Hey, everyone, this is Rhiana from A Frugal Life, and today I'm talking about how your teenagers
can make money both online and off. So right now we're in a middle pandemic. So it's hard
for even adults to get jobs or make money. But there's teenagers out there still wanting
to make money, either for pocket money or to help support your family. So you would be
surprised at how many teenagers actually contribute their money to family finances,
especially now when adults are out of work. So I personally started working as
a teenager when I was 14 years old as a teenager, part time for 14 to 17.
And then I started working full time when I was 17 years old. And I have
been working full time ever since. So I know what it's like to be a teenager looking
for ways to make money. The problem is that there are some things that only adults can do, either
because companies are only looking to hire adults, even though teenagers work just as hard as
And there's also things that teenagers can't do just because you have to
be a certain age to do certain jobs. So I'm going to give you 15 ways in this video that your
teenagers can make money both online and off. Stay tuned to the very end. They have
lots of ideas. If one idea doesn't work, another one probably will. Or these
ideas may lead you to ideas of your own. So if you do get ideas during this video
of ways that teenagers can make money or if you have a really great idea, be sure
and put it in the comment box down below. The first idea I have is washing windows.
And I'm not talking about giving up on a high window or a corporate building. I'm talking about
more residential and small business windows. So my family actually owns a
My mom owns a bar. So I'm used to the small business mentality
of hiring people local to do your work. I also know that, myself included, people
don't like to wash windows. And if you don't have a housekeeper washing your windows
for you, you are stuck with that job. And that's something that you want to do every
few months. Or some people just wait and do it once a year. But it's something nobody
wants to do. So if you have a teenager in the neighborhood willing to do it, you're
definitely probably going to pay them to do it.
So if you're a teenager, the investment is
small. You need to get a bucket and some water and some good window cleaner, maybe some
spray bottles and some rag and some squeegees. You want to make sure you do a really good job. I
would suggest doing a job for a friend, a family member first and getting some testimonials.
And then you can post an ad on Craigslist or nowadays Facebook marketplace telling people
that you're willing to do it. So Polke post it in local Facebook groups. As long as
you can get to the location, either you drive yourself or a friend or family member
or a parent can drive you, then you can do it. There's no age requirement on washing
windows and it's definitely a need that people don't want to do themselves. So you
can charge per window, per home or per hour, whatever you like. Just make sure it's competitive
in the marketplace. Call around and see what other people are charging.
And because you're a
teenager, maybe undercut them a little and charge a little less until you have a big clientele.
Once you start doing it, people love your work. They're going to call you back every
time they need their windows washed. And it's an easy job for you to do
to make a little money on the site. The next idea, it works for adults, too. It's
something that people are doing all over the place for days, but is flipping items on Facebook
marketplace. So I know of a team that flips sneakers, buying them when they first come out
and then flipping them on Facebook marketplace for a higher price because they're really in high
These are sneakers like Jordan and Nike shoes and things that come out in Limited Edition.
But you don't have to invest a lot in this. You can go to thrift stores and purchase clothes
and turn them into cosplay costumes and flip them. You can purchase books and flip them on different
sites, especially on Facebook marketplace. Facebook marketplace is a great thing that has
no age requirement. And if you are savvy on the trends, you can purchase things and then flip
them by selling them on Facebook marketplace. And the great thing about Facebook marketplace
is you can make people come to your house or your location to pick up so there's no
shipping involved, although I do offer my Facebook marketplace items for shipping
as well, because you do have a wider base. If you are able to ship items or small items
and shippable, you'll get a lot more sales. So flipping items on Facebook marketplace is
something anybody of any age can do.
