Is your teen asking you for extra cash for new clothes, shoes, or a new phone? Whether you’re a teenager looking for a job, or a parent looking for ways their teen can make money and learn essential life skills, we’ve got some great ways for teens to use their talent and skill to earn money.
Below, we’ve put together a list of ways your teen can make money both online and offline. For offline work, you will need reliable transportation, whether it is public transportation, a bike, a car, or a ride from an adult. Safety and responsibility are key elements here. Next, set a reasonable hourly rate or price for their services. Decide upfront what they will and won’t do, and make sure the terms are clear before they begin their gig.
Before you get started, review the labor laws in your state, as well as special laws for minors. If you’re looking for online jobs for teens, beware of any scams, and stay involved throughout the process. Despite how safe or easy it looks, stay involved with your teen’s work to ensure a pleasant experience for all. For online gigs, get a PayPal account on behalf of your teen.
Dogs need to be walked, and people don’t always have time to walk their dogs as often as they like. Get exercise, keep the dogs happy, and get paid. Your teen could make decent money walking dogs each week.
Rover is a site for pet owners to find people to help them with their dogs. If you are willing to offer those services, you could make a few extra bucks playing with new furry friends. You can set your preferences (small dogs, big dogs, young dogs, old dogs, etc.) and you'll only get offered jobs that include those requests.
Help Others With Chores
It’s no secret that people of all ages dread doing chores. Why not do some extra chores and make some money? Start with your neighborhood. Tell friends and family to spread the word, and post it on social media as well.
If your teen is responsible and old enough to babysit, this may be a useful gig. Start with asking family members if they can babysit younger nephews and nieces. It is a huge responsibility, and your teen should understand what to do in the event of an emergency and be sure to follow the parents’ directions. Your teen can offer to babysit on nights and weekends, or during the summer.
Lawn Mowing and Yard Maintenance
Your teen could offer to water the grass and tend to flowers and plants once or twice a week for some extra cash.
Neighbors could also use help with their lawn care and landscaping. Your teen should know how to operate a basic lawnmower. For less intensive activities, your teen could rake and bag leaves in the fall or shovel snow in the winter if you live in a colder climate.
If your teen is doing well in subjects like algebra, calculus, and chemistry, there are probably classmates that could use some help for a set fee. There may also be students at other schools who need tutoring, just check at your local organization, church, family, or parent group and pitch the idea to people that have children that need help in school.
Organize Homes And Garages
If you have friends or neighbors that complain about clutter and lack of organization, your teen can go through their home, garage, or office and get everything organized in no time at all. Estimate the hours and set an hourly rate or a flat fee, and get to work!
Fast Food Jobs
Many reputable fast food chains and local fast-food restaurants hire teenagers, offering an hourly wage, free food, and a true learning experience.
Many sit down restaurants employ teens as hosts, greeters, cashiers, and busboys. Check out your favorite restaurants for availability, and be sure to check online.
Grocery Store Jobs
Grocery stores also have many different job positions available for teens as a grocery bagger, stocker, or cashier.
Teens who are good swimmers are perfect candidates for a lifeguard position. Just be ready to go through certification through the Red Cross and other job certification requirements.
If you know of neighbors, family members, or friends that will be out of town, your teen can be a house sitter to watch over their home while on vacation. They may want your teen to be there for a few hours each day or stay there while they are gone. Just be clear about expectations, instructions before setting the price.
Wash Cars, Boats, and RVs
Teens can start by asking family or friends if they can wash their cars for a fee. If you have neighbors who own recreational vehicles such as boats and RVs, you can earn even more for washing and cleaning them. Offer a reasonable rate that gives you a good hourly wage.
Minor Painting And Repairs
Make extra cash by painting and recoating wooden fences. Your teen can also make extra money by doing minor repairs around the house for neighbors and family members.
Traditional cleaning services add up quickly, and many people would gladly hire teenagers to do the job for a reasonable price. Be sure to outline what is included in the gig, what supplies will be provided, and set a price accordingly.
Deliver The Local Newspaper
Contact local papers to see if they hire teens for paper delivery routes. You can also check your local newspaper’s online employment listings.
Garage Sales and Facebook Local Yard Sales
Put your teen in charge of yard sales to help get rid of used household items, books, DVDs, and clothing. Also, list the yard sales on Facebook for local sales. With yard sales, stay nearby to supervise payment and watch over the cash box. With Facebook local yard sales, accompany your teen and avoid meeting with people alone.
Sell Beverages And Baked Goods
There are several places where you could sell drinks and snacks to residents at busy street corners, bake sales or garage sales.
These types of businesses are especially successful in the summertime or during busy event times. When we go to the local state fairgrounds, there are several vendors on the sidewalk selling bottled water and other packaged snacks. Be sure to get familiar with your state’s ordinances and laws about food sales first. Also, beware of situations where you may need a permit or license.
Sell Your Creations
If your teen is crafty or creates printables or designs, they can sell their creations on Etsy, Redbubble, or Cafepress. These companies often print designs on items such as t-shirts, tote bags, and iPad covers.
