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If you or your teens are anything like mine, they’re always wishing they had a little more cash to spend on all of those things teenagers need and want.
When I was a teen the only options for making cash was to get a job at a local store or fast food joint. Luckily, technology today has created an atmosphere where there are many more options for teens looking to make some extra cash.
The rise in entrepreneurial ventures has affected teens as well as adults, and there are several ways even those under the age of eighteen can get in on some different ways to bring in some cash besides working at the local pizza place.
Here are some of the more popular ways teens under eighteen are making money in their spare time.
Visit Reward Sites
Making money through reward sites is popular largely because people can do it on their own time schedule without having to make a place for a scheduled shift job that requires four or more hours of their time.
Reward sites cater to those with limited or chaotic schedules, allowing them to make money whenever and wherever they can. The four rewards sites listed here are some of the most commonly used.
Swagbucks pays people money for doing quick and simple tasks. Some tasks include watching videos, playing games (a teen favorite), shopping online, answering surveys and more.
Swagbucks allows teens 13 and up to participate in activities for which they’re paid in points. Those points can then be used to buy gift cards to your favorite store, or can be transferred to your PayPal account for a cash out.
2. Cash Crate
Cash Crate also pays teens as young as 13 for participating in different activities. With Cash Crate, you can get paid to search the Net, to take surveys, to play games and more.
You won’t get rich earning rewards on sites such as this one, but it can help you earn a little extra cash in your spare time as opposed to just sitting there not earning cash.
InstaGC (stands for InstaGiftCard) is another rewards site available to people age thirteen and up. They’ll reward points for doing several different activities, including:
- Completing surveys
- Watching videos
- Shopping online
- Searching the Web
Earned points can be used to get free gift cards, get cash direct deposited into a bank account or get cash transferred to your PayPal account.
Do you like teaching others? If so, a job as a tutor might be right for you. There is at least one company that allows teens to sign up to tutor others.
Enroll is a tutoring service where people as young as fifteen can sign up to be tutors to students of a variety of different ages for a variety of different subjects.
When you apply to Enroll to become a tutor, you share your personal information as well as the subjects you would like to teach.
It’s important to be super knowledgeable about the subjects you offer to teach for Enroll. As a tutor with Enroll, you’ll provide your first two tutoring sessions for free so that potential students can see what your teaching style is and whether or not it may be right for them.
After that, however, any lessons you teach are paid. You can also share lesson plan ideas, videos and other teaching tools on the site that you can sell to fellow tutors.
There are several companies out there that pay teens money for giving their opinion via surveys and/or reviews. Here are a few of the most popular.
5. Survey Junkie
Survey Junkie is called “The most popular online spot to earn cash and rewards for sharing your thoughts.”
With Survey Junkie, you share your opinion on various surveys, and then are rewarded points for each survey you complete. Earned points can then be redeemed for free e-gift cards at popular stores such as Amazon or Target, or traded in for a cash deposit into your PayPal account.
You can take surveys on any device at any time, which makes it nice for earning cash during those wait times at the dentist office or between social events. This could be a great way to make a little cash in your spare time. Anyone thirteen or older can sign up.
6. Harris Poll
Harris Poll allows those aged thirteen and up to sign up to take surveys as well. When you take surveys with Harris Poll you earn HIpoints.
As your HIpoints accumulate, you can trade them in for free e-gift cards at popular shopping portals. Harris Poll also offers sweepstakes that members can enter that would allow them to potentially earn extra rewards.
It’s free to become a member of Harris Poll, and there are no charges for redeeming points or purchasing gift cards. You may want to know, however, that your HIpoints will expire if your account remains inactive for a period of twelve months or longer.
7. Opinion Outpost
Opinion Outpost is similar to the other survey-taking sites we mention here. You need to be thirteen to sign up, and then you can start earning points, which can be redeemed for a cash transfer to your PayPal account or for gift cards to Amazon and/or iTunes.
This company also has a quarterly drawing for a $10,000 prize, and every survey you complete gets you another entry into the quarterly prize drawing. Also, as with many survey companies, it’s free to join Opinion Outpost.
