How to make money in high school without a job [20 legit ways]

How to make money in high school without a job [20 legit ways]

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When you are in high school you have a lot of academic pressure and doing a job amidst all this is NOT EASY!

I understand this because i have been through it,

The reason why most teens go for part time jobs and don’t even try to start their own business is either because they are afraid of failure or they don’t know exactly how to make money in high school without a job.

Managing your studies along with doing a part time job destroys your creativity and affects your health badly because you get a very small time to sleep, relax and spend time with your family.

Cutting the crap short, you have landed here because you want to make money without a job!

You have exactly come to the right place!

I am strong advocate of entrepreneurship and always try to help teens start their own online or offline business and make a full time living from it!

In this article i have written about 20 beginner friendly ways to make money which include both online and offline ways.

I am sure by the end of this post you would have a solid idea to start making money.

Let’s start!

How to make money in high school without a job (15 online)

Join Inbox Dollars ($5 Sign up BONUS)

Did you know you could make money online taking surveys?

Survey websites have created a hype in the past few years and a lot of people claim they are making a living just taking online surveys.

Well, to be honest making a full time living just through them sounds too good to be true BUT we have to agree on one point that they are a legitimate source to make some extra money every month.

There are some survey websites that are there on the web for over a decade and they have been paying consistently to their users,

Inbox Dollars is one of those sites that really pays it’s users to take surveys and do some other tasks for money.

Start a blog (my personal recommendation)

When i was in high school i had no idea how could i make some bucks without working for someone,

It was one summer of my college when a friend of mine told me about blogging and how his cousin used to earn more $10k a month with a blog!

At once i was shocked because i could not believe somebody could make such amount of money and that too without a job,

BUT later on when i saw the income reports of some bloggers like the one below i got convinced,

blogging income report

From that day onwards my perspective about making money got changed and i started researching about blogging.

Long story short, today i am making a decent amount of money with this blog and i teach others to do the same!

Blogging has the potential to literally transform your life within an year or two!

My growth is not that fast but i have personally seen multiple bloggers hitting 10k mark within a few months.

One example of such bloggers is Logan from, he is currently making more than $35k a month from his blog and he started his blog about 16 months ago.

There are hundreds of other success stories like this and yours can add to them if you are really serious about getting into the world of blogging.

Want to start a blog?

It takes only 20 minutes to start a blog on wordpress for about 65 bucks.

Yeah its that cheap! This little investment of 65 dollars can be your investment of lifetime considering the potential blogging has!

One thing more,

You don’t need any technical knowledge to start a blog!

WordPress is completely user friendly and the whole process is so easy that even an 80 year old can do it without any hassle.

Want a step-by-step guide?

I have written a step by step guide to blogging in which i completely explain the whole process from A to Z. Click on this button below to access the FREE guide to blogging!

Start your blog today!

Start self publishing with Amazon Kindle

Is their an author in you?

Do you have words the world want to hear and read?


Are you good at something and can write a short guide about it?

Many people have a strong knowledge about something and want to write a book on it but stop thinking about it when they hear about all the mess involved in the process of publishing.

Thanks to Amazon!

Amazon has it possible for authors to self-publish their books on Kindle without spending a single penny on it! You can write a long fiction ebook or a short non-fiction ebook and self publish it today!

Best sellers

Although ebooks on Amazon are priced low but considering the sheer amount of traffic Amazon receives you can expect to make a decent money every month.

Check out this video in which Stefan explains the whole process of making money on kindle from choosing a niche to marketing your ebook on social media,

Hope this helps!

Also read: How to make money as a 16 year old

Become an Amazon associate

You must have bought something from Amazon in your life but do you know they also have an associate/affiliate program that allows people to promote and review their products and make money per sale as commission.

If you are unaware about this you are really missing a lot because people are making full time living through this business model.

One such example of successful amazon affiliate marketers is Luqman Khan who made a website (focused on reviewing Amazon products) and made over 40,000 dollars consistently for an year before he sold it in december 2017 for $500,000. Read his case study here.

How can you make money with Amazon Affiliate program?

The best and the most used way is to make a website focused around one small niche and then reviewing niche related products on it.

Let’s say if make a website on Landscape photography, i would review DSLR cameras and lenses on it and when people would buy anything through my referal link i would get a commission.

Check out this step by step guide to making an Amazon affiliate website, writing content, getting traffic and finally getting sales.

Also read: 30 legit online jobs for 16 year olds in 2019

Start promoting Clickbank products

Clickbank is a website that connects affiliate marketers with product/service owners.

How it works?

Product owners put their product on Clickbank and specify the amount of commission they would pay per sale.

Affiliate marketers choose the product of their choice and promote it to earn commission.

The products on Clickbank are mostly digital products like ebooks, online courses etc.

Unlike Amazon which has strict rules regarding product promotion, Clickbank is quite flexible in this regard. You can promote the products through social media, forums, your blog or through any other channel you find suitable.

