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Gone are the days where teenagers were still considered little children and were supposed to only study and play. Times have changed and so have the patterns. Teenagers are no longer considered not eligible or not capable of working and earning money.
If you are 12, 13 or 14 years old; you can easily do work and earn. Of course, I don’t mean to imply that you will be able to land a corporate 9-5 job and make a living out of it but you still can and should earn money.
I know if you are a teenager and are reading this post, you must be wondering:
How to make money as a 12, 13, or 14-year-old? And
Can I make money if I am 12, 13, or 14 years old?
The answer to these questions is simple and it is YES. You can make money!
Even if you don’t earn thousands of dollars, you will be able to make enough pocket money and not forget the exposure, experience, and confidence that you will be gaining all the way. Working at such a young and tender age (where one has the maximum capability to learn, adapt, and mold oneself) gives you an optimistic approach and insight into the professional world.
Being financially independent is everyone’s right and duty. Eventually, everyone starts striving to be financially independent and stable. But why should one wait to enter the professional world to do so and not start preparing for it from a young age?
Unfortunately, not many people think this way. I am here to write this post and help you change your mind. If you are a parent of 14 years old reading this post or you are a 12, 13, or 14 years old reading this post then remember:
There is no age limit to making money.
If your child wants to work or if you (as a 12, 13 or 14 old) want to work; keep reading. I will be discussing all the ways, tips, and tricks that you need to know in order to make money as a teenager.
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How to Make Money as a 12, 13 and 14-Year-Old?
When you become a teenager, you are 13 years old. Even if you are a little younger or older and wish to make money for that extra pocket money, then keep reading.
Remember, you are not too small to earn and if you remain motivated, dedicated and honest with yourself and your work; you can go a long way!
So, without further delay let’s start!
#1 – Become a babysitter
I know that your first reaction would have been
How can I babysit? I am too young to take care of someone else!
This is true; you are a child yourself and taking care of another small being is a lot of responsibility.
If it is an infant you will be looking after; you will be needed to change diapers, make feeders and feed the baby. If it is a toddler, you will be looking after; you will need to be on your toes because toddlers are messy and dangerous. One looks in the other direction and the children have the capability to bring the entire house down; this is how much attention is required to look after kids. And if you are supposed to look after elder kids; you will need to be vigilant and careful.
But don’t worry, the American Red Cross, hold training sessions and classes to train 12, 13, and 14 years old to babysit. Although even after the training it will remain a job of a lot of responsibility you will be trained to do so.
So, if you think that you are capable enough and are a fast learner then enroll yourself in one of the babysitting workshops and become a babysitter.
After that, you will be able to babysit children and make money. This job remains in demand throughout the year and especially during the holiday season; everyone needs a babysitter and is even willing to pay double the rate per hour. So, it is a lot of money that you can earn as a teenager!
#2 – Work for a business or restaurant
If you wish to work as a teenager, you need to have a work permit in hand. If you have that, you will need to search for jobs that you can manage being a 12, 13, or 14 years old.
You can easily work at different cafes, restaurants, and diners as a waiter. You can serve tables and make money. This job is safe, and you will also get to earn extra tips from all the people you will be serving at the restaurants.
If you don’t want to work in a restaurant, you can also work at:
- An ice cream café or pop-up stall and scoop out ice creams. Depending on your stamina and availability, you can work a few hours a day and you can even work on the weekends only.
- You can also work in different stores and pharmacies stocking shelves. You can load and unload trucks and arrange the stock on the shelves to make money. This is a very convenient and practical option to make money as a teen.
- You can also look for jobs in offices and even your school administration to work as the paper guy. You can file papers, photocopy them, scan them and do other typing jobs. This work gives you a lot of useful experience for the future as well.
- You can also work for your neighbors or for someone you know who needs help; you can do yard maintenance, clear snow of the yard, cut grass and do other small chores around the house for money.
All these jobs are doable, and you will be able to make money easily.
