If you love baking and are able to keep your hand out of the proverbial cookie jar, making gourmet cookies is a great side hustle with plenty of long-term potential. Start by learning how to execute unique and tasty gourmet cookie recipes, then seal the deal by creating or purchasing professional-looking packaging. Sell your cookies online or to people in your local community.

Work at a fast food restaurant. It’s not the most glamorous job on earth, but the fast food industry is one of the biggest employers of teenagers in the world. The work is fairly easy, but you should be prepared for a high-pressure environment during peak business hours. Also, be aware that some economists and workers’ rights advocates claim that teens should avoid the fast food industry at all costs. They cite the lack of benefits, rights, and education as ways which employers take advantage of their young employees, so do your research before taking a job in this field.[19]
Do yard work. Many people are too busy for basic yard maintenance, but they don’t want their homes to look unkempt or neglected. These people are often more than willing to pay someone to mow the lawn, rake leaves, or trim hedges, especially if they can hire a neighborhood teen or family friend. Start by asking your friends and family if they need help, and, if you don’t get enough business, post some signs around the neighborhood offering your services.

This is an awesome list. This is definitely one worth bookmarking to come back to. There are just so many ways to make money these days, especially with the internet. I especially like #38, and would even recommend taking it a step further and creating your own stock photo site. If you’re able to take a ton of photos, you can put them on your website too and have people choose how much they want to pay. Sure, you’ll have a lot of people that use them for free, but you’ll also get some people happy to pay a decent amount of change. It’s actually something I’m considering doing myself. I just have to get a decent camera. 🙂


Check with local grocery stores for openings. Many grocery stores take teenager employees as baggers or stockers, and these kinds of jobs can be good experience for your budding resume. You won’t be paid much more than minimum wage, but the money will be steady and consistent, as long as you show up for your shifts and become a reliable worker for your employer. Chances are, you’ll also get to work and hang out with other like-minded teens. Just make sure you can stand on your feet for several hours at a time, as bagging and stocking are both somewhat physically demanding.[17]
I recently met a woman who earned quite a bit of money as a very part-time chef. Once a week, she would go to someone’s house and prepare a homemade meal for their family, then do all the dishes and cleanup work. This gives the family plenty of together time, while putting some cash in the woman’s pocket. If you love to cook, this can be a great opportunity, but you may have to put a lot of effort into searching for clients.
I have recently discovered Shopify dropshipping. Holy cow! This is so cool. I have seen teens making crazy money starting their own e-commerce store on Shopify. With the dropshipping model, there is so little risk. You don’t have to have inventory or even ship products. All you have to do is the marketing. If you want to have your mind blown about the possibilities of starting your own Shopify Dropshipping business then you should check out this FREE webinar.
How many hundreds (or thousands) of dollars of stuff sits in your garage? Maybe you have an attic or off-site locker. You might be keeping these things to use “someday.” But, let’s be honest. If you don’t use something in five years, you should sell it. You might think it’s worthless junk. But, as the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Check with local grocery stores for openings. Many grocery stores take teenager employees as baggers or stockers, and these kinds of jobs can be good experience for your budding resume. You won’t be paid much more than minimum wage, but the money will be steady and consistent, as long as you show up for your shifts and become a reliable worker for your employer. Chances are, you’ll also get to work and hang out with other like-minded teens. Just make sure you can stand on your feet for several hours at a time, as bagging and stocking are both somewhat physically demanding.[17]
Many small businesses in your community could use a very basic web presence to tell others about their business. Quite often, these businesses don’t have a large budget for such things. That’s where you come in – get a bunch of clients from the local community by beating the pavement, create sites for them, and maintain them for a small fee. Get enough businesses and you have a nice side business of your own that doesn’t require a ton of maintenance time.

This book argues that leading companies don’t succeed by battling competitors in “Red Oceans”, but by creating “Blue Oceans” where they have uncontested market space to grow. It goes over case studies like “Cirque Du Soleil” who created a blue ocean by creating a circus platform that didn’t include animals or more than one act on at once but instead, decided to focus on talented performers and music who created a mystical storyline.


Make crafts to sell. If you’re good with your hands and you enjoy art class, try making your own crafts that you can sell online. You can make friendship bracelets, beaded jewelry, origami, or silk-screened T-shirts, depending on the equipment you have and how much money you have upfront to pay for materials. Start by advertising your new storefront and crafts on your personal social media and by word of mouth to friends and family.

As an Uber driver, you can choose your own hours to hit the road and make extra money. So if you want to drive for Uber right after you finish at your 9-5, you can do that. If you want Uber to exclusively be your weekend gig, you can do that too. We like Uber because its easy to get setup and its one of the more flexible money making ideas out there.
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