Three Best Side Hustles For Youth And How To Make Money From Them

Are you tired of not having anything to save at the end of every month? 

You know the importance of saving for emergencies, but your meager earnings don’t give room for such luxury. 

Your monthly income hardly covers your expenditures, not to mention saving 30% for the future. 

I have been in a similar situation, and l know how frustrating it can be, especially in an emergency. 

Hence, I always advise young people around me to start a side hustle that would complement their salary.

At Vibrant Youth Life, our mission is to help young people live a good life financially and other aspect.

I don’t just advise. I also showed them what to do and how to start making money from their chosen side hustles. 

So, in this article, I will discuss the three best side hustles for youths and teenagers.

The good thing is that all the options here are highly productive. 

They will boost your financial status without affecting your career, jobs, or other aspects of life. 

Similarly, they are easy and flexible as you can do them after or before your primary line of duty, during weekends, or thrice per week, depending on your schedules. 

The three best side hustles for youths and teenagers include freelance writing, affiliate marketing, and starting a rental business (largely for adults)

1. Freelance Writing 

I’ve been in the writing industry for many years, and I can boldly say it is one of the most lucrative side hustles for teenagers and young adults. 

In my book, The Five Ways To Be Rich as a Student Without Affecting Your Grades, I extensively discussed all the steps to becoming a successful freelance writer.

It also contains effective templates and videos that helped me make my first $100 on Upwork. Get it via this link at a discount price. 

However, since you are here, let’s discuss how to become a freelance writer without prior experience.

How To Become A Successful Freelance Writer 

Below is the step-by-step guide to becoming a freelance writer:

Discover Your Writing Potential / Talent 

You can’t be successful in any industry or career without discovering or developing your potential. 

Hence, this is the first step to becoming a reputable writer. I love to call it a self-discovery process. 

How do you know you are destined to be a writer? The short answer is passion — you love writing and reading. 

You always want to put pen to paper and document your experiences on a sheet. 

You are eager to create a manuscript of events in your life, compound, and neighborhood. 

Does it sound like you? Then, get ready to earn money from this saturated industry because you are the ‘chosen one.’ 

You will be one of the world’s most sought-after writers if you nurture the skill by following the remaining tips. 

Choose Suitable Niche 

Admittedly, I didn’t have a specific niche when I launched my writing career four years ago. 

I started as a football writer before switching to news and lifestyle niches. I combined them to make money and settle my needs, especially school fees. 

Initially, I thought being a multi-niched writer was great because it reflects my diversity and creativity until I discovered I wasn’t building authority in any niche. 

Here’s the thing… 

Choose a niche you love and build a solid reputation as a thought leader.

People should easily say: “he is a football writer,” whenever they come across your name. 

However, there’s no crime in being a versatile writer. Create content across different niches if you are good enough. 

Meanwhile, niches mean categories available in the writing industry.

They include Copywriting, lifestyle, sports, news, scriptwriting, etc.

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Factors to Consider While Choosing Your Niche As a Writer 

Things to consider before settling for one niche include the following:

  • Passion (interest) 
  • Hiring Opportunity (Market demand) 
  • Experience 
  •  Payment Rate 

Create Three Quality Content As Samples 

Create at least three quality articles on any topic related to your preferred niche. 

Write error-free, attention-grabbing, problem-solving, easy-to-read, unique, and relatable content that will impress every reader. 

Give them to an experienced writer for honest feedback and make the necessary corrections. 

Now that you have well-written samples, you can proceed to the next step. 

 Find Clients 

Here comes the most difficult part of the freelance writing side hustle, especially if you are a newbie. 

Finding the perfect high-paying client can be challenging due to the high competition in the industry. 

No client wants an inexperienced writer for their project. 

Hence, attracting people without prior experience or customer reviews becomes a bit stressful. 

Don’t panic; that’s why you have three quality samples. 

All you need is to explore different platforms for freelancers and apply for available jobs. 

The famous but competitive platforms for freelance writers include Upwork, Fiverr, LinkedIn, Freelancer, etc. 

My recently published book contains all the hacks and tricks to explore each community. Sign up for my email lists, and you will get them for free.

Screenshot of my contract on Upwork

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms are good places to find clients. 

Alternatively, like I always say, you can apply for a paid internship position if you are just starting. 

I love to call it a “learn and earn” opportunity because you will keep learning the trade while you get something for your upkeep. 

Keep Growing and Target The ‘Cult’ Status 

You’ve crossed the first, second, third, and fourth hurdles by getting your first client. The goal is to keep growing! 

Don’t stop until you are one of the most reliable and famous content writers in your country and beyond.

Screenshot of My Upwork Profile

Invest time, effort, and money in developing your skills, and believe in your ability to write content that everyone would love to read. 

