From low-tech lemonade stands to high-tech NFTs, teens have paths to income

April 13, 2022

Teens have all sorts of ways to earn money in 2022

School is winding down and internships are ramping up! Summer job season is right around the corner. If you’ve spent any time on spikeview recently, you’ve seen a plethora of posts about in-person and remote opportunities for high school and college students. 

Getting a job while you’re a student can feel like a necessary evil to earn money, but it doesn’t have to be that way! This is a great time to open your mind to work opportunities that align with your interests. You don’t need the pressure of the “entrepreneur” label to have fun while earning money. 

Some students prefer working with their hands, while others prefer screens and keyboards. We put this list of ideas together with all types of students in mind. What jumps out to you?

10 low-tech & high-tech summer jobs & internships

  1. Dog walking. What’s fun for you is sometimes a pain for adults. A great start for aspiring dog walkers is to find someone you know well and offer to walk their dog a few times a week. 
  2. Lawn care. For the last 75 years, Americans have been buying houses in the suburbs with lawns. You can charge for a variety of services: mowing, edging, trimming hedges, raking leaves, and more. 
  3. Baking. Selling baked goods on Instagram is more viable than you might realize! Check out this story about a high school student who raised hundreds of dollars!
  4. Car, boat, and camper cleaning. Definitely not a glamorous job, but it pays! More people are getting out their summer adventure equipment, and it needs to be cleaned.
  5. Sports referee. Organized sports require referees and umpires, and they aren’t always adults. Local athletic leagues are looking for reliable teens who know the rules. Maybe this is for you!
  6. NFT art. Stories have been popping up left and right about young artists minting and selling art. If you’re intrigued by the NFT opportunities for artists, get started with this article. 
  7. Designs on products. Hats, t-shirts, backpacks, shoes – we buy tons of stuff with custom designs and messages. You could be that designer without having to own an old-fashioned store!
  8. Build websites. Anyone over 13 years old can create an account on Fiverr, or similar platforms. Small business owners everywhere are looking for help creating basic websites. 
  9. Twitch streamer. You don’t have to be famous to earn money streaming on Twitch. It’s reasonable to think you could make easy money doing something you love!
  10. Tutor younger students. The internet is amazing. While work-from-home shifts have made headlines since 2020, opportunities like online tutoring are increasing. 

While we’re on the subject of small business ideas, check out the inspiring video from Education Week:

You don’t picture children creating business plans, applying for startup loans, or scoping out locations. But that’s the kind of entrepreneurial thinking organizations like Lemonade Day are supporting in dozens of cities across the U.S.