How can a teenager get money

Earning money as a pupil and student | 23 ideas for a part-time job

Do you want to hear my top tips and job recommendations with which you can earn money as a teenager (i.e. pupil or student)?

Then read this post or watch my YouTube video about it:

There are many different ways to earn money, I have divided them into 6 categories:

1. Temporary jobs

Temporary jobs are in most cases on a € 450 basis, just take a look around your place of residence. There are enough companies that still need support.

When you have found a suitable company, you will get a very regular income here, in the long term, this is one of the best options in my opinion.

The downside to this is that most jobs are only 14 or even 16 years old.


A job that I did myself for a while. The catering industry is always looking for staff, so you will quickly find what you are looking for here.

It doesn't matter whether you work in a restaurant, café or ice cream parlor, the job is basically always the same.

If you don't like working with people or if you don't feel like having to appear in a good mood, maybe the next job is something for you

Kitchen Help

Also in gastronomy, but a bit behind the scenes. Here you have to wash the plates, put them away or bring them into the kitchen, for example. Simply all activities that make life easier for the chef. You simply provide support in stressful situations and help to ensure that the food and / or drinks reach the customer more quickly.

Shelf clearer

Some discounters are always looking for students to put the delivered goods on the shelves. The job is great for making quick money during the holidays. Depending on the boss, you may even be able to listen to music 😉

Temporary job in a bakery

Hand out rolls and other pasta and treat people kindly. There are much worse jobs there.

I would prefer this job to that of a waiter, you usually have to walk less and you don't have too much time pressure.

Often you will also get an employee discount and can therefore buy up to 50% cheaper at the bakery.

Charging the e-scooter (juicer)

Thanks to the e-scooter trend, there are more and more companies offering scooters in cities. If you live in the big city, this is a perfect way to make money with super little effort.

With most providers, it is the case that you collect the e-scooters in the evening from a certain time, charge them at home overnight and then put them back on the road early in the morning.

There are even people who do this job full-time, but they also have vans and charge dozens of scooters every night.

This job will probably not be an option for everyone who lives in the village.

2. Services

The advantage of services is that you can usually choose your time freely. However, you need to have certain skills in this area.

Usually you get such jobs by simply asking around in the neighborhood. There are many people here who are willing to pay you for your work.

Private tutoring

I did it myself, I think it's a very good way to earn money. The work is not really hard, the usual prices are 10 € per 60 or 45 minutes and thus even above the minimum wage and you deepen your knowledge.

Because when you explain something to someone else, you really learn (Feynman method)

I can only recommend tutoring to anyone who is good at school.


This is a great job for everyone who has a good knack for small children. You can organize your time freely and maybe even do something else on the side.

For example, you can study for school, read, watch videos, etc.

Dog sitting

Not in the mood for people? Then this is the alternative to babysitting! There are some dog owners who are away for a while and are not allowed or able to take their dog with them. Some just don't have the time to take full care of their dog.

This is exactly where you step in, everything about walking, looking after, feeding and playing with the dog is then one of your areas of responsibility.


You should be a bit older for that, but if you are interested in telling something about history and have the gift of being able to inspire people, you can take a look at this job.

There is e.g. the possibility to offer your tours on AirBNB.

sell your skills

You will have some skill in some area. You can use these to help other people, e.g. if you are a good photographer, take cool photos.

Alternatively, you can train other people to learn the skill as well.

3. Short-term PhD jobs

These are usually very popular. And for a good reason too, because they are usually well paid. The other advantage is that you can make a lot of money in a short period of time.

Distribute flyers

Even if flyers are not as effective as online marketing in my opinion, there are enough companies that are still investing a lot of money in them.

So you can either go from house to house and throw the flyers in mailboxes, or you can hand the flyers directly into people's hands in the pedestrian zone.


One possible task is, for example, to inform people about the company at a stand, to run competitions or to sell them something.

Depending on the direction of the company, this can be more or less fun.

Therefore, you should inform yourself well in advance about your tasks.

Polls in the pedestrian zone

As part of market research, you need to create surveys for companies. The aim is of course to find out information about the target group and to collect data.

Since this data and information is very valuable to companies, you will be well rewarded here.


If you like to be in a good mood, this is a great way to make money.

There are different types of mascots, some have to heat the fans in a stadium, but most are needed to please children.

So you can "earn money playfully". Your tasks can include:

  • Take care of children
  • Handing out gifts
  • Setting up and dismantling the event

4. Courier jobs

Of course, this does not mean anything criminal, but the delivery of goods.

