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What can I do to make money?

Hello! I have been thinking and got an idea to sell something for some money. I am not sure what I would like to sell or do to make some money. If there is any ideas that you guys have, please let me know and any tips that you guys can give me that would be great! Just to remind you guys, I am 16 years old, so this is new to me. But, please let me know what I can do to start making a bit of money. Thank you!!
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Chris’s Answer

Great to have the kind of entrepreneurial spirit at your age, that you want to go out and start making money. You may be the person who creates an amazing idea straight away that you can sell, or it could be that you just use this as an opportunity to earn some money and learn some new skills.

It's difficult to answer with anything specific, but

Best advise I can give is to balance between the following:

1. Do you have any specific things that you are good at? For example, are you creative and could make crafts that could be sold (could be birthday cards for example). Are you handy? - you don't have to sell product, but rather a service (gardening, decorating, car washing, etc..). Technical - could you provide some IT help to those who ? etc.. Could you offer to help clear somebodies house and sell what you find on eBay?

2. Take a look around your neighbourhood to start with and work out what there is demand for, compared to supply of and try and work out a way of filling the gap. If it's hot, people need drinks (buy a few bottles and sell them in the park / make some lemonade). If it's snowing, driveways need clearing. Ask those around you what they need.

Get started with something small and then think about how you could make it bigger.
Thank you comment icon I agree with Chris. It's best to take some time to think about and identify your personal gifts, unique abilities and interests. Once you identify 2-3 strong ideas, share those with a trusted friend/s, parent, teacher and get their opinions. Then build from here. Becky Johnson, MSW, CISR, CES
Thank you comment icon Thank you for tips and advice! Salma
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STEPHEN’s Answer

Thats so great you are thinking this way so young!

You have the ability to try out so many options, but my only advice would be to find something you love and a product/service you truly believe in. That sounds simple but I think it is more important than any other factor to account for.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much! Salma
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Anoosheh (Anna)’s Answer

Maybe babysitting and tutoring in a subject you are good at.
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Jack’s Answer

One of the first decisions is whether you're going to sell a product (something physical) or a service (use a skill to help someone else do something). If you have a general idea of what you want to sell, look at alternatives in the market and see if they're missing something that you can provide, or if you can do it better / cheaper than what's available. Do some tests with people you know who can give you honest feedback and then test the product / service with some people you don't know and get feedback again. If you go through a few rounds of feedback like this, you will have a much clearer idea of what the market wants and how you can best provide it. From there, you'll need to figure out your distribution channels - that is, where you're going to sell your product/service. Through Amazon? Via your own website? Locally via in-person sales? Whatever the channel, learn as much as you can about how to get visibility on that channel (there is a ton of high quality, free advice online for most channels) and start to optimize it.

If you have no idea at all what you want to sell, think about what types of things you enjoy working on, and then see what others are doing. Study the ones who do it best. Since you're starting so young, you have time to work from the ground up on whatever skills you're trying to develop. You'll be able to get some sales in the short term, and by the time you are college age, you'll be way ahead of others who haven't started trying to develop any of these skills yet.

If you need to make money right away, it makes sense to get a part time job and work on your entrepreneurial idea on the side, until you're getting some sales from it. If you don't need to make money right away, work through the above steps and you'll be well on your way to having your own little business.

Jack recommends the following next steps:

Choose whether you're interested in selling a product or a service
Research what you're interested in selling - what are the alternatives in the market?
Test your product / service with people you know and get feedback
Test your product / service with people you don't know and get feedback
Research where / how people will buy this from you, and how you can become more visible there
Thank you comment icon excellent advice! Becky Johnson, MSW, CISR, CES
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the great advice! Salma
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Sarah Evelyn’s Answer

Hi Salma! When I was 16 I found babysitting to be a great way to make money and also have fun!
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Carla’s Answer

Hello Salma. If you love dogs and have a way with them, consider starting your own dog walking business. It's a great way to get in a daily dose of exercising.
Thank you comment icon Thank you! I have dogs of my own and I think that’s a great service! Salma
Thank you comment icon That's perfect Salma. Also try this link for tips on getting started. https://www.petsit.com/dog-walking-4-tips-for-successfully-offering-this-service Carla Nelson
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Will’s Answer

The best advice I've heard especially at your age is to find something you enjoy doing. If your specifically looking for a product or service to sell for extra cash you could apply that to finding something that interests you and try selling that. When I was young I would cruise garage and estate sales looking for small antiques such as classic pens/watches or even electronics for cheap then sell them on ebay. Vintage electronics are pretty hot right now and might be worth looking into but I would focus on things that you have an interest in and some knowledge of, maybe it's sneakers, sports equipment, musical instruments etc. If your interested, it's easier to become an expert and then buy low so you can sell high and make a profit.
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Sandy’s Answer

Hi Salma

I see a lot of people have given great advice and a variety of ways to make some extra money. Although, I would recommend that you learn a new skill at this age. My daughter who is also 16, is learning about the stock market. This is a great skill set that you learn that will go long way for the rest of your life. There are tons of youtube videos out there but take a look at the Humbled Trader channel - she does a great job explaining ins and out of the stock market. Good luck with everything!

