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How To Make Money As a Teenager In 2019

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There is an almost limitless number of ways that you can rake in some cash if you’re a teenager. From online jobs to money-earning apps to in-person jobs, the possibilities are many.

Ways To Make Money As a Kid

Making Money with Your Smartphone

Companies such as Inbox Dollars will pay you for playing games on your phone, downloading apps, taking surveys from your phone and watching videos on your phone. Oh yeah, and it’s free to join and you get a $5 bonus just for signing up!


Are there young kids in your neighborhood or extended family members who need child care? If so, you can offer babysitting services and earn some cash that way.

You can offer your babysitting services on nights and weekends during the school year. During the summer you could offer to nanny while parents are at work and kids are out of school.

It’s not uncommon for babysitting teens to make $10 an hour, $20 an hour or more. Babysitting is a great job for teens who are responsible, mature and enjoy being with kids.

If you want to look outside of your current circle of family, friends and neighbors for babysitting clients, check out Care.com. Care.com is a database listing available babysitters in specific areas. If you are under 18 years of age, you’ll have to have a parent or guardian’s permission to be listed on Care.com.

Virtual Assistant

If you’re not that good a writer but are more of a social media expert, you can be a virtual assistant for a blogger. You can edit their posts, manage their social media accounts, do graphics work and much more. As a professional blogger, Amy Lynn Andrews details, being a virtual assistant.

Online Tutoring

You can also help out some of your friends by offering online tutoring on particular subjects via Tutor.com, Enroll.com, and other websites. Furthermore, you could make money designing sites if you’re a wiz with graphics.


Other online jobs you can look at include selling stock photos. Also, you can do online surveys for reliable sites such as

 Or join marketing research focus groups. They don’t earn you much money, but at least give you something to do from the comfort of your home.

Turn Your Hobbies into Cash

Do you have a hobby that you can make money with? Are you good drawing people or animals? Do you know how to make great videos? Are you gifted at creating logos for businesses?

Are you great at writing stories or poems?

Make a list of the talents you have and offer to hire out for them. You can advertise via local ads or on websites such as Fiverr. Fiverr allows you to list job offerings (or search out jobs needed) for pay from $5 on up.

The key to success with sites like Fiverr is to charge an attractive price to potential clients while making sure you are getting paid at a fair rate. You might start out making less than you’d like to with Fiverr. However, if people like your work and your services become more in demand, you’ll be able to raise your rates.

Sell Your Products

Are you gifted at making crafts, jewelry, artwork, woodworking or other items? If so, you can open an Etsy shop and sell your products.

You can also sell your products on sites such as Craigslist or eBay, or sell them at local fairs and events. Be sure to charge prices that cover your materials as well as your time.

Sell Your Designs

One way to make money that costs very little money out-of-pocket is to create designs for t-shirts and other items. You make the design, and then upload the design to sites such as Redbubble or Cafepress, Redbubble or CafePress will print ordered designs on items such as t-shirts, tote bags, and iPad covers.

They even take care of shipping and returns. When someone orders an item with your design or saying on it, you get paid commission from the sale.

Grocery Store Employee

Grocery stores have many different job positions available for teens. You could be a cashier, a grocery bagger, a cart handler or a stock person.

Grocery stores offer jobs that require customer interaction and jobs that don’t require customer interaction. Therefore, grocery store work could be a good choice for you whether you love working with customers or would rather work behind the scenes.


If you’re a good swimmer and like hanging out at the beach, a lifeguard position might be right for you.

Most lifeguard jobs require workers to have or get lifeguard certification through a qualified organization such as the Red Cross. Talk with local beach managers about what the qualifications are.

Then see about local lifeguard certification class offerings if you’re interested in pursuing a job as a lifeguard. If you’re responsible and like being outside, this could be a good job choice for you.

Movie Theater Worker

If you love people and like movies, you might enjoy a job as a movie theater worker. Movie theaters offer several different job positions such as ticket sellers, ticket takers, concession stand workers and janitorial positions.

Check with your local theater management to see about putting in an application. Note that you may have to keep late working hours if you work at a theater.

Umpire or Referee

Local sports organizations often seek out teens to work umpire and referee jobs for kids’ sports teams.

If you love and are good at sports such as baseball, basketball, softball, and football, you could apply to work as an umpire or referee.

These types of jobs usually pay well too. In my area, umpires get paid up to $30 an hour. Check with local sports organizations for more details about referee jobs.

Sell Your Stuff

Is your closet, basement or storage area loaded with clothes, accessories, games, and toys you no longer use or need? Consider selling them at a garage sale, online at Craigslist or on your Facebook account.

There’s also Letgo, which shows your items to people who live near you. Because of that, Letgo is a good site for selling larger items that you don’t necessarily want to ship.

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