50 Easy Ways To Make Money as a Teen

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If you’re a teen interested in earning some extra money, you’re not alone.

To make it easy, we have reviewed hundreds of options to bring some of the best ways to make money as a teen.

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How to Make Money As A Teenager

There are several ways that you can make money as a teenager. See if you can use one (or more) of the ideas below to earn money for things you need and want.

1. Work as a Camp Counselor

Working as a camp counselor can be a fun way to make money as a teen. Camp counselors are responsible for watching over weeklong or day camp students.

As a camp counselor, you might be in charge of overseeing fun activities for kids, ensuring safety, planning group activities, or other tasks.

This is a fun job for the teen who likes kids and likes the idea of spending several days (and often nights) at camp resorts.

Do an internet search for “camp counselor jobs” to find job openings near you.

2. Manage Social Media Accounts

Do you have a gift for gaining attention on social media? Why not work a side hustle as a teenager managing social media accounts?

Businesses and individuals far and wide need help managing Instagram, Tik Tok, and other social media accounts.

As a social media manager, you would be responsible for ensuring relevant news and information for a business or individual reaches social media followers in a timely manner.

It’s also important in this role to create posts that encourage more followers and interaction with fans and customers.

3. Become a Personal Assistant

A personal assistant functions as a helper to a business owner or other individual as they run their business.

When you work as a personal assistant, you can expect to be asked to complete a variety of tasks.

Some of the tasks you might be responsible for doing as a personal assistant could include:

  • Answering phone calls
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Managing social media accounts
  • Light office tasks
  • Data entry work
  • Errand running
  • Customer help

And more. Personal assistant work can be fun because there is often a lot of variety to the work.

You’ll stay busy with a list of tasks that will likely change from day to day, learn new skills and make money in the process.

Looking for online jobs only? Check out our article on how to become a virtual assistant.

4. Turn Your Hobbies into Cash

Do you have a hobby that you can make money with? Are you good at drawing people or animals? Do you know how to create logos for businesses?

Or are you great at writing stories or poems? Or testing video games? How about updating blogs?

Make a list of your talents and offer to hire out for them. You can advertise through local ads or on websites such as Fiverr.

Anyone 13 years of age or older can use Fiverr to list job offerings (or search out jobs needed) for pay from $5 and up.

The key to success with sites like Fiverr is to charge an attractive price to potential clients while making sure you are getting paid at a fair rate.

You might start out making less than you’d like to with Fiverr.

5. Be a Call Center Representative

Want to make money as a teen and work in the comfort of your own home?

Many companies hire call center representatives with good customer service skills to work from home.

Call center reps perform duties like scheduling appointments, handling customer service requests and answering product information questions.

Some companies that need customer service reps require applicants to be 18 years of age or older.

Other companies, such as U-Haul, allow teens as young as 16 to work as customer service reps.

Companies in need of customer service reps provide all training for employees. Online customer service reps usually train via an online service manual.

Related article: Step Card Review: Mobile Banking for Teens

6. Search the Web

Swagbucks is a legitimate site where people get paid to complete tasks online. Every time you finish a task, you get points. They even have a $10 sign up bonus!

When you earn points for doing things like taking online surveys and watching videos, they are put into a “bank” and can be redeemed for gift cards to Amazon or local and online stores such as Walmart, Target, and Old Navy.

You can also get paid through PayPal.

To earn points, you complete small tasks like:

Using your Swagbucks account in your spare time will allow you to earn rewards to pay for the things you need or want. 

Best of all, it’s free and easy to join. To create an account, just enter your email address and a password to get started.

7. Sharing Your Opinion

Do you like to give your opinion about things? Why not get paid for doing so?

Companies such as Survey Junkie will pay you to share your thoughts about businesses and products. Brands want to get your feedback and they are willing to pay for it.

Survey Junkie has over 10 million members and only requires you to be at least 16 years old to join the site.

To get started is easy. Just create an account, just enter your email address, zip code, birthday, gender, and create a password to get started.

8. Sell Your Designs

One way to make money online as a teen that costs very little out-of-pocket is creating designs for t-shirts and other items. With this opportunity to make money as a teenager, you are essentially starting your own business.

You make the design and then upload it to a site such as Cafepress. The company prints items such as t-shirts, tote bags and iPad covers using your designs.

They even take care of shipping and returns. When someone orders an item with your design or saying on it, you get paid a commission from the sale.

Cafepress requires you to be 18 to use their site, so you’ll have to use it in conjunction with a parent.

9. Collect and Resell Golf Balls

Another way to earn money is by collecting and selling golf balls. Look for abandoned golf balls near local golf courses. This is a great way to get outdoors and make money as a teenager.

You might even be able to get permission to search the course grounds after hours from local club managers.

After you collect enough golf balls, you can clean them up and sell them outside of the local golf club entrance as long as you’re on public property.

Another option would be to ask people you know who play golf if they want to buy the balls you find at a discounted price.

