How to make money as a teenager in the UK – Ways for teens to make money!

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How to make money as a teenager in the UK. It’s a pretty common question and one teenagers up and down the length of the country ask themselves frequently.

There are still the traditional teen jobs you and I remember, pub washing up, collecting glasses and paper rounds, but these are becoming scarcer and well, honestly, many of todays teenagers have different ideas about work.

If they’ve got access to a laptop, phone or some sort of device and an internet connection, there are a tonne of ways teens can earn some cash.

Yes, we’ve all read about the one off teenager who manages to pay their parents mortgage off before their 18th birthday, but they’re the exception to the rule. However, if you’re looking to make money as a teen that’s a more realistic sum (although never say never!), keep reading.

We’ve covered the most common ways teens are making money, mostly digital ways with a couple of the oldies in there. Just make sure your teen’s complying with the law, see below.

How to earn money online as a teenager UK

The law and teen working in the UK (source)

The rules around teens working in the UK are pretty clear. You have to be at least 13.

There are a few other general rules, like not being allowed to work more than one hour before school or more than 4 hours without a break, and you can find all those rules here. (source)

Other than making sure you follow these rules, there are LOADS of ways you can make money as a teen in the UK.

✅ Jobs for teens UK

There comes a time for most kids when they want the independence that earning a bit of cash of their own brings. And that’s a good thing! It teaches them so much about earning and saving as well as spending, and as a parent, it’s fun to watch them reluctant to part with their own cash :)

Younger teens might want to start saving, older teens might be starting to think about a car…whatever the reason, teens can join the UK workforce and start earning some extra money.

We’ll show you some of the best ways teenagers can start earning money. Some of them are ‘real jobs’, as in ones you have to exchange your time for, others are more passive income streams, but money’s money and it all adds up!


Read the full post on apps that will pay you to walk here

how to make money as a teen

Not a huge money spinner, but free to use non-the-less. Sweatcoin has made it possible to be rewarded (in cash as well if you save up enough Sweatcoin) for outside exercise.

If you download Sweatcoin onto your phone, letting it run in the background, you will build up sweatcoins that you change exchange for all sorts of goodies from the sweatcoin store, mostly fitness related, but goodies all the same!

The app doesn’t seem so far to be a drain on my iPhone battery, but don’t accidentally shut the app down or it won’t clock up your steps! And make sure you read all the terms and conditions so you don;t have your account shut down.

Other than that, better get moving!

If you’ve got teens looking for ways to earn money or know a teenager who could use some spare cash, we’ve got some ideas to get you started. Teens can make money online or traditional work, either way, there are lots of ways they (or you!) might not have thought of as money spinner.

You might even fancy joining them on a few of them, or have a look at this post for some other ways to get that cash rolling in!


Need more ways to make money?

✅ Make money from your IT skills

Teenagers find learning and retaining IT skills easier than older generations. Teens can use the skills they have to earn some money by teaching older people how to do things that’ll make their lives easier. If you’re looking to earn money as a teenager, this could be a nice little earner.

Many older people have children that live away. Show them how to use Skype or WhatsApp. Set up their online grocery shopping, or other tasks that they’d find useful. Even downloading apps is a skill people are willing to pay for.

Put an advert in your local library, in newsagents, leisure centers or anywhere you think people who could use your skills might see them.

Many people are willing to pay you to do these things. Don’ think these tasks are to simple to sell. They’re only simple if you know how to do them!

✅ Sell stuff

There’s good money to be made from selling stuff.

You could clear out the garage or the loft (checking first of course!) and once this supply of goods is exhausted, look for a steady supply of goods to sell.

Spend a couple of hours searching charity shops for labels you recognize. Have marketplace apps open on your phone like this one and check what the items selling for.

If you can make a profit, buy it. It’s amazing what a wash, iron and a brightly lit photo can do.

