Looking for ideas on how to make money fast as a kid or teenager? It seems like there's always something new and cool to buy. Between holiday-edition Kylie Lip Kits and Riverdale merch to stocking stuffers and gifts for Selena Gomez fans, if only there was a way to make money super quick. Lucky for you, all it takes is a little more creativity and a little help from us.
Give your parents a break! Do the laundry for an allowance.
Charge extra for pretty beads.
Organize your family’s meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Make cash by starting a trend with your buds!
You’ll be their idol for life!
You can just show them how to do a basic scale.
Everyone loves homemade bread.
Fun! And very sentimental.
Use essential oils like lavender and peppermint.
Put healthy snacks in there like nuts, cheese, and celery.
You can make the laser guns out of cardboard and pretend.
There are a bunch of recipes for different kinds of slime. Find your favorite and make your own, and then sell the jars to your friends!
Are you really good at math? Or fluent in Spanish? You could even help younger kids work on their reading skills. Post flyers at the library or in the town paper.
You can sell them on Etsy with a parent or at your local craft fair.
You’ll get to bike around your neighborhood!
On a hot day, set up a car wash in your driveway with buds. Make posters to spread the word.
Make a few extra dollars by going to your local golf course and seeing if you can carry clubs around 18 holes for the weekend!
Ask your parents if you can sell the junk that’s collecting in your room and in the attic. After all, one man’s trash is another person’s treasure!
Make the pies yourself and deliver them the morning of the 4th.
Then, take it to the beach or the park to find rings, coins, and other treasures.
Research recipes for DIY natural face masks, and put them in cute jars to sell. Or turn your house into a spa and give facials!
Make little cucumber sandwiches and charge admission!
Offer to create personalized Mickey Mouse ears for Disney fans!
Do you know anyone who is having a baby soon or who has a birthday coming up? Paper roses are perfect for both events.
Plant a succulent inside a vintage teacup that you can find at the thrift store, and sell them to your friends.
Are you a skilled artist? Ask around to see if anyone wants a drawing or painting of their furry friend.
People will be sure to gobble them up!
Sell each for a dollar to your 29 camp buds. Just double check with your counselor!
If you have dogs at home and consider yourself an amateur dog trainer, hang up flyers around your area for some basic puppy training classes!
If you’re handy with a needle and thread, sew mini outfits for dolls and sell them to kids on the playground.
If you know of a dog that needs to be brushed, offer to do it for them. You can bathe and groom them!
If you notice that your neighbor’s playroom has gotten a little out of control, offer to organize it for a small fee! You’ll be helping the parents out so much.
People will love your fresh take on old furniture.
After you clean out your closet, why not make extra cash and sell them?
People are always on the lookout for fresh fruit and veggies! Plus, gardening can be a great outdoor hobby.
Duck Tape comes in cool colors and designs — not to mention, it’s pretty cheap! Find how-tos on YouTube. We're obsessed with this Galaxy Duck Brand Duct Tape
On garbage day, offer to take your neighbors’ trash cans to the curb and put them back once the truck is gone.
If you love comic books, create your own to sell to family and friends. Write the story and draw it yourself. Then, make a cover!
Piñatas are cheap and fun to make. Learn how on YouTube!
Look online to find out how you can get a job as a referee.
Grandma will really appreciate it.
People are always looking for vintage computer games or video games to collect.
Promise dad you’ll tackle all of the cobwebs in the corners of the ceiling, too.
Charge a fee for your help.
If you’re old enough and are CPR-certified, check to see if your local pool has an opening!
Over the summer, make T-shirts for your school’s sports teams, and sell them.
If you can set up your instrument somewhere in your city, do it! Bonus points if you can sing.
Your mom or dad can always use the help. Offer to chip in by cleaning, cooking, checking the mail, or doing whatever else they need for the day for a small fee.
If a neighbor or family member’s yard needs a little weeding, offer to plant flowers in front of her house just in time for summer!
Become a personal travel agent! Look up hotel and restaurant ratings in the city you’re visiting.