The general rule for selling used stuff is to charge 10 percent of the retail cost. As an example, if your Lego Friends set costs $60.00, try selling it for $6.00.

10. Sell Drinks and Food

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A cold cup of refreshing lemonade will sell quickly in the summer.

One way you can make money as a teen is to set up a table and sell lemonade the next time your parents hold a garage sale.

Better yet, set up a table with your friends and get the word out you have cold lemonade for sale.

It’s easy to whip up a pitcher of lemonade. For those on a budget, all you need is water, ice and a tub of lemonade powder.

Another great business idea for a teen is to sell baked goods, or you could sell candy you buy at a warehouse club and mark up the price.

The key to success with this type of business boils down to cost. Be sure to charge enough to cover the cost of the items you’re selling.

Also, add in a little extra to make yourself a profit for your hours of work.

11. Work at an Amusement Park

Can you think of a job that’s more fun than working at an amusement park? Working at an amusement park can consist of several job responsibilities.

You might be asked to operate a ride. Or work in restaurants located in the park. You could work as security or be in charge of keeping the park clean.

Amusement park jobs often pay well and have lots of hours available.

Bonus: You could get discounted or free passes to enjoy the rides at the park on your days off. This is another great way to work outdoors and make money as a teenager.

12. Teach Music Lessons

Do you sing or play an instrument? How about sharing your musical skills with others? You could teach voice lessons to kids and/or adults.

You could also teach people how to play an instrument that you play, such as the piano or guitar.

Teaching music lessons requires skill, patience, and hard work. However, the pay can be very attractive, and the work can be fun as you watch your students improve their skills.

If you love playing music and are good at it, this is a great way to do something you love and make money as a teenager. You could even make a YouTube channel.

13. Filing and Office Work

Do you like paperwork and organization? If so, you could enjoy working at an office where you file paperwork and take care of light office tasks.

Businesses such as medical offices, accounting firms and industrial companies often have a need for people to come in and do light office work, filing, data entry and more.

Search online job sites for office work jobs near you. Or ask your parents if they have friends with small businesses that need help. This is a great way to get started learning about business while you make money to pad your bank account.

14. Teach a Sport

Are you talented at a particular sport? For example, have you excelled at baseball, football, gymnastics, tennis or other sports?

If so, why not use your skills to help others improve theirs and make money in the process?

You could use your sports skills to make money in a couple of different ways. For instance, you could teach private lessons to kids or adults looking to up their game.

Or you could teach group lessons or hold day camps for kids at a local park. Advertise your services at schools and other places where parents of kids might hang out.

15.  Spa or Salon Receptionist

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Working the front desk at a spa or salon could be another way to make money as a teen if you have good customer service skills.

Salon owners often hire teens to work front desk duties. To excel at this type of work, you need to have a cheerful smile and like helping people.

Examples of responsibilities include making and changing appointments, ringing up customer purchases and light cleaning duties.

Visit salons and spas near you to inquire about openings. Bonus: As a spa or salon worker, you might get discounts on services or products!

16. Create and/or Manage Blogs

Owning a blog can be a great way to make some passive income.

There are several ways to make money blogging:

  • Affiliate income
  • Ad revenue
  • Offering courses
  • Personal coaching

And more. If you have knowledge that you want to share with the world, consider starting a blog. It only takes about ten minutes to start a blog.

From there, you can create content, share it with the world, and potentially earn cash in the process.

Plus some blog owners also run a YouTube channel and need help making YouTube videos. You can assist them or create your own YouTube videos on your own YouTube channel.

17. Pet Resort Assistant

Do you love pets and want to make money to add some breathing room to your bank account? If so, working as a pet resort worker or assistant could be the perfect job for you!

Pet resorts and doggie daycares provide care for peoples’ beloved pets when they’re away for work or on vacation if they don’t want to use a pet-sitting service. It’s a great summer job.

As a pet resort assistant, you would be responsible for playing with and caring for clients’ pets.

You might also work at processing paperwork, answering phones and serving clients as they drop off and pick up after their pets.

18. Collect Aluminum Cans

If your neighbors consume a lot of canned drinks, such as sodas, consider asking them if you can pick up their discarded soda and other beverage cans once a week.

Then, bring the cans to a local recycling center, where they’ll pay you cash for your aluminum cans.

While this is a more out-of-the-box opportunity, you can still make money as a teenager.

One tip is to crush the cans to get more in a bag.

19. Sell Your Products

Are you gifted at making crafts, jewelry, artwork, woodworking, or other items?

You may be able to earn money by selling them to friends, family, and even on your neighborhood Facebook page.

As you grow, think about branching out to sites like Etsy. You can sign up with Etsy if you are at least 13 years old and have parental consent.

You can also sell your products on sites such as Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace or at local fairs and events.

Be sure to charge prices that cover the cost of your materials and your time. This way, you will be sure to make money to cover your costs.

