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How to Make Money Online as a Teen

Michele Meleen
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It can be tough for busy teens to fit a part-time job into their schedule because of their limited availability and resources. If you want to make money without leaving home, there are a few jobs you can try online.

Create a Niche Blog

While the blog market is saturated, there's always room for highly specific content. Create a completely unique blog that covers topics not frequently shared in an original way to get the most bang for your buck. The payout is entirely dependent on how much work you put in and how many subscribers you have. There are several ways to make money from a blog including:

  • Allowing advertisements
  • Writing sponsored content
  • Offering premium content for paid subscribers

Take Surveys

Companies want to understand the needs and wants of their customers in order to make the most profit. So, they often hire customers who meet their target audience guidelines as a form of market research. You can make money taking online surveys when you find companies specifically looking for the opinions of teenagers. Generally speaking, you can expect to make under 10 dollars per hour for your time, but the surveys can be completed any time and usually only take a half hour or less.

Become a Professional Crafter

Teens can make money crafting online by selling homemade goods, designing graphics, and writing how-to articles. You can create a social media account or website for free to use in selling your crafts or find a reputable website like CafePress to sell through. Because crafting is a popular job, try to create things no one else is making using new and exciting materials. Income will depend on demand for your products.

Tutor Students Virtually

There are many online tutoring companies, but not all are reputable and not all hire teenagers. Do a thorough search for peer-tutoring jobs to find one that fits your skill set. Enroll is one online tutoring company that hires tutors as young as 15. You can sign up with your Facebook or Instagram account and start making money after your first two free trial sessions. If you can't find a trustworthy company online, advertise your own virtual tutoring services for regional teens. You can use a platform like Facebook to video chat and accept payments in one place. Teen tutors typically make between 10 and 15 dollars per hour.

Manage Professional Social Media Accounts

Many small, local business try to keep up with technology and create social media accounts to drive business, but they often don't have the time or skill to add great content. Reach out to businesses in your area to see if you can work as a freelancer uploading posts to their social media accounts. Since they aren't likely to have a huge budget, you could expect to get paid as little as a few dollars per post. If you are posting for them daily or weekly for several different businesses, that could add up quickly.

Sell Local Photographs

Some large companies like real estate agencies or hotels buy local photos to use on their websites or promotional materials. Since they may be owned by a larger company that is headquartered outside your region, they need local photographers to snap the images for a good price. Once you've created an online portfolio, you can sell some of your photos on stock image websites too.

Taking photos of the city

Work-From-Home Opportunities for Teens

Working online from home requires the ability to recognize legitimate online business opportunities and some serious time management skills. Finding jobs for teens over age 13 in the real or virtual world can be challenging, but it's not impossible.

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How to Make Money Online as a Teen