These days, teens have a lot more options for making extra cash. You can look outside of the typical part-time work at McDonald’s or mowing lawns. Thanks to the web and an endless variety of apps, many online jobs are available.
Are you a teen? Chances are you’ve wished for more cash in your pocket on more than a few occasions. Are you looking for some legit online jobs? There are several available that can help you earn some extra cash.
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Traditional Jobs vs. Online Jobs for Teens
There are still many jobs available for teens in the traditional job market. Fast food restaurants, sit down restaurants and retail stores often hire teens. You can work during summer and after-school evenings and weekends.
Also, county and state park management agencies hire teens. They need people to help keep parks and beaches fun and safe during the summer months. So this could be an option if you are thinking about working during the summer months only.
However, you may be looking for different ways to earn money that don’t involve a traditional job. In that case, you might want to consider an online job. The number of online jobs is growing on a regular basis.
More companies are hiring virtual workers. So people are finding business ownership opportunities for making money online. Also, there are “gigs” that you can work by yourself. They are money making opportunities that don’t involve a long-term commitment. Many of these jobs can offer quick, short-term income.
As a teen, you’ve grown up in a world where browsing the Web is a part of everyday life. And many teens know the Internet and its devices better than the adults around them.
Why not use those navigating skills to get a job? A job that is more flexible than a traditional job.
Yes, some online jobs are scams. However, there are a lot of legit ways to work online and earn cash.
Here are some of the most popular online jobs for teens:
U-Haul offers the best of both worlds. It offers a traditional job in an online setting. The well-known moving company regularly hires customer service representatives. The reps work at helping clients who call their customer service center. For example, they might want to schedule a moving truck or ask about fees.
However, you won’t work from a brick-and-mortar building. Instead, you can be a customer service rep for U-Haul right from the comfort of your own home. All you’ll need is a computer, Internet service and a headset.
U-Haul isn’t different from other companies that use online customer service representatives. However, they do recognize that there are many responsible high-school-age teens out there. For that reason, they’re willing to hire teens starting at age sixteen.
Many other companies are hiring for customer service rep jobs. But all that I found in my research wanted employees who were age eighteen or older. U-Haul, however, knows that great employees can be found in the 16-plus age range.
Are you willing to learn how to work with customers and provide great service? If so, this might be a good online job for you.
Swagbucks pays teens to do many of the things they do anyway. You can earn online income through Swagbucks by doing several activities:
You’re probably doing these things anyway, right? Why not get paid to do them? With Swagbucks, you earn points by doing these simple online tasks. And once you earn a certain number of points, you can cash them in. Then you can use them to get gift cards to your favorite stores.
Every 100 points you earn with Swagbucks is worth one dollar. Once you get up to 500 points, you can cash out your points for a $5 gift card to Amazon. Or you can keep your points and let them accrue to 2500. If you do, Swagbucks will let you redeem them for a $25 Paypal deposit. That means CASH in your pocket.
The company also allows you to purchase other types of gift cards with your points. Swagbucks can be a great way to earn real money. Or you can get gift cards to purchase things you want and need. Earn by doing things you do every day and make some legit income it the process.
There are a few other sites too that will pay you to do similar tasks. However, you should consider checking out reviews on those other companies. Do this before signing up. You’ll want to make sure they are legit companies that pay like they say they do.
BookScouter helps people sell textbooks and other used books. They work to get you the most money for your books. How? By comparing buyback offers from over thirty-five book buyback vendors. And you can do this with just one search.
As a teen, you might have a few textbooks laying around from school. If not, you can find some by hitting local garage sales. If you live near a college campus, you could find a lot for sale. You can check out local thrift stores too.
Buy the books and re-sell those books for the highest price. Use BookScouter to help you find the highest paying vendor.
Here’s how it works. First, you find the ISBN of the book. This is the long number listed near the barcode. In most cases, you’ll locate it on the back of the book. Second, type the number in the BookScouter search bar. Then the site populates a list of all of the vendors from different sites who will buy your book. It will let you know the price they’ll pay for it.
The prices buyers offer can range from between $1-$2 and even higher. Most sellers provide free shipping labels too. So this means you can send the book to them at no cost to you.