20. Run a Farmer’s Market Stand

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Many local farmer’s market managers charge money when adults set up a stand. Fortunately, some will allow younger kids to do so for free.

Farmer’s markets sell a wide variety of items ranging from fruits and vegetables to baked goods and crafts. Think about all the different things you could sell.

There was a group of teens at our local farmer’s market that used to make brick oven pizzas and bread at the local farmer’s market. They made a decent amount of extra money doing this.

It’s important to check your state’s laws about farmer’s market foods before selling baked goods or specialty foods.

21. Work for a Property Management Team

One job I had as a teen involved working for a property management team. My mom knew a guy who owned a half-dozen rental properties.

When tenants vacated, my mom and I would head over to the house. We’d have to paint the interior walls and/or clean the property to get it ready for the next tenant.

The pay was good, and we were paid immediately after each job was finished. Contact property owners in your area to see if they need assistance if you like the idea of doing this type of work.

You could also advertise your services online on social media platforms (with parental permission). Keep in mind that you might have more luck talking to owners of smaller complexes or individual rental units.

Managers of larger complexes will probably have partnerships with cleaning and repair companies. Additionally, check with friends who are realtors. As they work with people to sell their property, they may need your help. This is a great part-time job to make money and network.

22. Work as a Parent’s Helper

A mother’s (or father’s) helper is different from a babysitter or nanny. It’s different because the parent is typically home, and most of the time, you’re there working.

As a parent’s helper, you’ll likely be asked to do a variety of different jobs to help the household run efficiently.

You might be asked to do the dishes, make lunch, or fold laundry. You might help a child with homework, change a diaper, or help while at the local pool.

Being a parent’s helper allows you to make money by helping a family while still having an adult nearby.

Check with local families and advertise with flyers to find work. Decide what your hourly wage will be based on the type of work you’ll be required to do.

23. Ask Parents for Tasks

Your parents (or grandparents) probably have a lot of stuff they would like to have done around the house. They just might not have the time to do it.

Ask your parents if they have a list of jobs they would be willing to pay you to do. Perhaps they’ll hire you to deep clean the basement or garage. Or be their dog walker.

Or maybe they need help removing clutter in their home office.

They might want you to do a spring cleaning project such as washing windows or dusting.

Have them make a list of tasks they need to be done around the house and what they’ll pay for each completed job.

Decide which jobs you want to do and finalize the details with your parents.

24. Help a Senior

Many seniors are looking to hire young people for various jobs. They might want help cleaning their home or a companion while running errands.

Sometimes, they might just want to have someone spend time playing cards or talking with them.

Check with local retirement communities to find work. See if they have a job posting board where you can offer your services.

25. Run Errands

teen running errands

Many busy people and families would love to pay a teen to run errands for them. For example, they might send you to pick up some groceries or make a stop at the pharmacy.

Or they may have you drop off/pick up dry cleaning or run to the post office to mail a package. One tip will help you make the most of your errand-running income.

Choose to work in neighborhoods where stores and other destinations are close to a lot of homes and apartments. This will help you save time.

26. Work as a Lifeguard

If you’re a good swimmer and like hanging out at the beach, being a lifeguard might be right for you.

Neighborhood community pools or beaches are often looking for teens to be lifeguards.

Most lifeguard jobs require workers to have or get lifeguard certification through a qualified organization such as the Red Cross.

Talk with local beach managers to find out more about the necessary qualifications.

Then, you can look into local lifeguard certification classes if you’re interested in pursuing a job as a lifeguard. It’s a great summer job.

27. Umpire or Referee

Local sports organizations sometimes seek out teens to work umpire and referee jobs for younger kids’ sports teams.

If you love sports and know the rules of baseball, basketball, softball or football, you could apply to work as an umpire or referee.

These types of jobs usually pay well. In my area, umpires get paid up to $30 an hour. Check with local sports organizations for more details about referee jobs.

28. Work as a Golf Caddy

Public and private golf clubs regularly look to hire teens as golf caddies for members and guests.

If you know a lot about the game of golf or are willing to learn about it, you could land a job as a golf caddy.

In addition to a base rate of pay, golf caddies often get nice tips from the people for whom they caddy.

The more you can help the golfer you are caddying for with club selection and shot advice, the more you can make.

29. Work at a Restaurant

Two of my favorite jobs as a teen were working as a cashier at a fast-food place and as a waitress at a local sit-down restaurant.

The fast-food job was great because I made a guaranteed hourly wage in a fun environment with free fries as a side benefit.

The waitress job was terrific because I made awesome tips along with my paycheck.

Both were part-time job experiences that allowed me to make serious money as a teen.

If you like the idea of helping serve people food, inquire about jobs at restaurants near you. You could also work as a cook, a busboy/girl, or a cashier at local restaurants.

30. Get a Paper Route

get a paper route

When my brother was 12, he got his first paper route. Within six months, he had earned enough money to buy a new stereo system and expensive Christmas gifts for each member of our family.

