Starting his own business, instead of going to work for someone else, offers many advantages for teens.
A teen who runs her own business can set her own hours. So, she need not work when a big test or paper is coming up.
Busy parents of small children may make good customers for your teen. There are always baby-sitting and yard work jobs available. Your teen could also do errands, take care of pets and plants, wash cars and clean garages.
Few things build responsibility like having a business. Customers may not come running to your teen. She will have to go out and find them if she wants to make money.
Speaking of money, your teen will have to come up with a fair price. That will teach her something about research and about free enterprise.
Self-employment may also allow your teen to use his special skills. Is he a computer whiz? There may be plenty of younger children, as well as adults, who would love to take lessons from him. The same is true if he is a talented cook, musician or artist.
Remember that not everyone is cut out to work for himself. If your teen strongly prefers to work for someone else, accept her decision and encourage her.
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