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#1 Swagbucks– Swagbucks is one of the most popular ways for teens (age 13+) to make money online. You can take surveys, watch videos, or just search for stuff online. Learn how to make $100 fast in my Swagbucks review.
#2 Start A Website (FREE guide)– This is the BEST way to make money as a teen. Blog about your passion and earn money while you sleep. If you start now you can be making enough money to never need a job! Would you rather get a job or make money 24/7?
#4 Instagram Business– How cool would it be to make money on Instagram? Well, you can. I have answered the most common questions teens have about making money on Instagram and have found the best, most affordable solutions to help you start making money on Instagram today!
#7 Fundraising– Schools and sports teams do fundraisers all the time to make loads of money. Why not try a fundraiser just for yourself. It’s half the work and double the fun. All you have to do is sell great products people already love.
#8 Cash Academy– The Cash Academy is where I put my best training videos on how to make money as a teenager. It’s FREE to join but I warn you this is only for teens who are serious about making money. Home of How To Make Money AS A Kid 101, Quick $100, and more
#9 Mow Lawns- Want to make money mowing lawns? This is a great way to make money each week during the summer without getting a job.
#11 Lemonade– Set up a lemonade stand on a busy corner on a hot day and sell lemonade.
#14 Bake Sale– Set up a table with baked goods at a public place, garage sale or local city event. Learn the secret ingredient for how to have a successful bake sale from the Bake Sale King. (Hint, rummage sale)
#15 T-Shirt Business- Have you ever considered starting your own line of clothing? Or maybe you want some custom shirts for your club or team. Learn how to make money starting a t-shirt business.
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Podcast- Start a podcast and get sponsors.
Online Product Reviewer- Reviews are huge today. Before anyone buys a product they read reviews. Create reviews on products that you want and sell them on your website. Learn how Eddie makes money on youtube reviewing products.
Transcribing– People will pay you to convert their audio or video into written text. You just need a pair of headphones and great typing skills.
House Sitting– While people are out of town you can offer to stay at their home and make sure everything is taken care of. Often this involves taking care of pets and plants. You can also just come by the home every day to make sure everything is kept up and secure.
Handyman– Homes need constant maintenance. A Handyman fixes anything around the house. Unclogging toilets, repairing a floor, fixing a hole in a wall are just a few examples. For more information, go to this blog post “How To Make Money As A Kid Being a Handyman“.
Window Washing– Most homeowners rarely wash their outside windows. They can get very dirty and homeowners would love to hire out this sort of work. You can offer to clean windows outside and when you agree on a price, you can upsell them to do the insides as well for an additional fee. Don’t be afraid to approach local stores as well. All you need to start up is some window cleaner, a cloth (or an old T-shirt) and a squeegee.
House Cleaning– Homeowners rarely find time to really deep clean their homes. Deep cleaning bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, etc can really help a person out. Getting behind fridges and thoroughly cleaning baseboards all need to be done periodically in every home.
Furniture Cleaning– Clean and disinfect couches, chairs, beds, etc. Make sure to look up how to clean different surfaces.
Tile Grout Cleaning– Clean the grout which is the lines/spaces between tile in kitchens, bathrooms, and showers. You can do this with a simple grout cleaner and an old toothbrush (or this nifty grout cleaning brush).
Book Repairs- Anyone with kids is bound to have a pile of torn books that are collecting dust. These books need some repair and busy moms don’t usually have time to do it. All you need to start is a book repair kit.
Organic Pest Control- Pest control is a thriving industry today but many people are afraid of harmful chemicals. Try to rid of people’s bugs by using natural products like diatomaceous earth and essential oils.
Peephole Installer- People like to see who is knocking on their door. It is easy to learn how to install peepholes and they are inexpensive to buy. Ask your customers what height they want it to be installed at. Install peepholes up high for adults or down low for kids.
Animal Control– Many yards have rodents like gofers, mice, rats, squirrels, weasels, and raccoons. Homeowners pay a ton of money to have them removed. If you learn how to do this safely, market yourself to the neighborhood to let them know that you are the go-to guy for rodents.
Carpet Cleaner– Carpets need to be cleaned about every 6 months. If you want to solicit your services doing this, rent or buy a carpet cleaner. You could do it room by room, or even just spot clean an entire house. If you rent the machine, try to set up several homes that day to maximize your profit.
Paint Fences– Wood and metal fences need to be painted or they will rot/rust. Paint fences to keep them looking good. People are willing to pay to maintain their properties. If the people you ask are renters, ask for the landlord’s number to ask them.