8. Survey Savvy
Survey Savvy assigns surveys to members based on what their clients are requesting in terms of demographics.
With Survey Savvy, you earn incentives (i.e. points) when you complete surveys, when you refer new members and when your referred members refer new members.
After you’ve accumulated at least $1 USD in incentives, you can request your money via a check sent by U.S. mail. Survey Savvy also hosts sweepstakes and contests on occasion, such as one recent contest to create a Survey Savvy jingle, which paid $500 in cash to the winner.
9. Ipsos i-Say
Ipsos i-Say members have to be fourteen or older to join and begin completing surveys. Points earned from taking surveys can be used in a number of different ways.
You can cash them in to get gift certificates at several stores, such as Amazon, Target, Starbucks and Walmart.
Or you can request your earned cash be transferred to your PayPal account. A third option would be to use your points to purchase i-Say merchandise consisting of thousands of name-brand products.
The company also features occasional surveys and contests for members to enter where you can potentially win additional cash or prizes.
10. Slice the Pie
Slice the Pie is a different kind of survey company. Members aged thirteen and older are asked to leave reviews regarding music, clothing, commercials, and fashion items before they are released to the public.
The feedback is then given to the artist/designer of the product. Reviewers are paid based on the quality of the review among other things. The better your review (more thorough, constructive criticism, etc.) the more you can earn.
Different categories pay more for reviews as well. Once you reach a minimum of $10 USD in earnings, you can request to have your money transferred to a PayPal account.
You can join LifePoints as soon as you turn 16 years old. LifePoints helps companies use your opinions to develop and improve products and services. This company has a LifePoints mobile app and a LifePoints desktop app you can choose from.
It’s free to become a LifePoints member, and you’ll earn points for each survey you complete. You can use your points to get PayPal cash or other rewards such as retail gift cards.
Customer Service Jobs
Customer service jobs that hire teens to help customers with questions or issues are rare, but there is one nationally recognized company that will hire teens as young as sixteen.
U-Haul hires teens to work their call center phones both in-store and sometimes even from the comfort of their own home.
If you are good at helping people and handling sometimes stressful situations, this may be a good way for you to make money.
Got a talent that people might be able to use? Consider working as a freelancer.
People looking for help from Fiverr members pay $5 for each job, and sometimes even more if it’s a bigger job.
If you have talents in the area of art, graphic design, digital marketing, animation, programming and tech stuff and the like, you could promote your services on Fiverr.
Making/Selling Your Own Stuff
Are you great at designing and making your own products? If so, you could sell those products online in order to make some cash.
Etsy is one of the most popular places for people to sell – and buy – handmade items. Personally, I’ve purchased several different types of items on Etsy such as hand-carved wood flash drives, spa items, and designs for wall art.
You can sell items on Etsy if you’re under eighteen, but do know that you’ve got to have parent permission and management of your shop in order to do so.
15. Facebook Sales Groups
Facebook can be another great way to sell stuff, whether it’s items that you’ve hand-made or items you own and no longer need or want.
You can sell via Facebook by creating or joining a yard sale group, or just by sharing what you have available with your followers/friends.
Do you like to create entertaining or informative/instructional videos? Some companies will pay you to do so.
YouTube pays video publishers based on the number of views they have when they place ads on their videos. How much money you’ll make does depend largely on the number of views you have, so keep that in mind and work to create quality and entertaining videos.
Also, you won’t likely make cash right away with YouTube as you will with some of the other options listed here, but it can build up into a passive income source over time.
If you like the idea of selling things – specifically skin care items – you could make some money in this arena. There are two larger companies that we know of that allow salespeople as young as sixteen to join their teams.
Avon has been in the skin care business for over one-hundred years. They sell skin care products, makeup and more. Sales representatives can start as young as thirteen years of age.
NuSkin also allows teens to become sales representatives. You can start as young as sixteen or seventeen years of age as long as they have parental consent. NuSkin sells a variety of skin care and other personal health items.
There’s no shortage of options available for teens wishing to earn some money – either on a temporary basis or maybe as the start of a new career. Try a few income-earning opportunities out and see which ones work best for you.