Are you a teenager (or do you know a teen) that’s strapped for cash?
Luckily there are loads of side hustle options that allow teens to earn some extra cash and explore their entrepreneurial side.
Many teens are unsure where to start or how to choose the best side hustle.
The best side hustles for teens help them earn extra cash in their spare time while still at school. Teens learn how to balance money, time, and prioritize what’s important in their life. They also get the opportunity to build confidence and learn new skills that can be added to a resume.
You’ll find a few quick-fix side hustles listed below, while others require a more significant investment of time and/or money.
Choose a hustle that suits your skill-set and time available.
How much can you earn with a side hustle?
According to Dollarsprout, 73% of side hustlers make less than $200 per month. But almost one in six people earn at least $500 from their side hustle.
Gigs and services offer the highest chance of earning over $500 per month, and so this is what we’ll focus on in this article.
Each side hustle summary below includes a rough idea of how much you can expect to earn. Typically the greater the value you deliver to your customers, the more you’ll earn.
✅ Take Online Surveys
Online surveys are a great way to earn some extra income online by sharing your opinion. Most online survey sites require an email address to get started.
Swagbucks – Age Requirement: 13+
Swagbucks is my number one choice because it is open to teens from age 13 and up.
There are several ways to earn on Swagbucks but the fastest are:
- Completing surveys
- Installing apps & playing games
- Answering daily trivia polls
- Completing daily goals & daily checklists
- Watching videos
- Searching the web
You can earn anywhere from 1 – 1000 Swagbucks (SB) per task (100 points = $1 dollar).
How much can you earn per day with Swagbucks?
You can expect to earn from a few cents to over $100 per day but most members earn a couple of dollars per day.
Once you reach a minimum of 300 points ($3 value), then you can redeem your earnings.
You can cash out your rewards via PayPal or gift cards.
Read this article to learn how to earn the most from Swagbucks.
Survey Junkie – Age Requirement: 16+
Survey Junkie is another great choice but is limited to teens from age 16 and up.
How much can you earn with Survey Junkie?
Most surveys take 1-20 minutes and are worth 50-200 points (100 points = $1 dollar).
Once you reach a minimum of 1,000 points ($10 value), then you can redeem your earnings.
You can cash out your rewards via PayPal (international), gift cards, or direct bank transfer (U.S. only).
✅ Fiverr Gigs – Age Requirement: 13+
Fiverr.com is one of the first companies that popularized the Gig Economy via $5 gigs.
However, these days the $5 hard cap is gone and you can easily find gigs for $500 – $1000 or more.
Fiverr is the place for you if you are willing to do all sorts of jobs that others find tedious.
How much can you earn on Fiverr?
According to a recent report by Earnest.com, 96.3% of sellers on Fiverr make less than $500 per month. While the majority (70%) of sellers make less than $100.
To succeed on Fiverr you need to deliver massive amounts of value. Luckily you don’t need to possess any particular skill, sheer will and determination can be enough to succeed.
If you know how to find cheap labor then you can outsource jobs to make mostly passive income.
How do you get started on Fiverr?
Make a list of your talents, then go to Fiverr and pick the category relevant to your skills to see which gigs are performing well.
Then make a list of the top sellers by looking at the number of orders and 5-star reviews. Look at their gig description, packages, pricing, and turnaround time.
Choose a subcategory and gig where you’re able to match (or exceed) an existing top seller.
The next step is to register, create your profile with a professional headshot, add your education, tests taken, and tags related to your skills and offer.
Then set up your gig:
- Model your competition by using similar keywords and description text
- Create a video for each gig you create because this will improve your results
- Create a few different gigs to see what gets more views, clicks and orders
- Duplicate the gigs that are performing best and test out different headlines to improve response rate
- Model the style and content of your competitors’ videos
Now you need to focus on building credibility for your gig, so charge less to get easy orders and reviews.
Go above and beyond to deliver the best possible result for each customer so that you get a 5-star review and possibly even a tip.
Slowly but surely you’ll climb the ranks of top sellers and you’ll be able to start charging more for your gigs.
Remember to ask for positive reviews and feedback to build your reputation and social proof on the platform.
Lastly, be sure to have a valid PayPal account so that you’re able to receive payments.
✅ Recycle Cans & Bottles
You can get paid for discarded aluminum soda cans, plastic bottles, and glass bottles by taking them to the local recycling center.
This can be a very profitable activity if you spend your time wisely. Look for the best places to collect containers fast – places such as athletic fields, public parks, and college campuses.