Paint Home Exterior– Stucco and wood siding homes need to be painted every few years to stay looking nice and to prevent rot and decay.
Epoxy Paint Garage Floors– Oil spills will stain concrete. Epoxy painted garage floors will keep them looking nice and easily clean up. Offer to paint the garages in your neighborhood.
Paint Garage Interior– Almost all building contractors don’t usually paint the inside of the garage when a new home is built. Painting the garage helps it look nice, lasts longer, and is one of the cheapest things to increase the value of a home. Offer to paint/finish people’s garages.
Paint Home Interior- People often need a new paint job in their home or want to change the color of a room. Let people know that you like to paint. Make sure that you have the proper floor and furniture protection.
Power Wash Homes- Homes get dirty with dust and spider webs. Spray down the siding and eaves with a spray nozzle on a hose. Use a pressure washer if needed on siding and brick.
Clean Gutters- Gutters will fill with leaves and debris and will clog if not cleaned. Spray them out using a forceful sprayer and even install gutter guards to up-sell your service.
Hanging Up Pictures- Many women constantly want their pictures moved or changed around the house. My mom kept me busy full time re-arranging pictures and hanging them up. Most frames come with a cheap hook, installing a hanging wire across the frame will make pictures hang more securely.
Christmas Lights- Whether it’s the elderly, working parents, or busy moms, by December 1st everyone needs their Christmas lights put up. Take a look around the neighborhood and ask if they would like to hire you.
Holidays Decorations Up/Down– Many people go to the extreme for holiday decorating. Offer your services to help put up and take down holiday decorations.
Holiday Yard Flags- Many people are patriotic and love to have a national flag placed in their yard or on their home on national holidays.
Game Day Yard Flags- Most people are sports fans of one sport or another. Put their team flags in their yard every day there is a game.
Flag Pole Installation- Installing permanent flagpoles in people’s yards.
Air Filter Changer– Change or clean air filters for heaters and air conditioners for homes. This can be a recurring job because their filters need to be replaced often.
Garbage Can Service– Once a week, take out and return trash cans to the street on dumping day. Clean them after being dumped for an extra service.
Boat Cleaner– Clean boats before and after owners take them out for the day.
Camper Cleaner– Clean out campers after people go camping.
ATV Cleaner and Maintainer– Change oil and air filters on ATVs and clean them for the owners.
Shoe Shine– Shine people’s shoes at their home. Come over once a week to shine all their shoes. A shoe shine kit is cheap and it is easy to learn.
Christmas Tree Disposal– Dispose of Christmas trees for people after Christmas is over. This is a great idea for how to make money over winter break.
Babysitting– Babysit for parents while they go on a date out for the night with friends. Check out the best babysitting tips to learn how to start babysitting or if you are already babysitting learn how to earn more money babysitting.
Kids Club- Instead of babysitting just one family’s kids on Friday night why not make it a party and watch 15 kids. Charge $15 per kid and you can make $450 instead of $20. Do it twice a month and you can make $900!! This is called kids club. Kids and parents love it.
Sitting for Errands– It is tiresome to load and unload kids in and out of the car while doing errands. Sit in the car and take care of the kids while moms run and do their errands in the store.
Nanning– Become a nanny and take care of kids for the summer.
Mom Assistant– Moms with a bunch of kids get behind in their daily tasks. Clean, change diapers, make meals whatever needs to be done.
Run Errands– Take the shopping list and get groceries, deliver mail to the post office, run kids to music lessons are all things you can charge for as an errand runner.
Home Cook– People want to eat nutritious food but cooking healthy food takes time. Offer your services as a home cook to make dinners for busy families.
Mow Lawns- Mow lawns once a week for people who don’t want to or don’t have time.
Seed to Cash– Have you every tried gardening? In the Seed to Cash program, you can learn how to make money growing food. How cool is that! Dylan 14, made $195 in his first two weeks. Earn while you learn by making a profit from food grown in your backyard.
Aerate Lawns- Lawns need oxygen to be healthy. Rent an aerator and aerate people’s yards to make money fast.
Weeding- Weeds are everywhere in yards weed flowerbeds, gardens and crab grass in the lawn.
Tree and Bush Trimming- Trees grow suckers all summer long they need to be cut off or the tree will start to look like a bush. Bushes often have a shape or need to be a certain size and need constant pruning.
Landscaping- Homeowners are always making they yard better by putting in a water feature, fire pit or rock wall.
Planting- People always need stuff planted in their yards and gardens. Plant seed lawns, flowers and trees and bushes.
