These days, teens have a lot more options for making some extra cash outside of the stereotypical part-time work at McDonald’s or mowing lawns, thanks to the web and an endless variety of apps.
If you’re a teen, chances are you’ve probably wished for more cash in your pocket on more than a few occasions. Here are some legit online jobs that can help you earn some serious extra cash.
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 are often hiring teens for summer and after-school evenings and weekend work.
County and state park management agencies look for teens to help keep parks and beaches fun and safe during the summer months if you are thinking about finding work for the summer months only.
However, if you’re looking for different ways to earn money that don’t involve a traditional job, you might want to consider an online job. Online job opportunities seem to be growing in number on a regular basis.
More and more companies are considering hiring virtual workers, and people are finding more business ownership opportunities for making money online. There are also individual “gigs” out there that can be taken advantage of for earning income. In other words, money making opportunities that don’t involve a long-term commitment.
As a teen, you’ve grown up in a world where navigating the World Wide Web is a normal part of everyday life. Many teens know the Internet and the computer or device that is needed to access the Internet better than the adults around them.
Why not use those navigating skills to get a job that allows you to have a little bit more flexibility than a traditional job?
While some online jobs are scams, there are a lot of legit ways to work online and earn cash.
Here are some of the most popular legitimate online jobs for teens.
U-Haul offers the best of both worlds: a traditional job, only in an online setting. The well-known moving company is regularly hiring customer service representatives that work at helping clients who call their customer service center with scheduling to reserve moving trucks for the day of their move.
However, instead of working from a brick-and-mortar building like you would have to with many other customer service jobs, you can be a customer service rep for U-Haul right from the comfort of your own home, provided you’ve got a computer, Internet service, and a headset.
U-Haul is not necessarily different from any other company that uses online customer service representatives – except for the fact that they recognize that there are many responsible high-school-age teens out there and are willing to hire teens starting at age sixteen.
Many other companies are hiring for customer service rep jobs. In fact, 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.
If you are willing to learn how to work with customers and provide great customer service, this might be a good online job for you.
Swagbucks pays teens to do many of the things they already do anyway. You can earn online income through Swagbucks by doing a number of things.
- Watching videos
- Playing games
- Taking surveys
- Searching the Internet
You’re probably already doing these things anyway, right? Why not get paid to do them? With Swagbucks, you earn points by doing these simple online tasks, and then once you earn a certain number of points, you can cash them in for 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. If you keep your points and let them accrue to 2500, Swagbucks will let you redeem them for a $25 Paypal deposit, which means CASH for you.
The company also allows you to purchase other types of gift cards with your accrued points. It can be a great way to earn real money (or gift cards to purchase things you want and need) by doing things you probably do every day and make some legit income at the same time.
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 before signing up to make sure that they are truly legit companies that pay out like they say they do.
BookScouter, according to their website, helps people sell textbooks and other used books for the most money by comparing buyback offers from over thirty-five book buyback vendors with just one search.
As a teen, you probably have a few textbooks laying around. Or you can find some by hitting local garage sales (especially if you live near a college campus) or thrift stores. You can then re-sell those books for the highest price by using BookScouter to help you find the highest paying vendor.
Here’s how it works: You type in the ISBN (the long number listed near the barcode, usually on the back of the book) in the BookScouter search bar. The site populates a list of all of the sellers from different sites who will buy your book, along with the price they’ll pay for it.
The prices buyers offer can range from between $1-$2 and up to much, much more. Most sellers provide free shipping labels too, which means they’ll provide for you to send the book to them at no cost to you.
Once the buyer receives the book and assesses it to be sure it’s in the condition it was said to be in, they’ll deposit the agreed upon price into your Paypal account. All of the buyers on the BookScouter site are listed with ratings to help you decide which buyers you do and do not want to work with.
While this job can take some time, you may be able to make some decent money if you can find popular textbooks for sale at cheap prices. Because BookScouter has a mobile app available, you can check buy offer prices right at local thrift stores, garage or other book sales too.
My teen daughter has been making money by selling designs through sites like CafePress and another popular site, Redbubble for over two years now. She draws pictures she thinks will sell, and also has a few items for sale that contain popular phrases instead of pictures.
The process is super easy. You create an account at CafePress or Redbubble (it doesn’t cost anything to do that). Then you upload your designs to the site.
CafePress and similar sites then offer those designs for sale on a number of 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, such as shower curtains, bumper stickers, wall decals, and comforters. The sites show your designs on the types of items they have for sale, and in all of the colors they offer too.
When a customer buys an item with your design on it, the company pays you a commission on the sale and sends you the money via a PayPal deposit.
