Killer Business Ideas For High School Students For This Summer

Summer is almost here for high school students. That means it’s finally time to enjoy life without those boring classes and to sleep in until noon. Hopefully you pass all of your courses and don’t have to worry about summer school. Some high school students will want to use the summer to make some money to buy Diablo 3 or whatever you want to get your hands on.

When I was in high school I worked every single summer. I remember the summer after grade 10 I landed myself a few jobs and I worked pretty much every single day. I would work at the grocery store in the morning when I was called in, do lawn care work for elderly citizens whenever I was able to book the appointment for, and then referee soccer games in the evening. I rode my bike everywhere I went every single day. It’s safe to say that I got myself into pretty good shape that summer (I believe I actually had visible abs).

One of my regrets from working summers in high school was that I never started my own business or allowed myself to pursue any entrepreneurial plans. I always took the easy path and worked traditional jobs instead of trying to create my own job.

I wanted to share a few quick, yet highly profitable business ideas for high school students:

Go online.

I’ve said this million times and I’ll mention it again. You can easily start an online business with almost no money down. You can create logos, design websites, create your content, offer tutoring, or create something totally innovative online these days. The beauty is that we all spend so much time online that it only makes sense to attempt to make some money while we’re on the computer already. I’ve covered this enough so I’ll leave it at this, it only costs a few dollars a month to sign up with Bluehost.

Landscaping work.

Every single lawn out there needs to be taken care of.

I was pretty much an independent contractor when I did lawn care work. I signed up with this firm that worked with senior citizens and they would give me the contact information of the ones that needed landscaping work done. I would then be responsible to set up appointments, do the work, learn how to do additional work, and then get paid.

I remember I thought I had it made when I found an elderly gentleman that just wanted someone to WATER HIS LAWN. I would get paid $7/hour to water his lawn for 2-3 hours a few times per week, while I got to read or just listen to music on my mp3 player. I thought the was the good life at the time.


One of the best business ideas for students is tutoring because usually the parents pay for this service. In the summer time you can find younger students that either failed in a previous course or want to excel in a new course. Either way there’s money to be made from tutoring.

I shared in the past how my friend made $2,100 from tutoring his peers. You can check that post out for a more detailed guide on how the process of getting paid to tutor works.


Anyone with little children out there knows how expensive professionally child care is. This is why many parents are willing to find a young person in the community that they TRUST to watch over their kids while they go to work. Babysitting for money has been around probably as long as kids have been around for.

These are all simple ideas to help you get started right now. There’s nothing Earth shattering in this post. These are all ideas that you’ve heard of before. The reason I kept it simple is because you don’t always have to reinvent the wheel. You just need to keep the wheel spinning.

You also don’t necessarily have to start a business in high school or make money on your own. You can find a part-time job in your community at the grocery store (what I did).

“Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.” — Vince Lombardi

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