As a 13 years old kid, you might be wondering how you can make money at this age. A 13 year old teenager would like to buy an iPhone or buy a gift for his/her boyfriend/girlfriend.
But how would you do it? You can’t ask your parents all the time. Where will the money come from?
Well! Fortunately, with the advent of the internet, there are many ways you can do it. You can work online as well as offline and earn decent cash to sustain your miscellaneous expenditures.
Following are 27 such ways to make money legally.
27 Best Ways to Make Money as a 13 Year Old
Here are 27 excellent ways to make some quick cash as a 13 year old. You don't need to work on all these jobs and methods mentioned here. Just choose a few as per your interest and hobby to make $100+ per day.
1. Playing Games
Start with playing games either on your smartphone or your computer. There are apps that you can download on your smartphone and get paid for playing games, solving quizzes, etc.
You earn points or credits and later redeem them with Cash via your PayPal account.
You can easily earn $200 – $250 a month.
Swagbucks is one of the most popular money making apps. You can make cash as well as get free gift cards.
You earn free gift cards by watching videos, listening to music, clicking ads and discovering new products.
Easily earn up to $350 a month.
Join today and get a $10 welcome bonus.
3. Searching Web
Searching the web is like doing research work. You will be asked to collect information about the people’s browsing habits. For example, what they like to search for, the kind of videos they watch, what product they’d like to buy, etc.
If you are using the internet for your own random purposes, you can make money from this with very little or no effort.
4. Taking Surveys
Taking surveys is a bit harder than playing games or searching the web but still a great way to make money online. You just have to complete survey forms which are multiple type questions.
Each survey can take between 2 minutes to 10 minutes to complete. You can easily earn $1 – $5 per survey.
5. Starting a YouTube Channel
Love making pranks, opinioned or controversial videos!
You can record and upload your videos on YouTube and make money for every 1000 views you receive. Google will pay you around $3 – $5 for per 1000 impressions.
Create unique and great content for your audience and get paid from Google.
6. Start a Blog
Blogging is pretty serious for 13 years old. However, if you have a passion for something like music, cooking, dancing, travelling, fashion, make up, pets, etc then you can write about it and share it with the world through a blog.
Once your blog gets popular you can monetize it with a contextual ad platform and generate revenue.
7. Freelance Writing
Freelance writing is easier than blogging and you can make good money with it. However, you must be comfortable with writing. I know writing could be difficult for a 13 years old teenager, but if you can then there is no dearth of freelance writing jobs.
Go to websites like upwork, toptal, fiverr to find work.
8. Self Publishing eBooks
Writing a digital book is not that easy but it gives you an opportunity to make a lot of money. A 13 year old is too small to write a book. But if you have a knowledge about something then you can write a small book (50 – 75 pages long) covering crucial aspects of the subject.
You write reviews about a product and tell people how bad or good that product is. People will read your reviews and make decisions accordingly to buy or to not buy the product.
You will be paid for writing small review posts (300 – 400 words long).
10. Online Tutoring
If you can teach English online to students around the world, then you can earn up to $20 by conducting a 20 minutes long session.
Teenagers living in English speaking countries can teach English and other subjects and earn money through tutoring.
11. Selling on Etsy
Etsy is really good for selling physical stuffs like handicrafts, art paintings etc.
What is going to sell? The best option for 13 years old is to sell papercraft like origami items made of paper and cards. You can acquire the paper, cards, cutting tools, glue etc. from the market and create various two or three dimensional objects.
12. Selling Your Photos
Make the best use of your selfie taking skills. Take professional pictures from your smartphone and sell them online on websites like Shutterstock, Etsy, Fotomoto, Alamy, etc.
Some of the most popular types of images are people, cities & architecture, nature, etc.
As a contributor, you can earn up to 50% on each photo you sell.
13. Social Media Jobs
Two most popular social media jobs are a virtual assistant and social media manager.
As a virtual assistant, your job is scheduling meetings, answering emails, organizing documents, etc.
A social media manager manages social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. They basically moderate comments and threads.
14. Designing Websites
With the advent of a certain type of software, designing websites has become very easy. Now even a 13 year old kid can design a website and make good money.
However, you have to learn to use Dreamweaver software to develop great websites. Then you also have to look for clients to get projects.
15. Design T Shirts
Just create your own design and upload it on a site like Printify. Not just T Shirts, customers can choose your design for handbags and phone cases also.
You don’t have to create any product, as Printify will create the product and send it to your customer. Printify will credit money into your account.
16. Pet Sitting
Pet sitting is one of the easiest and most fun jobs on this list. All you have to do is to hang out with dogs and give attention to them.
You will be paid for just playing with animals. If pet owners in your area are going on vacation, then you can contact them and pet sit for them.
Babysitting is better suited for young girls than boys. You perform general care giving tasks like helping children with their homework, transporting them, after school activities etc.
Money is really great because parents are willing to pay anything to babysitters. But the job comes with high responsibility.
18. Flipping Items
You can go to a nearby flea market and buy various items like furniture, knick knack, souvenirs etc at a cheaper rate and sell them online at a higher price.
So buy items offline and sell them online. You just have to do some research to find out what items are in great demand. Purchase accordingly and sell online.
19. Sell Food and Drinks
Start with a lemonade stand and later you can sell almost any type of food or drink in your neighborhood.
You may have to ask your parents to help you out. You will require a big table, a piece of cloth and other raw materials to prepare the lemonade and other food items.
20. Car Wash
Normally car owners don’t like to wash their cars. They would be more than happy to pay someone else for doing the car wash.
In USA a car wash attendant earns anything between $12 and $14 per hour. If you enjoy washing car, then you can make good money by working on weekends only.
21. Hold a Garage Sales
You can sell unwanted or unused household goods either in your garage or the front garden of your house.
Even if you don’t have unused items to sell, you can rent out the space for organizing garage sales.
You can organize the sale on Sunday’s and make money through commissions.
22. Shoveling Snow
Winters can present a great money making opportunity to you. You can offer yourself to shovel snow to clients in your area.
Just drop flyers with your information in your local area a couple of weeks before winter arrives. You can also post on Facebook to get clients.
You have to be physically strong for this job.
23. Golf Caddy
Do not underestimate this job. Under the current labor laws, golf courses can’t hire 13 years old. But if you have contacts, then clients can hire you directly. You work under them as their assistant.
You carry clubs, clean golf balls, hold flags and provide water and snacks to the client. You also get a chance to connect with rich and influential people.
24. Rent Out Your Space
I am talking something on the lines of Airbnb. You can rent your entire home or just one room for a couple of days to people/tourists who have come to visit your city.
You just have to spruce up your room and offer basic facilities. No extra investment!
You can charge anything between $50 and $100 for a day. However, you have to consult your parents first.
25. Help Your Parents with Their Home Business
You can help your parents with their home business. It can be a restaurant business, running a convenience store, a small factory or mill, etc.
You have to oversee daily business activities and may have to instruct people working there.
26. Teenager Actor
Start with taking acting classes! An acting school will help you network with other actors. Faculty members of your school can help you with getting acting jobs in your city.
27. Intraday Trading
I know 13 years old is too young for intraday trading but if you love gambling then you can try your luck in stock markets.
You buy and sell stocks the same day. You can become rich overnight but you can also lose your wealth in just one day.
These were 27 ways to make money as a 13 year old teenager. You can choose anyone which suits you the most and try your luck.
I will suggest you consult your parents before you take any job.