How Can Teens Make Money Online?

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Ways for Teens to Earn Money OnlineI have received a couple of messages this year from high school students and teens under 18 that would like to make money online. Unfortunately, most of what I post about requires you to be at least 18 to get started, but there are definitely a few ways a teen can earn at least a little bit of income through the internet. If you are a teenager or if you have a teenager, hopefully this post will help.

I do have to admit that most of the things out there for teens are not going to pay that well and might not replace a part-time job outside the home, but some money is certainly better than no money. Especially if you are, for example, without a car and wouldn’t necessarily have a way to get to and from a part-time job outside the home.

Here is my list of various ways teens can earn money online:

Slice the Pie

Slice the Pie is a website you can use to rate and review music. You can sign up at 13 and older. Simply listen to a clip of a song — most of the time by a newer artist — and give it a 1 to 10 rating along with four or five sentences explaining what you liked or didn’t like about the music clip. Pay for each music clip you rate varies. Sometimes I get as much as .18 cents and then other times it’s down to 7 cents. Slice the Pie occasionally has special promotions where you can earn more for rating songs. They pay out every Tuesday and Friday with Paypal. You must have at least $10 to request your money.

Go here to read my full review of Slice the Pie or here to get started.


Fiverr is a huge marketplace where people post services they are willing to provide for $5. Teens are allowed to sign up and post services here. Fiverr actually has potential to turn into more than just side money. Many people do make their living from Fiverr. If you’re wondering what services to offer, just take a look at what other people are offering and see if you can do something similar. Fiverr pays you with Paypal and after all the fees, you will receive almost $4 for every $5 order you receive and complete.

Go here to read more about Fiverr or here to sign up.


U-Haul is a well-known company (I’m sure you’ve heard of them) that occasionally has work from home customer service type jobs available. This is definitely more of a real job than an extra money gig like most of what is listed here. Most of the work from home customer service jobs I come across require that applicants be at least 18 years old, but U-Haul hires workers that are as young as 16!

You can read my full review of U-Haul here or go here to check and see if they have work from home positions available now.

Sell on Etsy

Etsy is an online marketplace for all things handmade and vintage. You can open up a shop on Etsy with your parent’s consent if you are under the age of 18. However, your parent or guardian will have to additionally be the one who manages your shop.

You can learn more about how Etsy works here or go here to read more about opening up a shop on Etsy as a minor.

My Likes

If you are a teen very active on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) you can earn some money sharing links through My Likes. You can sign up for My Likes as long as you are at least 13. They pay out with Paypal once a week on Fridays if you have earned at least $1. You also have the option of getting paid with an Amazon gift code.

Go here to sign up for My Likes or here to read more about it.

Revenue-Share Writing

Are you a writer? You’ll find that most of the upfront pay writing sites won’t let you register until you are at least 18, but luckily many of the rev-share sites will let teens sign up to write. Revenue share sites allow you to write articles across many different subjects and accumulate money over time on those articles through ad clicks, social media shares, and more. Some revenue share writing sites that will let teens sign up are as follows:

Survey Panels

You can get paid a little bit for sharing your opinions as a teen. Many, many online survey panels do permit you to sign up as long as you are at least 13 years old. Like most other things you can do as a teen, this is money that is slow to build up. But the more survey panels you are a member of, the more survey invitations you should receive. Doing surveys here and there as you receive them can certainly add up to extra money in a month’s time. Below are some of the better panels out there that allow users to sign up at as young as 13. Note some links below are my affiliate links. Read my disclosure here.

Reward Sites

Reward sites are similar in a way to survey sites because it’s something you can do here and there to build up cash and rewards over time. These sites usually have a mix of different things you can do to earn — search the web, redeem offers, answer surveys, watch videos, and several other things. Most of them also pay in points. The more you participate, the more you can build up. The points can usually be redeemed for not only Paypal cash but also various merchandise and Amazon gift codes. Here is a list of some of the more popular reward sites you can begin using as a teen:


Jingit is a way to earn money watching videos, taking surveys, and also interacting with their various product campaigns. Teens that are at least 13 can sign up for Jingit. Other requirements are that you must have a Facebook account, a mobile phone with text messaging, and live in the US. Payments are made to a Visa debit card weekly. You will have to sign up for the debit card, you can’t send the money to a card you already have.

Go here to read my Jingit review and learn more about how it works or here to go ahead and sign up.


