It Makes Cents— Ways to Earn Money Without Getting Typical High School Job

As a teenager, you have a million things you are constantly worrying about: School, friends, your future, and making money. But what if you want to make money even though you hate the idea of working a boring minimum wage job? What options do you have? Thankfully, plenty. Here’s a quick look at three ways to earn money without getting a typical, boring high school job.

Start a Side Hustle

Side hustles are great ways to explore things you enjoy and make money at the same time. Finding one isn’t too hard; just decide what you want to do and start googling how you can make money doing it. Be warned, depending on what side hustle you select, they can take time to establish. However, they can be creatively rewarding and ultimately help you find a career that you love. When starting a side hustle, Xyngular advises considering what you’re really passionate about to find your niche, something that can help you utilize your skills and have a successful side hustle.

Organize a Garage Sale

Organizing a garage sale is often as easy as finding stuff that you or your parents don’t want to use anymore and selling it. Since the costs associated with a garage sale are usually as simple as advertising it, you can usually make a good chunk of money in the sale. However, according to Budget Dumpster, a successful garage sale is more than just setting up a table in front of your house. You have to spend some time promoting it (fliers and social media usually suffice), and always make sure to check with your local government, as some municipalities require that you take out a permit before holding a garage sale.

Use the Internet

There is no shortage of apps or websites which allow you to make good money from home. This includes taking surveys, watching videos or even playing games. Here are some of the most popular places to find freelancing work:

  • Upwork
  • Fiverr
  • WriterAccess
  • FlexJobs
  • SolidGigs
  • Art Wanted
  • CrowdSpring
  • Rent A Coder
  • Photography Jobs Finder
  • ClickWorker
  • Assistant Match
  • Behance
  • Stage32

Thanks to the explosion of the internet, social media and smartphones, there is no shortage of work for teens who don’t want to stand around at a boring retail job. If you are looking for an alternative to this line of work, it’s often as simple as putting in enough time or effort.

Read more: What are the Highest Paying Summer Jobs a Teen Can Get?

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