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Making Money as a Teen

Updated on January 23, 2013

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With the major unemployment today, it is becoming harder and harder for teens to find jobs. Sadly, there are not many opportunities for teens besides a minimum wage job. As a teen myself I have done a lot of research and have found what I believe the best few ideas are to make money on your own. Most of what I have found will allow you to start with little to no money, unlike most other sites. Nothing comes without a little work, but the important thing to remember is that it is possible!


Well of course I'm biased. Still, with no start up costs and incredible traffic, Squidoo is one of the best ways to make some "free" money. Take some time to put down something you know. I've done a lot of research on this topic, so I'm making a lense on this to share my knowledge. Have a passion and some free time? Click sign up at the top of the page and start making money. I put in less than an hour a week and make some pretty good cash through my top views lenses.

Finding a Job

While a job is not always a possibility, it never hurts to look. The two best places to look for jobs are and craigslist. On snagajob, you will find hundreds of employers who hire for hourly labor. This is most likely what teen would be looking for, however, there is a lot of competition on this site. Craigslist is a great option because you can find all kinds of local jobs. It takes a real person to put up the ad and they are actually looking for someone. Limit your searches to part-time and try to avoid going after any jobs that have a lot of requirements. Remember, a lot of people are out looking for jobs, so don't get discouraged if you don't get your first choice!


eBay is not one of the easiest things to make money on. Do you have something you make really well? This could be your place, but a high commission is taken out of every sale. Still, nothing receives traffic like eBay, and is the best way to sell your crafts. You can attempt to sell your odd knick-knacks from around the house, but eventually you will run out of things to sell. Some of the better items to sell are electronics and clothing, but with so much competition, you may have trouble. Give it a go if you have a lot of skill in what you do, but you will need to do some research on how to sell and the amount of money you will make on your product....all this can be done on eBay's site.

Yard Work

If you live in a neighborhood that has a lot of lawns or trees, yard work can be an option. The key for this is to be personable and get your name and face out there. Make pamphlets or go door to door to explain what you plan on doing. Some of the obvious things are mowing lawns, picking up leaves, or weeding. Be creative though, for trimming hedges, fertilizing, and planting can also be things that people would want done. Also, do not be too greedy. If you charge too much, the house owners could move to a professional. Set a medium price and let them haggle you down. This can be a great little job, but do not take on too many clients for you might run yourself too thin on time, and school should always come first.


The timeless craft of teenagers everywhere. This one's easy and can make some serious bank. If you have some friends or family with smaller kids, you should get on this now! With about ten bucks an hour plus tip, you can start making money quickly. It may help to be certified in CPR or first aid, but this can be a little bit of a hassle. All in all, you need to make connections and market yourself. Suggest to your friends and family, and consider going to the houses of people you know with little ones and offer them a free night to show that you are serious and you work well with their kids.


What I mean by this is get involved with the areas of sports that make money such as being a referee or umpire. A liscence can be easily obtained and good money is usually paid out. I personally make over 30 dollars a game refereeing soccer. It definetely helps if you have a passion for the sport you work with, for sometimes things can become boring.


There are many survey sites out there. Typically they only pay two dollars a survey, but in volume the 10-15 minutes could be worth it. Also, if you fill out a survey there tends to be a chance to win a raffle. Don't expect to get rich off of this, but a couple extra dollars a month is never a bad thing. Some of the best sites are,, and if you are willing to invest a little money check out this site:

Zazzle and CafePress

These two sites are rather interesting. If you are a gifted designer or are good with photoshop, CHECK THESE OUT. They allow you to create your own shirts and other kinds of little knick-knacks, and then sell them in their online stores. Also, Squidoo is really good about linking to these sites. If you design your products, you can list them on your lense! If you are interested, give it a go and sign up for Squidoo at the top of the page.

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