How much can you earn recycling cans and bottles?
You can expect to earn between 5 to 10 cents on each container.
TIP: If you crush each can, you’ll be able to fit more aluminum into each bag or bin, which in turn will give you a better payout at the recycling facility.
Other things you can recycle include:
- Scrap metal
- Car batteries & tires
- Empty ink cartridges
- Old electronics
- Books, newspapers, magazines
Watch the video below to find how much you can make collecting bottles and cans:
✅ Human Billboard Service
This might sound like a crazy idea but billboards are big business! There are around 343,000 billboards in the U.S. (statista.com)
A human billboard is someone that holds a banner, signs, or wears branded goods like T-shirts and caps.
It is not uncommon for businesses to experience a 30-50% increase in sales when they use street marketing like this.
The key to the success of the business will be whether or not the human billboards can get the desired response, which is, of course, to gain attention.
It’s a good idea to walk around during busy times and in busy areas, and of course the more you do to draw attention to yourself, the better.
You can promote your service by setting up appointments with local businesses to explain and promote its benefits.
How much can you earn as a human billboard?
You can expect to earn anywhere from $2 – $20 per hour depending on the type of business you serve, the location, time of day, and the service you offer.
This South Florida man earns anywhere from $500 to $2,000 by painting business names or logos on his flamboyant mohawk.
✅ Flyer Distribution Service
This side hustle is as simple as it sounds – you’ll deliver flyers door-to-door for businesses.
Flyers are used by businesses to promote grand openings, sales, specials, and upcoming events.
How much can you earn by distributing flyers?
You can charge anywhere from 10-50 cents per flyer.
You can also offer a flyer design service which you could charge between $25-100 per flyer design, depending on the size of the flyer, and if it’s single or double-sided.
Flyer designs should be simple and eye-catching:
- Use fewer words
- Use black lettering
- Use one eye-catching paper color e.g. bright orange
- Use shaped paper
Follow direct response marketing principles for better results:
- Include a call-to-action e.g. Visit Us Today
- Add a discount e.g. Get 5% OFF
- Set a deadline e.g. Offer Valid Until…
If you arrange to print the flyers then add 10% on top of the printing costs for your services.
The cost of printing will vary depending on the number of flyers, whether you’re using color or black and white ink, and the type of paper used.
If you decide to grow your flyer distribution business then you can employ your friends or local kids to assist with distribution.
Fiverr.com is a great place to advertise your flyer distribution services.
You are allowed to sell on Fiverr if you are 13 or older – check out their section for sellers.
✅ Car Wash Service
This is another easy business that you can get started with right away.
How much can you earn washing cars?
The average cost of a basic vehicle wash and vacuum is about $10.
Optional extra services such as an undercarriage wash, wheel cleaning, clear coat, and wax normally cost around $2 – $5 per add-on.
To get started you’ll need car wash supplies such as:
- Washing and cleaning chemicals
- Bucket & dirt filter
- Wash mitt or sponge
- Microfiber towels
- Body, wheel & tire brush
- Air freshener (optional)
What do you need to get started with washing cars?
Invest in a kit instead of buying everything separately to save time and money.
TIP: start by offering lower rates to friends and family, in exchange for their reviews. Then use the photos and videos on your social media pages and ask them to leave their comments on your posts.
If you want to take this business to the next level then you might want to consider starting a car detailing service. Car washing is a quicker procedure while detailing is a much more thorough process that makes your car look almost as good as new.
✅ Pet Waste Removal Service
At first glance, this might not sound like a great idea because who wants to pick up dog poop?
But that’s exactly the beauty of this idea – many people don’t have the time or desire to clean up after their dogs.
Here are the main benefits of getting into the pet waste removal business:
- The startup costs are very low
- There is a massive customer base
- Easy to operate & no special training required
- Scalable business model
- Hire your friends to service more customers
- Expand your business into dog walking, pet grooming, selling dog products e.g. food, treats, toys, flea medication etc.
What do you need to get started with pet waste removal?
Dog Poop Bags
What do you do with the waste you collect?
Research and follow local rules and regulations for waste disposal. In some cases, waste is simply placed into plastic bags and left in customers’ trash cans. Alternatively, take the refuse to a local landfill, dump, or waste disposal facility.
How much should you charge to pick up dog poop?
Typically, pooper scoopers charge per visit and per dog. An average dog visit will cost about $10 to $15. Add $1 to $3 per week for each additional dog. You can also charge per bag or bucket of poop collected.
