Blog 28 October 2022

56 Easy Ways For Teens To Make Money Fast in 2023 – No Experience Required

There are plenty of jobs that you can get started on if you are a teenager looking to make some money. You can either start a small business, or get a summer job or even start helping people to make money. This Scholaroo blog gives different ways for teens to make money. Including ideas on what you can sell, different gigs you could take up and job ideas you should look into.

56 Ways For Teens To Make Money in 2023

Ways  To Make Money in 2023 Average You Could Make Per Hour
1.Sell Old Phones and Electronicsvaries
2.Sell Old Booksvaries
3.Sell Video Gamesvaries
4.Sell moviesvaries
5.Sell Unwanted Stuffvaries
6.Sell your old clothesvaries
7.Shovel snowvaries
8.Freelance writingvaries
9. Set up Christmas lightsvaries
10 .Rent out stuffvaries
11.Do odd jobs around the housevaries
12.Take down Christmas treesvaries
13.Taking care of elderlyvaries
14.Edit essaysvaries
15.Filing and small office jobsvaries
16.Sell your craft$35.00
17.Sell handmade jewelry$35.00
19.Sell cosmetics$35.00
20.Sell hampers$25.00
21.Sell t-shirts and sweatshirts$20.00
22.Sell your artwork$20.00
23.Teach a foreign language$20.00
24. Become a DJ$20.00
25. Teach a sport$19.00
26.Wash windows$18.00
28.Look for acting gigs$18.00
29.Delivering Groceries$18.00
30.Do Tasks For People$18.00
31.Start Pet Sitting$18.00
32. Start Babysitting$18.00
33. Apply for paid internships$17.5
34.Become a mail clerk$17.00
35. Work as a golf caddy$17.00
36. Delivering Food$16.00
37. Play video games$16.00
38.Referee or Umpire$16.00
39. House Cleaning$15.00
40.Summer camp counselor$15.00
42. Home Gardening$15.00
43. Work For A Restaurant$15.00
44. Become a receptionist at a spa or salon$14.90
45. Work at a Coffee Shop$14.00
46. Work at a dessert shop$14.00
47. Work at a movie theater$14.00
48.Work at a flower shop$14.00
49.House Sitting$14.00
50. Work in retail$13.00
51. Work as an assistant$13.00
52. Tutor$12.62
53.Teaching music$11.90
54.Teaching swimming$11.66
55.Car Washing$11.29
56.Online surveys$01.14

Scholaroo table that lists 56 different ways for teens to make money and the average you could make per hour.


Selling Something Online To Make Money

The e-commerce wave has made it possible for any person to start selling stuff online and meet a buyer. So why not start selling things online to make money? You could sell through Facebook Marketplace, eBay, or Craigslist. Each of these sites requires that you must be 18 years or older to use the platform. This is because sales sometimes involve getting in contact with a buyer, which may not be safe for teens. So you may need help from a parent or guardian to set up your website. After this, you can quickly start selling things online and make some money. Here are some ideas on what you can sell online:

#1 Sell Old Phones And Electronics

If you are sitting on a bunch of gadgets around at home then consider selling some of them to make some money. Selling the things you do not use or want anymore is a quick way to make a little extra cash. So talk, to your parents about this first. You can trade in your old phone, tablet, or laptop using apps like Swappa, and DeClutter or sell them on eBay and Craigslist.

How much you can make: varies

#2 Sell Old Books

If you are an avid reader, then you are probably running out of space on your bookshelf, so consider selling some of the books in your collection. Did you know you can make more money selling collectible items, first edition books by authors, or vintage books. So start going through your collection and sell some of the books online through websites like Facebook Marketplace, eBay and You could even start selling books to buy more books.

How much you can make: varies

#3 Sell video games

If you need money to buy more video games, then consider selling some of your old video games and gaming gadgets. You can sell a Play staytion 3 game online for somewhere between $2 to $100, just depending on the game.

How much you can make: varies

#4 Sell movies

If you are a teen who is passionate about movies, and are a so-called “movie buff” then selling some of your old DVDs could make you quite a bit of money. You can easily sell movies at thrift stores like Goodwill, or sell them online through eBay or Amazon.

