How To Make Money As A Teen This Summer

Other Ways for Teens to Make Money Without a Job

These are the more, let's say, unusual/unorthodox/

These are the more, let’s say, unusual/unorthodox/unethical ways to make money as a teen. Proceed with them at your own risk.

45. Do Peoples Homework

If you’re already doing your own homework for a certain class, you can easily help other people (for a price) who don’t feel like doing their own. Just make sure to be discreet about it. (Or become a tutor if you want to be more ethical)

46. Save Your Lunch Money

If your parents give you lunch money for school, skip lunch and pocket the money. Maybe ask your friends to share some food with you though so you don’t starve.

47. Host a Poker Night

First of all, ask your parents before you do this one. Some parents might not want you to play poker, but this game can actually teach you a lot about strategy and math.

My friends and I had poker nights every once in a while in high school and it was always a lot of fun. Plus, I usually walked away with more cash than what I started with.

If you’re a good poker player and you don’t feel bad taking your friends’ money, host a poker night at your house. I recommend practicing a bit before you get into a real game with money though.

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13. Camp Counselor

These are usually temporary arrangements, most often in the summer months. You’re generally working with younger kids.

It floats somewhere between freelance work and a traditional job. You might have set hours, but there’s a lot of flexibility as to how you do the job.

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.

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? 

*Actual earnings may differ and depend on factors like the number of deliveries completed, time of day, location, and expenses. Hourly pay is calculated using average Dasher payouts while on a delivery (from the time you accept an order until the time you drop it off) over a 90 day period and includes compensation from peak pay, tips, and other incentives.

21. Teach Computer Basics to Older Folks

Despite the rapid spread of computer, there are a lot of people who still don’t know much about them. This is particularly true of people over 60, who came up in the world before computers were a thing.

Many are only discovering the joys of computers now. But they don’t know how to use them well.

You can offer your services to teach them. Speak with local senior citizens groups or even senior living centers, and see what you can work out.

Just like my son Bentley, sometimes all you need to do is ask!

Survey Taker

Many corporate brands seek feedback on their products and offer incentives to answer surveys. Survey Junkie and Swagbucks are two popular sites that allow teens 13 years and older to register for free. Teens can accumulate points by completing surveys, watching videos, playing games, or even searching the internet. Points can be redeemed through PayPal or gift cards.

4. Tutor Friends

Are you really good at math? Did you score really well on the PSAT? You could be a tutor and get paid $20 or more per hour!

Not only does it help the person you're tutoring and let you earn money, but it also gives you a refresher on an old subject so that you can do better in your current classes. If you tutor a subject that you love, it doesn't even need to feel like work!

To find someone to tutor, just ask your parents or friends' parents if they know anyone who needs help. Often, students are embarrassed and won't admit they need a tutor, and that's why it's important to talk to parents.

4. Or tutor students online or in your neighborhood

Nick Rewind / Via media.giphy.com Notice students struggling with their academics in your neighborhood? After the weird school year we just finished, lots of people could use a little extra help getting ready for next year. Start a tutoring group and advertise your tutoring service with announcements in your community publications or flyers around your neighborhood.  You can also expand your tutoring network by signing up for tutoring referral services online, such as TutorMatch or TutorNerds.

What to Do With The Money You Make as a Teen

If you decide to start making money as a teen, it is important that you have a plan for the money that you earn.

Make sure you put money in three different areas:

  1. Give
  2. Save
  3. Spend

A good rule of thumb is put 10% toward giving, 20% toward saving and 70% towards spending.

You can adjust these percentages depending on your needs and your level of discipline.

Making a plan for your money will help you build money habits that will be beneficial for the rest of your life. Making money, spending money and saving money are three different things. Part time jobs like these are great to get you started.

Sell Online

Does your teen have amazing skills in embroidery, drawing, woodworking or more? Then they should consider selling their wares via an online store. Sites like Etsy allow teens who are at least 13 years old to operate a store and sell merchandise as long as a parent owns and supervises the account. Teens can even sell downloadable items like sewing patterns or art if they want to avoid postage and handling.

Teens can also sell thrift store fines, original creations, or other merchandise on eBay with the permission of the adult account holder.

9. Spend time learning how to invest and open a custodial account

Special Meme Fresh / Via giphy.com If you’re a teen and you’re thinking about investing in the future, learn how to invest this summer so that you’ll have the knowledge to keep growing your money when you’re an adult. You can learn how to invest in stocks from websites like Investopedia or on social media platforms like TikTok, where creators like  @caltoleap and @ecommjess often post content related to financial literacy.  I’ve personally learned a ton about investing from TikTok. One thing I’ve learned: teens can open a custodial account to start investing. A custodial account is managed by your parent or guardian, but it allows you to start investing when you’re under 18. If this is something that interests you, talk to your parent or guardian about opening an account. And remember, investing does come with some risk (i.e. you could lose money) and it probably won’t make you rich overnight. But it is definitely a valuable skill to learn in the long run.

How can I make money as a teen by moving?

Looking for ways for teens to make money that also get your step count up? Then look no further as we have you covered!

70. Get paid to walk

There are plenty of apps out there where you can get paid to walk and the best part is that you can simply turn them on and forget about them. That way, as you go about your daily life, you’ll be getting your step count up and earning points through these apps to convert into cash!

Sweatcoin is our top pick for this. In fact, I have it running in the background on my own phone to earn a few extra dollars every day. And I don’t even notice it’s there, except for the occasional notification telling me how much I’ve earned that day just from doing things like going to the mall and wandering around.