Sprinklers- Every year sprinklers need to be repaired and adjusted. Winter cracks pipes or dirt clogs the sprinkler heads.
Yard Maintenance- You can build a business using all of these yard tasks or just a couple of them.
Watering- In dryer climates plants need consistent watering to survive. Water plants while people are out of town or if they want help with it every week.
Laying Sod or Planting Grass Seed- Either planting a yard for the first time or replanting in places where the grass has died.
Fertilizing- Lawns can use fertilizing at least four times a year to healthy and green.
Weed’n Feed- Weeds will grow in the grass. Fertilizer and weed killer can be done together with weed’n feed.
Edging and Weed Whacking- Edging is done along sidewalks to make the yard look well groomed. Weed whacking can also be used around fences, trees, and any other edges that the lawn mower can’t get.
Organic Plant Pest Control- Plants in flowerbeds and gardens often get overrun by bugs, natural products like diatomaceous earth, essential oils and ladybugs can get rid of them.
Build a Sandbox- Kids love to play in sandboxes. Build a sandbox in a yard and provide a top for it so cats can’t poop in it.
Swing Set Installation- Swing sets often come in a box and have to be put together. Provide a service to install the swing set and put it together.
Sell Things You Can Find For Free
Sell Golf balls– Recover golf balls at golf courses in the tall grass, trees, and bushes. Golfers lose tons of golf balls, especially golfers like me. I have found buckets and buckets of golf balls. Wash them and sell them back to the golfers. Learn more about how to sell golf balls.
Electrical Wire Stripper– Collect wasted copper wire from constructions sites or from electrical contractors, strip and sell to metal salvaging companies. You can make a lot of money doing this.
Metal detecting- Use a metal detector in parks and public places to find coins and rings and sell them to ring stores.
Bugs- Find caterpillars on milkweed and put them in cages. Sell the bugs in cages.
Spiders- Raise spiders and sell their babies or find spiders in the wild.
Rocks- Collect geodes or other unique rocks and sell them.
Ladybugs- Collect ladybugs and breed them and sell them to people with gardens.
Second Hand Service- Get left over’s from garage sales, or offer to come pick up items people want to give to consignment stores like Goodwill and resell it through garage selling it or putting it on Craigslist.
Firewood- Collect and chop firewood in the woods and sell it in bundles to campers or people with wood burning stoves.
Cricket Farming- Collect and raise crickets to sell to people with reptiles and spiders for pets
Lizards- Catch and sell lizards as pets.
Free Section from Craigslist (KSL- Utah, Idaho)- Get great free stuff on Craigslist and sell it for money to back on Craigslist.
Pine Nuts- Collect pine nuts in the woods, shell them and sell them.
Sell Baby Dogs- Raise and sell puppies.
Sell Baby Cats- Raise and sell baby cats.
Sell Baby Rabbits- Raise and sell baby rabbits.
Sell Baby Rodents (gerbils, mice, etc)- Raise and sell rodents.
Dog Sitting- Take care of dogs while people are on vacation or out of town.
Sell Baby Doves- Raise and sell doves.
Dove Releasing Service- Raise white homing pigeons and release them at events like weddings, funerals ,and other events.
Petting Zoo- Take rabbits, gerbils, chinchillas, goats, chickens or other pets and set up a petting zoo in the park or on city events.
Pet Groomer- Pets need to be washed, clipped and hair trimmed. Create a service to do these services at pet owner’s homes or have them bring them to your house.
Animal Border– Have people bring their pets to your home to take care of them while they are away.
Animal Trainer- All pets need to be potty trained and it is nice when they are trained to do tricks or hunt.
Pooper Scooper –Dogs leave their poop all over the yard. Create a regular service of cleaning yards of dog poop.
Stud Cat –Get stud fees from having licensed pure bread cat breed females.
Stud Dog –Get stud fees from having licensed pure breed dog breed females.
Hunting Guide– If you have hunting dogs you can rent out yourself and your dogs to guide hunts like pheasants, raccoons, mountain lion, etc
Car Washing –Regularly wash cars at people’s homes or at gas stations.
Car Detailing- Deep clean cars inside and out.
Oil Change- Set up a business to change car oils every three months.
Windshield Crack Repair- Fix cracks in windshields.
Graphic Design- Learn graphic design and do freelance work.
Sell VoIP Phone- VoIP phones can be set up for people’s home phone without a monthly payment. It works through the Internet and works just as good as a landline.
Programming- Learn to program and create games, iPhone apps, and software to sell.
Helping Elderly Set Up Electronics- Elderly are usually don’t understand new technology. Help them set up their TV, blue ray, computers, etc.
