I was a teenager once and it was really nice to have some money of your own. It was fun making money and saving it in your own bank account. There are so many ways to make money as a teen and I’ll go over them in detail to help you out so that you can learn how to do it. Make me a promise though that when you make money you’ll come back to my page and leave a comment and tell me how your experience was.
1. Sell Your Own Services
One of the best things you can do is make a flyer and advertise yourself! You can do so many things. For example, raking lawns, washing cars, walking dogs, etc. Whatever you think you can do as a service to people, list it on your flyer.
If you really want to hit a homerun follow my example. I made a flyer once and passed it around my neighborhood. I listed a bunch of handyman services and listed it as volunteer work so people could pay me as a donation. I got so many hits off of this flyer. One lady asked me to rake her lawn and for a few hours of work she gave $50!
Here’s an example of the flyer I made:
Volunteer Handyman Services
-Washing cars and detail, lawn maintenance, walking dogs, painting, plumbing, trash and debris removal.
(I can’t remember the whole list but it looked something like this.)
Pay me what you think the job is worth. I will give you a receipt so that you can deduct it on your taxes.
(Your Name and Number)
It was a lot nicer than this and I think I even put an image on the flyer to look nice but I just want you to have an idea of how to do it. Happy hunting and I hope you get a lot of hits.
Tip: the more houses you put the flyers on the more calls you’ll get. Be sure to print it on bright colored paper and use a large font so that people can read it easily.
2. Sell Your Stuff
Sell your stuff that you’re not using, with your parents permission, on facebook swap sites. This can be something as small as a basketball to as big as an entertainment system like xbox or playstation. You can literally sell anything. Here’s a small list:
- Sports balls (basketball, soccer ball, baseballs, bats, baseball bags, baseball gloves, etc)
- Entertainment systems (wii, playstation, playstation games, controllers, xbox, games or controllers, computer games, laptops, computers, printers, mp3 players, headphones, etc.)
- Old computer chairs or desks
- Any old furniture that you may have (beds, dressers, animal crates or cages)
This is just a small list but you can sell anything and ask for top dollar for it. Trust me, people will talk you down anyway and you can agree on a price.
If you have a little money saved you can look for things that are cheap on facebook swap sites, or yard sales and resale the items for a higher ticket. I’ve seen people do this all the time. I once got a free laptop and I still have but I can sell it easily on facebook swaps for $50.
3. Pass out flyers
Go to local restaurants and offer your services for passing out their flyers or menus. When I was a teenager I went to small latin cage once and asked for a job. The manager told me he did not have any positions available for me but said I could pass out their menus. He would give me a stack of menu, probably like 150, and I would go around to parking lots or residential apartment buildings and put them on cars. The manager would give me $20 every time I did this. Be careful to pass out flyers where you are allowed to because some place prohibit putting flyers on cars.
4. Help out at Barber Shops/ Beauty Salons
When I was a teenager I would go to my Mom’s beauty salon where she
worked on the weekends and sweep the floors all day. My Mom and the rest of the stylists would give me like $5-$10 sometimes even $20 each just for sweeping up the hair after each of their customers. You can go to local barber shops or beauty salons and sell yourself as someone that can sweep the floors throughout the day or if you have a family friend in the business it could be a better opportunity for you. Don’t be shy, these barbers and stylists love someone who is willing to help out.
You can even offer to wash people’s hair before and after their haircut. Of course, you want to get permission from the manager but you can earn more money this way. I did this myself and the people used to tip me $1-$4 dollars every time I washed their hair. It’s not hard at all to put shampoo and conditioner in people’s hair. Easy money!
5. Get a Job
Get a part time or full time job during the summer. You’ll be out of school so you’ll have the ability to work anytime as long as your parents approve. I worked one summer in an Animal Clinic in the kennel. They hired me at a good pay rate and all I had to do was walk, bathe, and feed the dogs. I would also do the laundry because every dog had a towel in his or her cage. I had a lot of fun that summer and I earn more than $1000 by the end of the summer. I went back to school with some really nice clothes ;-).
It’s not easy finding or getting the job. Get some help to learn how to fill out a job application and prepare for a job interview. You can even ask around, maybe a family member or friend know someone that will hire you. You want to be professional all the time. You can enjoy yourself but take your job serious.
Some great places to look for a job are at your neighborhood supermarkets, shopping malls, and restaurants. One your application be sure to tell them you are looking to gain some work experience as you are still in school and show a lot of interest in their business. You may even be able to keep the job after the summer and work on the weekends. This will you can still be making money throughout the year.
6. Make Money Online
You can learn to make money online. Learn about affiliate marketing. You’ll need to build a website but these days it’s real easy. Mostly everything is plug and play. I know a lot of teenagers building and managing their own websites these days and making money from them. It can be real fun learning how to promote products on your website and writing reviews on them. In affiliate marketing you can promote anything that your passionate about.
Let’s say for example you really like video games. You can build a website that reviews several different video games to help people decide which one’s to purchase. Generating sales for companies online can make you alot of money because they pay you commission for getting products sold. A great part about it is that you do not need to own any products or purchase any inventory. You will be making money off of other people’s products.
All you need to do this is a desktop or laptop and an internet connection or wifi. Once you get online join a program called Wealthy Affiliate. They will teach you everything you need to know about making money online and affiliate marketing. You can become a real professional internet marketer with the training in this program. It is free to join and if you decide to stay after your get done with Phase 1 of training maybe you can ask your parents to help you pay for your membership, if you’re not making money already.
Internet marketers make a lot of money. Inside Wealthy Affiliate you will see people who are making $10,000 a month. There are so many of them in there. WA is also a social network so you’ll be able to talk to many professional internet marketers on a daily basis. I myself am a member inside the community so I can help you anytime or you can ask anyone inside. Everyone is usually most welcoming when it comes to offering help.
Hope you enjoyed my list of all the ways you can make money as a teenager. I know you can do it. You can do anything you set your mind too. I made a lot of money as a teenager so ask me any questions on how, or any way I can help you out.
Good luck, and try to save some of that money that you will be making! 😉