19 Easy Ways to Make Money Online as a Teen (That Pay Well!)

How To Make Money As A Teen With A Part Time Job

This is the most traditional way to make money as a teen. Although these aren’t as scalable as starting your own neighborhood or online business, they can offer a steady stream of revenue for you. As a teen trying to make money, this can be a great way to get started.

61. Become A Bus Boy

Becoming a busboy is something you can do at any age, and most restaurants are in need. You don’t need any experience and you can even get free meals. If you work there long enough, you might even get promoted to a waiter.

This is great because as a waiter you not only get paid your regular wage but you also get paid tips. This is a great way to learn about customer service and multitasking.

62. Work At A Retail Store

Whether you live near a Macys, Target, or Walmart retail stores are constantly hiring part-time workers. The majority of your workday will be folding clothes, manning the cash register, or making sure things are where they need to be. The work isn’t too demanding, and as a teen, you can usually work as much as you want allowing you to make as much money as you’d like.

63. Make Money As A Teen Working At An Amazon Warehouse

Amazon has fulfillment centers all over the US. While working in an Amazon warehouse you’ll be responsible for fulfilling orders that people place through the company. This is another job that you can turn from a part-time job into a full-time job during times like the summer. You have to be okay with being on your feet and being able to lift objects of up to 30 lbs.

Not only will this give you great experience with operations, but it’s also a great resume builder. Everyone knows Amazon and having that on a resume can be leveraged to get different positions.

64. Become A Golf Caddy

This is one of the best ways to make money as a teen. Golf is considered a “rich man’s” sport so if you can become a golf caddy you can find yourself around people who have a lot of money. The job also isn’t too hard. You mainly are in charge of carrying the golfer’s bag, keeping the clubs clean, and walking ahead of the golfer to locate their ball.

This is great if you already love golf and like spending time with other golfers. Not only will you be around golf all day, but you will also have an opportunity to pick the brain of the golfers and ask them questions about their careers. Hearing their perspective about careers and money can help you acquire knowledge that it took them years to figure out.

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15. Babysit Neighbors Kids

This is probably one of the most common teen jobs out there — and one of the easiest! Ask around your neighborhood or create flyers to pin up around town can spread the word easily!

Online websites such as Facebook or Reddoor can also help. Chances are someone you know will know someone who will need a babysitter, or they will know someone else to refer you to. Don't be afraid to just ask around!

2. Photograph an Event

You only need one client to start a business! See if one of your parents or parents' friends are hosting an event where you can charge for your photography skills!

If you don't have a nice camera, you can rent one and take a photography class online. Once you take pictures at one event, you can get a referral to start photographing other events!

Senior pictures are also a great opportunity to use your photography skills! Put your name out there — talk to parents, fellow students — and get your first job.

22. Create and Sell Art

I once ran into a teenager who was creating and selling his own artwork at a fair. That is, he was creating the artwork at the fair, and selling it.

He was creating dazzling artwork with spray paint. It was exciting stuff, and he was actually selling it – at about $20 each.

If you have an artistic streak, selling directly at fairs and craft shows can be a serious moneymaking opportunity.

18. Work in an Amusement Park

Amusement parks often prefer hiring teenagers. That’s because you’re a natural fit with the common clientele, which is largely teenagers.

There can be some good fringe benefits as well, with some parks providing season passes.

9. Sell Used Books

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Age Requirement: Depends on which vendor you use (Bookscout just finds them for you)

Payment Method: Paypal (must be 18), mailed check

Teens, more than likely you have a bunch of novels and textbooks laying around that you don’t need anymore.  

Why not make money off these? 

With Bookscouter, you can make some extra money online by selling your used books and textbooks. Bookscouter searches over 30 vendors, so you can compare which buyback vendor will give you the best price. 

And to get the most money, your books will need to be in new or like-new condition, meaning no torn out pages or scribbles all over them. No one wants your I-was-bored-in-class doodles, sorry. 

So in summary, at the end of each semester or school year, don’t leave those old books just laying around. Use them to make some money online!

Best Ways To Make Money Online for Older Teens

These money-making opportunities are best for teens that are a bit older because they require some know-h0w, maturity and the ability to make good decisions to be successful. 

16. Running Errands

Running errands for people typically requires a driver’s license, so that’s why this is suggested for older teens. However, if you’re willing to play chauffeur, a younger child could also make money doing this. Your child could pick up items from various stores, drop off mail or packages at the post office, pick up or drop off dry cleaning or any number of other things people need to be done. 

17. Tutoring

If your older teen is particularly good at a subject, such as math or English, he or she may find there’s money to be made as a tutor. Tutoring opportunities can be found among their peers or even for younger children who live in your neighborhood. 

18. Teaching Music Lessons

If your child is musically talented and can teach others the skills of playing an instrument, teaching music lessons could be very lucrative. As long as your child has a lesson plan for each session, follows through with it and gives his or her students instructions for practicing, charging $20 per hour wouldn’t be a stretch. 

