Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editing program developed and published by Adobe Systems. Adobe's 2003 "Creative Suite" rebranding led to Adobe Photoshop 8's renaming to Adobe Photoshop CS. Thus, Adobe Photoshop CS6 is the 13th major release of Adobe Photoshop. The CS rebranding also resulted in Adobe offering numerous software packages containing multiple Adobe programs for a reduced price.
For young entrepreneurs out there, this article is for you. We will provide a list of easy-to-launch business ideas for teens to start in 2023.
There are plenty of teenagers in the world today that are crushing it as young entrepreneurs (and we want you to be next!) From YouTube stars to auto detailers, there are many options to consider when deciding on your first small business idea.
So how do you know which business model is suitable for you? Unfortunately, you're the only one that can answer that question, but we want to help inspire you to take that first step in your journey as an entrepreneur and business owner.
In 2023, there will be more opportunities than ever to start your own business. Starting a company used to require significant upfront investment and a staff of employees. Still, today we're able to get a business off the ground with little or no money and connect with our potential customers through free channels such as social media and other online forums.
When considering our list of business ideas for teens to start, we wanted to ensure we provided ideas that require little to no investment up front (we understand your teens don't have any money!) but with massive earnings potential on the backend.
So with all that said, let's first talk about what to look for if you fall into this younger generation of future business owners.
Of course, when considering business ideas for teens, there are some limitations to factor in. Certainly, teens don't have much capital sitting around. Some may not have a car or even a driver's license. Of course, school commitments put a limit on working hours too.
So here are a couple of things to look for when considering which business makes the most sense for your particular situation.
Most teens are kept in one location due to schooling. Therefore, teens can either have a location-independent business (usually online) that they can run from anywhere or else start a business near their home. Of course, this will depend on where you live, but there are opportunities to make money around the neighborhood.
Small businesses take time to start and grow, but teenagers have limited control over their time. They have teachers, parents, and siblings dictating schedules. So we need a way for teens to work on their own time, knowing they can't be on call 24/7.
The best business ideas for teens require little or no money. (After all, who really wants to ask their parents for money?) We don't recommend it, and you don't need it to start with one of our recommended ideas!
Without further ado, here are our top business ideas for teens to start in 2023. First-time entrepreneurs understand that creating a sustainable business takes time, effort, and a little bit of luck.
One big mistake we see people make all the time is chasing shiny objects or the latest get-rich-quick scheme that's being pushed all over YouTube.
Take time to think about what you're good at, what sets you apart, and above all, make sure you choose a business you want to start! It seems obvious, but you need to do something you like doing. Otherwise, you'll get burnt out and quit before seeing any real success.
For teens eager on building their personal brand, we recommend starting a blog. A blog can be anything you want and will evolve over time. Further, there are many ways to make money from a blog in today's online landscape.
To get started, sign up for a domain name such as ‘yourname.com' and start writing about syllabus that interest you. From there, you will want to be much more specific regarding your target audiences based on syllabus in your niche.
A growing number of young entrepreneurs are making a living on Etsy. The platform connects sellers with millions of potential customers, making it a great way to get a business up and running in a relatively short time frame.
If you're into crafts and design, start listing some of your creations and Strengthen as you go along. You may end up with your own website once your small business starts to take off!
Lawn care is on the list. Most adults hate mowing lawns and would pay you to take care of their yards. That is easy because your potential customers are all within a bike ride away. Look for yards that need upkeep.
Stop by and talk with them about helping with their lawn care. Once you get a couple of clients around the neighborhood, word of mouth should do the rest! Depending on the number of lawns you cut each week and the size of the yards, you can start bringing in some decent money.
Car washing is a great business idea for teens at home during the summer. Create a flyer detailing your car washing services and put it in mailboxes around town. You can do this with a free service like Canva and offer to clean cars while they are on vacation for the weekend.
Depending on your level of service, you can charge a pretty penny for these services, especially if you are doing a complete interior detail. Once you get some recurring clients, start hiring a few friends to help you with the workload!
YouTube is another business model we highly recommend for teens looking to make extra money. Creating engaging videos can be challenging, and take some time to build an audience on YouTube. Still, if you stick with it, you will continue to improve, and eventually, people will start to pay attention.
Once you build a loyal audience in whatever niche you choose, you will have a sustainable business. We love this business model so much because the sky is the limit. Similar to blogging, there is no limit on how much money you can make on YouTube.
