A teenager always needs money! Probably they want to buy a new iPhone or save some money for their first car or buy something fancy for their partner, there could be 100 more reasons why they need money. However, teenagers would not like to ask their parents for money because they are too self-respecting and want to earn on their own. If you are one of those self-respecting teens then you can read the following article and learn the 15 best side hustles for teens to make money online as well as offline.

15 Side Hustles for Teens to Start Making Money

These side hustles include pet sitting, pet walking, babysitting, house cleaning, car cleaning, refereeing, camp counselor, Snow Shoveling, content writing, and food delivery. All these side hustles for teens mentioned in the article will help you to generate income consistently. You have to choose any one of the good side hustles for teens according to your interest and skills.

Let us get started…

1. Pet Sitting and Walking Dogs

Pet owners may want someone to look after their pets on a daily basis or when they are away from home. Teens who love cats and dogs or any other animal can become pet sitters or dog walkers.

You must walk the dogs outdoors while the owners are out at work or on vacation. The only worst part of the job is you must be prepared to scoop up their poop!

You are going to get paid for doing this.  You can easily make a good amount depending on the pet owner.

As a pet sitter, you will stay in the owner’s home and take care of their pet for a week or even a month while they are out.

2. House Sitting and Baby Sitting

Babysitting is similar to pet sitting but here you take care of a human baby rather than an animal.

Baby Sitter is a very sought-after job. This job is best suited for teenage girls. In metropolitan cities, there is a great demand for babysitters.

When kids aren’t going to school, working parents need someone who can look after their kids during the daytime.

Your job as a babysitter may include responsibilities such as caring for the infant, feeding, diapering, dressing and enforcing rules.

You can look for a job in your neighborhood. A babysitter can earn a decent living.

3. Cleaning Homes, Pools, and Painting House

A house cleaner cleans the dirt off the surface of the home. The level of dirtiness may depend from house to house. Some houses are filthier than others. As a house cleaner, you can make up a decent amount. For a filthier house, you can charge more. You just have to work 2 – 3 hours a day.

Similarly, a pool cleaner removes the scum from the pool. Pool cleaners can earn more than house cleaners.

For painting, you will need tools like brushes, rollers, ladders, clothes, etc. You can charge owners per room you painted.

However, for each of these jobs be careful with the chemicals!

4. Car Detailing

Carwash is a great idea and you can find a job quickly in your neighborhood.

Just go out and check if your local carwash is accepting any applications. Or you can check on your friends, neighbors, and other people in your area who are looking for someone to wash their cars this weekend.

You will need equipment like cleaning supplies, a vacuum machine, brushes, hoses, etc to clean the car inside and out.

5. Lifeguarding, Camp Counselor and Referee

Lifeguards rescue swimmers at risk. This job doesn’t pay you much, but it is a relaxing and easy side hustle. You earn money sitting under the sun!

Another job is camp counselor! A camp counselor is responsible for keeping an eye on children while they are camping out deep inside a jungle. It is a summer job.

Teenagers who love being outdoors can become camp counselors. Various summer camps around the country can pay you around well for this. 

Similarly, a referee is compensated per game for presiding over amateur games.

6. Landscaping, Snow Shoveling, and Hauling

Landscaping is a tough and very manly job. It includes tasks like maintaining the lawn, mowing grass, planting trees, and pulling weeds to keep the lawn tidy.

You have to get familiar with working with various landscaping equipment like lawnmowers, trimmers, edgers, blowers, etc.

They pay you by the hour. If you live up north then shoveling snow in winter can pay you decent money.

Another way is to haul junk with your pickup truck. You can use your truck to move furniture and other stuff in your neighborhood.

You will get paid depending on the distance covered between the two locations.

7. Deliver Food and Groceries

You can earn a decent hourly wage delivering food to people’s homes. If you have a vehicle then this is a great way to make money on nights and weekends.

