The starting of a home based business is a great introduction to commerce and the market place. New skills are learnt in marketing and finance, and character is developed as you learn to make your own living. Youngsters also love to make money, but often struggle to find work in their locality, and need to depend on the bank of mum and dad. If you are looking for a unique Christmas present for your teenager, have you considered giving them their own business?
Here’s one great home based business idea your teenager can make money from straight away that will also benefit the environment:
Winter fuel is required by everyone whether it is gas, oil, electric or solids. One of the most useful alternative ways is to turn junk mail, newspapers and catalogues into paper briquettes. Paper briquettes can be used on open fireplaces, woodburning stoves and solid fuel ranges like Esse, Aga and Rayburn and provide heat for up to two hours.
This method is free – you are simply using junk. Start-up costs are low and you can provide your teenager with a homebased business that will keep them busy for a long as they want. The main outlay is the briquette press itself – prices start from as low as £18 – and they will also need a 5 gallon bucket, bottle of bleach, heavy duty gloves and waterproof apron.
The process is simple: shred or tear the paper, fill a 5 gallon bucket with water, add a tablespoon of bleach, stir and then the paper. There are two ways to proceed, either leave the paper to soak for 10 days, or mulch the paper in the bucket for an hour using something like a toilet plunger or stick.
Once the paper is broken down and pulped, fill the briquette section with the mass and squeeze the arms together to remove the water. You will be left with just the brick. Carry on this method until all the paper is used. Find a warm and dry area to allow the brick to dry and hey presto – you have free solid fuel to sell.
If you have storage space available, the summer holiday is a great time to create a brick bank so they can be up and running as soon as the cold weather kicks in. Simply advertise to recycle paper waste locally and also keep an eye open for catalogues that come out like Avon and Betterware – they are a great source of paper.
All homebased businesses are hard work and this is no exception. The greatest challenge may be in marketing and selling. To help your child succeed even further, consider getting your own marketing skills. Make yourself a coffee, pull up a chair and click on the following link now [http://www.earnyourwealth.co.uk] to see how one business trains its members to advertise and make money via the internet. I hope this home based business idea has been helpful in thinking about giving your teenager a business.