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Millionaire Kids Ezine, Issue #019 - 5 Unique Teen Jobs that Average $10 an Hour
September 20, 2008

Are There Any Teen Jobs That Pay More Than $10 Dollars an Hour?

Is McDonald's and Burger King the only teen jobs around?

Not by a long shot.

But it is harder to find a teen job in today's economy.

Especially when elderly people are almost forced to continue working. Social security just isn't enough to live on.

So if you want to average more than $10 dollars an hour, choose your own hours, and have some fun besides...then read on!

Here are 5 unique teen jobs to make money:

1) Article Writing

Do you know how many websites there are? Millions!

The internet is definitely the business way of the future.

One of the best (and cheapest) ways for website owners to drive more customers to their websites for Free is to write and submit articles.

But business owners are busy people and may not have the time or desire to write articles. That's where you come in!

You can offer to write articles (about 400-500 words) for small website owners. Usually you can get paid $10-20 dollars per article.

Some of the article directories I've had the most success with is:

Ezine articles (of course!), and

Can you guess the best part about writing articles for cash? You can do it from anywhere, any time. No more ugly uniforms or stinky shifts.

2) Taking Online Surveys

You won't make millions filling out surveys but it is an easy way to make some quick cash.

Companies will pay you to fill out brief surveys, try their products, and even read emails.

They want to pick your brain on what you like and what you don't like!

One of the best and fastest growing paid survey sites is Cash Crate.

It doesn't cost a dime to sign up and you can start making money right away.

But here's a WARNING: Set up a separate email account because you'll start getting an avalanche of spam.

Here's how you can get started in less than 5 minutes...

3) Cleaning Up After People's Pets

You've probably heard about pet sitting or walking dogs, right? Well, this is a new twist.

I own a condominium complex and I hire a local teen to pick up doggie do once a week. It takes less than an hour for $15. It may not be the most glamourous job, but a pooper scooper makes it easy to do, and you never run out of work!

This service is especially handy in colder climates. As the snow melts, there's lots of business opportunities!

4) Washing, Waxing, or Car Detailing People's Cars in Their Driveway or at Work

I don't know how it happened...

But my cat accidentally got locked in the van overnight.

I can't tell you how horrible the smell is! I would pay big money for someone else to clean up the mess.

This is a great way for high school teens or college students to make money. You could even advertise with local businesses and shine up their cars in the parking lot while they work.

5) Sell Hand-Made Items on Etsy

This is my favorite way for teens to make money. And I just recently heard about it!

It reminds me of how ebay works, but it's for hand-made items.

So if you have a knack for making anything...from furniture to baked goods to dog collars - then you can sell them on this site. Check out all the goodies HERE... They have over a million visitors looking to buy. It's free to join but it costs .30 cents to list items and a 3.5% sales tax on sold items.

Works for me!

These are just a few ways to make money as teen jobs.

P.S. I'd love to hear YOUR ideas for money-making teen jobs!

How Kids Can Make A Little Cash

My 14-year-old son Matthew is well...sort of...a "Computer Geek". I'm constantly telling hime to get off the computer!

So he finally decided to take my advice (probably to get me off his back!) and start his own online computer business.

As I mentioned, he loves anything computer related. Especially laptops and gaming.

So it made sense that he start a business in computers! Take a peek at his spanking new blog... And my youngest daughter Maria couldn't be outdone...

So she wrote an e-book on dog training. She did a fantastic job training Blaze, our 1-year-old collie, all by herself. Check out her blog post on The Most Important First Step in Dog Training...

Yep, I'm pretty proud of both of them!

Profitable Investment Idea:

Things are really falling apart all around us here in the U.S.

The falling housing market, banks going bankrupt, and the stock market tanking.

It doesn't seem like there's any investment that's safe.

I've been keeping an eye on my investments and yes, most are dropping.

That's why it's SO important to follow your plan and not panic.

I have a 25% trailing stop on all my stocks. That means if and when my stocks drop 25% in value from their highest value - I SELL - no matter what.

But one stock has actually been holding its value and increasing!

And that's my timber stock. (PCL) Timber stocks have a history of being able to weather any economic storm.

So money really does grow on trees! Check out the stock price here...

Random Acts of Tithing

My sister recently had a birthday party dinner for my dad who is 73.

Instead of just bringing the birthday boy a present - I brought a fresh bouquet of flowers from my garden for my sister.

And I also picked 6 Honey Crisp apples (the best tasting apple you'll ever eat!) for my brother-in-law.

They were both pleasantly surprised...and I bet they'll host the party next year as well!

It's Good to Know...Financial Terms For Kids

1) A predetermined price point for selling a stock (plural)

2) A group of different stocks from different companies (plural)

3) Copper is used to make this coin

Answers: trailing stop, mutual fund, penny

Cheap Travel Tip

Here's a quick travel tip on how to buy your plane ticket at the right time:

It’s no secret that airline tickets are pretty steep these days. But they still fluctuate.

If you’re interested in getting the cheapest tickets possible, several travel sites have come up with “fare trackers.”, for instance, will send you a weekly e-mail alert that shows you a flight’s current price and how much it’s changed since you signed up.

You simply type in the details of the flight you want to track. You’ll see a little link at the top left of the results page that says “Track fares by e-mail.” Click it, create an account, and you’re all set.

Sites that offer similar services are and

So until next month...

Happy parenting!


Sonja Mishek

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