The teen years are the perfect time to try different money-making ventures. From selling handmade items to babysitting, I did my own fair share of hustling before I could work a part-time job.
Teenagers make great entrepreneurs because they have the enthusiasm and energy needed to take on tasks that busy adults are often willing to pay for. Here are 10 easy ideas for how teens can make money:
All you need is a mower (and a tolerance for heat in the summer), and you could easily get a nice little gig going. Spread the word to neighbors and family members. One of the best places to advertise your services and availability is on social media. Join your town’s Facebook group or local Next Door group. Chances are good that there are more than a few folks who wouldn’t mind outsourcing this weekly task and helping a teen make some money.
In addition to lawn mowing, yards need a lot of other kinds of upkeep throughout the year. From raking and bagging leaves to picking up dog poop, there’s plenty of time-consuming work that needs to be done around the yard. This is an especially good idea in the fall when leaves become hard to keep up with. Many elderly homeowners are simply unable to do their own yard maintenance, making it a perfect money-making opportunity. As a bonus, you can feel good about helping people out, too!
Shoveling snow is such a labor-intensive task, and many homeowners are physically unable to clear their property after a snowstorm. All you need is a sturdy shovel, a warm coat and gloves, and a lot of energy. This was one money-maker that I did myself as a teenager, and not only did I earn a little, but I also got cups of hot cocoa and cookies from kindly seniors in the neighborhood. Last winter’s polar vortex was a goldmine for anyone interested in making extra money by shoveling sidewalks and driveways.
This is the classic teen job, especially for young girls. I loved to babysit my cousins because it was fun, and earning spending money was just like icing on the cake. I even took a safe-sitter course at a local hospital to improve my skills. Babysitting is a sure way to earn some quick cash on weekends.
Make and Sell Something Online
The Internet makes selling handmade items so much easier than it used to be. If you have something that you like to make but haven’t found the right outlet for selling it in your hometown, turn to the web. Craft fairs and flea markets can only take you so far. I didn’t grow up with the Internet, so I definitely missed out on the worldwide marketplace as a kid. Just think of how many friendship bracelets I could have sold on Etsy!
Make YouTube Videos
Teens today are probably far savvier than many adults when it comes to the web, and making YouTube videos could prove to be a lucrative endeavor. I mean, just look at this kid. While the chances are slim that you can rake in millions, you certainly could have a lot of fun while making a little spending money, too.
It seems like every weekend there are local kids running a car wash in our area. Many of these are for fundraising purposes, so it’s a proven way to earn if you need it. This is a great way to raise money for a sports team or other school program.
Like animals? Put out the word that you’re available for pet sitting. It could be a few hours after school or a summer gig where you help out vacationing families. People love their pets, so they’re usually more than happy to pay for quality care.
Again, if you like dogs, this is a great gig for you. Put up some flyers around the neighborhood advertising your services. This is a job that would only take up a few hours each week, and you would get to enjoy some exercise outdoors, as well.
Okay, you need to get your parents in on this one, but it’s still a great way to make money. Clear out all of those toys that you’ve outgrown, and give up those clothes that just aren’t your style anymore. Your parents will probably appreciate you clearing out old stuff, and you get to keep the profits!
What would you add to the list? Ever tried any of these as a teen?