Moneymaking tips for high schoolers

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It’s never too early to start planning for college. But as a high schooler, there’s one big challenge: what do you do to make money?

Between studying, sports, and extracurricular activities, time can be a precious commodity. Luckily, because of how connected and mobile we are these days, there’s a nearly endless list of ways to earn money for tuition and living expenses. It just takes a little thought. In an article featured on, Janine Ko points out that you should consider your talents, passions, and resources when figuring out how to earn money for college. Depending on these factors, making money might be easier and more enjoyable than you thought.

  • If you like creating things, try selling your crafts at a local store, on Etsy, or ArtFire; or offering your artistic talents to local businesses in need of a new look or website.
  • If you’re always online, explore money-earning opportunities on YouTube and Twitter.
  • If you’re a good student, offer tutoring services for students who need a little help by taking to Twitter, putting out flyers, or working with teachers.
  • If you prefer to be out and about, use your resources to set up a service, such as using your car or bike to help neighbors with errands.
  • If you like sharing your opinions, try earning cash with one of these online survey companies.
  • If you’re interested in research and live near a university, get some firsthand experience by taking part in a paid study.
  • If you prefer to keep a consistent schedule, get a part-time job at a local shop or restaurant. It might not be glamorous, but it’s steady.
  • If you like giving back, check out jobs on craigslist and search “non-profit” or check out other classified sites for paid part-time positions with local non-profit organizations.

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