Making money as a teenager can be hard to accomplish. However, thanks to the Internet these days, it can get a little bit easier for you. There are so many apps and websites that can help you make money, or at the very least it can be a little bit easier to advertise to your local area. If you want to make money but don’t know where to start and don’t have the time to get a traditional job, start with this list. From finding your passion and monetizing it to just trying out babysitting, this list has it all!
1. Sell Your Closet
Do you have clothes in your closet that you haven’t worn in years? Make some extra cash and clear out your closet! Download one of those super popular apps that allow you to list pieces of clothing in your closet for sale. It’s such an easy way to make some extra cash with very little work!
2. Make Your Passion Your Job
Turn your passion into a job! If you love singing, try to get local gigs around town or upload your videos to YouTube to get some money from Google AdSense. If you love to dance, teach a dance class. If you’re a writer, find a website to write for! There are so many different ways that you can make money as a young teen with your passion that you may not have realized yet!
3. Start a Blog
Just like YouTube, you can create a little bit of extra cash from Google AdSense on a blog. If you love writing but can’t find a website that will pay you to write, try starting a blog instead. You’ll get to write about the content that you love and you’ll get all of the profits!
If you love kids and know a lot of kids in your area, as well as their parents, start babysitting! If they can trust you, you’ll start racking up the babysitting jobs insanely and you’ll make a ton of money! It’s also a gig that will make you super responsible and more mature than other people your age!
5. Tutor Young People
No one really likes school, but some people really love learning. If you’re one of those people who loves learning, turn that love of learning into a tutoring gig. Get in contact with your library about putting flyers up, as well as local elementary schools in the area. You’ll have a huge client base in no time at all!
6. Do Online Surveys
If you don’t have one thing that you love a lot that can be monetized, try online surveys instead. A lot of them are super easy, and some even have you watch TV shows, movies, and other web videos, which makes it the most entertaining way to make money online!
7. Find a Hobby That Can Be Monetized
Do you love making bracelets or artwork? Sell it on Etsy! There are so many hobbies that you may have that you can easily sell online thanks to the Internet! You’ll be surprised just how easy it is to make some extra money with your little hobby!
8. Try a Personal Fundraiser
People love supporting a good cause and it doesn't have to be for a school or sports team. As long as you're honest about your intentions, why not start a personal fundraiser to get your adult life started without going into debt. The sky is the limit here. You could simply ask people for cash or you could sell them homemade cookie dough, a car wash or whatever else you think has value.
9. Start a Garden
If you have the space and love to get your hands dirty, gardening is a great way for a young person to make some extra money. You can grow a ton of fruits and veggies from an inexpensive amount of seeds. Box up the produce and sell it to your neighbors or community members. People are always willing to pay for good food.
10. Become a Pet Sitter
Not a fan of little kids? Become a pet sitter instead. You can use your skills to walk dogs, take care of pet while the owners are out of town or simply offer to clean up the poop from the backyard. If you love animals, this is a great way to spend some time with them and earn some extra money at the same time.
11. Do Product Reviews
Sometimes you can earn money by reviewing new products and letting the manufacturer know what you think. Other times you earn free products, saving you money on things you have to buy anyway. There are loads of products you can try out so this could easily be a great way to put some extra cash away.
12. Do House Sitting
If you're a reliable teen who isn't afraid to be home alone, house sitting could be the most lucrative way for you to stash some cash. All you have to do is stay in the house while a friend or family member is on vacation and make sure it's clean and safe and you could make hundreds all at once.
13. Clean Houses
It might not be the most glamorous way to make money, but people are willing to pay pretty well for someone to clean their home for them. Stock up on cleaning supplies and gloves and you're ready to start your own housekeeping business.
14. Run Errands
It's no secret that many working adults are pretty busy. Cash in on that by running their errands for them. If you have your own car, offer to pick up groceries, drop off library books or whatever else needs done. You can charge based on mileage and the time it will take you. Cool, right?
15. In-home Care
You probably aren't old enough to be able to do medical type things, but you can certainly make some extra dough by cooking meals for shut-ins or elderly people in your neighborhood. You can also do light house cleaning, yard work or other chores that don't require specialized skills. This is a great way to feel good and help someone at the same time.
What’s your favorite tip on this list? Have you ever used any of these tips for making money? How’d they work out for you? Let me know in the comments!