Once the buyer receives the book, they’ll assess it to be sure it’s in the condition you stated it was. If it is, they’ll deposit the agreed upon price into your Paypal account. All of the buyers on the BookScouter site are listed with ratings. This helps you decide which buyers you want to work with.
This job can take some time. You’ll need to find the books and be able to buy them cheap. But if you do, you may be able to make some decent money. Try to find popular textbooks for sale at cheap prices. BookScouter has a mobile app available too. The app helps you check buy offer prices right on the spot. You can check as you shop at local thrift stores, garage or other sales.
My teen daughter has been making money by selling designs through the site CafePress. And on another popular site, Redbubble. She’s been selling her designs for over two years now. Also, she has a few items for sale that contain popular phrases instead of pictures.
The process is super easy. First, you create an account at CafePress or Redbubble. Doing that is free. Next, draw a design you think will sell. Then upload it to your CafePress (or Redbubble) account.
CafePress and similar sites offer those designs for sale on various items. Here are some of the items they sell with custom-made designs:
- Laptop covers
- Coffee mugs
- Tote bags
There are other items available for sale as well. You can buy shower curtains, bumper stickers, wall decals and comforters. The sites show your designs on the types of items they have for sale. They’ll show it in all of the colors they offer too.
You’ll Get Paid Commissions
When a customer buys an item with your design on it, you earn money. The company pays you a commission based on the sale amount. They’ll send you the money via a PayPal deposit.
You can help increase awareness of the designs you have created and are offering. Share your product links to your CafePress account on your social media sites. The more exposure your products get, the more chance of someone seeing and buying them.
This is a great way for teens to make passive income. (Passive income is income that you don’t have to work for once the initial work is done.)
With CafePress, the income is mostly passive income. This is because once you upload your design, your work is done. The products are available for potential customers to see and buy.
Are you artistic or have a knack for creating witty sayings? If so, creating designs for CafePress might be a good job for you.
The Care.com website has a collection of babysitting jobs available for teens. First, you start by creating a free profile on the Care.com website. Next, make sure to include a picture of yourself. Parents who visit the site like to see photos of possible babysitters.
It’s a good idea to share your previous babysitting experiences too. This way prospective clients know that you’ve got experience caring for children.
For example, you might have gained babysitting experience by caring for neighborhood kids. Or by watching kids for family members or friends. Maybe you’ve helped care for younger siblings. Or you’ve volunteered in other places like the nursery at your church.
All of these different types of childcare count as experience. So be sure to share them on your Care.com profile. You will also want to list your expected range of pay on the website. This will help parents have a starting point for negotiating an hourly wage.
Parents are looking for babysitters on the Care.com site. If they live near you, they’ll see profiles of available babysitters, including yours.
Do you like watching kids and want to find babysitting jobs in an online setting? Putting a profile on Care.com could be a great way to do it.
The Fiverr website is a popular site where people can find quick jobs paying $5. And many of the jobs will pay you more than that. You’ll start by creating your Fiverr profile. Use it to share your list of services and talents. People needing help in your area of expertise can view your profile. As a teen, you can offer your art, writing and gaming skills. Or you can offer any other service for sale on your Fiverr profile. Also, don’t forget to share the price you charge for each service.
There are ways to decide what you’ll charge for your services. Some members base their price on how long the task will take to complete. For instance, let’s say your talent is to create a poem. If you can do that in twenty minutes or less, $5 is a great price to charge.
However, what if you’re offering a service to draw customized pictures of peoples’ pets? And that job takes you an hour or two. In that case, you may want to raise your price higher. You can charge $20, for example.
Fiverr takes twenty percent of what you make from jobs as a commission. You get the rest. The company pays you directly. This means you don’t have to worry that a dishonest client won’t pay you.
Fiverr Offers Lots of Variety
The services offered on Fiverr are nearly endless. For example, Musicians offer to create quick, customized songs for a client’s loved one. Or Poets offer to create poetry. They might help a client celebrate their anniversary or other special occasions.
Do you like the idea of doing custom, short-term jobs related to your interests? If so, offering your services on Fiverr could be a great place to start.
