If you’re a minor, you probably desire at least a little bit of independence. And what better way to find that independence than a job?
Still, finding a job might be difficult if you’re not of the legal working age, or if you don’t have enough time due to other activities – and especially if your parents feel uneasy about letting you off into the “real world”.
However, despite these challenges, there are a variety of simple ways to make money as a young teen – or even a pre-teen. Although they might not be official jobs, they’re enough to gain a decent amount of cash on a monthly basis (decent if you’re younger, at least).
Let’s take a look!
Make Money as a Kid Online
1. Take Paid Online Surveys
One way to make money online is through the completion of online surveys. These surveys can be based on a variety of things, from music and entertainment to products and services.
And they’re literally perfect for kids looking to make extra money after school or during summer months.
Survey Junkie is an online survey-taking platform that lets you answer questions for the benefit of various businesses who are eager to hear your opinion(s). Each survey has the potential to award you any amount from $0.10 to $75, depending on how extensive the survey is.
Survey Junkie works via a points system. Every 100 points you earn is the equivalent of a dollar. In order to “cash out” or receive your money through PayPal, you need to rack up 1,000 points ($10). If you don’t wish to receive the cash directly, you also have the option to choose online gift cards.
Survey Junkie grants you the ability to earn around $1,095 a year. While this might not be an amazing income, it’s still a way for minors to earn a decent amount of money. If you do qualify for more detailed surveys, you can potentially earn much more – but you shouldn’t be too hopeful about the chances of that occurring.
Swagbucks is another site that lets kids gain money by doing things they likely already do on a daily basis, such as online and in-person shopping, answering surveys, and searching the web.
Similar to Survey Junkie, Swagbucks also uses the same point system that allows you to cash out through gift cards or cash. However, unlike Survey Junkie, you have a wider variety of methods to earn cash (as opposed to only completing surveys).
Through online and in-person shopping at participating vendors, you’re able to receive 10% cash back and access to exclusive deals and coupons. You’re also able to complete surveys and small “tasks” in order to gain points.
Additionally, you can play games and watch videos based on fashion, food, and other interesting topics to earn more points. The Penny Hoarder reports users making $90/month – a total of $1,080/year for very little effort!
2. Flip Products on eBay
Flipping products on eBay is another way to gain a good amount of money on the side, especially as a kid.
This is done through purchasing cheap items from any affordable sources such as thrift shops and yard sales and then selling them for a higher price on eBay. Although it does require a bit of investing, you will eventually end up gaining more than you spend.
Through this method, based on how many products you list on the site, you can easily earn between a couple hundred dollars to $1,000/month.
3. Start a YouTube Channel
As the times change, it’s becoming more popular for teens to earn money by creating YouTube channels. In fact, many young influencers gain a substantial amount of money through their channels. Plus, YouTube is a fun way to express yourself online while making money in the process.
However, you can’t expect to immediately start earning cash. The first step is gaining a fanbase. After that’s done, you can start monetizing your videos.
Finally, to participate in a partnership with YouTube, you must gain 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 minutes of watch time. If you get to this level and your channel consistently grows, you can potentially earn anywhere from hundreds to millions a year based on your popularity.
4. Be a Reviewer
Money can be earned easily by experiencing something online and writing your opinion on it. This is esepcially beneficial to the content creator, as it allows them to receive genuine feedback on their work.
Slice the Pie
Slice the Pie is a platform where you listen to music and provide feedback. For the most part, the songs will be by artists who are not famous yet and are trying to make a name for themselves. So, not only will you be discovering new music, but you will also be earning money just by listening to (at least) 90 seconds of each song.
You can expect to review 30-35 songs in an hour if consistent. The payout isn’t amazing – around 4-6 cents per song, or approximately $2 an hour. If you write more detailed reviews you can potentially earn up to 15 cents per review or up to $4-5 an hour.
If you consistently listen to songs and write genuine reviews, you can gain a substantial amount of side money using Slice the Pie. For example: at $2/hour, 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, you can bring in roughly $1,300/year.
5. Start a Blog
Another method of income for kids is creating a website or blog. Just like YouTube, a blog is a great way to express yourself while earning money on the side. Better yet, if you’re patient, blogging can become quite lucractive after 2-3 years.
One way to gain an income through blogging is by displaying ads from various companies on your page. Businesses will pay for ads in order to promote their products or services and drive traffic from your visitors to their websites.
While it can earn you money, displaying ads isn’t the most effective way to gain money on a blog. A lot of the time, ads use a “Pay per click” method, in which the amount of money you make is based on the number of visitors who click on the ad.
