How to Make $20 a Day as a High School Teenager

I asked myself this very question when I was in 8th grade: how can I make money as a teenager?

I researched this question on Google countless times, and the answers I got were very vague. I’ll save you the time and cut to the chase here.

The fact is that working as a teenager isn’t easy, and if you’re under 16, it’ll be difficult for you to be hired for a job in retail or corporations. Your best option would be to find work on your own — through your own business either online or in-person. This can be anywhere from tutoring younger students to babysitting.

At your age, in order to figure out how you can earn money, find what you’re good at. For example, if you’ve taken tennis lessons for over 7 years, you can try seeing if there’s an interest for teaching tennis lessons for young kids or becoming an assistant tennis coach. If you’re really good at math, there will most likely be someone who isn’t so good at math and is looking for a cheap math tutor. These kinds of opportunities can be found in your community, so look around at your local library’s bulletin or ask people you know if there’s anything you, a young teenager, can work as in your community.

If finding work in your community isn’t an option right now, you can always go online to find a job. I changed my question to include “online”:

The trick to finding work online is acknowledging that 9/10 times, you won’t be able to qualify for any of the jobs available online. The criteria needed to be met is set at a much higher level than in-person, so applying to be a paid tutor won’t cut it out in the online world, since you’re now looking at a more national scale. The other 1/10 times that you will find a job will most likely resemble one of these:

Survey sites. App money-makers. Marketing companies will do anything to get people to fill out their information. This isn’t at all what your revenue stream could survive on; in fact, this is more of an occasional money-grab for instant gratification. In order to earn dollars on these kinds of platforms, you’ll need to dedicate immense amounts of time completing menial tasks. Though at first you may be excited at the change you collected, in the long run, it isn’t worth your time.

If you want to earn $20 a day consistently, I recommend that you look out there for jobs that you can run independently. For local jobs, this would be finding something you’re good at and putting your skills to work. For online jobs, freelancing would be your way to go.

Freelancers are self-employed and work on their own schedule — the perfect setting for high school students. Rather than committing yourself to working through jobs that can stress you out during studious weekdays, freelancing is a more unconventional way of working that will allow you to spend time working on the things you’re good at. You set your own rules, and so you’re not dependent on companies hiring you, but rather you would have to focus on gathering attention so people can hire your services. This is, what I believe, is the best way for high school students to gain experience in starting and operating their business online.

Some jobs you can use for freelancing can be things that you’re good at, just like if you would want to work locally. To gain your own reputation, it’s best to start out at websites that can direct traffic to your service. Some examples would be Etsy, where you can sell your own crafts, and Fiverr, where you can sell your own services.

This blog post has been adapted from Quora.

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