Contact local papers to see if they have paper delivery routes available in your area. Or check your local newspaper’s employment section for ads seeking paper delivery workers.

Keep in mind that working as a paper delivery person can require you to work odd hours. For example, some newspapers need to be delivered very early in the morning.

However, if you’re up early anyway, you could get your deliveries done before school. Find out which days and hours you need to work before you sign on for this job.

As with mail deliverers, newspaper deliverers are required to deliver in all types of weather.

31. Movie Theater Worker

Do you love people and movies? You might enjoy a job as a movie theater worker.

Movie theaters offer several different part-time job opportunities, such as ticket sellers, ticket takers, concession stand workers, and janitors.

Check with your local theater management to see about submitting a job application. Note that you may have to work late shifts if you work at a theater.

32. Grocery Store Employee

Grocery stores have many different jobs available for teens. You could be a cashier, a grocery bagger, a cart handler or a stock person.

Some positions at grocery stores require customer interaction, while others don’t.

Therefore, grocery store work could be a good choice for you, whether you love working with customers or would rather work behind the scenes.

33. Retail Store Worker

Many clothing and retail store managers need teens to work cash registers and keep shelves stocked.

Working at a retail store can be done seasonally, such as during the holidays or year-round.

A professional appearance, a good attitude and a willingness to be on time count where local retail stores are concerned. This is a great way for teens to learn these skills.

If you have these qualities, you might want to consider a retail job. Check for work with clothing, home improvement and big box stores near you.

34. Sell Stuff Locally Or Online

Is your closet loaded with items you no longer need? Do you have games or Legos collecting dust? Or do your parents have items they want to get rid of?

Consider selling those items in order to make money as a teenager. For instance, are there video games, DVDs or CDs lying around your room that you never use?

See if you can make money online with a site like Decluttr, or do a porch pickup through your neighborhood Facebook group. If you don’t want the hassle of selling items one at a time, then Decluttr can be a great option.

Their app allows you to scan items you want to sell, then sends you a box to ship everything to them. You can also sell items on sites like Craigslist or OfferUp.

Hint: Look for quality items on those sites that are free or cheap and resell them for a profit.

35. Rent Out Your Video Games

rent out video games

If you have a lot of video games or books that you don’t necessarily want to sell, you can rent them to friends for a small fee.

Charge them a set amount to rent the item for a week or two.

Also, make sure to tell them there will be a late fee if the item isn’t returned to you on time.

Keep a notebook or spreadsheet listing who has what items and when they’re due back so that you don’t lose track of your games.

36. Clean People’s Houses

Since traditional cleaning services can be costly, you can make money as a teen by cleaning people’s homes by charging reasonable prices.

If you like cleaning and know how to do a thorough job, a house cleaning business might be right for you.

To get your business started, make a list of what types of cleaning you’ll do. Then, you can start looking for clients by advertising your services to family, friends, and neighbors.

Make sure you have a competitive rate. Professional maid cleaning services typically charge between $25 and $35 an hour.

Doing your work quickly, thoroughly and only charging $15 an hour, gives potential clients a reason to hire you over a traditional maid service.

37. Wash Cars

Busy adults often don’t have time to wash their cars. This means that you can make some serious cash doing it for them.

This is especially true if you can wash their car at a location of their choosing. You’ll need equipment such as a bucket, soap, rags, or a soft sponge to wash with and towels for drying.

If you’re cleaning the interior of the cars, you’ll want to get some window cleaner and paper towels. A portable hand-held vacuum can be a great accessory as well.

Most people will let you use their hose and water to wash the exterior of their car. Some may lend you their vacuum for cleaning the interior.

Be sure to check to find out what supplies they will let you use before you take the job.

When it comes to pricing your car washing services, determine how long it will take you to do the cleaning job.

Then, offer an attractive rate that still gives you a good hourly wage. You can also learn to work quickly and efficiently to improve your hourly rate.

38. Organize Homes or Garages

Many people want organized spaces but just aren’t sure where to start. If you’re good at organization, you can start a business organizing people’s homes or garages.

When offering your services, take a thorough look at the job that needs to be done and determine how many hours it will take you.

Then you can multiply the number of hours by your desired hourly rate and make that your offered price for the job.

You can advertise your services on Facebook, with flyers or with emails.

Contacting friends, neighbors, and family members to let them know about your organizing services is an option to get the word out.

39. Boat and Camper Cleaning

You may have family members, friends or neighbors who own boats, campers or other recreational vehicles.

Check with them to see if they’d like to hire you to clean them after outings.

Ask to use their hose and water for rinsing and their shop vac for vacuuming. Bring all other cleaning supplies from your home to make it easier for clients.

Be thorough but quick and charge a rate that is fair for you as well as the customer.

40. Weed Gardens

weed garden

Do your neighbors have flower and vegetable gardens? You might be able to earn extra money by offering to pull weeds from the garden for them.

