The job search may be a tough place for teens, especially when they are looking for their first job and have no work experience. Although, you can find some ways to make money with a little persistence and creativity. You should find opportunities to become an independent contractor by providing services instead of finding a place to work. We listed 6 great ways to help you utilize your skills and community to make some quick cash.
Every teen now has at least 1 social media platform that they use daily. While teens spend most of their time on social media, most adults between 35 – 45 have no clue what social media is. This is where you step in, teach them how to use the app, like navigating through facebook, using facebook stories, adding friends, posting pictures and content, joining a group, etc. Help them understand the platform by explaining to them the purpose of the platform and when to use it like Twitter is used to share thoughts and to provide frequent updates while doing that on Facebook would annoy your friends.
This would be a great opportunity if you were to reach out to your local business, for instance, a pizza shop. Help them with posting content, managing their social accounts and get a following that would interact with the posts. This will help you get some quick cash and referrals that would help you scale up into a potential business.
Fiverr is a website for freelancers where people can post a task that they require help with like graphic design, content writing, animation, etc. Good news! You need to be at least 13 years old to be on Fiverr, but you do require parent approval to get paid.
As a teen, you can offer a skill that you have, for example, if you are a good writer, you can help proofread content, create a post for blogs. If you are good with photoshop you can create logos for business. You can charge somewhere between $5 to $25 for a gig to get some traction.
This is one of the best ways to make some quick cash for teens. Depending on your community, you start observing people that have dogs, monitor them when you are outside. Reach out to them and ask them if they would like you to walk their dogs for $5 once a day or $10 twice a day. Next thing you know you walk them once a day and thrice a week, you are making like $15 a week from walking 1 dog. If you can scale that up to 5 dogs, you could be making $75 a week, which is great for a 13-year-old.
This could be helping your neighbours with some task. This could be mowing their lawn, washing or detailing their cars, cleaning their lawn during the fall or winter season, babysitting, etc.
It is a great opportunity for teens, depending on the gig, you could make a few $100 a week. Also, develop a good rapport with them, so anytime they need something done, they know who to contact.
Code Academy is a free website that helps you learn to code. You can start making websites by learning HTML, CSS and Php. You can offer that service to your local businesses without a website. Help them set up a local profile by setting up their business on google maps, creating a website and creating a social platform for them. This is a great way to earn somewhere between $500 – $1000 per client.
Play smart, you don’t have to build an entire website from scratch, that would be redundant and would require expertise. Instead, use WordPress, your entire website is built on custom themes and all you have to do is to make additional customization if required.
Youtube doesn’t need an introduction, everyone consumes a lot of content from youtube. As a teen you could review products like Ryan’s World, he is a 7-year old that reviews toys and now has 22million following. You could also share knowledge on a subject you are good at, let’s say you are good at English, you could make videos going over grammar tips, common grammar misconceptions, essay writing tips for your grade, etc.
All these ideas mentioned require adult supervision. Make sure to get your parent or guardian approval before starting any of these jobs mentioned, so they are aware of what you are doing.