8 Ways To Make Money (for Teenagers) | Dan Martell

How do you make money as a teenager? In this video, I share eight practical, no-cost strategies that will build a better foundation for the rest of your entrepreneurial career.

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Did you know that age 13, John D Rockefeller – the richest man in the world – built his family a house?!!!

As a teenager I was definitely not a productive member of society.

Quite the opposite actually.

That being said, I continue to believe that we all underestimate what kids can accomplish at every age.

If you have teenagers in your life, this video is for them.

Over the past few months I’ve got dozens of emails and comments on my videos from young entrepreneurs (9-15 year olds) asking for advice.

So after a few emails I decided to create a video sharing the 8 ways I would start making money if I were starting over in my teens.

In many ways this video is for my two boys.

Each idea is simple, focused on a passion they might have, and gets them generating revenue without requiring any money up front.

(aka the money they’d be asking you to lovingly invest) 😉

Also, I wanted to start off sharing the 3 phases of financial leverage.

1. Time for Money
2. Money for Time
3. Money for Money

Be sure to watch the video to learn how you can apply those lessons to your day AND come up with some practical advice for the teenagers in your life.

One of my passions is working with at-risk youth helping them build their confidence through building businesses.

It’s a magical thing to watch.

To show them how something they love doing, can become extra money on the side or even their primary income.

I’ve listed 8 ways in this week’s video, but there are way more.

What would you add to the list?

Leave a comment below with your ideas, and together I’m sure we’ll inspire a whole new generation of teenagers to get out there and start selling :).

Have an amazing day!

Dan “unproductive teenager” Martell

Don’t forget to share this entrepreneurial advice with your friends, so they can learn too: https://youtu.be/m6WNfLfEFuM


“You can only keep what you give away.” That’s the mantra that’s shaped Dan Martell from a struggling 20-something business owner in the Canadian Maritimes (which is waaay out east) to a successful startup founder who’s raised more than $3 million in venture funding and exited not one… not two… but three tech businesses: Clarity.fm, Spheric and Flowtown.

You can only keep what you give away. That philosophy has led Dan to invest in 33+ early stage startups such as Udemy, Intercom, Unbounce and Foodspotting. It’s also helped him shape the future of Hootsuite as an advisor to the social media tour de force.

An activator, a tech geek, an adrenaline junkie and, yes, a romantic (ask his wife Renee), Dan has recently turned his attention to teaching startups a fundamental, little-discussed lesson that directly impacts their growth: how to scale. You’ll find not only incredible insights in every moment of every talk Dan gives – but also highly actionable takeaways that will propel your business forward. Because Dan gives freely of all that he knows. After all, you can only keep what you give away.

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Mark Rubin says:

Great advice about putting the $10k in his pocket for a year. Saving is a great lesson.

Jason Blaquiere says:

Love the flipping idea as I used to flip comic books on Ebay during my University years. Ebay is a bit trickier these days with crazy fee’s when selling but someone could have a lot of success flipping locally on Kijiji and/or offering services as well.

Dan Martell says:

John D. Rockefeller built his family a house at 13 years old. Your teenagers can build a business. Here’s how.

Jimmy Walicek says:

Thanks, Dan great ideas. I shared the video with both of my kids (13 and 10) I have my kids file paperwork and enter data for my company. I like being able to show them what I do and teach them about trading hours for dollars at the same time. Hopefully, over time they learn that there is a cap to that process.

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