Full disclosure: the below options will have you leaving the house as opposed to working from home as a teen. These are more business ideas than traditional store clerk employment. But the good news is you may find you have far less competition offering to mow yards than getting that job at the mall. And you will have a lot more flexibility and freedom too!
Being an educator at an inner city school and teaching a career preparation course allows me the opportunity to educate students on the different options of making money. This school year I really wanted to focus on showing my students the places to make money online and starting businesses online. Below are the following ways I have so far that teens (13 and up) can legitimately make extra money online. Pretty much all of the payment methods will require that you have a PayPal account.
First of all, a concrete goal like yours is a great way to start your job hunt: you know exactly how much money you need and what you want to use it for, so you don't need any extra incentive to get out there and start earning. Start by writing down your monetary goal of $181.16 and then keeping track of any money you make along the way so you can monitor your progress toward that goal. After that, start your job hunt! If you don't have any local grocery stores or shops that will hire fourteen-year olds, ask your parents and family friends if you can start a babysitting gig or odd jobs like yard work. If that doesn't work, try getting your family together to have a yard sale or a bake sale. It probably won't make all the money you need in one go, but remember that every little bit helps you on your way to the magic number! Also start collecting soda cans and turning them into recycling centers in order to collect the 10-cent per can deposit. You'll be surprised how quickly little things like this can add up!http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/collecting-cans/
If you search Google for Helium and Associated Content, there are a lot of unhappy people who are earning pennies or less providing content to these sites who are earning a lot of money from the ads placed on your article. Sadly there are a lot of sites like this out there. Let's be honest, in a literate society who is going to pay you to write a letter? Meanwhile the people who recommend these sources of income are usually paid to do so. What appears to be an energetic, unbiased recommendation is usually an attempt to win a referral fee. By all means search these sites carefully or you will spend all day working and will earn less than $20 per month.
Reduce monthly debt payments: Not all of us are in such a dire situation that we can just have our debt forgiven. However, you can cut your payments by up to 80% by refinancing. Most credit cards have interest rates above 25% and Even Financial’s listed loans are as low as 5%. It wont change the amount of your debt, but it can reduce your monthly payment significantly.
Next, you’ll want to pick a WordPress theme from somewhere like ThemeForest, Elegant Themes or OptimizePress. This is the barebones design of your site, which you can then customize with your own branding, copy, and images. That being said, you don’t want to cheap out. It costs less than $100 to buy a theme that will make your website look professional (and you can upgrade to a completely custom design once you get the business going).
My next self-funded business hit $160,000 in revenue in its first year alone. After that first taste of self-made success, I’ve gone on to sign consulting contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars with startups like LinkedIn and Google, launch profitable online courses, and build a following of hundreds of thousands for this blog and my podcast series.
If you think you can get a lot of people to come then you can consider paying for a venue. Make sure that you sell tickets far in advance to maximise your sales. Set a target number of tickets to sell and then divide the cost of the venue across this number. This will show you how much you need to charge for each ticket in order to cover your costs and make a profit. If this figure is unreasonable then you’ll have to find another venue.