Weeding usually needs to be done every week and is hard work for older people, so they might appreciate a teen taking this task off of their hands.

Supplies needed: Paper/plastic bag, a towel to kneel on, and gloves.

41. Paint Fences

Wooden and metal fences need to be painted or stained every few years to protect them from deteriorating.

If you like to paint and have neighbors who have fences that need to be re-coated, ask if they’ll hire you to do the job.

You’ll likely need to do some research on how to properly prepare the surfaces for painting.

Also, you’ll need to know what types of paints are best to use on outdoor wood and metal surfaces before you start.

Check out Google and YouTube videos for some pointers.

42. Babysit

Are there younger kids in your neighborhood or extended family members who need child care? If so, you can offer babysitting services to earn extra money.

You can provide your babysitting services on nights and weekends during the school year.

In the summer, you could offer to nanny while parents are at work and kids are out of school. Use neighborhood social media outlets to advertise.

It’s not uncommon for babysitters to make $15 an hour or more. Babysitting is a great job for teens (even 14 and 15-year-olds) who are responsible, mature, and enjoy being with kids.

To look outside of your current circle of family, friends and neighbors for babysitting clients, check out Care.com. Care.com is a database listing available babysitters in specific areas.

You’ll have to have a parent or guardian’s permission to be listed on the site if you are under 18 years of age.

43. Tutor Kids

Many parents are looking for reasonably priced tutors for their kids.

If you’re a teen who excels in a subject such as math, reading or a foreign language, you can offer your tutor services to local parents. This is a great part-time job to make money as a teenager.

Ask neighborhood parents if they need a tutor. Or check local online sites such as Craigslist or social media sites for parents looking for tutors.

Stay safe by making sure to involve your parents when meeting up with a new potential customer.

Related Article: How to Start a Tutoring Business

44. Hold a Class for Kids at Your Home

If you have a talent such as drawing, painting or dancing, you could earn money by holding classes for neighborhood kids in your yard or home.

The lessons can be one-time deals or can be held for several days in a row.

For instance, you could hold a week-long day camp where kids come to participate in scavenger hunts or other activities.

You’ll need to create an itinerary if you’re going to teach a class to neighborhood kids. The itinerary should include lessons and keep them busy for the entire class time.

Be sure to charge a class fee that makes it worth your time and is affordable for parents.

45. House Sit

If you have a neighbor, friend or family member who is going on vacation, they may want to hire a house sitter to make sure their home isn’t vacant while they’re away.

Depending on what they need, house-sitting clients may ask you to be there for an hour or two a day. Others might just want to check in on the house every day.

Some homeowners want a house sitter to live in the house for the entire time they’re gone.

Get clear instructions about what type of house sitting they’ll want before agreeing to take the job. Negotiate the pay you’ll receive with potential clients and get a signed contract.

Not sure how to put together a contract? You can run a Google search to find contract templates you can edit to fit your needs. This is a great way for teens to learn a skill for later in life.

Related article: 9 Ways To Get Paid By House Sitting

46. Pet Sit

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A great summer job for teens who love animals is pet sitting. Some people might want pet care while they’re away at work if they don’t want their pets to be alone.

Others might need pet care while they’re on vacation. The amount of time it takes to pet sit depends on the type of pet.

Dogs will likely require constant care, either at your own home (get your parents’ permission first) or at the pet owner’s home. In this scenario, pet sitting can be one of the more time-intensive ways of making money as a teenager.

Other pets, such as cats or fish, may just need you to check in on them once or twice a day.

Decide ahead of time which types of pets you’ll watch. Set your prices according to how much time you’ll spend each day caring for the pet.

To find clients, you can let friends and family know about your pet-sitting services. You can also sign up for Care.com as a pet sitter.

47. Dog Walking

If you’re looking to earn money by helping animals but want a less time-intensive job, you could offer dog walking services.

Many want their dogs to get exercise while they are at work. These people will pay a decent hourly rate to have someone else walk their dog a few times a week.

Advertise your services to family friends with flyers, on social media sites like Facebook, or at local pet stores to find clients.

Make sure to organize your schedule so you can keep track of your dog-walking job commitments.

If you’re walking dogs that are well socialized, you can walk several dogs at once and increase your hourly income.

Be sure you don’t walk too many at the same time though. Safety always comes first.

Related article: Rover Review: Can You Make Money Dog Sitting?

48. Doggie Doo-Doo Scooper

Homeowners with dogs have to take the time to clean up dog poop from their yards. Some of your neighbors might be open to paying you to do this job for them.

Schedule regular yard cleaning times for each client to bring in a steady amount of money for your business. Bring your own scooper and a small garbage bag.

Discard the droppings in the outside trash bin or wherever your client tells you to dispose of them.

49. Grass and Plant Watering

teen watering grass

Sometimes people need help watering their grass, flowers and plants. Offer to come to their home and water these items for them.