Playing video games used to be a hobby, nothing more. Today, the gaming industry allows you to turn your digital talents into a thriving small business. Studies show the gaming industry's value could reach $321 billion by 2026, a number almost unfathomable ten years ago.
While big gaming companies make most of that money, streamers can earn a significant income. The ability to draw viewers' attention and effectively promote products to the audience is critical and can be very rewarding.
People like to travel, which leaves them with the constant question of what to do with their pets. Ask your friends and family to use you to watch their pets while they are away. Another idea would be to offer to board their pets during the day while you're on summer break!
Everyone likes a clean house, but no one wants to clean. People will pay big bucks for a clean house and usually like to have the house cleaned every week or two, which means recurring revenue.
Let's say you wanted to commit to cleaning two houses per week. You need four clients if your clients want their homes cleaned every other week. Charge $200 per visit. Do the math – $1,600 per month for only cleaning two houses a week!
Anytime you solve a problem, there is an opportunity to make money. Most people would love you to help them with their errands when they need more time to finish everything.
Offer to do grocery shopping or drop the kids off at soccer practice. Once you've built up a good list of clients who call when they need your help, the money will start rolling in to complete reasonably simple tasks. If you don't have a car, offer to do their shopping online!
This one is obvious. Have a leaf removal business in the fall, snow removal in the winter, mulching in the spring, and mowing some yards in the summer. The best part about this business is the opportunity to make money year-round from the same clients repeatedly.
Consider you have ten clients and two visits to their houses each month. For each visit, you charge $80. So 20 visits per month at $80 per visit, that's $1,600 for pretty easy work. Add some bonus services like gutter cleaning for more cash in hand!
Starting a retail arbitrage business could be the perfect business idea for tech-savvy people who like spending time on their computers or mobile device.
The idea here is to purchase sale items from discount stores and list them for sale on online marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace. When you do this at scale, you can make a big profit.
Do you get good grades? Become an academic tutor! Parents will always want what is best for their children, but not all children do well in school. Offer to help their kids with their studies and charge an hourly fee. That is a great way to make some extra money after school.
Maybe the classroom isn't your thing, but you're a good athlete for your high school football or soccer team! Stop by a couple of the Junior Varsity (JV) or middle school games and chat with the parents. When they bring up their kid, mention that you would happily pass around with them on the weekends or after school.
Again, parents want to support their children, and a lot of times, a kid would rather work on their shot with someone they look up to on the varsity team rather than their parents!
Parents love their kids but need a break from them now and then. Babysitters are always in high demand, and parents are willing to pay good money to have someone they trust to look after their kids.
Have your parents reach out to their friends about your ability to babysit or hang around some after-school events to offer your services. Another option is to talk to parents with young kids in your neighborhood.
If you enjoy creating graphic designs with software applications like Adobe Illustrator or Canva and think you've got a knack for it, consider starting your own graphic design business.
You can create an online store for your designs or start an account on a freelance platform like Fiverr or Upwork.
There are many ways to make money and start your own business as a teenager. Just because you're young does not mean that you're not useful. It also doesn't mean you're not valuable!
Teens generally don't have as many bills or expenses as adults, which means you can charge less money than a big company while providing a similar service. Plus, most adults would rather pay a teenager trying to make extra money than trust their jobs to other adults they aren't familiar with.
As you start your own business, you will continue to Strengthen at what you do and make more money as you progress. Even if you don't make a ton of money and ultimately shut your business down as life happens, the knowledge and skills you will learn are invaluable and will make you a better person in the long run.
Of course, if you're reading this article, you're already a step ahead and have a bright future!
This article was produced by Wealth of Geeks.
Join Dax Data on Wednesday, 9 November at 3pm SAST for the live virtual launch of Adobe Connect 12. In this special webinar, Adobe Principle Evangelist, Alistair Lee, will introduce you to the exciting updates that are now available in the Adobe Connect platform. With more than 25 years of experience in working with Adobe products, Lee promises to immerse audiences with his expert delivery style and product knowledge.
The new version of Adobe Connect guarantees users the ability to create reliable, re-usable and engaging digital encounters, all in high-definition quality. This platform has been custom built for creators who use its versatile virtual stage as a canvas and set it up for their unique styles and goals. Its engagement first engineering design allows you to redefine what’s possible with virtual.
