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A few years back, it was easier than ever for teenagers to make money online.
However, the emerging realm of internet commerce gets more and more well developed by the year, and all of the fledgling opportunities that used to exist forkids to earn moneyhave been replaced, somewhat.
In reality, the opportunities have just shifted a little. Any teenager with an open eye can find plenty of places tomake money onlinethese days.
In fact, there may be more places for that today than there has even been.
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The real difficulty now is weeding out the scammers and tricksters from the legitimate opportunities.
Decades ago, any teenager who wanted to make some money could walk down to their corner store and find a job pretty easily.
But our evolving economy is going through growing pains that make it quite difficult for teenagers to find work in the way that they used to.
For some teens, whos parents have been hit hard by the slumping economy, the strain might really be a lot to bear. Of course, the result is that most of the positions that traditionally were filled by teens are now being populated by adults.
Once, it was adults working the full time jobs and students working part time, but now the whole job market is turned on its head. As full-time jobs got crunched, adults took the students work. But now, what dostudentsdo for work?
Competition entering the work force has become more intense for all involved, and the least prepared of all, teenagers, also have the most difficult uphill struggle.
There is one shining light, though, and its something that most teenagers know quite well: the internet.
And thats where they can shine. Thats where they can make money much easier than most adults ever could.
With that said, here are some of the best and easiest work at home opportunities that are specially great for teens:
I decided to put this one first for a couple reasons.
The first and most obvious reason is that, plenty of teenagers actually are making a living doing this!
The second reasons is that teenagers are well aware of the situation with partners and content creators on YouTube, so theyre probably the best candidates for succeeding here.
If youve got the will, you should try to really pump your creative juices into a project that you can host on YouTube.
It might be a song, a prank video, a how to apply make up video
Regardless of what it is, its worth uploading it to YouTube.
YouTube is kind of like a fame and money jackpot, after all, many try, few succeed, but when you succeed, its significant.
For example, the most famous YouTuber,PewDiePie, was once just a Swedish man who uploaded footage of himself playing video games.
Now he is an internationally famous millionaire, parodied on South Park, whose opinions are sought after by an entire market of video game developers.
How is THAT for just a little bit of effort?
Now obviously not every YouTuber can be a superstar and live off the ad revenue alone.
Luckily, there are other ways to monetize your YouTube channel.
Recently, more and more YouTube channels are making money with more traditional promotions to their channel that is to say, being advertised to endorse a product as part of their videos.
This can make your YouTube channel successful with a lower subscriber count, if your goal is monetization.
YouTubers who are creatively-focused, like musicians, might have a harder time with this option.
With all this in mind, however, YouTube is an ideal place for a young person to begin making money.
In fact, you dont even have to be a teenager; even a computer-savvy9 year oldcould monetize their videos.
Its best to manage this on the side in the beginning. It could take a while before your YouTube channel becomes really profitable.
How to become a YouTube entrepreneur Telegraph
Young YouTube Partners: Finding Success as Entrepreneurs and Internet Stars Huffingtonpost
While were at it, lets address another thing that many teenagers are familiar with: video games.
And especially online games at that.
Though it sounds like a fantasy, there are actually ways to make money by playing online games.
The first, and easiest way, to do get paid playing games is to go through survey and game sites.
Sites likeSwagbuckswill allow you to earn their currency points for playing games on the site.
Not only that, but some sites will pay you to play test games as well. If youd like to learn more about this way of making money, Ive recently written anarticle about it here.
You want to make a living playing games?
Well, surprisingly, that is possible.
One of the methods of doing this ties into the YouTube idea.
One of the most popular (in fact, the most popular, by average) forms of video on the internet right now are Lets Plays, videos of people playing video games with commentary.
Well, not only are many of YouTubes most popular channels Lets Plays the game streaming siteTwitchwas purchased by Amazon for $970 million dollars.
If that doesnt indicate the seriousness of this new entertainment, nothing does.
If you cant build a YouTube channel with your Lets Plays, you may still be able to make small amounts of money by attracting people to your Twitch stream and receiving donations. There is a built-in tip system for this very purpose.
Another way to make money playing video games is byplaying very popular MMORPG games(World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, Runescape) and power-leveling characters.
This means no socializing, no fun quests you stick straight to the math for getting characters to max level.
