How To Make Money As A Teenager In The UK

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Want to know 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.

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Ways For Teens To Make Money

There are still the traditional part-time 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 plenty 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.

ways for teens to make money

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.

Here are the ways we’ve covered to get some cash in:

  • Get paid for walking
  • Sell your IT skills
  • Sell your stuff
  • Register on Fiverr
  • Tutor for cash!
  • Sell books
  • Game on YouTube
  • Be a website tester
  • Sell on Etsy
  • Look after pets/Pet sitting
  • Sell T-Shirts
  • Be a golf caddy
  • Lawn mowing
  • Play video games
  • Selling on online platforms
  • Grab some free gift cards
  • Social Media Accounts
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More Ways To Make Money

How To Earn Money Online As A Teenager In The UK

The rules around teens working in the UK are pretty clear. You have to be at least 13 and you can read about those laws here –> The law and teen working in the UK (source).

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)

UK ways to make money for teenagers

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!

teens selling items online to make money

Sweatcoin

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

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!

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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 and this could be a good side hustle for teenagers.

teens ways to make money

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. Holding garage sales is one way to get rid of stuff and make some money.

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

garage sales for cash

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

selling books for money

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.

Read the full post here on selling textbooks.

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!

teens making money

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!

Website Testing

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!

Sell On Etsy

Etsy is one of the biggest online marketplaces for homemade crafts and goods and it’s a great place to start if you’re wanting to start making some cash online.

While Etsy has a reputation for being mostly homemade goods, there are also sellers who make a lot of cash selling vintage goods, like vintage china and photos.

Have a look at what’s selling and see if there’s something you could get your hands on, or start making and selling.

Find the Etsy Fees Calculator Here

Social Media Accounts

Lots of teenagers are great with social media. They know it like the back of their hands and seem to have a magical ability to know what to do :)

If this sounds like you, there are lots of people (me included!) who are happy to pay for someone to run their social media accounts for them and take the pressure off.

This could be helping with someones youtube channel, Instagram or any other, bloggers are often looking for a good social media account manager for their blog!

Pet Sitting

Pet sitting and dog walking are very often in demand services and so you could try your neighborhood for potential customers.

Lots of people work all day and need someone to either go in and feed their animals or take their dog out for a walk.

Take advantage of this and see if you can earn yourself some quick cash offering a dog walking service or pet sitter service. You could even run some errands or get some groceries and fit it into your own schedule for a little more money!

Sell T-Shirts

T-Shirts are a huge business. People either design and make them themselves and then sell them online or they use a service like Amazon Merch.

Amazon Merch is run by Amazon of course and allows you to upload your designs and then when someone buys them, Amazon have them made in house and send them out of your behalf.

Amazon take some fees and then send you the rest.

Like many selling platforms online it can take a while to get yourself up and running but when you get started, it can be a great way to earn some extra cash!

Gift Cards

While it’s not strictly the same as the ways to make money above, there are ways you can grab yourself some free gift cards rather than cold hard cash but if you want to buy yourself some things online, this can be a good way to do it.

Amazon gift cards are used by lots of companies as rewards for taking part either. in surveys or completing small tasks.

You can read the full post on how to get Amazon gift cards right here!

Lawn Mowing

Teenagers who fancy it might want to think about spending the Summer mowing lawns for cash.

Many of us in the UK think of lawn mowing as an American thing that teenagers do but there’s no reason why UK teens can’t mow lawns for some extra cash too.

Sometimes people want their lawn mowed but don’t want the expense of employing a professional gardener and so this is a good chance for teenagers to take this extra work.

Ask around your neighbourhood or put flyers in your local newsagent and see if you can get some customers. Then with a little luck, they’ll turn into repeat customers who recommend you to their friends.

Gaming For Cash

Lots of teenagers like gaming, right? Have you ever thought about making money from gaming? While it’s not going to happen in a heartbeat, it’s more than possible to set yourself up so you have gaming as an income stream.

Read our post here on how much Twitch streamers can earn, or on making money gaming in general here.

Selling On Online Platforms

While there are platforms like eBay for selling ‘stuff’ (and find out the best day for selling on eBay here!) there are also platforms like RedBubble and Etsy you can sell more specialised items.

Whether you’re a dab hand at crocheting or want to start selling digital products online there’s somewhere you can sell your goods.

Have a look at the links here and we’ll show you how to get started.

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