Adolescence is a stage of life that is not always easy to manage financially. It is at this time that small personal needs make themselves felt more and more. Indeed, we want to buy everything that can make us happy: new clothes, high-tech accessories, sweets, and so on. However, all this requires big expenses. The pocket money given by parents is not really enough to cover all their needs.
The desire to have financial independence is one of the main reasons for earning money. An additional reason is also the desire to stop asking for money from parents, who are becoming more and more annoying. However, earning money as a teenager is not easy. Especially when you are not yet old enough to get a job.
Fortunately, anything is possible. There are many ways to earn money while still young. In this article, we have put together several ideas that you can use to earn some pocket money.
What does the law say about teen work?
In theory, it is possible for a 16-year-old to work. In fact, current regulations allow children between the ages of 14 and 16 to work. However, in order to earn money, the teenager will have to work during school vacations. And the work will have to be light and closely supervised.
For a teenager to work, the activity must be punctual or seasonal.
Making money on the Internet
The teenager and the Internet is a beautiful love story that will not stop soon. It is therefore normal that the first source of income of a teenager comes from the Internet. However, he has to agree with his parents to make withdrawals. This is the only obstacle for teenagers to work on the Internet. How to earn money on the Internet then? Here are some ideas.
Create your YouTube channel
What teenager doesn’t know YouTube nowadays? Even teenagers from underdeveloped countries know about the famous online video platform. Its videos are so famous that they go around the world in a few minutes. Did you know that YouTube videos can make money for those who produce them?
In fact, when a video reaches 1,000 views, it earns 1 euro for the person who posted it. In fact, many teenagers have managed to earn money by creating their own YouTube channel. Moreover, most of the people who have succeeded on YouTube started as children.
So why not get into YouTube video production? Find a topic that teens can relate to and that can attract thousands of views. Make a video that is entertaining, engaging or informative. If you’re successful, you can make money. A lot of money. However, this method can take time. You don’t achieve success on YouTube overnight. So you will need a lot of patience and perseverance.
Sell photos online
This is another area in which teenagers excel: photography. Whether with their smartphones or with a camera, teenagers always manage to take good photos. It is possible to make money online by selling these photos. In fact, there are many sites that allow you to sell your photos. So don’t wait, take your camera or your smartphone and take nice pictures. Retouch them if necessary with a photo editing program and sell them.
This activity will allow you to earn money, but also to improve your photographic skills. At first, offer your photos to small agencies. Then, if you see that you are progressing, turn to the most famous sites such as Shutterstock, Dreamstime and iStock. It is clear that you will have fun earning money.
Use your accounts on social networks
Social networks and teenagers. This is another love story. Most teenagers have at least one account on social networks. In addition, they are usually followed by thousands of people. This can be a source of easy money making. You just have to develop your image on social networks, become a must and the money will start rolling in.
To do this, it would be interesting to use the most fashionable social networks like Instagram and Facebook. Post nice pictures on your account, attract audience and sell advertising space or earn money through affiliate links. With all the love you have for your social media accounts, it would be interesting to think about monetizing them.
Write an ebook and sell it
This is another way to make money online. If you have a good pen, you can use it. Writing an ebook will surely make you money. In fact, the blogging business is based on writing ebooks. However, to succeed in selling your digital book you need to choose the right topic.
Most people who fail in selling their ebook do not find a term that interests the audience. They write about a topic they like instead of writing about a topic that really interests people. The most famous platform where you can sell your digital book and earn some money is Amazon KDP.
Make money doing paid surveys
This is an activity that can give you a lot of money. Moreover, it can help you earn easy money. This activity consists in answering a questionnaire about a product, a service or a certain topic. In exchange for your participation in surveys, you will receive a commission. There are many sites specialized in paid surveys. These sites are often associated with survey institutes.
In addition to paid surveys, some of these sites offer other activities that allow you to earn some money. We have for example, the reading of paid e-mails. You read the emails that will be sent to you and you will receive a financial compensation. Because they offer different ways to earn money online, these platforms are called multi-big sites.