7. Completing Surveys
Survey Junkie is a website that pays teens for sharing their opinion. As a teen, you can sign up Survey Junkie for free. You start by completing a profile that tells all about you. The site will ask you to share your interests, your shopping habits, etc.
Survey Junkie uses your profile to match you with companies. They help companies looking to survey people with interests similar to yours.
When you complete a survey, you can get paid through PayPal. Or you can get a gift card from popular stores such as Amazon, Target and more. Note: You have to be eighteen to sign up with Survey Junkie.
Another great thing about Survey Junkie: you can complete surveys anytime, anywhere. And you can use any device to do it. This means you can earn cash when you are sitting around. You might be waiting in a waiting room or sitting in the car. If your parents are getting groceries, you can be in the car making some money.
Are you looking for ways to earn some quick cash in your free time? Survey Junkie could be a good source of income for you.
Harris Poll Online is another legit survey site that pays people to complete surveys. When you join Harris Poll Online (it’s free to join), you’ll fill out a profile. Harris Poll Online shares information about you to other companies. This helps companies get surveys from people with coordinating interests. FYI, the information you share is secure and never sold to third parties.
When you complete surveys, you’re rewarded HI points. Then you can trade your HI points in for rewards. Harris Poll Online offers rewards such as Amazon gift cards, iTunes gift cards, and Starbucks gift cards.
Etsy is a great site that allows teens to make money by selling their own inventions. The wide variety of things you could sell on Etsy is endless. First, start by figuring out what you’re good at creating.
Do you draw great pictures of different breeds of dogs? Can you knit? Are you a good woodworker? Do you have a knack for making trendy or unique jewelry? Are you good at creating invitations for weddings? Or at creating announcements for other events?
Whatever your talent, you can make your item and sell it on Etsy. People view your item, buy it, and pay you via PayPal. You ship the item safely to the address they provide for you.
Don’t want to deal with having to pack and ship items? How about creating downloadable templates of beautiful artwork? You can design a pre-created selection or custom make one to a client’s request. The artwork can consist of a popular saying written in a great font. Or a cute picture or a customized item like a client’s name.
It’s easy for you to deliver if a client decides to buy a template you have for sale. The client pays, and you send them the file containing their design. They can then bring a media file containing the template to a printing store. They’re responsible for getting it printed and framed.
If you love making or designing things, consider selling your creations on Etsy. This can be a great way to make money from home. Bonus: you’ll promote your creative skills at the same time.
UpWork is a site that provides businesses with connections. They connect people who offer freelancing services with clients. “Freelancing” means that you don’t work for a company when providing your skill. Instead, you work for yourself and manage your business on your own.
People and businesses searching for freelancing help from Upwork members could want services in several areas. They might want help coding a website. Or they need someone to create a logo. You could be hired to proofread a company manual.
Or you could work at writing articles for their website. Some companies want help with social media marketing for their business. If you have a skill in any of the many areas they offer help in, check out the site. Their website shows areas of work they provide. Sign up to be an available freelancer and start earning cash.
Freelancer profiles are organized by the type of work offered. This helps clients easily find people with the skill sets they need. But be aware that you’ve got to be a teen who’s at least eighteen to use Upwork. This is because you have to sign a legally binding contract to work with them.
By working with eBay, you can make money in a number of ways. eBay focuses on selling things to others. What do you have that you could sell? Do you create original artwork? You could post pictures of the artwork and sell that on eBay.
Do you have a knack for finding great deals at garage sales? Look for items that you can buy and resell on eBay at a higher price. Kids’ clothes and toys tend to be good sellers on eBay. So do up-to-date used textbooks.
Or do you have clothes, accessories, games or toys that you no longer use? Are the items well taken care of and in great shape? If so, you can re-sell them on eBay.
With eBay, there are two ways you can sell things. You can pick a specific price that you want to get for the item. Or you can put it up for sale as an auction item. With the “auction” option, you choose how long you want the auction to last. And you choose what the starting bid price is.
It’s more appealing to potential buyers if you start out offering an auction item at a lower price. But if not many people bid on the item, you can end up selling it for a lower price than you want. Keep that in mind before choosing the “auction” option.
Don’t Forget Shipping Costs
You’ll need to choose a shipping price as well. Do this before you place an item for sale on eBay. The eBay website will help you by estimating how much they think it will cost to ship an item. You can set your own shipping price.
