It might seem as if it’s very difficult for a teenager to make money. A lot of companies only want to hire employees over 18, and teenagers have to schedule work around their school and activity schedules. The good news is that if you are a teenager, you can make money. You’re no longer stuck with the traditional options like babysitting and mowing lawns. Now, with a computer (or even a smartphone or tablet) and an Internet connection, there are more options for young people to make money than ever. You’ll also need a little creativity!
1. Selling Items Online
List your unneeded clothes or household items on EBay, Amazon or other seller-based sites. You can also ask family members and relatives for unneeded items to sell. It’s likely that they will be glad to get these items off of their hands!
Depending on the site and what the item is, you can either list them to sell for a set cost or sell them auction-style. Make sure you have as many details as possible about the item and take several quality pictures. You want the buyer to get a clear idea as possible on what they are buying to prevent any issues after it’s already received. You will need to set up a PayPal account to receive your funds. You must be 18 for a PayPal account, so if you’re not 18 yet, you can have your parent or guardian set this up for you. Once you build a good reputation as a seller, it will be much easier to get continuous sales this way.
2. Sell Crafts and Handmade Items Online
If you have crafty skills, you can sell them on websites like Etsy. This works similarly to selling other items online, but you will have a unique product to offer. Handmade gifts are very popular during holiday seasons.
3. Affiliate marketing
Do you have a large social media following? If so, you can make money from affiliate marketing. You can post links (unique to your account for tracking purposes) and whenever someone buys products using that link you’ll receive a commission. This is also an option for bloggers.
Building a blog is one of the best ways to make money to write online. You’ll need to if you have start-up money for your own domain, you can register to reserve one or you can build a blog on free websites like Tumblr, WordPress or BlogSpot. The wider your audience, the more opportunities you have to make money from your blog. It can take a while to build a following, but once you do, you can make steady money. You can sponsor with ads with services like AdSense and Amazon Associates.
5. Social media and website design for small businesses
You can create and maintain social media accounts, like Twitter and Facebook for small businesses. Often they don’t have anyone to keep up with their online presence (or who knows how) and a younger person with experience on these sites can be quite an asset!
6. Graphic and Web Design
If you are skilled at graphic and web design and designing logos and infographics, you can make money from design contests at Designhill. Just submit your designs to Designhill where business owners hold online design contests. If a client likes your designs and you win the contest, you will be paid money for your work. Moreover, once you build a decent portfolio on the website, you can get invited by clients to work on a 1 to 1 basis. Designers can even sell their ready made logos on the Logo Store.
7. Online surveys
There are lots of research companies that will pay you to take surveys. You probably won’t make a lot of money doing this, but it is a way to make some money without doing much work. Surveys usually take only a few minutes to complete.
8. Lessons and tutoring
Using methods like Skype and instant messaging, you don’t have to be in person to give lessons or tutor. There are websites like Take Lessons where you can sign up to give lessons on anything from the guitar to foreign languages!
If you can create videos for YouTube that get lots of plays, you can make money off of ads from Google’s AdSense. You will need to register for a YouTube account, and once you have videos uploaded you can choose to “monetize them”, allowing Google to place ads in your video. The more unique and engaging the videos are, the more likely you are to grow a large audience and make more money!
If you are a writer, you can also publish your own e-books and sell them online. This is a way to make money as well as get your start in publishing.
These are just a few are many ways for teenagers to make money online. Once you find which is best for you, you’ll be able to make those few extra bucks to spend or save for something special.