Just like food delivery services, there are many grocery delivery services where you can earn grocery delivery.

8. Retail and Fast Food Jobs

Become a cashier in a retail store. You must know how to use a cash register machine. You can work on weekends and holidays and earn well.

Would you like to flip Burgers? If you choose to work at a fast food joint then you will be flipping burgers, serving food, taking customers’ orders, and cleaning dishes afterward.

9. Flipping Stuff Online

You can buy stuff offline and resell it online. Flipping items is a legit way to make money for teenagers. You can resell items like books, clothing, gift card, etc.

You buy at a lower price from the flea market and resell it online at a higher rate. This can be your full-time job.

10. Make Money Online – Surveys, Testing, Watching Videos

You can make money doing trivial tasks like taking surveys, playing online games, solving Captchas, testing websites, watching videos, reading emails, etc.

Various GPT (Get Paid to Click) websites will pay you a few cents for doing these simple tasks. By completing these tasks you aren’t going to be rich but you can pay your bills.

If you are willing to spend a few hours a day, you can easily years $75 – $100 per week.  

There are so many easy online jobs for teens that pay well.

11. Freelance Writing and Proofreading

To become a freelance writer, you don’t have to be a great writer. You just have to write articles in plain English which is grammatically correct.

You write articles for your clients and get paid per word you write. Usually, a 500 – 700 words long article can pay you around $5. Daily you can write a couple of articles in your spare time and make some money.

Freelancers are in high demand all over the world. As per the information published in a SureJob blog,  there are only 15 million freelancers in India, compared to 53 million in the United States, which shows that there is an opportunity for freelancers in the market.

If you have the required skills, you can make a good living by freelancing not only in India or the United States but anywhere in the world, as with the plethora of freelancing opportunities available on the internet. You can find freelance writing jobs on Fiverr or Upwork.

You can also do proofreading and earn some extra cash.

12. Blogging

Blogging is a bit tougher than freelance writing. You create a blog on a particular topic and share it with the rest of the world.

You can choose a topic that is close to your heart. Something you are passionate about like technology, science, economy, current affairs, music, traveling, cooking, gardening, etc. You can choose anything and create a blog.

You have to create unique and quality content. Then you also need to market your blog. Once you start receiving the traffic you can monetize it with Google Adsense. You get paid whenever readers watch and click on advertisements on your blog.

There are teenagers who are making thousands of dollars from blogging each month.    

13. Vlogging and Social Media Influencer

The younger generation, especially teenagers are constantly on social media platforms like YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, etc.

Why not make some money from it?

Instead of wasting your time taking selfies and doing other stupid stuff, you can use your smartphone to make money. Just record quality videos, edit them and upload them on YouTube or Instagram.

Your content must be powerful and engaging. It should connect with the people. If you are able to get an army of followers, you can monetize your channel and earn thousands of dollars each month from advertisements.

Show your talent to the world and make money!

14. Tutoring – English & Music

Online tutoring is one of the easiest ways to make money. After the pandemic, online tutors are in great demand all over the world.

You can teach any subject like Math, Physics, English, History, etc. However, as a teenager, you can go with English. You can teach English to students from Grade 1 through Grade 5.

You don’t have to go out, you can teach online from the comfort of your home via Zoom or Skype. As a tutor, you will have to conduct sessions and each session will be 20 – 25 minutes long.

15. Stock Market   

The stock markets can be very risky for teenagers. However, if you want then you can take the risk because the money is really great here.

As an intraday trader, you buy and sell stocks same day. You don’t hold them for a long term like an investor.

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But before you start trading I would recommend you to take some professional training from the experts. Intraday trading requires a lot of research and practice.

Intraday trading is a double-edged sword. It can make you rich in no time but also take away all your wealth.


These were 15 side hustles for teens to make money. Before you take a plunge I would request you to consult your parents and then go ahead.

Just choose anyone for the job and stick to it!

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