Once you get the character finished, there are places online where you can sell the characters for large sums of cash thousands of dollars, in some cases.
You can look up guides for doing this, but youll have to be quite good to bring in the big sums.
Some gamers are able to earn money by winning money at video game tournaments. There are a number of people who do this, and a variety of game types; fighting games and Real Time Strategy games are popular candidates.
The final way to make money playing online is by being a legitimate professional gamer.
This is no joke. In fact, there are multiple professional teams for the popular online game League of Legends, and theyre legitimate athletes by many standards.
Serious company endorsements, 10-hour practice days, and commentated broadcasts watched by millions.
Your chances of turning a profit like this are about as good as becoming a physical athlete, but that doesnt mean you cant try.
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Since I mentioned Swagbucks up above, this is a good time to talk about GPT sites.
While its true that you can do surveys on these sites, its not quite the same as the type of survey well be talking about below.
There are many things that you can do on a GPT site, whether it is playing the games or doing the surveys we mentioned, it might watching videos or clicking on ads. There is plenty that someone can do on a GPT site, and you dont have to put anything into it but a mild effort, so its an attractive option to many.
Teenagers are perhaps the ones who would most benefit from this, since the earning amount is usually pretty small and requires so little.
Generally, earnings are given in the form of gift cards, which can be useful for teens to save additional money on the side. The larger sites, likeSwagbucks, will allow payout to PayPal, which teens can transfer into their bank account (if they have one.)
As computers rise in eminence in the modern world, so too does the need for people to hire programmers.
Programming, or coding, is a lucrative skill that is capable of being done online or offline, which is perfect for those of us on the go. Teens at school with downtime between classes could even do some programming without searching for WiFi.
Theres no other way to slice it: programming is valuable. So valuable, that if you start learning in your teens and keep your knowledge up-to-date, you can make a full-time career out of it. It helps to know multiple program languages. But if you know multiple, the things you can make are endless. It might be a website, an app, or a video game; all of these things are possible with program knowledge.
This list is no place to get into the languages but suffice it to say that there are a few very important ones, and the ones that you learn will be dependent on what exactly youre trying to code. Look up a list somewhere and decide what you want to learn, or perhaps, go learn basic C++ to familiarize yourself with the process of coding.
If youd like to learn, just Google learn to code. Youll get many helpful results immediately!
Once you have some considerable coding skills (and perhaps a completed project or two, as proof of ability) you can start hunting out projects for yourself.
If you want to attract clients, there are two major things Id recommend to do:
To begin looking on a site like eLance or oDesk. These are sites where clients come to find people for various tasks, and programming is one of the most popular ones.
Build yourself a website, and direct clients to there to see your portfolio. For a designer/programmer especially, its going to be important that you bill yourself like a real business.
It might take some serious practice, but if you take naturally to it and you land some good clients, you could be making thousands and thousands of dollars As a student!
Learn to Code: The Full Beginners Guide Lifehacker
Best Programming Languages Beginners Should Learn BusinessInsider
How to Become a Web Developer
Teenagers are some of the most creatively inspired people around, especially those who have been into their craft for a while. Whether theyre happy, or sad, teenagers are at an ideal place in their life to express themselves externally, and oftentimes this means making art of some kind.
I know what youre thinking: But wait! I thought it was illegal for someone under 18 to run a store!
Well, youd be right, my well-informed reader. But heres the trick, online storefronts like Etsy are exempt from that rule. Its easy to set up, and its easy to run just place the items in your storefront with a picture and a description, and ship the stuff when your customers order it.
If youre well-organized and you can pump out a lot of merchandise, this can be a great way to make money. In fact, the higher-end creators of Etsy are making a very tidy living doing what they do.
You can choose to accept payment in a variety of ways, the usual PayPal is applicable, but you have other options too, including even money orders and physically mailed cash!
This one is kind of the partner to 5. Whereas a visual artist sells their work/crafts in order to make a profit, a writer is being paid for something a little more intangible.
At a basic level, youre still selling your art, though you probably wont be writing from your muse with a lot of the writing jobs you can get.
Ever since the explosion of blogs in the 2000s, the need for written content is growing all the time.
If you are reading this and your second language is English, there is money to be made writing in your native language (and even better, there is money to be money translating between the two!)
