It’s always a great time for teens to explore some ways to make money. In the past, we have talked about business ideas for teenagers. These are mostly ideas that involve working outside the home. Today let’s focus on work at home job For teens 18 years of age and younger. Most of these could be done without stepping outside the house.
Sell products online
Etsy Teens are welcome as long as their store is registered and managed by a parent or legal guardian. This is a great site for artisans and creatives to sell handmade products. If you enjoy crafting in your spare time, you can start doing it for profit.
Etsy has really taken off for digital products as well. Whether you’re designing custom invitations, printable chalkboard signs, knitting patterns, or even logos, Etsy is a great place to sell your digital ideas. If you can create something that sells well and is easy to replicate, you could have a great money-maker on your hands.
Jazz This is a popular site for those who sell artwork, t-shirts and gifts. Their minimum age for registration is 13. If you’re not sure how to get started, consider designing a new shirt for your school and then sending the designs to your friends, student government, or various student organizations to see if there are any. Like it enough to buy.
Cafepress Much like Zazzle, and you can register under the age of 13 to use their services
If you’re artistically inclined, take a look Society6. There, you will be able to upload your graphic designs and artwork that will be turned into all kinds of products There is also a thriving independent artist community.
lulu It’s an independent self-publisher, where you can create your book and then sell it through all the usual channels If words are your thing, this is a great way to sell your book. Lulu’s membership agreement says it’s for people of all ages to buy and sell, so if you have something to share, take it to Lulu!
If you like the idea of selling digital products and you think you have a lot to share, consider selling your own digital products. It ranges from e-books to downloadable packets to full-blown courses, on just about anything imaginable.
Offer your services
U-Haul is one of the few online jobs for teenagers under 18. A 16-year-old is employed as a customer service representative as long as you are currently enrolled in school or have a GED/diploma. Training is provided and this is an hourly position.
Enrollment helps people sign up for health insurance coverage. They also offer teen jobs online. You can submit your application anyway and set up alerts to receive notifications when new jobs are posted.
Become an online tutor for under 15s. Minor tutors can only conduct classes with those 18 or younger. You can also offer tutoring services locally.
Depop allows under 14s as long as you are legally able to enter into a binding contract in your country of residence.
Fiverr is an online marketplace where you can do basic graphic design, animation and other creative things. You must be at least 13 years old to sign up on Fiverr. Check out our Fiverr tips here.
Content collection Contracts writers under 16 years of age. Payment is made by PayPal. You can submit articles for sale or answer custom jobs.
Music xray Will pay you to listen and rate songs. You are paid $10 per song review. There is a minimum payout of $20.
Slice the pie – If you like Music Xray, you’re going to like Slice the Pie. This is another site that pays you to rate music clips. You can also refer your friends to earn extra money. Payments are made by PayPal with a $10 minimum.
User-lytics Pays $10 to test websites and apps for usability. To register, you must be of age of consent in your state. 16 in some places so check your local laws.
Shopkick allows users under the age of 13 with parental consent. Earn points by checking in to local stores and scanning specific products. Points can be redeemed for prizes such as gift cards.
Swagbucks is always a fan favorite. There are many ways to earn Swagbucks on the site. Get paid for watching videos, taking surveys, shopping and more. You can redeem your box for gift cards or cash through PayPal. Don’t miss this opportunity. You can carry it with you through adulthood.
Taking surveys online or through your smartphone can be an easy way to spend some money. Here are some opportunities open to teenagers.
Jingit allows users under 13 years of age. Get paid for surveys, shopping, checking in at local stores and more. Zingit offers direct deposit to an existing bank account
TeensEyes An online survey panel specifically for 13 to 18 year olds. Earn money by sharing your opinion on popular products and services targeting teenagers. The site says most surveys pay the equivalent of $2 to $20 in points. Redeem those points to pay by check.
Many of the above opportunities offer payment via PayPal student account Those 13 or older. A parent account holder must create the account.
Whether you enjoy hitting up local hot-spots or have your eye on online reseller sites, reselling is a fun way to earn some cash. The idea is to “buy low and sell high” when you find something that can be resold.
Clothes and shoes can be sold at consignment stores like Plato’s Closet or online through several websites and apps.
Amazon and eBay are the places to go to sell used books, but they’re not your only options.
Collectibles can be sold on eBay, Craigslist, or specialty sites.
