• J. Washington

50 Lit Ways to Make Money as a Teenager

Last modified by Jeff Rose, CFP® on November 27, 2019

Is making money as a teenager as easy as it used to be?

After all, that old standby – the newspaper route – has mostly gone into the dustbin of history. I mean…who reads newspapers anymore? smh…

Meanwhile, child labor laws have cut down on the number of jobs that young people can hold.

How to make money as a teenager has become something of a matrix. You have to look for moneymaking opportunities from non-traditional sources.

But that’s not a problem, because there are more of them than ever before. We’ve come up with 50! And the only reason we stopped is that the possibilities are almost unlimited!

So, here are the ways to make money as a teenager that we thought were the best.

We left off the usual teen job situations, like fast food restaurants, grocery stores, and big-box retailers. You don’t need us to tell you about ordinary jobs.

Oh, and even though the opportunities are numbered, they’re not in any special order.

It’s mostly a matter of picking which one (or ones) will work best for you. We only numbered them so you could pick them out more easily.

Let’s get started…


This isn’t an opportunity that I’m terribly enthusiastic about, because most sites pay rewards, rather than cash.

But if being paid in rewards, including gift cards, is okay for you, then you can try sites like:


Survey Junkie Highly reputable for online surveys, redeem for cash.

InboxDollars Quick online surveys. $5 Sign-up Bonus

iSurvey World Watch videos, answer surveys, play games, and more. $5 Sign-up Bonus

Lifepoints (MySurvey) Take online surveys. Influence brands. Earn points.

MyPoints Earn points for surveys, redeem for amazon or retail gift cards


Swagbucks allows you to earn cash by watching TV, taking surveys, and even searching the web.

Got that – cash, not rewards.

You won’t make a fortune on this site, but it’s a way to earn some extra money by doing the things you normally do.

As you do, the dollars and cents will add up and you only have to be 13 to sign up.


If you or your parents do online shopping, Rakuten is a good way to earn some extra money. Rakuten provides you with rebates or cash back on your shopping.

The platform is free to use. When you make your purchases through the site, Rakuten splits its commission with you.

This is easy money and one that you can earn just from doing what you would be doing anyway – shopping!

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