It is frustrating to see different companies not hiring teens under 18.
13 is the age when you are in school and you want to make some extra bucks but due to different age restrictions you are unable to do so (though not every time)
Are you a teenager looking to make some extra bucks every month?
Then you have come to the perfect place!
Last week i was hanging out in a personal finance forum when i saw a question by a teen, “How to make money as a 13 year old”
I am a personal finance blogger and i am always looking for people who are struggling financially in one way or the other.
So instead of giving him a quick reply i decided to write a complete article on it because i knew many other teens would have the same question.
I have compiled about 19 ways to make money as a 13 year old which includes both online and offline ways.
All of these ways are legitimate ways to make money.
I have tried some of the ways myself and for the rest i verified each one of them personally and i can ensure that all of them are legitimate.
I have separated online and offline ways to make it easier for you to understand.
Alright let’s start,
How to make money as a 13 year old online (10 ways)
1. Start a blog (my top recommendation)
I can say this thing with full confidence that blogging is the most profitable way to make money on this planet.
I know this is a very big claim but i have proof to verify it.
According to a recent research by Authority hacker (an authority marketing site), top bloggers are making $4.9 on every $1 spent which is a 71% Return On Investment (highest among all the other businesses).
Brick and mortar business which is considered a very profitable business has 11% Return On Investment whereas blogging has a 71% ROI and still people ask me why i promote blogging!
Do you want some examples of bloggers making big money?
I will not talk about big fishes (who are making more than $30,000 rather i will give examples of two bloggers who just started few months ago and now they are making well over $1000 a month.
- Clary the owner of Ohclary.com, made $1376.5 last month and it was her fifth month of blogging!
- Maya, the owner of Mayamaceka.com, made $907 her fifth month of blogging.
There is one big misconception in the minds of people,
They think they need to learn coding in order to make a blog!
I literally laugh on this because it takes only 20 minutes to start a blog in few easy steps and you only need to click, click and click.
Blogging doesn’t require you to be in a certain age bracket. You can be a 13 year old kid, 30 year old young man, 40 year old mom or 60 year old retired dad.
The only thing you need is ability to write, patience and time.
Now you must be thinking that how much money do you need to start a blog?
No! You don’t need hundreds or thousands of dollars like other businesses rather you only need about $65 dollars to make a blog.
This $65 expense is for the first complete year.
Are you ready to start a blog?
I have a complete step by step guide to blogging which will answer all your questions and will completely guide you how to make a profitable blog and how to make money from it.
Click the below button to get the FREE guide and start your blogging journey.
2. Make money with Swagbucks
Have you ever heard about Swagbucks?
If not, then you are missing an amazing opportunity to make money online.
It is a an amazing website which allows to earn money doing things you normally do for free like playing games, installing apps, doing surveys, watching videos and much more.
It is a legitimate website which has paid $150 million dollars to its users till now and is paying continuously.
Surely you cannot get rich with swagbucks but it can bring in few bucks a month which is more than the pocket money of an average 13 year old.
3. Start self-publishing with Amazon Kindle
Internet has made everything very much easier.
Amazon has an amazing service known as Amazon kindle which lets people self-publish their books on Amazon for FREE.
This has made it easier for authors and writers to showcase their work and make money without reaching out to publishers themselves.
The prices of the e-books on Amazon are very low and Amazon also gets some percentage out of it which i think is a drawback but if you sell a good number of copies each month you can make decent money.
If you think you are a good writer, then what are you waiting for?
One thing more!
You don’t need to be a professional author to publish an e-book on Kindle!
Rather most of the e-books that sell well on Kindle are short non-fiction books like these,
Want a step by step guide to making money through Amazon Kindle?
Check out this video by Stefan from Projectlifemastery,
Also read: How to make 1000 a month as a teenager
4. Start freelance writing
This is the third consecutive way to make money as a writer,
Because writing is one of the most profitable skills one can have.
Now you must be thinking that you are just 13 year old, how can you be a professional writer?
