Asked on 05 Jul 2020
Im a 13 year old, trying to find a side hustle i can take up that pays better than fast food minimum wage job and more fun, so i can save and invest more for early retirement. anyone got side hustles can lobang?
Great to be thinking ahead so early on! You can utilise on your current skills/interests. So for example, if you have passion/good at programming, you can offer to do ad-hoc projects with companies. If you are good at art/craft work, you can create something and sell it online. What you can do is just limited by your imagination.
That being said, I think academics is still the top priority at your age. The return from spending more time on your studies is much higher in terms of scholarships/awards, more choices later on and higher paying job. Unless you intend to start a business, your day job most likely will contribute most to your wealth and the best way to increase this is by securing better grades. It is not to say bad grades means not so good future, but the path will be harder and may be longer as compared.
All the best!
Hey Lucas. At this age, I would emphasis more on learning, exploring your passion and most importantly your academics.
While it is good to start young and learn the ropes of investing and earning side income, do not prioritise it completely as you are unlikely to generate substantial income that you can’t save/earn in a year when you are a young adult. The last thing you want is wasting your childhood years where you skip canteen meals, skip going out with your friends, etc all in an effort to save the mere pocket money.
Hence, to reinforce the aforementioned, I saw from your biography that you are interested in the Finance industry, perhaps you could look into the different career paths in that industry, that way you can streamline your learning/experiences to that.
All the best Lucas.
You can either focus on short term side hustles like doing online surveys, doing freelance, which is easy and have high payout, but down the road the sum is quite insignicant.
But if you can focus on creating content, eg Udemy tutorials, YouTube, taking photos to sell, this side hustle will snowball into a very very large amount later on. Simply because it's scalable.
Here's my list of top 10 side hustles which you can check out (yes, i'm hustling too)
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people dont care about age for these skills and there are platforms that connect you to buyers such as fiverr
You can look into doing online surveys and website reviews, there are many reputable sites out there providing these that can be found via a quick google search. However, besides earning more money, you should look into saving regularly, as you have a good 5 years before you turn 18 and are able to partake in investment activities. You should also make the best out of your time now and read up on the various investment instruments and how they work. Best of luck!
It's so great that you're asking this question now :-) There are a lot of things that you can do, especially online. Havd you looked into freelance writing or data entry? You can also try your hand at being a virtual assistant, especially if you think you're pretty organised. You can also sell stuff on Carousell, but this is a bit more ad-hoc than working shifts.
But like what one of the comments said, acads should still be a priority for you. My logic is that if you put in some effort into what you're learning, you'll figure out what you like/ dislike early on and that will pay off down the road because it says you time as well (some say time is an invaluable asset). All the best and I wish I had your initiative when I was your age!!
Great that you're already thinking about this at a young age! For starters, being 13, you probably don't have much going for you (I assume). So like others suggested, to hone in on one particular skill that you're interested in learning - be it programming, videography, photography, fixing computers, copy writing and so on. You can find most of the resources readily available online and FREE.
Once you're confident enough in an area of expertise, start pitching and shilling your services/products to friends/families first. I would say sales is a skill that you'd like to master as well.
One way you can identify opportunities would be to look at your peers, listen to their complaints, and see if you can devise a way to solve it (for a price ofc)
Best of luck!
I was just thinking of this question a while ago. What would I do if I was 13 again? (I'm 25 now)
1) I would study hard, master the concepts of my school work and relate it to our world rather than studying for the sake of studying. This will open more opportunities for you down the road.
2) I would practice programming and work on individual or open source projects to build my skills and portfolio for the craft - this allows me / you to show future employers what you have/ can build. (Programming is also one of the highest paid craft out there)
I would like add translation,
Web development/ design
Think of side hustle u can do online.
As much as u want a side hustle offline, most find it uncomfortable to hire you due to your age
1. Freelance Writing
Easy and low-stress way to earn extra income. You can work anywhere, anytime. If you write well, you can make good side income. Good content marketing agencies (basically content writing companies) will charge $400-600 for a 2,000 word article. See this comprehensive guide on making money with freelance writing for beginners.
2. Amazon Niche Site
Another writing job but this time you're writing for yourself, not other companies/individuals. You write reviews on products sold on Amazon, and you earn a commission everytime someone buys a product after clicking your link. Niche sites usually take about 4-6 months before you begin generating income; it's not uncommon to make $500-$3,000/month with niche sites. See this guide on how to start an Amazon niche site.
Both of the above don't require technical knowledge, so it's a good start to earn side income. They're also 100% flexible, so you can easily fit the above hustles in between your personal requirements (e.g. studies).
You have a bright future ahead, i am sure of that. At 13 you are already planning for your future.
You can sell services at fiverr.com ! You can sell things like voice overs in fiverr.
I am not too sure if there is an age limit to go in. Probably I will find out more!
I have also tried to do usertesting.com where you give feedback of websites and you get money in return.
The sky is the limit really!
I agree with kelvin below, you can slo start a youtube channel. Which I have started not too long ago. Not generating any income but I only have the mindset to educate as a hobby.
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I think your hustle shouldn't revolve around making fast money but refining skills. This is a good time to experiment with a given interest, photography, baking, art, programming, etc ...