There's a great Etsy Printables course co-taught by Julie of The Swag Elephant. She started it back in 2017 and started off by selling temporary tattoos for bachelorette parties. She's since expanded, having made over a thousand sales of checklists and other printables. She shares her secrets in a self-paced five-module video and text course that includes weekly coaching via Facebook Live so you can ask specific questions.
Your teen can care for pets while your neighbors and friends are at work or on vacation. Dogs require regular care, while other pets may require a few check-ins throughout the day. Decide on the types of pets and the prices by determining how much time you will spend caring for them.
Busy people could use help with running errands, whether it be grocery shopping, picking up dry cleaning, or mailing packages. Figure out what services your teen will offer and set a reasonable price or hourly rate.
Movie Theater Jobs
Movie theaters regularly hire teens as ticket takers, ticket sellers, cashiers, and maintenance. Check local theaters and job listings to see if they are hiring.
Work At Your Recreation Center or Local YMCA
You can get a job at a recreation center setting up tables and working in the office. Check out opportunities at your local YMCA for flexible hours or summer jobs.
Retail and Seasonal Jobs
Teens can spend their free time at retail stores working at cash registers and organizing clothing and merchandise. Retail work can be full time, part-time, or seasonal.
Work As A Golf Caddy
Public and private golf clubs, as well as country clubs, hire teens as golf caddies for guests that play golf.
Work For U-Haul or Help Others Move
U-Haul hires workers as young as 16 in some states. Most job descriptions require applicants to be at least 18 years old. Remote jobs may also be available, depending on where you live. If your teen has access to a truck, they can also help friends and family move to a new location.
Survey Focus Groups
If you qualify, you can be selected for focus groups and be paid for your opinion.
Most focus groups are held at a private location with a panel of qualified participants. At the end of the session, which usually lasts a couple of hours, participants get paid up to $100 for their time.
When you think of direct sales, Avon comes to mind. Most of these options are great for female teenagers. There is an upfront investment for a starter kit, but there is potential to grow the business with commission sales.
Avon is great for teens 13 and up. Skincare companies such as Origami Owlettes and Nuskin also permit preteens to sell their products. Nail product companies such as Gel Moment and Perfectly Posh are great for teens to sell to their friends that love a good manicure.
Recycling Cans & Bottles
Take discarded soda cans and glass bottles to the local recycling center to get paid for your cans and bottles.
Declutter Household Items on Amazon & EBay
Social Media and Newsletter for Family and Friends
You probably have some entrepreneurs in your family, so why not help them with their business while making some extra cash? Teenagers are great for writing newsletters, creating graphics, and writing engaging emails for your business.
Web and Graphic Design
Good graphics are essential for business owners, but they are also equally important for social events. Teens can advertise their services to parent groups. Also, visit local businesses and see if they need flyers, updated logos, pamphlets, or other graphics. Teens can whip up a professional-looking website in a matter of hours at a reasonable cost.
Photoshop and Photo Editing
Aside from web design, teens who are experienced with Photoshop or PicMonkey can create high quality photos for business or personal use. Whether it’s touching up wedding photos for a family member or creating cool graphics for a business, teens can make serious money with their Photoshop skills.
Digital File and Audio File Conversion / Editing
With webinars, podcasts, and other digital media soaring in popularity, editing audio and video content are high in demand. Most editing software is low cost or included with your computer if you have an iMac.
Start a Blog
Blogging can be lucrative for teenagers with a small investment for web hosting and a paid theme. In the long run, some teens make hundreds, if not thousands per month from blogging!
Perform Online Research
Small and large companies alike spend thousands of dollars researching their competitors and market conditions. Your teen could create reports, spreadsheets, and find contacts based on clear instructions. Just be clear about the scope of the task and the information needed.
Take Online Surveys
Teens can easily make money by completing surveys from the comfort of their couch. Swagbucks lets you make money to pay for necessities. Inbox Dollars will pay you to watch videos, play games, and take surveys. Our full review of Inbox Dollars will explain even more. Other websites such as American Consumer Opinion, Opinion Outpost, Survey Club and Pinecone Research let you earn anywhere from $3 to $50 per survey. Sites like Slice The Pie let teens review music and earn money.
Create A Gig on Fiverr
Tell your teen to make a list of your talents, then go to Fiverr and see which gigs are performing well, and let them create a gig. Be sure to have a valid PayPal account, and finish the work within the deadline. Ask for positive reviews and feedback to build their gig and profile page so that they can offer extras and climb the ranks of top sellers.
Social Media Manager and Ad Campaigns
With the popularity of Facebook, Instagram, and other social media, people will hire teens to manage their social media accounts and web content. Search for these jobs online, and reach out to your entrepreneur friends to see if they could use extra help. Teens can also run ad campaigns like Google Ads for businesses and social media ad campaigns via Instagram Ads and Facebook Ads.
Create YouTube Videos
The Bottom Line: Be Safe And Make Money
These ideas should give you and your teen a good starting point to make money. Be sure that your teen is responsible and does high-quality work. These skills will help them be successful adults. Aside from that, keep your teen safe by staying involved in the process and be accessible in the event of an emergency.