You don’t need to worry!
You don’t need to be a professional writer in order to make money online.
If you can write in simple English without any grammatical and vocabulary mistakes then congratulations my friend! You can be an excellent freelance writer.
Why is it so?
Because, most of the bloggers are not native English speakers and their English is weak so they hire freelance writers from different freelance websites to write articles for them.
They don’t want essay type articles with difficult vocabulary rather they want simple and easy-to-understand articles.
I am sure all of you can write simple articles with no grammatical and vocabulary mistakes.
There are a lot of freelance websites where you can register for freelance writing jobs.
Here i would say that if you can write well better start your own blog and make a portfolio so that you can directly reach out to different companies, offer them your writing services and show your blog when they ask for samples. (I highly recommend this)
5. Start vlogging
Do you often watch YouTube videos?
Do you know Logan Paul, Jake Paul and Caesi Neistat?
These people have huge fan following on YouTube and all they do is make videos of their daily routine and share it on YouTube (nothing extraordinary!)
They are making hundreds of thousands of dollars doing so!
They all started from zero subscribers but now they are have millions of subscribers, that’s because people love watching other people’s routine and the way they do different things.
It’s a good opportunity for you jump into vlogging and try your luck.
BUT BUT BUT!
Only try it if you love doing it because you will have to make a lot of videos without money and it’s quite frustrating to see no views and no money after putting in a lot of effort.
Vlogging is not a way to make money rather a hobby which can become a source of income later on.
Being a teenager it’s a fun thing to do so try it as a hobby and once you start getting a decent number of views on your videos, monetize your channel.
All you need is a camera or a smartphone with a good front camera and you are good to go.
6. Sell your photos on Shutterstock
Are you a photographer or do you love taking photos?
Then why not sell them and earn some extra money every month.
Shuttertock is website where people buy and sell high quality digital photographs and videos.
Anybody can sign up as a buyer or a seller and start selling or buying photos.
Buyers on this website are usually big bloggers, content marketers and different companies who are looking for new photos for their content whereas sellers are usually professional photographers or normal people who just love taking photos of nature, different objects, humans, animals or any other thing.
On average you make 25 cents per photo download and after reaching a threshold of $500 you earn an average of 35 cents per photo download.
The best thing about this is that it is a passive way to make money.
7. Make money with Amazon Associates
Do you know Amazon has an associate program which lets you promote their products and earn commission on each sale?
Considering the fact that Amazon is the biggest ecommerce site in the world and the trend of online shopping is continuously increasing day by day,
You can easily promote their products to people round you like your family members, relatives, friends and neighbors.
If you really want to make big money with Amazon Associate program then the best way is to make a blog and promote Amazon products to your audience,
For example if you make a blog about photography, then you can review different cameras and lenses on your blog and whenever someone buys anything through your blog, you earn commission!
There are people out there who are making tens of thousands of dollars a month just with Amazon associates and they are doing through their blogs.
Surely there is a lot competition in it but we should also not forget this thing that the number of consumers is increasing day by day so it is a great opportunity for you to get started with it.
My honest piece of advice is to make a blog and make Amazon associates a part of your monetization strategy,
Let me make it easier,
Actually there are a lot ways to make money from your blog so my recommendation is to make a blog and include Amazon associates as an extra way to make money from your blog just like many other bloggers are doing.
Check out amazing step by step guide to making a profitable blog here.
8. Start drop shipping with Shopify
Do you know you can sell items online without actually having them?
Unlike Amazon associates where you promote Amazon products and get commission on each sale,
In drop shipping you actually buy products from one ecommerce site and sell them on other ecommerce site with a good profit margin.
And you know what’s the best thing about it?
You don’t have to buy and ship the products yourself!
The whole work is done by the supplier.
Shopify is a website where you create a store and import products from Aliexpress (a Chinese ecommerce website).
The products on Aliexpress are really cheap so you import products from them and sell them on your store at a higher price.
