6 Ways To Earn Money As A Teenager2/09/2017
Having a problem as a teenager where you are too young to work but desperately in need of money to buy things your parents will not spend their money on is way too complicated. Why not work on yourself and get what you want right away? The steps are as simple as staying at home and just chill out. Some of the tips I'm going to share with you are from my own experience and some of them are my suggestions for you. Psst, this post may be longer than you expected and a lot of pictures as well.
1. Sell your old clothes
Why throw away your clothes when you can make money out of it? Selling your old clothes, shoes and other things that you think might not suit your taste anymore or probably you get bored with is one of the ways to earn money easily. You just have to take a picture, post it online and just wait for your first customer. As simple as that. There are few apps you can download to sell your used clothes; Carousell, mudah.my and Shopee. These are the three apps I'm using to sell my old clothes but I guess there are other apps you can use as well or just simply create an Instagram account to sell your used clothes.
- Make sure the price of your items are affordable and reasonable. If you find it hard to get a customer, lower your price from time to time and don't forget to promote or share your items on other social medias such as Twitter and Facebook.
- Beware of scammers. Based on my own experience, scammers will avoid using the chatting system in the app itself. That means they will start a conversation saying they are interested in your item but they want to continue chatting in Whatsapp. Here's a picture of it
At first I believed one of the scammers but I figured out that the phone number used wasn't from Malaysia. Then another person did the same thing, all I did is saying I have a problem with my Whatsapp and would like to continue chatting here in the app. If that person doesn't reply to you right after you gave them that kind of answer, he/she may be a scammer.
- Take nice pictures. The way you present your items to your customers are really important. You must show them clearly the color, shape, inside and other features of your items.
- Always, always tell your customers or write in the description box if there's any defects on your items. Do not let your customers buy things from you that have defects but they have no idea about it before they purchase. It will make people lose trust on you as they can rate you on your account.
2. Sell Template
Learning how to code may be difficult at first. But isn't it cool that you can create your own website with whatever look you want based on your own style? It may takes months or years to really master the coding system but believe me, you can make a lot of money by doing this. Once you have finished learning how to code, you can try it out in your own website. When everything works out perfectly you can start selling your own template online or maybe you can edit other people's blog and charge them.
Codeecademy and w3schools are the two websites that I found very useful and easy to learn how to code. The website I'm currently using to learn the codes is Codecademy.
3. Use your makeup talent
Lately I realized a lot of teenagers as young as 13 years old are all over 'makeup world' and I think this is one of the ways to earn money easily. Yes, turn your passion into money. If you think you know every single thing about makeup, just go for it girls. You can start off with your friends, relatives or someone who is close to you. Listen to their feedback and improve your talent from time to time. Once you're confident with your talent, you can start promoting on social medias by taking pictures of the makeup look that you think will attract a lot of people online. There you go, people will start asking you for price and others.
Make sure your price is lower that the normal makeup artists as a beginner, you can increase the price when you have your own regular customers and a lot of reservations. You can begin with birthday party makeup, prom night makeup for your friends or seniors and others. After you've gained a lot of experiences from the small events then you can try out with bigger events like wedding, solemnization and even for freelance models. For beginners, you can learn by watching Youtube videos.
She is one of my favourite youtubers. Besides make up tutorial she also makes try-it videos where you can know whether the products really work. There are a lot of beginner friendly type of videos from local and western youtubers. Have fun experimenting it on your face!
4. Handmade Products
Instead of doing nothing during your leisure time why not fill it with something you can make money from. DIY projects are easy to do as the items needed to do your own handmade products are cheap and affordable. Usually I will buy my handmade product supplies from Daiso and Popular. Doing handmade products can actually earn you some money. You can make stationery holders from Mason Jars like this
The things you need are paints, watercolor brushes and Mason Jars. You can create your own attractive design or you can let your customers choose their own design and all you have to do is beautify the Mason Jars. Besides stationery holders, you can also do DIY planner for your schoolmates or online customers.
Basically you just need to buy a RM5 notebook and decorate it with washi tapes, stickers, bookmark, motivational quotes and others. Promote it to your schoolmates and create an account on other social medias as well. You can have different design with different price. Other than that, you can also do decorative stuff like a banner, organizer by using a box, canvas with unique design, pillow case with used/new clothes, wish cards and a lot more. You can find many ideas on Pinterest and Youtube.
5. Paid Review
Many online business founders need their products to be promoted in cheaper way since they might just started their business. By having Blogger, Twitter and Instagram accounts you can have your own paid review section. You can start with RM1-RM5 paid review which I saw a lot of people done that in the beginning of their paid review. Make a description that can catch people's attention and make them want to buy the products you're promoting. Don't forget to post your customers positive feedback on your social medias in order to get a lot more customers coming for you.
Babysitting can be a paid job for all ages. However, it is best known as a temporary activity for young teenagers who are too young to be eligible for employment in the general economy. If you're busy with your student life during the weekdays you can babysit on the weekend. Set the price based on how long you need to take care of the kid. If you still need to babysit after 7p.m you can increase the price but make sure it's reasonable.
There you have it, all six ways to earn money are just my suggestions and from my point of view. Maybe you have more than that to share with me. First thing first, figure out what's your real talent. It might be doing makeup, doodling, video editing and so on. Make money with what you're good at. At first I thought I got no talents at all but I do have my own passion on decorating stuff and more to DIY projects. How about you?
Hopefully you find this post helpful, bye.