This one is also kind of like the programming step; it might just be easy money for now, but if you really buckle down and concentrate on getting the work, it could easily end up becoming your career. Theres not enough time to explain it all here, but well hit on some basic points.
You can find writing jobs on eLance or oDesk.
Furthermore, you might be able to find writing gigs around town. The art of Copywriting, or writing for the purposes of advertising, is useful to businesses big and small. You might offer to say, write copy for the local bakerys website. Well now that section of the bakerys website goes on your portfolio, and you can use it to help you nab your next gig!
Like anything freelance-related, youre only going to become more successful as you fill your portfolio up with quality work samples.
At the very least, your writing jobs should be capable of making you something like $3 for a 500 word article, but you might easily make $5 (or 1/word.)
If you cant make that wage for any given job, dont worry; there are lots of people in need of writers and the price can fluctuate a lot. However, as you progress, you might be able to make exponentially greater amounts.
Top-tier writers (I mean the ones writing at the highest level of corporations) are easily making $1 or $2 Per word! Thats serious income, and its the result of those writers applying themselves at business writing for a long time.
It would probably be unwise to hope to make that kind of money, freelancing as a teen. But with a sharp skill and a good portfolio, you should be able to make even more. If youre still a student, especially one in high school, this could be much better money than your peers are making!
Another surprisingly easy way to make money for teens is by writing product reviews. There are a couple ways to go about this.
The first way you can go about writing product reviews is by taking tasks in that category from a writing site like PeoplePerHour or iWriter. These are sites that you can already frequent as part of 6s way of making money, and the product reviews are a more specific form of that. These are usually product reviews that youre supposed to write positively, so its basically a form of advertising. The good news is that this will give you experience in Copywriting!
Another way you can go about doing product reviews and getting paid for it is by reviewing many products in the same field via s Vine program. If youve left say, 100 or so highly-rated reviews on similar products (like photography equipment) you may be eligible to become an endorsed product reviewer for Amazon. Theyll mail you products and you review them. Theres no pressure to force a positive review, and you get to keep the product afterwards. If youre reviewing expensive products, you can probably make some good money reselling these!
The last way that Im going to go over is by becoming a panelist for marketing research firms that run product evaluation studies.
A couple good ones are Pinecone Research and MindsPay; both of these sites offer legitimate product reviews and a variety of compensation options.
Additionally, you can get paid to do beta reviews for sites, apps, and websites, through a website called Erli Bird. If youd like to know more about early bird, Ive already written an article about ithere.
If you were wondering if you can do product reviews on your own, well yes, you can! Well get into that on 8.
Pinecone Research Offers paid product testing opportunities as well as paid surveys.
MindsPay Offers paid product testing opportunities.
PeoplePerHour Find product review writing gigs.
iWriter Find product review writing gigs.
This one is kind of the partner entry for 6.
So, youve been writing, but you want to take it to the next level?
Well if youre prepared to really sink in and put time towards a project, you might want to consider starting your own blog.
Its no secret that running a blog can make you money, but most people are discouraged by the prospect of making a website, targeting a niche, building an audience, and keeping the whole thing going. And thats a pretty legitimate concern, since it can take you quite a while to really build an audience for your blog. However, the payoff can also be quite good.
Running and monetizing a blog has been easier with time since the advent of services like WordPress, which will help you create your blog and enable monetizing as well. That doesnt mean that you cant write your HTML from scratch, of course, but you certainly dont have to!
After you get your website all designed, theres a great deal of things you should be doing to keep it in the game. Unfortunately, there are maybe too many things for us to go over here, so Ill summarize the main points:
You need to target a niche:Unless you are a lucky one-in-a-million blogger, you wont be able to make money by just blogging your opinions on everything. Unfortunately. Otherwise, wed have all found a way to monetize our Facebook profiles years ago! You might think a major blogger like Perez Hilton gets to skirt this rule, but youd be wrong it just so happens that his niche, Celebrity Gossip and Commentary, is a very popular one.
But what if youve been running your blog for a long time, and only managed to secure a small and dedicated following?
Well, dont worry, because that can be lucrative, too. This train of thought might be seeming similar to what I was saying back in the YouTube entry, and for good reason: it operates on exactly the same principle.
