I didn't land my first official job until I was 18. That's not to say I didn't really want to find work as a teen. There were other family circumstances that prevented me from being able to go out and get a job but I used to fantasize about working at a retail store or a restaurant.
I wish that I knew about online jobs back then. Online jobs have opened the door for so many people to earn an honest living or make some extra cash from the comfort of their home. This includes teens as well.
If you're a teen or you know a teen who's looking for flexible work, here are 9 ways you can make money from home.
1. Write Articles Online
If you're a teen who likes to write, you can make money writing articles for websites and blogs. You can use papers you've written at school for writing samples and pitch to sites that hire teens.
My sister used to write for a site called Teens Got Cents which hires teen writers occasionally. You can also consider sites like Hubpages which accepts teen writers under the age of 18 so long as parental consent is provided.
Also, Helium allows you to write if you are at least 13 years old.
2. Customer Service
Yes, it's rare that you'll find a work from home customer service opportunity for teens but U-Haul –Read more– provides this. If you are 16 years old and over you have an opportunity to work with Uhaul as a Customer Service Representative.
You just need to have a good quality USB headset and high-speed internet in order to apply and do this job. Basic pay starts at $7.50 to $8.50 an hour. You also get bonuses that can push your hourly pay up to about $14 – $15.
3. Sell Items Online
Selling items online is one of the easiest ways to make quick cash and teens can turn it into a profitable business by selling things on Amazon and eBay.
It's best to start sorting through items at your home that are no longer being used and list them for sale. You can create consistent revenue by heading to thrift stores to buy promising items them flipping them for a profit by upselling them online.
4. Take Surveys
Another easy task teens can do to earn money is take surveys online. You don't need any experience to do this and can be as young as 13 years old to get started.
Are you creative and love to craft? You can open up an Etsy shop to share your creations. Etsy is great for DIYers who create digital and physical products.
If you are not 18, you just need a parent one board who is willing to oversee and manage your shop.
6. Direct Sales
Direct sales can be a great first business idea for teens allowing them the opportunity to sell their favorite products and learn about marketing.
Avon is a popular company with quality products and you only need to be 13 or older to get started. Perfectly Posh is a direct sales skincare company that you can also start selling products for at the age of 13.
Keep in mind that direct sales companies may require you to purchase a startup kit to get familiar with the products and perform demonstrations for potential customers.
If you enjoy teaching and helping others learn, you can sign up to become a tutor with Enroll. Enroll is a site that provides virtual tutoring services covering over 1,000 different subjects.
The best part is that you don't need to be a professional to become an online tutor. Enroll allows teens as young as 15 to sign up to tutor on various different subjects. The sites requires you to complete two free tutoring sessions first to gain momentum and build credibility by generating some positive reviews. Then you can start making money from future online tutoring gigs through the site.
8. Graphic Design
Graphic design jobs are always in demand since people and businesses often need custom designs for their branding, events, website, etc. If you enjoy creating graphics and are skilled with programs like Photoshop and Adobe InDesign, you can sign up for Fiverr and offer graphic design services. You just need to be 13 years old to sign up for Fiverr.
9. Micro Jobs
Finally, micro jobs can be a simple way for teens to make money online. Micro jobs refer to small tasks or short-term gigs you can complete online. A few of those sites include:
Upwork – You need to at least be 14 to sign up and create a profile detailing your skills. Simply bid for the jobs that fit your profile and you are confident you can do well. As you build your reputation you will be able to earn about $10 hourly.
Voices.com – If you have a speaking voice that is clear and are interested in voiceovers then you should consider this website. There is no age requirement and you just have to create a profile and upload a voice sample. You can expect to earn around $100 per job.
Crowd Source – You can get paid to complete a variety of tasks including data entry, writing, and translation among others. The pay is not very high at around $-.10 for each task you complete. If you have a writing assignment you can expect to earn anywhere between $0.02 and $0.035 per word.
Qmee – you will need to install Qmee on your browser before you can make money off it. It will show some advertisements when you are online and you will get paid for each ad that shows. If you click an ad, you will have money deposited into your account with Qmee.
Ibotta – With this app, you basically get paid to shop. If you are planning to go out shopping simply take a peek at the app, see the rewards on offer for specific products and then head out and make some cashback. If you are a new user, you earn $10 the moment you sign up.
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Have you ever tried any of these income ideas out? What jobs do you think would be a good fit for your teen?