15 Ways To Earn Money As A Teen | New & Updated For 2021

Hi friends! I know I’ve posted about this before, but I wanted to create a new & updated “ultimate” list of ideas to make money as a teenager! There are so many ideas and ways for teens to earn money these days, especially with almost everything at least having an online option, if not being fully online. I’ve compiled a list of 20 ways that you as a teenager can make money as a side hustle to your current job or a full time job!

1. Start a reselling business.

Reselling items on Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Amazon, and Walmart are all super-profitable and easy to get started with business ideas! You can start by buying items at garage sales, flea markets, discount stores, etc and selling them online. There are a lot of online courses, videos, and other training if you’re interested in this type of business!

2. Cake & cookie decorating.

With so many tutorials on YouTube and just online in general, if you’re at all interested in cake & cookie decorating, this would be a great business idea for you! You could start by offering to make cakes & cookies for family & friends’ birthdays/ special occasions, photograph your cakes/ cookies and post them on social media. There are a couple teen girls who do this in my area and I think it’s such a great idea and fun!

3. Clean houses.

This is definitely a service that many people are willing to pay for! Cleaning might not be your favorite job idea, but it can be a great money maker and if you have clients that you work for each week, then you can definitely earn some cash!

4. Landscaping & lawn care.

This is another service that’s a great money maker and also that’s gaining popularity in the teen job world. If you’re like me and live in a climate that has a cold season, this idea would only work during spring, summer and fall. However, it would be a great summer job idea! You could offer services like lawn care, weeding, watering, planting, etc.

5. Dog walking service.

Who doesn’t love a cute puppy!? This is a great way to make money and get some exercise at the same time! Many people don’t have time to walk their dogs (and even if they do, the motivation might not be there) but they’re willing to pay someone else to exercise their dogs <<< great potential clients!

6. Teach music lessons.

Music lessons are SO expensive, especially if the teacher is popular and well-known in the area. If you’ve been taking music lessons for a while, you could definitely start teaching beginner lessons! Many parents will pay less for someone like you who isn’t qualified, but knows how to play & teach well and it’s still great money!

7. Pet sitting.

Many pet owners don’t want to board their dog while they’re on vacation or at work all day. You could offer to not only watch the dog, but also give him exercise and play time as well!

8. Social media marketing.

The majority of teens are active on at least one social media platform and many us know the in’s and out’s of the different platforms really well! Some businesses and company’s are hiring teens part-time to give them ideas and help with their social media marketing – what a neat job that would be!

9. Tutor.

If you enjoy teaching & helping others learn, this might be a great job idea for you! You could set up sessions online or in person. This is something that would be great to start in the summer, then if you like it you could keep going throughout the school year as well.

10. Babysitting.

I know that this is kind of a “classic” teenager job, but I had to put it on this list because it’s still a great idea! So many people don’t want to just drop their kids off at a daycare while they work, go out, etc. Parents would much rather have someone they trust watch their kids and this is where you come in! You can look for potential clients by asking some of your parents’ friends with young children, volunteering at children’s events, church nursery, etc.

11. Graphic Design Business.

A lot of people want cute logos for their businesses and websites, website designs, Instagram story covers, Pinterest board covers, etc. If you are good with graphic design or have designed your own website, this is definitely a service you could offer. You could also sell fonts and svg along with a website design service!

12. Do photography for people.

If you’re looking to become a professional photographer, now is the time to start! If you can, invest in a quality dslr camera and some basic camera supplies. There are millions (literally) of videos and courses online to get you started and if it’s something that you’re serious about you could also invest in a paid training course!

13. Sell clothes on Poshmark.

Over the past couple of months I’ve dabbled with this a little bit and I’ve made some cash and it’s fun! One of my friends does Poshmark and has been super successful reselling clothes from a local thrift store, which is so cool! 💕

14. Car detailing.

People will pay an incredible amount for car cleaning and detailing. While it might not be the most fun job ever, you can definitely make some cash and it’s something you could just do here and there, or full-time.

15. Specialty decorating item service.

If you can make a special decorating item (such as a balloon arch) people will often pay for you to make them for weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, graduation parties and more! You can definitely make $$$ for these and you can do it as often or infrequently as you’d like.

Alright you guys, that’s it for this post! I hope you enjoyed and make sure to drop me a comment down below with your teen money-making ideas! ✨💕

♥ Hannah

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18 thoughts on “15 Ways To Earn Money As A Teen | New & Updated For 2021

  1. A wonderful master list of ideas! Thank you Hannah. I’ve been considering reselling but am nervous about spending money on items that may not sell. I know that thrift stores are very inexpensive and you could buy a whole wardrobe for $50 but I don’t want to lose out if it doesn’t take off! What would you do if you were me? I know I can’t let fear hold me back but I am such an over thinker that it almost comes naturally sometimes.

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    1. Thank you so much, girl! I can totally 100% understand that! I don’t have a ton of experience with reselling personally, but if I were you, I’d look into some YouTube videos or online courses. It also depends on where you’re reselling and where you’re buying from, but I’d honestly just look at some different people online doing it and go from there. I’m definitely an overthinker as well and something that really helped me with my business is the book Business Boutique by Christy Wright – that’s another resource I’d definitely recommend! I’d love to hear what you end up doing and if you’d like to chat more, feel free to email me! 🙂


  2. Wonderful post! (as always!!) I have a whole bunch of things I need to pay for throughout the year, and these are all such great ideas! I am actually starting to teach ballet private lessons, and I’m really excited! It’s great when you can find a job that you actually love to do!

    ❤ ~Amber

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    1. Thank you so much! That’s a great idea! I think you could definitely sell paintings, but in addition to that, I think that transferring your art onto vinyl stickers and cards would also be profitable! Vinyl stickers and cards are super popular right now and they are some you could keep selling, rather than having to paint a new one each time! 😉

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    1. Ooh, that’s so fun! It’s actually technically my mom’s account but most of the items on there are mine. 😉 The username is @msnoke7 🙂


  3. I love how these ideas are all so unique and different from the usual ideas people give to teens who want to earn money! these are brilliant, thank you for sharing! 🤗💛

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