Fast Ways to Make Money for a Teen

Teens can make fast cash babysitting children in their neighborhood.
Teens can make fast cash babysitting children in their neighborhood. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Teenagers always need some extra money. It's inevitable that your teen will want the newest and latest toy, gadget or clothing. Rather than expecting mom and dad to split the bill, make a list of part-time jobs that your teens could undertake for some fast cash. The task should provide a quick way to contribute to their growing financial needs while also teaching them about responsibility.

Child Care

Child-care services could be one fast way for teens to make money. Your teenager can start working immediately for friends and family and expand her services as she gains more experience. Have your teen encourage her customers to recommend her babysitting services to other families in the community. Work with your teen to develop the price of her babysitting services. Use the minimum wage (per hour) rate as a guide. Have your teen keep a notebook with her customers' names, phone numbers, addresses and number of children. Have her keep organized notes for children with special needs and for the ones who are more difficult to handle.

Mobile Car Wash

Your teen could make some fast money on a Saturday afternoon by starting a mobile car wash. Provide your teen with some soap, a bucket and sponges. Have him either do a walk-up or advertise to wash cars in driveways. For an extra fee, have your teen add vacuuming and car waxing to his list of services. Have your teenager create fliers to post in the neighborhood and inside churches and grocery stores.

Personal Services

Make a list of personal services or cleaning services with your teen that she could do to assist busy adults in your family and around the neighborhood. Your teen could run a lawn care business where she trims and mows the grass and picks up limbs and trash from yards. Your teen could become a dog walker or dog sitter if she loves animals. Your teen may enjoy organizational tasks and want to start a personal cleaning service. She could clean homes, kitchens and organize closets or garages for some fast cash in return. In addition, consider having your teen offer services to senior citizens in the neighborhood. In exchange for some quick money, your teen could do grocery shopping, cleaning and laundry for the elderly.

Garage Sale

If you teenager has been holding on to a large collection of old toys, video games, DVDs and clothes, have him hold a garage sale on a Saturday or Sunday. Have your teen make posters to post around the community. Have your teenager tell his friends around school about the items he will be selling at his weekend sale. Sell the items at bargain prices to get some money flowing quickly. For instance, have your teen create "grab bags" with a combination of small items for $1.

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