How much you can make: varies

#5 Sell Unwanted Stuff

There is always someone willing to buy what you do not need anymore, so consider selling any of your unwanted stuff. To prepare, start by decluttering your room and listing the items you want to sell on eBay. This is a perfect way to get rid of things like old bedding, clothing, out-of-style sunglasses, sneakers you will not wear anymore, and designer items too.

How much you can make: varies

#6 Sell your old clothes

Instead of sitting on a pile of clothes you may never wear again, you should sell them and make some money. Just go through all the items of clothing you have and decide what you want to keep or donate and what you can sell. In the end, you would be helping plenty of people by your clothing at a lower cost or donating to those in need.

How much you can make: varies


Job Ideas for Teens To Make Money

A joyful young woman enjoys her time at home and watering her plant by the window at home.

Finding a reliable job is easier than ever these days. Just by sacrificing a few hours weekly, you can make some extra money. Some gigs do not require any upfront money, so you can make money by using what you have. Either by using your car, laptop, or even just time, there are plenty of ways for you to make money with a job.

#7 Shovel snow

Shoveling snow, clearing out snow from driveways, and scraping it from car windows is a time-consuming job. Many people prefer to pay someone else to do it before they have to leave for work, providing a money-making opportunity for teens. You wouldn’t even have to go far for work. You can just ask around your neighborhood to see if someone needs help clearing out snow and you can discuss and set an hourly wage for it with them.

How much you can make: Varies


#8 Freelance writing

If you have good grammar skills and would like to earn from home then this can be another way to make money as a teenager. You can find work online via LinkedIn or work, or work part-time for companies hiring freelancers. The average pay varies according to the length of the content that you write. The per-word rate can vary anywhere between $0.02 to $1.

How much you can make: Varies

#9 Set up Christmas lights

Setting up lights on Christmas may be a tiring job too which is why people hire helpers to do that for them. This could be a fun casual job during Christmas time in winter for you to earn some extra cash. You wouldn’t have to go far for this job as you can help around in your neighborhood in exchange for some cash.

How much you can make: Varies

#10 Rent out stuff

Renting out stuff like video games, books, furniture, and electronic/computer accessories can be a great way to make money as a teenager. If you are older than 16 and have a car, you can even rent out one for some extra cash. This is a perfect way of earning without doing much. You will just have to find people that would want to rent the stuff. You can ask your friends in school and your family to spread the word around. The amount you earn, however, will vary greatly according to how much of the stuff gets rented, how often it gets rented, for how long it is rented, and at what cost.

How much you can make: Varies

#11 Do odd jobs around the house

Some teenagers also get money in return for doing chores around the house. There are probably some odd jobs that your parents don’t want to do. Take all such chores as an opportunity for you to earn. You can talk to your parents about it and they can set some things for you to do in return for some cash.

How much you can make: Varies

#12 Take down Christmas trees

Setting up and decorating a Christmas tree is fun but taking it down is the opposite. This is why many people have their Christmas trees up till months after. You can take this as an opportunity to earn by taking their trees down for money. At the end of the Christmas season ask your friends and family to spread the word or you can also distribute flyers around the neighborhood.

How much you can make: Varies

#13 Taking care of elderly

Sometimes elderly people around the neighborhood need help getting some things done. You can assist them with their daily chores like cooking, grocery shopping, taking them to their doctor’s appointments, etc., in exchange for a fee. Teenagers can earn a reasonable amount of cash this way. Most times, teens taking care of the elderly are paid well too.

How much you can make: Varies

#14 Edit essays

For those with good grammar and proofreading skills, this is another way for teens to make money. You can cash your skills by checking, proofreading, and editing essays of your friends and family for money. You will be surprised at how many people will get their essays edited.

How much you can make: Varies

#15 Filing and small office jobs

Offices need people to do small tasks around the office like shredding paper or filing documents. This is a job that can help teenagers get familiar with an office environment and learn work ethics for their future full-time jobs.

How much you can make: Varies

#16 Make craft and sell

If you are a creative person, then gather all your craft paper, textiles, paints, glue, and glitter to start making crafts to sell online. Everyone loves owning a charming one-of-a-kind item, and you can make these for people. You can sell these online, or alternatively to friends, family, and at neighborhood markets.

