Many of us had high school jobs whether we babysat on weekends or worked in a store or restaurant after school. Those sound old-fashioned to today’s teens. These days they are turning to the internet to make money. We tracked 22 awesome online jobs for teens.
No Car, No Problem
Most of us couldn’t wait to get our driver’s license as soon as we could but today’s teens are different.
“Young people are not getting driver’s licenses so much anymore. In fact, no one is. According to a new study by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, the percentage of people with a driver’s license decreased between 2011 and 2014, across all age groups. For people aged 16 to 44, that percentage has been decreasing steadily since 1983.
It’s especially pronounced for the teens—in 2014, just 24.5 percent of 16-year-olds had a license, a 47-percent decrease from 1983, when 46.2 percent did. And at the tail end of the teen years, 69 percent of 19-year-olds had licenses in 2014, compared to 87.3 percent in 1983, a 21-percent decrease.”
That is one reason teens are turning to online jobs, they don’t need to drive or someone to drive them. The other is the same reason many adults use the internet to make (extra) money, the flexibility. A traditional after-school job has set hours but working online allows anyone to work according to their schedule.
First Thing’s First
You might notice that most of these jobs have something in common; they pay via PayPal. A parent can set up a PayPal Student Account for a child aged 13 or older. The parent doesn’t need a PayPal account of their own to do so but it does make the process easier.
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Jobs for Teens 13+
You must be 18 or older to make an account buy minors are permitted to use an adult’s account. You can sell almost anything on eBay, clothes, books, old toys, things most teens have. Check out thrift stores and garage sales for things you can re-sell. Set the price you want, or auction it by setting a starting bid price.
eBay will help you price out shipping costs, and you can choose to include that in the price of your item and offer it with free shipping. Part of having good user feedback is prompt shipping so be sure to stay on top of your orders.
There are several ways you can be paid after eBay sales.
There are also several types and level of commission that eBay takes as their cut of each transaction.
Is it Worth it? Yes, for all of these resale sites. For many people, these things start out as a way to make a little extra money, but once they get the hang of it, it can start earning them full-time money without the hassle of a 9-5 job.
You can open an Etsy shop if you’re under 18 with parental permission. Etsy is great for creatively minded teens. You can sell nearly anything on Etsy, jewelry, ceramics, paintings, drawings.
Is it Worth it? Yes! You can hone your skills while still a kid and turn this into a full-time gig as an adult.
Fivver is a freelancing site that lets people post their services for $5 a job and often more. There are all kinds of jobs posted, online marketing, writing, graphic design, and SEO services among them
You create a profile with a list of services you can provide and choose a price for them from $5-995. Fivver pays via PayPal, and they keep less 20% 0f every job you complete.
Is it Worth it? Yes, much like the resale sites, freelancing sites can become a full time paying gig. If you’re skilled, online clients sometimes refer real-world clients to you, and you can build a solid regular, client base.
Shopkick is an app that lets you earn “kicks” or points for visiting, shopping in and scanning barcodes in stores like TJ Maxx, Best Buy, and Marshall’s.
At Shopkick you earn gift cards for the kinds of everyday purchases you already make. You earn “kicks” or points for both brick and mortar and online shopping. Each kick is worth about 4/5 of a cent, so 500 kicks are equivalent to $2.
Shopkick pays out via gift cards to places like Starbucks, Amazon, and Walmart among several others. You need a minimum of just $2 (500 kicks) to cash out.
Is it Worth it? Yes. Not because you are going to make a fortune, none of these shopping apps can do that but because you can earn money with Shopkick just for walking into particular stores, why not take advantage?
Qmee is a browser extension that works to help you save money when you shop online by showing you price comparisons and offering discounts. You can also earn money by viewing ads that run when you’re doing searches.
Once you install it, it will show ads when you use standard search engines. For each ad you watch, you’ll earn a few cents. You can also make money by taking surveys. There is no minimum to cash out, and you can receive payment in the form of gift cards or as cash to your PayPal account.
Is it Worth it? Probably not unless you do a lot of online shopping. The features that pay you to look at ads based on searches isn’t going to make you much money because the results are mostly for product related searches rather than informational ones. Unless we are doing a lot of research on potential purchases, this feature isn’t going to add up to much cash.
Boostapal is an online shopping portal. You can invite friends and family to become a booster. Each time a booster makes a purchase through the portal or buys a gift card for stores like Sears, Target, Kohl’s and others, you earn money.
The amount you receive is a percentage of the total qualifying sales price excluding charges for shipping, handling, and tax. The money is deposited into your Boostapal account, and once you accumulate $10, you can cash it out via PayPal, check, or gift card.
