In light of the ever increasing student loan debt, people are looking at various potential issues that might have led to this startling crisis. Some blame the government, others blame inflation; of course there are also those who believe that the lack of financial literacy is the primary concern.
In some ways, there is truth to this matter. Low financial literacy is indeed a contributing factor to the student loan crisis. It's not the sole factor, obviously, but it's worth thinking about the lack of proper financial training for young people.
The problem is that a lot of teachers and experts focus on teaching students about investments, retirement funds, and general economics.
However, to really help today’s teens out it is time to get back to the basics.
Teach teens how to make money.
And as they begin making their own money, teach them how to manage their money properly. Have them open a savings account at a local financial institution and talk to them about spending and saving money now and in the future.
If attending college is something they hope to do one day then show them how to begin saving for their tuition and living expenses, instead of filling out student loan applications. Keep those loan applications as a last resort.
Is your teen ready to begin making money? Here are some fun ways that they can do just that.
Get a Part-time Job
This may be the most obvious suggestion.
Help your teen scan the local newspapers and online job ads for age appropriate jobs that they can do safely. Show them how to create a resume or fill out a job application correctly. Perhaps there are grocery stores or fast food restaurants in your area that they could apply at. Or perhaps you know someone that owns a business and loves to hire students.
Sell Arts And Crafts
Etsy is a great marketplace for creative people. If your teen has the skills for creating dolls, jewelry, hand bags, cosmetic cases, and pretty much anything else, they could find a willing and happy market online. Their talent can be very lucrative if they learn how to use it properly.
Become A Tutor
If your teen excels in certain subjects suggest that they offer their services as a tutor for other students. To get the word out have them speak with the teachers of those subjects and let them know that they offer those services.
Also, speak to the student guidance counselors and let them know. Often if a student isn’t doing well, the teachers or counselors will let the parents know. And when they do that they can also suggest your teen’s tutoring services.
Work As A Freelance Writer
Your teen can capitalize on their writing skills and get paid jobs. They can easily find work online and pick only the projects that interest them. They could write for tech or gaming blogs, contribute to teen magazines, or write for neighborhood businesses.
If your town has a lot of new immigrants, your teen could offer their services and start teaching them English. It doesn't have to be complicated; they just need to formulate a feasible teaching plan, start from the basics, and help these newcomers learn the language.
Sell Your Photos
There are websites like Shutterstock and Bigstock Photo that accept photos from just about anyone. These photos are used as stock images. Just pick out the most lucrative keywords and try to submit them to these websites. Your teen will make money each time someone purchases a photo.
It is a lot of hard work, but that also means they can charge more. Depending on the services required (like cleaning, waxing, and buffing), your teen can tack on extra charges for extra work. It's also possible to offer both external and internal cleaning.
And instead of waiting around for people have your teen go out and find them. Knock on neighbor’s doors on a Saturday afternoon and offer to wash their car so that they have one less chore to do.
Run an SAT Review Course
If your teen managed to ace their SATs, congratulations. Here's another opportunity they can try. Conduct a course for students about to take their SATs. And they will get more students if they work hard to provide review materials and mock exams.
Design A Website or Develop Apps
A lot of teenagers are actually very tech-savvy. This is because the new generation really is more ingrained towards technology. They were born into this, and cannot imagine a world without the Internet, so it just makes sense that they would use it to make money.
Design a Logo
If your teen isn’t into tech but they are very creative then they can sell their artwork online.
They can create customized logos for bloggers and websites. They can build a portfolio by offering their services on Fiverr first.
It doesn't have to be really fancy; but jewelry has to be unique to sell. A lot of people have a creative talent that helps them create wonderful products. Design bracelets, earrings, and even pendants and keep studying new techniques online. This can be a very fun way to make money.
Start a Business
Check out this story on how a 9 year old girl started her own business and now at 17 she is the CEO of a six-figure business. She is also the youngest person to ever ring the NASDAQ Stock Market opening Bell.
She has also been interviewed on TV many times which instantly exploded her sales. If she can do it, so can you.