Make money doing odd jobs
How to make easy money? Probably by doing odd jobs. In fact, this is the most classic way for a teenager to earn money. We give you some ideas to earn money quickly.
Make money babysitting
This is one of the many ways to earn money easily and quickly. However, you have to love children and be very caring. It is an activity that requires a lot of patience. You can start by taking care of your younger siblings (if you have them) to practice. Then, take care of the children of your relatives and friends. You can gain the trust of the parents you want to work for by getting a first aid certificate.
To do this you will need to attend free first aid classes at Red Cross centers, community centers and hospitals. This will make parents more willing to leave their children in your care. You can also invite them to come and help you. This may make it easier for them to trust you.
You can also take care of animals. Caring for animals requires less attention than caring for children. Obviously, it’s not as well paid. But it can earn you some money. It is also possible to walk your neighbors’ dogs for a small fee. Most people like to walk their dogs. Unfortunately, they often don’t have the time to do it. This is an opportunity to earn money.
Earning money by tutoring
Are you particularly bright? You can take advantage of this to earn money by tutoring. Look for a younger student or a student who does not understand the lessons very well. Remember to find out the rules about tutoring in your school first. Then start tutoring.
This will also help you better understand the concepts you will be teaching. It is also possible to sign up with sites that offer private tutoring. However, most of these sites require at least a high school diploma to enroll. However, there are still flexible platforms that will allow you to apply without a high school diploma.
Do some gardening
Everyone likes to have their own well-kept garden. Unfortunately, they lack the time to do the maintenance. This is an advantage for you. It is a good way to earn money. Offer your services to people around you for garden maintenance. There is always someone who needs a gardener and is willing to pay to have a garden that is always well maintained and green.
Moreover, maintaining a garden is not a difficult task. All you have to do is mow the lawn, pick up the leaves that fall from the trees and trim the hedges. If the workload is too much for you alone, you can call a friend to help you.
Grocery shopping for an elderly person
This is a way to earn money while being useful. Some people often have reduced mobility due to their frail health. They can no longer do their own shopping. You can make yourself available to them by helping them with their errands. However, explain to them that you need some money and would like to help them. This way they will understand that the service is not free. This will avoid a misunderstanding. This is the time to be helpful to the grandparents in your neighborhood.
Earning money working in the service sector.
The service sector is one that hires a lot of teenagers. The best thing is that you can work part-time. Here are some ideas.
Work in a restaurant
It’s true that most restaurants prefer to hire teenagers over the age of 16, but it’s not uncommon to see some restaurants hire 14 or 15 year olds. Most often, it is to wash dishes, run errands for the restaurant or even serve customers. However, to work in a restaurant, you must have your parents’ agreement. They must give you a written parental authorization.
Also, restaurants often work during school vacations. You must be physically prepared. Most of the time in a restaurant is spent standing. This activity will allow you to earn some money through tips and salary, but it will also allow you to gain experience.
Working in a store
Many stores hire teenagers. You’ll be able to work helping them restock shelves, assisting customers in their search for items, and doing some packing. Admittedly, it’s not a high-paying job, but there are some store owners who are generous and offer you a good salary if you are punctual and do a good job.
Working in an entertainment venue
Teenagers are very familiar with entertainment venues. They go there to be entertained. These places can also be places where they can earn some money. In fact, entertainment venues such as amusement parks, movie theaters, and swimming pools often hire teenagers. Although these positions do not require experience, you will have to take qualification courses. These are activities that have many other benefits besides earning money.
Earn money by becoming a host
Becoming a host or hostess is a bit special. You have to have certain qualities. First of all, you have to have a good presentation, then a good elocution and, finally, you have to have a sense of welcome. Welcoming can be physical or by telephone. As we have already said, it is a part-time job. In fact, some agencies hire teenagers to be part-time hosts or hostesses. And they can earn good tips!