Easy And Unique Ways for Teens to Make Money Online
It’s true that there are a number of ways to make money online that come with age 18 and above requirements.
However, as parents will tell you, teens who are younger than that want money, too!
Thankfully, there are a lot of different and legitimate ways for kids to earn money on the internet.
They might vary from low-paying online jobs for teens to more serious jobs which can be full on careers!
Teenagers who aren’t getting hired or who don’t have a way to get to work can work right from home with some of the options on this list.
What Kinds of Websites Will Pay Teenagers?
All kinds of them!
If you know where to look, teens can take advantage of many online opportunities.
The teenagers of today are tech-savvy and have a lot of experience in a variety of programs. Add in the fact that the web is second nature to them and teens will actually find a wealth of opportunities for earning money on the web.
Teens, just like adults, might want to start off with some survey sites if they’re new to making money online.
Once you get your bearings with that and you’re ready to get serious, there are ways to put those skills to work. There are a variety of writing jobs that accept work from teenagers, as well as design work.
There are scams out there, as well, no matter what work you’re looking into. So you have to be careful.
As a rule of thumb, never pay any kind of fee – registration fee, application processing fee, etc. All legitimate companies and websites that you can use to earn money are free to use. They’re supposed to pay you, not the other way around.
To make it easier for you to avoid scams, I’ve compiled this list of legitimate online money making opportunities that any teen – 17, 16, 15, 14, and even 13 and younger – can take advantage of.
First, we’ll take a look at survey sites.
A. Survey Sites For Teens
In case you’re unfamiliar with survey sites, they’re a staple of casual internet earners everywhere.
They work much like you’d think– you take the surveys, you collect the reward.
Rewards tend to be minimal, but they’re great casual work that teens can do while they’ve got some free time.
It’s an easy way for beginners to start making extra cash online.
No to mention that you can feel good about voicing your opinion about products, games, and movies that you love.
Despite the name, they’re also offering their services to people all over the globe. That means that if you live in a country with a low cost of living, this can actually be a great way for teens to join in and earn a nice chunk of money!
In case you’ve never heard of them, Global Test Market is a group that is very well known in the world of market research. They’ve been doing business for many years, and according to them, have partnered with 1200 or so companies in their time.
As you can imagine, all of this clout equals out to more surveys for you!
Instead of picking and choosing your surveys, you’ll generally be invited via email. Since this can be a little infrequent, it’s recommended to sign up for this service in addition to some others.
This site pays you out in traffic royalties instead of a flat payment. There’s a method to this, which I’ll explain here briefly.
There’s no doubt that Triond actually pays up the fees that you’ve earned, so that’s not a matter of concern. The trick is that you need to come at it the right way if you want to get significant traffic on your articles.
Newbie writers will want to educate themselves on SEO (Search Engine Optimization) which is a basically the art of writing in a way that makes your stuff appear on Google searches.
You’ll need to write a lot of a good, SEO’d articles that will attract viewers. If you can, it’ll make a great passive income stream.
As you would guess from the name, Scriptlance is a freelancing site that is focused on coding jobs.
You’ll be pleased to know that you can also find writing jobs here, though they are primarily focused on coders.
Teens will want to practice writing convincing applications to these jobs, which is a good life skill to boot. If your proposal is excellent, it will dramatically increase your chances of landing the job!
Like I said up above, coding is lucrative.
If you speak multiple coding languages or have an expert understanding of one, you can cut straight to making a thousand dollars a month or more (provided you put in the time!) Code-savvy teens can’t miss out on this opportunity.
You can find freelancing projects related to a variety of subjects, from writing and design to translation, coding, and more.
The good thing about freelancing is that you are not limited to any one skill. Any type trade skill can be freelanced; so that means writing, coding, design, even social media management are all freelance-able jobs. Teens who want money should dive right in and get going because these can be viable career paths.
This is a subreddit page where people who need to get something done, post ads to hire other people to do it for them. There are all kinds of projects here, but mostly writing related gigs.
You have to be at least 13 years of age to join Reddit and any of its subreddit communities including this one.
The gigs posted on Reddit are not associated with the website itself. These are all private offers from members. So be sure not to get scammed here. Ask for full payment before you release the work, or work something out so you don’t get taken advantage of.
D. Reward Sites
These are similar to, but distinct from, survey sites.
A lot of the survey sites listed above are survey-specific, but these are sites that take a more general approach to making money/rewards. You can watch videos, take surveys, play games, it all depends on the site.
Whereas a large chunk of survey sites were looking to reward via check, a lot of these sites offer points systems which are used to get gift cards (though some offer PayPal gift cards, which is just a roundabout way of getting money.)
The rewards sites that are offering their services to teens are:
For the more scholastic teens out there, enroll is a tutoring site that accepts applicants 15 and over.
They promote their casual, yet academic system as a viable option for adults and teens alike to make money tutoring (or get tutored.) Of course, you’ll want to be knowledgeable enough in the subject to do the teaching, but otherwise, it’s easy money.
A fantastic option for the music-loving teen in your life.
Slice the Pie pays you in order to listen to & review music as long as you’re 13 or over.
You listen to a short clip and then judge it on a 1 to 10 scale, providing a few sentences about your impressions on the matter.
Lots of new and indie artists are using StP as a way to get a feel for how people feel about their music.
You’ll get a pretty low payout, about 8¢ to 20¢ per song. But if you just want to hang out in your room and listen to music for a few hours, it’s a great reason to use StP and get paid at the same time.
There was a time when I may have pegged Jingit as the ideal teen moneymaking site, though recent changes in policy have made it slightly less perfect.
On the surface level, it is a lot like the rewards sites from above. Watch videos, give opinions, and do other cash-earning activities.
Jingit used to deposit all the money onto a custom Jingit debit card, which was great for teens with no bank account. However, they’ve shifted to a more traditional transfer system, which is fine, but less unique.
You’ll need a Facebook profile and text plan to join (something most teens couldn’t go without anyway.)
Another fantastic option for teens, especially teens who don’t like working!
Qmee is an extension you install on your internet browser that pays you in return for monitoring your browsing habits. They aren’t trying to monitor you personally or bust you for anything– just seeing where you go so they can do market research.
You make money passively just for having it installed, and you can install it if you’re a teen in the US or the UK.