Fall is fast approaching and as kids gear up for another school year it might be a great idea to get them thinking about small business opportunities available in autumn.
Here are some great Fall business ideas for you and your children to consider:
There are a myriad of landscaping activities that need to be done in the fall and there is a crunch for homeowners to get small jobs finished around the yard before the snow flies. Landscaping and odd jobs that need to be done include:
- raking and disposing of leaves
- draining hose lines
- planting bulbs (spring bulbs like tulips need to be planted in the fall)
- painting or staining fences/decks/sheds
- cleaning driveways/sidewalks
Your kids could go around the neighborhood and offer to complete these services for a fee. Better yet, they could create a fall landscaping company with teams of people to do landscaping chores. They could call or walk around the neighborhood and acquire a list of jobs that need to be done, book and assign landscaping jobs to each team and then take a portion of the profits from each completed job.
Fall is the opportunity for sitters to get those wonderful (and lucrative) weekly babysitting gigs. Parents who enjoy playing sports or have regular events will hire a qualified sitter on a regular basis.
Though the best way to get babysitting jobs is to canvass family and friends, you can also achieve good results with free advertisements. Good places and ways to advertise include, putting your name on local babysitting lists (community centers often have these or community association newsletters have them), placing a flyer on a community bulletin board or mail box, or placing an ad on free classifieds like kijiji, craigslist or ebay classifieds.
I always liked the idea of a babysitter's club or hotline. Kids could get a few of their friends together, advertise for jobs, assign sitters to jobs and collect a finder's fee or a portion of the sitter's profits for finding the position.
*Please see safety note below.
School starting means that kids get the opportunity to catch up with friends and there is often a need for a reunion celebration. Kids could plan a dance, a play, a rock concert, a video screening, air-band competition, talent show, video-game tournament, or a sporting event (skateboard competition, football game, race etc.).
They could sell admission, concession items, t-shirts, glow in the dark wristbands etc. It could be immensely profitable and a great opportunity for them to reconnect with friends in a very memorable way!
For more details take a look at Truesmarts' host an event activity.
Warm Drinks at Events:
This is a spin on the traditional lemonade stand. Kids could arm themselves with a couple thermoses of coffee and/or hot chocolate and sell during those chilly outdoor sporting events. They could even set up a small snack stand and sell candy/chips/granola bars/coffee/hot chocolate and so on to loyal and hungry fans. They can get information on outdoor events from couches or league websites.
If your children are the type that enjoy learning and have an aptitude for English, Math, Social Studies or Science they may want to consider tutoring. Tutoring pays very well and there is always a need for it (especially around November when the first batch of report cards come out). Libraries, and Schools often have a list of tutors available and your child can post an add on free classified websites.
*Please see safety note below.
Business Planning for Kids:
You may want to encourage your children to create a basic business plan before they embark on their start up. There is a great kid's business plan available in Advanced Kids Business.
What are your fall start-up ideas?
These are all fantastic ways for your kids to start the year off with a little cash in their pockets. Do you have any great fall start-up ideas?
*Safety Note: Anytime your child is operating a business where they need to go into someone's home it is prudent for you to thoroughly check out the situation. You will want to have a full name, phone number and address for the person who your child is working for and it is a good idea to pick your child up and drop them off for these types of jobs. You will also want to meet and speak with the adult in charge, just to make sure your child is in good hands. Also, make sure your child knows that if they are walking into a situation that makes them uncomfortable in anyway that they can decline the job.
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