You can help increase awareness of the designs you have created and are offering by sharing the links to your CafePress account on your social media sites.
This can be a great way for teens who have artistic talent or are great at creating catchy phrases or sayings 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 because once you upload your design, your work is done and the products are available for potential customers to see and buy.
It will help you to possibly increase your sales by sharing your products on social media sites, but that’s not something you have to do because CafePress does much of the advertising for you. However, the more exposure your product offerings get, the more chance of someone seeing and buying them.
The Care.com website hosts a collection of babysitting jobs available for teens. To get hired for babysitting jobs, you create a free profile on the Care.com website, including a picture.
It’s a good idea to share your previous babysitting or child-rearing experiences so that prospective clients know that you’ve got experience caring for children.
You might have gained babysitting experience by babysitting for other neighborhood kids, for family members or friends, by helping care for younger siblings or by helping out 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 list your expected range of pay on the website so that parents have a starting point for negotiating an hourly wage.
When parents who live in your area are looking for babysitters on the Care.com site, they’ll see all of the profiles of available babysitters, including yours!
If you like watching kids but want to do the work of finding babysitting clients from home in an online setting, this could be a great way to do it.
The Fiverr website is a popular site where people can find quick jobs paying $5 and often more than that. As a teen, you offer your art skills, your writing skills, your gaming skills or any other number of services for sale on your Fiverr profile, along with the price you charge for each service.
As far as pricing your services goes, many Fiverr members base the price for their service on how long it will take them to complete the task. For instance, if your talent is to create a poem and you can do that in twenty minutes or less, $5 is a great price to charge.
However, if you are offering a service to draw customized pictures of peoples’ pets, and that takes you an hour or two, you may want to raise your price higher, say, to $20 for example.
The services offered on Fiverr are nearly endless. Musicians offer to create quick, customized songs for a client’s loved one. Poets offer to create poetry to help a client celebrate their anniversary or other special occasions.
After you create your profile sharing your available list of services, people needing help in your area of expertise can then view your profile and potentially hire you for quick and easy jobs, and you get paid $5. For more time-consuming jobs, you can get paid even more.
Fiverr takes twenty percent of what you make from jobs as a commission, and you get the rest. The company pays you directly, so you don’t have to worry about not getting paid from a dishonest client.
If you like the idea of doing custom, short-term jobs related to your interests, 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 sign up (it’s free!) with Survey Junkie and complete a profile that tells all about you, your interests, your shopping habits, etc.
Survey Junkie then uses your profile to match you with companies looking to survey people with interests similar to yours.
When you successfully complete a survey, you get paid either directly through Paypal, or via a gift card from popular stores such as Amazon, Target and more. Note: You do have to be eighteen to sign up with Survey Junkie.
Another great thing about Survey Junkie: their website says you can complete surveys anytime, anywhere, from any device. It means when you are sitting around waiting in a waiting room or sitting in the car while your parents are getting groceries, you can be making some money.
If you’re looking for opportunities to potentially earn some quick cash in your spare minutes, 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 sharing their opinions. When a person joins Harris Poll Online (it’s free to join), they fill out a profile that shares information about them (don’t worry: the information is secure and never sold to third parties).
When members complete surveys, they are rewarded HI points which can then be traded 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 creative inventions. The wide variety of things you could sell on Etsy is endless. 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 fashionable or unique jewelry? Are you good at creating invitations for weddings or other events?
Whatever your talent, you can make your item and place it for sale on Etsy. People then view and potentially buy your item, pay you for it via PayPal, and 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, either from a pre-created selection or custom made to a client’s request? The artwork can consist of a popular saying written in a great font, a cute picture or a customized item like a client’s name or other information.
If a client decides to buy the downloadable template you have for sale, the client pays, and you simply send them the file containing their design. They can then bring a media file containing the template to a printing store to get it printed and/or framed.
If you love making or designing things, selling your creations on Etsy can be a great way to make money from home and promote your creative skills at the same time.
UpWork is a site that provides businesses with connections to people who offer freelancing services in a variety of areas. “Freelancing” simply means that you don’t work for a specific company when providing your skill. Instead, you work for yourself and manage your business affairs on your own.
Businesses and individuals searching for freelancing help from Upwork members could want services in a variety of areas. They might want help coding a website, creating a logo, or proofreading a company manual.
They may want help writing articles for their website or help with social media marketing for their company. If you feel like you’ve got talent in any of the many areas they offer help in (check out their website to get more details) you can sign up to be an available freelancer.
Freelancer profiles are organized by the type of work offered so that clients can easily find people with the types of skills they need to get their goals accomplished. Be aware that you’ve got to be a teen who’s at least eighteen to use Upwork, as you have to sign a legally binding contract as a part of your application to work with them.
