With so many excuses to spend money no wonder our kids always ask for stuff. I personally think that my children have everything they need and want, but if you ask them, answers will be drastically different. However, if a certain someone wants to buy things, that someone is in a perfect place to create a source of income for him or her. While this list is broken down by age, with a certain level of creativity even little kids can benefit from the ways for teens to earn money.
Many Ways For Teens To Earn Money
(and not just teens)
While kids under 13 can’t legally work, there are many creative ways how kids and tweens can make money. However, most of these require a teamwork and probably would be a great way for parents and kids to do something together.
Recycling – collect and take cans to the recycling facility and earn money while helping the environment
Garage Sale – A great family activity that will help you to get rid of the stuff you no longer need with a help of your kids. Children can help you organize things for the garage sale as well as sell it (often buyers will pay asking price – not everyone can argue with a kid over a dollar).
Car Wash – Best to be done in a group and under an adult supervision.
Crafts – Make and sell crafts. Sites like Etsy are great for selling your creations, but you can also consider Ebay or local Fairs.
Chores for Neighbors – Elderly people often have odd jobs that they are unable to do for themselves and will be happy to pay a kid for doing it. However, as a parent, make sure you are comfortable with the neighbors you help.
Babysitting job – While there is no law that suggests at what age a child can start babysitting, it usually comes down to common sense. Both the parents of the babysitter and the parents of the children s/he will babysit need to consider if the babysitter is mature enough for the job. Keep in mind in some States a child can’t be left unattended as old as 12 for long periods of time. Take a course or get certified the Red Cross to get ready.
Sell Old Stuff – This by far is my favorite method as it made a huge difference for my family. Just like many I have bags and boxes of things I don’t use yet don’t have time to sell. Recruit a child. My daughter and I created listings, took pictures together and published posts for lots of items on Craigslist. She is in charge of renewing them on time. My husband and I respond to emails and make the transaction. And we usually split the money half and half.
Resell online – Find items on sale at stores and then sell them on eBay for a profit. You can sell toys, collectibles, or electronic equipment on Craigslist. Check out CafePress where you can create your own store and sell items. Also, check out the different “yard sale” pages on Facebook.
Pet Care – Provide pet care services for friends or neighbors. Pets need washing, walking, and sometimes, even training.
Video games – Take used and unwanted video games to a local game store
Computer Projects – use your computer skills to teach someone how to use a computer.
Websites – Create and design websites, or host a blog.
When kids reach the age of 13, they’re legally allowed to be employed to do light work. They can do anything that doesn’t affect safety, education or health. Go over the list above first – there are a lot of ideas 13-year olds. Here are a few more ideas:
Here are a few more ideas:
Virtual Assistant – many bloggers look for reliable virtual assistants to do a variety of tasks like email managing,
Computer repair – If this is your skill, you can earn some side income repairing computers
Lawn and garden care – Great job many grownups don’t like doing themselves and will be happy to outsource
T-Shirt design and printing – Show your art skills and create some amazing designs. Some printing companies will let you upload the design and give you a cut from every t-shirt sold
Tutoring – Figure out what you are good at and see how might need help to learn it
Install stereos, TVs, etc – many people don’t have install and assemble things, but almost anyone needs to get it done.
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At the age of 14, kids have more option when it comes to jobs. They can work:
- For two hours on weekdays and Sundays during term time.
- For five hours on Saturdays during term time.
- For up to five hours on a weekday or a Saturday during school holidays.
- For no more than two hours on a Sunday during school holidays.
They’re also not allowed to work before 7.00am or after 7.00pm on any day. 14 and 15-year-olds can work in restaurants, stores, and other non-manufacturing, non-mining, non-hazardous jobs.
Go over the list above first – there are a lot of ideas 14-year olds. Here are a few more ways for teens to earn money:
List of Good First Job Ideas for Teens – a very extensive list of jobs that require no prior training
For 15 and 16-year-olds who are still at school, the rules are basically the same as those for 14-year-olds. The only difference is that they’re allowed to work for up to eight hours during school holidays or on Saturdays. There are fewer restrictions governing the working hours of 16 and 17-year-olds, who are classed as young workers. Go over the list above first – there are a lot of ideas there for teenagers. Here are a few more ways for teens to earn money: