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 as a teenager a few extra hundred dollars can go a long way.  And best of all, many of these side hustles can actually turn into a very legitimate business 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 might have try out some of the unique ideas below.

Overall, some of the side hustle ideas for teens listed below are easy to get started, others might require a little bit of investment…but the payoff could also be much bigger.

Let's jump into the side hustles for teenagers!

The Best Side Hustles for Teenagers

The best side hustles for teens will be a money-making opportunity that you can pursue 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 that is a bit more ambitious and perhaps even start a small business that utilizes their “hustle” to add money to their savings or college fund.

Which Side Hustle for Teens 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.

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 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, and co-founding You can learn more about Spencer here.

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