How much you can make: $35.00/profit

#17 Make handmade jewelry for people

Everyone loves handmade jewelry because they make beautiful unique gifts for friends and family but also a treasured keepsake. If you love jewelry, and can make some handmade items then consider selling these to make money. You can sell handmade jewelry at craft markets, and online through etsy, or setting up a shop online.

How much you can make: $35.00/profit

#18 Photography

If you have a camera or an archive of photos, you should consider selling these to make money. With websites such as Shutterstock, Dreamstime, and iStockPhoto you can sell photographs you have taken as stock images online. You can also set up your website, Etsy shop, Foap, or use your social media to sell your photographs. You can make money through royalty payments on each of your stock photos.

How much you can make: $35.00/profit

#19 Sell cosmetics

If you have tik-tok, you have probably seen that many teens have started selling handmade lipgloss and lip balms, and other kinds of cosmetics to make money. Well, you can get started with a similar business selling cosmetics. You can sell on Etsy, sell through social media, or you can sell to friends and family.

How much you can make: $35.00/profit

#20 Sell hampers

Selling hampers is a great business idea that can make you money. Whether it is a chocolate hamper filled with sweets and chocolates, or a self-care hamper filled with soaps, face masks, candles, etc. People love buying hampers for others, and you could use this as a small business opportunity. The best way to sell these, is to use your creativity, take some photos and let people see your stunning hampers.  You could set up at a craft market, or sell online through social media on a per-order basis.

How much you can make: $25.00/profit

#21 Sell t-shirts and sweatshirts

If you can come up with cool t-shirt or sweatshirt designs then get quality material and start making them to sell. There is probably no better group of people to sell t-shirts/sweatshirts to than other teens. So work your fashion sense and start making and selling unique t-shirts that you know your peers will love. You can sell these around school, online on a per-order basis, or to friends and family to make money.

How much you can make: $20.00/profit

#22 Sell your artwork

If you are great at drawing or painting then you can sell your artwork online, or to friends and family. Everyone likes to own a unique piece of art, and if they can get it at a reasonable price from you, you could make good money from selling your artwork. So calculate the cost of your material and labor, and start painting or drawing to sell. This is such a fun way for teens to make money because you get to use your creativity.

How much you can make: $20.00/profit

#23 Teach a foreign language

You can even cash in on your polyglot talent and teach people around you another language you know. If you know one of the most studied languages of the world then you could find many opportunities to teach it. Some such languages include French, Mandarin, Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese. If you don’t know any other language than English, you can earn by teaching children who are not English native speakers and have immigrated from elsewhere.

How much you can make: $20/hour

#24 Become a DJ

If you love music and have a knack for becoming a full-time DJ, then you can start early by taking on smaller gigs in high school. It can also be continued as a side or part-time job later if you don’t want to do it full-time. However, bear in mind that some of these gigs might be late at night. You can start off by being a DJ at your friends and family’s birthday parties, weddings, and other events. However, being a DJ requires some expensive equipment which you will have to purchase before taking on gigs.

How much you can make: $20/hour

#25 Teach a sport

This would be a fun part-time job for athletic teens who are good with kids. It will be a way to earn money and remain fit and active at the same time. Many parents are looking for teens living nearby to train their kids in a sport. To start off, you can make flyers and distribute them around the neighborhood and even ask your friends and family to spread the word.

How much you can make: $19/hour

#26 Wash windows

This is a reasonably well-paying job that can be easily done by teenagers during the summers. Many offices and businesses are looking for willing people to clean their dirty windows for them. However, you will need to buy some cleaning products and cleaning clothes for the job.

How much you can make: $18/hour

#27 Transcribe

If you have a good typing speed, typing accuracy, a laptop, and a set of decent headphones, then you can be a transcriber and earn an hourly wage ranging from around $12 to $22 per hour. You can start by registering on websites like TranscribeMe and GoTranscript and by clearing a small test, start transcribing right away. The pay rate varies according to the length and quality of the recording but you can earn an average of $18 per hour if you are good at it.

How much you can make: $18/hour

#28 Look for acting gigs

You might not be able to get a lead role right away but there are many opportunities for teenagers to work in the industry as extras. Extras are basically actors in the background that do not have a major role. It might be hard to get in but if you are actively involved in school plays then you can try and give this a go. This would also help teens looking to get into acting in the future to familiarize themselves with how things work.

