36 Supereasy and Fun Ways for Teens to Make Money

If you’re wondering how to make money as a teen, these creative tips will inspire you! My teen niece works after school as an ice skating coach and earns $20 per hour. Not all jobs for teenagers make that much money, of course — but if you’re creative and practical, you can find those hidden gems. These ideas for teens range from creative to practical, from blogging to teaching sports. 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! Or — if you’re super creative and like thinking outside the internet box – read 25 Odd Jobs and Hobbies That Make Money in Creative Ways.

Finding ways to work for yourself is the best way to make money, whether you’re a teenager or adult. Entrepreneurs who work for themselves get to keep all the money (except for the taxes owed, of course). 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! If you have any ideas or thoughts on how to make money as a teen, feel free to comment below.

36 Ways to Make Money as a Teenager

Remember that there are no easy answers or quick tips for finding a job (even though these are supereasy ways for teens to make money!). You have to do the work – pound the pavement – to find a job before you actually get hired, which is a drag. I hate looking for work! And it’s more challenging to find a job when you’re a teenager because you don’t have alot of experience or even references. Your resume may look empty because you haven’t even had a job yet.

Don’t despair — take heart. Making money when you’re a teenager and feel like you can’t get a “real” job may require a bit of creative thinking, which will benefit you in the long run. If you’re a creative teenager who can find ways to make money by offering your own services or products, you’ll make more money.

Even better, future employers and college admissions committees would LOVE to hire you as an employee or accept you as a student. Teenagers who can make money as entrepreneurs are Blossomy and awesome.

On to the money making jobs and ideas for teens…

1. Offer to scan and organize people’s paper photographs. My 60 and 70 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 one of the best way for teenagers to make money, because scanning and organizing photos is a HUGE job. People over 60 (even over 40, like me) have boxes and albums of photographs that need to be digitized. The best way to start this money making business for teenagers is to create your own online photo album. Show potential clients what you can do and how it’ll benefit them. The more organized and professional you are, the more money you’ll make.

2. Find ways to turn your hobby into a money making business. This is one of the most fulfilling tips on how to make money as a teen. For example, have you always loved baking cupcakes, making rubber stamps, creating tiles, taming lizards, or cooking natural organic soap bars? Learn how to create more and better products at home, and find ways to sell them to your friends’ parents, your parents’ coworkers, your grandma’s friends. Useful products made by enterprising teens are a great way to make money, because people will buy your stuff to support and encourage you.

3. Experiment with lemonade or homemade cookie stands. When I was a teenager who needed a job, I made $52 in three hours selling raspberry iced tea on a busy neighborhood street. Homemade tea – brewed fresh, served with lots of ice and sugar on the side. If you love food, this is a great tip on how to make money as a teen.

4. Sell jewelry you made yourself. One of my teen Twitter followers called Princess Jones says, “My mom would actually bring a shoebox full of my jewelry to her office and sell it to her coworkers for me.” This is a sweet job for a teenager: you get to do the creative part, and your mother does the hard work of selling and making money!

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 don’t remember how much money I made as a teen, and it’s definitely not a job for everyone, but it was the best summer of my life.

6. Mow lawns and do yardwork for your neighbors. Not the most exciting or creative job for teenagers, but it can pay well. And if you do good work, you’ll never run out of money because grass constantly grows and snow always falls.

7. Do extra chores around your house. Do your parents need help with the housework, childcare, or external yard chores? Maybe you already do this for free (I had to)…but what about your neighbors? Ask if they could use an extra hand with the laundry, cleaning, or even the cooking. This is one of those jobs for teenagers that – if you play your cards right – will never end.

8. Walk dogs. I’d pay my teenage neighbor $15 per hour to walk my dogs. This is a fun way to make money as a teen, except for the poop-picking up part. And the lost-the-dog-in-the-park part. woof

9. Get a paper route. This isn’t the best tip on how to make money as a teen because it doesn’t pay well and hardly anybody gets print newspapers delivered to their homes these days. Who’s in charge of this list, anyway?

10. Get paid to do surveys at home.  Honestly, I wonder if this is a scam. Some of these “get paid to work at home” require you to give them money before they hire you. Teenager or not, NEVER pay someone money before (or after) they hire you.

11. Clean and organize people’s garages, attics, or basements. This is similar to my seventh way for teens to earn extra money…but can be sold as a “decluttering” or “household organization” business. And it’d be alot more interesting than cleaning the bathroom!

12. Ask your parents for a raise in allowance in exchange for extra chores. Hmmm…how is this different than teen money-making tip #7? Oh yeah, the allowance bit! Do you get an allowance? Talk to your mom and dad about creative ways to increase it.

13. Work at a fast food restaurant. “I worked at Hardees,” says my teen Tweeter Princess Jones. “That job made me enough money to go to college; I worked with a son and mother who both worked the same grill. If you want to get a job at a fast food restaurant, take your resume there in person. Talk to the hiring manager, and put your best, most responsible foot forward. The best tip how to make money as a teen is to be likeable and hire-able.

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14. Offer to tutor your neighbor’s kid. This is a great job for teenagers who get good grades, who are patient, and who like helping other students learn. You might help them read or write better, or master their math or vocabulary skills so they feel more confident in school.

