Who said teenagers can’t have a good job to earn money for themselves? While it feels good to earn a hard-earned pay check, it doesn’t sound so glamorous having to work night shifts or weekends bagging groceries while still in school, right? Luckily, there is the good ol’ internet that makes working from home to earn extra cash possible.
That means, if you are comfortable using a laptop or smartphone, which most teenagers are nowadays, you can make money while sitting on the couch in your pyjamas. If you are interested in making money online and feeling free from your parents’ pocket book, then keep on reading to learn how you can make money online as a teenager.
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Note to Parents
Before getting started, it is important for parents to keep several things in mind before your child works online. Email services like Gmail and Yahoo and social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter will allow your child to sign up.
However, keep in mind the following:
- Twitter has no age limit.
- Gmail has a minimum age of 13 years.
- Yahoo has a minimum age of 13 years.
- Facebook has a minimum age of 13 years.
- Instagram has a minimum age of 13 years.
How do online jobs typically pay?
Most will pay via PayPal on a certain day of the week. Other ways of payment may come check or gift card. If PayPal is the method the job uses, do keep in mind that the minimum age for a PayPal account is 18.
This is where mom and dad will come in handy – you can sign them up for an account and transfer the money to them.
How do I ensure my child is safely working online?
Always keep an eye on their work while they are on the internet. Ask them questions and get interested in what they are doing! Be proud they have found something fun to do that gives them some extra cash. Always let your child know you are there to assist them if they need help.
The best thing you can teach your teen from this is how to value any money they earn and how to properly spend/save it. You may want to discuss with them how much they will save and how much they will spend before they begin working.
Note – As with any job you will need to pay taxes. Get your parents to help with this.
How To make money for teenagers
You will find that there are various ways to make money online for teenagers. A few ways to make money via surveys sites, freelance sites, job sites, your own website. So lets get into this list.
Money making Apps and Websites
MusicXray If you are a music lover, MusicXray is an interesting gig for you. They send new music to your email inbox and you get paid a couple cents to review the songs. And, you don’t even have to listen to the entire song to receive your money. The songs range in variety so if you are an all-genre kind of person or just enjoy music in general, this could be a great side job for you.
Slice the Pie Are you a teen that loves to give your opinion? Well, Slice the Pie might be just the job for you. All you have to do is sign up, listen to and leave a review of music they send your way, and judge it on a scale of 1 to 10. While the company only pays around 10 cents a song, this job is perfect for those who love to listen to and critique music.
SWAGBUCKS Do you want free gift cards? Who doesn’t! SWAGBUCKS offers many opportunities to make a couple bucks as well as do surveys. It takes a few minutes, and you can even earn money by simply clicking ads! It is important to note that SWAGBUCKS pays you in their form of money, so 400 SB would equal $4. Typically, people receive gift cards or vouchers.
Google Opinion Rewards This is a great job for those who have Android products. All you do is download the Google Opinion Rewards app and earn money to purchase an array of things on Google Play Store, like books, music, and movies. You log onto the app and answer a variety of surveys that differ in length. Once you’ve completed a survey, you receive pay in your Play Store account.
MySurvey Do you love to watch videos? Why not get paid to watch videos and do surveys to make some money on the side? All you have to do is sign up and earn points. Once you’ve received enough points to redeem, you can be paid through PayPal or take the gift card option.
Toluna specializes in surveys on consumer goods, like movies, electronics, and makeup. Toluna offers surveys sorted by consumer goods topic. The surveys take between 5 and 15 minutes. Toluna pays in points, with most surveys worth 1200-1600 points. They have lots to complete, you won’t have to wait for your next survey. They offer a starting bonus of 500 points. They also give extra points for filling out each part of your profile.
SpringBoard America This company offers surveys and a variety of discussions to engage in that are centred around products, services, and different brands. While they do not offer direct money, you can take their survey dollars and redeem for a deposit in your bank account or a Visa card.
Survey Savvy This is probably one of the easiest gigs you can do online. After installing the SavvyConnect app on our smartphone or laptop, SavvyConnect pays you $5 a month. But users can also earn money by doing surveys and referrals.
One Opinion Again, if you are someone who loves to voice your opinion on things, try One Opinion. It is a company that will give you rewards to participate in online surveys. Additionally, you can enter many contests to earn extra bucks!
E-Poll wants your feedback on new products, and entertainment stories. E-Poll surveys are provided through email rather than on their website. They can take from 5 to 30 minutes. Each point you earn is worth around 2 cents. Your reward points can be redeemed for gift cards from retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, and Amazon. You can also get cash through PayPal.
YouGov Earn some extra bucks just by answering simple questions and surveys. The topics featured are interesting for teens and if you are lucky, your opinion may even get featured in the news! Money that you earn through surveys and answering questions can be turned in to vouches and gift cards to Old Navy, TJ-Maxx, Walgreens, and even Amazon.
Treasure Trooper Teens can have fun while earning quick cash on Treasure Trooper. All you have to do is sign up with your email address, create your password, name, and payment information. Next, you will receive offers that vary in pay (couple cents to $50.00). Users can cash out once they have hit a minimum of $20, and if you refer friends to Treasure Trooper, you can earn extra money.
Points2Shop Simply download apps, fill out surveys, play fun games, and earn points that you can redeem for money.
Panel Polls Get paid for your opinion on Panel Polls. Companies want to hear what you have to say about their products and thoughts, and you can earn up to $1 per survey.
Paid ViewPoint If you can provide good quality responses to questions, you can get paid to do surveys. As long as you receive a strong TraitScore which tells how true your response is, then you can earn some serious dough on this site.