This is a job you’ll likely perform once or twice a week to keep their grass and flowers healthy.

As with some of the other options, you can advertise with flyers or on your neighborhood social media sites like Facebook.

50. Do Lawn Work

One of the jobs my kids used to do was to help their great-aunt with lawn work. They could make their own schedule while making money as a teenager.

They would earn money by mowing the lawn in the spring, summer and fall. In late fall, they would also rake leaves and bag them up for her.

She paid them well for this work because it made life easier for her. Chances are that at least some people in your neighborhood could use help maintaining their lawns.

Ask your parents if you can use their lawnmower (offer to use your earnings to pay for the gas it uses). You can also use each client’s mower if they have one they are willing to let you use.

If you’re not interested in mowing lawns, you could offer to rake and bag leaves in the fall or shovel snow in the winter.

Benefits of Making Money as a Teen

When you are a teen, there are several benefits to making your own money:

1. Buy Things Your Parents Can’t or Won’t Pay For

You might want things to buy, like clothes, entertainment, and electronics.

Perhaps your parents will buy some of these items, but there also is often a limit to what they can or will do.

This can also apply to things like saving up for stuff like cars, college and other big purchases.

2. You Learn Important Life Skills As a Teen

One of the most helpful skills you can ever learn is the ability to earn money outside of a traditional job.

This is important because there could be instances in life where your job won’t provide enough to pay for what you want or need.

Or there could be instances where you don’t have a traditional job due to a job layoff, injury or some other reason.

3. It Prepares You For The Real World

When I moved out of my parent’s house, it was shocking to me to learn how much money it costs to live when your parents aren’t supporting you anymore.

You’ll be out on your own one day too, so making money as a teenager will provide a good experience for you about what it is like to earn and manage your own money.

You might actually be surprised at how you handle the money you earn yourself.

You may handle it differently than you handle the money that your parents give you with no strings attached.

What to Do With The Money You Make as a Teen

If you decide to start making money as a teenager, it is important that you have a plan for the money that you earn.

Make sure you put money in three different areas:

  1. Give
  2. Save
  3. Spend

A good rule of thumb is to put 10% toward giving, 20% toward saving and 70% towards spending.

You can adjust these percentages depending on your needs and your level of discipline.

If you want some ideas for saving money, check out things to save up for as a teen.

Making a plan for your money will help you build money habits that will be beneficial to your financial future.

Making money, spending money and saving money are three different things. Part-time jobs like these are great to get you started.


If you want to make money as a teenager, there are many ways to succeed and work towards a better financial future.

Think about what you enjoy doing, the skills you have, and how much time you have to commit to making extra money.

With a little creativity and some hard work, you can start earning serious cash in no time.

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  1. Hi, I am trying to make 100+ in one month, are there any faster ways to get money??

  2. Hi, I’m thinking of writing stories & posting them online but my problem is how do I get paid?

    1. Jess Nardini says:

      Check out the artilce links to see if there are any that apply to writing and publishing online! If you sell through Amazon or antoher place like that, they’ll have a way of paying you through their site. You’ll most likelly need to have direct diposit or paypal.

  3. Good evening….please am trying to sign up with my email and password so I can get the access of becoming a Swagbucks member but it’s not working what do I do please?

    1. Jess Nardini says:

      What country are you in? There could be a possibility that the service just isn’t available in your country yet. I would try to get into contact with customer service to see if they can help you!

  4. I am turning 12 and its 2020. I want to buy a horse but it cost over a thousand. How do I make that type of money?

  5. I was wondering what could be a good job for me if i am a soccer player, short distance runner, and people say i sing really good?

  6. Jenrola Jackson says:

    What sites can I create a website without having to pay first?

    1. Check out Wordpress or Blogger among others. They allow you to create a site for free! Best of luck!

  7. E'doma Vincent says:

    Hi, thanks for all these and am a 16 year old boy, living in Uganda. I saw one of the great things there is video making. And as my self I know I can shoot some short awesome videos of my family members maybe or just my town and it gets cool. So how can I turn this into money making like as its up there as video shooting, like what kind of videos.
    Thanks again.

    1. It depends on what sort of videos you are interested in! You can make videos specifically for companies as a freelancer, or you could upload videos to Youtube of things you’re interested in and make money if you get a good following! There are a lot of great options! Best of luck!

  8. I’m 18 years old and I live in village and I want to start a business but I dont have any plans what can i do?

    1. You definitely want to have a plan for what kind of business you want to run before you get started. You can see if this article or any of the links provide any inspiration for what you could do! Best of luck!

  9. I live in Zambia, Africa. What if I work online and I get paid? How can I get the money?

    1. If I were you, I would try to work that out before trying to get an online job. You might be able to get a bank account either in your community or online. Then, check to see if you can set up a PayPal account and tie it to that bank account.