Digitalize Pictures- Many people have tons of photos in scrapbooks and boxes that are useless. Scan them into the computer to make digital copies.
Make a Digital Scrapbook- Use Shutterfly to create quality digital scrapbooks for people.
Movie Conversion- Convert VHS and home videos to digital copies and DVDs.
DVD and Blue Ray Digitizing- Digitize DVDs and Blue Rays so they don’t get scratched, lost, or broken. Get rid of the shelves of DVDs and put them in digital form so people can watch their movies on all their electronic devices.
Computer Maintenance and Repair– Computers always need to be updated, cleaned up so they run better. Fix and offer maintenance for computers. Learn exactly how Mike, 13, fixes computers to make money.
Fix and Re-sell TVs and Computer Monitors- Collect old TVs and computer monitors, fix them and resell them.
Video Game Rental- Rent out all your video games to friends for a fee.
Video Rental- Rent out all your videos and DVDs for friends and neighbors for a fee.
Homegrown Produce- Grow a garden and sell the produce to neighbors or at a farmers market. You can even sell garden shares.
Farm Fresh Eggs- Get chickens and sell eggs to neighbors.
Sell Baby Chicks- Hatch your eggs and sell the chicks.
Farmhand- Hire out your time to farmers. Fix fences, do irrigation, run tractors. There is always work on a farm to be done.
Feeding Animals- Feed people’s horses, cows, pigs, and chickens every day.
Farm Sitting- Care for animals and farm while people are out of town or on vacation.
Hay Hauling Services- Recruit a group of friends to haul hay and have the farmer pay you and you pay all your friends.
Goat Milk- Get milk goats and sell their milk.
Sell Baby Pigs- Raise and sell piglets.
Board Horses- Take care of people’s horses on your farm and charge a monthly boarding fee.
Backpack Dollar Store- Always carry pencils, pens, erasers, candy and snacks in your backpack and sell them at recess.
Holiday Sales- At parades and city events sell water, Powerade, and candy.
Up-sell Used Goods- Find used goods at garage sales and on craigslist for really good deals and sell for a higher price.
Flowers- Sell flowers on holidays like Valentines, Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Sell School Fan Gear- On game days sell school jerseys, t-shirts, hats, and other school fan gear.
Candy Machine– Set up boxes of candy in trustworthy places where people can buy a candy like you’ve seen in Mexican restaurants.
Glow Sticks- Buy glow sticks in bulk and sell them at city and holiday firework events.
Art- Tutor in art and teach computer art programs like Photoshop or art by hand.
Math- Tutor younger kids in math. Help them with their math homework.
Writing- Tutor and help kids with their writing and spelling skills.
Reading- Help young kids learning how to read.
Science- Tutor in science and help with science projects.
English- Tutor in grammar and English writing, speaking.
Teach a Foreign Language- If you speak another language tutor kids in speaking, reading and writing in that language.
Swim Lessons- Teach swimming lessons at your own pool or at a friend’s pool during the summer.
Basketball- Coach a kid with their basketball skills.
Baseball- Coach a kid with their baseball skills.
Soccer- Coach a kid with their soccer skills.
Football- Coach a kid with their Football skills.
Volleyball- Coach a kid with their Volleyball skills.
Archery- Coach a kid with their archery skills.
Elderly in Computer Skills- Tutor elderly people or your parents in how to use the computer.
Events & Stands
Face Painting- Set up a face-painting booth at a park or a local city event.
Play Instrument in Public Place- Play your instrument in a public place like on a busy sidewalk, at a city event or restaurant.
Cartoon Portraits- Set up a painting booth and charge to paint a cartoon portrait at a city event.
Hot Chocolate- Sell hot chocolate on a cold day on a busy street corner or at a bus stop.
Snow Cones- Sell snow cones next to a pool or on a busy street corner on a hot day.
Bake Sale– Set up a table with baked goods at a public place, garage sale or local city event. Learn the secret ingredient for how to have a successful bake sale from the Bake Sale King. (Hint, rummage sale)
Popcorn- Sell popcorn at a local city event or play.
Outdoor Movie– Set up an outdoor movie in your back yard with a projector and speakers and invite the neighborhood. Charge admission and sell drinks and popcorn. For the how-to guide on how to make money as a kid with an outdoor movie click here.
Spook Alley– Set up a spook ally during October and charge admission.
Air Soft- If you own a bunch of air soft guns you could rent them out to groups or set up an event to come play air soft and charge admission.