How much you can make: $18/hour

#29 Delivering Groceries

Just like delivering food from restaurants, you can sign up to deliver groceries around your city too. There are grocery delivery operations in almost every state and you can get started by working with Amazon Fresh, Instacart, Peapod, FreshDirect, and Shipt. This side job is easy to get into and is an easy way to make money. You must be 18 years or older to sign up to grocery delivering apps. But you could still get into this job, by offering this service to friends and families in your neighborhood.

How much you can make: $18.00/hour

#30 Do Tasks For People

With apps like Taskrabbit, Thumbtack, Upshift, and Jobble you can quickly get into doing tasks for people for money. These online platforms help you connect with people that need someone to complete tasks, odd jobs, errands, and other staffing services. This is an excellent opportunity for students who need income, but you can only sign up for these platforms when you are at least 19 years old.

You can get started with this job by offering to help your neighbors, family friends, and people in your community.

How much you can make: $15.00/hour

31. Start pet sitting

Pet sitting is an excellent way to make money because it is such an easy and convenient job. You can use dog-walking job apps or pet-sitting apps to get started, apps such as Host a Pet, Rover, and Wagor. If you are not accepted on these apps, then you can start a business of your own offering pet sitting and dog walking services to people.

How much you can make: $18.00/hour

#32 Start baby sitting

Babysitting is probably one of the oldest known ways for teens to make money. To start babysitting you just have to let your family, family friends, and neighbors know of your babysitting business. It is the perfect job for responsible and reliable teens who are great with kids. 

How much you can make:$18.00/hour

#33 Apply for paid internships

Many paid internships are also offered to teenagers during school breaks. These internships will not only help to earn money but will also provide valuable practical experience for your future job. It will also be an excellent addition to your resume, and college and scholarship applications.

How much you can make: $17.5/hour

#34 Become a mail clerk

Mail clerks work at company mailrooms and post offices and manage incoming and outgoing mail. They are responsible for sorting the mail by category, department, and other specifics. They help process outgoing mail, screen junk mail, and may also be responsible for maintaining all records of the mail properly.

How much you can make: $17/hour

#35 Work as a golf caddy

Golf caddies carry golf bags for golfers. Sometimes, they even give suggestions on which club to use. It is a good money-making option for teenagers who like sports and exercise and would like to learn about golf. If you do consider being a golf caddy then you might want to buy a hat, sunscreen, and a pair of sunglasses as it might get sunny out on the golf course.

How much you can make: $17/hour

#36 Delivering Food

The food delivery service is easy to get into if you have a motorbike, car, or even just a bicycle in some cities. You just need to sign up on apps like Doordash, UberEats, or Postmates and start delivering food in your area. With UberEats Pro, you can also earn rewards as a delivery person for completing trips. Rewards include tuition coverage at Arizona State University Online, discounted car maintenance, and cash back on gas.

With some of these apps, you must be at least 18 years old to start deliveries. But you can always contact local stores, to offer to deliver specifically for them, if you are a bit younger than 18.

How much you can make: $16.00/hour

#37 Play video games

Almost every teenager enjoys playing video games and you can also earn money by doing so. Many game developers are looking for people to test their new games and give feedback and they pay for it too. There are many websites where you can sign up to play new games, provide feedback and earn money. A few of these sites include Mistplay and Inboxdollars. Some websites also allow their users to enter gaming contests and win cash prizes. You can even start a Youtube channel that reviews games; however, earning through YouTube may take a long time and is complex.

How much you can make: $16/hour

#38 Referee or Umpire

If you are into sports then you will enjoy this job. You can be responsible for officiating high school sports and work in parks around the area too. This job is usually part-time which makes it a great option for studying teens to make money. You can earn a decent wage with it too with it being anywhere between $12 to $30 an hour

How much you can make: $16/hour

#39 House Cleaning

You don’t have to worry about working for someone else to start house cleaning or home gardening. You can do it the old-school way and just offer to help families in your neighborhood. You could also join a housekeeping or gardening service to get started. The challenge is that when working for others, it is sometimes difficult to determine your own hours and work days.