Avoid laziness and other habits that could make you fail in the freelance writing industry. 

2. Affiliate Marketing

It is no longer news that people are making millions from affiliate marketing.

Hence, it is another profitable side hustle for teenagers and youths. 

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a website to be a successful affiliate marketer. 

Command a massive online influence across all social media platforms, especially Facebook LinkedIn, and Twitter.

So, what’s affiliate marketing, and how does it work? Let’s check that out. 

Affiliate marketing is the act of promoting someone else’s products in exchange for an agreed commission. 

It means selling another company’s goods and services while you get a percentage of the sales. 

Get a unique referral link from the company and market their products on your social media accounts or blog (if you have one). 

Place your referral link in the promotional content you create for the products.

The interested audience will click it and be redirected to the company’s service page to complete the transaction. 

You will get the agreed commission after every purchase through your affiliate link. 

How to Start Affiliate Marketing as a Side Hustle 

Here are the steps to starting a profitable affiliate marketing:

Find The Right Product to Sell 

It is one thing to get a referral link but another thing entirely to make money from it. 

You must consider many factors before signing up for any affiliate program. These include:

  • Product’s Marketability: 

Don’t go for a product with low patronage if you must succeed as an affiliate marketer. 

Consider products’ market value, importance, and existing customer base. All these will help you sign up for in-demand services and products. 

  • Target Audience and Purchasing Behavior:

You don’t want to sign up for a product without studying the customer base or target audience. 

Don’t just know the audience, do your findings regarding their purchasing power. 

That way, you won’t end up with a product or service that doesn’t deserve your time and energy. 

  • Commission: 

Commission rate is another significant factor to consider while searching for the right products to promote

Some companies offer a 30% commission, which means you will earn $900 when someone purchases a $3000 product via your affiliate link. 

Meanwhile, some offer 20% commission while others give 10%. Determine which one deserves your effort and time. 


Having considered the factors above, it is time to sign up for your desired brand. 

Provide all the necessary details and get your affiliate link. 

Meanwhile, I recommend the following brands and their affiliate programs:

  • Konga 
  • Amazon 
  • Jumia 

Promote Your Products and Services 

Here comes the most daunting part of affiliate marketing.

You must be creative enough to produce attractive and convincing ads, content, and social media posts.

Create captivating and attractive content that your targeted audience won’t ignore. 

Explore your audience’s vulnerability and pain points to your advantage. 

Tell them how your product will solve the problems, show testimonials from previous buyers, and convince your followers. 

Affiliate marketing isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. It takes time, consistency, and commitment to make it in the industry.

Therefore, don’t panic if you don’t make any sales in the first month.

You will be fine if you promote your product unashamedly.

3. Start A Rental Service

Sources: Olist Rental Service

Firstly, you should know that this side hustle is largely for adults or teenagers with sufficient capital to invest. 

It is one of the easiest ways to enjoy a steady passive income.

It creates an avenue to keep earning while you focus on other things. 

It’s more like letting your money work for you while you channel your active energy and focus on other things. 

So, how do you go about it? That’s pretty easy. 

Purchase a commodity people can’t do without and give it out on a renting agreement. 

For instance, purchase a taxi and get a trusted driver who will deliver daily commission to you.

Alternatively, you can give out chairs and tables, canopies for parties, or any in-demand commodities. 

Other rental services to invest in as a teenager or adult include:

  • Power tools
  • Party supplies
  • Camping gears
  • Bicycle
  • Clothing rental 

Five Frequently Asked Questions On The Best Side Hustles For Youth 

What are some good side hustles for youths? 

Some popular side hustles for youth include freelance writing, affiliate marketing, and pet sitting.

Others include lawn mowing, car washing, tutoring younger students, doing housework for neighbors, selling old items. 

What side hustles can a 16-year-old do? 

16-year-olds can legally start a retail Virtual Assistance, and food services.

Dog walking, yard work, house cleaning, and babysitting are other options. 

They can also make money online by freelancing, blogging, selling items on sites like Etsy.

What side hustles make the most money? 

Side hustles like freelance writing allows you to make the most money compared to other side hustle jobs. 

However, earnings depend on how much time you put in.

How much can a teenager make from a side hustle?

Most teens can realistically make $100 to $600+ per month from a steady side hustle.

It depends on the type of work, efforts, and hours put in. 

Lucrative gigs like freelance writing can bring in much more.

Wrapping Up 

While there are many other options, these are arguably the best side hustles for youth and adults. 

Apart from being low-capital ventures, they guarantee steady income once you find the right clients. 

Is there any question you would love to ask? Paste them in the comment section below. I will attend to them as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to check my recent post on how to find peace in God. You can’t be financially stable without peace

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