Today's post provides a helpful list of 10 ways for teens to make money online. So if you're a teenager — or you know one who needs to earn — then you might find a few things listed here that can help!
Keep in mind that, due to online privacy regulations, you will need your parent or guardian's permission to register for anything you see listed below. Unless you are 18 or older, this is generally a requirement.
Most of the things listed below won't count as a job. They're just good for some extra bucks here and there you could use for gas money, a pizza, or some occasional spending money.
10 Ways For Teens To Make Money Online
1 – Pinecone
I recommend this paid survey panel all the time, and it's because it's one of the best ones out there. Every survey pays $3, which is way above what most online surveys pay. Also, they pay quickly — you usually get your money within a few business days after you request it. Options for payment are Paypal or mailed check (your first payment has to be mailed check so they can verify your address).
The minimum age to create a Pinecone account is 18.
2 – Epoll
Epoll is another survey panel I recommend quite often. The reason I like this one is because the surveys are more interesting. You're usually answering questions about movies, TV shows, celebrities, and current events. And these topics would probably appeal to teens as well!
You can redeem the points you earn for surveys for Paypal cash or gift cards.
The minimum age to sign up to take surveys with Epoll is 13.
3 – Slice the Pie
Do you enjoy listening to music? I don't know many teens — or anyone else for that matter — who doesn't. If you do enjoy music, you'll probably be excited to learn that you can earn a little extra cash listening to music snippets on Slice the Pie and then offering your feedback in the form of a rating and short, written review.
You will not break the bank with this, but I've participated myself and found it be a fun way to earn a little extra. Payments are made on Tuesdays and Fridays provided you have at least $10 in your account.
The minimum age to create an account on Slice the Pie is 13.
4 – Origami Owlettes
If you're not familiar with Origami Owl, it's a very popular direct sales company. You sell Origami Owl's beautiful necklaces and lockets and earn commission from your sales.
If you're a youth aged 11-17 with an entrepreneurial spirit, you can sign up to be an “Origami Owlette” and sell the product to earn commissions as well. An affidavit for parental consent must be signed and submitted before you are allowed to participate in the program.
Go here to learn more about the Origami Owlette program.
5 – Etsy
Etsy is a very popular online sales platform for all things crafty. And if you're a crafty teen, you're in luck! You can create an Etsy account and begin selling your wares at a minimum age of 13. However, your parents or guardian must have given permission, and they are the owners of your account until you turn 18.
Note that Etsy does have listing fees and transaction fees, so you'll need to price your items considering these factors to ensure you make enough profit from sales.
Go here to learn more about setting up an account as a minor on Etsy.
6 – Spreadshirt – 14 & Up
If you are creative, you could earn some money on Spreadshirt by designing and selling your T-shirt designs! A lot of people are doing this now, and artistic talent isn't really required. Many of the items will sell with just text on them — funny slogans and things like that.
Go here to learn more about Spreadshirt.
7 – Care.com – 18 & Up
You can enroll as a caregiver on Care.com and get invitations to do things like babysitting, pet sitting, and senior care in your spare time. Care.com used to allow teens younger than 18 to join, but they no longer do so. If you're interested in this one, you'll have to wait until you are 18. They do run background checks on people prior to letting them become members.
Go here to learn more about caregiving on Care.com.
8 – Humanatic – 18 & Up
This is an interesting work at home/extra cash opportunity where you can get paid to listen in on recordings of phone calls and categorize the calls according to type. This is intended to help businesses determine how many sales calls they are getting. You have to have a Paypal account, so you'll need to be at least 18 to work for them.
Go here to sign up for Humanatic.
9 – SameSpeak – 16 & Up
You can work for SameSpeak as an online English language teacher at as young as 16 years old. Your first language must also be English. Note that they do pay with Paypal, but since Paypal requires you are 18 or older to open an account, you'll have to get your parents to open one for you.
Go here to apply to work with SameSpeak.
10 – Poshmark – 13 & Up
There's been a lot of buzz lately surrounding re-selling clothes on Poshmark. And teens can do this! You only need to be 13 to have an account. It's become a very popular online marketplace for used clothing, so you could potentially do very well here if you have clothes you want to get rid of, or you know how to source for clothes that might sell well.
Go here to sign up on Poshmark.
And that wraps up our list! If you happen to know of any other ways for teens to make money online, please comment below to share with others. Good luck to you if you pursue any of the opportunities listed above!