How to Earn Money Even if You're under 18

By: Maria
 

 

It can be fun being young, but for most teenagers, what the most significant drag in their life is the fact that they don’t have enough cash. 

    

Money doesn’t just buy you lovely things, but it also gives you a sense of independence. With some cash, you can go to concerts, travel, or take people out on dates. Being broke is not a joke, and it could really get a person down. 

    

That’s one of the reasons today we are going to share some ways you can earn a bit of cash at a young age, even if you’re still a student. 

 

   

In this article, we’ll start with the lower-paying jobs and end with the positions that pay a big sum of money. 

    




Online Activities

Okay, so it does sound a bit vague, but online activities here mean doing things online that require no skill at all. You just need to fill in surveys, answer questions, or review stuff. 

 

There was this blog online written by a young guy that he was able to do some online stuff in what is called the iPoll app. The guy seems he was British, but you can do similar things if you're in other countries. Using this app, he was paid to go shopping and buy a particular product. Other activities include answering questions about a product or sometimes just answering questions in a survey. 

    

If he bought items, he just needs to upload the receipt. In some instances, he would write something about the product. Let's say that the rewards weren’t huge and he had earned only about $130 in a few months. But hey, if you are still in your early teens, that's not even bad at all. 

    

Before getting into it, you might need the consent of your parents, especially if you are very young. There are also other apps where people could earn cash doing surveys and some websites that paid for very quick product reviews.

    

One website called "Slice the Pie" paid young folks to write reviews of just 30 to 60 words, which was very easy. You can also get paid for referring other people to sign-up and do the same. 

 

There was this person who wrote about his experience using Slice the Pie and said that he got paid, but it was in minimal amounts -- just only pocket money. He also said, "The exact amount of pay you can receive varies depending on a few different factors, including your star rank and experience. If your reviews are consistently good quality, your star rank will go up and so will your pay."

    

However, this website, as of this writing, doesn’t look like the business is still running. To see an extensive list of similar jobs, you can just Google something like, "get paid for online reviews and surveys" and, without a doubt, you will find what you are looking for. 

    

Fiverr 

We're going to give Fiverr its own spot on this list because it definitely deserves it. There are so many ways to make cash using this online marketplace. People are making a good amount of money here because their gigs would vary for skilled people. It's open to anyone, whether they are musicians or tech workers.

    

However, there are also lots of gigs that only require a highly skilled person who can write or communicate well in English basically. If you get a gig after being paid, you might need to give some money back to Fiverr. Still, it is free to sign up. 

    

Voice Over

Okay, so you are not skilled to start copywriting or designing websites just yet. Luckily, there are other jobs like doing voice overs that don’t require much technical experience. We should say there is actually a website called voices.com where you can earn cash by only doing voice overs. 

    

So, if you have a clear voice, then you can sign up for that. And who knows? You might even end up doing a voiceover for a fantastic YouTube informative show. 

    

Tutoring 

With your young age, you might not consider yourself good enough yet to be a teacher. But perhaps there is a subject you might be pretty good at even at the age of 16 or 17. There are numerous tutoring websites that we found online in which many of them, you can earn some cash even if you’re under 18.

    

Go online and search for jobs that let teenagers tutor. They actually exist because we have just been looking around the web and we have seen them. These job sites tell us that the average wage for a teenager doing tutoring online is from $10 to $15 an hour. That rate isn’t bad at all since you are doing something you're good at, and you don’t have to leave the house. 

    

Taking Care of Pets 

We searched online for dog walker jobs, and most of these tasks paid from 15 to 20 bucks per hour. However, the problem with the hiring companies was that some said you had to be at least aged 18 years old.

    

But you know what? You can still walk a dog at 16. Build a good reputation since you just need to be trusted for this job. When you soon have reviews, people will trust you even more. Instead of working for other companies, you could start your own gig. You can hand out flyers you made online in the neighborhood or simply start your own Facebook page.

    

Many people these days are so busy that they will be glad to have someone walk their pet and keep them healthy. Also, we should mention that with all jobs there’s the issue of tax. But don't worry about it since there is a threshold amount you must earn before you are entitled to pay any tax. The Bankrate tells us that it is $12,000 a year in the USA. 

    

Chores 

There were websites online telling teenagers how to start their own car washing business. Again, teens are so tech-savvy that they can market their business quickly online these days. 

    

It’s dissimilar to the old days when teens had to go from one house to another or rely on family friends. Some kids are earning a lot of cash washing cars, and this means making about hundreds of dollars per week. The same kind of rate goes for yard cleaning or snow shoveling during winter. 

    

When it's the time of the year that those leaves are falling or that snow is dumping down, your Facebook page is up and online telling people you can help them out. The plus side is that you are young and you don’t charge that much. 

    

In your neighborhood, there could be a lot of older people that cannot do this physically demanding work. This makes you a service for the community. In the past, they might not have been able to contact you. However, with your Facebook page, they can easily send you a message, and you can be around to their house in a matter of minutes.

