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Written by By Thamar Jones   
Thursday, 18 January 2018 00:00

In today’s day and age, one must think creatively of ways to source the income necessary to satisfy our needs and provide the quality of life we wish to live. This includes teenagers and young adults as well. If you are a teen and are interested in earning some money of your own, you’re not alone. Many teens are looking for ways that they can make money to cover expenses for clothes, entertainment costs, and to save up for college and the future.

It can be hard for you as a teen to get a job and even harder to get a well-paying job for obvious reasons.

One- employers are often looking for someone that can work full time, and as a student, you might not be able to fit your classes and work into your schedule.

Two- most businesses are looking for a certain level of qualification and experience to fit the posts that are available that as a younger person you may fall short of.

But no worries; there is still a number of ways that you can rake in some cash even as a youngster. Check out these 5 entrepreneurial ideas that you can make money as a teen and see if you can use one – or more – to build your savings account or to pay for items you want or need.

1. Start a cleaning service- Many people seek help in keeping their homes, cars and yards clean. Traditional cleaning services can be costly, and as such people are often eager to hire teens that will clean their homes, yards or vehicles for a reasonable price. If you like cleaning and are good at being detailed about it, a cleaning business might be right for you.

To get your business started, decide what kind of cleaning you will do. Next, decide what your hourly rate is. Professional cleaning or landscaping services typically charge between $20 and $30 an hour. If you can do your work quickly, thoroughly and charge $15 an hour, you’ve just given potential clients a reason to hire you over a traditional maid service.

2. Babysit- Are there young kids in your neighborhood or extended family members that need child care? If so, you can offer babysitting services and earn some cash that way. You can offer to babysit on nights and weekends, or during the summer you could offer to nanny while parents are at work and kids are out of school. This is a great job for teens who are responsible, mature and enjoy being with children.

Pet sitting is another less conventional but equally useful service that you may consider providing.

3. Hold a Class at Your Home -If you have a talent such as drawing, painting, or dancing, you could hold classes for neighborhood kids in your yard or home. The classes can be one-time deals or can be held for several days in a row. If you’re going to teach a class to neighborhood kids, you’ll need to create an itinerary that will teach them what they want to know and keep them busy for the entire class time. Be sure to charge a class fee that makes it worth your time and is affordable for parents.

4. Sell a Product - Are you gifted at making crafts, jewelry, artwork, woodworking or other items? If so, you can open a website or a shop and sell crafts.

5. Tutor Kids- Many parents are looking for reasonably priced tutors for their kids in certain school subjects. If you’re a teen that excels in a particular subject such as math, reading or a foreign language, you can offer your tutor services to local parents.

Once you have decided what you will do to start your own money making business, use the mediums you have at your disposal to advertise your products or services.  Facebook is usually a good place to start.

Remember:

Anyone can do a job, but it takes certain skills to keep clients coming back. Here are some things you can do to help maximize the amount of money you can make at the jobs you do.

Be on Time

Timeliness is a big deal in the working world. Show your clients that you appreciate the work by being on time, every time. Show up early if you have to, but avoid being late.

Have a Great Attitude

Business owners with friendly, positive attitudes will go a lot further, work a lot longer and earn a lot more money than those with a downtrodden demeanor and a negative attitude. Choose to be positive in your work environment and spread happiness to others with a cheerful outlook.

Be Professional

A professional business owner possesses certain characteristics. For instance, they work well with others, and they take their job seriously. Make sure to have a professional attitude about whatever money making ventures you participate in.

Do Your Job Really Well

If you want to keep clients coming back for more business be sure to do your job to the best of your ability.

Provide Quality Products

If you are working to make money by selling things you make or own, be sure to provide quality products. Take the time to do your best work when selling things you make such as jewelry or artwork, and when you’re selling products you own, be sure to clean them up and have them in good working order.

Go the Extra Mile

This is especially important when you’re running a business such as a car washing business or house cleaning business. One way to help ensure clients keep asking you to do more work for them is to go above and beyond. For instance, if you’re doing a house cleaning job, organize a small closet as an added bonus. If you’re cleaning cars, scrub out a carpet stain for free. Make sure your “extra mile” added jobs don’t take up too much of your time but will benefit the customer. This will help give them a reason to use your services again.

Practice Safety While Working

Always put safeguards in place as you work. This might mean keeping cleaning chemicals out of the reach of small children or pets while you’re doing a cleaning job, or having a parent escort you to meet a new client or work for someone you don’t know very well.

There are many ways you as a teen can put money in your pocket. With a little creativity and some hard work, you can be earning serious cash in no time.