Generating an income as a teenager can be challenging. Their main focus is on education, as it should be, leaving little time for financial endeavours.
As teens become more independent, and spend extra time away from their parents, they tend to have an increased interest in making money. Whether they’re saving for something like a car or video game console, or simply want money to go out for pizza and a movie with friends, a teenager’s quest for funds is never-ending.
For some teens, working a part-time job is the answer. For others, creative alternatives are necessary, due to school, extracurricular activities, or other schedule conflicts.
If you have a teen in your life who is interested in money-making opportunities that are convenient and profitable, without requiring the time commitment of a full-time job, these suggestions may help.
Use your knowledge and skills to help others. If you excel in a specific subject, or are skilled in an area that others are interested in learning more about, such as coding or graphic design, you can earn cash simply by teaching your peers.
If you have relatives or neighbors who travel, you can offer your services to them for a fee. While they’re gone, you can get paid to bring in their newspaper and mail, water house plants, take care of pets, and more.
Mowing lawns is a classic job for teens, and tends to pay relatively well. Ask neighbors, family, and friends, if they’d be interested in handing over their lawn responsibilities to you, and you’ll reap the benefits. My family lives in an apartment complex, where a landscaping company takes care of our outdoor space, but my teenage son makes $20 per hour mowing the lawn of a relative’s neighbor.
Most teens have plenty of video games, electronics, and other items they no longer use. Spend a few hours sifting through the contents of your bedroom, and you’re likely to find a plethora of items to sell. Coordinate a garage sale, post items on sites such as Craigslist, or try Amazon Trade-In for selling everything from DVDs and smartphones, to books and tablets. You can even make money selling electronics that are broken.
This won’t make you a lot of money, and it can be a bit tedious, but if you’re interested in taking surveys on a variety of topics, it’s a simple way to earn cash, that can be done while you’re watching TV or just relaxing at home. There are some survey sites that are scams, but you can find plenty of reputable companies that will pay you for taking online surveys.
From handmade soap and jewelry, to cupcakes and artwork, if you’re passionate about something, you just might be able to make money from it. People love to support teen entrepreneurs, and with social media being as popular as it is, you can advertise for free.
Car owners like to keep their vehicles clean, but they don’t always have the time to do it themselves. Offer your services (washing exterior, vacuuming interior, cleaning windows, etc.) to neighbors, family, and friends, and you’re likely to make a decent amount of money for a few hours of work.
Teens today are extremely knowledgeable in regard to computers and other electronics. Older generations can benefit from your expertise, and are willing to pay you for your time. From simple tasks, like sending emails, to more complicated projects like installing software or demonstrating how to create spreadsheets, providing tech assistance to those who need it is sure to keep you busy.
If you enjoy photography, and have an eye for capturing special moments, you can earn money for taking photos at local events – birthday parties, weddings, and more. This is a great way to build a portfolio if you are planning on pursuing photography as a career.
If you have strong organizational skills, you can make money by helping others who struggle in that area. Whether they need help with sorting and filing paperwork, getting their garage in order, or figuring out a system to better manage their household, people will be thrilled to have you help them get organized.
With more and more parents working from home, this is becoming especially popular. Busy parents can always use assistance with household jobs, such as laundry, routine maintenance, cleaning, or just keeping the kids entertained, so they can get some things done, or have a bit of time for themselves.
For many adults, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. Teens can capitalize on this by offering to run errands for a fee. This can include a wide variety of tasks, such as grocery shopping, picking up the dry cleaning, and delivering items to the post office.
Many families are outsourcing their household cleaning nowadays. Professional housecleaning services can charge upward of $30 per hour, depending on the job requirements. If you’re willing to roll up your sleeves, and work hard to clean the homes of others, you could easily make some good money.
If you’re someone who enjoys typing, check out transcription job websites such as TranscribeMe or Quicktate, which allow you to work as much (or as little) as you like, earning cash to transcribe audio files.
There are people who make reselling items their full-time job, but it can be a great part-time gig as well. Spend a few hours a week at local thrift shops, garage sales, or browsing online ads, to find items you can purchase inexpensively, and then sell them for a profit.
Do you have a money-making idea for teens? What would you add to this list?