Each click typically gives you only a fraction of a dollar, so you would need a lot of visitors to gain a decent amount of money.
Another way to get cash from companies is by doing sponsored posts. Sponsorships usually entail promoting and/or testing a product.
A business might ask you to try a product and give your honest opinion, or simply write a post telling your followers to check it out.
The more popular your blog is, the more money you can gain from a sponsorship. Usually, sponsorships earn you hundreds to thousands per month – per sponsorship.
6. Test Websites
UserTesting is a platform that pays you to surf various websites/apps and provide your honest opinion on various aspects of the site/app.
UserTesting differs from other testing sites, as rather than typing out your review, you record your reaction to the website as you complete specified tasks (either voice or video).
The pay is $10 per test and payments are sent via PayPal. On average, users make $300-$500 monthly, or about $3,600-$6,000 a year – but you can definitely make more, depending on how invested you are in testing websites.
Typical Ways to Make Money as a Kid
Babysitting is a way to earn income by watching children while parents are away. There are various ways to gain babysitting jobs, including being asked by people you know, utilizing online resources, and/or word of mouth.
Let’s take a look at a couple online resources:
Care.com is a platform where you can offer your services to various people. Not only is babysitting an option, but there are also a variety of choices to pick from.
The average pay for babysitters on Care.com is about $16.20 per hour, however, it differs based on your amount of experience, the number of kids, and other factors.
Your salary is also highly dependent on how often you work and how many hours you work.
Care.com provides a step-by-step guide for beginners looking to get started.
Another valuable website for aspiring sitters is Sittercity.
Sittercity offers various resources to help you find local work. The average pay for babysitters is similar to the figures on Care.com.
8. Lemonade Stand
A lemonade stand is a great way for younger kids to earn easy cash. All you need to do is make some homemade lemonade using lemons or lemonade powder and set up a table outside.
The pay is not amazing; typically 25-75 cents per cup – but a lemonade stand has the potential to be successful, especially on a hot summer day!
9. Lawn Care Service
You can earn income by taking care of other people’s lawns. Many people value the look and quality of their lawn, but don’t necessarily have the time to invest in maintaining it. This is where you come in.
Lawn care services usually entail tasks like mowing, watering, and weed-killing – tasks that might be too time-consuming for some homeowners.
Your salary will be dependent on how much you charge per lawn, which could be anywhere from $10-50. If you do more than one lawn per day/week, you will have a substantial amount of money in no time!
10. Wash Cars
Many people don’t take the time to wash their own cars, opting instead to leave their car dirty or go to car washes. Lucky for you, washing cars is a fun and easy way to make money!
Not only can you wash cars, but you can also offer interior care for extra cash.
Just like mowing lawns, the salary that comes with washing cars is dependent on how much you charge per car, which is normally between $10-$30.
While thinking of concepts for painting and creating works of art might be time-consuming, it can prove to be a good source of income. There are also various ways to sell your artwork.
ArtPal is one such platform where you can sell your artwork. Even better, 100% of your earnings are awarded to you; not a single dollar of your hard earned cash goes to ArtPal.
Your earnings on ArtPal are completely dependent on how much you charge for your artwork. Many people charge thousands of dollars for their work, due to the effort required to create them.
This gives you the potential to make $50-100 thousand on a yearly basis, depending on how much art you create and how advanced your talent is.
12. Errand Runner
Many people hire workers to do their errands for them, due to things like disability, work, and other responsibilities. This allows you to use running errands as a source of income.
You can make $18-35 an hour with this job; the average is $25/hour.
13. Dog Walking/Sitting
Many people value their pets as though they were human family members. Therefore, pet owners will pay for top-tier dog services.
This is a great opportunity for dog lovers – and there are ample amount of resources available to help you get started.
Rover is a website that connects pet owners and dog walkers.
Rover can provide a great source of income for dog walkers, although the platform takes 15% of your earnings as a fee.
If you use Rover as a part-time job, walking 2-3 dogs for half a month, you can earn $1,000 on a monthly basis. If you use Rover full-time, working all month with multiple dogs, you can earn around $3,300 every month.
14. Start a Cleaning Service
Another option for getting cash is by offering your cleaning services. Many homeowners do not have the time to constantly keep up with the cleanliness of their household floors, mirrors, windows, etc.
As a kid with more time on your hands, this opportunity is perfect.
Providing cleaning services is a good way to make a living, depending on how much you charge per house/ apartment. Usually, it would be reasonable to charge $150-$250 for a house and $80-110 for a small apartment.