15. Research people’s family history. This is an interesting tip on how to make money as a teenager, especially if you can use the internet to research genealogy while resisting the urge to check Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, whatever! I’d love a history of my family, but I don’t have time to look it all up.

16. Teach skating, gymnastics, or other team sports. Are you an athlete? Teach what you know! Even if you aren’t a track or football star, you can teach younger kids basic skills. Coaches – even teen ones – can make money with this job. Refereeing is another possible way to make money for teenagers who are good at 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.” I call it free money and lots of exercise on the side!

18. Look for lost golf balls on the golf course, and sell them to golfers. This is another Twitter tip on how to make money as a teen. Not sure how profitable it is; it may depend on where you live.

19. Ask your parents if they can hire you to help them with their jobs. This is a great job for teenagers if their mom or dad owns a business…and it’s a cool way to see your parents at work.

20. Learn how to make money bloggingThis is my favorite tip how to make money as a teen, because it’s easy if you have a built-in audience and a niche topic. But it doesn’t give you real-world experience, which is a negative.

21. Start websites or blogs for your grandparents. Even a Facebook page can be frustrating and challenging for someone to start. Offer to sit with clients and guide them as they create their first online media presence!

22. Take care of your neighbor’s pets or homes while they’re away.

23. Deliver community flyers. Ever wonder how flyers land in your mailbox? I didn’t, either…until I realized someone must put them there. This could be a good way to make money for teens who are strong and like to walk.

24. Get a job with Dickee Dee – it’s a mobile ice cream business, usually on a bike. It can be a tough way to make money…unless you can stake out a public park or swimming pool area.

If you’re not extroverted and you don’t really want to make money working with people, read Best Jobs for Introverts and People Who Like to Be Alone.

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36 Supereasy Ways for Teens to Earn Extra Money

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 a teenager. Unless you want to get kicked out of the house.

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. As a teenager, you may have to start with the lowest and hardest job, and work your way up.

27. Ask your parents’ friends if they’ll hire you. Talk to your mom or dad about their friends’ businesses. Maybe they run a restaurant or small company, and you could help them with office jobs or on the factory floor. Making money as a teenager requires a combination of creativity and boldness.

28. Ask your older brothers or sisters if they’ll pay you to do work for them. Does your big sister hate cleaning her room or doing her chores? Charge her $10 per hour, and get to work! Does your brother despise washing his clothes? Charge him $10 per hour for a speedy wash, dry, and fold cleaning service.

29. Work at a summer camp or a day camp in the city. Often, the best way to get this job as a teenager is to volunteer first. Then, you get references and work experience. And – best of all – you find out if you really want to work with children. Maybe this’ll turn into an actual job after you graduate from high school.

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 more fun way to earn money, but I made more money babysitting. Looking back, I’d stick to the decision I made as a teenager: take the concession stand job, and let other teens babysit.

31. Sell creative products at craft fairs and flea markets. You don’t have to make your own jewelry or sew your own clothes to sell stuff at summer fairs and markets! If there’s a market near your home, go and ask the vendor if they need help for a few hours. This might be a profitable job for teens because it could lead to other types of work.

32. Be a mother’s helper. This is an old-fashioned job title, I think. It’s like working as a babysitter but different because you’re doing more than “just” watching the kids. A mother’s helper is more like being a nanny, but the parents are around most of the time.

33. Teach seniors and elderly people how to use computers. This job for teenagers is related to my other money making tips – but the difference is that you’re actually teaching people how to use the computer. This is even more valuable than just doing the work for your clients.

34. Run errands for people who are housebound, ill, or not able-bodied. My neighbor had a stroke, and needed groceries. She also needed someone to just go to the library and get her an assortment of books, magazines, and DVDs to keep her occupied. This is a wonderful tip on how to make money for teens who want to make money, and who have a heart for helping 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 or kids your own age. You can teach your fellow students how you earned an A in geometry while earning lots of money in this tutoring job. And, you can teach subjects that aren’t related to school! For example, if you’re a teen with money management skills, teach other teens how to reach their financial goals.

If you’re trying to earn money for college or university, read 10 High Paying Jobs for College Students.

What did I miss – what’s the best tip on how to make money as a teen? Comments welcome below! I can’t offer financial advice, but I welcome your thoughts and ideas for money making tips for teens.


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9 thoughts on “36 Supereasy and Fun Ways for Teens to Make Money

  • Laurie Post author

    Thanks for your thoughts on my tips for teens who need to make money! The most important takeaway is that earning money takes time. Don’t fal for the “make money fast” or “get rich quick” schemes, because you’ll get scammed.

    If you want to make money, you have to set aside time to find a job – or learn how teenage entrepreneurs create and sell their own products or services. Take time to learn how to build a business or find a good job, and you won’t regret it.

  • Tyson Johnson

    Great article Laurie! Couldn’t agree more about youth finding better paying jobs and flexibility by working for themselves. That’s what I did as a high school and college student cleaning windows and it really worked well. Free E-Book geared for young people and parents on my website if that’s helpful.

  • 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