Whether you’re in high school, community college, or at a university, a part time job is just never enough. Aside from big bills, money just seems to slip through the young fingers of teenagers. So, if you’re looking for some extra dough, here are some ideas to consider…
Be the Coach or Camp Leader
Being a coach for junior sports teams is wonderful experience. If there’s a sport that you participated in all throughout childhood, why not coach it? If sports aren’t your thing, but you like the idea of a being a leader, look into becoming a camp leader. Contact your local park district or school district and find out if any positions have opened up. As a leadership role, coaching or camp leading will look great on your resume.
Babysitting is a great job for teens, but unfortunately some of us just don’t know how to get involved in it. Care.com allows you to create a profile, list your availability, and showcase your talents of caretaking. Some gigs are a one-time deal, and others can become a regular in your schedule, giving you the freedom to choose times that work for you. And don’t worry if you don’t feel comfortable with kids, there are plenty of pet-sitting gigs as well!
Donating plasma can earn you some easy money. Unfortunately, donating sites that pay are not as easy to find because many people are willing to donate blood as a volunteer. But for those that do pay, you can put a good chunk of extra money in your pocket. They do take into consideration if you smoke, have had recent tattoos, or have health problems though. And as a donator, you should consider their honesty and cleanliness as a donating site. Still, many people every year successfully give plasma and in return get some cash.
Sell Your Work
Teen artists, writers and musicians these days have a great outlet – the internet! Artists and jewelry makers should check out etsy.com to sell their tangible art forms. Writers and poets can either join a Contributor Network, such as this one on Yahoo!, or self-publish a book on sites such as CreateSpace. Musicians have many outlets for promoting your band, or just yourself as a solo artist including BandCamp and Reverb Nation. There are so many opportunities for getting your name out there and feeding your creative side.
I recently started using eBay and I’m very satisfied. I made about $50 in my first month. Teenagers have so many toys, games and clothes from childhood that were hardly touched, and they make great eBay items. Don’t expect to get a ton of money for these items, but the extra cash definitely comes in handy.
While it is hard to find work in today’s economy, especially as a young adult, there are temporary solutions and ways to make a little extra cash. Sometimes it just takes a little motivation and work-ethic.