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20 Easy Ways To Make Money As A Teen Online

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Are you a teenager looking for ways to make money online?  Thanks to the Internet, there are many ways to make money as a teen online.

As a teenager, I had my parents drive me to all the malls applying for jobs (pre-Internet era).  I never received an allowance growing up and wanted to have spending money.  Even without reliable transportation, I really wanted to work.

Well, it didn’t happen that summer because nobody would even call me back for an interview.

Luckily for teenagers these days, the Internet is full of online jobs for teens and students who want to make money in the comfort of their bedroom!

Making extra money is a lot easier now.

Being able to make your own money gives you a sense of independence and freedom.  Not only that, but you will also learn valuable entrepreneurial skills and gain life experiences.

Let’s dive into the best online jobs for teenagers that pay.

 

Ways To Make Money As A Teen Online

1. Earn Money For Sharing Your Opinion

Age Requirement: 13 and older

Big companies spend a lot of money every year on market research to understand what their customers want.  The only way they can achieve this is by paying you (their potential customers) money to take surveys.

This allows brands to make better products for their customers.

Survey Junkie is an online community with over 10 million members.  You earn points by completing surveys and redeem your points instantly for cash via PayPal or eGift cards.  Most surveys are worth $0.50 to $3.50 and take between 5 to 20 minutes to complete. 

Register here for Survey Junkie and start earning some extra money right away!

 

2. Get Paid For Everyday Activities

Age Requirement: 13 and older

How would you like to earn extra money online by doing things you’re already doing every day like playing games, watching funny videos, searching the web, shopping online, and taking surveys?

You can do all these things with Swagbucks and get paid for it!

Swagbucks has paid over $400 million to its users in the form of PayPal cash and gift cards.

It’s 100% free to join Swagbucks and takes less than a minute.  You’ll even get a FREE $5 bonus just for signing up!

Register here for Swagbucks and get a FREE $5!

 

3. Get Paid To Review Music

Age Requirement: 13 and older

You can help unsigned artists by giving honest feedback on their music.  The fun part is that you might hear these songs later on and know that you helped!

You can review music right away once you sign up for a free account on Slicethepie and pick a genre.  Listen to a track for 90 seconds and write down what you liked and disliked about the track.

You’ll be given a star rating as a reviewer and it will help you earn more, so be sure to be thorough and give constructive feedback.  Don’t just say “I didn’t like it”.

A review can earn you 5 to 15 cents, depending on your star rating and quality of the review.  It’s not a lot of money, but it’s a great way to listen to some new music while getting some extra cash.  You can also refer friends and make additional money that way.

 

4. Test Websites and Apps

Age Requirement: 18

You don’t even need to be tech-savvy to test websites and apps.  It can be as simple as choosing between two logos.  They are looking for average, normal, everyday users like you and me.

UserTesting is one of the better well-known websites that pay you to test websites and apps.  The pay is usually $10 for every 10-20 minutes worth of work.  You are paid via PayPal a week after you complete the test.

In order to get accepted, you have to do a practice test which won’t take you more than 10 minutes. Just follow the instructions and speak your thoughts out loud.

Related: 18 Sites That Will Pay You to Test Websites and Apps

 

5. Make Money Blogging

Age Requirement: 13

Blogging is one of the most lucrative side hustles online.  It does take time to build a blog and start making money.  There are many bloggers that are able to quit their jobs and blog full-time, some even earn millions of dollars every year.

You can blog about fashion, food, travel, finance, family, etc.  There are so many things that you could blog about.

My only regret is not starting a blog sooner.  I thought about starting a blog back in 2008, but I had no idea that you could make money doing it.  It takes time to write and build an audience, so the sooner you start, the better.

You can have a blog up and running in 15-30 minutes!  If you want to start a blog, here is a step by step instruction on how to start a blog.

 

6. Start a YouTube Channel

Age Requirement: 13 and older (despite the age requirement, many accounts feature kids younger)

According to YouTube statistics, YouTube gets more than two billion unique users a month.  That’s an impressive number!

You don’t need to be a beauty influencer to make money on YouTube, unless that’s what you want to do.  Beauty influencers You can do make-up tutorials, cooking videos, fitness, skits, how-to videos, and so much more.