So this next one is hopefully a totally unique one. And
that may be something you haven't thought about, is setting up phones, tablets or computers for the
elderly or non computer savvy person. So I know a lot of people in my mom's age group, for instance,
who don't know how to set up their own computer. So if they get a new tablet, they need
it set up with their email, their wi fi, their apps that they like to play. They need all
their favorite banking apps and useful things that they need to put on their phone that they don't
know how to do. So if you're willing to set things up for them and to teach them how to do it, then
you can make quite a bit of money by just charging them every time you come over to help them
charge them fifteen to twenty dollars an hour.
It is totally worth it for somebody to have
somebody come teach them those things and it is something that they need. So this one is
going to be a great one to do word of mouth. So if you can get your parents friends or
your grandparents friends in on the deal, if they can spread the word that you're willing
to do this, they will often even come pick you up. If you don't drive to come over to their house,
talk to them for a little while, set up all of. Their apps set up their computer, set up their
tablet, or if they're having problems with doing things like printing or doing their online
banking, they'll help you.
They'll have you help them with that as well. So if you don't have a
grandparent or parent willing to spread the word for you, this is also something you can post in
local Facebook groups that you're willing to do for people that are not so tech savvy. So just
make a list of things that you know how to do. Even the smallest things are not too small because
there are people that don't know how to do them. So put everything down from setting up
Google Apps to setting up games on your phone to send in your email redirects,
anything that you know how to do and are willing to share that information
when people are willing to pay for. So put that down on your online
resume is something you can do in the future to make a little money. So
this next one is not super fast cash, but it could be super high in cash. And that
is creating your own blog or YouTube channel.
So there are tons, if not thousands of
teenagers online making money on YouTube. So the biggest thing you have to do is set up
your channel and start filming and you can start filming as little as on an iPhone. Make sure
that you have your parents permission to post, but then start posting away. Make sure that
you keep the safety requirements in mind by not posting your exact location and never
sharing your personal information with people. But people, especially teenage age, like
to watch other teenagers on YouTube. So you do need to get up to 4000
watch hours and 1000 subscribers. But I know lots of teenagers on YouTube
have gotten to that point very quickly.
So if you're willing to put yourself out there
like this, then go ahead and start your own YouTube channel on something that you
love to do or just logging your days away. So next is selling books online. So not
exactly on Facebook marketplace, but there are other sites you can sell online exhibit and campus
book rentals and check if you're doing text books, but even just selling regular novels that you
pick up at the thrift store or garage sale. So if you get the scanner app on
your phone for something like zip it, I will put the link up above and down below.
You can scan books when you go out to garage sales and thrift stores and see if they're worth
anything. If you are, pick them up for 25 cents and then resell them on these sites for a
dollar or more. So it's not a whole lot at once. But if you really get some volume up
there, you can make a decent living at it.
So selling books on Zeph, it is a
great way to make money as a teenager. So how about selling principles on Etsy? You can
sell homemade goods if you're crafty on Etsy, but the best thing to do is to sell principles
because there's no overhead. So all you need is a free program like Cannava, or you can pay
the low monthly fee for the premium version and you can make your own printable cards for
any signs, printable stickers, all sorts of different principles on Etsy and sell them to
people for one dollar to ten dollars or more. And all you have to do is pay for the low listing
fee of 20 cents on Etsy and then the percentage. So there's really no investment
to this one.
So if you don't know how to get started on making these things,
there's tons and tons of tutorials online. One of them I have myself. I will put a link up
above to that tutorial, maybe up above over here to that tutorial on how to make birthday
cards, which you can then sell on Etsy, but you can also make all sorts of
principles and then sell them on Etsy. And if you use social media to promote your
Etsy site, you'll get even more sales. The next I'm going to talk about is something
that I do regularly, but it's also great for teenagers and that is pet sitting. So I do
mine will be a rover.
But there's also Care and Wolff and other sites where you can
actually list yourself as a pet sitter. You may need to be 18 or over on some of these.