✅ Snow Shovelling Service
This is another business where you can take care of an inconvenient task that others prefer not to do.
The elderly especially need extra help so go to communities or neighborhoods where there are older individuals.
Unlike scooping poop, shoveling snow can be quite fun plus you’ll get a workout at the same time.
Unfortunately, this business is seasonal and better suited to areas where it snows regularly throughout the winter – such as the East Coast or the upper Midwest.
What do you need to get started with shoveling snow?
All you’ll need to get started is a good snow shovel, but there are a few ways to get the job done:
Collapsible lightweight aluminum shovel with storage bag
18″ Strain-reducing snow shovel with spring-loaded handle
If you’re serious about getting more done in less time then consider an electric snow thrower:
Electric Single Stage Snow Thrower
In addition to shoveling snow, you can also offer road/sidewalk salting as an extra service:
Fast Acting Ice Melter
How much should you charge to shovel snow?
Snow shoveling can cost anywhere from $8–$15/hour. Start by asking for $10–$12 an hour and if there are no offers, offer a first-time fee of $8/hour with the understanding that the rate will go up after the first shoveling.
✅ Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Service
Dog walking is one of the best side hustles if you love animals.
Also, it’s a great way to get some exercise!
How much can you make walking dogs?
According to PayScale, the average dog walker makes $14.97 per hour. Dog walking rates can range between $10-$30/hour which will be affected by where you are located. For example, urban areas are more expensive than rural areas.
You can also make some extra cash by taking care of pets for your neighbors while they’re at work or on vacation.
Set up a meeting with potential pet owners, and their pets, before you sit or walk their dog.
Rover is a site for pet owners to find people to help them with their dogs.
You can specify what kind of dog you prefer (small dogs, big dogs, etc.) and you’ll only be contacted about jobs that fit these criteria.
Note that Rover is limited to walkers and sitters that are 18 and older.
If you are unable to use Rover, then make some flyers and post them in pet stores, vet offices, dog parks, etc.
This way you’ll get your name out there and build up your client base.
✅ Babysitting Service
If you have experience looking after your younger siblings or enjoy spending time with younger kids then this could be the perfect side hustle for you.
There are many reasons why babysitting is considered one of the best side hustles:
Pick and choose your hours and only work when it suits you.
Rates will vary but parents are prepared to pay well to have their kids well looked after. Gain childcare-related qualifications to increase your rate!
How much money can you make from babysitting?
Babysitters can earn between $10 – $20 an hour depending on various factors such as your age, experience, responsibilities, and the area (city/state).
In fact, I created a full guide on just this topic: How Much Do You Pay A Teenager To Babysit?
Make A Difference
You’ll make a difference in kids’ lives – they’ll benefit from your skills and mentorship.
You’ll help them with homework, play games with them, tell them stories, read books to them, and create some great memories in the process!
Learn Valuable Skills
Babysitting gives you a great amount of responsibility which is excellent for your personal growth and improvement.
You’ll keep your problem-solving skills sharp because with kids sooner or later new problems arise.
Plus you can boost your creativity, increase your patience, and build your confidence through babysitting.
Kids are active and love lots of physical activities.
So you’ll be expected to join in by playing tag, running, chasing, and giving piggybacks.
After the kids are asleep you’ll have some free time to spend on yourself.
You can browse social media, do homework, answer e-mails, or just hang out and watch TV.
✅ House Sitting Service
House sitting is when you watch someone’s home while they are away, often when out of town for a few days.
Many homeowners prefer house sitters that are a bit older because they assume that they’re more responsible.
This will be the biggest hurdle that you’ll need to overcome to get house-sitting gigs.
If you have a solid, upstanding reputation then you shouldn’t have issues getting gigs like this.
Probably the best strategy is to get proof in the form of written or video testimonials from adults like parents or teachers.
Some house sitting services include spending the night, while others just stop in during the day to ensure that everything is fine.
You might be asked to get the mail, turn on lights at night, water plants, take care of pets, and other household chores.
Make sure that you take a proper brief of what your client requires, and keep a log of your activities (date and time stamped) so that they can see what you did.
How much can you earn from house sitting?
Pay can range between $25 to $50 per day. If you spend the night or if they have pets, then you can generally charge more.
✅ Grocery Shopping Service
Your goal with a grocery shopping service is to make it easy for people to get fresh food to their homes even when they can’t make it to the store.
