If you’re like most teens, you’re probably wondering how on earth you’ll ever be able to earn enough money to afford camp or anything for that matter. Money can be hard to earn, especially when you’re trying to balance school, chores, and hanging out with friends all at the same time. But don’t worry, we’ve put together all the best, and easiest ways for teens to earn money. And yes, that means putting your phone down for a little bit and rolling up your sleeves for some good ole’ hard work.
If you’re a creative person who enjoys making crafts or helping out in the kitchen, you’ll have no trouble finding a few different ways to earn money.
Make something exciting and original, like your own handmade jewelry, picture frames, posters, or mugs. If knitting or crocheting is more your thing, than knit a few hats and scarves to sell to your friends and people around your neighborhood. You can even start taking custom orders.
Cakes, cookies, and bars are always a huge hit for those sweet-tooths out there. Go door to door and offer your neighbors some of your best baked goods. Once they are convinced of your amazing baking skills, offer to take an order and bake something just for them. You can also multi-task by decluttering your life and earning a few dollars at the same time. If you have any gently used clothing, books, or random objects lying around, free up some space and get some extra cash. Start by selling some items to a second-hand store at places like Plato’s Closet or Thred Up. You can also set up a garage sale or try selling some items online.
If you’re more interested in spending time outdoors, there are still plenty of ways to earn some cash. No matter the season, there is always yard work to be done. If you’re lucky enough to live in a snowy state, winter is the perfect time to add plenty to the coffers. Ask your neighbors if they will pay you to shovel driveways and sidewalks, put down salt, or blow snow. Once springtime and summer come around, you can earn even more by weeding and watering gardens, cutting grass, and raking. If the great outdoors isn’t your thing, but you have a knack for organizing and repairing, ask your friends and neighbors if they need any housework or repair done.
Do you like playing with kids or animals? You can easily use your love for either to earn some extra money. If you know any families with younger children, ask if you can help them out by babysitting, doing odd jobs around the house, and tutoring the kids with their homework. Moms will pay a lot of money for a good house cleaner and help with laundry. If you enjoy spending time with animals, offer to take your neighbor’s dog for walks, keep their cats well fed, or clean the filter on their fish tank.
Before you decide how you’re going to start earning the big bucks, take some time to think about what you really enjoy doing. Try to find creative ways to use your favorite hobbies to achieve your goal. And most importantly, don’t forget to save what you labored for. The last thing you want is to have worked hard all year and then miss out on camp because you spent more than you should have. So save your money!
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