Being an educator at an inner city school and teaching a career preparation course allows me the opportunity to educate students on the different options of making money. This school year I really wanted to focus on showing my students the places to make money online and starting businesses online. Below are the following ways I have so far that teens (13 and up) can legitimately make extra money online. Pretty much all of the payment methods will require that you have a PayPal account.
Upwork: This website offers a great marketplace for selling just about any professional service. You don't need a merchant account, website of your own or anything else for that matter. All you need to do is be able to provide a high-quality service at a reasonable price. But be informed, you will have to compete with many others that are constantly bidding on open jobs.
The problem with affiliate marketing, like many other home business options, are the so-called gurus and get-rich-quick programs that suggest affiliate marketing can be done fast and with little effort. Odds are you've read claims of affiliate marketing programs that say you can make hundreds of thousands of dollars a month doing almost nothing ("Three clicks to rich!"). Or, they suggest you can set up your affiliate site, and then forget it, except to check your bank deposits.
As always, you need to be particularly careful about advertising or doing any other business online. Make sure your parents are aware and approve of all the ads and forums you’re using—for example, if you’re advertising on Instagram and Facebook, make sure your parents know about both of these social media portals and can help you regulate them—and have them come with you if you’re going somewhere to mow lawns or babysit for the first time.
If you're a teen with stuff to sell, consider looking around on Facebook for some local yard sale groups. You can join and then post your used video games, electronics, or anything else you might want to get rid of. This is a good option because there really isn't an age limit. However, definitely use caution and don't meet anyone in an isolated place alone. If you are not yet driving, have a parent or guardian drive you to meet the person you are selling to.
Become a blogger’s virtual assistant: Bloggers need help. There are endless things they could be doing every day and just don’t have the time to get them done. To fill the gaps, bloggers hire virtual assistants. One common way VAs help bloggers is by managing their social media accounts. To learn more about what it takes to be a VA see: How to Become a Virtual Assistant.
Check with local grocery stores for openings. Many grocery stores take teenager employees as baggers or stockers, and these kinds of jobs can be good experience for your budding resume. You won’t be paid much more than minimum wage, but the money will be steady and consistent, as long as you show up for your shifts and become a reliable worker for your employer. Chances are, you’ll also get to work and hang out with other like-minded teens. Just make sure you can stand on your feet for several hours at a time, as bagging and stocking are both somewhat physically demanding.
Keep in mind though, you don’t need a website to do sponsored content since you can also get paid if you have a lot of social media followers. My wife has a pretty big Instagram following, and she gets all kinds of sponsorships. Not only does she get paid in cash, but we get a lot of free stuff, too. We’ve received free rugs, free lights, and free carpet cleaners. She only promotes things she loves though, so this strategy works really well for her.
Affiliate Marketplaces – ShareASale and ClickBank have thousands of merchants to choose from. It’s nice to login to 1 place and check the performance of multiple affiliates without going to each individual portal on each website. Many programs aren’t part of a marketplace though. I’m a big fan of ShareASale – there are so many companies and industries you can choose from.
WP Rich Snippets – premium plugin that adds rich snippets (eg. review stars) to your snippets. You get 33% of sales and it’s what I use on my site. However the developer does not provide plugin updates or support. Here’s a post I used it on. If you’re writing reviews, get 100% need SOME rich snippets plugin. The All In One Schema plugin works too. If you want to allow users to submit reviews, try the Site Reviews plugin.
If re-skinning sounds like something you want to try, I would first recommend looking at Chupamobile. Chupamobile is a marketplace to buy app templates. They usually cost between $50 and $250. However, once you buy a template once, you can re-skin it an unlimited amount of times! After you decided on your first template, you’re going to need to re-skin the app. I’ve found that simplicity is the best when re-skinning apps. I typically just change the icon, colors, screenshots, text, and backgrounds of the app. I wouldn’t try to add features because this is time consuming and the return isn’t usually that great. After completing the re-skin, you’re almost finished with your first app! Now you just have to sell it on Flippa, a marketplace for buying and selling apps and websites.
As you start regularly putting out content, you’ll hopefully start to build a bit of an audience. But to start seeing real money from YouTube you need to market your videos elsewhere. Share your channel on Twitter and Facebook. Distribute videos anywhere else you can think of. Also, interact with comments and build a community around the videos you’re making so people will share it with their friends.
Disclaimer: NerdWallet strives to keep its information accurate and up to date. This information may be different than what you see when you visit a financial institution, service provider or specific product’s site. All financial products, shopping products and services are presented without warranty. When evaluating offers, please review the financial institution’s Terms and Conditions. Pre-qualified offers are not binding. If you find discrepancies with your credit score or information from your credit report, please contact TransUnion® directly.
It is a very good idea to use different product promotion strategies so you can figure out what is working and what is not. Try to do split testing and measure the performance of each campaign then take actions accordingly. Changing a few things here and there can increase your profit dramatically. Make sure to place the banner ads on different areas of your site’s pages. Some positions will make the ads more noticeable than others.
However, like anything else truly worthwhile, apps require a significant investment of your time or money upfront. If you don't have the skills, then you have to hire someone who can assist you in creating a great app. But first you need to come up with an idea that will sell. Do the proper market research and analytics to come up with the right app.
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 extra cash.
Money can be earned and spent, saved and pilfered, invested and wasted. Not time. That's why time is far more valuable than money. The point? When you lack the luxury of time, making money online (or offline) can seem like an impossible task. How are you supposed to do that when you're working at a life-sucking nine-to-five job? While the stability of full-time employment might allow most to sleep well at night, it doesn't empower your creative juices to search for new income-producing strategies.