There are so many ways to make money on YouTube.  Ryan of Ryan Toys Review was 5 years old when he started and has consistently been the #1 earner on YouTube for the past few years, raking in $26 million in 2019.

You can still make money without showing your face on YouTube.  SAS-ASMR is a big YouTuber with over 8 million followers.  She videos herself eating and only showing the bottom half of her face.

 

7. Stream on Twitch

Age Requirement: 13 and older

Get paid to play video games?  Every teenage boy’s (maybe girl too) dream come true.

Twitch.tv is a place where people live stream themselves playing video games. It takes time to build an audience and it helps if you’re funny and entertaining to watch.

Just like YouTube, Twitch streamers generate ad revenue, partner up with brands and sell merchandise.

I personally know someone that had quit her job to be a full-time twitch streamer.  While she’s not making millions yet, she’s making more as a Twitch streamer than at her regular job.

 

8. Open An Etsy Store

Age Requirement: 18 (If under 18, need a parent/guardian to be a co-owner)

Etsy is an online marketplace where people 33 million buyers spent 3 billion dollars in 2017.  You can sell everything from templates to dog toys to handmade artwork and many more.

If you need some ideas to get started, here are the 65 easy DIY craft ideas to get you started.  You can get most of the supplies from Dollar Tree.

Creating a shop on Etsy is free, however, there are three fees that you have to pay.  It costs $0.20 to list an item and the item will stay in your shop for 4 months or until the item is sold. Once an item is sold, there is a 5% transaction fee on the final sale price.  If you use Etsy Payments, there is also a 3% + $0.25 payment processing fee.

 

9. Online Tutoring Jobs for Teens

Age Requirement: 16 and older

SameSpeak hires native teen English speakers to help their students learn English by practicing normal, everyday conversations.  SameSpeak makes it easy by providing you with what you should cover in your tutoring session.

You earn $10 for every 30-minute conversation session.  Payment is made through PayPal and you need at least $100 to request payment.

To sign up, all you need is a high-speed Internet, a headset, and a Skype account.  This is for teens that are interested in becoming a teacher or to travel abroad to teach English in the future.

 

10. Sell Your Creativity on Fiverr

Age Requirement: 13 and older

Fiverr is a digital marketplace where you can buy and sell freelance services starting at $5.  The task or gig starts out at $5, but you can price your jobs above $5.

What you sell on Fiverr depends on your skill.  You can design logos, do funny voiceover work, write papers, create YouTube intros.  The possibilities are endless.  It’s a great way to earn extra money while building a portfolio.   

 

11. Be a Freelancer Online

Age Requirement: 18

Upwork is the largest online freelancing platform that connects companies with freelancers for a small fee of $0.15 per connect and a commission of 5%-20% depending on how much you earn for the project.

There is a wide range of jobs available on Upwork for you to choose from.  The jobs include translating documents, designing logos, writing papers, proofreading papers, and many more.

 

12. Amazon Mechanical Turk

Age Requirement: 18

Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a marketplace that allows businesses or even individuals to outsource, but instead of hiring and managing a temporary workforce, they’re outsourcing it to any workers over the Internet with the skills to finish the task.

You get paid per task and can choose what task you want to work on.  The task can be anything from taking surveys, translating documents, transcribing audio files, etc.

You can request payment daily via Amazon Payments account or Amazon gift card and there is no minimum threshold.

 

13. Lend Your Voice

Age Requirement: 13 and older

Voice-over content is all around us whether you’re in your car listening to an audiobook or at home watching a TV game show.

If you have a pleasant speaking voice, you can lend your voice and make money from home.

The Voice Crew is the perfect place for people without prior voice-over work.  The pay is a lot lower compared to other sites, but it has a big client database, making it a lot easier to get a job. 

Related: How To Start Voice-Over Work Online (9 Companies To Work For)

 

14. CafePress

Age Requirement: 13 and older (under 18 must be supervised by a parent)

If you’re creative and enjoy creating slogans, logos, graphic designs to put on products (i.e mugs, t-shirts, hats, tote bags, etc.), then CafePress is a great place for you to set up your shop without having to worry about inventory.