Adobe Connect 12 is powered by a brand new, modern WebRTC-based media streaming architecture that enables a superior audio-video experience and quality of service. With this new, state-of-the-art reliability first technology architecture, Adobe is all set to enable greater value for their end-users.
Adobe Connect improvements for enriched user experiences:
Adobe has upgraded Connect to a modern cloud-native technology stack, optimised for scalable, reliable high-quality audio and video for users joining from any device. Adobe Connect rooms now have Enhanced Audio and Visual Experience turned on as a default setting.
This new media service architecture is built with future-ready capabilities. It is stable, resilient and capable of operating on any device. Other enhancements include:
How the user’s experience will be enhanced:
Allow Dax Data and Adobe Principle Evangelist, Alistair Lee, to host you at the official launch of Adobe Connect 12. Contact Dax Data for more information about the Adobe Connect 12 launch or platform.
In a fast-changing world, every business has a pressing list of technology projects it wants to complete. But those plans are often derailed by the product roadmaps of technology vendors, when even a relatively small change in the IT landscape can lead to a key part of the entire edifice grinding to a halt. Suddenly a disruptive and costly upgrade to a core application looms, simply because the installed version, even though it's running just fine, doesn't support a more latest browser, protocol, or operating system.
One example is Microsoft's current withdrawal of basic authentication in Exchange Online, in favor of the more secure OAuth 2.0. Already in place for some customers and due to be complete by January, the change makes sense for Microsoft, which has been warning it was on the cards for several years. But for organizations with older enterprise applications that can't handle the modern authentication protocols, it's a major headache that could require massive surgery to those core business systems. Eric Helmer, SVP and CTO at software and support provider Rimini Street, comments:
When these types of events in the IT ecosystem change, when [customers] call those vendors for help, the only option that they have is to upgrade. So because Microsoft is changing one little thing, they're forcing customers to go through multi-million dollars and sometimes multiple years worth of disruption, to do a huge transformation or upgrade, that's not going to really deliver too much functional value — there's not a lot of new things in the new releases — simply so that they can authenticate their users. That's just what a horrible situation customers are in for that.
Helmer's company, which specializes in providing support and maintenance of older ERP systems from Oracle and SAP, offers a tool that obviates the need for that costly upgrade to the core business system. He explains:
We solve that problem. We do a proxy between the older authentication method with the new authentication method — a very lightweight proxy thing that takes very little time to set up — and you've just solved a potential multi-million dollar problem with something much more lightweight.
The tool is one of three components in an interoperability package the vendor launched this week called Rimini Connect. Alongside the email tool, there's another to help enterprise applications work with new browser versions, and the third allows older application stacks to run on newer operating systems. He elaborates:
Having our solution in there will allow people to continuously update or change the browser completely, and use something that didn't even exist at the time that ERP was created — we can do some pretty magical stuff — and allow that to happen.
The same thing with our Rimini Connect for operating systems. If you're on an older version of an ERP, you're dictated by the vendors that you can only be on certain certified operating systems. Well, we take those shackles off as well. We take those handcuffs off ... Not only do you have to not worry about us [being] like the vendors that is going to hang up the phone on you and say, 'Nope, you're not on a supported operating system' — not only are we going to support you, but we're going to deliver you the tech that enables you to actually use whatever software that you want to.
Staying up-to-date with browser technology is a particular headache, as browsers continue to evolve — or in the case of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, completely disappear to be replaced by the newer Edge browser. In many cases, moving to more up-to-date browsers or Java versions becomes a security requirement as older versions become more vulnerable to malware, while retiring older browser versions also eases IT management and support. But if existing applications can't work with those newer browsers, the IT organization faces a choice of either starting out on a long-winded upgrade project of those application stacks, or continuing to use the older browser versions. The Rimini Connect tool provides a third option, sitting between the browser and the back-end ERP system to translate the HTTP code into the form each side expects, so that older applications can co-exist with newer browsers.
The operating system tool provides libraries or container technologies that allow the ERP system to operate on a newer OS than it was originally designed for. There are several different use cases for this tool, as Helmer recounts:
This could be simply just an IT initiative to get off older operating systems. It could be a security initiative, if they deem that operating system is insecure, for some reason. It could be the desire to upgrade the hardware, and that's going to need a higher version of operating system. It could be because they want to move to Amazon or Azure, and they don't have the older operating system even available on those platforms, so they're going to have to get the ones that they do. We've seen every single one of those cases.