Whenever somebody buys something from your store the order is actually placed on Aliexpress and the product is shipped by the supplier of Aliexpress.
Also read: How to make 40 dollars fast for 13 year olds
9. Make money testing websites on Usertesting
Big brands and startups are very much concerned about the user experience on their website,
They spend a lot of money on their website’s navigation and in order to check whether their users are having a great time on their site they contact websites like Usertesting.
Usertesting is a website where you can sign up and test websites whenever they are available.
On average you make $10 a test and each test normally lasts for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Besides that they also have shorter tests which take 3 to 5 minutes and they pay you $3 for that.
This is a great way to make money as a 13 year old on the side.
You will not get rich with it but for a teenager making 100 bucks a month by spending 20 to 30 minutes a day is not bad.
10. Make money on Amazon Mechanical Turk
Amazon Mechanical Turk is another source to make money as a 13 year old.
It is actually a micro jobs portal where you do small online jobs like researching about a certain topic, doing data entry work, transcribing short audio clips, rating search engine results and many other small tasks that require human interaction.
Mechnical Turk is also not a place where you can get rich quick but you can make some bucks on the side,
After all something is better than nothing.
This comes to the end of online ways to make money as a 13 year old.
Nobody can give you guarantee that you will make money with the above mentioned ways as it totally depends upon your hard work and luck BUT since these ways have worked for a lot of people so they can definitely work for you as well.
At the end, i am once again reminding you that blogging is the most profitable way to make money as a 13 year old.
You can try all of the above ways to make money but always keep blogging as your priority as it has proven to be one of the most profitable ways to make money.
Now lets move onto offline ways to make money as a 13 year old.
How to make money as a 13 year old offline (9 ways)
1. Make money dog sitting with Rover
Do you know pet sitting Industry generated 332 million dollars in revenue in 2014!
Yes! You just read 332 million dollars!
This shows how much profitable industry is it.
Too much people have dogs nowadays and they want dog sitters because after all everybody has to travel somewhere and not everybody can take their dogs with them.
Now if you are thinking to go door to door and ask if they want dog sitting service or not then you are completely wrong,
Because Rover.com has done this for you!
Rover.com is a portal where a large number of dog owners are looking for dog sitters and dog walkers.
In order to join Rover you have to fill in a formal application (with references) and make a profile on Rover.
Rover has a tough selection criteria as they normally accept one third of applications so while applying provide all the necessary information about you, your home, dogs you are having and place where you will be keeping the dogs along with pictures.
And one thing more,
You have to choose your rate yourself so choose it wisely.
How much money can you make on Rover?
This largely depends upon you whether you want to work as a dog sitter full time or part time and how much dogs you are able to care for.
2. Make money baby sitting
You must be familiar with baby-sitting since it is very common part time job done by middle school, high school or college students,
However if you are completely unfamiliar with it, it is a child caring job where you have to take care of children when their parents are away.
Usually parents only hire those baby sitters whom they know preferably in their neighborhood,
So if you are really serious about baby sitting then i recommend you to have a look in your neighborhood and talk to people having children.
Tell them if they ever needed baby-sitting service you would be there.
The hourly rate for baby-sitting varies in different cities of the United States, however the average rate is about $11 an hour.
The average rate in the UK is also around $11 an hour.
3. Teach basketball
Do you play basketball?
Are you good at shooting or dribbling?
Do you think you can play far better than the rest of your age fellows?
Then why not provide basketball training to teens around you.
Since professional basketball coaches charge too much and not everybody can afford their coaching,
This is great opportunity for you to provide training to them at much lesser rate.
This will improve your game as well and you will start getting more and more clients through word of mouth marketing.
You can charge more once you start getting more clients.
If you are really up for it, then start marketing yourself by telling everybody in your school, neighborhood, friends and people you interact somehow about your service.
4. Teach Spanish
Can you speak Spanish?
Do you know how much people around you want to learn it?
If you are fluent in Spanish, you can provide coaching classes to willing people around you.