Or you can offer for the item to be shipped for free. It will say “Free Shipping” on the listing. You can pay for shipping yourself. If you do that, you may want to increase the price of the item to include the shipping cost.
If one of your items sells, the buyer pays you via PayPal. You ship the item to the customer. eBay does charge a listing fee for your item. It can be up to ten percent of the selling price. For this reason, it’s important to remember to consider that fee when deciding on a listing price.
Are you good at specific school subjects? Do you enjoy helping others learn? If so, there are companies that will hire online tutors. Some hire people as young as fifteen or sixteen years old.
SameSpeak hires teens 16 years and older. You need to have English as a first language to work there. The reason is that you’ll help others learn to speak natural English. Tutors with SameSpeak earn $10 for every half hour of work. They’ll provide English conversation for people who are trying to learn to speak English. Some students are starting the language from scratch. Others want to learn to speak English more clearly and naturally.
The company also provides you with coaching materials and conversations. And they’ll share clear instructions on how to give lessons. This will help you know what to say and how to help your student.
SkimaTalk is similar to SameSpeak. They help people learn natural English conversation. They hire teen tutors as well. However, the pay is not as good as what SameSpeak pays their tutors.
12. Voiceover Work
Have you ever dreamed of being the invisible voice behind a commercial or cartoon? If so, there is legit work available for teens in the voiceover industry.
Voice-over professionals “hire out” their voices. They read the text you hear in TV commercials, animated movies and radio ads. Or other places where likable or unique voices need to be heard. In this podcast episode, voice-over artist Carrie Olsen shares how she gets voice-over jobs right from the comfort of her own home.
Do you think you would like earning money by working in the voiceover industry? Then check out the podcast and the other information Carrie shares for beginning a career as a voiceover artist.
As a voice-over artist, you may need your parents’ approval and signatures for some jobs since they may require a legal contract to be signed.
Did you know that some of the people on the YouTube videos you watch make money? YouTube pays them every time people watch their videos. People make YouTube videos on many different subjects.
Some people share videos of silly things their kids or pets do. Other people make videos that show people how to make something. Or how to repair something. And other videos show people how to play video games. Or how to do a particular hairstyle.
If you make a video that abides by YouTube guidelines, you can get paid real money when people view your video.
Teens can make money by allowing ads to be placed on the videos they create. Or by endorsing products that they or other people sell within their video. Check out the YouTube website for specific instructions. They’ll show you how to make money with the YouTube videos you create.
Have you ever called a company and got a recorded message? One like “This call may be recorded for quality purposes.” Those calls are reviewed for the companies. One of the businesses that does the reviewing is called Humanatic.
Humanatic hires teens age 17 and up to review those calls. You’ll give feedback on the calls you listen to. The company can then use your feedback to improve their services. If you are signed on with the company and complete a review, Humanatic pays you. They’ll put money into your PayPal account for each review.
With Humanatic, you get to choose the hours you work. You can sign in and out whenever you want to. Know that the company does like it when you work during their busiest hours. Those would be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
15. Slice the Pie
Slice the Pie is a well-known website that pays teens for their opinion. You can share your thoughts on music and other things. For instance, let’s say you’re reviewing music. You’ll listen to a short clip of the music. Then you’ll leave your opinion of the song on the Slice the Pie website.
Each review will earn you just a few cents. Some people say they earn from five cents to twenty cents for a review. That might not seem like much. However, listening to the clips and leaving the review only takes a minute or two.
Once you’ve earned at least $10 in income, Slice the Pie pays you. You’ll get a deposit into your PayPal account. Do you like listening to music and sharing your opinions? If so, this could be a good way for you to earn money online.
Remember to Keep Track
There’s a couple of things you should remember If you choose to start earning money online. This is a part of joining the ranks of the employed. First, you’ll need to keep track of your income.
Second, you’ll need to set aside some of the money that you earn. You could be required to pay income taxes. So save money to pay income taxes you have due at the end of the year.
Your parents should be able to help you with setting up a system to keep track of your earnings. And they can help you open a savings account for saving some of that money too.
Are you a teen looking for an online job? Which one of these appeals to you the most?