So make sure that you get your parents permission. They may need to list under their name, but
you can also list your services on a Facebook marketplace and on Facebook ads and groups
like that in your local community, even on next door. So make sure that you tell people that
you're a teenager, but that you're responsible if you can get some friends or family members to
let you sit first and get some testimonials. People love a good, reliable pet sitter,
especially someone who's willing to walk dogs or sit and play with the dogs for a long
amount of time, which people like me who are a little bit older don't always have the
time or the strength of the energy to do so.
This is fantastic for teenagers. Walking
dogs is a great deal. You can make fifteen to twenty dollars an hour or more walking dogs,
especially if you live in the big city. So pet sitting and dog walking is a fantastic
way to make some extra money the next. And I'm sure you've heard of it and maybe even
used it as Fiverr. But what you don't know is that you can make money on Fiverr even if you're a
teenager. If you need a parent to sign up for you, if you're too young, go ahead and have them
do that. But you can do all the work and make all the money as long as your parent
is willing to sign up for you. You know, if you've been to five or that,
there are so many things you can do. And Fiverr is a little bit
misleading in that they says five or five dollars is how they started out.
But people are making way more than that.
You can make bank on five year if you have any sort of
skill so you can make principles on Fiverr like I talked about. You can make principles for other
people, for them to sell. You can make T-shirt designs. You can help them with their websites.
You can make great videos for them to post. Online, if you have any experience or want to
look up how to make videos, so there are dozens, if not hundreds, if not thousands of different
things you can do to make money on paper. And that's great because they do all the promotion
for you. You just have to get your gigs up there and get good reviews as you start out. So
Fiverr is a fantastic way to make some money online. The next one is going to actually be
easy to get into, and that is tutoring younger kids. As long as you have good grades or you at
least have good grades in younger kids subjects and you can tutor younger kids and things like
languages, math, English, help them with essays. And people love to hire teenage tutors for
their kids because their kids look up to them, are more willing to listen to them than they
may be to adults.
So the best way to get in this is to talk to your teacher and tell them you're
interested in tutoring. A lot of teachers have connections with other teachers for
lower grades and they're willing to put a word in for you. If you're a great student with those teachers for lower grades and have
them promote you as a tutor to their students. You can also, of course, posted online. But
getting a recommendation from your own teacher is a fantastic way to get into it quickly and
get a recommendation, a testimonial that allow parents to feel comfortable hiring you.
can hire yourself out at 15 to 20 dollars or more an hour, depending on the subject and
the grade of student that you're teaching. If you can tutor kids in things like SAT
prep, you can hire yourself out for even more. So get good grades yourself, get in with
your teacher and get yourself hired as a tutor for younger kids. The next
one is a little bit of manual labor, but anybody can do it if they just get up.
The energy to do it and start working on it is to wash cars.
If you're in the summer
or in a location that it's warm enough or to shovel snow if you live in the
snow. So if you just go door to door, you can offer your services to your neighbors,
you can post on next door and on Facebook. But advertising to your local neighbors is the
best bet to start out with, because if it's in walking distance, you don't have to get anybody
to drive there or you don't have to waste any gas driving there. So you can offer to wash all of
your neighbor's cars for a set amount like ten to twenty dollars. Most people will take you
up on the offer to support a local teenager. And because they don't have to go out during
covid so you can just come to their house, you can wash their car, never have
to contact them and have them.
Venmo, you pay pal or leave the money in
the mailbox. So it's great contactless way to make some money during covid. And then
after that you'll have a long list of clientele that are willing to hire you out over and
over again to wash their cars or shovel their driveways from snow. So the next one is
not a side business or a side hustle and is actually to get a job. And just because you are a
teenager does not mean that you can't get a job. So I spoke earlier about how I had a job at 14
years old. This was a little bit way back when my mom did have to drive me to the job or
I took the bus because I was in a city that had public transportation at the time.
So I got myself to that job every day after school and every day on the weekends.
I worked twenty to twenty five hours a week and I had to work around my school schedule
and around the hours I was allowed to work.
