Similar to selling on eBay and Craigslist, having a garage sale can give you an immediate cash infusion. Last time my parents had a garage sale I put out a bunch of my old clothes. I guess some lady bought up half of them and others took most of the rest, giving me $150 for stuff that I would have otherwise thrown out or donated. This could be a good option if you own a house. Anything you don’t sell at your garage sale you can put on eBay or Craigslist. If you don’t have a house, you will have to stick with eBay and Craigslist.
Fiverr is one of the biggest providers in the gig economy on the web and you can sell a wide variety of services and products through this medium. Do the research and find out what you can offer. However, keep in mind that like any other money-making task, it takes time to succeed here. And stellar reviews will help you generate more and more income over time.
If you’re in the WordPress industry like I am (whether it be design, development, or SEO) I have accumulated quite the list of WordPress affiliate programs. I excluded those I found unsuccessful or pay too little to make a profit from, specifically ThemeForest, Creative Market, and low quality theme stores like Template Monster. Hosting pays well and I wrote a tutorial for SiteGround’s affiliate program and StudioPress themes which are my 2 highest paying affiliates. Those tutorials have tons of screenshots/social proof especially for SiteGround.
Work at a fast food restaurant. It’s not the most glamorous job on earth, but the fast food industry is one of the biggest employers of teenagers in the world. The work is fairly easy, but you should be prepared for a high-pressure environment during peak business hours. Also, be aware that some economists and workers’ rights advocates claim that teens should avoid the fast food industry at all costs. They cite the lack of benefits, rights, and education as ways which employers take advantage of their young employees, so do your research before taking a job in this field.
To have your own store, a parent or guardian has to manage your Etsy account, send a statement of permission to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide a credit card or PayPal account to handle all payments. You will also have to disclose your status as a minor in your profile’s “about” section. Check out the full list of requirements for minors selling on Etsy.
Rose and others looking for employment this summer: Retry the babysitting idea. Summer is a good time to babysit. Maybe volunteer a few times first and then use those families as references. Tell everyone you know that you are available to babysit. Use email, Facebook, fliers, word of mouth. Also try offering a set time every week, like Tuesday evenings form 5-9 pm in your home. Parents know they can drop off their children without calling ahead. They really appreciate that. It takes time and persistence to get the word out, butit can be done!