Everyone’s going to tell you that your teenage years are some of the best years of your life. You should start believing them! But that doesn’t mean the bulk of your glory days should be wasted away in the false premise that you’re only going to get your sh*t together once you’re older.
No, no. In fact, teenage-hood is the best time to get ahead of the game.
We’re talking about earning cash to keep away for your education, stacking up on valuable industry insights and having a fully loaded, impressive resume that would be irresistible on any employer’s table.
Or better yet; you could get the experience you need to start your own business! The point remains – it’s never too early to start, and it’s never a bad idea to get some sort of financial independence at the same time.
There are tons of cool ideas you can get on with if you’re looking to side hustle as a teenager. And yes, we’re narrowing the ones that don’t involve things like working retail part-time (because who doesn’t already know that’s an option?).
However, I just want to say that this article is created to cover popular side hustles for teenagers – some may not be applicable anymore because of the havoc COVID-19 has wreaked.
If you’re more enterprising and want to make some serious money, starting an online business is the way to go. Check out our free guide on how teenagers can start a successful online business.
The Teenager’s Guide To Starting An Online Business
That being said, here’s a list that’s updated and 2020-relevant; with a little something for all crowds of teens. Whether you prefer to get hands-on, have a great knack for teaching others or are just overall super tech-savvy – dive straight into HUSTLR’s list of 53 easiest ways to start making money fast and get your best foot forward at this very moment.
1. Earn money with Swagbucks
Swagbucks allows its users to earn Swagbucks, also known as SB for playing games, watching videos, using their search engine, and more. SB are redeemable for gift cards or sent out as cash to a Paypal account.
Swagbucks is available to pretty much anyone, since they have a fully-fledged mobile app and a web page.
With their A-Rating with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) for 13 years and an average of 8.3 out of 10 rating on Trustpilot across 16,000 reviews, Swagbucks is definitely legit. In fact, they have paid out over $400 million to their members to date.
Simply put, you get paid to do a variety of miscellaneous tasks that are incredibly simple to do on your free time. Swagbucks also excels in consolidating all of these offers into a single platform, which means there is always something for you to do when you choose to.
Want to start earning money with Swagbucks? Sign up for Swagbucks here to get started. Also, check out our full guide here on how to make money with Swagbucks.
Next up, we have more exciting ways to make money for you, so make sure you read on.
2. Taking surveys for money
Perhaps one of the simplest ways of making money on this list is by finishing off short surveys online!
You want to take extra care with this method, though. There are tons of scams that draw you in with these prospects, and then under deliver. You also want to opt for the ones that are high-paying and wouldn’t spam you with low-cost forms each minute.
One of the sites that has been tried, tested, and will earn you a decent amount of money for each survey is Survey Junkie. If you want to start making money by taking surveys, you can get started right away by signing up on their site.
We’ve also compiled a list of 22 best paid online surveys for even more options – check out our article on it linked below!
Read:- 22 Best Paid Online Surveys in 2020
3. Resell items on Amazon
Have a good eye for spotting deals? Be it items from Walmart, Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, you can make good money by reselling items on Amazon.
More commonly known as Online Arbitrage, this side hustle entails spotting for deals on items that you can instantly flip for a profit on Amazon.
Simply put, you will be spending a lot of time either scouting Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist or at your local Walmart for items that you can source for a lower price than what is listed on Amazon.
While this might sound daunting at first, this side hustle can make you good money once you get the hang of things. There is also virtually no barrier to entry to this side hustle, so pretty much anyone with some pocket change to spare can start sourcing items and flip them for a profit right away.
Want more details on how exactly do you go about finding things to resell? Check out this guide to learn everything you need to know to get started.
4. Rent out your car when it’s not in use
This works best if you’re at least 16 with a valid driver’s license (duh). Basically, you could make some good money fast by doing nothing at all if you have a car sitting at home.
With websites and apps like Turo, private car rentals are quickly becoming a legit side income that people are starting to turn to! Sixt is also another option to look at.
