Go Get That Cash

I find it incredibly frustrating when I am having a conversation with a grown adult who refuses to work. You know what I am talking about. This is not the person who has to scrape by because they are disabled and cannot do hard labor. I am also not talking about the single mom who cannot afford to work outside of the house because her entire paycheck would go towards child-care

I’m talking about the individual (and it is usually a male), who has the responsibility of providing for their family but instead, sits at home waiting for some miraculous bundle of wealth to fall into his lap. In the meantime, his family struggles to stay afloat because the bill collectors are not nearly as patient waiting on that bundle of wealth to arrive.

Go find work. There is a satisfaction to be found in doing a hard day’s work and providing for your family. Trust me. And, if you are incapable of doing hard labor, there are still a plethora of ways that you can bring in a strong income for your family.

Okay, now that my rant is out of the way, I want to move on to the real point of this post. As I have documented in this blog, my wife and I now have a 15-year-old living in our home. He moved here from Virginia after school let out so he hasn’t really had the chance to get to know a whole lot of people in Highland yet and seems to be getting bored with the house.

He has met a handful of kids his age and has enjoyed spending time with them when given the opportunity. However, a couple of them have jobs and always have money on hand, which provides a challenge for a 15-year-old who is not yet old enough to have a normal job. We do okay for ourselves but I cannot really afford to hand over a $20 bill every time that he leaves the house.

This provides a challenge for him. How does he keep up with the spending of his new friends while not being employed and also not having someone to give him cash when he wants it? Maybe you are also in this position. Perhaps you have children who are transitioning through this age.

And, keep in mind. Unlike the initial rant where I am obviously criticizing the grown adult who refuses to go find good work, I am not criticizing my child. Fifteen is a tough age. They have never been required to work before, so their work ethic is probably very lacking. Up to this point, everything they need (and probably want) has been provided for them. Yet, they are also not quite old enough to go get a regular job at Wal-Mart or McDonald’s. What are they to do?

We do offer MC a modest allowance for completing chores around the house. It’s not nearly enough to keep up with someone who wants to go out nightly and spend money though. If only there were ways for a 15-year-old to make some cash on their own…

Oh, wait… There totally is.

Tim (no last name given) over at Seed Time has provided us with 15 different ways that a 15-year-old can grab up some extra cash for their newly discovered spending needs. Hopefully, this list is as helpful for your household as it could potentially be for mine.


In today’s job market, it can be hard for a teenager to find a job.

I remember looking for jobs when I was 15 – they were hard to come by! Don’t let the idea of not having a car keep you from finding work.

If you’re willing to work, you can find something that’s worth your time.

I wish I had this list of jobs for 15-year-olds when I was a teenager!

Unfortunately, I can’t turn back time, but you can take advantage of your spare time with these teen job ideas.

Editor’s Note: Hey, if you’re not 15, I wonder if you tried any of these jobs when you were a teen. Leave a comment!

1) Make Money with Swagbucks

Basically, this is a free site that offers you a bunch of ways to earn cash, gift cards, or other rewards.

You can earn by answering polls, taking surveys, doing simple tasks (like giving feedback about a website), trading in old video games or books, and even playing games on their site.

I have tried it out and have received multiple payments from them, so I can attest that it is legit.

While you won’t get rich doing this, to me it seems like a great way for internet-loving teens to make some money. Find out more in our Swagbucks review or get started here.

2) Start a Tutoring Business

Tutoring services are in demand by parents of students who do not understand some of the essential school classes. The rates for tutoring may be difficult to calculate at first, but if you are successful and the child shows a significant improvement, then you may be able to negotiate a higher rate.

Start at $10 per hour and work your way up from there.

3) Typing Service

Teenagers who have good typing skills can offer their services to business owners who do not type well or would rather have someone else type for them.

Try charging per word!

4) Start a Babysitting Co-op

Babysitting service may seem like a hit-or-miss low-paying job, but there are ways to create a unique service for people and drive business to the point where the next logical step can take place: networking.

By pooling with a few close friends, you can offer more availability options. One way to increase the amount you can charge is by taking a CPR course and obtaining babysitting certification through the Red Cross.

5) Sell your parent’s old books

I made $170 bucks doing this in just a few hours.  Here is what I did…

Even if you don’t have a ton of books lying around, you could always go to thrift stores or garage sales to get some and use the method (before you buy the books) and probably make a really nice profit.

6) Become a Craigslist Scavenger

Scavenging includes any legal method to obtain items that people no longer want and only care to have removed. People set things at the curb the night before garbage collection, post advertisements on bulletin boards at grocery stores, laundromats, and more.

The teenager may have to clean the item up or even make minor repairs before selling it, whether at their own rummage sale, Craigslist, or at a local auction.

7) Become an eBay Expert

If you are good at selling items, especially on eBay, you can offer services to other people to sell their items for them. This is generally a commission-based job with rates between 30 and 50 percent of the net profit on the item. You can also use your eBay skills to sell those items that you find for free.

8) Get Outside and Ask for Work!

Many homeowners are willing to pay teenagers to mow their lawn and perform other yard work. This is a very easy way for a 15-year-old to find a job, especially during summer vacation.

9) Become a Gopher

If you don’t mind running errands for others and have the ability to get around town on public transit or a bike, you might consider an errand running service (what I like to call ‘gopher’ jobs – go for this and go for that).

This would include services such as grocery shopping, mailing letters and buying postal supplies at the post office and other errands. These types of jobs typically pay a lower rate of whatever the individual offers and what you will accept. However, simple errands often lead to more jobs and almost always additional referrals.

10) Work at a Restaurant

Many local restaurants hire 15-year-olds to bus tables and perform kitchen tasks, such as salad preparation or washing dishes. State labor laws may restrict certain tasks that an individual under the age of 18 can do; for example, operating machinery.

11) Turn Crafts into Cash

If you’re a crafty teenager, you might consider making crafts and selling them on sites like eBay or Etsy. Afghans, quilts, clothing, fishing lures, shelves, Christmas ornaments – you name it! If you can make it, you can probably sell it on Etsy.

12) Housesitting

People who have a working relationship with a teenager may employ them for odd jobs like housesitting or petsitting while they are on vacation. This usually involves bringing in the mail, feeding fish and other unattended pets, etc.

Sometimes people utilize a house-sitter to actually stay inside the residence for a specified event, such as a funeral for a close relative. Try making these connections through your church or school.

13) Work at School Carnivals or Events

You might be able to find work at your own school if they’re hosting an event. Check with the school office to see if they’re hiring students to work at the school carnivals or events. At my high school, students could work track and cross country events to make a few extra dollars.

14) Hand Out Flyers for Businesses

Local businesses sometimes offer money to anyone who is willing to hand out flyers while canvassing large areas where people congregate. If it is lawful and permissible in your area, you may find work that involves leaving flyers underneath the windshield wiper of a parked car.

15) Work at Summer Camps

Organizations that offer summer camp programs for elementary children usually hire teenagers as assistants in gaming activities and crafts. The students who have a CPR certification may have an upper hand in landing a job.


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