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How to Make Money as a Teenager | Be Self Dependent

how to make money as a teenager

Being a teenager, you must be thinking that how to make money? Let me tell you that you are not alone who is thinking about this question. Many teenagers are curious about their future and want to earn money as soon as possible.

Today’s topic is especially for those who want to earn money as a teenager. Now there is an obvious question of how much investment is required to earn money or start a business. So, don’t worry, you will learn different ideas which cost a little or almost no investment.

I will present some small business ideas, part-time/full-time jobs, online money-making opportunities, including side hustles, and much more. So, if your age is in between 14 to 19 years, get ready to make yourself capable of earning from your teens.

How to Make Money as a Teen

The article will cover offline as well as online business or opportunities as well.

Offline Ideas

  • Tutoring
  • Buy and Sell items
  • Digitizing Old Photos
  • Food Delivery
  • Scrap Metals
  • Local Services
  • Makeup Artist

Online Ideas

  • Video Editing
  • Podcasting
  • Freelancing
  • Blogging
  • Web development
  • Sell Stock Photos
  • Transcribing
  • Be a YouTuber

So let’s start with the offline ideas first.


Tutoring is the most demanded skill in this world. You can give your services to teach your juniors and earn from them. People are always searching for someone who could efficiently teach them, and if you have good command in any of your subjects, you can easily teach them and charge them on an hourly or monthly basis. You can start with the children of your close relatives or parent’s friends.

tutoring center

Buy and Sell Items

Not all people do shop from stores. You can do a little market research to know which items are popular around your circle. Just buy them and sell them door to door by keeping a profit on each item. People will love buying from the ease of their home, and you will earn a lot from this. And there are bright chances of getting tip as well.

buy sell and trade

Digitalizing Old Photos

This idea is really amazing. People are very concerned with their memories, and you can convert their old photos into digital ones. What you have to do is scan their photos and save them in JPEG, JPG, or PNG format. Transfer them to their USBs, Phones, etc., whichever medium they are feasible with, and you are done. You can charge them per picture or album, and you will earn a good amount of money.

old west photos

Food Delivery

Food delivery is also a good option, but you might have to face some difficulty because of your low age. Because usually, people do food delivery using their vehicles like cars, bikes, etc. But don’t worry, you can do this job on a bicycle. Many of the companies allow you to do the work using a bicycle. You need to apply using their online app portal. They will pay you per delivery.

local food delivery

Scrap Metals

This idea is very innovative and environment-friendly. People use to throw the garbage like cold drink cans and other stuff in the same bin. You have to select a place where the people eat like restaurants, parks, beaches, etc., and place a bin over there with a title like “For Metals” or something like that. People will be using these bins. Your duty will be coming in the evening and empty those bins and selling it into the market. You will get money per kg.
Isn’t it interesting?

scrap metal near me

Local Services

You can give any of your services in your local community, such as gardening, snow removal, painting houses, door polishing, etc. You can find more odd jobs like this in your local community by searching using Facebook, Craigslist, and other platforms. Just figure it how to do this job and if you think you can do this job easily, then provide your services to your customers. You can earn a lot using this idea.

local waste services

Makeup Artist

Beauty is something special. People are always trying to look more beautiful and attractive. This can be a unisex idea. It might be possible girls are more interested. First, you have to learn how to do makeup and all other things like manicure pedicure, eyebrows, etc. You can take help from YouTube. After learning and practicing, now you are good to provide your services whether inside your home or at your designated place. Earning potential is also very good.

makeup artist choice

Now coming to the online income ideas.

Video Editing

Video editing can be called the most in-demand and evergreen service. You all are aware of YouTube and other video-sharing platforms. Millions of people are creating content for the viewers, and billions of users watch them. You might be thinking of what’s new in it? Let me tell you that people always prefer those videos that are well-edited in graphics, sound, effects, and other things. Just learn how to edit videos and provide your services to YouTubers. They will pay you per video. But this is not something you can learn overnight. It takes time to build your creativity and mind. But, in the end, you will earn a lot of money by giving this single service only. As quickly as you upgrade your work, more people will come towards you to do their work.

video editing jobs


You’ll be amazed to hear that podcasting is getting popular day by day. Podcaster earns a lot, and some of the podcasters earn over a million dollars per year by endorsing ads on their podcast. You just have to select a topic, do some research on it and educate your listeners. If you are good enough to connect with your listeners, then no one will stop you from getting success. There are also different ways you can earn using your podcast, like affiliate marketing, brand endorsements, etc.

podcast ucsd


Coming to the create a website world, you can shift to freelancing as it just needs your skills. You can do any freelancing work like graphic designing, web app development, web designing, virtual assistance, etc. Just learn your desired skill from any institute or youtube and start providing your services on platforms like create a website, Upwork, Freelancer, etc. The pay rate is also excellent in freelancing.

project freelancer


Blogging is one of the most popular streams of income in the online world. If you are good at writing, then you are most welcome to do blogging. Search a niche on which you think you can write well. Buy a create a website, hosting plan and create a website of your niche and start doing blogging. After some time, you will start earning from your blog. People are also making millions of dollars by just doing blogging.

powerline blog

Web development

Web development is also a hot selling service. For this, you have to learn about web development. There are different technologies like WordPress, PHP, Laravel, React JS, Node JS, etc. You can start from the basics. Join any institute, or you can learn from online platforms as well. When you think you are able enough to compete. Start selling your services on freelancing platforms or local clients. You will earn huge from it.

web app development

Sell Stock Photos

I hope you are aware of stock photography. If not, let me tell you that this earning stream is for those who have a passion for photography. The prerequisites of stock photography are a good camera and little editing skills. What you have to do is take photos, do some editing and post it on the platforms like Shutterstock, Getty Images, iStock, and much more. This will be total passive income. You will be paid whenever people buy your photos. Sounds cool, yeah…

wedding photography


Transcribing is also a good practice to earn from. You are supposed to just listen to the voice and write it down on a word file. That’s it. There will be different scenarios like subtitling, medical billing, and more. Just join platforms like REV, Transcribe Me, Daily Transcription, etc. You can also grab this kind of project from freelancing platforms.

gmr transcription

Be a YouTuber

Now coming to another interesting online field which is YouTube. You might don’t know that youtube becomes a popular search engine. People are leaner towards youtube for finding solutions regarding their problems, news like politics, entertainment, and much more. They are earning a good amount from youtube. You can also earn. Just find a niche you are fond of. Create a channel and start making videos. After a couple of months, you will gain attention from viewers. Just keep in mind that you are making videos that your targeted audience likes.

sexy youtuber

Don’t lean on others, You were born with two feet’s for a reason.

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7 Responses

  1. Following your blog from a couple of months ago.
    I must say that your blog is very professional and informative.
    Keep it up.

  2. Hi, Danish.
    You are doing wonders. In my view, you should include “Social Media Influencer” and Entrepreneurs” as well in line with other skills for Freelancing for younger. That would boost their level of motivation for adopting “Social Media Influencer” and Entrepreneurs” as bread and butter.

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