7 Ways Teens Can Make Money

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Building your resume should start as early as possible, so why not start while in grade school? There are so many ways for teens to make money.

Not only that, there are tons of jobs out there that can be a great addition to their resume. These jobs help build important life skills, and you’ll also get the chance to travel, live abroad, and meet people from all around the world.

Below are 7 ways teens can make money that will also build their resume.

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1. Freelance Writing

I had no idea what freelance writing was (or that you could make money from it) until I met my friend Holly. Freelance writers make money by creating articles for websites and blogs. 

There are hundreds of freelance writing jobs out there, but getting those freelance jobs isn’t as simple as saying “I want to freelance write for your website”, which is why Holly created Earn More Writing.

Earn More Writing helped me get started freelance writing, which helped me land on sites like GoBankingRates and many others. I went from charging $50 to $250 per article and now, I know I can charge much more than that with my writing experience. 

There’s even has a free workshop to learn more about freelance writing, where you can learn the same techniques my friend used to earn over six-figures in her career.

2. Start a blog

I created this blog and made over $80,000 in my senior year of college (that’s me in my first major feature by Forbes!).

Blogging isn’t easy and takes a lot of hard work. It’s not for everyone. I had to work for free for a long time to build this business from the ground up. If you feel that you can help people with a blog and inspire others to live better lives, a blog is a great way to do that. I make money with ad revenue, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, and selling my own digital products.

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Are you not sure where to start on creating a profitable blog? I recommend checking out this course roadmap to figure out where you should get started first!

3. Sell Etsy Printables

Julie from the blog Millennial Boss is killin’ it in the side hustle world by selling Etsy printables.

This side hustle is almost entirely passive, meaning you do the work in one sitting, and then get paid for it for months and years to come. With just a few hours of work, Julie’s made over $5,000 selling printables on Etsy.

Julie recently created Etsy Printables where she shows you exactly how to make money selling Etsy Printables. I’ve gone through it myself and plan on adding this as a side hustle myself because it’s one of the easiest ways to make passive income. 

Are you wondering how to get started selling Etsy printables? This free guide here has a secret list of best-selling products by month and how to capitalize on seasonal trends to make sales. It’s a free download and SO good!

I did an AMAZING interview with Julie that you can check out here. She shares pictures of her printables, revenue dashboard, and exactly how you can get started.

4. Instacart

Instacart is a great side hustle for people looking into making extra money. I’m sure you’ve seen Shoppers picking up groceries at the store – they’re usually in a bright green shirt with green Instacart bags in their hands.
What’s great about Instacart is you don’t even need a car. As an in-store shopper, you take shop orders only. If you want to make a little extra money, you can sign up to be a full-service shopper, whose job is to shop and deliver orders. 

5. Surveys

Filling out surveys to make money is an easy way to make money by simply providing your opinion to questions.

I genuinely enjoy surveys because I love sharing my opinion on things. I’ve always been into taking quizzes and surveys, so naturally, I love this method of making some extra cash.

Here are a few of my favorite surveys:

6. Sell digital stickers on Etsy

Another great side hustle related to Etsy is selling digital planners and digital stickers. My friend Michelle sells digital planners and stickers on Etsy. Michelle personally uses digital planners and digital stickers, so she decided to sell them herself. She made over $700 her first month in profit. In her second month, she made over $1,000 in profit. 

She even created an affordable course teaching others how to do the same, which you can see here. She even says you don’t need to have any prior skills, you do not need a background in drawing, no special software required, and anyone can do this. This is a great side hustle for people looking to make some extra money every month.

I love side hustles like this because you put in a few hours of work, upload your digital products to Etsy, and then earn extra money for months to come. You can check out the Digital Stickers Course here.

7. Babysitter or Nanny

Care.com is a job board specifically for babysitters and nannies.

I’ve personally found many jobs through Care.com, ranging from date nights to long-term jobs.

Note, that there are hundreds if not thousands of other people listed on this website trying to find a job.

You have to do your work to make yourself stand out.

Have previous babysitting employers or families leave a review for you on the website.

Pay for the extensive background check, and upload an introductory video of yourself. This will make sure you stand out and get chosen over others.

8. Dog Walker

Do you love animals? Make use of it! Dog walking is a great way to make extra money and stay active.

I was a dog walker with Rover for a long time and it was an amazing experience.

Just like I said with Care.com, you also need to make your profile stand out on Rover.

I made sure to list my rates lower than everyone else’s in the beginning.

This allowed me to build up my clientele and references.

Dog owners want to see as many references as possible – so make sure you have people leave a review for you on your Rover profile.

Tip: If you already have a dog and need dog walking services, use my link here to get $25 for your first dog walk.

What to read next: How I Made $80,000 My Second Year Blogging Full-Time In College

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Do you have any other ways teens can make money? Where did you work in high school?

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  1. Aaron

    These are great. While my wife and I were taking a citizens academy course from our city’s police department, they mentioned how they do stings on liquor stores to catch them selling to underage drinkers (ie, they don’t check the IDs). So, they actually get teens / underage kids to pop into these stores and try to purchase alcohol. And, they pay them for their time. What a cool gig for a teen! Going undercover / get some cash!

    1. Alexis

      Omg, wow! I’ve never heard of that. That’s a great idea!

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