You can also make a good bit of reselling on Craigslist. If you know a lot about certain items (like sports equipment or shoes), you can pick up a real steal on Craigslist and turn around and resell it for what it’s really worth. Another great opportunity on Craigslist is the “Free Stuff” section. Often these free items have some value; If you can pick them up and resell them on Craigslist or elsewhere, that’s almost pure profit.
With the exception of U-Haul, most of the above opportunities will not generate enough income on your own. Once assembled, you can have a nice little nest egg to complete simple tasks at your leisure. And most offer flexibility, you can keep them all year round.
Start freelancing online
Freelancing requires you to have a specific skill set, but if you are interested or if you already have some experience in any of these fields, then working from home can be a great way for you to start. Freelancing has the potential to earn a good amount of money, if you take it seriously and find the kind of services you enjoy.
If you love to write or you know a particular subject and can write well about it, you may be interested in freelance writing. There are plenty of freelance writing jobs available, if you know where to look. The challenge with freelance writing (after you start working) is meeting your deadlines. If you’re not ready for that kind of responsibility, you might want to try a different idea.
There are all kinds of ways to work online as a virtual assistant. If you have any kind of computer or technical skills, business owners need your help! Some of the things I get asked about most often by my fellow entrepreneurs are editing videos and podcasts and putting together images for social media (like Pinterest and Instagram). These are fairly specialized skills, though – a lot of VA jobs are simple tasks like managing email, scheduling posts in WordPress, and basic research and data entry. They don’t pay as much, but the work can be as steady as you like.
Graphic design is another opportunity, especially if you’re artistically inclined. This usually involves small-scale projects — logos, blog titles, formatting ebooks and printables, and the like. Fiverr and Esty are both great places to start selling your graphic design, and you can use them to get a feel for what sells.
If coding is more your style and you are willing to put some time and effort into your homework, you may be interested in becoming a website or app designer or developer. These types of jobs can make some serious money if you are able to deliver what the customer wants, and this is something that many teenagers already know how to do.
Finally, there is my personal favorite: starting a blog. Blogging is a great way to make money from home, and it’s something you can work into your school schedule. It requires very little to get started, and if you’re serious about it, there’s no limit to how much you can do.
Additional ways for teenagers to earn money
Full disclosure: the options below will force you to leave home as a teenager versus working from home. These are more business ideas than traditional store clerk employment. But the good news is that you can get a lot less competitive offers for yard cutting than getting that job at the mall. And you’ll have a lot more flexibility and freedom too!
The options below can make you money fast as a teenager, maybe even today, if you’re willing to pick up the phone and market your services.
1. Cutting yard – It is always a profitable and highly sought after service.
2. Babysitting – Pick up a few babysitting gigs once or twice a month, regardless of your plans for Friday and Saturday nights. There is also an option to sit after school depending on your schedule.
4. Shovel snow – Seasonal of course, but you can easily combine it with mowing and landscaping to keep busy all year round.
5. LandscapingSuch as weeding, raking and pruning
6. Clean drains – There are some jobs that no home owner likes to do. This is one of them. But, it is necessary and can easily be outsourced.
7. Automatic Description – This is another service that can be expensive to do in person. You can offer your clients more affordable options.
8. Clean the windows – Most people deep clean twice a year, usually in the spring and fall. Cleaning windows is always at the top of that list.
9. Cleaning the house – Offer to come once per week for dusting, vacuuming and sweeping.
10. Holiday decorations – Think about those services as the holiday season approaches. Help people around you get ready for visitors and make seasonal decorations.
11. Pets – It doesn’t need much explanation. You have little chance. You can offer occasional sitting services to vacationers or establish a steady clientele with dog walking services. If you really want to ramp up your service package, you can even do a little lawn cleaning. Many pet owners these days are willing to pay pet duty.
14. Service of Work – If you have a busy family or your neighborhood seniors offer work services. You can pick up their mail, run to the store, pick up their dry cleaning on the way home from school.
15. Recycle Service – If you are already cleaning out garages and moving the garage for your elderly neighbors, ask if you can put those empty cans and bottles for recycling.
As you can see, there is an endless supply of jobs for teenagers – both online and off. If you need something a little more challenging or interesting than folding t-shirts after school, try one of the opportunities above. You can find an entrepreneur in training!