and effort- but if you have a passion, go for it! This quarantine is the perfect opportunity to achieve your dream of becoming a (rich) famous Youtuber!

And that's a wrap! This list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to at-home business ideas. This current quarantine lends itself perfectly to so many business opportunities! And as a teenager, you have so much potential- take these businesses and make them bigger and better! If you (or anyone you know) end up using any one of these concepts, please let me know how it goes in the comments below! Ciao!

Aditi Chaurasia

Aditi is a high school junior in the Bay Area. She has a passion for linguistics, business, and animal rights. When she isn't hiking with her dog, you can find her reading (mysteries!), bullet journaling, or baking.