By working with eBay, you can make money in a number of different 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 potentially 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 especially tend to be good sellers on eBay, and so do used up-to-date textbooks.
Or, do you have a lot of your clothes, accessories, games or toys laying around that you no longer use? If the items have been well taken care of and are still in great shape, 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 as the seller pick the number of days you want the auction to last for and what the starting bid price you desire is.
It’s often more appealing to potential buyers if you start out offering an auction item at a lower price. Although, if not many people bid on the item, you can end up selling it for a lower price than you want to get, so it’s important to consider that before choosing the “auction” option.
You’ll need to choose a shipping price as well 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, and you can set your own shipping price from there.
Or, you can offer for the item to be shipped for free (it’ll say “Free Shipping” on the listing) and then pay for shipping yourself, but if you do that you may want to increase the price of the item to include at least some of the shipping cost.
If one of your items sells, the buyer pays you via PayPal, and then you ship the item to the customer. eBay does charge a listing fee for your item, which can be up to ten percent of the selling price, so it’s important to remember to consider that fee as well when deciding on a listing price for what you’re selling.
Are you good at specific school subjects? Do you enjoy helping others learn? If so, there are a couple of companies that will hire online tutors as young as fifteen or sixteen years old.
Enroll allows students as young as 15 to tutor others. You simply create your profile on Enroll’s website (there’s no charge to do so), stating the subjects you are good at and offer your tutoring services. Registering is free and really simple: you just sign up using your Facebook or Google Plus account.
Potential clients view available profiles for the subjects they or their children need help with and choose the tutor they think will be the best fit for themselves or their child.
If you are chosen to tutor someone, your first two tutoring sessions with Enroll are done for free to help build credibility and get some experience tutoring with them. After that, any work you get hired for will be paid work, and Enroll will pay you real money for tutoring students who need help in the subjects you are best at.
SameSpeak hires teens 16 years and older who have English as a first language to help others learn to speak natural English. Tutors with SameSpeak earn $10 for every half hour of English conversation they have with people who are trying to learn to speak the English language more clearly and naturally.
The company also provides the speaking coaches they hire with coaching materials and conversations, along with clear instructions, which will help you know exactly what to say and how to help your tutoring student.
SkimaTalk is similar to SameSpeak, offering to help people learn natural English conversation. They hire teen tutors as well, although 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 by reading the text you hear in a TV commercial, animated movie, radio ad 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.
If you think you would like earning money by working in the voiceover industry, check out the podcast and the other information Carrie shares for beginning a career as a voiceover artist.
Know that as a voice-over artist, you may need your parents’ approval and signatures for some jobs, as they may require a legal contract to be signed.
Did you know that some of the people on the YouTube videos you watch actually make money every time people watch their videos? You probably know that people make YouTube videos on a number of different subjects and interests.
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 on how to make money with the YouTube videos you create.
You know when you call a company, and it gives you a recorded message that says “This call may be recorded for quality purposes”? Those calls are reviewed for the companies, and one of the businesses that does the reviewing is called Humanatic.
Humanatic hires teens age 17 and up to review those calls and give feedback on the calls that the company can then use to improve their services. If you are signed on with the company and complete a review, Humanatic then pays you for your review by depositing money into your Paypal account.
With Humanatic, you get to choose the hours you work and sign in whenever you want to, although the company does like it when you work during their busiest hours of 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 on music and other things. For instance, when reviewing music, a Slice the Pie member reviews a short clip of the music and leaves their opinion of the song on the Slice the Pie website.
Each review will earn you just a few cents; some people talk about earning anywhere between five cents up to twenty cents for a review. That might not seem like much, however, listening to the music clips and leaving the review doesn’t take any more than a minute or two.
Once you’ve earned at least $10 in income, Slice the Pie pays you via a deposit into your Paypal account. If you like listening to music and sharing your opinions about other things, this could be a good way for you to earn legit money online.
Remember to Keep Track
If you choose to start earning money through one of these legit online jobs, remember to keep track of your income and to set aside some of the money that you earn to pay any income taxes you might have due at the end of the year.
Yes, if you are joining the ranks of the employed, you may be required to pay income taxes. Your parents should be able to help you with setting up a system to keep track of the money you make and to help you open a savings account for saving a portion of that income.
Are you a teen looking for an online job? Which one of these appeals to you the most?
Make Some Extra Cash by Taking Surveys
Taking surveys in your spare time can be a great way to earn some extra dough fast. Check out Survey Junkie which will pay you instantly with cash via Paypal. They have over 6,000,000 members and they have an 8.9/10 rating on Trust Pilot.