10 Ways to Make Money If You Are Under 18 Years Old

It can be fun being young, but ask most teenagers what the biggest drag is in their life, and they’ll tell you it’s the fact that they don’t have enough cash. Money doesn’t just buy you nice things, it also gives you some independence. You can travel, go to concerts, take people out on dates.

Being broke is no joke, and it can really get a person down. That’s the reason today we’re going to tell you some ways you can earn some cash at a young age, even if you’re still studying.

We’ll start with the lower-paying jobs and then end with the jobs that pay the really big money.

In summary, the ten ways of earning money at a young age are:

10. Online Stuff

9. Fiverr

8. Tutoring

7. Taking Care of Pets

6. Chores

5. Rent Stuff




4. Helping the Elderly Online

3. Podcasting

2. Online Sales

1. Gaming

Now let’s begin:

10. Online Stuff

Okay, so online stuff sounds a bit vague, but we mean doing some things online that take no skill at all. You basically just answer questions, fill in surveys, or review stuff.

Check out this list of 5 apps for making money from your phone.

You can use these apps to go shopping and buy a particular product, answer questions about a product, or sometimes just answer questions in a survey. 

We should say that the rewards weren’t massive, and he had only earned about $130 in a few months, but, hey, if you’re still in your early teens, that’s not bad at all. 

We found other apps where people could earn cash doing surveys and some websites that paid for very short reviews of products. One called Swagbucks, paid young folks to write reviews of just 30 to 60 words, which is easy. You might also get paid for referring other people to do the same as you.

One person who wrote it by his time using Swagbucks said he got paid, but it was only pocket money. He said, “This 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.”

To see a long list of similar jobs, check out this article regarding 18 Best Ways to Make Money Fast Online.

9. Fiverr

We’re going to give Fiverr its own spot on the list because there are just so many ways to earn cash using this online marketplace. There are people earning good money here, because some of the gigs are for skilled people, whether they are tech workers or musicians, but there are also a lot of gigs that only require a person to basically write or communicate well in English.

If you get a gig after you’re paid, you have to give some money back to Fiverr, but it’s free to sign up.

OK, so you’re not good enough to start copyrighting or designing websites, but there are other jobs such as doing voice overs that don’t demand that much technical experience. Remember and take it for me, it’s more than just reading a script.

We should say there’s actually a website called voices.com, where you can make cash doing voice overs. If you have a clear voice, then sign up to that, and, hey, you might end up doing voiceover for your favorite YouTube informative show.

Don’t be dismayed, if you don’t have many skills because you’re still going just have a look around and see if there’s something you can offer you. If you put some time and effort into this, we think you could make some money.

8. Tutoring

You might not consider yourself good enough to be a teacher, but you might be pretty good at a subject that is just aged 16 or 17. A good online tutoring website is Wyzant that we found, and on many of them if you’re over 15, you can start helping people out.

Just go online and search for jobs that allow teenagers to tutor. They exist, because we’ve been looking around the web, and we’ve seen them. Job sites tell us that the average wage for a teenager doing online tutoring is anywhere from $10 to $15 an hour, which isn’t bad at all, since you’re doing something you enjoy, and you don’t have to leave the house.

7. Taking Care of Pets

We looked online for pet sitting jobs and most paid somewhere from $15 to $20 an hour. The problem with the hiring companies though, is that some said he had to be at least 18 years of age, but you know what you can walk a dog at 16. You just need to be trusted, and when you have reviews, people will trust you.

Instead of working for someone else, you could start your own gig, hand out fliers you made online in the neighborhood, or just start your own Facebook page. A lot of people these days so busy, they’ll be glad to have someone walk their pet.

We should mention that with all jobs there is the issue of tax, but there’s a threshold amount that you must earn before any taxes paid. Bankrate tells us that this is $12,000 year in the USA.

6. Chores

We write about how this 14-year-old kid was making $100,000 by starting his own recycling business, and again, because teens are so tech-savvy these days, they can market that business easily online. It’s not like the old days when teens had to go house to house or rely on family and friends.

We found some kids earning a lot of cash washing cars, and we’re talking hundreds of dollars a week. The same goes for yard cleaning or snow shoveling in the winter. When you know those leaves are going to fall or that snow is going to dump down, your Facebook page is out there telling people you can help them out.