Know anyone who could use a couple of pics that aren’t #selfies? Offer to take some for them!
Over the summer, crochet some warm blankets in different colors and sell them to your friends and family. They’ll be perfect for the cold weather that’s coming this winter!
Make an oversized movie screen with a white bedsheet, and buy a projector. Put flyers all over your neighborhood. Charge admission for a picnic and a movie!
Start with one pup at a time!
If someone is going away, offer to look after their home.
Do you live in the countryside? Ask a local farmer to help pick strawberries or other produce during their busy season!
You can never go wrong with a classic idea! Set up a lemonade stand in your front lawn and bake some cookies to go along with them.
Make a birthday or wedding cake extra-special with a custom-made cake topper, created by you! Find a tutorial on YouTube, and then sell on Etsy.
Do you know anyone who has an idea for a blog? Show off your online skills and offer to help set it up for them for a fee!
If your friend is bummed about a movie not being on Netflix, rent out your personal copy if it’s in your DVD collection!
Vamp up some Vans with acrylic paint and sell them on Etsy.
Make fairy huts with paint and sell them to your neighbors.
Find a tutorial on YouTube, and then sell it on Craigslist or at a garage sale.
You can pickle just about anything! Add cute labels to the jars.
Grab a small vacuum and offer to clean out the inside of your parents’ cars for a fee. Don’t forget in between the seats!
You’ll make a kid very happy!
Origami mobiles are fun and easy to make! Sell them to friends to hang in their rooms.
If you’re looking to give your backpack a makeover, sell your keychains on Etsy. Good luck!
Combine the dry ingredients in a jar. Try all sorts of flavors like peanut butter and snickerdoodle!
Make money from home with online surveys, like swagbucks.com and cashcrate.com! It’s easy to do, and you’ll make cash to spend at the mall! Bath & Body Works, here you come.
Customize a special cake — just for their big day.
People love caricatures! Charge extra for colors.
Find feathers at a craft store and hot glue them to hair clips!
Offer to spruce up your neighbor’s dog house with a coat of new paint!
If your BFF has a party, offer to do her makeup.
At your July 4th block party, set up an artistic corner.
Give boring school planners a makeover with washi tape.
If you’re old enough, see if you can get hired as a part-time day camp counselor for the summer at your local theater or zoo!
If you are comfortable in the kitchen, whip up some sweet treats to sell at your church or set up a stand in your neighborhood. Yummy!
Know anyone who is going to throw a big party soon? Offer to make invitations, and send them out to everyone on the guest list.
Treat your grandmother or mom to some at-home pampering for cash.
Check to see if any of your neighbor’s fences need a new coat of paint! Charge for the paint and labor.
This weekend, tie-dye a bunch of T-shirts with your bestie and sell them as cover-ups at the pool.
Help decorate your little sister’s room!
Grab some Windex and offer to wash all the windows in your house for $10.
Grab all your parents’ old CDs and offer to transfer the files to your family’s computer!
Customize small wood boxes from the craft store.
Get shoe polish and shine on!
Sell them locally.
Edit your cousin’s dance recital footage on iMovie and charge for your time.
Charge $1 each to play while you ref it.
Paint designs onto the sheet music to sell on Etsy.
Set up a show in your yard and charge admission.
Who doesn’t love a cute fuzzy animal? Hit up a craft store for yarn and stuffing. Sell them to your buds or the kids in your neighborhood.
Ask your nearest grocery store if they are hiring part-time for a grocery store bagger position. You’ll easily make $10 in a weekend that way!
Bring all of the leftovers to Goodwill or a trash facility to make some quick cash.
Glue seashells you collected over summer vacation onto a foam wreath to sell as decor.
Tackle the hardest place to clean in your house for a price. Your parents will be so happy!
Put your tech skills to work and clean computers of viruses, bugs and other problems for a small fee.
Intro by Zoë Alliyah Haylock. This post originally appeared in Teen Boss magazine.
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