There are quite a few strategies you can use to promote Clickbank products and earn decent amount of money every month.

The most common are,

1. Make a website, review Clickbank products on it and get targetted traffic from Google to get sales.

2. Make a product landing page through any landing page software and promote it via Facebook/Google/Bing ads.

Also read: Online jobs for 15 year olds

Start dropshipping with Shopify

Dropshipping is one of the best way to start your online business if you have got some capital with you!

What is dropshipping?

Dropshipping is a process of selling the products without storing  and shipping them yourself. It involves listing a third party product on your ecommerce store and getting it shipped directly to the customer through the actual supplier of that product.

Dropshipping involves following steps,

1. Create an online store on Shopify (free trial available)

2. Go to Aliexpress and choose the products you want to sell.

3. List those products on your Shopify store with a profit margin of 20 to 30 percent.

4. Start promoting the products through Facebook or Google ads.

5. When a customer places an order on your store, you need to buy that product from Aliexpress and get it shipped directly to your customer.

6. You get a 20% to 30% profit per sale.


The best thing about dropshipping is that you don’t have to get into inventory and shipping, you act as the middle man just like an affiliate marketer and make money from the comfort of your living room.

Check out this step by step guide to dropshipping by Shopify.

Start online t shirts business

Sell t shirts online

Who doesn’t love t shirts?

All of us have plenty of them in our closets and are always ready to buy new ones!

Considering the amount of public interest in this product and high potential to be sold, you can start a successful online business selling t shirts.

BUT! production and shipping cost too much! Don’t they?

Yes they do! but you need not to worry as companies like Teespring and Cafepress have made the things very much easier for you!

Now you can sell t shirts online without getting into the process of production and shipping,

All you need to do is to design an eye catching t shirt through photoshop and submit the design to any of these websites (Teespring & Cafepress).

After that you have to promote the t shirt through Facebook ads or any other traffic source and get as much sales as possible.

These websites take a fixed percentage of t shirt’s price as their profit and give the rest to you.

Check out this video guide to creating your first Teespring campaign,

I hope the process is clear to you, if you have any query post in the comments at the end of this post.


Start making YouTube videos

Start a youtube channel

YouTube is the source of income for millions of people around the world and the numbers are increasing on daily basis with new faces rising everyday!

You can start making videos about anything you love!

It can be gaming, photoshop, relationship advice, skincare tips, cooking, tech reviews, prank videos, products unboxing, programming, educational tutorials, motivational videos and or anything else you can think of.

The key to success on YouTube is quality content, consistent content creation, using the right keywords in the title and description of your videos and interacting with your viewers.

The most common way to make money from YouTube is through Google Adsense in which Google places ads in your videos and gives you money depending upon the number of views on your videos and the number of clicks you get on the ads displayed in your video.

Other ways are Sponsorships, affiliate marketing and products/services selling.

Become a transcriber

Is English your first language?


Are you as good at English as natives?

Are you an avid listener and have a fast typing speed?

If that’s the case, you can start making money from your home by working as a transcriber.

A transcriber is a person who converts audio or video content into text.

On average, transribers in the United States make around $15 an hour working remotely.

There are a lot of transcription websites that allows you to sign up as a transcriber and start start getting paid per successful completion of a task.

Crowdsurf , Transcribeme and Scribie are some of the companies you can join as a beginner.

Become a copywriter

Copywriting is the game of professionals!

It is one of most lucrative ways to make a full time income with a complete freedom on your working hours.

Do you have that convincing power to make somebody buy something by highlighting its best features in the most appealing way?

Do you have the ability to come up with interesting lines like these from

Copywriting example

A copywriter is a person who writes sales copies, emails, web content and ads that catches the attention of people.

Copywriting requires strong competency on language, appropriate tone and an ability to persuade.

Beginner copywriters earn an average of $15/hour whereas professionals make about $40/hour.

The best way to start as a copywriter is to choose a niche, gain a strong grip on your niche, make a portfolio website, write some samples and start marketing your services through social media and pitching companies directly via email (in the most professional way).

Fortunately copywriting is a skill that can be learnt through books and practicing on daily basis.

Check out this book by Robert W. Bly.

Become a graphic designer

A copywriter persuades people through his words whereas a graphic designer through his eye-catching graphics.

Graphics designers are in high demand nowadays and their demand will continue to grow because more and businesses are entering the market on daily basis and they need appealing visuals to attract customers.

Graphics designing can be learnt online through websites like Udemy and Lynda. Youtube also has a lot of tutorials on Graphics designing.

Graphics design is a vast domain and a lot of services come under its roof e.g. Logo designing, brochure designing, business cards designing, stationery designing, banner designing and social media content designing etc.

The best way to start as a graphics designer is to first gain strong command over your skills, join freelance websites e.g Freelancer, Upwork and Guru etc and make a solid portfolio to attract high paying clients.

Sell on Etsy

If you are a creative guy and have crafting skills, you can make money selling crafty items on Etsy.

