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86 GREAT Side Hustles for Teens to Make Money From Right Now

By Spencer Haws |

Believe it or not, the teenage years are a great time for kids to explore their hustle and entrepreneurial side. So, while some of the side hustles for teens listed below are purely side jobs they can get, we've also listed several side businesses that they can start as well.

The reality is that a few extra hundred dollars can go a long way as a teenager. And best of all, many of these side hustles can turn into legitimate businesses if they stick with it.

The keyword here is “hustle.” 

If a teenager wants to make a little extra money without having to flip burgers or get a part-time job, they can try out some of the unique ideas below. Some of the options even make it easy to make money online!

Overall, some of the side hustles for teens listed below are easy to get started. Others might require a little investment, but the payoff could also be much more significant.

Let's jump into the side hustles for teenagers!

The Best Side Hustles for Teens

The best side hustles for teens will be ones where they can make some extra money outside of school hours.So, late afternoon or evening jobs are great. 

Then in the summertime, teenagers can become a camp counselor or try something a bit more ambitious such as starting a small business that plays on the skills they already have. 

For example, if a teen is a talented graphic designer, they may consider starting their own online business freelancing for clients to make money online.



Regardless of the great side hustle the teen chooses to pursue, it should always be something they will enjoy and a hustle that will encourage them to further work towards their goals, such as saving for their college fund!

Which is the Right One for You to Pursue?

Overall, you can see that there are lots of great side hustles for teenagers.  Now you really have to consider the type of hustle you are looking for.  Do you want a part time job that you can just clock in and clock out for a paycheck?

Or do you want to start a little side business with some of these ideas?  The business ideas are harder to start, but can have a much bigger payoff if you do them right.

If I were a teenager, I would want to pursue the highest paying opportunity with the lowest amount of effort required over the long term. You are probably not going to find that at a minimum wage job. Although at this age, jobs paying 15 an hour are pretty decent. 

You'll need to truly use your “hustle” to start a little business on the side like walking dogs or tutoring younger children.  But these opportunities can pay you MUCH much more than serving ice cream at Dairy Queen (or working in some other fast food restaurant job).

And if your little side business grows enough, you can start hiring other teenagers to work for you.  Perhaps it can even be enough to pay for your entire college.

Still not sure what the best side hustle is for you?  Consider signing up for the Niche Pursuits Newsletter here. I share online business ideas, strategies, and motivational stories of others starting side gigs.

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By Spencer Haws

Spencer Haws is the founder of NichePursuits.com. After getting a degree in Business Finance from BYU (2002) and an MBA from ASU (2007) he worked for 8 years in Business Banking and Finance at both Merril Lynch and Wells Fargo Bank.

While consulting with other small business owners as a business banker, Spencer finally had the desire to start his own business. He successfully built a portfolio of niche sites using SEO and online marketing that allowed him to quit his job in 2011. Since then he's been involved in dozens of online business ventures including: creating and exiting Long Tail Pro, running an Amazon FBA business for over 3 years and selling that business, founding LinkWhisper.com, and co-founding MotionInvest.com. You can learn more about Spencer here.

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