Is it Worth it? Yes but only if you have a big circle of friends and family who are willing to become your “booster.”
7. Slice the pie
For teens that love music, Slice the pie is a great way to make money. You listen to a clip of music and leave a review on the website. You can also review things like fashion accessories and even commercials.
Each review pays a few cents. Once you earn $10, you can cash out to your PayPal account.
Is it Worth it? Yes, but not necessarily for the money, you earn. Slice the Pie is an excellent place to hone and improve your writing skills. You can then take those skills to one of the freelancing sites where you’ll earn much more.
8. The Forum Wheel
Like to post on internet forums? Now you can get paid to do it. The Forum Wheel is paid by site owners to get people to post comments and drive discussions on their forums and blogs.
You are required to submit ten test posts to make sure you have good writing skills. For each post, you will earn one credit, and one credit is equivalent to $0.05. The more active you are, the higher level you can achieve and each level rewards you with extra money for each post.
There is no minimum for payout, and you’re paid via PayPal.
Is it Worth it? Yes, once you achieve a higher level. At the top level, level 10, you earn $0.50 per post which isn’t bad for doing what you might already be doing on a forum like Reddit for free.
instaGC is a site that pays users to watch videos, test apps, shop and take surveys. You earn points for each task, and one point is equivalent to one cent. Each task is worth between 10-100 points.
Points can be cashed out starting at just 100 points ($1) and can be redeemed for gift cards at places like Walmart or Amazon or as cash paid via PayPal, Bitcoin, or a Visa debit card.
Is it Worth it? Yes, because there are a few different ways to earn points. If you run out of surveys, you can watch some videos. If you run out of videos, you can test apps.
TeenEyes is an online market research firm. The site is used by companies that provide services and products geared towards teens like music and clothing. You can earn money by doing tasks like surveys, product testing and participating in focus groups.
For each task you complete, you earn points, and tasks are usually worth between 200-2,000 points each. One point is equivalent to one cent. Points can be cashed out after reaching $10 (1,000 points) for cash which is paid via check.
Is it Worth it? No. While you can earn a lot of points per survey; the site only sends out one or two per month.
Cash Back Sites
Earning money through these sites isn’t really a job as it doesn’t involve getting paid to do a task. But we included these sites in a special section because they are a way for teens to make money online.
11. Swagbucks 13+
You earn points for each dollar you spend and also get exclusive coupons and deals exclusive to Swagbucks shoppers.
Also, you can earn points when you use the Swagbucks Yahoo search engine, and when you watch exclusive videos, Swagbucks has put together. You can redeem your points for gift cards or get cash back through PayPal. We did a full review of Swagbucks.
Is it Worth it? Yes, if you’re using it as a search engine, shopping portal or taking the occasional survey when you’re killing time waiting at the doctor’s office or while you’re relaxing at night, it’s excellent. Why not make a little cash on your downtime?
Jobs for Teens 14+
Depop is an app that you can use to set up an online storefront to sell clothing and other fashion items. It works much the same way Poshmark and eBay work.
You are paid by the buyers, and the money goes to your PayPal account. Depop takes 10% commission from each sale.
Jobs for Teens 16+
Poshmark doesn’t have a set minimum age. It’s according to each state’s legal age of consent. In the US, that ranges from 16-18. Selling used clothing is a great way for teens to make money because they’re always outgrowing things. Once you run out of things, you can sell stuff you buy at places like thrift stores or yard sales. Poshmark is an online platform to sell used clothing.
You set the prices for your items. If you’re unsure what to charge you can look for similar things on the site and price your’s based on that.
The beautiful thing about Poshmark is that you can withdraw your earnings anytime you want. They will be directly deposited into your bank account, or you can request a paper check. For all sales under $15, Poshmark takes a flat commission of $2.95. You keep the rest. For sales of $15 or more, you keep 80% of your sale, and Poshmark’s fee is 20%.
With some savvy, you can turn this into a career.
Several companies offer work from home customer service jobs, but U-Haul is the only one that hires people under 18. The job entails taking calls from customers to answer questions and to make reservations for trucks and storage facilities.
The base pay is $7.50-8.50 per hour with a chance to earn bonuses for booking rentals. You’re paid for the four weeks of training, and if you eventually become full time, you can be eligible for benefits including medical and dental insurance and a 401k. Most reps work between 25-32 hours per week.
Is it Worth it? Yes, if you have the time. If you were able to work 25 hours, you’d make almost $200 before taxes, and as a teen with no living expenses, that’s kinda nice money.