Etsy is a huge marketplace dedicated to crafty items which includes Jewelery, clothes, vintage items, toys, household items, decoration pieces and much more.

You can join Etsy as a seller and start selling your Art at a decent rate.

As far i have seen, many Etsy sellers have their own blogs where they regularly promote their products to their audience to get more sales.

Test websites on Usertesting

Did you know you could make money online testing websites and providing honest feedback about them?

Websites like Usertesting allows you to sign up as a tester, test websites, give honest feedback and get paid $10 per test that lasts for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Usertesting actually acts as a bridge between websites owners and freelance testers. Websites owners pay Usertesting to get their websites tested and Usertesting pay freelance testers to test and review websites.

Work as a virtual assistant

virtual assistant

As the name indicates, a virtual assistant is a person who works for some company or an individual as an assistant remotely.

A lot of people are making full time income working as a virtual assistants from the comfort of their homes.

Being a virtual assistant you have to perform different online tasks like email management, blog management, database management, social media posting, content writing and Data entry etc.

The best way to get started as a virtual assistant is to choose one skill or two e.g. email management and blog management and get yourself skilled in those particular areas.

After becoming proficient in some particular skill, start offering your services on freelance websites like Upwork and start making a solid portfolio to approach big companies by directly pitching them your services via email.

Helpful resources:

Starting a Virtual Assistant Business –

Start providing social media management services

Social media management

Companies, whether they are small or large don’t have time to manage their social media pages themselves so what they do is that they hire social media managers to handle and manage their social media pages effectively.

With that being said, it is a great opportunity for teens to get into this field as they are more tech savvy and love to use social media!

Besides knowing the basic dos and donts of social media, knowledge of Facebook ads is a plus as majority of the companies require their social media managers to have a strong grip on Facebook ads so that they can run ads effectively.

Want the step by step process?

Check out this amazing video by Jordan Platten,

Hope this helps!

How to make money in high school without a job (5 offline ways)

Walk dogs

Dog walking

Yeah! you can make a great deal of money walking dogs in your spare time!

On average dog walkers make about $15 to $20 per 30 to 40 minutes of dog walk in the United States and Canada.

This is a great side hustle idea for high school teens looking to make money in spare time to cover their expenses.

You can take multiple dogs for a walk at same time but for that you would need take permission from the owners as they might have issues with their dog being walked with others.

If you are a dog lover, you would love doing this and would never get tired of it.

Before getting into this business consider taking a course about how to effectively treat a dog and react in certain conditions. You can check this course on Udemy about professional dog walking.

Helpful resources:

Start babysitting

baby sitting

Do you love to spend time with babies or playing with them?

Why not make some bucks doing that?

Babysitting is a great way to make some extra money as a teenager that pays quite well.

On average baby sitters under 21 years of age make about $12 an hour in US, which is NOT bad at all!

If you are guy who has younger siblings at home, you must have some experience looking after them which can help you in your baby sitting side hustle.

The best way to start your own baby sitting business is to let your parents, friends’ parents, relatives and neighbours know about your services so they could try your services in the need of the hour. This way you can get quick experience and start getting clients through referrals.

Helpful resources:

Flip stuff

Flipping has always been a great side business idea and people of all ages have been involved in it,

There is no rocket science behind the concept,

It’s just buying something for cheap and selling at a higher cost by either refurbishing it or just selling it away with a higher price tag! (It works so damn well)

There is a lot of money to be made in this business with new opportunities rising everyday!

As a high school student you can start this business through Craiglist by buying cheap stuff from people looking to empty their garages, repairing that stuff and selling it on craiglist for a higher price.

Helpful resources:

Start private tutoring

Private tutoring

Are you good at studies or specifically some subject?

Can you teach other teens and help them with their studies?

Why not start private tutoring?

Private tutors actually make a lot of money as their hourly rate is much higher than normal tutors.

On average private tutors (high school students) charge $30 to $40 an hour which is infact A LOT.

You can start private tutoring by telling your friends, relatives, and neighbors about your service and encouraging them to spread the word.

Mow lawns (or remove snow)

Don’t know about you but i have seen a lot of teens mowing lawns and making a decent amount of money every month,

The world is getting busier everyday and people don’t have time to do tasks like mowing their lawns and removing snow themselves.

You can look around you to check how many people in your neighborhood have 9 to 5 jobs and they want someone to mow their lawns.

Chances are that you would find atleast one or two families like that!

The problem here is buying a lawn mover, which is really expensive (costs anywhere between $500 to $1000). The possible solution for this problem is to first get a couple of clients and then rent a lawn mover on the days you have to work (mostly weekends).

Final words:

This is a massive list of ways on how to make money in high school without a job and not all the ways might be suitable for you, however there are some ways i believe are universal and anybody, of any age living in any corner of the world can make use of them,

One of them, rather the best one among them is Blogging which i opted for almost an year ago.

Start your blog today!

Anyways which way do you think best suits you?

Tell me in the comments below!



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