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Making Money Online as a Teenager
If the thought of making money online appeals to you you're not alone. A considerable amount of people of all ages are making money on the internet and there is no reason why you can't be one of them. The fact that you are a teenager isn't a problem on most sites, and many have a minimum age of 13. Some sites, such as eBay have a minimum age of 18 but allow you to use the site with a parent's permission.
I will say the amount of money people make, is greatly exaggerated, and it is easy to get caught up in the excitement when you read of people of making vast sums of money, just from sitting in front of their computer. The truth is it takes time unless you hit on something that goes viral, however, this is the proverbial needle in the haystack.
Ebay Selling for Teens
I would suggest Ebay for selling online, however, if you are under 18 as I have said, you will need your parent's permission which if they see you're trying to earn some extra money they will very likely support you and allow you to do this.
So what can you sell? Lots of things. Look around your room and find things that you are no longer using. It is a good idea to get a box and separate these things. The key to building a good reputation on eBay is honesty and the feedback you receive should all be positive otherwise you can kiss your career as an eBay seller good-bye.
When you have separated the items you wish to sell, make sure things are clean and unbroken. Take a look at eBay to see if what you will want to sell is being sold by someone else. This will give you a good idea of pricing. You will need to photograph them clearly. The more photographs and information you can offer the better.
Other things you will need to consider is packaging and posting the item. Are you near a post office? If not, how will you get it mailed? These are all things that need to be taken into account before you start selling. Don't ask your parents to mail it for you, unless they are near a post office. Remember you are trying to earn money independent of them.
PayPal and Teens
Most of the companies I am going to suggest will use Paypal as a means of paying you. You must be 18 years old to open a Paypal account but you can get a student account. This is a sub account under a parents.
You will still be able to have money paid into it but your parents will have ultimate control of it.
Online Writing For Teens
We have all seen ads down the side of web pages that say, Google pays me $5,000 a day,or something similar. Don't get fooled into thinking that money is easy to come by on the internet, it isn't. That isn't to say you can't earn it on the internet because you can. Normally those who are, have been working long hours (13 a day) and have been doing so for several years.
Do not ever be conned in to spending money for a get rich quick scheme on the internet. They don't work. If anyone suggests you parting with money, don't join and don't ever pay.
Writing online is free.
If you choose to start a blog it should be about a topic people want to read about. Then you need to diligently make posts. You also have to interact with other users. That is the whole idea of social media.
Upload Videos to YouTube
Have you seen some of the popular videos made by teens? Some of these have gone viral. If you are unsure what to make a video about, have a brainstorming session with friends and family. What have you learned how to do that others would benefit from?
Many people, myself included, have watched helpful videos such as how to use Gimp or other art programs. Do you possess a ninja-like skill at certain games that you could show? Maybe you speak another language, or perhaps you sing and dance. Can you clearly explain how to solve mathematical equations? Instructional videos are a wonderful way to generate income because everyday someone, somewhere in the world wants to know how to do what you can teach.
When you post a video, YouTube may put an ad below or near it, this is how you will earn money from it.
Two programs that will help you do this are Audacity and Windows Video Editor. Audacity is free to download and if you are using a Windows operating system you should have Windows Video Editor already installed.
Don't ever do anything that puts you, your friends or family, or property in danger. I know we have all seen some videos showing the misfortunes of people. Raise the bar and make something useful. Keep your standards high, in the long run, it will pay off for you.
Develop an App like Ben Pasternak
Can you think of an app that the world needs? Is there something you can think of that would make your use of your phone/tablet/laptop easier? Again, brainstorm with family and friends, what needs do they have that an app could help with. A young mind, like yours, can often see through to a solution better than someone who is older.
Ben Pasternak did just this and at the age of 15 when he was bored in school and designed the game RUSH and now Flogg. Pasternak targets the younger group of users and unlike apps developed by adults, he found a waiting niche market for his games and services.
Earn Money from Designs on Zazzle
Do you love to draw? Maybe you come out with funny sayings. Either of these are ideal to get you started at Zazzle.
Do you know what is currently popular with your friends and family? Can you turn this into a funny t-shirt? Zazzle is a print on demand company based in California. They print everything from t-shirts to phone cases and everything in between.
Take a look at what is on their site at the moment to get an idea. They too are free to join and once you place your design there, other people can sell it and you will still get a royalty from it. You never have to buy your product, unless you want. There are no charges to you.
If you aren't the creative type, don't worry because you can make at least 15% by selling other people's design. Just put a link into a blog or a Twitter post, if someone buys anything from the site you will earn a commission. When you join Zazzle you get a unique referral number which you will use anytime you place a link, that ensures you will get credited with the sale.
Have you heard of Fiverr? This is a site where you can sell your services for $5. It could be just about anything from writing an article to running around in a chicken suit. The category of extremely bizarre is just that, but worth a look.
You must be 13 years or older to join the site and post what you will do for $5.
One idea might be to explain a mathematical formula to another person via Skype. Could you help someone younger with their homework? Often younger people, find it easier to understand a concept when it is explained by someone more their own age.
There are many companies that allow young people to enter sweepstakes. The prizes can be items which you would use such as video games, clothes, or books etc. Many contests are targeted to different age groups. Check the rules, some will say age 13 and up. Others are 16 and still others are only for adults.
