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.
After all, getting a job after college can be difficult, especially if you don't have any prior experience.
Not only will these jobs help build important life skills, you'll also get the chance to travel, live abroad, and meet people from all around the world.
The first job below even gives you a chance to earn college credit, which is especially helpful when college is getting more and more expensive.
Below are 7 ways teens can make money that will also build their resume.
1. Camp Counselor
Becoming a camp counselor is a great way to improve your skills and meet people from all over the world. You can become a camp counselor in the United States, or find a camp abroad. There are many camps abroad, especially in Europe, that want to hire people who speak English.
Here is a website dedicated to finding a camp job during the summer.
Below are a few perks of working as a camp counselor that look great on a resume:
- Conflict resolution
- Teamwork and leadership
- Role modeling
- Decision making
- Open to new experiences
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A flipper is basically someone who buys an item at either a garage sale, thrift store, or even online, and flips it for a profit. Though this job can be time-consuming, you can choose your own hours and work as little or as much as you want.
I recently interviewed Melissa, a woman makes $133,000 a year flipping items.
These are a few of the things she’s flipped for profit:
- An item that they bought for $10 and flipped for $200 just 6 minutes later.
- A security tower they bought for $6,200 and flipped for $25,000 just one month later.
- A prosthetic leg that they bought for $30 at a flea market and sold for $1,000 on eBay the next day.
She even created a course called Flipper University that teaches students how to become a successful flipper. Melissa says her students can expect to make $500-$2,500 per month in their first year.
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4. Au Pair
Becoming an au pair is an experience to try out at least once. An au pair is essentially a nanny living abroad, helping out a child or family speak another language (English most of the time). Finding a family in Europe is incredibly easy, and if you’re from the United States, Canada, or Australia, you’re going to have a line of families trying to get you to join them in their home.
I was an au pair for a few months in Bologna, Italy. It was such a unique experience, and sometimes I actually think about doing it again!
5. Use your phone
There are several apps that pay you for your time. Some of these include:
- Ibotta – Make cash back when shopping (pretty much anywhere) SUPER easy to use
- Ebates – Get cash back when shopping online – another extremely easy way to make money
- Pinecone Research – Fill out surveys with your honest opinion and make $3 per survey
6. 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.
7. 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.
If you already have a dog and need dog walking services, use my link here to get $25 for your first dog walk.
Do you have any other ways teens can make money? Where did you work in high school?
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