#3 – Paper route
I won’t lie but when I was a kid, even I had a paper route. I used to work early in the morning, grab my bicycle and after collecting the papers I used to go about my route before heading to school.
Although this is a great and fun option for students to make money as a side hustle, this is not an available option today. Mainly, because not many people read the newspaper in print and open their phones to read the headlines and also because the paper distribution job is majorly done by cars today. But you can still manage to geta route of your own.
If you manage to get one, you can do paper routes and earn money. However, you will need a lot of patience, energy and willingness to make this work. Because whatever the conditions may be, you will have to work.
Also, people feel nice when young children do paper routes. They look cute and people also tip lavishly around the holiday season.
#4 – Shovel snow and do the yards work
There is a great service for outdoor work. If you have the energy and stamina to work outdoors, then you will get a lot of opportunities to earn money.
Also, because these jobs are not time-specific and are in demand all year round. You can shovel snow of houses and cars, rake leaves during the fall season, do gardening (planting, mowing and weeding) in the spring, clean up the yard and other handy work.
Mostly older people who cannot manage to do such jobs themselves are looking for people to do it for them and people who are too busy to do all these jobs themselves hire others to do the work for them.
You can ask around in your neighborhood and ask your friends and family if they need help around their homes. It is easy to work that is paid well and comes with tips.
#5 – Pet sitting
I already mentioned babysitting as a possible way of earning money for 12, 13, and 14 years old’s but if you can’t handle kids, you can take care of pets and make money.
Almost everyone has pets of their own and have an idea of how to take care of pets. Mostly when people are traveling or are working long hours, they need someone to take care of their pets back home; feed them, bathe them, take them out for a walk, etc. You can offer your services and take care of their pets in exchange for money.
Kids love animals and are more than happy to look after other people’s pets for them. You can also try this out and make money as a teenager.
#6 – House sitting
If you are 14 years old, then you can easily make money by looking after other people’s houses. People go out for vacations or travel for work-related purposes and need someone to look after their homes.
You can offer your services and house sit for people in exchange for money. You can advertise that you are available for house sitting. This method is particularly useful around the holiday season because almost everyone is traveling around that time and is looking for a house sitter.
#7 – House Cleaning
Many people hire cleaners to come and clean their homes once or twice a week. Cleaning houses is a pricey job. You can earn good money if you clean houses.
You can register as a cleaning person with platforms and applications that provide cleaning services to people. Even if you clean houses only on weekends, you will still be able to earn a lot of money.
#8 – Walk Dogs
If you are a teenager and you have a dog that you take out for a walk every evening, then you can also take out other dogs and walk them and make money.
Most people are too tired, busy or lazy to take their dogs out for a walk. You can do this for them, and they will be happy to pay you in return. The more dogs you walk, the more you will be able to earn. If you have some extra time on your hands or if you are free on the weekends you can walk dogs.
So, get those fingers moving, call and find out if someone needs your help and start making money!
#9 – Become a junior counselor
Everyone loves to go to summer camp, right? I used to look forward to summer camp all year long and always loved summer camp. I used to look up to those counselors with such awe and admiration.
I wanted to become a counselor as well and I never knew one can make money being a junior counselor but now you know! You can become a junior counselor at the camp and make money. If you become a junior counselor, you will have great chances of becoming a full counselor once you turn 16 and will be paid even better.
If you think that you are not passionate about making money and don’t really wish to try, then always remember that once you start earning your own money, it will be difficult to be without it.
It is always good to start early and get in the habit of working and making money. It will get you in the spirit of working, getting organized and disciplined and to be more oriented and focused in your life.
Here are a few other jobs and activities that you can do in order to earn money:
#10 – Play online games
If your parents allow you to have a phone, then you can download apps and earn money. There a lot of apps that you can download and play online games and you will be paid in return.
Children love playing games anyways so, playing them through apps such as Swagbucks is a great idea to make money. You are playing games anyway so why not make some money while you are doing so?
