If you are a young teen trying to earn some extra spending money, you're probably very frustrated with the usual suggestions-babysitting, dog walking, and lemonade stands. Chances are you are also too young to legally get a "real" job. Don't worry, though, because there are endless opportunities for teens to make money. Consider the following unusual ideas, and don't hesitate to think outside the box and come up with your own!
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Instead of, or in addition to, the traditional babysitting job, think about entertaining at kids' birthday parties. You don't have to dress up like a clown (unless that's something you would enjoy): Some options include face-painting, making balloon animals, and performing puppet shows.
If you sing or play an instrument, consider giving lessons. Many professionals charge £13 to £19 for an hour--depending on the location or region--but you could start out charging a bit less. Another option for young musicians is of course, to start a band. With enough practice and dedication, you could actually book some moneymaking gigs. If your friends are not interested, consider playing jazz or classical music at small venues, weddings, or other social gatherings.
Scrapbooking has become a popular trend, especially among parents who want to creatively document their children's pictures and accomplishments. Many of these busy moms and dads, however, just don't have the time to do it themselves and could use some help. A similar crafty idea: Create custom invitations and other stationery. Painting wall murals could potentially pay well depending on the project.
If you're great in the kitchen, try a small-scale version of a catering business. Instead of cooking for large events like weddings, target smaller events. Spread the word to family members, friends, and neighbours that you offer cooking services for birthday parties and holiday get-togethers. Create a list of small menu items such as finger sandwiches, dips, punches, and other simple party foods for customers to choose from. These can be created using equipment in your own kitchen and stored in to-go containers to be picked up when needed. If you prefer baking, start a similar project but instead specialise in items such as cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.
Around the Holidays
Although the holiday season should be cheerful and festive, it is unfortunately very busy and stressful for many people. This is a perfect time to keep an eye open for moneymaking opportunities. You can help plan a holiday party by mailing invitations, decorating, or creating a music playlist. Ask if the host needs help cleaning up that night or the next day.
If you don't know anyone throwing a party, offer to shop for someone with a long list of gifts. Even if you don't drive yet, just have a parent drop you off at the mall for a few hours. For an extra fee, you can even wrap the presents yourself.
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