I 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
- Epoll – Read Review - 13 & up
- My Survey – Read Review - 14 & up
- Survey Savvy – 14 & up
- Mindfield Online – Read Review – 15 & up
- Chooz – 14 – 35
- Springboard America – Read Review – 14 & up
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:
- Swagbucks – 13 & up
- Zoombucks – 13 & up
- Quick Rewards – under 18 must get parent’s permission
- Cash Crate – under 18 must get parent’s permission
- Irazoo – 13 & up
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.
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.
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.
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!