Sydney, 14, has lived in Port Washington, NY her entire life. She enjoys dancing and hopes to pursue a career in writing, the performing arts or medicine.
1. Sell Your Stuff
We all have unnecessary clutter somewhere in our house and it’s about time to get rid of it. Having a garage sale is a great way to not only make money but also start with a clean slate (and room!). If you plan it with some friends, it even serves as a really fun afternoon activity. The Internet is another great way to sell your extra things on sites such as Ebay.
If you’re an A+ student in just one class, use it to your advantage. Tutor kids your age and younger for some extra cash. Just an hour of teaching can sometimes get you 20 dollars. Not too shabby…
Perfect if you like kids, and it’s a really easy job to get. Just make sure you know what you’re committing to. If you’re babysitting an infant, changing diapers will be involved, so be ready. You can put ads in the local newspaper for a pretty cheap cost advertising you as a babysitter. There are also courses that are offered to teens where you can get certified in different aspects such as CPR and in my area, a babysitter’s course. This experience looks great to parents. You can search online for courses near you on the American Red Cross website which offers courses on CPR.
4. Walk Dogs
Not a people person? No problem, walking your neighbors’ dogs is a great way to make some quick cash and get your daily 15 minutes in the sun. Just offer your help to dog owners; I’m sure they’d love a day off.
5. Sell Gadgets and Books Online
If you’re like me, you have old iPods that don’t even work any more lying around your house. Mine date back to 1999… No thank you. There are a few websites you can find online that buy your broken (and working) gadgets. The same goes for old books that are creating clutter in your room. Who needs Dr. Seuss any more, anyway?
6. Bake Sale
Yesterday, I hosted a bake sale at my school. Ten minutes after the bell rang, we were sold out! Go to the principal of your school and suggest the idea. Propose that you would donate some of the profit to a charity of your choice. Advertise it because people love buying something in which the money goes to a good cause. Further more, if your product has some nutritional value, it’s sure to sell even better!
7. Start Your Own Business
If there is something you enjoy doing and have a talent for, start your own business! There are a lot of kids who decide to start there won companies and are very successful. A couple years ago, one of my classmates who was an amazing baker, started her very own cake baking company. She baked custom cakes for birthday parties and sleepovers. She got to do what she loved while making extra cash. It is also great practice for the real world and if you continue until you’re older, it’s amazing to say, “I’ve had this company since I was a teenager!” Pretty cool, huh? Ask your parents for help, but know that in order to start your own business, you need to be extremely committed, so don’t dive into a project until you’re sure you are devoted to it.