With business drivers increasingly setting the pace for technology spend, IT organizations are far less ready to push for large-scale application upgrades than in the past, he adds. Instead, he says:
They'd rather invest that stuff into something that's actually going to move the needle for the company, maintain a competitive advantage, taking market share [in] their customers, reducing costs, increasing revenue. Those are the things that people care about today, not upgrades of ERPs.
A demand for projects that deliver visible Return On Investment (ROI) is sparking more interest in finding workarounds that leave existing core systems in place while adding new capabilities around them. He explains:
When they're not seeing the math line up over there, they're looking for alternatives. 'Okay, then how can we solve these individual particular problems in a different way without having to go through this thing that I can't justify for an ROI?' That's when the mind starts opening up to, 'Hey, maybe there's other ways of getting these outcomes,' whether it's compatibility or security or whatever else.
The vendor offers a similar set of security tools, Rimini Protect, released in the summer. This offers Java runtime detection and remediation for applications and middleware, continuous database monitoring, vulnerability remediation for SAP applications and custom analysis and reporting of an organization's cybersecurity stance. Helmer sums up:
It's about taking away that risk, and giving people the flexibility and freedom to do what they want to ... By future-proofing with Rimini Connect and bullet-proofing with Rimini Protect, the combination of those things is really where somebody now can have the freedom to not change that ERP and stay on it for as long as they want to, without having the risk of the changes or the security attack surface being something that really compels them to make some decisions that they don't want to make.
Increasingly, organizations are looking to maintain existing core systems in place so that they can focus on more innovative technology changes around them. Rimini Street's new suite of interoperability tools is designed to support that roadmap, continuing its mission of putting customers in charge of their own IT destiny rather than letting vendors dictate when they should upgrade their ERP software. As I wrote last year, these emerging IT investment trends pose a threat to the revenue goals of the incumbent vendors, who are counting on an acceleration in cloud migration to trigger upgrade sales. Many of their customers have other ideas, and will be glad to see their options growing with the launch of these and similar tools.
The black and white portrait photographs glaring down from the walls of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art didn’t offer Figma cofounder Dylan Field much relief from a tough conversation. The collaborative design tool he launched just months earlier in 2016 was a runaway hit, but the four-year-old startup wasn’t making a cent. Now his lead investor, Danny Rimer of Index Ventures, was pushing him to start charging users. “Danny encouraged me to be more commercial,” says Field.
Field feared that charging users would stall Figma’s explosive growth and his masterplan to replace PhotoShop as the go-to tool for creatives. But adding a monthly subscription starting at $12 per user did nothing to slow its adoption and set Figma on track to earn a forecasted $400 million of revenues in 2022. In September, Adobe announced a $20 billion acquisition of the business, the largest private tech takeover in history. “I pushed back a lot at the time because I didn’t think we were ready, but looking back Danny was absolutely right,” says Field.
The deal (which has still to close) represents a $2.6 billion windfall for Index Ventures, one of Figma’s largest shareholders. This exit also vaults Rimer to No.1 on the Midas List Europe 2022.
Rimer has been a newer presence on the Europe list after returning to London in 2018, but had been a pillar of the international Midas List for more than a decade thanks to investments in Dropbox, Etsy, and Patreon from Index Ventures’s San Francisco office, which he set up in 2011.
“Figma is the quintessential venture capital story,” says Saul Klein, cofounder and partner, LocalGlobe, and a former Index partner, who also invested in Figma. “From an idea all the way to the exit, Danny wasn’t just an observer — he was encouraging and supporting at every step.”
The seeds for Rimer writing the first check into Figma had deep roots. The Swiss-Canadian investor had met then 17-year-old Field when he was an intern at Flipboard, another of his investments. The pair reconnected when Field and cofounder Evan Wallace began to fund raise for what would become Figma. “Danny understood what we were doing right away — perhaps better than me even. He called me hours after our first meeting with a term sheet,” says Field.
The growth of Figma unfolded over a weekly meeting at SFMOMA, where Rimer was also a trustee. “Taking the conversation on neutral ground and seeing brilliant work of a different medium allowed us to talk about more challenging topics,” says Rimer.
Now Rimer’s new base in London’s affluent Mayfair district overlooks another shrine to design, the Royal Academy of Arts. A statue of Archimedes peers into the windows of Index’s gallery-like office, which is lined with paintings from British abstract painter Jeremy Moon. Rimer, who’s also a eager art collector, and now a trustee of the Tate galleries, has a curated take on venture investing. “Lots of VC’s understand numbers, but Danny is the rare investor who also has taste,” says Field.