So as a teenager in some states were
only allowed to work certain hours. You can only work for a certain length
and you can't work past a certain time, like you can't work past midnight on
school nights or things like that. People who hire retail know this. The managers
will know that they have to hire you for a certain amount of time and they will ask you for work
permit you usually have to get for you through your school. The work permit is free. You can
usually get it through the administrative office, but go to your school counselor and ask them about
getting a work permit or if you need a work permit as soon as you have it, then go out to your
local mall and start putting out applications.
Working retail is a great
way to get job experience, to get yourself a resume before you graduate
high school. And you can even do things like working in a restaurant to build your skills there
or working in a fast food if you were interested in food. So I never worked in fast food. I
only worked for a restaurant for a few days. I did start out in retail, but that got
me into the customer service world where I built myself up the ladder from there
to different jobs and into an office. So just because you start out retail does not
mean you have to stay there forever. And it is a great job to start out as a teenager. So this is
something my husband actually did as a teenager, and that is to apprentice with a family member
in a family business. So he had an uncle who did construction. So he actually apprenticed with
his uncle as a sixteen year old in his family business. And he learned the construction trade,
which he uses those skills now thirty years later. So if you can learn skills like that
early on, you have a great in on getting a really great paid job later on down the
But if you can get a family member to hire you in on a skilled trade like that, it
is amazing on your resume later on down the line and you'll make great memories
learning some new skills. So things like construction, things like
housekeeping. If your family owns a restaurant, don't be afraid to ask your family
to help you out and give you a job in those things and work just as hard as for
them as you would for a regular employee.
So you can get great references
from your co-workers down the line as well. So the next one
is not really for city folk, but out here where I live in the country is
big and that is to cut and stack firewood. So if you don't have the. Reputation yourself
or a truck or a source for firewood, you may have to get in with somebody who already does
this, but stacking the firewood is very labor intensive. People that purchase firewood in a or
half court don't like to have to sack themselves. And people that have the source for the
wood and have the pick up don't always like to do this kind of stuff themselves either,
because it is a lot of work, but it is good pay. So if you can get in with somebody that does
firewood and offer to be a stacker, they can drive you around and you can unload and stack
and stack the trucks. So a lot of the times when I hire people to bring out firewood, they have a
teenager with them stacking the firewood. So that is a fantastic job to get into.
The next one is a
super fun one. If you're a dramatic person, if you like drama or plays or costumes or anything like
that, and that is to be a costumed entertainer. So lots of party places will hire teenagers
as costume entertainers. They often go out in groups who don't always have to drive or know
how to drive yourself. You can go with a partner and you can dress up as a fairy, a costume party,
a costume rabbit, all sorts of different things. You can also apprentice with them and learn
things like face painting and balloon twisting that is great at parties down the line. But you
can actually get tips from doing this as well. So people make really great money as costume
entertainers because you get the hourly and then you also get tips. You typically get birthday
cake and maybe a meal on their way out as well. And then just the fun of entertaining children.
So teenage costume characters is a great deal. You can also bring that into a school later on
down the line and work at a theme park while they will give you more money per hour, although
you don't usually get tipped at that one.
So birthday parties are kind of the way to go.
The last one is one more online one, and that is making your own T-shirt designs online. So the
only thing you have to do with selling T-shirts online is to come up with the design. Then you can
go on to places like T Spring and Red Bubble, post the design, sell the design. All you do is collect
the money is kind of a passive income. After you make the design, you have to promote it, maybe
unless you have a really intense, hilarious idea. So if you're a person that spots trends early
and can make funny sayings on a T-shirt, you can make a bank. There is a
T-shirt head. I forget her exact name. I'll put her link down below. Has become
a millionaire online before she was twenty doing this. So this is a great one.
If you have some artistic talent on the graphic design side and you
can post funny things on T-shirts. So I will post Shirlington blowing up and get
exact details on how to do it.
But you can make big bank selling T-shirts online
and there's no investment up front. So that is it for this video. Sorry
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