You can get a shopping list from your client or give them a basic grocery list that they can choose from.
Your task will be to visit the shop or shops they prefer, find the goods on their list, and then deliver to your customer’s house.
Note you must be at least 18 years old if you want to get shopping gigs via Instacart.
How much can you earn as a grocery shopper?
On average Instacart shoppers earn around $15-20 per trip which includes a shop, delivery, plus tip, completed in about 30 minutes. Tips are usually 5-20%+ of the order.
Promote your services by sharing a post on Facebook, then ask your friends and family to share with everyone they know.
Important items to include when marketing:
- A friendly photo of yourself
- Background info about yourself & your experience
- Why people should trust you to shop for them
- Testimonials from happy customers
- Special offers and deals for first-time customers (great for getting testimonials!)
Make sure your post is not set to friends only – it should be shareable.
Grocery shopping is a great side hustle if you have a car and can build relationships with long-term clients.
✅ Run a Garage Sale
Do you have any unwanted stuff lying around your room or garage?
Maybe your parents have a room full of clutter that they’d like to clean out?
Or perhaps you know a family that is moving soon?
Any old, used or unwanted items that are still in working order and unable are perfect to sell at a yard sale.
Items frequently sold at yard sales include:
- Old clothing & shoes
- Books & magazines
- Toys & stuffed animals
- Household goods & decorations
- Lawn & garden tools
- Sports equipment
- Board games
Things to avoid buying & selling at a garage sale include:
- Electrical goods e.g. toaster
- Safety gear e.g. helmets
- Old pots & pans
- Personal beauty items
Want to find more unwanted items to sell? Then search Google, Facebook, Craigslist, or eBay for local garage sales in your town or city:
- Garage sales near me
- Town wide yard sales
Next, you can put up posters to advertise your yard sale in your neighborhood to attract buyers.
Alternatively, you can sell unwanted products on Facebook Marketplace.
You can also help neighbors and friends with their garage sale for a small fee.
If you or someone you know make things, then a garage sale is the perfect opportunity to sell your crafts.
How do you price items for a garage sale?
Search eBay for sold items to see what products can be sold at a garage sale.
How much can you earn with a garage sale?
According to YardSaleSearch.com, most people earn less than $400 per yard sale while most earn between $100 – $200. If the average garage sale takes 16 hours to plan, set up, and run, and you make $200, then your yard sale will earn $12.50/hr.
✅ Window Cleaning Service
Window cleaning can be a great side hustle to start but you’ll need some time to learn and practice before diving in all the way.
There is a learning curve; you can’t just buy a mop and squeegee and start working.
There are several things that you’ll have to consider:
- Window Types – Residential Windows VS Storefronts
- Residential windows cost as much as $100+ per hour but are more difficult to get
- Storefronts are easy to get but less money at $45-75 per hour
- Indoor VS Outdoor Windows
- Indoors you’ll have to consider keeping the home interior clean
- Outdoors you’ll have to consider the weather
- The Weather
- Snow & high winds
- Window Height
- How will you reach high places? Do you have the right equipment?
- Use telescopic poles rather than ladders for safety reasons
- Most telescopic poles work up to 24 feet
- More advanced telescopic systems work up to 60 feet and more
- Items that may add extra cost & complexity
- Tracks and window sills
- French panes are difficult to workaround
- Dust, mineral stain, or paint removal
- Screens that are easily broken & hard to put back
- Will you offer to clean gutters?
How Much Does Professional Window Cleaning Cost?
Window cleaning prices range from $10 to $15 per window or $4 to $8 per pane. Windows at the third and fourth-floor level add an extra $3 to $5 per window.
You can start with a window cleaning kit:
Here are some options for telescopic extension poles:
✅ [BONUS] Funeral Crying / Professional Mourner
This professional mourner offers his services via Facebook with the rate for normal crying at $50, going all the way up to crying (plus jumping into the grave) for $1000.
See his post on Facebook below:
Yes, this is actually a joke!
However, if you do your research, you will discover that paid funeral mourners (aka Moirologists) do exist and that this tradition dates back thousands of years.
Professional mourners may be hired by families to prevent embarrassingly low attendance or to make their deceased relatives seem more important or popular.
Their job is to assume a fake identity and make everyone else believe they care deeply for the deceased.
How much can you earn as a professional mourner?
According to JobMonkey.com, professional mourners can earn $30 to $120 per funeral. Funerals typically last 2 to 3 hours which means you can attend two funerals per day.