Of course, there would be different rates you get paid for according to the model you own. By Turo’s estimate, renting your 2018 Ford Fiesta would get you up to $303 bucks a month; whilst a Lexus RX 350L could get you anywhere upwards $600 bucks every single month!
You can gauge how much you’d earn through Turo on their site’s calculator right here.
5. Listing out your wardrobe
There’s no shame in admitting – you probably have a bunch of old, or even totally unused clothes in your wardrobe as you’re reading this right?
Ever heard of ThredUp? It’s a fashion haven for those who want to buy cheap, or sell pre-loved from a variety of different brands to fellow enthusiasts! They’re renowned for being the world’s largest online consignment and thrift store –so you’ll know you’d be selling to a huge audience + increasing your chances of a purchase!
Here’s how you get started selling on ThredUp. They currently accept clothes from 35,000 different brands, which are
6. Selling stock photos
If you think that no one can make money off being a photographer anymore – think again.
Only 20% of online visitors read through the content on a website. The rest are skimmers, and around 65% are solely visual learners.
Content marketers know this, which is why the demand for high-quality, relevant stock photos and visuals are always going to be in demand no matter the niche!
If you’re already taking photos in your past time, why not make some money while you’re at it? Here’s a list of platforms to check out if you’re keen on selling your pieces right away:
7. Earn money as a proofreader
If you have a good grasp of catching grammatical errors, you could make decent side income as a proofreader.
With this side hustle, you get paid to proofread all sorts of writing – letters, blog posts, articles, or even emails.
A great upside to making money with proofreading is that you can do it with just a laptop and an Internet connection, which means you can do it from anywhere, at your own pace. You can also pursue this no matter where you live, even if you are outside the United States – as long as you are fluent in the English language.
It’s a little pricey to get started but you can pick up a REALLY good skill that can make you a lot of money in the future. Proofreading Academy is a great resource if you want to get started with proofreading, check them out here!
8. User-testing websites
If surveys aren’t exactly your thing, you could even get paid from surfing websites.
This could range anywhere from testing usability, to giving your feedback about designs and visuals or noting down any glitches and bugs experienced.
We know what you’re thinking –and no, you don’t have to be an expert developer or web specialist to sign up. There are tons of big brands looking for the opinions of people just like you, so it would make sense that it’s your two cents they want!
HUSTLR recommends signing up on sites like Usertesting.com and Testbirds to get started.
9. Becoming a mystery shopper
Much like scanning your grocery receipts, mystery shopping is a way to earn a side income from just going about your daily life – and getting rewarded for it!
Essentially, mystery shopping is just you coming under the guise of a regular shopper, but monitoring your entire experience throughout to report back to the company you’re involved with.
This includes the customer service you’ve experienced, cleanliness of the branch and other elements you’re asked to keep a watchful eye out for.
Some sites that connect you with companies that use this service are Market Force and Confero.
10. Getting paid to shop with Ibotta
Ibotta is the app you’re going to wish you heard of a long, longggg time ago.
It’s a 100% free cashback app that pays you back money for every purchase made from thousands of retailers! We’re talking eBay, Pet Smart, Fossil, Krispy Kreme, Amazon and tons more.
When you’re shopping for something, launch the Ibotta app to check if the retailer qualifies for cashback via Ibotta. Once the purchase is made, money is deposited into your account within 48 hours.
If you’re shopping in-store, you can also earn your cashback from just uploading your receipt and scanning the barcode items that you can redeem.
11. Teaching computer lingo to the older folks
How many times have you had to stop what you’re doing to help your mom out with accessing a file on her laptop? Or times out of your day you’ve had to ring your grandfather and help him out with shopping online?
Many people over the age of 60 are struggling to cope with how fast technology is developing – and that’s where you come in! You’re born in the generation that’s lightning-quick with all sorts of devices, tech, and websites; so why not use that upper hand?
Check with local senior citizen centers/retirement homes to see if they’re open to the idea of having weekly programs that teach tech to their elders.
