As the years go by, it seems as though teenagers are being given fewer and fewer jobs, but at the same time, are needing more and more money! Let's face it: because we're young, we're seen as useless and immature, making it extremely difficult for any of us to get jobs. However, just because we're young doesn't mean that we couldn't use a few extra bucks!
Rather than filling endless application forms, or pleading with your parents for a raise in your allowance, why not go out and make your own money?
Here is a list of 33 new, creative ideas of ways teens today can make money!
Please note: not all teens are mature enough handle all, if any, of these jobs. In fact, in order to do well, you must be extremely mature for your age, and willing to make some sacrifices when it comes to your social life.
Also, it's important that you talk to your parents first before going out and creating a job for yourself! No matter how old you are, there are always going to be some things that your parents just don't feel comfortable allowing you to do. Make sure to talk to them, and just make sure that they're okay with you doing this!
If you're completely overwhelmed by this list, and don't know where to begin, feel free to contact me! I've had some personal experiences with all of these jobs, and would be happy to recommend one for you.
Job: Pet Sit
Description: This is definitely not what you were expecting when you read the words 'pet sit'.... Rather than watching animals yourself, instead, create a directory of places where people can keep their animals! That is, create a list of places that will take different types of animals while people are away. In this list, make sure to include the following: Company Name (or person's name), Address, Telephone Number, Email Address, Time They Can Be Contacted, Price, and Types of Animals They Watch. Then sell this list/directory to friends and neighbors who own pets!
Description: This is a great job for those of you with amazing handwriting! Offer to provide original hand-lettering to different papers, such as envelopes, flyers, greeting cards, invitations, thank you notes, pamphlets, and flyers. You can sell your services to not only friends, but also businesses as well!
Job: Apron Appeal
Description: Purchase a bunch of aprons cheaply, from a thrift store or from eBay. Make sure that all of the aprons are clean! Then design each apron creatively - make each apron look different and original! Then, sell these aprons to churches, flea market vendors, neighbors, small restaurants, and social clubs.
Description: Offer to apartment-sit while owners are away for the holidays, weekend, night, or even an entire season! I recommend that you only offer this service to people you know personally, such as family friends or relatives. Also, as an added plus, offer to organize a closet, bookshelf, cabinet, or entire room for the owner.
Job: Baby Stuff
Description: Soon-to-be mothers are extremely busy, especially if they're single mothers! Offer to accompany new moms to the store to purchase the many infant items that they will need before the baby arrives. Also, if you feel comfortable doing so, you could even offer to go shopping for her completely, so long as she's comfortable giving you the money. I recommend creating your own "checklist" that lists all of the items that the mother will need before the baby arrives. For some extra cash, you could even sell copies of this checklist to other moms!
Job: Artificially Yours
Description: Sell artificial flower arrangements to gardeners who can't grow anything real! You could also sell these arrangements to family, friends, neighbors, and small business owners. Popular stores such as Walmart and The Dollar Tree have a selection of artificial flowers, but for a great choice, go to your local craft store! Also, for something a bit cheaper, you could make flower arrangements made from tissue-paper flowers.
Description: Offer bike repairs and washings to people around the neighborhood! You could even contact your local bike shop and see if they would want to add your services to their company.
Job: Board Work
Description: Offer to give checker and chess game lessons to children! If you create some flyers describing your services, I'm sure that your local library would be happy to keep a stack of them out on the front desk. As an addition, you may also want to provide lessons for computer or video games.
Job: Bike Chauffeurs
Description: Offer to chauffeur children to and from places (such as choir practice, library, girl/boy scouts) on a double bike. If you can't afford one, then rent a double bike until you make enough money to actually purchase your own.
Description: Offer to organize a neighborhood cat show put on for fundraising purposes. If the show is for dog owners, then simply change the name to "Bark-for-Show".
Job: Party Pic-ins
Description: Offer to plan children's parties for parents around the neighborhood. Some things you'll need to remember include: supplies, entertainment, location, equipment (tables, chairs, etc.), menus, and foods. Also, as an added bonus, you could also offer to wrap the kid's presents for the parents.
Description: Provide general housekeeping tasks for people in the neighborhood. This may include cleaning/washing, organizing, laundry, dishes, feeding pets, simple repairs, plant-watering, and so forth.
