Mark Cuban, the outspoken tech entrepreneur turned sports team owner, always has something interesting to say at his blog, http://blogmaverick.com , and today he posted advice for teenagers looking to make a little money quick: two business ideas within reach of the average teenager. One is the idea of buying shoelaces in team colors and then selling them at a profit in the parking lot outside local sports events. The other is advertising one's self as a guru for setting up all-in-one remote controls.
Here's a link to the blog post, with more details:
I can see some potential complications with the shoelace idea if the school in question has a problem with solicitation in the parking lot. (Will Cuban allow this in the parking lot outside Dallas Mavericks games?) But otherwise, they're both great ideas, and within reach of an enterprising teenager. And they might start the juices flowing about other, related ideas.
There's a lot of discussion about ways to keep teens in school, and local employers are being encouraged to work with teenagers and help them schedule work around classes, so that they don't have to choose between the two. It would certainly achieve the same goal for a teenager to become a part-time entrepreneur after school hours.