Larp Battles- You could make a bunch of foam buffer weapons and charge people admission to play Hunger Games or other battle skirmishes.
Laser Tag- Set up a laser tag course and charge admission.
Neighborhood Play- Round up the willing neighborhood kids and put together a play. Charge admission to watch the play.
Assassin Game- An assassin game is where a bunch of people signs up and everyone gets a name and some silly string. The object of the game is to assassinate the person you have before someone assassinates you. Last person left wins. Set up an assassin game and charge people to sign up.
DJ- DJ for a local wedding or event.
Puppet Show- Set up a puppet show with neighborhood kids and charge admission.
Host a Dance- Set up a dance in your backyard, park or parking lot and charge admission.
Band- Get a band together and charge to play at weddings, local events or even hold your own concert and charge admission.
Quartet- Set up a singing group and charge to sing at weddings or local events.
Raffle- Instead of selling an item set up a raffle where everyone pays a dollar per ticket and whoever name is drawn wins the item.
Singing- Solo sing for local events or at restaurants.
Event Photographer– Take pictures at events for people and charge them per hour or sell them the photos.
Party Facilitator– On birthdays and at kid parties facilitate games and activities for the kids.
Personal Assistant/Secretary- Independent contractors or business people always have tons of busy work to get done. Do secretarial work for them.
Billing and Collections- Many small businesses constantly need to do billing and collections. Send out their bills and help collect payments.
Photographer Assistant- Partner up with a family photographer and get kids to smile and look at the camera charge the photographer a fee.
Personal Chauffeur- Chauffeur elderly people or kids around town.
Refereeing- Cities always have local sports games. Referee them for money.
Foreclosure Cleaner- When a bank forecloses on home it is often left messy. Charge the bank to go and clean those homes.
Book Repairs for Elementary Teachers– Elementary teachers have tons of kid books that get torn and colored on. Offer to clean and fix their books.
Door Hanger Service- Local businesses need to advertise. Offer to hang flyers on home doors around the business.
Rent-a-Friend– Give companionship to older or handicap people, play games and talk to them and read books.
Make and Sell Soap– You can make and sell soap to your neighbors, online or at a local boutique shop. Learn how to make soap for kids.
Make and Sell Crafts- Look on Pinterest and find crafts to make and sell at boutiques.
Vinyl Letters- Set up a service to go to homes and print vinyl letters for moms decorating their homes.
Custom Home Decorations- Make home decorations and sell them at boutiques.
Re-purpose Furniture- Collect old furniture and paint it and resell for a higher price.
Baby Hair Bows- Make and sell baby hair bows to boutiques.
Dog Houses- Make and sell doghouses.
Chicken Tractors- Make and sell chicken tractors, which are portable chicken coops.
Boffer Weapons- Make play weapons out of PVC and foam and sell them at a city event or to friends. You can make swords, PVC bows, shields, spears, etc.
Potato Guns- Make and sell PVC potato guns.
Bread- Bake and deliver homemade bread to neighbors.
Knitting- Knit blankets, hats and scarves and sell them at local flea markets or to boutiques.
Card Making- Make and sell cards at boutiques.
Car Seat Canopy- Make and sell car seat canopies to boutiques or on craigslist.
Moby Wrap- Make and sell Moby wraps to moms at boutiques or on craigslist.
Aprons- Make and sell aprons at local boutiques or on craigslist.
Holiday Decorations- Make and sell holiday decorations.
Wash Cloth Travel Carrier- Make washcloth travel carriers that carry toothpaste and tooth brushes to boutiques.
Christmas Tree Skirts- Make and sell Christmas tree skirts during Christmas time.
Christmas Stockings- Make and sell Christmas stockings during Christmas time.
Bags and Purses- Make and sell bags and purses at local boutiques or on craigslist.
Duck Tape Wallets- Make and sell duck tape wallets to friends.
Baby Homemade Kitchen- Re-purpose old entertainment centers into baby play kitchens.
Wreaths- Make and sell wreaths to decorations shops.
Subway Art- Make and sell subway art.
Earring Holder- Make and sell earring holders out of picture frames and wire.
Bow Holder- Make and sell baby bow holders.
Paper-Mâché Letters- Make and sell papier-mâché letters to boutiques or decoration shops.
Kitchen Towels- Sow a strap and button on dishtowels to hang from kitchen stoves and sell them at boutiques.
Re-Finishing- Buy and re-finish lampshades, bookshelves, nightstands, bed frames, picture frames and sell them.
Customer Planners- Make custom planners for people.
Decorative Pillows- Make and sell decorative pillows at boutiques.
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