If you’re interested in photography and able to take high-quality photos, you should begin monetizing your work right now – even if you don’t have a professional camera!
FOAP is a platform that lets you earn money for taking stunning photos – and all you need is your phone. You can use it online or download the app.
And the process is super easy.
On FOAP, you simply post your photos, and various companies can buy them. However, don’t expect a very large amount of gain from posting photos.
Each photo bought is sold for $10, half of which the platform takes. While the money you make isn’t amazing, it’s still a solid way to make some extra cash after school or during holiday breaks.
Sometimes, FOAP also gives users an opportunity to gain revenue via “missions” posted by companies who are seeking pictures that fit into certain criteria. People who submit wanted photos can win over $100.
16. Recycle Aluminum Cans
Collecting aluminum cans – a simple task – will not only help promote a “green” Earth, but will also earn you some money on the side.
All you have to do is collect aluminum cans and bottles from anywhere (your houses, beaches, etc.) and take them to a recycling center near you.
The pay isn’t great, with each can earning approximately 1.7 cents. Prices can be higher in states with “bottle bills” that designate a minimum payout per can/bottle, which is usually around 5 cents. The highest is in Michigan, at 10 cents per can.
17. Water Plants and Pull Weeds
Maintaining a garden might be difficult and time-consuming, especially when weeds appear; killing the plants. For this reason, plant watering and weed removal services can prove to be extremely lucrative.
Job duties typically include watering plants on a specific schedule, planting, and pulling/ spraying weeds.
Your revenue depends on how much you charge per hour, which might be anywhere from $10-$20.
18. House Sit
While ‘house sitting’ might not seem like the most legit or fun job, it can actually be very useful for your clients. While homeowners are away, they might desire the security of knowing someone is checking in (even if it’s a younger person).
House sitting generally involves checking in on one’s house, collecting their mail, and taking care of any plants and/or animals. Sometimes, it can even involve staying at the person’s house and maintaining other household chores.
Usually, the pay is around $25-45 per day. It can be more depending on how long you’re needed and what chores you’re assigned.
19. Shovel Driveways/Sidewalks
Leftover snow is a hazard on driveways and sidewalks, as it leads to tripping/slipping, the rusting of car wheels, and damage to your driveway. Unfortunately, shoveling driveways and sidewalks is an important task that many people tend to see as a chore.
This is where you come in.
Shovler is an app where you can be hired to shovel snow in local US and Canada locations. The pay isn’t too bad either: you can earn between $20-$75 per job depending on how large of an area you shovel.
If you’re proficient in a certain subject or multiple subjects, you have the option to share your expertise for pay. Tutoring can prove to be a useful resource to gain revenue either part-time or full-time.
A teen tutor can be expected to earn anywhere from $15-30 on an hourly basis. This is a pretty good income for a minor and can help you gain experience, so you can raise your rates in the future.
21. Paper Route
Perhaps in the movies, you’ve seen a kid delivering newspapers on a bike. This is called a paper route – and it’s a very real job.
Kids will gain around $11 per hour from delivering newspapers. This is a pretty good way for a minor to make money while enjoying the scenery and getting exercise.
There is also the potential for earning tips. Often, adults who are feeling charitable might provide a newspaper deliverer with a little extra cash for their trouble.
22. Sell Baked Goods
Selling baked goods is yet another way to gain money as a kid. Creating homemade foods such as brownies and muffins, setting up a stand, and waiting for the customers to roll in is a great way to earn some side money.
Better yet, selling baked goods has the potential to make you hundreds of dollars, based on the number of people who purchase your desserts.
Your revenue depends not only on the number of people who buy, but also on how you price your items and how much you spend on materials, coordinating, and promoting. For this reason, it’s important to plan accordingly.
Make Money As A Kid FAQs
How can I make money as a kid?
You can make money as a kid through various methods both online and in-person, as listed above. To get started, sit down and mark the options in this guide that stand out to you.
Figure out what you want to do, when you can do it, etc. Don’t be afraid to ask adults for help.
Can I get a job between the ages of 11-13?
While you might not be able to get a traditional job at the ages of 11-13, many methods are available to kids of all ages, such as lemonade stands and bake sales.
However, some sites, like survey sites, require you to be 13 years or older. The best thing to do is explore the different options and check the age requirements before jumping all-in.
If you’re a kid and you want a job, but you can’t work in a conventional setting like a grocery store or restaurant, or you don’t have the time to commit to full work days, you’re not out of options.
As previously discussed, there are various methods for you to make money both online and in-person.
And having a job at a younger age might provide children with a sense of independence and accomplishment; shaping them into respectful and professional young adults.