  10. Rent out games? PFF, sonsole peasants. For those that can’t understand sarcasm that was it.

  11. I am a 12 year old girl in North America, but some of the people in my neighborhood don’t have dogs or kids, and the elderly people already have helpers. What should I do?

    1. It sounds like you might have to look for other ways to make money. In addition to this post, we have additioinal posts on this site about ways kids and teens can make money. Make sure you check them out.

  12. Tara Haire says:

    This list is so out of order! Why would you send teens online to try and make money where so much information is recorded and used to solicit individuals? Chores, lawn care, babysitting…these are teenager jobs. This is an irresponsible publication and promotes unsafe practices for teens and young adults. Get a better job – you suck at advice.

    1. I’m sorry you feel that way. If you read the whole post you’ll see that some of the options you mentioned are also in this post. Also, the post provides ideas and options. It’s up to teens and their parents which options should be acted upon. Thank you for your comments and concerns.

  13. Maximillian says:

    I’m 14 and I do not want to work for anybody. I want to start my own stuff.

    1. That’s great. However, keep in mind that you have to start somewhere. Hopefully you can start your own business. However, until you do, some of these ideas can get you started making money quickly.

  14. How do I get started for these jobs? I’m only 11.

    1. If you’re only 11, some of these might not work for you. However, we have additional posts on this website with ways both kids and teens can make money. Be sure to check them out. One or more of them might work better for you. 🙂

  15. Thanks for this. There are jobs here I never knew I could get paid for.

    1. I’m glad we could help! 🙂

  16. I need all this. I regret ever letting people snatch money out of my wallet at 16. I’m 17 years old, and I’m looking for ways to make money while still in school and over the summer. Plus, I could look for ways to earn money and college credit while still in school. I could earn a lot of tuition money for college, plus I could earn scholarships and gift cards, or have somebody with me to get a job interview, a credit card, some debit cards, membership cards, a car, and car keys. Plus, I can save a lot of money. I can get an adult driver’s license when I turn 18 years old, get 18 and up scholarships, get a lot of money, and my high school diploma when I graduate. I can get a part-time job and summer job so I won’t have to ask for money. I really need all this!

    1. This post is for you, then! I wish you luck as you work to earn money. We have additional posts on this site about ways teens and kids can make money. Be sure to check them all out as you try to reach your goals.

  17. Wow, that was really helpful. Thank you. I am going to start these very soon.

    1. I’m glad it helped and I wish you success!

  18. I want to do anything to earn money, like wash dishes, walk dogs, wash your plants, and clean the whole house.

    1. I bet it won’t take you long to get hired, then, if you do a good job! Good luck!

  19. Hi,
    I am 14 years old and do not have a phone! My parents are telling me to make my own money so I can pay for my own. But, when a job comes up, they always say that they don’t have time or they don’t want to drop me off. It is so aggravating. What do I do?

    1. You could start by checking out the links and ideas in this post. Also, perhaps you could babysit for others or do work for your parents or friends? In addition, try talking to your parents and letting them know that you are serious and ready for this responsibility. Maybe you could suggest to them a probationary period of time for them to watch you babysit or dog walk or whatever. If they do not feel you are doing a good job, they can end it. But if you are doing a good job, they should let you continue to work and earn your own spending money. Just make sure you keep up with your other responsibilities at home and school as well. If those slip, your employment period could be short. Good luck!

  20. Hi. My name is Triniti. I’m 12 and about to turn 13. Me and my best friend are trying to find some thing to do so we can do some cool stuff for summer. I’m moving in the summer, so if you have anyone that is looking for someone to do something for them in Plymouth, Indiana, let me know please.

    1. Well Triniti, for starters you could try some of the links in this post. We also have other posts on our site about ways kids and teens can make money so be sure to check them out. There’s always something you could be doing to earn a little money. I wish you luck.

  21. You have given me a new way to make my dreams come true! Thank you so much. I didn’t think I could earn a decent living through writing poetry. This will give me such an advantage when I want to travel the world later in life because I won’t have to settle down! These are the best ideas ever!

    1. I’m glad we could help. 🙂

  22. I feel that often times people forget that saving money can also make you feel like you are not completely broke. That’s why I love the acorns app. All you do is connect your credit card and it passively saves money for you. It saves your spare change. I totally forgot about it and after 6 months, it saved over $500. I was super happy because I thought I only had $20 to my name. Being 18, I just want to be financially smart. So, thank you so much for this article. I am always looking for a way to make money.

    1. That’s terrific that you saved so much and great that you are starting out young! If you keep doing that, and investing, you could set yourself up nicely for retirement.

  23. Hey Deacon, this page helped me a lot! These are great tips.

  24. I am a 16 year old male in search of taking care of myself and being responsible and I would appreciate any kind of job that comes my way.

    1. Hopefully this post can help you then! We also have other posts with ways for kids and teens to make money or get jobs. Check some of them out and good luck!