All you have to do is set up your store for free, create logos, then choose the products you want your logos to go on.  If your design sells, CafePress takes care of all the billing and shipping.

CafePress has a base price for each product and you can also add in your markup. When the item sells, you will get the markup amount plus 5-10% of the sale price.  You can also earn performance bonuses if you sell over $100 in products.

15. Earn Money Typing

Age Requirement: 13 and older

GoTranscript s a site that hires people to transcribe audio files for their clients from home.

As a transcriptionist, your job is to listen to audio files and type out what you hear.  While they give you 6 hours to transcribe 10 minutes of an audio or video file, you will earn more if you can type fast and accurately.

You can earn up to $0.60 per audio or video minute, which is $36 per hour.  The average earning is $150 per month with top earners making $1,215 per month.

Work as much or as little as you want, in the comfort of your own home.  The company pays weekly via PayPal for all work completed.

Related: Transcription Jobs from Home No Experience (16 Jobs)

 

16. Extra Cash With Care.com

Age Requirement: 18 (14-17 with parental consent and a parent will receive all exchanges between you and your customers)

Care.com is an online platform where they connect you with local people in the community for jobs such as babysitting, house cleaning, tutoring, and many more.

You list the jobs that you’re available for, set your own rates, and wait for someone to contact you.

You might not know that there is a couple a few houses down from you that might need a night out, but have nobody to watch their kids.  Of course, you’ll have to do the job in person, but Care.com makes it visible for people who might be looking for your services.

You can earn between $15-$20 an hour depending on your experience.  It does cost money to list yourself on Care.com.  It cost $10/month if you do the 6-month plan, $15/month for the 3-month plan, or $20 for one month.  Once you’ve established a relationship with these families, you can work with them directly without using Care.com.

 

17. U-Haul Online Rep

Age Requirement: 16 and older

U-Haul is looking for energetic, highly motivated teenagers for their customer service representative roles.  Your job is to answer customers’ general questions regarding U-Haul’s products and services such as the storage fees or to book a truck.

All you need to get hired is access to the Internet and your own equipment (computer and headset).

You get the options to work evenings and weekends at home, which is perfect since that is all the available hours you can work outside of school.

 

18. Reviewing Calls

Age Requirement: 17 and older

Did you know that every time you call customer service and hear this prompt “this call may be recorded for quality and training purposes”, that there are people actually listen to those calls?

Humanatic pays reviewers to listen to recorded calls and answer simple questions regarding the calls.  This information is used to generate reports and statistics to help companies improve their businesses.

It is free to sign up with Humanantic and you can review as many or as little calls, and whenever you want.  The pay is on the lower end ($1 to $4.50 an hour), but you have the flexibility of working whenever and it will add up before you know it.  Payments are made via PayPal and must have at least $10 to request a payout.

 

19. Sell Your Photos

If you have an artistic eye and can capture breath-taking pictures, you can upload your pictures on iStock, Getty Images, and Shutterstock.  When people download your pictures, you’ll get paid for each download.

Plenty of businesses and bloggers buy quantity photos for their websites, products, and blogs.  If you’re successful, you can even sell your pictures directly to bloggers like Kayla from Ivory Mix.

 

20.  Sell Your Old Stuff

Declutter and simplify your life while making extra money.  Sell things you don’t use anymore on eBay, OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, or Poshmark.  I was surprised that someone was willing to pay $60 for my old Palm Pilot on eBay.  For things I don’t want to ship, I just list them on OfferUp and Facebook Marketplace.

You can sell just about anything online.  I was able to sell a used microwave and used washer/dryer on Facebook Marketplace, and shoes and clothes on OfferUp.

 

Tips for Teens Looking for Online Jobs

Beware of Scams

There are many legitimate ways to make money as a teen online, but the Internet is full of scammers.  If you’re being asked to pay for training or to pay upfront for anything, it’s a scam.

If training is needed and required, it should be provided to you at no cost.

Being able to make extra money is great, but use this opportunity to sharpen your entrepreneurial skills and don’t forget to have fun!

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