Valued Opinion This website pays teens to participate in surveys that can be redeemed for gifts cards or vouchers. Some places you can receive gift cards to are Apple, Visa, Fragrance Net, and Target. Survey Club Teens can receive money for participating in studies, private panels, focus groups, and clinical trials.
Hiving This paid survey site allows users to earn money by answering a variety of surveys.
Mindfield Online This website offers surveys that take between 5-10 minutes to complete with a cash reward at the end. This site is great because you only need $5 minimum to cash out.
Perk Earn money by watching videos, playing card games, and taking quizzes – it’s that simple! Just download the app and start making money.
Nielsen Earn $50 a year by installing the Nielsen app on your mobile. By doing this, the company can gather data on your internet usage for exchange of a small amount of cash.
AppBounty This app offers credits that you can download for free. Additionally, the rewards come in the form of desirable gift cards to ITunes or Amazon.
Humanatic You can earn money by reviewing calls. All you have to do is listen to a call, answer questions regarding what you listened to, and cash out when you’ve reached a minimum of $10.
Qmee Want to earn money by having your internet browsing habits monitored? Don’t worry, it is not invasive, and they only want to collect data for market research.
Make money from YouTube Videos
Did you know you can make money on YouTube without having to post YouTube videos? There are many ways you can earn cash without having your face on camera. For example, you can make gaming guides (using only your voice) or other animated videos.
Your profile will have to hit so many views to start earning money, but it is worth the time if you enjoy doing it.
Create a Podcast
If you love to chat but do not want to show your face, then this is the perfect, fun job for you. You can talk about absolutely anything and even connect it to your YouTube channel, if you have one!
Try adding your podcasts to these sites:
Money Making Blogs
If writing is your passion, why not start a blog? Some individuals sell their blogs or become an affiliate with other companies to promote products – this is how you can start making money!
Creating online courses on whatever you have a passion in, is one of the most profitable methods that most online bloggers and youtubers make money in.
If you can find your niche and build an audience that likes what you do, then you have an audience that will buy from you.
Try these free sites to get you course out to the masses.
You can write interesting E-Books and sell them to Amazon or Kindle. However, you will have to promote your e-books through a variety of social media platforms to earn money. Once you create it you can just upload it to amazon, advertise it in places where the audience is and you could make very good money.
Do you like to take pictures? You can earn extra cash by selling your photos to major companies like Shutterstock, or even offer to take pictures for others.
Get creative and design t-shirts and other merchandise to sell! You A good method to use is print on demand which allows you to create a design that can be used on coffee mugs, sweatshirts, t-shirts, pens and even bags that are customized to you design and brand.
These sites will take a percentage of each sale and this is different on each site
Once you learn the ropes you can transfer this to a bigger market place like amazon.
You can try
Make stuff and sell it for as much as you’d like! Etsy is a great community of talented individuals who sell beautiful creations.
You will need to pay a monthly subscription.
Online Freelance Jobs
Paid Writing Gigs
You can also try
Editing and Proofreading
If you enjoy grammar and have excellent reading and writing skills, why not consider a part-time job in editing and proofreading? You can even advertise your services on Craigslist or send a resume to different companies.
Make Money writing Poems and short stories
Personalized writing like poems or stories can earn you money.
Try these sites
For more sites read this article.
Do you love cartoons or animated movies? Have you ever wondered how cool it would be to be the voice behind a character? Voices.com pays you money for your voice, and a big chunk of money to boot! You can expect to earn $100+ just for your beautiful voice.
This is an interesting site because it allows teens to offer services for X amount of money. This means, you can literally advertise anything and earn cash (if someone is willing to pay you).
You can do
- Photo editing
- Social Media Marketing
- Web design
- Virtual Assistant
- SEO services
- Blog content
- Press releases
Find out how to here
Amazon Mechanical Turk
You must be 14 years or older to join to do specific tasks for money. While the payout is only a few cents per task, it won’t take very long to muddle through a bunch of different ones.
Website or Blog Start Up
Are you tech savvy? Well, not a lot of people are, and they are willing to pay you money to help them set up a blog or website! Offer your services via social media and even have your parents offer them to friends or family, if they don’t mind!
The only way to really make a killing with this is to get your name and services out there.
Use social media to showcase your talent.
Use domain name,hosting and theme affiliate programs by hundreds of dollars.
The second part of this video shows you how much money you can make from these affiliate programs.
Tutoring It is always a great feeling to help other people. Samespeak and SkimaTalk hires teenagers 16 years of age and older, and you can help non-English speakers learn English! You can feel good about helping others while earning some extra cash.
Make money playing video games
If you watch YouTube videos or Twitch channels you will find so many videos of people playing the latest games. If you have a console or computer you could do the same and show your peers your best skills and get paid. With this you will need as many views as possible to make your money but the right game, presentation and content.
Watch TV and get Paid
Do you watch a lot of TV? Why not get paid to play engaging trivia games based on some of your favorite TV shows? You have to be 13 years of age to join.
Try these sites and apps.
Things to Keep in Mind When Working Online It is not going to lots of cash right away. Working online with these companies means you will have to set time aside each day that you have dedicated to your job. Perhaps you want to set aside the first two hours after school or before you go to bed.
Remember, take it slow and once you get the hang of the job, you will be able to blow through the surveys, reviews, and questions. You will also want to decide how much of your pay check you will save and spend.
This may be something you want to discuss with your parent(s) so they can hold you accountable for it. The last piece of advice we want to share with you is…have fun! It is a great thing to make extra money from the comfort of your own home.