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  1. 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.

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

  2. 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.

    • 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.

  3. 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.

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

    • 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.

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

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

  6. 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!

    • I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the posts!

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

    • 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.

  8. 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.

    • 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!

  9. Hey,
    I live in Nigeria and I want to make money online through this net. Can you help? I am 19.

    • You could try some of the options in this post. If you are unsure if it will work in your country, check out the terms and conditions or policies on the site. If that doesn’t tell you, send your questions to them directly through their contact page.

  10. Hi,

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

    • 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!

  11. 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?

    • 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!

  12. I want to apply as an online worker.

    • 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!

  13. 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?

    • 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.

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

    • 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!

  15. Hello,

    I need a solid money making business idea.

    • 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.

  16. 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.

    • 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!

  17. 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.

    • 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!

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

    • Thanks, JC! 🙂

  19. I really want to make money, but I need a starting plan.

    • Well, this post might help you get started. We have other posts that can help kids and teens make money too. Be sure to check them out!

  20. 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.

    • 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.

  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!

    • I’m glad we could help. 🙂

  22. 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.

    • 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.

  23. 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?

    • 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!

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

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

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

    • I’m glad it helped and I wish you success!

  26. 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!

    • 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.

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

    • I’m glad we could help! 🙂

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

    • 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. 🙂

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

    • 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.

  30. 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.

    • 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.

  31. 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?

    • 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.

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

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

    • 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.

  34. 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?

    • 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!

  35. 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.

    • 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!

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

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

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