Job: Lead On
Description: Offer to take pets for a simple walk, to and from vet appointments, or to the pet salon.
Description: Sorry, no creative title for this one.... Provide tutoring to children for academic subjects, such as reading, writing, math, science, social studies, or a foreign language. Also, an added bonus, offer to help kids with sports activities before they try out for the team, or before their big game.
Job: Cookbook Finders
Description: Become an expert at locating cookbooks with recipes for different tastes, styles, and occasions. Then, offer to search for certain cookbooks for those who don't have internet access. A trip to the local library is almost a must here!
Description: Offer to find newspaper and magazine articles for writers, students, researchers, neighbors, and teachers. A popular way to get customers is by offering to find coupons for certain products!
Job: Magazine Consultant
Description: Handle magazine purchasing for others. In this job, you would have to compare magazines based on their content and prices, and deliver your top choice to the customer. Make sure that you know what your customer is looking for first though! Don't bring them a parenting magazine when they were looking for a fashion article....
Job: You Forgot?
Description: Offer to remind others of family/friend birthdays, anniversaries, etc. You'll need to have several calendars (one per customer), and keep track of any special events coming up in their life (such as dentist appointments, parties, etc.). You should remind them 2 weeks, 1 week, 2 days, and 1 day before each event, though this may vary per customer. Also, as an added bonus, you could offer to make them personalized birthday/anniversary cards that they can sign and mail to friends.
Job: All Occasions
Description: Offer to decorate entire homes for the holidays! Some families like to have their homes nicely decorated for Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Easter, and so forth. Also, as an added bonus, offer to purchase new decoration for them (they give you the money). You could even create your own decorations and sell them!
Job: First Aid, Firsts
Description: Sell a specialized first aid kid to neighbors, small businesses, thrift stores, friends/parents, and flea market vendors. As an added bonus, create a pamphlet about first aid procedures/tips, and sell that!
Job: Plate Date
Description: Offer to clean up buildings/rooms after parties for home owners, schools, and offices. Please note, a special insurance may be needed in the case that personal belongings are broken.
Job: Funny Face
Description: Hire yourself as a clown for advertising purposes! I recommend contacting mall stores, conventions, vendors, food markets, car dealerships, neighborhood shops, or photography businesses to offer your skills.
Job: Bread and Butter
Description: Offer to handle “emergency” grocery shopping for family, friends, and neighbors. This may include handlings weekly grocery shopping. As an added bonus, offer to accompany and give assistance to senior citizens in the neighborhood while they shop.
Job: One Up, Two Down
Description: Offer to design, repair, or instruct others about kites. Sell your unique designs, and try to get street vendors, thrift stores, and local grocery stores to distribute your designs for a fee!
Description: Offer to assist teachers with the corrections of assignments and tests. Remember, teachers have lives and families, too! Helping them by correcting papers will give them lots of extra free-time.
Job: Bags to Go
Description: Offer to rent out luggage for those who travel occasionally. You can either rent out your parent’s old luggage, with their permission, or you can make arrangements with a luggage store to give your ½ off all luggage, if they get a commission from all of your prices. As an added bonus, design a “How to Pack” pamphlet and sell it!
Description: Offer to return library books for others, especially for senior citizens or busy parents. As an added bonus, offer to handle research for specific subjects related to your customer’s needs and interests.
Description: Offer to purchase tickets for others for games, movies, concerts, or other special events. As an added bonus, develop a monthly “Events Sheet” that lists upcoming events in your area, and sell the sheet!
Job: Plant Sit
Description: Offer to take care of plants when the owners have to be away for an extended amount of time. Make sure that you really know how to take care of plants first, though!
Job: File Experts
Description: Offer to organize homeowner’s important papers in records. As an added bonus, create a pamphlet on “Filing Tips for Homeowners” and sell it!
Job: Packers Before
Description: Offer to help people pack for a move or trip before the movers arrive!
Job: Time Out
Description: Offer to entertain customer’s children with special activities, so that the parents will have a breather for a few hours. Make sure that these activities are both educational and fun, such as a visit to the library, a walk in the park, storytelling time, coloring books, or teaching them how to play a game.
Now You Know! :)
Now You Know!