Editor’s note: This post on how to make money as a teen is written by the daughter of the owner of CashSmarter.com.
By Emma Crowe
Growing up, children depend their parents to feed their bellies, clothe their bodies and give them a roof to sleep under. Although teens require that as well, parents are less likely to provide them with candy, Starbucks drinks, money for the mall, CDs, electronic devices and other unnecessary items.
Parents push their kids to earn their own money to spend on those kind of things. For young teens finding out how you can make money without getting a real job (like working at at fast food restaurants) is difficult. Some want to earn their own money, yet are too young to get real jobs. I’m 13, and am trying to earn my own money.
Here are my top ways for teens to earn their own money:
Make Money by Babysitting
For some teenagers, babysitting is a walk in the park. Playing with kids all day, what could be better? For others, however, it’s annoying and irritating to deal with children’s every demand.
Some requirements for a good babysitter are:
- CPR certified
- Likes kids
- Can cook meals for them
- Can handle temper tantrums
Most teen babysitters earn about $7 to $12 per hour, depending on the number of kids.
Advertise your babysitting services using flyers around your neighborhood.
About me: When I babysit, I usually do it when their mother is around, because I am not old enough to babysit them by myself yet.
If your child is not quite the age to be babysitting on their own, a mother’s helper is a great alternative. It teaches her or him how to care for a child while also having mom or dad around if anything goes wrong.
Same criteria as a babysitter.
Teens will earn about $3 to $6 an hour.
About me: When I do this, I don’t get paid because I like to do it for free. Continue reading