    

Make sure to check out the local laws where you are working though. We found one news article in the USA which told the story of cops stopping teens in one town from shoveling snow because such a job had the case of being an unlicensed peddler and solicitor.

    

It is really up to the cops and the laws in the state. But sadly, we found at times youngsters have stopped selling cookies or lemonade in the street. They won’t get charged with anything, though. 

    

Rent Stuff

You are probably familiar with this, but there are several websites where people just rent out stuff, and they earn well out of it. There was one website in the UK called rentnotbuy.co.uk where people rent out just about anything. 

    

Maybe your family has a leaf blower, a lawnmower, and some power tools? Are your parents okay with you renting their stuff, or do you own those things yourself? If they're all yours, then start renting. We found that you can have just about any type of item you can imagine being rented out. 

    

There was this one guy who was renting out his BBQ grill for about 40 bucks a day. One person was renting out a cake tin for only three dollars a day. When you start renting stuff to others, you are also lowering consumption. So, it's “sharing is caring” for the environment. 

    

Perhaps you have a bicycle, sporting equipment, or a trampoline that is just sitting in the yard doing nothing. Rent that stuff out. Go online and look for platforms where you can do this. Again, if it isn't yours, make sure your parents know about this. 

    

Helping the Elderly Online 

Some teenagers are way more tech-savvy than most of the older folks. You would be surprised how a lot of people don’t know what an ISP is and that they don’t really understand how a modem works too.  

    

When someone’s internet is not working, there is usually a straightforward fix. Other instances would need someone to export some data from one place to another, but these older folks don’t know how to do it. 

 

Perhaps they have several albums of old family photographs, but they don’t know how to digitize them with a scanner. Even in cases as simple as this, that’s where you would come in. 

    

You will be a kind of IT, support worker. This means you might visit the houses of these older folks, or you can just tell them what to do online. Just a little precautionary measure here is that when you open your services to visiting people, make sure to ask for your parents’ consent or better yet, just work with people you know. 

    

Podcasting 

Okay, so you might not have as much as significant life experiences as Sam Harris or Joe Rogan. But you know what? Young folks sometimes are more interested in laughing, and often they want to know what their peers are doing and thinking. 

    

Start young! It really doesn’t take much effort or equipment to record or video a conversation. Check out tutorials online to see how you might get started. Perhaps you could talk about the recent events at your school. You can also do a podcast on fashion, local sports, or whatever you think is interesting. 

    

Maybe you will become the voice of the youth in your area, and many people might find this both education and avenue to express. You could talk about unexpected gaming strategies or even interview adults. Some young people are already doing this. When more and more people start watching your content, you can start making money from running ads on the platform. 

    

There were some people creating podcasts for teens made by teens, and they were getting quite a lot of listeners. This could become a career for you. Keep in mind that there’s no immediate pay-off, but you could get big in time. 

    

Online Sales 

Regardless of how young you are, you can just start selling stuff on Facebook or websites such as eBay or Etsy. It’s also a simple task that almost anyone can do. We found a headline in The Guardian newspaper with the title, "Meet the teens making thousands from selling online."

    

These teenagers were using lots of platforms to sell their stuff, but more than often, Facebook was the way to find customers. Sometimes, they just buy clothing at a lower price and sell it for more than they paid for it. There was also one teen who was selling Rubik’s cubes, while another guy was just selling Dungeons and Dragons dice. 

    

There was another girl who was making big money from buying second-hand women’s luxury bags. Of course, she was re-selling them on Facebook at a higher price. Over the years, she was known as the go-to person to sell a bag to and, at the same, the go-to person to buy one if you couldn’t get a brand new one. 

 

If you happen to have a good eye for products and can generate enough followers, you can make heaps of money doing this at a young age. There is substantial proof in numerous newspaper articles that feature these teens. And such earnings are not limited to making thousands of dollars a month. 

    

Gaming 

When we talk about the holy grail of making tons of money online and by doing something you love, then it is gaming. You probably have seen how an American teen won $3 million from winning a Fortnite competition. Three others also became millionaires. 

    

Though not everyone can be the best or even be a pro-gamer who would confidently stream their gameplay, you can still make a steady income playing games. 

    

There are also other ways, like becoming a game tester and making some money. You can even become a gaming coach by signing up to a site such as gamersensei.com. However, for that site, you have to be 13 or over. If you know you are excellent at a specific game, then try being a coach. You can also check out the website PlayVig, whose motto is get paid to play. While you might not get rich the same way as the pros, it’s a good start. 

    

Search online for the games which can earn you real hard cash. There were even some young Roblox developers making heaps of money. With enough practice, you could do this as well.

    

Some sellers and creators in that game were pulling in $250 a month, while others were getting richer. You can dedicate yourself to gaming, and this could become a regular job. You could even help your parents retire early. 

 

Do not be dismayed if you don’t have other skills. You are still young. All you just have to do is take a look around and check if there is something you can offer. If you give enough time and effort into any of these, we think you could make some money.

 
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