You’re young and don’t charge too much. There are also a lot of older people that cannot do this physically demanding work, so you are a service for the community. In the past, they might not have been able to contact you, but with your Facebook page, they can contact you, and you can be around their house in minutes.

Just check out the local laws where you’re working. 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 was described as being “an unlicensed solicitor in peddler”. It’s really up to the cops and the laws in the state, but we found at times the youngsters have been stopped selling cookies or lemonade in the street. They won’t get charged with anything though.

5. Rent Stuff

You might not know this, but there are websites out there where people just rent stuff out, and they do well out of it. 

Does your family have a leaf blower, a lawnmower, some power tools? Are your parents okay with you renting their stuff out, or do you own the things yourself? If so, start renting.

We found just about everything you can imagine being rented out. One guy was renting out his BBQ grill for almost $40 a day. Another person was renting out a cake tin for $3 a day. When you’re renting stuff to others, you’re also lowering consumption, so sharing is caring for the environment.

Maybe you have sporting equipment, a bicycle, a trampoline that just sits in the are doing nothing. Rent that stuff out, go online, and find out where you could do this. Again, make sure your parents know about this.

4. Helping the Elderly Online

Some of you teenagers are way more computer-literate than a lot of older folks. You’d be surprised how many people don’t know what an ISP is or don’t even really understand how a modem works. Often when someone’s Internet is not working for them, there’s a really easy fix, or perhaps someone wants to export some data from one place to another, but they don’t know how to do it.

Maybe they have a load of old family photographs, but don’t know how to digitize them using a scanner, etc. That’s where you come in. You offer yourself as a kind of IT support worker, so you might visit the house of people you know, or just tell them what to do online.

We should say here that when you’re talking about visiting people, make sure you have your parents’ consent or perhaps just work with people you know.

3. Podcasting

Okay, so you might not have as much life experience as Joe Rogan or Sam Harris, but you know what, young folks sometimes just want to have a laugh, and they want to know what their peers think.

You can start young and it really doesn’t take much effort to record or video a conversation. You can look at tutorials online to see how you might get started.

Maybe you could talk about events at your school or do a podcast on local sports, fashion, whatever you think is interesting. You can be the voice of the youth in your area, and many people might find this an education. You could talk about gaming or even interview adults. Young people are already doing this, and when enough people start watching your content, you can make money from running ads on the platform.

We found some people doing podcasts for teens made by teens, and they were getting quite a lot of hits. This could turn into a career for you. There’s no immediate pay-off, but you could get big in time.

2. Online Sales

You can just start selling stuff on Facebook or on websites such as Etsy or eBay, and it’s as simple as that. We found a recent headline in The Guardian newspaper that went, “Meet the teens making thousands from selling online.”.

They were using lots of platforms to sell their stuff, but sometimes Facebook was the only way to find customers. Sometimes they just found clothing and sold it on for more than they paid for it.

One teen was even selling Rubik’s cubes while another guy was selling Dungeons and Dragons dice. Another girl was making big money from buying second-hand women’s luxury bags and then re-selling them on Facebook. Over the years, she became the go-to person to sell a bag to and the go-to person to buy one, if you couldn’t afford a brand-new one.

If you have a good eye for products and can generate a big enough following, you can make a lot of money doing this in your teens. The proof is numerous newspaper articles that feature these teens. We are talking about making thousands of dollars a month.

1. Gaming

The Holy Grail of making tons of money online from doing something you love is gaming. You might have seen how an American teen just won $3 million from winning a Fortnite competition. Three others also became millionaires.

Not everyone can be the best or even a pro-gamer who streams their gameplay, but you could make a steady income playing games. You could become a game tester and make some money, or even become a game coach by joining up to a site such as gamersensei.com. For that site, you have to be 13 or over. If you know you’re very good at a certain game, you could try being a coach.

Check out the website Players Lounge, whose motto is “get paid to play”, and while you might not get rich like the pros, it’s a start. Look online for the games which can earn you real money.

We found some young Roblox developers making a ton of cash, and with enough practice, you could do this, too. Some creators and sellers in that game were pulling in $250 a month, but others were getting rich.

Dedicate yourself to gaming and this could become a job. You might even help your parents retire early. Making money is a serious business.

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