  25. Sadly, only about half of these things are legal in Australia and my mum would never let me work for someone she doesn’t know. There aren’t many people close by who we do know. My parents don’t give me money for doing chores because it is already expected that I do most of the house work. I am also legally too young to work anywhere. Most businesses require you to be over 18 even to volunteer or work at a cash register.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that, Alice. Keep brainstorming for ideas to make money and check out some of the other posts on our site as well. There are several different ones geared toward kids and teens making money. I hope you are successful in finding something that works for you!

  26. Hello,

    I need a solid money making business idea.

    1. There are lots of those on this website. Some are for kids and teens, others are ideas for adults to make money side hustling, working from home, and more. Check them out. I hope one works for you or gives you an idea that you can use.

  27. How can a 12-year old kid like me make money?

    1. You could use some of the ideas in this post for starters. But we have other options as well on our site for kids or teens who want to make money. Be sure to check them out. I hope at least one of these ideas works for you. Good luck!

  28. I’m only 13, and whenever I ask my parent if I can do any of these things she just laughs and walks away. What do I do?

    1. Perhaps taking on extra chores at home to show you are serious and responsible? Another idea is to line up a babysitting job, paper route, or some other job and then ask her. Make sure to tell the newspaper or mother of the kid you will be watching that you must ask permission first, of course. Then check with your parent and let her know you want to do this, with her blessing of course.

    2. I used to deliver catalogs in Australia and earn $80-$100 aud per week, delivering catalogs is a far better paying option than newspaper. Did it up till I was 17 started at 13

  29. Rissa famor says:

    I want to apply as an online worker.

    1. We have other posts on our site that might help you out as well. Be sure to check them out. I hope you find something that works for you. Good luck!

  30. Veronica Blossom says:

    So, me and my best friend want to make money, but we don’t know how and we’re only 12 (turning thirteen). Are there any other small things that can help us?

    1. We have several posts on our site with ideas that might work for you. Be sure to check them out. Of course, you might not be old enough yet for all of the ideas in our posts, but there are some that might still be good options for you until you are. Good luck!

  31. Jude Obosu says:


    I’m a student and my parent are in need of money. I need money to pay my fees.

    1. Let’s hope a few of these ideas work for you! If not, there are other money making posts on our website than can help. Be sure to check them out!

  32. I’m 14 and live in an apartment. What other jobs can I do? Also, I always do chores around the house, including washing the car, and my parents don’t agree to paying me for it.

    1. Well, all parents have different feelings and rules about what they believe when it comes to paying their children for chores. I’m sure they are simply trying to do what is best for you. However, we have several sites with ideas on how teens or kids can make money. Check them out and I wish you luck!

  33. I would love to teach a class about art or house-sit, but how much money would I get to do that?

    1. It depends on what you are teaching, how much knowledge you have about the subject, how many take your course, etc. As far as house sitting, it depends on the size of the house, how long the owners will be gone, etc.

  34. make money online says:

    I just found your blog and I’ve found every article I’ve read to be very helpful. My problem is that I get lots of visitors, but very few comments!

    1. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the posts!

  35. They are good suggestions, but I can’t do most of them because everything is different in my country.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that. I hope these can help inspire other ideas that will work for you!

    2. What country you in? Most countries would have jobs like these. Maybe as these are American search up jobs similar or the same in your country. (if you don’t feel comfortable answering, its fine)

  36. Hi,
    What if your parents think you’re being weird for asking for an allowance to get them Christmas presents?

    1. I live in the country, and the only place close enough for me to work is a ranch or farm. I am too young to get an actual job, but I can work for ride time at the ranch.

  37. Tyson Johnson says:

    I love it that #1 on the list is cleaning houses. I couldn’t agree more. When I was 16, I quit my $5 per hour snow cone job and started my own window cleaning business. My wage immediately went to $25 per hour. I was able to do this through high school, college, and even on and off as an adult.

  38. Starting an IRA is a great option! Teens may seek guidance from their parents like I did. I used to pay for my own insurance and contribute towards utility bills at an early age. Babysitting and pet sitting have their own challenges. You’ll need to be mature enough to handle different situations. I earned a bit by taking summer jobs during the earliest phase of my career.

    1. Laurie @thefrugalfarmer says:

      I love the IRA idea!! We’re making our oldest daughter pay for her car insurance and for gas when she uses the car. It’s tough because I struggle with wanting to just give her the money for it like most other parents around here do. But, I know that we’re doing her a favor by helping her adjust to “real life” by making her pay for these expenses herself.

  39. Duncan's Dividends says:

    This is an awesome list. One thing I wish I had known when I had been making money in my teen years is that I could start an IRA. It would have added another decade of compounding, essentially, since I went to college and got my MBA as well. If your teen makes money they can contribute and thank you later for helping them on their journey to financial freedom as well.

    1. Laurie @thefrugalfarmer says:

      That’s a great tip!! We’re teaching our kids to invest early and take advantage of compound interest.