These millennial entrepreneurs even started a whole business around this idea! No reason why you can’t too.
12. Online freelancing through Fiverr and Upwork
Maybe you’ve already got certain skills under your belt.
You’re a total graphic design ninja. A golden voice that everyone compliments you on. Maybe you even know some basic code!
If you know for a fact that your skills count for something –look into starting an online freelancing side hustle. Working this way allows you to work straight from home, out of your favourite café or literally anywhere else in the world with reliable Wi-Fi and a laptop.
We recommend platforms like Fiverr and Upwork for the most number of clients you can reach.
13. Review songs to get paid
You already like listening to music on a daily basis – why not start making money fast this way too?
MusicXRay is a unique platform that lets you listen to songs and get paid to deliver your opinion this way too! The current going rate is $0.10 cents/song, and you’d be prompted to give your feedback on lyrics, genre compatibility and whether or not you like the artist in question.
Plus, the minimum listening time is only 30 seconds for you to get paid! It’s a side hustle that would pay you on the train ride to the mall, or the drive to the grocers.
14. Selling your designs on CafePress and Creative Market
We mentioned freelancing as a graphic designer, but you could also be a bit more adventurous if you have the experience.
CafePress is a way to do just that. Here, you can start dipping your toes into a more entrepreneurial way of earning a side income by selling your designs to the public!
How? On CafePress, you’re free to design t-shirts, totes, drink mugs, hoodies, and a whole bunch more for individuals/brands/companies to use after they pay you the royalty.
Creative Market also operates on somewhat the same logic. If you know how to design vector graphics, logos, fonts, and other cool templates – this is a good alternative to consider.
15. Creating YouTube videos
Everyone seems to be hopping on the YouTube bandwagon, and for good reason! If you go viral on YouTube, there’s a likely chance you could develop an insanely profitable career from that point onwards and start raking in the big bucks for your videos.
Views from your videos are turned to cash through something called Google AdSense. There are even options to earn cash through affiliate methods, which you can do once you reach a substantial following of subscribers.
Oberlo has a pretty good guide to get you started on gaining popularity from your YouTube videos.
16. Becoming an amateur referee
Recreational or not, every sports game needs an umpire or referee to oversee it all. We’re not suggesting you apply for the ones facilitating FIFA; even small-time referees get paid!
As a teenager, you could reach out to the sports communities within your neighborhood to see if they are in need of such services.
Of course, some of them might require you getting an official license and even being 16 years of age.
You can check out this guide to get you started as a teenage referee.
17. Offering pet sitting services
We don’t know about you, but this is a win-win if you ask us!
After all, the only thing that beats spending time with these adorable furballs is getting paid for it.
And boy, do people pay a lot on account of their pets. The average cost of owning a pet is actually $1,270 on average in the US!
So you can understand why getting into the pet-sitting business might prove really lucrative. Of course, you can start sourcing for clients the traditional way (by asking around, putting up flyers around your neighborhood, etc). Or you can start building your audience online.
If you’re at least 18 years of age, check out Rover to scout pet-sitting jobs in your community; and register right away to start getting matched to pet owners in need.
18. Starting a personal assistant business
Adults get busy all the time – and it sucks having to juggle everything at once.
So it’s understandable if they might need a little additional help with day-to-day tasks. This includes buying groceries, meeting reminders, helping out with errands and other small stuff that you could do in a jiffy!
Your client could be anyone from your neighbor to your friend’s parent, a pastor…or literally, someone else that you’re comfortable with and know well.
19. Creating Tumblr themes
No doubt about it, Tumblr has risen to become one of the most popular social media sites there are for millennials.
If you’re familiar with the site, you’ll know that Tumblr blogs operate on themes –and you can actually get earn from designing them!
You’ll, of course, need some basic coding/HTML experience. But here’s the gist of it!
20. Become a babysitter
Did you know babysitting one child would pay you anywhere upwards $16.75/hour in the US?
Of course, this depends on if…