This is a newer online tutoring site that lets you sign up to tutor people in virtually any subject. You do not need to be a professional and you can sign up at as young as 15 years old. So if you are a teen or know a teen that has vast knowledge in a subject that could be taught to others online, this might be a good idea.

Go here to sign up for Enroll.


This is a website usability testing site that allows teens to sign up at 14. They send out usability tests and surveys. Cash out is via Paypal once you reach $12.50 in earnings.

Go here to sign up for Loop11 or here to read my full review.

Other Tips …

Get a Paypal Account

You’ll notice some of these online opportunities pay out with Paypal. It is possible to get a Paypal debit card if you are under 18. You’ll just need to ask your parents to sign you up for a Paypal Student Account.

Combine the Above Opportunities

It’s pretty obvious that most of the things I found above for teens don’t pay all that well. I would suggest combining these to maximize your overall earnings. Do as many as you have time for.

Helpful E-book

Sell It, Trade It, or Get It Free – a Young Person’s Guide to Making Money Online is a really good, useful e-book that may provide some more help. I read through this one several months ago and was very impressed by the ideas it had for young people to earn extra money.

Note to Parents

Be mindful that internet scams are everywhere. Try to screen what your teen is doing online to make sure they aren’t getting taken in by one of the many scams floating around. Stay as involved as you can.

Do you have other ideas or know of sites where teens can legitimately earn money online? Please share!

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Punrun July 23, 2013 at 4:52 pm

This is a great list for teenagers and also for international freelancer especially the revenue sharing sites.

Is there by any chance a post was already written about work-from-home jobs for non-US resident freelancer?


2 Anna T July 24, 2013 at 10:43 am

I don’t think I have one, unfortunately. Are you in Canada by chance? I do have a post with lists of work from home jobs in Canada.


3 Punrun July 25, 2013 at 11:05 am

I’m from Canada. I have collected some posts mostly from realwaystoearnmoneyonline in Springpad.

I thought of the international freelancing opportunities because I knew that freelancing is becoming the main source of income in other countries.

I’ve been following your blog and recommended your blog to a freelancer from Asia. She even found a few gigs.

Thanks for all the tips.


4 Jenine July 24, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Thanks for the list, Anna. Although I turned 18 nearly three years ago, I appreciate this list and wished that I could’ve seen something like this when I was still 17. Maybe I should email this to my cousin. I had no idea Paypal had a Student Account. I knew about the Paypal debit card, but had no idea that you could get something like this even when you’re under 18.


5 Danielle McGaw July 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Don’t forget YouTube! Although you need an Adsense account a parent could set all that up for them. YouTube is huge with kids and if they can be funny or just interesting or have a talent (makeup and hair is big) they could do well with it.


6 Kathy July 31, 2013 at 10:47 am

Thank you very much Anna. My son and I were just talking about how he should be trying to earn some money online yesterday. The paypal tip is great! I sent him an email with this post. Thanks for all you do.


7 Anna T July 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm

You’re welcome! I hope the things he tries work out for him!


8 Michael Chiong July 31, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Great Post ! I gotta show this site to my lazy brother-in-law who is 19 on summer break and refuses to get a job but spends most of his time on a computer.


9 Paul Counts August 6, 2013 at 5:17 pm

This is a great article! I started my online business while in high school! I had my first SEO consulting clients in my senior year and the rest was history. I really appreciate the fact you took the time to show teens how they can make money online. I am proof that teenagers can earn income online and scale it to a full time business even before college is done!

Great article!


10 Daniel March 12, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Awesome article, I found another way to make cash online!

This link will give you $3 just for signing up. It also has my “Referral key” meaning i make 20% of what you make because i told you the website. Demonstration, You made $10. I get $2 of that but it doesn’t deduct that from you. Try it out. Feel free to remove my referral code if you want, Just trying to help. :)


11 james March 28, 2014 at 10:36 am

Cashcrate is my favorite site and the one that I’ve received the most checks from. I’ve been doing it for about a year now and honestly have never had a problem with it.You earn money by doing free offers, surveys, watching ads, shopping online, participating in live contests and referring your friends and family members to the site.Their referral system is great too. When you sign up a person you earn 20% of your level 1 referrals.I have made close to $3000 using this great Get Paid To Site. The amazing part is I’ve spent only about 6 hours a week on this site and I’ve earned $300 in 1 month! I can’t urge you enough to try it out for yourself.
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12 Rose Anderson April 17, 2014 at 4:57 am

I’ve made a TON of money over the past two years with Cash Crate – definitely recommend it.


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