How much you can make: $15.00/hour

#40 Summer camp counselor

During summers, many camp counselor positions come up for teenagers to apply to. Most summer camps even prefer teenagers as they have much greater energy and can get along with kids a lot better than adults. Camp counselors are responsible for monitoring and leading children in camp activities like games, arts and crafts, hikes, etc. It may involve staying overnight too on some days.

How much you can make: $15/hour

#41 Lifeguard

The minimum age to become a lifeguard in many states is 15. This is a suitable way for teens who love to swim and are good at it to earn money. This is one of the ways for teens to earn a reasonable hourly wage on average. However, you will need a certificate to be a lifeguard.

How much you can make: $15/hour


#42 Home Gardening

Starting a gardening business is a great way for teens to make money. You can start working in your neighborhood over the weekends to make money. Most families will likely have the gardening tools you need to work on their home, so do not worry too much about equipment.

How much you can make: $15.00/hour

#43 Work for a restaurant

Working at a restaurant/fast food shop as a teen is one of the best jobs for teens to do as a summer job. This is because many restaurants are typically hiring around this time, so it is an easy job to get. You could also learn so much from this experience, such as developing communication skills and managing money. You can get started by just approaching a few restaurants near you and asking if they have any summer jobs or jobs available.

How much you can make: $15.00/hour

#44 Become a receptionist at a spa or salon

If you are good with people then manning the front desk at spas is one of the best ways for you to earn as a teenager. You will be responsible for mainly scheduling appointments, answering calls, taking payments, and maintaining client records. Also as the staff, you can also enjoy various discounts on many of the services yourself.

How much you can make: $14.9/hour

#45 Work at a coffee shop

Working at a coffee shop is a great way for teens to make some money. Whether you are working at a locally owned coffee shop or a popular coffeehouse chain, you will earn a decent enough paycheck as a barista. The training is typically provided within the first week, and you will get to learn more as you go. The great thing about this job is that people will always need coffee, and you can always find a job in any coffee shop long after high school, if you need a little extra cash.

How much you can make: $14.00/hour

#46 Work at a dessert shop

Working at a dessert shop in the summer is a fun way for teens to make money. You would be surrounded by tasty treats and earn a decent paycheck. To get started, just approach any local scoop shop, bakery shop or even a patisserie and ask if they have any jobs available for a server. 

How much you can make: $14.00/hour

#47 Work at a movie theater

2 free movie tickets and 50% off movie concessions! Those are some of the benefits you can get working at a movie theater. So if you are a movie buff, then working at a movie theater may be a great way for you to earn some money. It promises to be a fun environment but you may need to work lay nights and holidays and your paycheck may not always make it worth it.

How much you can make: $14.00/hour

#48 Work at a flower shop

Working at a flower shop is a nice way to make money for creative teens. At the shop, there is much to do including helping with flower arrangements for events like proms, weddings, and homecoming. You might even make bouquets and corsages for such events, and make flower deliveries to places.

How much you can make: $14/hour

#49 House Sitting

Some people hire housesitters when they go on vacation to stay in their house and look after it. House sitting involves taking care of the house and may involve simple chores like bringing in mail, watering plants, etc.

How much you can make: $14/hour

#50 Work in retail

Working in retail is one of the old school first jobs for teens and it is still a great way to make money today. Some retail clothing stores offer employee discounts, or even friends and family discounts, so you will get to shop for yourself and others while earning some money. It is quite demanding work though, from packing shelves, being on your feet for long periods and stock counting. But you also learn valuable skills in customer service which may make you more employable for other jobs in future.

How much you can make: $13.00/hour

#51 Work as an assistant

Have you ever considered a summer job working as a personal assistant to family members or even a family friend? You may need to convince them that you are organized and responsible to get the job. But this job idea is a great way for you to make money as a teen and gain some work experience.

How much you can make: $13.00/hour

#52 Tutor

If you are a top student in any of your subjects at school, then you should consider tutoring the subject to other students to make some money. This is a great opportunity for you because it will not keep you as busy as when you work a job, but you also get to help other learners. To get started on this, just start offering your tutoring services at a fee around school and in your neighborhood.

How much you can make: $12.62/hour

#53 Teaching music

You don’t have to be a musical prodigy or music teacher to help other learners and friends learn an instrument. You could also earn a few bucks to help tutor and teach others how to read music, write music or play a few chords on a guitar. You most likely will not find a job as a teen teaching music, especially without teaching experience and qualifications. However, you can still get started with this by offering lessons to people you know for fun.