Read the full post on selling clothes online for cash here

You don’t have to stick to clothes. Look for china, homewares or anything else you know a little about.

If you’d buy it, chances are someone else will to.

making money as a teenager

Register on Fiverr

You know all those fancy IT skills you’ve picked up? If you’re a teenager looking to make money online, register on Fiverr and make some cash.

Know how to remove a background from an image? Any good at photo editing? Voice overs? Fiverr offers a huge array of skills for sale, and people are buying them in their thousands.

It’s quite amazing what people will pay for. Video editing, graphic design, even card making and crafting sells on Fiverr. Get in on the action and you’ll have a nice sideline set up that could earn you money even when the term starts again.

Once you prove your skills, and you’ll be able to take on multiple jobs at the same time, and make money without even leaving your bedroom. It’s a pretty easy way for teens to earn money.


✅ Sell music, maths, languages…….lessons

Earning money as a teenager doesn’t have to be hard. Did you learn to play the piano or the guitar as a kid? Are you great at maths, English or another language? Pass on your skills and make some money. It’s one of the easiest ways for teens to earn some hard cash.

You’re on holiday, so are all the smaller kids, so use the time to earn money.

Put up adverts, ask people with younger kids. See if parents or friends know anyone who’d like to improve in an area you’re great at.

You don’t have to be fluent in French or perfect at piano, you just have to be better than the person you’re teaching. It’s good practice for you and the kid you’re teaching gets to learn your skills.

✅ Become a book seller

We buy books will pay you from 30p upwards for used books. If you’re a teen looking for an easy way to earn money, this is a no brainer.

Download the app, scan the ISBN number on the back of a book and it’ll tell you how much cash it’ll give you for the book.

While they seem to prefer non-fiction books, they accept most books, so it’s well worth giving this a try. If you don’t have any books at home you want to part with, try charity shops and boot sales for a cheap supply of books.

Car booters will often be selling books for 10p each towards the end of the day so they don’t have to go home with the things they arrived with. Make the most of this. Just make sure you scan them first to so you know you’ll make a profit.

We buy books even let you print off a postage label so it wont cost you a penny to send the books to them, once you’re ready to send them.

✅ Game on YouTube

Are you good at gaming? Know what the most popular games are right now? If you are, try your hand at making some money by recording yourself playing and post it on youTube.

You don’t have to appear in the video, people love to watch how you play the game, not you whilst you’re playing it! Look for ways to improve someones game playing and you’ll be able to offer something gamers will come back for again and again.

While this isn’t going to make you rich straight away, if you’re going to play games anyway, you may as well try and earn some money while you’re doing it.

This guy accidentally made over $5000 on youTube. It’s got to be worth a try!

✅ Userlystics

It’s easy for teens to make money using web testing sites. I’ve listed some here, but Userlystics is another great userbility site that allows teens to earn money by testing websites.

Many websites owners from huge giants Amazon to smaller start ups need to know if their websites are good for their users. So they pay you to test our scenarios for them.

They’ll record your journey around their site, then ask for you thoughts and opinions on the journey you just took with them on their site. They pay into PayPal, and being based in the US you’ll be paid in dollars, but PayPal will exchange this to GBP for you.

If you’ve got teens who’ve come up with brilliant ways of their own to make money, do let us know so we can add them to the list.

It takes a lot of pressure off parents when teens start to earn their own money, allowing you more spare cash to throw at your debt pay down!

Looking for more ways to increase your income?

How can I make $1000 fast?

$1000 is quite a lot of money and not easy to get in a hurry, that said, you can earn really good money by getting a few side jobs on the go at the same time

How can you get free money?

There are a few ways to get free cash.One of the best is to download apps like Sweatcoin that you leave running on your phone. You won’t even know you’re earning rewards!

How much do YouTubers make?

YouTubers earn between 0.3 cents to 1 cent per view. How much do YouTubers make every 1000 views? Anywhere between $3 and $10, although that can be higher or lower

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