As a teenager, you probably don’t have any major bills to pay, but it’s still nice to have some pocket change to spend on clothes or to go out with your buddies. But instead of begging your parents for money or depending on your allowance as your resource for money, you might want to take it upon yourself to make your own cash.
Sure, you could always submit an application at your local grocery store or McDonald’s for a job, but there are so many other creative – and fun – ways to make extra money, even without any experience.
So, how can you make some money as a teenager without spending all your free nights and weekends as a cashier at your local fast food joint?
Here are just a handful of ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.
1. Watch Movie Previews
What teenager doesn’t like to watch movies? Not only can you still do what you enjoy doing, you can even make a few bucks doing it too!
There are actually companies out there that will actually pay you to spend a bit of your time checking out movie trailers, celebrity videos, and clips of the latest news trends. Companies like Swagbucks, Inbox Dollars, and Viggle are just some outlets that pay you to chill out and watch some entertaining videos. You can earn as much as $300 per month if you’re really dedicated. Not too bad for a student salary!
2. Take Surveys Online
You don’t need any experience to get paid to take online surveys. Companies like the ones mentioned above pay people to take surveys and offer their opinion.
SurveyJunkie is also one of the more reputable online survey companies that connect regular people just like you to big companies who want to know exactly what paying consumers are looking for in products and services. This information is so important to them that they’re often willing to pay big bucks to get it, and you can capitalize on this fact by taking a few online surveys in your spare time.
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3. Monetize a Blog
Do you love to post things that you’re passionate about online? If so, you can actually make extra money by throwing up some ads on your blog. If you can get a decent following on your blog, you might have enough people visiting that will click on the ads you put up next to your articles or photos.
With online platforms like WordPress and Blogger, it’s super easy to start a blog. And based on the average student’s knowledge of everything digital, setting up a blog should be as easy as pie.
There are a few ways you can make some money from your blog, and the easiest way is to put up ads using Google Adsense. With this platform, you make a few cents every time someone clicks on an ad. You can also put a few affiliate links to Amazon to make some money. When people buy something off this e-commerce site through your link, you earn cash.
Both of these methods can provide you with the opportunity to make a few extra bucks online every month.
4. Sell Stuff on Etsy
Are you the crafty type? Why hoard all your creations for yourself when you can share them with the world and make some money at the same time? Etsy is a great marketplace for homemade goods, and you can use this channel to sell some of your arts and crafts to earn some extra cash.
Opening an Etsy store is pretty simple. All you need to do is enter a few pieces of information about yourself, throw up some photos of the things you’ve got for sale along with a description and price, and ship out your goods when someone makes a purchase. You can even use your social media profiles on Facebook or Instagram to advertise your store to really give your sales a boost.
5. Become a Dog Walker in Your Area
Do you love dogs? Are you responsible with animals? If so, you might just have a very lucrative part-time job opportunity in the making. If there are a number of dogs in the area, consider approaching the owners and let them know that you are available to walk their furry friends. Or put up a few signs in the neighborhood to let residents know about your services.
Many dog owners work during the day and aren’t around to let their dogs out during this time to stretch their legs and relieve themselves, and many dog owners are willing to pay other people to walk their dogs for them. That’s where you come in. You can earn as much as $10 to $20 every half hour hanging out with the neighborhood pooches!
Babysitting is a traditional job for teenagers, and it’s still a great gig today. Parents in the neighborhood will want to get out on their own once in a while, and they’ll need someone to watch their kids while they’re out. If they don’t have any family close by who can watch their kids for them, they’ll typically turn to reliable teens in the area.
To make yourself more marketable, consider doing a quick babysitting course that will teach you how to safely watch children and what to do in the event of an emergency.
7. Offer Music Lessons
If you’ve spent years learning how to play an instrument, consider teaching others what you know. The best venue to teach would be at your students’ homes, unless your parents are OK with having students come to yours. Just be sure that your parents have met your students’ parents and that everyone feels comfortable with the arrangements that are agreed upon.
Like dog walking, you can advertise your music lessons by putting up some signs in the neighborhood. Or, your parents can spread the word with others that they come into contact with. Once you get your first customer, your best source will be word-of-mouth. You can earn between $10 to $20 an hour teaching music lessons with your instrument of choice.
If you excel in a particular school subject, use those strengths to help you earn some money on the side. You’ll probably find it pretty easy to find parents of kids who are willing and eager to dish out good money for a knowledgeable tutor to help their children get through their homework and bring up their school marks a few notches. You can expect to make anywhere around $10 to $15 per hour tutoring neighborhood kids who need a little extra help in certain subjects.
9. Sell Your Talents on Fiverr
Do you have some sort of talent that people would pay for? If so, you could market and sell your skills on Fiverr.com. This site is filled with people offering the most unique services that people are actually paying for. Whether you’re good at making videos, writing poems or stories, or designing websites, Fiverr.com is a great marketplace to advertise your talents.
This site allows people to list job offerings for pay from $5 and up, depending on what you have to offer. While you might start off making very little, you can really work your way up if people like your work and continue to purchase your services. You never know – you could just make a full-time income off of it!
10. Become a Lifeguard
OK, so this one might require a bit of formal training, but it’s a great way to make good money by doing something you’re good at. If you’re a strong swimmer and are able to go the extra mile to earn your lifeguard credentials, you could be making decent cash hanging out at the beach, the local pool, or even teaching swimming lessons.
11. Referee Local Sporting Events
Local sports organizations often look for teenagers in the area to work umpire and referee jobs for children’s sporting events. If you’re good at a certain sport and are knowledgeable in its rules, you might be able to apply to work as a referee or umpire and make some good money too.
12. Be a Golf Caddy
Golf clubs are always looking to hire people to serve as golf caddies for its members and guests, and many of these applicants are typically teenagers. If you like golf and know a thing or two about it, you could get yourself a job as a golf caddy. Even if you don’t know as much as you should to get this type of job, you can always take the time to learn. You might even be able to get a few rounds of golf for free as well.
You might find it easy to get a traditional part-time job as a fast food clerk, cashier, or bagger at the supermarket, but there are so many other enjoyable ways to make a quick buck, and many of them pay even more than your average job. As a teenager, you probably have a lot more to offer than you might think, and people may be willing to pay for it. Think about your interests and things that you’re good at, and you may just have a lucrative opportunity on your hands that’s waiting for you to pounce on it.