I can remember my teenage days well. I didn’t want to work, but I needed to make money to support
my social life. So I umpired, cut grass, and bagged groceries. I didn’t particularly love any of the
jobs, but in order to offset my spending, I needed to work.
The good news for teens today is there are a wide range of ways to make money – that weren’t
around when I was a teenager. Most of them require a good work ethic, but there are a lot of new
Luckily for many teens, they may already be very skilled in certain areas that could easily translate
into a nice side income for them. For example, I remember hearing about a teenage girl who
designed Myspace backgrounds and was making more money than her parents. So potentially, a
teenager who is willing to work hard could make considerably more than working traditional “jobs”
like at McDonalds, cutting grass, bussing tables, etc. For even more, check out these 5 legit work-
from-home job opportunities.
What type of teen are we talking about?
The seven year period defined as the “teenage years” sees a wide range of maturity levels. I
remember moments where I showed high levels of maturity and moments that are better left
unspoken. Interestingly, the frequency my immaturity didn’t necessarily decrease as I grew closer to
20 years old. My point in saying all this is that some of these jobs are going to require a teenager
who is “on the ball”in terms of maturity. But if you have (or are) one, these could be much better
alternatives to “would you like to supersize that?”
Jobs requiring moderate maturity level
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1. Social Marketing Consultant
Many companies are looking for qualified candidates who know the ins and outs of Myspace,
Facebook, and Twitter to help them with their social marketing efforts. Head over to a job site and
search for “social media marketing”.
2. Sell stuff on eBay for Mom and Dad
I am sure mom and dad wouldn’t mind sharing some of the profits, if you sell some of their clutter for
them. I say ask them for 50% of what you make from it!
3. Take online surveys
I am not particularly fond of the whole online survey thing since I had a bad experience using
CashCrate. But there are lots of online survey sites and people who do it successfully. Here are a
few if you want to investigate it further:
* Survey For Profit
* Global Test Market
* Panda Research
* Opinion Outpost
I recommend proceeding with caution and definitely not paying anything to join.
4. Raise Money Online
If you are raising money for a community service project or missions, you might want to check out a
site like GoFundMe.com. They make it easy for teens to raise money for any type of project. People
have used it to raise the money for everything from mission trips to medical bills, weddings and
honeymoons, business ventures, and even college tuition.
5. Find odd-jobs on Craigslist
Some of these might be landscaping work, or similar odd-jobs, but it might be great summer time
work for teens!
6. Freelance Write
As they say on the web “content is king” and everyone wants it. Places like Elance or Odesk have
thousands of different job openings available for freelance writers. If you are not in a rush for
receiving compensation and know how to do keyword research, there is money to be made writing at
Hubpages and Squidoo. For more on this method, check out How to make money with Hubpages.
7. Write product reviews
There are places like Ciao, Epinions.com, ReviewStream.com that pay for product reviews – if you
have an opinion and can type quickly this might be a good option.
8. Sell Plasma
Not sure how old you have to be, nor how painful it is, but if you are into that sort of thing, it can be a
way to make some quick money.
9. Take part in medical studies
I have a couple friends who have almost done this exclusively as a job. They were basically human
guinea pigs, but they made some decent cash at it. Sometimes they would have be at the medical
facility for up to 48 hours, so your schedule may need to be flexible. Just google “medical studies” +
your city to find some options.
10. Sell Digital Photos
Making money as a photographer has become easier over the last decade. There are now lots of
sites looking to buy digital photos: Shutterstock.com, 123RF.com, Dreamstime.com, CreStock.com,
Fotolia.com. As with most things, the better you are the more money you will make, but it can be
nice passive income if you work at it.
11. Create Websites That Generate Money
I have been making a full-time living from my websites for over 2 years now and have been at it for 4
years and I have seen a lot of overhyped junk. So, when Daniel Gray contacted me about his
product called TeenCashMachine, I had my doubts, but I asked him if I could look around at the
material to see if it was legit.
After watching a few of the videos and digging deeper into his program, it was clear to me that it is
the real deal. As the name suggest it was designed for teens, so it is very easy to understand, but
the system that he has is similar to what I have been doing the last couple years and he goes into
very specific step-by-step detail of how build your website, find the keywords to target, get links, get
traffic, get ads on the site, etc. If you are interested in finding out more about my experience with it
you can do so by clicking here.
12. Tutor or give lessons
Are you great at math, science, or kicking a field goal? Why not advertise your skills to those a few
years younger than you? Many parents are willing to pay a teenager to tutor their child in an area
that needs development.
13. Create Myspace Facebook backgrounds or Pages
or Twitter backgrounds for that matter. Just set up a simple site to sell your work, get a paypal “buy it
now link” and you are off and running.
Jobs requiring a uniquely mature teenager
14. Build Websites For Others
I can’t tell you how many people have asked me to build them a website since I started this one a
couple years ago. I am not seeking the work and people are requesting it, so if you do a little legwork
and pursue small business owners, there is a lot of work available. Teens might be great for this,
because they would be able to work for less than some higher end website developers, which would
put them in the price range that it seems many small businesses are looking to spend.
Two years ago I wasn’t sure if there was money to be made blogging, but I have since found it to
work out nicely. It isn’t something that will provide much income quickly, but if you stick at it, it can. I
wrote extensively about how to make money from a blog a few months ago.
16. Design Web Logos
If you have a flair for design, it may be worth trying to make some money designing logos for small
business or blogs.
17. Freebie Trading
I first heard about freebie trading from Leslie who made $28K last year doing it part time. It seems
like it requires a certain kind of person, but clearly there is potential as a decent money maker.
18. Become a Census Taker
The 2010 census is underway and there may still be census taker positions available in your area.
You may need to be 18 to apply.
19. Sell articles
Following in that same vein, you can sell articles you write at places like Constant-Content.com,
20. Start an eBay business
Last year I experimented with starting an eBay business to see if there was money to be made.
While profit margins can be thin selling on eBay, there are over a million eBay businesses, so it is a
21. Sell widgets on Etsy.com
If you create any kind of arts or crafts or widgets of any sort, you should check out Etsy.com.
22. Join a Focus Group
There are likely to be focus groups in your area that may be willing to hire teens. Organizations are
always looking for participants because there are business advantages for focus groups. Just
Google “focus group” and your city to get started.
23. Be a Mystery Shopper
This is the dream job isn’t it? You get to shop and get paid! The added bonus is that you secretly
have recourse when you are treated poorly in the store.
24. Have a Garage Sale
If it is something too large or that won’t sell on eBay for some reason, you can always have an old-
fashioned garage sale!