People prefer one to one learning,
So if even if you find one client a month you can make good money by having a one to one tutoring session with him daily.
The hourly rate of an average high school student teaching language is $30 to $40 an hour but even if you are a middle school student you can demand the same rate.
The requirement is the fluency of language so even if you are a middle school student you can charge the same rate as a high school student.
Now if you can’t speak Spanish, i advise you to learn it ASAP as it can benefit you in a long run.
5. Be a Math tutor
Not everybody is good at math,
No matter where you go, you will always find people who struggle at math.
Even me myself!
I was never good at math in my high school tenure and even now i struggle at it in university.
Are you good at math?
If so, then i don’t know why are you not making money?
You can easily find teens in your school and neighborhood who struggle at math.
The average hourly rate for a math tutor who is at high school is $30 to $40 an hour but again i would say even if you are a middle school teen you can command the same rate provided you are really good at math and you know how to make the other person understand a problem.
6. Make money house sitting
Just like pet sitting and baby-sitting, house sitting is also a wonderful way to make money as a 13 year old.
Your target clients can be hobby travellers who are often out of the town on a tour and single males who are often away from their homes for a number of reasons.
These people are always looking for someone who can look after their homes in their absence and do small necessary chores like watering the plants, answering the telephone calls etc.
People normally don’t trust strangers and never hand over their home to someone, whom they don’t know much,
So be social and make connections with such people around you so that they can contact you themselves in the hour of need.
You can charge pretty good depending upon the time you look after a home and the number of chores you do for them in their absence.
7. Clean carpets
Normally every home has one or more carpets,
These carpets are meant to be cleaned after every six months, and delaying it would make the carpet more dirty making it difficult to be cleaned.
Most people are very busy with their jobs and other things that they are unable to clean them after every six months.
You can utilize this opportunity by offering them your carpet cleaning service.
You need a carpet cleaner for this which you can either buy or take on rent on the days you have work available.
If you want to take it on rent, then i recommend you to first take maximum orders from your clients for one day and then take the cleaner on rent to maximize the profit.
8. Offer camper cleaning service
Campers are in huge demand nowadays due to increase in travelling and camping trend.
Almost every second traveller has a camper nowadays,
Do they have enough time to clean them after each venture?
You can easily find people around you, who have campers,
Talk to them and let them know that whenever they need their camper to be cleaned, they can contact you.
9. Make money repurposing furniture
Do you know you can make money by repurposing furniture?
Some people place their old furniture in back yards and other just sell it at lower price,
You can utilize this opportunity by buying old furniture from these people at low cost, repair it, polish it and sell it at a much higher price.
This will require you to have a furniture repairing kit which includes some tools and a polish.
You can buy old furniture from your neighbors and sell it to retailers.
This is great and profitable way to make money as a 13 year old but make sure to take some elder with you or anyone who has some knowledge about selling furniture.
I advise you to first talk with some retailer, ask him about the rates of furniture and when you have a good understanding of market rates, start selling.
You can also sell it online.
You can turn this idea into a profitable business provided you do everything wisely and conditions/luck support you.
Do you want to know how to repurpose furniture the smart way?
Check out this amazing video!
I wish you good luck.
This comes to the end of this massive list on how to make money as a 13 year old.
Based on the experiences of different people, this thing has been proved that money comes when you work with passion, commitment and hard work.
Luck do play a role but in very negligible amount of cases.
The above mentioned ways are just ideas, turning into a business is your job.
Some ideas mentioned above are better then the rest like blogging is the best way to make money as teenager online.
I talked about blogging too much in this article (sorry!) because i am also a blogger and on daily basis i get know about many other fellow bloggers acheiving great milestones,
Thats why i recommend blogging to every person i meet.
Enough of the talk!
Now its your turn,
Tell me in the comments below,
Which way you are going to adopt?
Is there any way mentioned above which is not a suitable way to make money as a 13 year old?
Do share your views in the comments below.