How much you can make: $11.90/hour

#54 Teaching swimming

Backstroke, butterfly stroke, or breaststroke – whichever swimming style you are great at. You can start teaching others to swim to make money. Although you won’t be a licensed instructor, you can teach others to swim if you are a confident swimmer. Just be sure to let them know that you are an ordinary swimmer, not a coach or official instructor. To get started, find a public pool or place where you can start teaching and learn about swimming safety. Once that is set, you can let friends, family, and people in your neighborhood know that you are giving swimming lessons. 

How much you can make: $11.66/hour

#55 Car Washing

Starting a car wash business is a great way for teens to make money, especially in the summer. It is a fairly easy business to get started, just grab your brushes, soap and maybe a little polish then start offering to wash people’s cars in your neighborhood.

How much you can make: $11.29/hour

#56 Online surveys

Earning online via completing surveys is also another way for teenagers to earn money. There are many websites where you can register and take surveys and earn money for your participation. A few of the main sites include Survey Junkie, Branded Surveys, Google Opinion Rewards, and Swagbucks.

How much you can make: $1.14/hour

Benefits of Making Money as a Teenager

  • Teaches balance

Earning from a young age teaches kids the balance between work and home life. It teaches them how to distribute their time between the two efficiently.

  • Teaches money management

Teenagers can learn the importance of money and how to spend it. They are able to learn to prioritize when spending and it can help them to learn how to budget properly. It allows them to learn that money is hard to earn and it is important to save it too.

  • Teenagers gain practical experience

Teens are almost near adulthood which comes with its financial challenges. Earning early helps teenagers get a taste of practical life.

  • Better chance of admission into prestigious educational institutions

Getting work experience on your resume is always a plus for college applications. It makes your resume/application stand out and you may have a better chance of getting accepted into prestigious colleges. Teens with work experience also have a better chance of earning various scholarships. In fact, when applying for full-time jobs as adults, work experience during your teen years can help get you through as it makes you more marketable.

  • Helps build confidence

Confidence is one of the main ingredients for success. Working as a teen can help you get that boost of confidence that you need to shine. You will learn new things, increase your skill set, and meet new people which will make you all the more confident.

Tips for Teens Looking for Work

It might be hard to land your first gig but there are a few tips that can help you get work as a teenager.

  • Start asap!

It’s never too early to get a job. The longer you wait, the longer it will take for you to get a job. Start looking now and you will find a job soon.

  • Work for experience and not for money

Don’t worry about earning a lot of money when you are a teenager. It is the invaluable experience that you are getting which counts. So have fun and try to learn as much as you can.

  • Be consistent

Since finding a job takes time, many teenagers get demotivated and give up. The key to finding a job is perseverance. Stay focused and keep trying and you will be able to land a suitable job for sure.

  • Don’t be too picky

If the opportunity coming your way is not exactly what you wanted, it would be best to still go for it. Experimenting with different opportunities like this can help you find something that you are best at.

  • Work hard

Once you land a job or start a business, make sure to work hard and honestly. You will make a good impression this way and people will start noticing. This might lead to better opportunities in the future.

What to do with The Money You Make as a Teenager

It might get confusing what to do with the money you earn as a teenager. Following are a few of the many options.

  • Treat yourself and buy something you have always wanted

You can treat yourself for doing all the hard work at such a young age. You can spend some of the money you earned by buying that thing you wanted for a long time. Just make sure not to spend all of your money on it.

  • Open a bank account

If you are earning cash, it would be best to open a bank account and deposit all your money in it. By doing so, you will end up spending less money and cash in hand tends to be spent much more quickly. Also, opening a savings account can actually help increase your savings over time.

  • Save for college, a car, or a new phone

Buying a laptop or a phone with your own money is another feel. If you need a new laptop or a phone, then work hard and save up so you can buy the gadget of your dreams.

College can be expensive. You can also save up the money you are earning for college and take a little burden off of your parents. Applying for scholarships can also help with college expenses.


This Scholaroo blog gives  different  ways for teens  to make money. But there are a hundred more things teens can do to make money. With just a little creativity, you can venture into passive income ideas for students, more side jobs, and even online jobs for teens or using different apps to make money.