Freelancer is similar to Upwork but allows younger freelances to join. You can post your profile and browse available jobs which range from designing t-shirts to designing apps.
Once the client pays for the work, you can withdraw your earnings to your PayPal account, bank account or have them wire transferred. The fee schedule is here.
Samespeak is a fun way to help people learn English by conversing with them through Skype. You will be given details on what things each student needs to work on, so you don’t have to come up with a lesson on your own.
You earn $10 for every 30-minute English conversation you have with a student. Once you make $100, the money will be deposited into your PayPal account.
Is it Worth it? Yes! Not only is it a fun way to spend time, but $10 for 30 minutes of work is excellent money.
Ibotta is bringing coupons back in style with their app that pays you for finding deals on the items you’d typically be buying every day. Their app is free to you and that you get cash rebates right from your phone. They partner with stores all over the country to offer products and brands at discounted prices which they pay you back in cash.
After you buy the products, you selected at any participating store redeem your rebates by taking a photo of your receipt. They will match the items you purchased to the rebates and give you the cash! Your cash back will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours. You can make $10 just for signing up.
You can cash out via a PayPal or Venmo account. We did a full review of Ibotta.
Is it Worth it? Maybe not for teens. Because a lot of the savings with Ibotta comes from shopping at grocery and drug stores, it’s not necessarily geared towards teens. If you’re a teenager, your parents are probably the ones making those kinds of purchases for you.
Jobs for Teens 18+
18. Survey Junkie
Survey Junkie is an online community that provides feedback to consumer research companies. That input is then used to improve products and services sold to consumers.
You earn points for answering surveys; one point is equivalent to one cent. Most surveys are worth between 100-200 points and take between 5-20 minutes to complete.
The points you earn will turn into cash via PayPal or gift cards. There is a minimum of $10 to cash out, and since most surveys are worth between 100-200 points, it doesn’t take long to reach that threshold. We did a full review of Survey Junkie.
Is it Worth it? Yes! Survey Junkie is an easy way to make some passive income. If you take half a dozen or so surveys a day which takes about an hour, you can make $5-12.
Ipsos is an online market research firm. You earn points when you complete surveys. One point is equivalent to one cent, so 100 points equal $1. Each survey is worth between 10-100 points.
You can redeem as few as 500 points for cash via PayPal which takes a few weeks or almost instantly via gift cards at places like Target, Amazon, and Starbucks.
Is it Worth it? No. The site only sends out about four surveys per month. There are more available on the site, but they are not updated very often.
In case you live under a rock, Uber is a ride-sharing service. Drivers use their car and can work whenever they choose.
The hourly pay after expenses varies from city to city, but you can expect to make around $10 an hour. In larger cities, it will often be much more and in smaller cities, sometimes a little less.
Payments are made via direct deposit, currently every Thursday.
Is it Worth it? Yes! If you can work a few hours a week during peak times, you can make pretty good money driving for Uber. Do keep in mind that things like gas and maintenance are your responsibility so makes sure the math comes out in your favor.
Ebates is a site that gives you cash back when you shop online. It’s not a shopping portal but an affiliate of more than 2,000 stores including Amazon, Macy’s, and Bed Bath and Beyond.
Each store shows what percentage cash back you get when you shop with them. Your money is paid out four times a year to your PayPal account or sent by check.
Is it Worth it? Yes, if you do a lot of online shopping, why not get some money back?
There are all kinds of jobs on Upwork, everything from writing to voice-over work. You can create a profile with examples of your work. Clients can see your profile and approach you, and you can bid on jobs.
If your portfolio is thin, low ball some bids to establish a body or work and ratings from happy clients.
The client pays Upwork and Upwork transfers the money to your bank or PayPal account. The fee schedule is here.
Don’t Spend it all in One Place
So what should you do with this money? What you decide can impact your entire life. We know it’s unrealistic to ask teenagers or anyone else to sock away every spent. You earned that money even if it wasn’t for doing very much and you should get to enjoy some of it.
But if you save half of every dollar you earn, which is easy to do since you’re still living at home, you have done perhaps the most impactful thing you can do to set yourself up for a life of financial independence.
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Even better if a parent is willing to invest that money for you. Compounding interest is a magical thing, and the longer it has to work, the better. If by the time you turn 18, you have invested $1,000, when you retire at 65, getting a conservative 7% return, that $1,000 will be worth more than $24,000.
Be smart with your money now. Develop good financial habits while you’re a teenager so one 40-year-old year you will thank 18 year old you.