How to make money in high school in 2022 [14 legitimate ways]

How To Make Money in High School?

You can make money in high school by starting an online business or getting a part-time job. Other ways to make money during high school include starting an Instagram theme page, completing online paid surveys, or even using TikTok.

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41. Golf Caddy

A lot of young people get their first job on a golf course. If you’re already a golfer, this can be a natural outlet.

Not only is the work fairly easy, but you have an opportunity to connect with people who may be able to help you later in life, with everything from getting into a certain college, to landing a job on graduation.

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Taking Surveys Online

Companies need to be able to keep up with current trends, so they’ll pay you to tell them what’s in! When Ramit was in college, he taught venture capitalists how to use YouTube and Myspace. Most surveys don’t take that long to complete, and you can take them from anywhere with your phone. 

iPoll is one app that will pay you to hear your opinion. You have to be 17 or older to sign up.  

Similar to Google Option Rewards, all you have to do is answer brief questions about products and services that you’re already using.

You can earn gift cards for PayPal, the Apple App Store, and Amazon for your participation.

If you’re under 17 (but over 14) you can sign up for LifePoints instead. Formerly known as MySurvey, LifePoints is a survey site that lets you earn points by taking surveys, tracking your experiences with a particular product in a “diary entry,” or testing products at home and then giving feedback.

Several online reviews note that it can be difficult to get a handle on how much a “point” is worth, as different surveys assign different values to points. For example, one survey may offer an exchange rate of 2,400 LifePoints for a $24 PayPal payment, while another might give you $5 in PayPal after you earn 5,500 LifePoints.

14. Sell your stuff

Another way to make some easy money is by putting your clothing or other items on websites (or apps) such as Dote, Let Go, or thredUP. You can create your own account and choose your own prices. Another option is to organize a garage sale and invite the neighborhood!

10. Dog Walking

This is a variation on pet sitting, but it tends to be more consistent. That’s because a dog needs to be walked every day, often several times.

While people are at work all day, they may need someone who will walk their dogs. You can make a steady income walking the dogs of several customers. Since you can do this in your own neighborhood, you won’t even need a car.

What to Do With Your Money

Once you’ve earned some money for yourself you can do whatever you want with it! However, before you go and spend it all, take a look at these other options:

Treat Yo Self

The fact that you’re taking the initiative to start learning how to make money on your own is pretty significant. Not a lot of teenagers do what you’re doing now.

For that reason, once you start making some money, be sure to reward yourself. Go out and buy something that you’ve wanted for a long time. Just don’t go too crazy!

Reinvest in Your Business

If you’ve started one of the side hustles above like reselling things at school or starting a blog, your business needs money to keep running. Make sure to re-invest as much of your profits as possible back into your business so that it can grow.

Save it

Once you start earning money, it’s important that you don’t blow it all. Saving money is an essential rule of finance and learning how to save early on will benefit you greatly later in life.

Plus, if you ever want to make a big purchase (e.g. car, computer), you’ll need some money saved in the bank for it.

Invest it

If you’re only 13, it may seem a bit silly to start investing so young, but by starting early you actually have a huge advantage.

Here’s how:

Let’s say you invest $1,000 when you’re 15. With no additional contributions and an 8% avg. return rate, by the time you’re 45, you’ll have $10,062.66 just from interest.

That’s your money making money without you doing anything.

Now let’s say you waited until you were 20 to invest that $1,000. With the same 8% return rate and no additional contributions, at the same age of 45 years old, you’d have only $6,848.48. That’s $3,214.18 less just because you waited 5 years to start investing.

I wish I started investing when I was younger!

If you want to learn more about getting started, check out this beginner’s guide on how to invest as a teenager.

7. Tutor Friends

Are you really good at math? Did you score really well on the PSAT? You could be a tutor and get paid $20 or more per hour!

Not only does it help the person you're tutoring and let you earn money, but it also gives you a refresher on an old subject so that you can do better in your current classes. If you tutor a subject that you love, it doesn't even need to feel like work!

To find someone to tutor, just ask your parents or friends' parents if they know anyone who needs help. Often, students are embarrassed and won't admit they need a tutor, and that's why it's important to talk to parents.

How high school students spend money

Teens aged 13 to 19 reported spending an average of $2,274 each year, a 2021 Piper Sandler survey found.

Where that spending goes differs by gender. The top expense for surveyed males was food, while the top expense for surveyed females was clothing.

A small number (9 percent) of the surveyed teens invested in cryptocurrency in the last year. Of those that did, 78 percent were male.

Here are the top categories where males and females reported spending their money:

3. It Prepares You For The Real World

When I moved out of my parents’ house, it was shocking to me to learn how much money it costs to live when your parents aren’t supporting you anymore.

