5 Ways to Make Money Online in Your Teens

Are you looking for some great money-making ideas? Well, here are five great ways to make money online in your teens—that you can start today!
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There are plenty of ways you can make money online as a teenager. Here is one great example:

In 2004, a 14-year-old entrepreneur named Ashley Qualls started a website called whateverlife.com. Originally created as a hobby, Qualls was soon creating free layouts and HTML guides for Myspace users. Qualls never actually sold any goods or services; she made all of her income from advertisements!

Okay, maybe your goal isn’t to become a millionaire in your teens (which is ok, you still have a lot of time to invest and save). Nonetheless, today I’m going to show you five great ways to make extra money online in your teens!

1. Freelance on Fiverr

There are plenty of ways to make money on Fiverr, and it is one of the largest online marketplaces for freelance services!

Fiverr was founded in 2010, and had over three million services listed as of 2012! Some of the most popular ways to make money on Fiverr include:

  • Creating Resumes
  • Freelance Writing
  • Designing Logos
  • Researching
  • Creating Voice-overs
  • Programming
  • Social Media Promotion

How old do I have to be to make money on Fiverr?

Unfortunately, you must be at least 13 years old to sign up for Fiverr and offer your services. If this is an issue you could simply ask your parents to create an account—and carry out jobs for them!

I have to mention that you won’t make a lot of money with Fiverr in the beginning. Your prices will have to be lower than your more experienced competitors to give you your first couple of gigs.

You can start to raise your prices once you have completed a few gigs and received some 5-star reviews. You may even be able to raise your prices even further as you become a level one seller, and again once you become a level two seller! Fiverr is a great way to make money online in your teens—as it is an enormous online marketplace for freelance services!

2. Sell Your Designs

Another way to make money online in your teens is to sell designs through CafePress.com.

Founded in 1999, CafePress is arguably the world’s best online gift shop. The designs you will find on CafePress are crowd-sourced from a global community of over two million independent designers.

How does selling work on CafePress?

CafePress has a base price for each product and then you add in your markup. When an item sells, you’ll get the markup amount. It’s important to first consider the base price when setting your markup—to ensure people will actually pay your asking price! Also, CafePress will take care of all the billing, shipping, and customer service for you—if you make sales!

How much does it cost to set up a CafePress store?

You basically have two options when it comes to setting up a store on CafePress.

You can either let CafePress take 10% from your royalties each month (up to $10) or you can choose to pre-pay and let them bill your card for your store every month.This is never more than $6.95 per month depending on how many months you pay in advance. If you have a passion for design and love selling products—try selling your designs on CafePress!

3. Try Freelancing on Upwork

Another way to make money in your teens is to freelance on Upwork!

Upwork.com is a global freelancing platform where freelancers (you) are connected with businesses to work on projects. Some of the projects listed on Upwork include web and mobile app development, SEO, social media marketing, content writing, graphic design and more!

Can I trust Upwork?

Upwork.com is one of the most reliable freelancing platforms that you will find online. They ensure that you receive every client’s payment. As Nicky Martin said: “It’s hard to get ripped off on Upwork and it hasn’t happened to me (yet).”

How much money can I make with Upwork?

I am going to explore the moneymaking potential of freelancing writing, as it is a popular category on Upwork.com. It’s going to be hard to make a decent amount of money fast on Upwork—as it is on any freelancing platform. You will likely make around $1 per 100 words to start with.

You will be able to charge $2-3 per 100 words soon—if you build up your reputation and client base on Upwork.

There are also plenty of other ways to make money on Upwork—as I mentioned earlier! Freelance writing might be a great way to make money online as a teenager if writing comes naturally to you—and you’re not afraid of working hard!

4. Start a YouTube Channel

With over 1.9 billion monthly active users and over 30 million daily users, it’s clear to say that there is a demand for YouTube videos.

How Can I Make Money with YouTube?

The main way that YouTubers make money is through display advertising via Google AdSense. Your advertising earnings will vary greatly depending on the type of videos you’re making, or your “niche”.

How Much Money Can I Make with YouTube?

The average YouTuber makes $5-8 per 1,000 views with display advertising.

This might not sound like a lot, but imagine where you could be after a year of consistently creating videos—with an archive of helpful content that can be found in YouTube search. There are other ways to make money with your YouTube channel. You can also link out to affiliate products (and make a commission in the process) or direct users back to your blog or website!

Did I mention YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world, behind Google?

5. Complete Online Surveys at Survey Junkie

The last way to make money online as a teenager that I’m going to explore today is by completing online surveys.

Before I explain how to make money with Survey Junkie it’s important that you know that you probably won’t make a lot of money by filling out surveys. Survey Junkie is one of the oldest and most established survey sites on the Internet. Survey Junkie was created back in 2005, giving them over ten years of experience in the survey game.

How much money can I make with Survey Junkie?

The average survey is going to pay around $1 to $3. It’s not a lot, but it’s on par with what you’ll find at other survey sites. The main factor that is going to affect your earnings with Survey Junkie is the amount of surveys that you get invited to. Every user is different, and all of them are going to qualify for different surveys. If you’re lucky, you might get 2-3 surveys a week—but that is not common.

You will most likely get invited to about one survey a week. If we assume that you get paid $3 for your weekly survey—you will make $12 a month with Survey Junkie. It doesn’t sound like a lot (and it isn’t) but completing online surveys is an easy way to make some extra money online each month!

The Takeaway

There are many ways to make money online as a teenager and get a comprehensive financial knowledge in your early-stage at life. You should not feel disadvantaged because of your age! Feel free to check out our side hustle ideas post if you want to learn more ways to make money on the side!

What is your favorite way to make money online?




Jasper Stojanovski runs the personal finance blog StojFinance.com. StojFinance.com is full of helpful articles exploring all things personal finance! Some topics that Jasper has explored include investing, saving money, increasing your income and protecting yourself financially—to name a few.