The idea is that if you have a small and dedicated following, you cant exactly live on the mass traffic for ad revenue. Instead, you can sign up to become an affiliate and drop links to your partners in your blog. This might be something explicit, like a blog post about why Coke Zero Cherry is the best drink in the world, or something more subtle, like an unbiased product review with a discreet link at the bottom. How you approach the affiliate links wont affect the basic idea, which is to earn money through a commission of sorts.
When it comes to blogs, the sky is the limit. Theyre an open platform for any type of content you want to talk about, and your blog can even serve as the front of the house for your other projects. If you are a programmer, you can have links to your portfolio on the same domain as the blog. This can work really well, but beware: some clients are turned off by the idea of hiring a jack of all trades instead of a specialist.
How to Start a Blog for Free MoneyPantry
The Free Beginners Guide to Blogging FirstSiteGuide This is an incredible PDF which was made possible with contribution from more than 20 top bloggers of all time.
As much as tutoring is a classic job for teens, its no wonder that you can also make money doing it online.
Unfortunately, certain sites wont even let you register to tutor unless youre a post-graduate student with a degree, but luckily, thats not all of them. There are certainly places to be a tutor online where you can get paid.
A somewhat more abstract way to make money is with a site like Skimatalk. Skimatalk allows you to connect with people from around the world, and in turn you tutor them on their English.
Youll need a video camera and a mic, but if you have those things, Skimatalk is a serious way to make money. In fact, users at Skimatalk make an advertised $15/hour. Thats no small sum!
If youre under 18, youll need parental supervision. Or at least, so they say in the fine print!
Online surveys are the gateway for most people when it comes to making money online. For some, it starts with surveys, but it ends with a full-time career working online! You arent going to have a career in survey taking, but it can be a nice way to test the waters when it comes to making money online. Plus, consistent effort will net you pretty good results for how easy it is.
Now when we say surveys, were talking about something a little different than the surveys we mentioned when we were talking about Swagbucks and GPT sites up above. In this case, were talking about companies whose sole business is market research. You might consider them a little more serious than a GPT site.
There are a lot of survey sites out there, and that works in your favor. The more survey sites you sign up for, the more surveys you can be invited to! So its best to register with as many panels as you can find that seem reputable.
One of the best things about survey sites is that they are generally very relaxed about their age requirements. In some cases, there are panels hiring people who are 6 years old and up! Chances are that if you found this article, youre older than that, but it doesnt hurt to keep that kind of knowledge on hand.
Teens, who are famously tech-savvy, should have no problem using these sites to make money, as well as using forums to learn and make the most out of the survey sites. There are plenty of them out there, so if there is advice that you need one-on-one feedback for, definitely go and join a forum about it.
When you sign up for a survey site, its going to be important that you are accurate when you describe yourself on your personal profile. These surveys are going to be given to you based on your demographic, so that means that your age, gender, incoming bracket, general location should all be accurate information. Otherwise, you might end up being asked to take surveys for products or services that you never would have even been interested in!
The final thing to remember when it comes to surveys is speed, speed, speed. The main obstacle when it comes to making money from doing surveys online is taking too long to do each survey. After all, what good is a $2 if you just took an hour to do?
As you do surveys, make sure youre building your speed up so that you can do them quicker in the future. That doesnt mean spamming (answering questions inaccurately because its faster,) but it does mean learning to skim and click faster.
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Believe it or not, reading things over and finding problem areas, replacing bad phrases with better ones, etc, is a full time job. More than that, for many, it is a career.
It might be a little surprising to think about getting paid for that. After all, it is essentially money in return for being judgmental of someones work! Thats certainly an easy thing to pull off, so all you need to do is learn to do it in a way that is constructive, i.e., offering suggestions as well as grammar corrections along with your edits.
You should be able to find editing jobs on the sites we mentioned earlier like eLance and oDesk. But if you cant find it there, consider perhaps offering an editing service to people your same age for schoolwork.
Its probably a little unethical to offer it to your own classmates, but it doesnt mean that you cant potentially help students from another school with their work. Now, this doesnt mean to explicitly write the persons paper for them But theres nothing wrong with a little bit of informed advising!
Now, Ill be the first to come out and say that Craigslist has a pretty bad reputation when it comes to people meeting up, so its perfectly understandable if you dont want to get involved with it. But it also wouldnt be fair not to mention it when it is a perfectly legitimate avenue for making sales. If you are in doubt, remember the few golden rules of Craigslist: Meet in public, dont give out your address, and bring another person with you.