The advantage of this is that you are free to design your ride, so you can listen to your own music or podcasts.

To do this, you either have to be physically fit, i.e. quickly on foot or by bike, or even own a scooter or a car.

deliver newspapers

Probably the most classic job among all mini jobs. You get a very small amount of money for every newspaper you remove and you have to put it into the mailboxes either on foot or by bike.

The job is unfortunately not as cool as it looks in the American films because you don't just drive through the streets and throw the newspapers around.

I did this job myself, it's good to get some money, but I find tutoring, for example, a better mini job.

Deliver food

Depending on where you live, you can deliver food by bike, but if you live in the village, you need a scooter or even a car. In Paris, for example, I saw how many bike couriers deliver food for McDonalds.

Just ask at small restaurants or snack bars that already offer deliveries.

Express courier in major cities

These jobs are super rare, but they are also really well paid for them.

These express couriers are particularly popular in cities where you can't get through by car in rush hour. To do this, you have to know your way around the city and be really fast on the bike.

5. Physically tough jobs

In most cases you have to be at least 16 years old to do these jobs. There are also exceptions where you are allowed to do these jobs from the age of 15 or only at the age of 18.

The only advantage of this type of job is that you get more money and these jobs are usually easier to get due to their unpopularity.

The disadvantage is obvious, it is exhausting and not that much fun.

Camp help

Depending on the company, your area of ​​responsibility is varied or monotonous.

In the best case, you are responsible for all steps from goods receipt to goods issue and thus have variety.

In the worst case scenario, you can carry heavy packages around all the time


A special form of storage aid, here you have to pack, postage, tie or otherwise seal the goods and then transport them away.

Assembly-line work

One of the most boring jobs, you have to do repetitive work here. For example, putting things from one band to the other, clearing out boxes, etc. With the night surcharge, a lot of money can be made in a short time.

In a few exceptional cases, however, there are also jobs where you have to check the goods on the conveyor belt, so concentration is required here.

6. Make money online

Insider tip: flipping

To put it briefly, flipping is when you buy goods for cheap somewhere and then resell them.

I did it myself for a while, I bought used graphics cards cheaply in forums and then sold them on eBay classifieds.

Alternatively, there is often the opportunity to find real bargains at flea markets or garage sales. The potential here is huge.


Dropshipping is the business model in which you only buy goods after receipt of the order and then have them sent directly from the supplier to the customer.

Since this method is clearly an entrepreneurial activity, you have to register a trade and clarify your liability.

For example, products could be damaged or cause damage to the customer.

Become an influencer

By far the hardest way to make money online. It also has the greatest potential for this.

The principle is very simple, you build reach and use it to either sell your own products and services, or sell this reach to companies and then present their products.

Sell ​​services

I mentioned this as a category above, but there are even more options online.

On platforms like Fivver, Upwork and co. you can offer your skills. The advantage for you is that the platform already has a good reach and you can thus get customer orders.

The disadvantage is that the platforms always take a commission for every sale.

But it is a great opportunity to expand your portfolio or even get references.

Possible and sought-after services are:

  • Design (of logos, flyers, etc.)
  • Video editing
  • Image and sound processing
  • photography
  • Copywriting


There are so many ways to get money. Be creative, ask around the world and think about what you would most like to do beforehand.

Solve a problem (e.g. lack of time or skills) and you will be rewarded for it.

This also makes it possible to earn money on the Internet.

Frequently asked questions:

How old do I have to be to be able to work?

You can work from the age of 13. However, only with parental consent and other restrictions

What can I do at 13 and 14 to earn money?

You can do light activities. Delivering newspapers, tutoring, babysitting, etc.

What are the restrictions if I want to work at the age of 13 or 14?

Your parents need to sign a consent.
You can work a maximum of 2 hours a day and not work between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m.

What are the restrictions if I am 15-18 years old?

You can work a maximum of 8 hours a day, but only between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. and a maximum of 5 days a week.

Where can I find a temporary job?

Most of the time you can just ask in your place of residence here. Either go out of all stores and inquire or give them a call. Alternatively, you can of course actively search the Internet for companies that have job postings. Otherwise it always works of course to ask friends, acquaintances or classmates.

Where can I find people who are interested in my services?

Just ask in your neighborhood, maybe there is someone there who will pay you to clear the driveway or mow the lawn in winter. Again, ask your friends and acquaintances first if help is needed.
If you can't find anyone there, just check out eBay classifieds and Quora.