What are the best jobs to do as a teenager?
The holiday season can get pretty dull after the initial excitement wears off, especially if you live in a small town in the middle of nowhere. If you don’t have a job, and your repetitive days have you stuck in a rut with no viable source of income, this article is for you. Read on and find out how to make money as a teenager.
Don’t wait until you’re in your late thirties to start thinking about financial security. It’s never too early to adopt a fiscally responsible mindset; remember, life favors those who prepare themselves.
Please go through our curated list and learn how to make some money, be an active member of society, and get the respect of your friends, family, and community.
1. Babysitting Services
Babysitting is one of the oldest, surefire ways teenagers have been making money since time immemorial. If you’ve ever babysat for free, you can take that experience and turn it into a side gig!
There’s no running out of parents who need someone dependable to care for their little ones as they go about their business.
Start small, offer your services to family and friends; neighbors make great potential clients too.
Check out sites like Care.com that make it easier for you to get more clients. After a background check, you’ll be on your way to making some good cash as a registered babysitter.
Prove yourself trustworthy, responsible, and reliable, and the word of your services will spread. Keep it up, and you will soon have a steady client base in no time.
Smart Money Tip: Advertise your services on social media sites, Facebook and Twitter will help get your name out there.
2. Social Media Management For Business
Current generation teenagers are absolute social media monsters. With studies showing teenagers spend more time on social media sites than any other website. If you’re already spending 6+hrs online, why not get paid for it?
As a social media manager, you’ll be posting on sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (no Facebook, isn’t dead yet) on behalf of your clientele. The aim is to engage their audience, keep your client’s brand relevant, interact with followers, gain new followers, and expand your client’s brand.
You can reach out to your local businesses like restaurants, cafés, bakeries, grocery shops, clothing stores, or rookies starting in the business world.
Smart Money Tip: You are indispensable in a world where businesses fail and succeed based on online metrics. The odds are with you on this hustle. Go on and make some cash, kiddo!
3. Petsitting Services
If you’re an animal lover, then this here is the job for you. People are willing to pay you if you’re interested in keeping their pet company while they’re at work or on vacation. You get to pet and lower your stress levels while you’re with these furry friends! A good deal, right?
The amount of time will generally depend on which pet you’re sitting; cats will do fine with a checkup twice a day to feed them, empty the litter and spend some quality bonding time. Dogs, on the other hand, are amiable animals and will require full day-care, 24hr attention.
Source clients by telling friends, family, and neighbors, printing and putting up flyers around your area. You can also sign up to Care.com and reach a wider audience.
Smart Money Tip: Be sure to get your parent’s consent before bringing any animals over to your home. Ask if anybody in your home is allergic to the pets you’re watching over, and remember to organize enough food beforehand.
4. Tutoring Services
If you get good grades at school or excel at a specific skillset like playing the piano, you can make some money by teaching it. Tutoring services are wholesome and self-rewarding; little beats the joy of watching a person grow and evolve a subject or skill.
You can teach anything from regular school subjects, drawing, sewing, playing an instrument, acting, writing, coding, etc.
And as you grow, you can even pick up higher-paying gigs as you move on to university or college.
Smart Money Tip: Find potential clients by advertising through flyers or social media. Put up flyers at your local schools, stores, bus stations, and church.
5. Landscaping Services
This business has been around for a long time and has no shortage of clients.
The landscaping business is vast; it includes: mowing lawns, trimming bushes, pulling weeds, shoveling snow, watering and maintaining plants, painting fences (and other similar yard work). Focus on one or more niches in the industry depending on your location and the current season.
Good work tends to speak for itself; if people are satisfied with your work, you can rely on word-of-mouth referrals to build your client base.
Smart Money Tip: Take pictures of your finished work, manicured lawns, trimmed hedges, flower gardens, and put them up at your local store/mall with your phone number at the bottom.
6. Get An Etsy Store
Etsy is an online auction/marketplace with an informal fleamarket vibe. Geared towards creatives who work with their hands and collectors of antiques and other bric-a-brac, Etsy connects buyers and sellers worldwide.
Signing up and opening your own Etsy store should take no more than 10 minutes.
If you’re into making handmade/homemade stuff, collecting antiques and rare objects, or have an artistic streak, then Etsy is highly recommended.
Smart Money Tip: Invest in getting professional photos of your handmade collectibles. Quality photos could be the difference between a sale made and a sale lost.
7. Small Cleaning Business
There are people out there who need cleaning and organization services but don’t always have the resources to put a big cleaning company on the payroll. Swoop in and take advantage of this need by offering your cleaning services at an affordable price.
If you’re a clean freak and derive pleasure from cleaning messes and organizing, you will thrive in this business.
If time, money, and space are limited, you can become a cleaning assistant for someone else’s cleaning business as you learn the business’s ropes. You don’t have to start a business from scratch by yourself.
Smart Money Tip: Rope in your buddies to form a lean, mean cleaning team. They will help you finish more work in less time, and hey, you get to be their boss.
8. Run Errands And Do Tasks For People
Nowadays, nobody has enough time to do everything they need to do in a single 24hr cycle. There is always someone who needs help, whatever the reason, be it due to procrastination, having kids to take care of, being elderly, not having a car, or having too much work on their hands.
Maybe a parent isn’t at home and needs someone to go grocery shopping, pick up laundry from the dry cleaner, mail a package on their behalf, grab something up for them at the pharmacy or maybe drop something over for them while they’re at work. Potential clients can hire you to do spring/deep cleaning, decluttering, organizing, etc.
Smart Money Tip: You can save on time by working in neighborhoods where the homes are close to shops and other places essential to delivering your services. Work smart.
9. Dog Walking Services
If you enjoy spending time with dogs, why not use your passion to make some extra money on the side? Pet owners aren’t always at home, and pets need exercise and a change of pace daily (sometimes several times in a day). Some clients are willing to pay a reasonable amount for their precious fur babies to be walked while they’re away.
For client sourcing and advertising, go to social media sites like Facebook and post about your business. You can also make flyers and maybe get some word-of-mouth referrals from satisfied customers.
Smart Money Tip: You can do this as part of your overall petsitting business if your schedule allows. Walk several dogs at once if you know they’ll get along, saving you time and earning you more.
10. Selling Stuff You Don’t Use Anymore
No one likes a hoarder.
Why pile up all the stuff you don’t need in your teeny bedroom closet when you can make some cash offloading them?
Remember, one person’s trash is another’s treasure.
Old VHS tapes, Lego sets, action figures, even old gaming consoles like the Nintendo 64 will be snapped up and fetch a reasonable price.
Smart Money Tip: Post about your stuff on sites such as Decluttr (this site sends you a box for shipping, so you don’t have to sell your items one by one after scanning them on the app).