How to Make Money as a Teen in 2022

Are you a teenager who is eager to buy your own car? Or to start saving up for college? Or to just simply have some extra spending money? If so, there are many side hustles that can help you achieve these goals! Many require no experience, no age limit, and most importantly, many opportunities to gain extra cash and financial responsibility. 

Here are 10 of the best ways to make money as a teen: 

1. Part-Time Job 

One of the most common ways teenagers make money is through part-time jobs in the food or retail industries. Many of these jobs start from $13 an hour and go up to as much as $18 an hour! The hours are flexible as well as you can work around your schedule. For example, some teenagers only choose to work during the summer, or some may only choose to work on weekends so they can stay engaged in school and other activities. Part-time jobs are a potential way for you as a teen to save up thousands of dollars while gaining work experience, and all it takes is to apply on stores’ careers websites. 

2. Babysitting 

Babysitting is also an excellent way for teenagers to make money. While the rates can vary, the average babysitter takes home roughly $20-30 per hour. You can start by babysitting children within your family or friends and then slowly expand it into a business. You can post signs around your neighborhood or even via social media to advertise your business and grow your client list. 

3. Dog Walking/ Pet Sitting 

Dog Walking and pet sitting are also great ways for teenagers to make some extra cash. Just like babysitting, dog walking or pet sitting can be turned into a business. While the average rate for pet sitters and walkers starts at $20, there is potential to take home $30 or more per hour! Making some money while spending time with adorable animals— talk about a win-win! 

4. Snow Shoveling 

Snow is all fun and games until it is time to shovel. Shoveling is often a difficult, time-consuming task, so many people are willing to pay someone else to do the job for them. As a teen, you can offer to shovel your neighbors’ driveway and then later expand into a full-on business. Posting signs throughout your neighborhood and local parks are a great way to gain some traction for your business and start racking up hundreds to thousands of dollars in cash! 

5. Lawn Mowing 

Just like snow shoveling, lawn mowing is another way to earn money as a teen. You can start by offering to mow your neighbors’ lawns, and then branch out into a full-on business! 

6. Tutoring 

Teenagers can also make extra money by tutoring students–both in person and remotely. You can set your own rates and post flyers around local schools and libraries or even on social media to advertise your tutoring services. If not interested in starting your own tutoring business, you can set up a profile on websites such as Tutor.com or Chegg.com. These websites will directly connect you with a student who needs help tutoring and you can start making money right away!

7. Taking Online Surveys 

Did you know that you can be paid to take online surveys? Many websites such as Swagbucks can pay up to hundreds of dollars for taking their surveys or playing their games. As you complete more activities on Swagbucks, you begin to earn points–which can be converted to real money!

8. Selling Items 

Do you have any clothes that don’t fit anymore? Or any handbags that are just laying around in your closet? It may be a good idea to sell them! You can sell your items via Poshmark, marketplace, or eBay. You can even create an Instagram account to advertise your items, and you can even keep 100% of the profits. For example, many teenagers have opened up an Instagram page where they solely post their lululemon items for sale—attracting thousands of potential buyers. 

9. Social Media Manager 

As a teenager, you probably spend a lot of time on social media. Well, you now can use your love for Instagram or TikTok as a way to make some extra cash! As many businesses and companies are using social media as a strategy to grow their brand, they are actively seeking someone to manage and maintain their accounts. In fact, according to data on Linkedin, the demand for paid social media skills rose a whopping 116.4 percent. You can apply for social media management positions through Linkedin or freelancing sites such as Upwork, ZipRecruiter, or Fiverr. 

10. Freelance Writer/Blogger 

Do you love writing? Well, you can put your creativity and writing skills to use and earn some potential income. Many businesses and blogs are seeking bloggers to develop content for their websites. You can apply for writer or blogger positions through freelancing sites such as Upwork, ZipRecruiter, Fiverr, and even Linkedin. In addition, you can always set up a website consisting of a portfolio of your previous work; this is a great way to market your writing skills and attract potential employers. 

It is never too early to start making money, even if you are only a teenager! Side hustles can be the foundation for a teenager to start their journey in achieving financial independence!

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