Suggested Ways for Teens to Make Extra Money

@newtondak (3950)
United States
June 17, 2008 6:22pm CST
We lived in the country when our children were teens, so there were any number of things they could do for neighboring farmers or area retirees to make a little pocket money. Once they were driving, each had part-time jobs in town, usually starting in fast-food and then moving on to something with more responsibility. What have you, when you were a teen, or what your teens done to make extra money for the things that they wish to do/buy? Please DO NOT post responses containing information seeking referrals for online "paid-to" programs!
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@ersmommy1 (12598)
• United States
18 Jun 08
After babysitting,one of my 1st jobs was working for Hardees. My hubby worked for Taco Bell. It must be some teen right of passage to come home reeking of fast food grease. That is one path to take. My brother mowed lawns and had a paper route. A few of the high schools here have paid part time interships. I think this is a good idea. They can choose from a few fields they might be interested in. I think it helps put them on a better career path, and the extra $$ doesn't hurt either.
• United States
18 Jun 08
Fast food is a horrible job. But, for a kid for a summer, they can be a fine enough first exposure to work. It is a job that is easy to get. They also tend to work with odd schedules. That makes it ideal for a teen. I don't think people should stay in the field for long, unless they plan on moving to management.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Fast food jobs are usually the ones that are open because no one else wants them - but they do make a good start into the work force.
@sunshine4 (8708)
• United States
17 Jun 08
My boys started by mowing lawns and cutting hedges for the neighbors. When they turned 14, they all started working at the local pizza shop. They did try to get a job at the farm down the road, but the pizza place called them first, so they went there. Now they all still work there and it is great.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I've always figured that if they're kept busy, they're must less apt to have the time to do things that they shouldn't do!
@sunshine4 (8708)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I agree~ keep them busy and they don't have the time to get into trouble. Also, it is great that they make their own money and are able to buy their own stuff. My boys never ask me for spending money any more. It is great!
• United States
17 Jun 08
Mow lawns Newspaper Delivery Dog Walking Car/Bike Washing -I was always looking for ways to earn money as a teenager, but having raised one myself I am shocked at how lazy the teens are these days?
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I think maybe the government needs to seize and destroy all video games!
• United States
17 Jun 08
My children have done a variety of things such as babysitting for the neighbors children or pet sitting. They have also been known to mow lawns, plant gardens, get the mail when people are on vacation and do various household chores for people who are unable to complete them. I tend to try to encourage them to stay away from side jobs that require me to drive them to and from, as gas prices are outrageous these days. For myself, I did the babysitting as well. I moved on to working in the local grocery store when I was 16, until I finished high school.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I do think that teens having the responsibility of making some of their own spending money is a good thing. It helps them to realize just how much effort it takes to make enough money to buy that pair of designer jeans!
• United States
24 Jun 08
I don't know lots about earning money offline. But online, I'm very familiar with that. If a teen is very good at crafts, they might make bracelets from kits and sell them online. Sometimes the novelty of buying from a kid or teen and helping them pay for a bike or college education will spur a person to make a person from their website or blog.
@se7enthbird (8326)
• Philippines
19 Jun 08
my son is just two but during my teen years i also have some jobs to make extra money. but teens at your place is lucky than here at the philippines. part time jobs here at our country are only open for 18 years old people. if you are 17 below you cant work. lucky for me that during my teen years my grandpa has a basket making business and i help around making me earn extra. i stayed there until i was 18 where i can work on fast food. my sister makes brownies and anything sweet and sell it and by that she makes extra money. most of teens here dont do much for they are not allowed to work until they are 18
@banadux (630)
• United States
18 Jun 08
I did mowing of lawns, then I worked part time at Super K, then Wal*Mart. I would say that mowing lawns is probably the best use of your time if you can find the work. I used fliers on all the houses in walking distance. I think my minimum was $10 for a yard, but I usually got more. When you get done you can proud of your work, and you also got some exercise. Standing at a register at any grocery type store pays less per hour and usually at least once or twice a day you'll have to put up with someone who is going to take out their bad day on you. I'd definitely go with lawn mowing, baby sitting if you like kids, stuff like that. You've got plenty of time to get the boring life draining jobs when you're older.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
18 Jun 08
You have really got quit a list of things that kids can do for summer jobs. i see every thing from mowing lawns to walking dogs, but haven't seen washing windows.
@whiteheron (4223)
• United States
18 Jun 08
I did babysitting although only for family members. I also did a lemonaide stand. Some kids in my neighborhood would charge kids to be in a play, would make them all up funny, and just stand there... the kids paid for the honor of being made up funny. It was a strange thing. (I paid for it once and never again as my mother had a fit. I looked a sight... horrible. My sister and brother-in-law, one year, let her family's pool go a bit and it became a breeding ground for frogs. My nephew sold them to his friends. When the frogs ran out, he sold the tadpoles. Everyone was okay with this but when he started trying to sell frog eggs the parents of the kids who bought them finally complained to my sister and she put the breaks on that enterprise. That same nephew also talked my sister and brother-in-law buy a huge amount of candy as he said that he wanted it from Costco. They knew that he was taking some of the candy to school but had no idea that he was selling it there until the teacher called and complained about it... He had though made quite a bit of money at it before then. I have made, as a adult, some money making beaded jewelry, painting, wreath making, etc. Craft projects are good ways to make money. Also don't forget the garage sale and yard sale, willing young hands are great for assisting in those projects for a cut of the proceeds. They can rent themselves out to the neighbors for that purpose. I know that my brothers had paper routes, babysat and also that my sisters babysat. With the net, you can assist them in selling things on e-bay.
@cher913 (25884)
• Canada
18 Jun 08
lately, my 11 year old has been walking the little neighbour girl (she is 6) to school (school ends next week) so that has given her a little pocket money. my 15 year old daughter is another story - i want her to start applying for jobs at fast food places and grocery stores so she can afford stuff that she wants to do/get.
@jackf501 (854)
• Malaysia
18 Jun 08
call center - pizza callcenter
i used to work as pizza call center operator before to make money..it very simple job but good pay..just take the call and the order..
@lingli_78 (12841)
• Australia
18 Jun 08
i live in the city and i used to give primary and secondary students private english tuition when i am still in uni... it is really good extra money for me... i love teaching and i'm glad to be able to transfer my knowledge to other people and get paid for it as well... take care and have a nice day...