#11 – Set up a stall
Have you ever bought a glass of lemonade from the pop-up stalls children set up outside their homes? If yes, then why don’t you set up a stall as well?
This is a great way to make money as a teenager. If you are a 12, 13, or 14 years old and you wish to make some money then you can set up a stall on weekends or sign up with different street markets to sell your products.
You can sell goods that you make. You can bake (cakes, pies, muffins, donuts and other items), make other arts and crafts items, paint, sew and sell them at your stalls. I know that you won’t find a lot of time to create products so you can always do them over weekends and make money. What is better than becoming a young entrepreneur and learning all about starting a business?
So, get your parents to find you a stall where you can sell stuff and make money!
#12 – Create custom products
You can create custom products and crafts such as photo frames, friendship bands, baby hair bows, props and other items that people need and are willing to buy.
#13 – Learn web designing
If you are a 12, 13, or 14 years old and you wish to have the latest gadget then why don’t you earn your way to that gadget?
Kids these days are extremely sharp, and they have the capability to learn anything and everything they put their hearts into. If kids can figure out the trickiest of the cameras and take killer photographs, if they can crack the trick behind their favorite video games and reach to the maximum levels then they can also learn web design.
Even if your school is not teaching you proper web designing now, you can always enroll in a private course and learn all about designing a website. Web designing is one such skill that will never get out of trend. There are hundreds of websites that are being produced and developed every day.
It is always in demand. If you learn to develop a website, you will be able to earn a lot of extra money.
#14 – Fix computers
I know that this job is not for everyone and not every 12,13, or 14 years old can fix computers but it will be great if you can.
If you are a tech freak and a computer genius and you can fix if something goes wrong, then you can advertise your services. People will contact you if their systems crash and you can fix it for them. Some people don’t even know how to install simple windows on their systems and professionals usually charge a fortune.
So, it is a great way for kids this young to earn money by helping people at lower rates.
#15 – Join Instagram
Social media platforms are full of ways and opportunities to earn money. You can join applications such as Instagram, Pinterest and start making money.
I have done a separate post on “how to make money on Pinterest”. You can have a look and learn how to make money through social media applications.
#16 – Clean cars
Going to the service stations and getting the car cleaned is a very big hassle for so many people. You can clean cars for people and especially interiors and make money in return. This work will require some physical effort from your side, but you will be able to make money nonetheless.
The great part about this job is that you can clean cars over the weekends and earn enough money for the rest of the week.
#17 – Sell t-shirts
This is a great idea and not many people think about it. If you are great at painting or art, then you can create custom t-shirts and sell them for a profit.
You can create art on plain t-shirts, get them printed and even write slogans on them and sell them to make money. If you are good at graphic design, then you can also design them digitally and get them made and later sell them for a profit.
#18 – Paint houses and fences
If you are free during your summer holidays or over the weekends, you can easily grab a painting job.
You can look for working opportunities and paint houses, fences, garages, and home exteriors to earn money.
These jobs are easy and with just a little effort and dedication, you can easily earn a lot of money.
#19 – Become a gardener
Becoming a gardener is a very easy job. You can plant new trees, mow lawns, spray organic pest control, spray fertilizer, trim trees and bush for people and do other gardening jobs.
Even if you have no gardening equipment, you can always rent it and work to make money.
These jobs are always in demand and you can easily make money from these jobs.
#20 – Milk cows and goats
The farms are always in need of people who can milk cows for them. They have a demand to meet and milking cows and goats on time is very important. You can also work with farms in your free time and milk cows to earn money.
If you feel that milking cows and goats is not your cup of tea, then you can work on farms and do other jobs. You can take care of the animals, clean the farm and even train the pets.
You can also invest in rare breeds of dogs and cats and earn money by breeding them and selling their babies.
#21 – Record podcasts
You can start podcasts and get more and more people to follow you. Once you have enough followers, you can reach out to brands for sponsors.
The more sponsors you will have, the more money you will be able to make.
