How To Make Money While In High School or College

How to make money when you're a student

When you're a teenager in school, you're a bit occupied with school and other activities. Making money isn't the easiest thing to do when you've got homework and/or extracurricular activities after school. Look, you want things, and you need money for those things. Sometimes your parents aren't willing to help. After all, they're focused on keeping a roof over your head. 

Here are a few things you can do at home to earn some money while you're in school

Tutor Other Students

Great at school but not so great in your wallet? Offer to tutor other kids in your area with homework! 

Paint Fences or Mow Lawns

Ask your parents if you could borrow their lawn mower and offer to mow other people's lawn around your neighborhood. See a fence that needs a little TLC? Put a flyer or talk to the homeowner and ask if they'll be willing to pay you to paint it. 


Gardening is hard work, especially when you're older. Lucky for you, you've got the energy to get out there and help people with their weeding and gardening... for money. 

Make Money Searching the Web

Yep, there's a site that pays you just for surfing the web. It's called Swagbucks and they allow users to earn credits/points that you can use to redeem for gift cards. 

Clean People’s Houses or Work for a Property Management Team

You're probably already doing chores around the house, why not get paid for it? If you can clean or paint, you can start a cleaning business. Find local property managers who need a touch up on a property before a new renter or owner moves in. 

Delivering Newspapers

You'll need to get up really early in the morning in order to do this job, but that works out when you've got a school schedule! Note: you'll have to work in every type of weather

Making Money with Your Smartphone

Inbox Dollars allows you to make money by playing video games, downloading apps, watching videos, and taking surveys from your phone.

House Sitting

Got a friend, family member, or neighbor who is about to go on vacation? Offer to watch their house while they're away.

Washing Cars

All you need is a hand-held vacuum, bucket, rags, soap, towels and you're ready to start your part-time business as a car washer. 

Organize Homes or Garages

As a student juggling different classes and subjects, you've got a knack for organization, at least we hope. If you do, you can offer to organize people's homes, garages, filing for businesses, and more. You'll be surprised how many people nearby could use your help.

Babysitting or Pet Sitting

Got a few free nights and weekends? You can offer to work as a part-time nanny or babysitter for local parents who need a night off.

Dog Walking

Every dog needs walking, so you're bound to find a few dog owners in your area who could use your help. Get several clients and you've got beaucoup bucks in your pocket!

Selling Drinks and Snacks

You might need a permit to do this, but if you don't, you can buy up some drinks and snacks from your local wholesale store and sell them on busy street corners, outside of events, anywhere with walking traffic. 

Work at a Restaurant or Retail Establishment

Get a part-time job working at your local fast-food joint or retail store. You could work as a cashier or stocking shelves. Some restaurants will even allow you to earn tips. 

Sell Your Products or Designs

Are you good with design or arts/crafts? Make things to sell online like clothing or jewelry! You can easily open in Etsy or eBay store to sell your goods. Sites like Redbubble or Cafepress allow people to design and sell goods on demand. 


Wanna put those swim lessons to good use? You'll probably need to get certified in order to work as a lifeguard. If you're a strong swimmer, you're probably almost qualified. 

Umpire or Referee

Your local Little League or Pee Wee organization might need some help around the field. Get a job as a referee or umpire to help during games. 

Sell Your Stuff

There's a good chance that you've collected a few items over the years that you haven't used in the past 5 months or so. If you know what I'm talking about, maybe it's time to list those items for sale on Facebook Marketplace, Craiglist, eBay, Decluttr and sell it for some cash. 

Help a Local Senior

If you know that there are a few retirees in your local area, you can offer to help them with various tasks like running errands. Sometimes, they just need someone to stop by to play cards/games and even talk to them. 

Be a Golf Caddy or Collect and Resell Golf Balls

Got a golf course nearby? There's a chance that they need some golf caddies or people to go around collecting and cleaning the golf balls on the course. 

Collect Aluminum Cans and Recycle

Go around your neighborhood and ask if you could collect their soda cans and bottles to recycle at your local recycling center. 

Last but Not Least, Ask Your Parents for Money

If you're still not ready for the real world, maybe you can just ask your parents for money. Offer to help them with something if they won't budge. 

Focus on Your Customer Service to Keep Your Clients Coming Back

Remember to always be on time, have a good attitude, be professional, and always, ALWAYS be safe when you're working with your clients on the job.