There is of course no guarantee you will win, but in my experience, sweepstakes that are aimed at younger people receive fewer entries than those for adults. They cost nothing to enter and you could win some great prizes. If you don't want the prize, you can always sell it on eBay.
Write Song Reviews
If you love music you could earn from writing song reviews. Slice the Pie will email you songs, and you write a meaningful review of it. The company pay into Paypal and the minimum payout is $10.
This site also has a minimum age of 13 years old.
- 10 Ways to Make Money as a Teenager
If you are ready to start making your own money, try these 10 ideas to give your bank account a boost.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2014 Mary Wickison
Mary Wickison (author) from USA on August 21, 2020:
There are writers for all over the world on this platform. It isn't a job, you are freelance. To understand what the site accepts, I would suggest the best place to start is https://hubpageshelp.com/.
Shruti Rawat on August 20, 2020:
Is this site is available for other country's teens also? I'm going to be 18 soon and I'm looking for an online job and also, I'm from India so...can I get a writing job here?
Mikey Karlovsky on July 03, 2019:
Look, as a 15 year old, survey sites are probably the best. Plus, yea you can make a new paypal if you have a card you can transfer the money from.
Mary Wickison (author) from USA on January 15, 2019:
It's unlikely you'll earn 'a lot of money', especially quickly. You're correct when you say you don't want to get lied to, there are many sites that want to take money from you. If you are asked to pay anything, don't.
However, the exception to that is eBay, when you use their site to sell, you have to pay.
I would say eBay is going to be your best bet, but remember, you're in this for the long term. It is crucial to be honest and build up a good reputation otherwise people won't want to buy from you. Begin selling things around your home that you no longer use or need. Then when you begin to learn more about what sells well you can go to charity shops, talk to friends etc. to get more items to sell.
The next place I would suggest is Fiverr. Decide what you're good at. Can you write well? Or perhaps you're an artist. Browse through the site, and compare your skill set with what is being offered. Remember you can learn as you go. For example, there are many foreigners who are earning money writing blog posts for people.
I have read some selections of their work, and to be honest, it isn't very good. You could do better I believe. There are free grammar checkers you can use, Grammarly is one.
Both Fiverr and eBay, you get paid for each transaction. Once.
I would also suggest you start on Zazzle, but think long term. There you can earn a passive income but it takes a long time and a lot of work. The beauty of that method is, you do the work once and your products can sell again and again. It's the same thing for writing on Hubpages, you write and then slowly over time your articles will begin to make you money.
The key is to have several side hustles or 'many fingers in a lot of pies'. Having various sources of income will be beneficial to you in the long term.
The most important thing to remember is don't let any of these sites keep you from completing your schooling.
When you assess what free time you have, you'll know how much time and energy you can put into your new endeavors.
Olivia Murphy on January 12, 2019:
So I need to make a lot of money for myself and to help my mom and I am only 13 so I don’t know what to choose from and do these things really work because I don’t want to get lied to so plz tell which is the best out of all
Mary Wickison (author) from USA on March 30, 2018:
It sounds like you already have a good start on knowing what the customer would want.I think song reviews are something you'd be great at.
Janisa from Earth on March 29, 2018:
Writing song reviews is an idea I haven't thought of before. I've written website reviews, but that was for freelance clients and nothing long term. Will definitely try this out.
Mary Wickison (author) from USA on January 15, 2015:
I believe once they see that it is possible and are given encouragement to do it, there is no stopping them.
Life and Luxury from South Beach, FL on January 14, 2015:
This is good advice to help teens become independent and develop a work ethic. I enjoyed reading it.
Nell Rose from England on July 13, 2014:
Great advice blond, so many teens dive head first into trying all sorts and as you said they are not careful with making videos, so this is really helpful, nice one!
Mary Wickison (author) from USA on June 27, 2014:
Between the two, babysitting and ironing, I too would prefer to iron.
I hope that this summer, many teens can use some of these ideas.
Have a great weekend.
Dianna Mendez on June 27, 2014:
Your ideas are good and simple to operate for teens. I remember babysitting during my earl teen years. I should have done the ironing as you suggest, much easier.
Mary Wickison (author) from USA on June 25, 2014:
Of course, there is no upper age limit.
Yes, they will be thankful for the information, I believe.
Thank you both for reading.
JR Krishna from India on June 25, 2014:
Good information. I will share this with my teenage girls
Mary Wickison (author) from USA on June 25, 2014:
There are many people who earn money with Zazzle by promoting the work of others. They have a wide selection of 'niche topic' products which are customizable. They also are in many countries, not just the US, and parts of Europe. It is worth a look.
Thank you for the votes, tweet and pin.
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on June 24, 2014:
Good tips. So informative and useful. I should try some of these. Thank you for sharing these great tips.
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 24, 2014:
Very informative hub, Mary! I wasn't aware of many if these opportunities especially putting a link of zazzle in twitter posts and a blog to earn money. I've also got a clearer idea about how to get started in eBay.
Thanks for sharing this useful information.
Voted up, useful and shared, tweeted and pinned.
Mary Wickison (author) from USA on June 23, 2014:
Hi Ms Dora,
I think there are many teens who want to earn their own money and hear stories about how easy it is and the huge sums which can be made.
I wanted them to know although possible, like anything worthwhile, it takes time and effort.
Wonderful to hear from you, have a lovely week.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 23, 2014:
Glad I read your article. Now I'm aware of some of these opportunities which I did not know existed for teens. Hope some find it. Thanks.