Sandy recommends the following next steps:

https://www.youtube.com/c/HumbledTrader/videos
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Dawn’s Answer

there are a lot of jobs that you can do. some are: dog walking, cutting neighbors yards, babysitting. You can ask your friends if they know of anyone that needs help with anything you are capable of doing. it is good that you want to start to earn money. Once you do start saving some also for your future.
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Simeon’s Answer

I would recommend looking into working at a summer camp. They employ people just like you every summer who are just needing workers for a few months. You can make a lot of new friends and memories as well as get certified for lifeguarding and ropes course work. You can use your lifeguard certifications outside of the summer too if you need to find extra part-time work.
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Melanie’s Answer

If you're looking to sell a physical product, I would suggest finding something that already exists in the market and make it "green". There are a lot of products that are not the most sustainable and as people become more environmentally conscious, this is a good way to make some spare money on the side while being socially responsible! If you're young and just starting out, perhaps consider starting your business on social media through Instagram. They make it easy now so that you can set up a marketplace where people can buy directly on there!
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Riley’s Answer

When my girlfriend was your age, she also wanted to make extra money on the side of her job and she's told me about how she chose to do that. She said there are a lot of apps that you can get on your phone where girls buy and sell used clothes, and you can actually make a pretty good profit from it! You just post pictures of any clothes you want to get rid of, and girls from all over the country will buy them! Your bank account will be set up to the app, so the girls will pay you directly through there (they do pay for their own shipping). The only downside is that you will have to go to the shipping stores and send these items yourself.

Riley recommends the following next steps:

The website that she used to use was called Poshmark.
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Erin’s Answer

Don't be discouraged about your age! There are plenty of ways to make money at 16. First, identify your core strengths, things you like to in your free time, a brilliant idea that you have, your niche, etc.

First of all, if you have some ideas that you want to put pen to paper, entrepreneurship could be a path worth your while. At your age, I was excited to learn about how a great idea could turn into something more. It might sound daunting at first but if you have a great idea that's within reach, go for it!

I would also highly recommend looking for a summer internship or job. I started my first internship when I was 16. It was a great experience because I got to interact with different parts of the business at a high level. After that internship, it confirmed my passion and interest to go into Finance. It also allowed me to attain useful soft skills and create valuable networks. I also had a summer job answering telephones and scheduling appointments for customers during the summer that was another way I acquired some cash before starting college.

My last piece of advice would be to try Medium if you're passionate about writing. Medium is a great way to share compelling ideas, knowledge, and perspectives. On Medium, you can post articles and monetize from views. All you have to do is sign up and start writing. You also have the option to publish your articles through publications which can increase your viewership.

I hope one of these suggestions helps and I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!
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Terri L.’s Answer

This is a great question Salma.

You should start with what you like to do? What are your talents? Do you like art, music, sports, kids, animals, cooking, baking, gardening?
Do you create anything just for fun? Start there. If the answer is yes, there is probably a market among your friends and community for it.

Examples:
Art -
You can sell your art work, illustrate family photos, make pottery, sell crafts. Have you tried face painting for kids parties?

Music -
Do you play an instrument? Have you considered playing at local church services, or teaching someone else how to play that instrument?

Sports -
Consider working at a local sports camp as an aid? Do you swim? Consider getting a job as a life guard. Look into certification at your local community college.

Kids-
Again sports or music lessons are always an option. Get a flyer and offer your services.
Can you get certified as a baby sitter at a local hospital or community center, or get a job as hospital aid (we used to call them candy stripers)


Animals -
Do you love your dog (do you have a dog :) - You can offer your services to those in your local neighborhood walking dogs, or keeping them when neighbors are away (you should have a relationship with those you offer your services to. Safety first.)

Cooking -
Look up Paula Dean's story and how she got started. She had a need and started cooking lunches for neighbors. Think about it. Can you bake cookies or muffins and sell them? My daughter and niece both sold cupcakes to fellow students while in high school.

Gardening -
Do you have access to a lawn mower? You could cut grass for local yards (in your neighborhood for folks you and your folks know).

These are just a few ideas. Happy creating.

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Dwayne’s Answer

There are plenty of good jobs that my kids did at 16 years old. It depends on your abilities and your motivation for money. You can always work fast food but the problems are you have a boss that gives you a paycheck two weeks after the work is done, you make very little money & the tax man gets to keep some of your money. If you have a car or motorcycle you can always deliver pizzas or grub hub type business. But again, you have issues with boss, delayed money and the tax man; although you can make tips. My suggestion would be to create your own CASH business. I had one son that knocked door-to-door to offer his services of window washing (exterior only). Many people will be willing to help out a young person willing to do a little work. Again, never go into someone else's home, EVER. My other son would knock door-to-door and offer to spray paint the street address number on the street curb. He did the best in terms of cash per hour. It is hard to do door-to-door sales with the rejection but it is cash-in-hand/same day and you can work the hours you want. Saturday/Sunday were very productive for him. Averaging $300-$500 a day. He made ALOT more money as his own boss as he did working fast food or as a waiter. Your area may be different but if you can ask around, I am sure there are homeowners/neighbors that need something done on the exterior of their home and are willing to pay a fair cash wage. Again, NEVER go into anyone's home, EVER.
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Giovanni’s Answer

Looks like you're curiosity in entrepreneurship is strong. You have to have a passion for something; whether it's computers, food, videos, etc. there is always going to be something that grabs your attention. Once you find what you're very passionate about; evaluate a problem that you and may others may be experiencing, and then think about potential solutions that you can create in order to produce a solution for the problem. With finding a solution towards a problem you'll be able to provide others a service and or a product.

Finding a solution towards a problem will solve the issues you and many may face. Once you serve those who are experiencing difficulties and provide them the solution, the money will make its way towards you. As long as you're customer centric; you'll be able to grow in your entrepreneurial set of goals.
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