You’ll be out on your own one day too, so making money as a teen will provide good experience for you about what it is like to earn and manage your own money.

You might actually be surprised at how you handle the money you earn yourself.

You may handle it differently than you handle the money that your parents give you with no strings attached.

Sign up to deliver food

It seems like people everywhere are getting lazier . . . or maybe just busier. Either way, it’s great for companies like UberEats and SkipTheDishes, and by extension, for students like us. If you’re looking to make some money on your own time, you should consider delivering food for these companies. And the best part? You don’t even need access to a car! Having a bicycle works just as well, and it can serve as your workout at the same time. 

Selling Your Stuff

You probably have stuff laying around that you could sell to earn some extra cash. 

Here are some ideas: 

  1. TV and Movie Memorabilia
  2. Sports Cards
  3. Clothes
  4. Sneakers
  5. Video Games and Consoles
  6. Bicycles and Strollers
  7. Toys and Action Figures
  8. Collectibles
  9. Old or Vintage Electronics
  10. Books or Box Sets

There are a couple different apps you can use, depending on what you’re selling. 

The OfferUp app is perfect for selling your used stuff to people in your area. Think of this app as a hybrid between Craigslist and eBay.

You have to be at least 13 to sign up. Then, simply upload some pictures, a description, and set your price. Everything from appliances to clothing and cars is available on OfferUp.

If you want your listing to get more views, you can pay to promote it.

Historically, you had to meet up with buyers in-person to complete the transaction. But OfferUp recently added a shipping feature that facilitates sales nationwide.

You could also use OfferUp to buy items for cheap and then flip them to turn a profit.

Poshmark allows users (over the age of 13) to list their items on the website. Once you sign up for an account, snap a photo of the item you want to sell, include a description, and set a price. The app even lets you host a party so you and your friends can list like-items together. Poshmark supplies the box and postage for free!  There’s no charge for listing your items, but once you sell them there is a $2.95 fee for items under $15 and a 20% fee on items over $15. 

Work

Of course, you can always earn money by working. These are jobs that college students and young adults are well suited for given school schedules, summer vacations, and more.

67. Babysitting

If you’re responsible, babysitting is a great way to earn some extra money. The typical babysitter gets about $20 per hour. If you have friends and neighbors with kids, start asking them if they want to have a night out!

If you want to be “more reputable”, sign up on a site like Care.com.

68. Become A Petsitter

Along the same lines as babysitting, when people go out of town, they need someone to watch their pets. If you love animals, pet sitting can be a great way to earn some extra money and hang out with some furry friends.

Try signing up for Rover to get connected with people who need a pet sitter.

69. House Sitting

If you know someone is taking a vacation, offer to house sit for them. Nobody wants bad things to happen to their homes – from pipe leaks to burglaries. House sitting avoids this and also can be combined with pet sitting. It can be a lucrative gig if you have time on your hands.

You can also sign up on Care.com and see if you can get leads that way as well. People will value responsible students to house sit.

70. Clean Houses

Another great gig for college students is house cleaning. It takes several hours, but it can be done easily in college and requires no real experience. You can team up with an experienced cleaning company or look to run your own business.

You can also look at something new like Amazon Services, and list your service there.

71. Do Catering On Weekends

Catering companies are always looking for extra help because their schedules are so odd. Most catering companies have little work during the week, but need a large staff on the weekends. This works well for college students who are just looking to earn an extra few dollars.

If you don’t know where to find these gigs, check out Craigslist for Jobs or Gigs in your area.

72. Computer Repair

If you’re handy with a computer, helping people get their computers repaired is a great way to make extra money. Typically this will involve setting up software, checking for virus, and more.

See if a computer repair firm is hiring on ZipRecruiter.

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25. Haul junk. After paying someone close to $500 to remove boxes and junk from our home after our move to California, I’ve been a huge supporter of this side hustle. If you have a pick-up truck, there is big money to be made. You’lI need to find out where to take the junk, legally, and how much it’ll cost you. Incorporate your costs into your fee. We found our junk hauler on Craigslist – of course – but today you can get a part-time job as a junk hauler from an app or an established junk company. In general, dirtier jobs can command higher fees. Work alternate Saturday mornings and you could make close to $1,000 monthly. 

26. Rent out a room. Friends rent out 2 rooms in their 4 bedroom house, and they barely even see the tenant (a 35-year-old sales associate). This slices their mortgage to the bone. Make sure to do extensive screening and draw up a detailed rental agreement before allowing someone in your home. Don’t forget to google the prospective tenant and check his Social Media profiles.  Use one of the online legal sites for a sample rental document. Or use one of apps such as airbnb to rent out a room on a temporary basis. If you live in a tourist area, all the better. Regrdless of how you rent out a room, investigate local ordinances so you don’t find yourself running afoul of the law!

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