Sure, you won’t become a millionaire from apps like this. But when you’d be walking around anyway, why not use those steps to make a few extra dollars every day?

Find out more about this from our Sweatcoin review.

71. Food delivery 

Doing food delivery can be a good option for teens looking to make money. For businesses that want you to drive to deliver food, you’ll generally need to be 18 years old.

But many also offer delivery on foot or by bike, meaning they’re much more open in terms of minimum age requirements.

72. Get a paper route

Yes, people still get their news from newspapers, not just the internet. 

And someone has to get those newspapers to people’s front doors – so why can’t it be you?

73. Golf caddy

Working as a golf caddy will involve you spending a lot of weekends following people around on the golf course.

That said, it’s not hard work and, when the weather’s nice, it’s a great way to earn a bit of extra money.

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Why you should start building passive income side hustles as a teen

Passive income allows you to make an income, maybe even as much as a full-time job, but without needing to work all the time. The sooner you start building passive income sources, the better.

It will help you save and prepare for the future. It’s beneficial to do this as a teenager because much of your time right now should be focused on your education.

What to Do With Your Money

Once you’ve earned some money for yourself you can do whatever you want with it! However, before you go and spend it all, take a look at these other options:

Treat Yo Self

The fact that you’re taking the initiative to start learning how to make money on your own is pretty significant. Not a lot of teenagers do what you’re doing now.

For that reason, once you start making some money, be sure to reward yourself. Go out and buy something that you’ve wanted for a long time. Just don’t go too crazy!

Reinvest in Your Business

If you’ve started one of the side hustles above like reselling things at school or starting a blog, your business needs money to keep running. Make sure to re-invest as much of your profits as possible back into your business so that it can grow.

Save it

Once you start earning money, it’s important that you don’t blow it all. Saving money is an essential rule of finance and learning how to save early on will benefit you greatly later in life.

Plus, if you ever want to make a big purchase (e.g. car, computer), you’ll need some money saved in the bank for it.

Invest it

If you’re only 13, it may seem a bit silly to start investing so young, but by starting early you actually have a huge advantage.

Here’s how:

Let’s say you invest $1,000 when you’re 15. With no additional contributions and an 8% avg. return rate, by the time you’re 45, you’ll have $10,062.66 just from interest.

That’s your money making money without you doing anything.

Now let’s say you waited until you were 20 to invest that $1,000. With the same 8% return rate and no additional contributions, at the same age of 45 years old, you’d have only $6,848.48. That’s $3,214.18 less just because you waited 5 years to start investing.

I wish I started investing when I was younger!

If you want to learn more about getting started, check out this beginner’s guide on how to invest as a teenager.

Making Money: Teens Who Like To Work With Children

7. Tutoring

Teaching peers and younger students have long been a money-making opportunity for teens. But this has been a tough academic year and plenty of younger children will need refreshers over the summer. Teens and college students are in a good position to help with math, science, foreign language, and other academic subjects. 

8. Child Care

Looking after small children has always been a great way for teens to make money. With parents working from home and regular childcare routines disrupted, there will be many opportunities this summer. The American Red Cross has online babysitting classes — with a curriculum designed for teens as young as 11 — that only takes a few hours to complete. This would provide your teen with safety awareness and a useful credential to present to parents.

9. Sports Referee

Many children’s sports programs have been canceled, but when they restart teens can earn money refereeing soccer, hockey, basketball, volleyball, softball baseball, and other sports both in local league games and in tournaments. For teens who play and love a sport and know it well, this is an easy role to slip into and can start as early as middle school. 

10. Digital Learning Assistant

Parents are trying to work from home and make sure their kids stay focused on the digital classroom and get their school work completed. Teens can help by having regular check-ins with younger students to see that their assignments are completed accurately and on time.

They can play games with younger kids and keep them amused while parents focus on their jobs: old-fashioned babysitting with an academic twist. A resource for teens who are babysitting/tutoring during the long winter break is the hundreds of FREE virtual workshops that Microsoft offers for all ages of children.

11. Day Camp Counselor

If conditions permit, younger children will be back at their summer camps this year. Camp directors will be looking for assistants, counselors, art and craft specialists, lifeguards, swimming instructors, and more. 

12. Teaching Music or Performing

Teens who have taken years of guitar, piano, or other instrument lessons can put their hard work to use teaching younger children in person or even online as safety guidelines permit. For those who like to perform in public, musicians are in demand at religious services and weddings. 

How to make thousands of dollars as a teenager

The ways for teens to make the most money possible is exactly the same as for adults.

That is, by proving yourself to be a reliable worker who offers a good, solid service, people are likely to want to hire you again or recommend you to their network.

Some ways to do this include doing the following, no matter how you choose to make money:

  • Be punctual – if you’re consistently late, people will remember and think you’re unreliable.
  • Be professional – professionalism is important no matter what your job, so keeping this in mind at all times will go a long way to proving yourself to people.
  • Be positive – having a good attitude is appreciated by anyone who’s hiring you to do a task or provide a service.
  • Be safe – no one wants to hire a risk taker and your “funny joke” could be a real liability for a business. So practice safety at all times.
  • Do the best job possible – it may sound obvious, but people are far more likely to rehire someone who’s committed to doing their job well. So check that everything you’ve been asked to do has been done as well as you can before finishing a job, as people will remember this.

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