Whether you’re 14 or 18, there are plenty of ways to make money as a teenager. It doesn’t have to be about doing the minimum wage-type jobs that your parents make you do when you’re hanging out with them on weekends. There are actually lots of ways that you can earn extra cash while still having fun and not breaking the law. Here are 10 ideas on how to make money as a teenager.
1) Have a part-time job
Work when you can. Work for your parents, mow lawns and shovel snow in the winter, babysit and do homework for younger kids—if there’s something you like to do, chances are someone will pay you for it! The more part-time jobs you have,the more money you’ll make. But be careful not to work too many hours; studies show that teens who work more than 20 hours per week tend to perform worse in school. If you want to keep working, but don’t want to sacrifice your grades, consider getting a job at an after-school program or taking on volunteer work instead.
2) Get your first freelance job
Volunteering is great for your resume and for your character, but not so much for your wallet. If you’re looking to make some serious cash on top of schoolwork, try these ideas: tutoring students; babysitting; dog-walking; housekeeping/home-maintenance; yardwork (like mowing lawns); lawn-mowing business/contractor. The list goes on! You can also check out online resources like TaskRabbit or Fiverr, where people will pay you to do just about anything. The possibilities are endless!
3) Sell your used stuff online
If you’re looking for fast, fun and easy ways to make money, selling your used stuff online is always a safe bet. This can be done by posting on sites like Craigslist, eBay or Kijiji. You can also sell stuff by using apps like Letgo, OfferUp or even Facebook Marketplace! No matter what method you choose though, keep in mind that it’s always better to have more than one source of income at your disposal.
4) Become an affiliate
Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways for teens to make money online. If you’re unfamiliar with affiliate marketing, you can still make money by driving traffic and creating ads and content that promotes products, brands, or services. Check out How To Start an Online Business: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide on NicheHacks for more information on making money through affiliate marketing.
5) Start your own business
There are plenty of ways that teenagers can earn money by starting their own business. If you’re good at fixing things, start your own repair shop. Have an artistic talent? Be a freelance photographer or graphic designer. Know how to sew or knit? Fix up some old clothing and sell it on Etsy. With so many options available, there’s no excuse not to earn extra cash!
6) Play the stock market game
The stock market can be confusing and scary. It takes time, effort, and dedication to become an expert on stocks. To make money with stocks, you need to educate yourself on basic investing principles, know how much risk you’re willing to take, know your investment goals and be able to focus when buying or selling shares of stock. With practice and experience, though, young people can learn how to play their own small part in our nation’s economy by making wise investments in stocks. If you want to try your hand at playing the stock market game, here are some tips for getting started:
#1: Pick an area of interest. You might already have an idea about what industry or sector you want to invest in, but if not, spend some time researching different industries and sectors that might fit your needs. Consider things like potential growth rates, risks involved and where consumers are spending their money most heavily right now.
7) Sell handmade crafts online
If you have anything that you can do with your hands – whether it’s knitting, carving wood, creating art, or even cooking homemade meals – and you can find people who are willing to pay for what you make, there’s an online market for it. Reach out and connect with other crafters on Etsy, sell at local farmer’s markets on weekends or consider teaching a craft class at your local community center.
8) Get paid to take survey
Survey sites are some of my favorite money-making sources, because they’re generally easy to use and pay pretty well. However, you have to be careful—many of these sites will try and sell you things or ask for your address so they can send you junk mail. They also often require that you register with an email address, which means that every time they send out a survey, they’ll try and get you to click on it. In order to make real money from taking surveys online, I recommend signing up with one site at a time (like Opinion Outpost) so that way when it comes time for them to send out their next survey (and make sure there is one), there won’t be any confusion about what site it came from.
9) Offer discount codes on social media
When you have a product or service that people are looking for and is in high demand, social media is an excellent way to get these offers out to your customers. Social media makes it easy for customers (and potential customers) to spread word of your brand from person-to-person. Even if you don’t have specific products or services, you can easily create coupon codes that you can provide on social media pages.
10) Sell photos online
If you’re into photography, try selling your photos online. You could set up an account on one of those
websites, like Shutterstock or iStockPhoto, and submit your best work. If you have enough material, you could also market your own photos on Facebook or another social media platform.
You can even look into businesses that let you send out pictures of their products for reviews—like Redbubble does—or create collages and sell them on Etsy or at arts and craft fairs.
All these platforms are free to join, so it’s worth checking out! (Related: How To Get Paid To Take Photos)