How Can Teens Make Money Online?

Do you have a teen needing to earn money online? Here's a list of 20 things your teen can do to make a little extra money at home using their computer or smartphone.
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I have received a couple of messages this year from high school students and teens under 18 that would like to make money online. If you are a teenager or if you have a teenager, I have some solutions that will help!

Most of these things are just extra money, but some money is certainly better than no money! Especially if you’re without a car and wouldn’t 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.

(Last updated 5/27/14 – Added Qmee):

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.


Qmee is a browser extension that you can install on pretty much any browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc.). Once installed, sometimes Qmee will show sponsored advertisements on the side when you’re searching on any popular search engine. Each advertisement will pay a certain amount (usually a few cents or more). If you visit any of the ads you see when they pop up, you’ll get that cash into your Qmee account. They will pay out instantly to Paypal no matter how much is in your account. Qmee is open to people ages 13 and up in either the US or the UK.

Go here to sign up for Qmee.

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.

Finding a REAL Work From Home Job

If you are at least 18 and you need an actual work from home job, you should stay updated on the leads I post here Monday through Friday.

I feel that you can never have too many resources for finding home jobs since not all sites post the same leads, which is why I also recommend FlexJobs. This is a very reputable site for home job seekers that posts daily job leads that are pre-screened for scams. They’ve been featured on USA Today, CNN, and the Wall Street Journal. One month costs $14.95 and for me it’s been worth the money. When you begin signing up, you may be greeted by an operator who offers you a coupon code, so your first month of access could be much less expensive than $14.95.

I find interesting new work from home jobs posted there every day from reputable, known companies. If you only want to pay for one month to try it, you can go into your account and set it up so it doesn’t bill you for the next month, very easy to do. However, I have decided to keep my subscription.

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!

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  1. says

    I think Fiverr® is very good option. I use fiverr and it is awesome. Earning $5 + for doing to simple project is really helpful to earn part time. Other than fiverr I work on swagbucks and survey savvy. Nice article for students.

  2. says

    Great resources. If you’re a teen, you’ll have to make sure that you’re old enough to participate on these sites.

    Fusion Cash used to accept teen, but I’m not sure if they still have the same policy.

    If you have any computer skills, I suggest you do some freelance work on sites like Odesk and Fiverr. You have to get your parents to register on your behalf.

    Again great article!

  3. says

    This is a slightly different opportunity from the others listed, but a very real opportunity none the less! My 13 year old step-daughter has been doing this since year & loves it! Not only has she made quite a bit considering the little time she has to dedicate to it, but is already learning so many important job/career related skills. A couple important things to consider….
    -A parent/guardian will need to join with their teen to at the very least oversea everything.
    -This opportunity is not limited to internet business only, however you can CHOOSE to work this 100% online & still be successful.

    The program is Origami Owl® for young women (ages 12 & up) called the Owlette Ambassador Circle which was inspired by Bella who founded Origami Owl at the age of 14, to help other young entrepreneurs.

    Now our young future leaders can learn the valuable skills of being an entrepreneur, building a business, developing customer relationships, and providing customer services. Monthly webinars are held and recorded, focusing on topics specifically targeted at our Owlettes. Leadership, communication, social media, and other valuable business-related sessions to build their knowledge and skills for future success. They will work under the direction of their legal guardian and learn the technology and operational skills to be successful in running their own direct sales business.

    I’d be more than happy to provide more info on request!

  4. nirmal patel says

    if you guys wanna make real money go to and log in and do surveys to earn points after that get tona of gift cards with those points i am doing it and honestly saying it wont dissapoint you guys goodluck

  5. DALLIE says

    Are any of these websites legit?

    I see a lot of the surveyonline websites and 90% of them always are written by the surveries themselves…would be nice to find actual customer reviews of these websites.

    There’s so many fake websites popping up and commentators just made by other bloggers promoting their websites. One big heap of time-wasting and scam-bringing.

    • Alex says

      I use swagbucks and from what I’ve seen it’s legit, though I haven’t tried to get a giftcard or sent to my paypal yet.

  6. says

    If you have a smartphone, earn money with it :)
    So there is this app named featurepoints. It is an app which you can make money by downloading other apps and testing them out. For each app you download you will receive points, these points can be exchanged for rewards. Rewards do differ depending on your country but these are the main rewards you can receive: various paid apps, iTunes and amazon giftcards, payments into your paypal, an iPad mini.

    All you have to do is download apps, use them for a minute, and then you accumulate points which can be redeemed for cash. I’m currently using this app and it’s the easiest cash I’ve ever made; I just sit, watch tv, mindlessly download apps, and watch the points accumulate! I’ve already been paid a few times and also received a couple iTunes gift cards. To date, i have earned over $8,000 by using this app. :)

    If you do download it, please use the referral code RY6TM4 and we’ll both get extra points!
    hope this helps :)

  7. james says

    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.
    BONUS: Sign up using this link and receive $1.00

  8. Daniel says

    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. :)

  9. says

    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. Michael Chiong says

    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.

  11. says

    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.

  12. Danielle McGaw says

    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.

  13. Jenine says

    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.

  14. says

    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?

    • says

      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.

      • says

        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.