36 Ways for Teens to Earn Extra Money 6

These money making tips for teenagers range from creative to practical, from blogging to teaching sports (my 14 year old niece is an ice skating coach). If you need ways to earn extra money and you’re a teen, you’ll find something here.

I started making money when I was 12, babysitting. If I were to give my pre-teen self tips for earning extra money, I’d encourage myself to go into business for myself. I’d tell myself to start a blog! If you like to write, read How to Stay Motivated when You’re Starting a Blog.

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Finding ways to work for yourself is the best way to make money, whether you’re a teenager or older adult like me. Entrepreneurs are adventurous and creative, and enjoy the challenge of finding different ways to make money! Most of the money making tips for teenagers on this list are entrepreneurial in spirit, but many involve earning money the old fashioned way.

These tips won’t work for all teens, but they may fire up your creative spirit!

36 Money Making Tips for Teenagers

Making money when you’re a teenager and feel like you can’t get a “real” job may require a bit of creative thinking…

1. Offer to digitize people’s paper photographs. My 60 year old friends don’t have time to scan and save their photos, but they have the money to pay you to do it! (I think this is the best way for teenagers to make money, which is why it’s number one).

2, Find ways to turn your hobby into a money making business (making cupcakes, making rubber stamps, creating tiles, taming lizards, and making natural organic soap are examples of hobbies that can make teens money)

3. Experiment with lemonade or homemade cookie stands (when I was a teen, I made $52 in three hours selling raspberry iced tea on a busy neighborhood street)

4. Sell jewelry! Princess Jones says, “My mom would actually bring a shoebox full of my jewelry to her office and sell to her coworkers for me.”

5. Work at a carnival or traveling fair. I did this when I was 13 years old; I traveled with the Bill Dillard Exhibition for a whole summer! I didn’t make a lot of money, but had a fantastic time

6. Mow lawns and do yardwork

7. Do extra chores around your house

8. Walk dogs

9. Get a paper route

10. Get paid to do surveys at home (this is  an investment – sometimes teens have to spend money to make money)

11. Clean people’s cars or garages

12. Ask your parents for a raise in allowance in exchange for extra chores

13. Work at a fast food joint. “I worked at Hardees,” says Princess Jones. “It made me go to college; I worked with a son and mother who both worked the same grill.

Ways for Teens to Earn Extra Money

Ways for Teens to Earn Extra Money

14. Did I say walk dogs? Or wash cars

15. Weed gardens or rake leaves

16. Teach skating, gymnastics, or other team sports

17. Collect bottles or cans door to door (I earned money as a teen this way, and also found lots of bottles and cans all over the neighborhood. Some call it “collecting ditch bottles”)

18. Look for lost golf balls on the golf course, and sell them to golfers

19. Ask your parents if they can hire you to help them with their jobs

20. Learn how to make money blogging

21. Start websites or blogs for your grandparents

22. Take care of your neighbor’s pets or homes

23. Deliver community flyers

24. Get a job with Dickee Dee (a mobile ice cream selling bicycle service)

25. Host a garage sale (but don’t sell your family’s stuff without permission! That’s not the best way to make money when you’re 14)

26. Bus tables or wash dishes at a restaurant. Washing dishes was how fiction writer Shawn Proctor started out! Now he’s working on a bestselling novel!

27. Ask your parents’ friends if they’ll hire you

28. Ask your older brothers or sisters if they’ll pay you to do work for them. Perhaps you can assist them somehow.

29. Work at a summer camp or a day camp in the city

30. Work at the concession stand at a ball park (this was my second job as a teenager; my first was babysitting. The concession stand was a much more fun way to earn money, but I made more money babysitting)

31. Sell stuff at craft fairs and flea markets

32. Be a mother’s helper (it’s different than being a babysitter – it’s more like being a nanny, but the parents are around most of the time)

33. Teach seniors and elderly people how to use computers

34. Running errands for housebound, ill, or disabled people

35. Post flyers around your neighborhood, advertising your services as a teen willing to do odd jobs around the home and garden

36. Tutor your peers…and if you’re a teen with money management skills, you can teach other teens how to reach their financial goals.

The best way for teens to earn money: read 10 High Paying Jobs for College Students.

What do you think – what’s the best way for teenagers to make money? Comments welcome below! I can’t offer financial advice, but I welcome your thoughts on money making tips for teens.


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6 thoughts on “36 Ways for Teens to Earn Extra Money

  • Miya

    These are some super smart ideas, but what if you don’t really have time to you know, get a job? I have a trip coming up pretty soon and I’ll need a couple hundred dollars. Mostly because food won’t be provided. I don’t really have time to get like a job. Any suggestions?\

  • Laurie Post author

    Hi Chelsea,

    Do you live in a rural area or small town? I’m curious where you are – are there no jobs or ways for teens to earn extra money in your community?

    How have you earned money in the past? Is there a way to continue making money that way, so you can save up for college or university fees?

    Sometimes it’s not possible for teenagers to find work that actually helps them save money for university or college. In that case, it’s important to learn about other ways to find tuition and textbook money – and even find free ways to get your education paid for! Scholarships, grants, student loans….there are places to get money, but you have to dig them up.

    If you haven’t considered applying for scholarships or grants for college or university, here’s a place to start:
    Scholarship Essay Sample

    You might also think about searching the internet for “scholarships for college students” and “how to pay for college” and “student loans for university.”

    I hope this helps….let me know what you discover!

  • Maria

    Hi, my son just participated in a data collection project, and it’s a great way for teens to earn extra money. He really had so much fun. I think it is a great way to learn and earn this summer. Pretty good pay for 5 rounds of recording (10-15 minutes per recording).

  • Laurie Post author

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, Sylvia! I have a Little Sister who is 11, and neither her family nor I have alot of money to spend on our outings (we’re part of the Big Sisters/Little Sisters organization).

    So, we need to find ways she can earn money to pay for the occasional expensive, fun activity – like skiing or snowboarding – and to pay for our scrapbooking supplies. We’re taking bottles back for a refund, and….we haven’t come up with other ways for her to earn money yet. It’s tough to earn money when you’re not a teenager yet.

  • Sylvia

    Great Tips! I have two teen agers who babysits sometimes and they’re always looking for good ways to make extra cash. Thanks

    • Chelsea

      This is a great help but I am unable to do most of this as I can’t do it because of my whereabouts, I don’t know how to do these things or I just downright can’t do them. Please can someone give me a few tips as I am saving up for my college and university fees. 🙂
      Thanks so much
      -Chelsea xx