Teenage girls have more options than ever before to make their own spending money. A generation ago, options were more limited before the rise of the Internet. However, some of the classic ways of making money still hold true as well. Ask your teen to talk to you before undertaking any money-making ideas so that you're sure she remains safe and you're aware of everything that's going on -- sometimes an idea that sounds good to your teen will not seem like a good one to you at all!
If your teen is a whiz at something, tutoring can be helpful for her and for the kids as well. Whether her skill is as star of her school's basketball team or she aces every math test she takes, she can put that talent to good use and get paid for it. Allow her to parlay this hobby into extra money by letting neighbors and friends with younger kids know she's available for tutoring. She could also put up flyers in your local supermarket and at local elementary schools.
If you have a basement or attic that's cluttered with items you no longer need and no time to do anything about it, there may be a win/win situation in the making. Teens who are savvy with computers can set up accounts online at auction sites to sell your unwanted items. Consider offering a split with teens for their work, such as 50/50 or 60/40, with your teens receiving part of the money from sales for their effort in selling your items.
Babysitting is a tried and true way for teens to make money. Talk to your teen about taking a first aid and CPR course, or an entire babysitting course to gain an edge in getting babysitting jobs, as well as for the safety of everyone involved. If she has younger siblings, let her watch them for periods of time to get experience, and as with tutoring, help her spread the word to friends and neighbors that she's available.
Depending on the area where you live, a paper route may be an ideal way to make extra spending money for your teen. In some areas, teens can walk the routes, while in other rural areas, your teen may need to drive the route. Contact your local newspapers to find out if there is an age limit for carriers, and take into consideration the area in which you live as to whether this is a safe idea.
For crafty teen girls, making extra money doing something they love is a real possibility. If your teen likes to knit, crochet, embroider, make stained glass, do pottery, or is into any other crafty pursuit, there are several ways to make this into a little income for her. She can sell her handmade items on websites that exclusively sell handmade items and crafts, or she could rent a table at a local craft fair in your area. Another option is for her to make items on commission, such as by crocheting hats to sell to people in her high school.
In different seasons, your teen can make money by doing small jobs near your home, such as mowing laws or gardening for older people in your neighborhood in the summer, raking leaves in the fall, or hanging or removing Christmas lights for neighbors around the holidays.
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