19. Teaching Cheerleading Lessons

If your teen is skilled at cheerleading, he or she may find an opportunity to teach other aspiring cheerleaders what she knows. Your teen could give individual lessons for an hourly fee or charge a one-time fee for a cheerleading workshop that lasts a few days. 

20. Teaching Sports Lessons

While being good at sports does come easier to those with natural talent, there are also plenty of skills that come into play. And if your child is excellent at a certain sport, there’s money to be made. Again, he or she can choose to give individual lessons at an hourly rate or charge a one-time fee for a workshop that covers skills needed for a specific sport. 

21. Selling Used Clothes

If your child is a fashionista of sorts or insists on wearing only the best brands, selling used clothing items could help turn a profit. Online community marketplaces could be good places to sell, or you could help them sell their items via your account on eBay. 

Note that if your child wants to sell clothes on an online clothing resale platform, like Poshmark, age requirements apply. Your child needs to be over the age of majority in your state of residence to open an account on Poshmark, but you might be able to facilitate the sales for them if they aren’t.

22. Mowing Lawns

Mowing lawns is one of the best ways for kids to make extra money during the summer. Everyone wants a nice-looking yard, but not everyone has the time or the desire to mow their lawn once or twice a week.

But it’s not just a great side hustle — it can also turn into a pretty good business model. If they do a good job, then they could start building up a base of repeat customers. And you can help them advertise their services on social media or in a neighborhood Facebook group.

And kids don’t just have to limit their servicing to mowing. They can also rake leaves, trim bushes and offer other types of yard work.

23. Babysitting

Babysitting is a staple for teens who are looking for ways to make money. Teens can start by spending an hour or two babysitting for a family friend. For instance, your teenager could babysit your neighbor’s kids after school a few days a week.

And as they gain more experience, babysitting can turn into a pretty lucrative gig. According to Sittercity, the national hourly rate for babysitters is $16.50 per hour. However, babysitting does come with a lot of responsibility, and it’s not going to be the right choice for everyone.

24. Taking Online Surveys

Taking online surveys is one of the easiest ways to earn a little extra money online. Users share their opinions and provide feedback that helps companies build better products and services. But there are age requirements. For example, although Swagbucks will allow users as young as 13,  Survey Junkie only allows kids who are at least 16 years old to share their opinions. Your kids can earn points that they can redeem through gift cards or cash for every survey they complete.

25. Blogging

If your kids are naturally very creative and enjoy writing, then they could make money blogging. How much money you make as a blogger will largely depend on the amount of traffic you have come to your website.

It will take time to build a following and make a name for yourself as a blogger. But if you go into it with a plan, then blogging can be very lucrative.

3 Ways Kids Can Earn Money Through Blogging:

  1. Ads: You can sign up for Google Adsense or other ad networks. After placing the ads on your site, you’ll make a little bit of money each time someone clicks on the link.
  2. Affiliate marketing: In affiliate marketing, you’re essentially paid to promote another company’s products or services. You’ll earn a small commission for every sale that company makes.
  3. Sponsored posts: And finally, a company may pay you to write a post promoting their product or service on your website.

Bottom Line

This list just scratches the surface of ways for teens to make money. There are many awesome money-making gigs for teens who are looking for summer work.

If you’re creative and willing to put in the effort, there are plenty of opportunities to earn good cash.

What are you doing to make money this summer? 

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Tips for Teenagers with Online Jobs

Here are some pointers to help you find success with your online job:

Keep Your Parents Posted

Remember to keep your parents or legal guardians in the loop—they’ll appreciate it. Plus, if you suddenly become richer than them—and they didn’t know where the money came from—they would be worried!

Your parents already know that you’ll learn the value of money when you earn extra cash as a teenager.

Learn on the Job

As you’ll learn, the road to financial independence is paved with patience and hard work. Earning extra money now, as a teenager, will teach you how to succeed when you start making more money later in life.

And these online jobs can teach you a lot about working in the professional world. The same is true for old-fashioned jobs for teens like becoming a babysitter, pet sitter, camp counselor, or grocery bagger. Nothing replaces work experience.

Watch Out for Scams

Unfortunately, the online world is full of scams. When you’re hopeful about starting a new online job, you could fall victim to one of these schemes.

To avoid this, stick to the ideas on my list or vet your job opportunities with these questions:

  • Is the job asking me for money? Whether you’re being asked to buy software or invest in a product, you shouldn’t be parting with money in order to get a job. This is a huge warning sign.
  • Does the employer want me to meet in person? You shouldn’t need to meet an employer in person to become a virtual assistant or a graphic design freelancer. If you do need to meet someone in person, make sure you’re meeting in a safe, public place. And make sure your parents or guardians know what you’re up to.
  • Does it seem too good to be true? You won’t make a hundred grand a year as a proofreader. You won’t become a millionaire by working the survey sites. Over-the-top promises may be strong signals that the job isn’t for real.
  • Are there too many personal questions? Your mother’s maiden name, your middle name, your Social Security number, your bank account numbers… all this info shouldn’t be required for you to get a part-time job or a side hustle gig. Be careful sharing personal data. Identity thieves love to steal credit profiles from young people.

