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How Can a Teen Make Money Without Getting a Job?

Trueb asked an interesting question:

I am looking for a way to raise money without getting a job. My parents do not want me to get a job because they think it would distract me from school, even if I get a summer job. I mainly want to save up money for a car. I know how to use photoshop for basic photo editing as well as some video editing. I couldn’t really find anything when I Google searched it and read articles. It mainly consisted of car washing or other things that I do not think would work.

First of all, it’s going to be difficult for you to make money if your parents won’t allow you to get a job of some type. Have you tried to compromise with them? Perhaps a part-time Summer gig to start off with, to see how you handle things? Lay out your plan to them. Show them how you feel you can handle things and see what they have to say. Failing that, I’m hesitant to point you to links to help. If your parents don’t want you to work, then my telling you where to find work online would be going directly against their wishes.

With that said, ask your Mom and Dad if it would be okay for you to do a project or two at a time, using the skills you mentioned. If they’re cool with it, try using a service like Fivrr. You won’t get rich quick, but it’s a great way to get yourself “out there,” create a client/fan base and get more experience, as well. You can also ask around your own social community – you never know who might need the help of someone who is good with Photoshop!

Another thing to think about: owning a car is expensive. Sure, it costs money to buy the darn thing to start with. You’re trying to cover that. But you have to remember that you’ll have to pay for maintenance, gasoline, insurance and registration. Those things can cost quite a bit of moolah – so how would you plan to pay for all of it? I’m not trying to discourage you – I think it’s great you’re willing to work hard for what you want. I just want to make sure you’re fully prepared!

What about everyone else out there? What do you recommend?

How Can a Teen Make Money Without Getting a Job?