#22 – Become a sports coach
You can coach little kids in different sports.If you have kids living on your block who are performing poorly in sports; then you can train them and earn money.
It hardly takes a lot of your time and effort because all the kids love sports and playing sports doesn’t seem like a chore. You can have all the fun while playing sports and make money in the process.
#23 – Become a photographer
If you know how to take good photos and own a good camera, then you make your hobby into a profession. There are so many events happening all year round.
Birthdays, weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, school events, carnivals, and so many more; you can offer your services as a photographer and earn money. Photography is a very rewarding job and you can easily make good money by taking photos.
You can also do custom portraits and edit them for a price. People are always looking for photographers who can take good photos and edit them at a reasonable price.
#24 – Learn a skill
Learning a skill is the best thing that you can do for yourself. There is no limitation of age for learning a skill but better learn it young.
Learning is a process that never stops but if you learn a skill at a young age, you will only polish it with time. You can learn any skill; sewing, painting, playing a musical instrument, or any other skill. You can give classes, offer services and sell hand-made products to earn money.
If you learn painting; you can paint walls, make paintings, make wall art on demand, if you learn to play a musical instrument; you can play it at restaurants and earn money and even coach younger kids and if you learn to sew and do embroidery then you can create products and sell them for a profit.
#25 – Hold a garage sale
You can create handmade products such as embroidered cushion covers, clothing items, kitchen items, jewelry holders, jewelry, make bags and wallets and so much more and sell them by holding a garage sale.
You can easily make money by doing so. If you have an inventory, you can also set up an online shop and make money. Even the internet is full of ideas regarding creative items you can make at home easily and sell them for a profit.
#26 – Learn knitting
This is a great way to make money. Knitting is an art and truly a talent that you can easily learn. If you know someone who can give one-on-one sessions and teach you how to knit; great! But even if you don’t know someone, you can always learn how to knit online.
You can easily watch free tutorials on the internet and knit different items. I remember I once went to a knitting exhibition and a young girl had knitted such a wide variety of items from sweaters, caps, mittens, gloves to kitchen items such as teapot covers, coasters, napkins, mats, etc.
You can also use your talent to knit different items and sell them to earn money. Again, knitting is something everyone can learn and once you do learn how to knit, the possibilities are endless. You can make different items, even on-demand and sell them.
#27 – Be a freelancer
If you have some services to offer, then you can make an account online and offer your services. There are numerous platforms and applications such as Fiver and Upwork where you can create a profile and let people know about the services you can offer.
If you know web designing, can create digital products and/or can write, then you can easily be a freelancer and trust me the money you can earn is a lot. Let’s suppose you like to write and start writing professionally at such a young age than by the time you grow a little older, you will be able to earn some good money from the comfort of your home.
#28 – Event organizer
I know you are still a 12, 13, or 14 years old and managing large scale events might be a little too much for you but you can still manage small events, right?
If it’s a friend’s birthday party; you can always set up a nice table and arrange a beautiful backdrop and do all the other decorations. Once you learn and grow your business, you can move on to bigger events as well…
#29 – Set up a stall at the carnival
I know this is not consistent work but still, you can look for places and events where you can set up a stall and earn money. For example, you can set up a face painting stall, a food stall or a game stall and earn money.
#30 – Make handmade candles and soaps.
You can learn how to make handmade soaps and candles on YouTube and then sell them for a profit online.
Earning money is not and should not be an age-specific task. So, what if you are a child, don’t have a professional degree and can’t work in a corporate office yet?
There are endless jobs that you can do and make money. You can always ask for elders to help and make things happen. Don’t hesitate to ask for guidance and don’t shy away from trying.
Nothing is impossible and you will be able to learn anything and everything that you really want to. You will need to take out time and learn something else then your course books. All these options will take time and effort, but they will pay you well in return.
Let me know in the comments below about what way of earning would you like to try and if it works for you or not!
Also, if you can think of any other way to earn money, let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!