Despite our challenging economy, there are still any ways for teenagers to earn money. Whether you are trying to get some money to buy that game console you always wanted, to ease your parents’ financial burden, or whatever else reason, there are many ways you can make money both online and from home and out there in the real world.
Here are 25 ways you can make money as a teen:
Try Swagbucks, the famous rewards program that pays you for watching videos, taking surveys, shopping and more.
Online Ideas for Kids
1. Make money with Swagbucks
SB is basically an online rewards program that offers you a bunch of different ways to earn money, gift cards and other prizes.
For example, you can earn by taking surveys, answering questions, playing games, searching the web, etc. You won’t get rich doing this stuff, but you can earn some easy cash.
2. Freelance write
There are lots of freelancing websites that will pay you to write content for them.
There are also sites like Squidoo that will allow you to publish content on their site and then monetize it with your own ads.
A quick search on Google will reveal lots of online freelance writing opportunities.
3. Take paid surveys
Taking online surveys is a fun way to make money as a teenager from home. But before you register with any site, make sure you do some research so you don’t fall for scams. Also remember that all legit survey sites are free to join.
There are actually a few survey sites like TeensEyes that specialize in conducting surveys targeted towards teens 13 years old and up.
If you have to only sign up for one paid survey site to make money with, I recommend Ipsos-iSay. Ipsos is the most fun and well-paying panel. Give it a try to see how you like it. It is free anyway!
4. Use Fiverr
Fiverr is basically a micro freelancing site that you can use to offer any kind wild and crazy services you can think off.
Things like holding a sign up in a busy street in your town, recording yourself doing a testimonial for somebody’s product, prank calling a friend, etc, will earn you easy money on Fiverr.
You can start a blog about a topic you are interested in and monetize it with ads to make money.
It’s a lot of hard work, that’s for sure. But the rewards are great, especially if your blog becomes popular.
6. Take advantage of YouTube
You can make money on YouTube by displaying ads with your videos. If you have some kind of talent, are funny, can teach people something or anything that you think is going to help you create videos people would like, record yourself and upload to YouTube.
As soon as your first video becomes popular, sign up as a YouTube partner so you can start showing ads with your videos. The more views your videos get, the more money you can make.
7. Sell photos
Photography is a great money making hobby. Take as many photos as you can whenever you can, then upload them to sites like ShutterStock.com, and get paid every time someone downloads any of them.
I actually know a 15 years old teen who is making quite a good amount of money with this method.
8. Make crafts to sell
If you are good at making little crafty things, why not make more of them and sell them online and offline.
You can use sites like Etsy or even eBay to sell your art and crafts.
9. Get paid to do things you already do online
A Get Paid To site is a kind of online rewards program that will enable you to earn money for doing stuff you mostly do in your everyday life online.
Sites like CashCrate will pay you to shop online, take surveys, play games, watch videos and so on. You can register with these kinds of site for free and start making money right away.
Offline Opportunities for Kids
10. Walk dogs
A great way to make money as a teenager fast is to do dog walking.
Many dog owners are so busy with their work nowadays that they are willing to pay you to walk their dog for them.
11. Get paid to watch TV
I am sure this one got your attention. Yes, there is a way to get paid for watching your favorite shows.
There is an app called Viggle. Simply download it to your smartphone, then watch TV as you normally would.
The app will automatically tracks what you are watching by listening to the sounds coming from your TV. You earn pints for watching different shows. Once you have enough points, you can redeem them for cash and cool prizes.
12. Clean foreclosed homes
Cleaning foreclosed houses is one of the best summer jobs for students and teens alike. These days, real state market is on the down side, which is why the number of forecloses is on the rise.
If you are not afraid of getting dirty, you could make good money by cleaning out these homes.
You can start by simply placing an ad on Craigslist or even on your local classified paper offering your services.
12. Participate in focus groups in your area
Focus groups are very similar to paid online surveys with one major difference – Online surveys are conducted over the internet, but most focus groups are conducted offline.
Do some research to find market research companies that conduct focus groups in your local area.
Sign up with them and whenever there is a study you qualify for, show up and give your opinion about the topic.
14. Shovel snow
When it snows, go to every house in your neighborhood and offer to clean up their driveway.
You can charge $10-$20 per drive way. Even if you manage to do 5 a day, that’s an extra $50 to $100.
15. Do extra chores around the house
Talk to your parents and offer them to do chores around the house for a small fee.
Of course, it won’t work with everything, but if there is something that they already pay someone else to do it for them (say cleaning the house once a week!), they will be more than happy to pay you to do it.
16. Run errands for the elderly
If you have elderly neighbors, you can offer to do things for them for a small fee.
These can include anything from troubleshooting their computer, taking their garbage can down to the sidewalk on the day garbage man picks them up, moving heavy objects for them and so on.
17. Take trash to the curb
You can go to your neighbors a day before trash pick up day and offer them to take their trash bins down to the curb.
Even if you charge a dollar for every house and you hit 20 house, that shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes, and you have made yourself an easy $20.
18. Mystery shop
Mystery shopping is another form of market research where you shop or dine and report back your experience.
Of course, you get compensated for your time, and in some cases, they pay for your shopping or dining as well.
19. Sell things at a yard sale
Ask your parents when they are going to have their next yard sale.
A few weeks before that date, start gathering things you don’t need any more. When the day arrives, sell your stuff and earn some cash for stuff you don’t need and use anymore.
20. Sell your CDs and DVDs
If you are a normal teenager, you probably have tons of CDs and DVDs.
You can get some money for the ones yo don’t want anymore by selling them at yard sales, eBay, and specialty websites and stores.
21. Pet sit
Babies are not the only ones who need baby sitters, pets like that too! Lots of pet owners will be more than happy to pay someone to watch over their pets while their away.
22. Recycle stuff
There are so many ways to make money with recycling. Use a recycling bin to collect things like cans and electronics.
When you have enough of them, take them down to your local recycling facility, or use these websites to get money for them.
23. Baby sit
Another great way to earn money as a teenager is to baby sit for families around you. You can actually make good money doing so.
24. Donate plasma
You can donate your blood plasma at a local clinic and get paid for it.
Though there are some requirements you must meet. So be sure to check with your local area blood donation center.
25. Make money with Apps
There are also many other kinds of apps that will allow you to make some extra cash by doing small tasks such as taking a photo of a building.
Some of the most famous apps that allow you to earn money for doing small tasks include GigWalk, WeReward, and CheckPoint.
I know some of these methods may not be your ideal way of making money, especially for kids. But in this day and age and with our not so good economy, you need to take advantage of every opportunity that you come across.
Plus, as a teenager, you will do yourself a favor by starting to work (even if it’s just for the summer time) early on. It will help you be ready for the challenges and responsibilities you are going to have to face as an adult.
If there is anything I missed in this post please feel free to leave a comment and share it with us. And if you are a teen, tell us how you make money as a teenager.