I have received some messages lately from people looking for online jobs for teens. Some of these people actually were teens, and some were parents of teens.
If you are a teenager or if you have a teenager, I have some solutions that will help!
Most of these things are just good for extra money online, 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.
Online Jobs For Teens:
Deliver Groceries With Shipt – 18 & Up
If you're at least 18 years old with a valid driver's license, insurance, and a smartphone, you can get paid to deliver groceries to other people with Shipt. A lot of people are doing this now and loving it.
Shipt pays you once a week, and some shoppers are able to earn as much as $22 hourly. This is what is advertised, but please be mindful most people average much less than that.
Deliver Restaurant Orders & More For Postmates – 18 & Up
If you're at least 18 years old, you can get paid to deliver food orders for Postmates in most major locations across the US.
Most people who work for Postmates bring in at least $10 hourly, plus it is very flexible so you can do this when you have time — working it around school hours or any other job you may have.
You do need to be eligible to work in the United States and have access to an Android or iPhone.
Reward Sites – 13 & 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. And remember, this one is just extra cash.
- Swagbucks – 13 & up – read my review of Swagbucks here.
- MyPoints – 13 & up – read my review of MyPoints
- InstaGC – 13 & up – Work at Home No Scams has a thorough review of how InstaGC works here.
- Fusion Cash – 13 & up
- Prize Rebel – 13 & up
Survey Panels – 13 & Up
Teens can take online surveys for money for different online survey panels. Many, many online survey panels do permit you to sign up as long as you are at least 13 years old. Note you must have your parents permission if you're under 17.
Like most of the other online jobs for teens, 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.
- Pinecone Research – 18 & up
- Epoll – 13 & up
- YouGov – 14 & up
- Harris Poll – 13 & up
- My Soap Box – 13 & up
- Opinion Outpost – 13 & up
- Toluna – 13 & up
- Springboard America – 14 & up
- One Opinion – 13 & up
- Panel Station – 16 & up
- Survey Savvy – 13 & up
- Valued Opinions – 13 & up
- Branded Surveys – 13 & up
- e-Rewards – 13 & up
- See even more sites like the survey panels above on Extra Cash & Rewards, an entire site dedicated to them.
Pet Sit With Rover – 18 & Up
If you're at least 18, you can register yourself on Rover.com and get pet-sitting jobs in your area. Most people who are sitters on Rover say their first job comes within a few weeks or less after getting signed up.
While Rover focuses on dog-sitting, you can get gigs taking care of cats and other animals as well. Pay is fast — once your service is complete, you can withdraw your earnings from your account.
Direct Sales Opportunities – 11 & Up
There are a handful of direct sales opportunities that are open to teenagers as well as adults.
Keep in mind that while these opportunities make it possible for you to earn money as a teen, there is still an upfront investment to start. These companies typically require you to purchase a starter kit of items to help grow your business.
However, you will begin earning commission on your sales after that.
- Stella & Dot – Jewelry. Must be at least 18.
- Origami Owlettes – Jewelry. Must be between the ages of 11 and 17.
- NuSkin – Skincare. Can sign up at 16 or 17 with parental consent.
- Gel Moment – 16 & up. Skin care, nails, etc.
- Perfectly Posh – Skincare. Open to teens 13 & up, but you must contact their support number if you're trying to sign up under the age of 18.
Slice the Pie – 13 & Up
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 – 13 & Up
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, so that makes it one of the best online jobs for teens.
Many people do make their living from Fiverr, earning thousands of dollars per week.
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 – 16 & 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 one of the real online jobs for teens, and not an extra money gig like most of what is listed here.
The majority 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 – 13 & Up
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.
YouTube – 13 & Up
YouTube is an option if you like the idea of making videos and posting them online. Many teens have been successful with this. People who make YouTube videos typically earn from the ad revenue, so the more your videos are seen, the more you can earn.
There are some helpful hints on Quora regarding earning money from YouTube as a teen if you want to check them out.
Enroll – 15 & 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 – 13 & Up
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.
This is a mobile app I'm trying out where you can spin a wheel to earn money. There is no age limit to play, although the terms say that you may require parent or guardian consent depending on your local jurisdiction.
The way it works is you earn spins by watching short ads within the app.
Every spin is a chance to win up to $5. Obviously most of the time, you're not going to win $5, but your earnings can accumulate over time so that is becomes a source of some extra cash here and there.
Local Facebook Yard Sale Groups
If you're a teen with stuff to sell, consider looking around on Facebook for some local yard sale groups. You can join and then post your used video games, electronics, or anything else you might want to get rid of.
This is a good option because there really isn't an age limit. However, definitely use caution and don't meet anyone in an isolated place alone. If you are not yet driving, have a parent or guardian drive you to meet the person you are selling to.
We have some more info on using Facebook yard sale groups here.
Other Tips For Teens Earning Money Online
Get a Paypal Account
You'll notice some of these online jobs for teens 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 online jobs for teens and side earners don't typically 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!
When you're searching for online jobs for teens, 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.
Post originally published on July 23, 2013. Updated and republished on March 9, 2020.