One of the best ways to avoid scams is to source your side hustles from vetted sites. The Steady app compiles legitimate local and national gig economy jobs to help you start earning extra money. It’s 100% free and worth a try if you’re not sure where to start looking.

Get a PayPal Account and a Bank Account for Teens

You may have noticed a lot of jobs on this list pay through a PayPal account, which can link to your bank account.

But PayPal won’t verify an account unless you’re an 18-year-old. So to make this legit, you’ll need help from your parent or legal guardian to set up your accounts.

It’ll take some legwork upfront—and up to 30 minutes of your parent or guardian’s time. But it’ll be worthwhile when you have your own bank and PayPal account set up so you can make money and control where it goes. We recommend starting a checking account to store your money and start building savings for the future.

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Make Money on Social Media

Monetize your YouTube channel

Monetize your YouTube channel

You can make money as a teenager if you have a significant social media following. YouTube lets you run ads on your channel if you have at least 1,000 followers and 4,000 hours of watch time. If you plan to earn money, kid-friendly content is a must.

The current algorithm favors creators that make longer videos because it gives YouTube more time to run ads. Length shouldn’t come at the cost of quality, though. If you make a long video, maintain your quality of production to keep attracting new users. 

Become an Instagram influencer

Being an Instagram influencer is one of the newer ways to make money as a teenager. If you have loyal fans, you can promote products and services in exchange for cash. Most people charge $10 for every 1,000 followers they have, though prices vary.

Make sure you have a well-established niche and that all your pictures are high-quality. Stick to a consistent theme so that followers can distinguish your brand. Once you establish these foundational elements, consider collaborating with other influencers and reaching out to brands in your niche to gain more exposure.

Start a podcast

If you have a laptop, you have all the technology you need to make a podcast. Shows like My Favorite Murder and The Joe Rogan Experience have low overhead costs, so the creators don’t spend a lot of money on physical space or production. The key is creating engaging content so advertisers will want to buy airtime.

If you want to earn fast money as a teenager, however, podcasting is not your best option. Both My Favorite Murder and The Joe Rogan Experience took years to cultivate their following. You can always do a podcast as a side gig, though.

Produce a low-budget movie

Making movies has become an attractive line of work with blockbusters like Avengers: Endgame netting nearly $3 billion at the box office. You can make money with a smaller approach, thanks to low-budget filmmaking. Save money by shooting your film on your phone and recruiting friends to work as actors and crew members.

Set up a premiere in your town so that people can look forward to your film. Get enough attention, and you can contact your local movie theater about showing your work on the big screen. If you produce something worthwhile, enter your movie in regional film festivals and get more attention.

Write a book with Amazon KDP

Have an idea for the next great American novel? Put it down on paper and publish it yourself. The Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform makes publishing literature and making money as a teenager more accessible than ever.

Amazon KDP gives you control over the publishing process. You can toggle the price, cover art, and dimensions before finally hitting submit. Even if your work doesn’t become a best-seller, it looks great on a resume.

Manage people’s social media accounts

Teens have a leg up on adults in understanding social media. A 16-year-old grows up with apps like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, while older people have to learn the seemingly foreign technology. You can make money fast by handling people’s social media accounts if they don’t want to learn the platform.

Offering to tweet or post family members’ content for a fee is a small-scale version of an advertising agency. Working as a one-person agency provides a glimpse into the advertising world while making money around the house.

Buy and sell gift cards

The NYSSCPA estimates that more than $21 billion in unredeemed gift cards are floating around out there. If you want to make money online from this market, start buying and selling gift cards. 

Find unused cards people in your family don’t want. Most people sell their unwanted cards for 70% to 90% of face value. If you have a $100 card to Sweetgreen, list it for $90 and trade with someone else for a $75 Amazon card.

The key is flipping cards for a profit, with each transaction netting more cash. Whatever the price you buy the card for initially, mark up the price when you sell. You can start buying cards on eBay, Craigslist, Raise, Cardpool, and Giftcard Granny.

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3. It Prepares You For The Real World

When I moved out of my parents’ house, it was shocking to me to learn how much money it costs to live when your parents aren’t supporting you anymore.

You’ll be out on your own one day too, so making money as a teen will provide good experience for you about what it is like to earn and manage your own money.

You might actually be surprised at how you handle the money you earn yourself.

You may handle it differently than you handle the money that your parents give you with no strings attached.

How to make money as a teenager and jumpstart your future financial success!

It’s a great idea to start earning money as a teenager. When you take home your first paycheck, you’ll likely have a big smile on your face. If you choose to make smart money moves with your paycheck, then you’ll enjoy greater financial stability later in life.

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