9 Great Ways for Teens to Make Money

Throughout most of the industrialized world, youth unemployment rates are excessively high and jobs are tough to come by. If you’re currently a teen that’s looking a job, understand that today’s youth must embrace the entrepreneurial spirit to succeed. Here are 9 excellent money-making opportunities available to teens .

Leveraging Your Web Savvy
While many businesses rely entirely on social media sites like Facebook and Google+  for their web presence, just as many prefer to host their own sites. Whipping up websites with WordPress is a cinch, and teens are naturally more web savvy than their elders.

Lawn Work & Snow Removal

Tried and true manual labor will never go out of style with energetic teens who don’t mind getting their hands dirty. Once you establish a decent reputation around town, a side job mowing lawns, trimming hedges and shoveling snow can be pretty lucrative.
Ebay & Craigslist Commerce
Flipping laptops, tools, sports equipment and other portable gear on either Craigslist  or  Ebay is an easy game to get into for anyone. To make your business consistently viable, you’ll need a keen eye for market shifts, changing product trends and undervalued bargains.

Leveraging Your Web Savvy
While many businesses rely entirely on social media sites like Facebook and Google+  for their web presence, just as many prefer to host their own sites. Whipping up websites with WordPress is a cinch, and teens are naturally more web savvy than their elders.

Capitalizing on Seasonal Jobs
When your schedule is fairly flexible during your youth, you can quickly pick up short-term gigs each season as they present themselves. During the summer, work as a life guard or a waiter at a resort. In winter, you can teach snowboard lessons or work at a skating rink.

Becoming a Part-Time Tutor
High school seniors and college students alike can make a pretty penny by tutoring younger students in their areas of expertise. As long as you have a good handle on a subject and possess excellent communication skills, becoming a tutor can be your ticket to excellent returns on your time.

Running a Car Wash
Even people that drive clunkers like to keep their vehicles clean if only to prevent rust. All you need to start a car wash are a few buckets, some suds and a hose. At $10 or so per car, the money adds up quickly.

Pet Care
Busy adults don’t always have time to take care of their pets. Naturally, they’re more than willing to pay good money if you step in and do it for them. A dog walking service or a sideline grooming pets can make for great businesses that are easy to launch.

Here are a few additional ways to make money with a pet business.

House Cleaning
One of the best money-making opportunities available to motivated teens during springtime is house cleaning. If you live in an area with a lot of lakeside summer camps, all the better. Advertise your services in advance with some flyers, stock up on furniture polish and profit.

Starting a Moving Service
If you don’t mind getting a decent workout and have a pickup truck or van, running a small-time moving service around town is an excellent idea. By enlisting a couple of friends as hired muscle, you can make your business more productive and profitable.

Food for Thought
If there’s one life lesson that should be learned early, it’s that being your own boss is the best way to get ahead. Cashing a paycheck rarely makes dreams come true. Any of these money-making schemes will give you a fine start on the path to self-employment for life.

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