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Creative, Unique and Fun Ways to Make Money as a Teen
It doesn’t matter what age you are, you probably like having money — and the teenage years are a great time to start earning it. We’re sharing the benefits of bringing in a small income and providing a list of ways to make money as a teen.
Teens eventually outgrow allowances. So, the next step toward having money is to earn cash to drop into their own checking account by getting a job. Learning how to make and manage money encourages financial responsibility — while having a job, selling things or completing financially rewarding tasks teaches about good work ethic and motivation in preparation for adulthood.
If you’re a parent, give your teen a nudge toward getting a job by sharing this article with them. First, check out the benefits of being a teenage earner. Then, we’ll list various types of jobs and unique ways to make money as a teen.
The following platforms provide the space where you can exercise your creativity, share your passions, connect with other creatives and more. Grow your fanbase and earn a buck while doing something you love.
- YouTube: Be a content creative and start a YouTube channel where you can build a subscriber base, community and collection of content, so by the time you turn 18, you can start monetizing through AdSense or merch shelf.1
- Medium: Have something to say? Passionate about a topic? Love words? Join Medium — a storytelling platform for writers who can participate in the Medium Partner program to make money.2
- Patreon: Podcasters, video creators, musicians, writers and other creatives can share content on Patreon through a membership. Grow your fanbase and patrons will make payments to support your work.
- Fiverr: Fiverr is a marketplace where you can build a freelancing business in areas like graphic design, digital marketing, video/animation, programming and more. Become a seller, share your talent and do business with buyers.3
- Instagram: Grow and engage with a following on Instagram as an influencer and you can collect some dollars through sponsored ad posts. You can also become a brand ambassador and post an affiliate’s products in exchange for free items or services.
For the future sales star, sell your secondhand items online and perfect the art of landing a deal. Here’s how:
- Poshmark and Depop: If you love fashion, assess the inventory in your wardrobe and sell new or preloved clothing, accessories and more. Is streetwear or vintage fashion your thing? Depop is the fashion marketplace for you.
- eBay, Facebook Marketplace and Decluttr: We all have a lot of stuff — and often unused things just get stowed away in closet corners, under beds and in the back of drawers. Evaluate stuff without a purpose and put a price tag on it on eBay or Facebook Marketplace. Do you have tech to discard? Post it to decluttr.
- Etsy and the Farmers Market: For future entrepreneurs, set up an Etsy shop or become a vendor at a local farmers market. Discover your craft, like handmake jewelry or homemade baked goods, and sell these items to those shopping for something unique.
Surveys and Polls
You can get paid to simply share your opinion and give feedback by taking surveys or participating in focus groups. In return for sharing your voice, you can earn points and rewards and get paid through cashouts and gift cards. Sign up for an app below to participate in market research and help influence products and services. Speak up and have fun doing it!
- Survey Junkie
You know that dreaded dirty work no one likes to do? That’s where you come in. Offer the services below to your neighbors, family members and even social media connections. Although this isn’t the most fun work, it’s in demand, which means opportunity and job stability (two important parts of a career).
- Cleaning or organizing garages
- Landscaping or yard work
- House or pool cleaning
- Car wash
Become a “tasker” and you can also make some cash through TaskRabbit. TaskRabbit connects you to a wide range of handyman and moving services and more.
Housesit, babysit and pet sit — cash in on watching over someone’s house, child or pet, or even start a doggy daycare and dog walking business! If you love kids, consider tutoring. According to Verywell Family, the average rate for tutoring is at least $15 an hour.4 You can also officially teach English online by becoming TEFL/TESOL certified on Bridge.edu, as long as you’re at least 18-years-old.5 Along with kids and pets, seniors need to help too. See if an elderly neighbor needs help with errands or transportation. Helping others is incredibly rewarding, so while you earn a buck, you can also feel good knowing you’re there for someone else.
Whether you’re a sports fanatic or huge gamer, you can use your hobbies and activities to bring in some cash.
- Youth Sports Referee: If you’re an athlete, put your knowledge of your sport to use and take on a referee role. Referee jobs typically pay well, and you’ll likely need training and certification.
- Golf caddy: Working as a golf caddy can also bring in some substantial dough. As a caddy, you’ll carry golf clubs, but it’s also a great experience for learning the skills and rules of the game.
- Youth Sports Coach or Kids Fitness Instructor: Like academic tutoring, you can coach young athletes and provide them with one-on-one lessons in a sport you excel in. You could also host kid-friendly yoga and fitness classes.
- Sweatcoin: “It pays to walk!” With Sweatcoin, steps are converted into currency. This means when you move, you earn Sweatcoins that can be redeemed for items like shoes and tech.
- Twitch: As long as you’re 13 or older, join the live-stream gaming phenomenon Twitch. As a streamer, you get money in your pocket when viewers make donations or tips.6
Once you start to earn some money, what’s next? The obvious answer is to spend it on entertainment with friends, food and things you want. It’s also important to learn how to budget and start saving for bigger purchases and goals. You can even experiment with investing or borrow money from your parents to learn about paying interest.
You’re young! You should be able to enjoy your money — but at the same time, the sooner you can learn how to use it wisely, such as with a debit card, the better off you’ll be as an adult.