But if you want to circumnavigate the mysterious entity that is Craigslist, you can easily go the route of selling things on eBay. One of the most glorious things about eBay is that you can make money by selling just about anything. Somewhat famously, the first item ever sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer, sold to a man who owned a collection of broken laser pointers.
Of course, you will always do better selling something new on eBay. Some people will go out and spend thousands on Black Friday just so they can resell those items at a markup on eBay. If you dont want to get that crazy with it, at least consider selling some of your old stuff that is in good shape. You never know what people might be willing to pay for it.
Also consider the things you own that may have aged into becoming collectibles. That Atari 2600 you had when you were a toddler? Yeah, thats worth big bucks now. After all, they havent been manufactured in almost 30 years!
If you were to check right now, youd see that very console being sold for anything from $5 to $200. eBay is just that kind of place.
Remember: set your prices reasonably and deal with your customers well. It will be the best for you, your business, and your reputation on the site.
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So theres our list of 12 Whats that you say? You want a few more options?
Aw, sure! Below are a few more informal, unsorted ways you can make extra money under the age of 18.
Thats right! Getting paid to tweet is a reality.
Now you probably cant hide the fact that youre advertising from your followers, so you might want to build a separate twitter following for this.
Little is known about this mysterious website, so Im afraid I cant do much more than recommend it to you. They advertise the ability to set your own rate, sell content, give advice
But it seems to be invite only, and the website gives out very little information!
If you are interested, feel free to look around the web. I couldnt find any definitive answers, unfortunately!
Ibotta is something of a rewards program that will reward you for making certain purchases.
You can use Ibotta to check and see if theyre sponsoring any purchases that you were planning on making anyway.
This is a good app to keep around and refer back to occasionally.
This browser extension basically provides its own ad space when youre searching on a search engine.
It works very simply: it displays the ads, and you get paid if you click on them.
Your Qmee account clearly displays how much money youve earned, and the site offers instant payout with no minimum.
This is an excellent option for teens especially, since theyre likely on the internet quite often.
Slice the Pie, or STP, is a website where you give reviews, feedback, and ratings on 90-second music clips.
This is a service that enables fresh bands to get a feel for how people like their music, and what parts of their tracks they need to work on.
The great thing about STP is that you can earn an increasing amount of money the more you review. Sometimes the price will fluctuate on its own, and at other times, it will reward your tenure.
Either way, you can expect to make around 10/post here.
This is a pretty unique option, in function. Like many other services, it allows you to earn money in return for watching videos, or providing feedback, or various other tasks they may provide.
In addition to this, you can sign up at any age 13 or above!
Theyll ask that you have a Facebook, a cell phone, and be in the US (sorry international readers!)
But here comes the interesting part Jingit will issue you a debit card exclusive to the Jingit service, and this is where all of the money you earn will go. Think of it like an exclusive bank account thats limited only to your card. As soon as your earn money, it goes straight to this.
These guys who previously ran are expanding into creating the Instagrid Network, which is an expanded platform for monetizing your Instagram.
Once they get back up and going, you can expect to use this to earn money in return for your posts!
So if youre a heavy Instagram user, keep your eyes peeled. This is a great option for you.
I wont speak too much about Fiverr here, because Ive very recently put up a post about what Fiverr is and how to do well there.
However, for those who are unaware: Fiverr is a website where you post a task that you are willing to do, and you say youll do it for $5. It can be anything, but obviously you want to offer something that you can get done quickly. You dont want to make $5 for doing something that takes you 2 hours.
I know what youre thinking. But Satrap! You just did a whole entry on writing!
Well, this section is just a little bit different. The writing I was talking about up above was mostly content creation, which basically means that youre writing, giving away the rights to your work, and getting paid.
Shared revenue writing isnt quite the same, it carries a little bit more identity with it. Long story short, it means that you will be getting paid for how much traffic it generates over time instead of making a flat fee all at once.
If youre interested, check out my list of20 sites that pay you to write.
Another mysterious site. Ive heard whispers on the internet that this site is a place that will pay you in return for sorting phone calls into categories, but it doesnt seem like they are accepting applications currently!
But you can bookmark the site and check back often as they do open the doors from time to time.
Somewhere between the entry about surveys and the entry abo