Canadian-born Rimer grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, before moving to the United States to study art history at college. After a stalled bid to build his own art-focused startup, he covered the IPO of Amazon, Yahoo and other dot com stocks as an analyst. “I had two passions at university: the internet and art,” says Rimer. “I tried to marry both but realized I didn’t want to be in the art world, I wanted to work with internet entrepreneurs.”
Rimer started investing into startups with the Barksdale Group before joining his brothers Neill and David, who had formed Index Ventures in Switzerland in 1996 with the idea of bringing Silicon Valley investing to Europe. Appropriately, Rimer returned from the Bay Area to inject some West Coast knowhow into the opening of Index’s London office in 2002. “Danny has a European mindset, but he also speaks fluent Silicon Valley,” says Klein, who has also cofounded a startup, Lovefilm, that Rimer backed.
Dinner at a North Beach Italian restaurant in November 2016 year helped cement one of Rimer’s other major investments: social messaging platform Discord. The company’s cofounder and CEO Jason Citron shared some numbers on Discord’s growth, and Rimer called back the next day with an offer. He ultimately led the startup’s $50 million Series E round, and Discord raised $500 million at a $14.2 billion valuation in September 2021.
“It felt like it was an effortless way to raise money, and it came from his conviction of what ‘great’ looks like,” Citron says. “To this day, I have never done a partner meeting with a slide deck with Index.”
This low key, understated approach—along with a compelling track record, contacts book and international perspective—seem to be a draw for founders. “He’s a very interesting and broad human, rather than just a finance guy,” says Bliss founder Marcia Kilgore, who turned to Rimer to raise her first venture investment for her new startup Beauty Pie.
In the boardroom, Rimer is rarely the loudest voice. But his counsel, which draws from the experience of backing over 22 unicorns, means he has the ear of investors and founders alike. “He's a pattern recognizer. And that is a gift,” says Kilgore, who raised $100 million for the cosmetics membership club.
Venture investors themselves like to tout the merits of pattern matching. That ability has an expiry date, according to Rimer, who warns that many older investors lose their ability to connect with entrepreneurs and make their worst investments later in their career. “You’re good for a period of time, and then it’s time to retire,” says Rimer. “If I’m at an age where I’m a grandfather to the entrepreneurs, I’m not going to be able to spot the next Discord.”
Rimer calls Index’s hands-on approach to investing “artisan,” and it looks somewhat traditional compared to some rival funds’ aggressive expansion. Index’s own growth plans are modest by comparison: adding a new partner in Tel Aviv earlier this year, and opening a New York office led by fellow Midas List Europe investor Martin Mignot in October. “Every decision we take is very deliberate,” says Rimer. “It took us 10 years to open San Francisco, and it took us 10 years to decide to open New York.”
This conservative approach also led Rimer and Index to largely avoid crypto startups when many rivals threw themselves on what Rimer now brands the Web 3.0 “delusion.”. “We spent an enormous amount of time on crypto but decided not to invest,” says Rimer. “I’m proud of that discipline.”
What has excited Rimer in latest years is the booming creator economy that’s been expressed in investments like Discord, subscription platform Patreon and website builder Squarespace, which went public in May 2021 at a $2.4 billion valuation. “I know this sounds fluffy, but I’m attracted to entrepreneurs building businesses that are going to have a cultural impact,” says Rimer.
Ecommerce startups with a brand that helps connect with shoppers are another big draw for Rimer. Vintage marketplace Grailed’s acquisition by sneaker resale platform Goat in October marks Rimer’s latest exit, and he still counts Emily Weiss’s beauty unicorn Glossier, cosmetics buying club Beauty Pie and sustainable online outlet Otrium in his portfolio.
Back in Index’s London office, Rimer is characteristically optimistic about the prospect of Europe’s startups despite the tech slowdown and the war in Ukraine. “In the early days, there were always great entrepreneurs but there was very little talent,” says Rimer. “The success stories like Adyen, Farfetch and Spotify have inspired operators to join startups so the whole ecosystem is much more at par with the U.S.”
Rimer interrupts himself to pull down a book on Diana Arbus’ photo portraits of “outsiders.”. The peripatetic investor is now on familiar turf but clearly seems drawn to her subject, and founders carving their own path. “It’s an outsider status I’m comfortable with, and the same goes for a lot of us at Index.”