When I was a teenager, I remember my brother having to go out to do his paper round in the pouring rain, while I worked for a terrifying woman in the local bakery for the princely sum of £2.50 an hour.

Your parents and teachers likely grew up in an age where these types of jobs were the only ones you could do as a teenager. And they might suggest that you do this kind of job too.

Luckily, it’s 2020, and you don’t need to get covered in flour or traipse round in the cold so you can make money. Why not hold on to your independence and make some cold, hard cash from the comfort of your mouse mat?

The first part of this article will give you some ideas for side hustles, where you can make a bit of extra change online.

I’ll then move onto ways of making money as a freelancer. These are great for not only making money, but building life and work skills, and can even turn into full-time jobs or businesses later down the line. Some of these need a decent investment of your time but are more likely to pay off moneywise.

What about age?

The bulk of this article is for teenagers of all ages, although some sites and resources do have a minimum age limit, and these can change, so always check the terms and conditions before you sign up for anything.

You’ll also find that you might need to use a parent/guardian’s PayPal (or similar) account if you’re under 18.

And on that note, make sure you check out the end of the article where I will give you some of my top tips for staying safe online, including making sure you get paid for freelance work.

Legit Ways to Make Money as a Side Hustle

Side hustles are great for making a bit of extra money without having to commit too much to anything. They won’t turn you into a millionaire, but handy for fitting around the rest of your life.

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Legit Ways to Make Money Online

As a Teenager

1. Earn Money on Swagbucks

Swagbucks is a site where you earn money for taking surveys, shopping online and playing games. You can cash out your money either in gift cards or into a PayPal account.

Be aware that although Swagbucks is open for anyone over 13, you need to be 18 to have a PayPal account. So, you might need an older member of your family to collect the cash on your behalf. This goes for some of the other stuff on this list – so make sure you check out the T&Cs thoroughly.

Pros

  • It’s cool to make a few extra quid if you’re just hanging around on the web playing games or shopping
  • It’s straightforward to set up an account, so you can get going in no time.

Cons

  • The amount that you get for the time you put in is not that great, so if you’re looking for a main money earner, you might want to check out some of the other ideas on the list.

2. Get Paid to Take Surveys on MySurvey

Online surveys are essential ways for companies to get information they need about their target customers. That means there are loads of paid survey sites online. Annoyingly, a lot of paid survey sites have an 18 and over age limit.

But, there are lots of companies which need the opinions of the younger generation. Anyone 14 and over can use MySurvey to make money by completing surveys.

Pros

  • You don’t need to commit to filling in surveys, you can just do it as and when. So you can fit it in around whatever else you’ve got going on.
  • You can get extra points (to turn into cash) by referring friends and family members.

Cons

  • Sometimes the payment can be a little on the slow side – you could be waiting 4-8 weeks to see your cash.
  • You’re not going to get rich quick. It’s really pocket change, so if you want to make a decent chunk of money, you’ll need to try out some of the other ideas on this list.

3. Earn Money Taking Surveys on Harris Poll

Harris Poll is another paid survey site that you can use to make some additional dough, and this one is for anyone aged 13 and over.

Pros

  • This is one of the survey sites that pays the highest.
  • It’s specifically geared towards teens, so you will be eligible for plenty of their surveys.

Cons

  • Only one person in your household is allowed to register with Harris Poll – so get in there before your siblings!
  • You might have to wait a couple of weeks before you get sent your first survey.

4. Get Paid to Listen to Music with Music Xray

Music Xray pays you to listen to songs that artists upload to the site. These are artists that are trying to build up a bigger fan base.

Music Xray describes their services as a bit like listening to musical advertising.

Pros

  • You might discover some new artists or genres that you like.
  • If the song is terrible, as long as you listen to 30 seconds of it, you still get your money.

Cons

  • You only get paid 10 cents per song, and you need to earn $20 to get a pay-out. There have been reports online of people getting fewer songs to listen to when they’re approaching their limit. So, I would suggest not relying on this as a good source of income.

5. Earn Money with Product Reviews and Product Testing

Websites like Userlytics, Toluna, Global Test Market and UserTesting will pay you to test and review products. Some actually let you keep the products you test and others give you monetary compensation.

Pros

  • You might get to try out some really cool products.
  • Some of the sites have a great online community.

Cons

  • A lot of sites are only open to over 18s. Some are for younger teens but the payments may need to be made (Toluna, for example) to someone over 18. So, you’ll need to check with your parent/guardian that they’re happy for you to use their PayPal account.

6. Qmee

This is another opinion sharing and shopping site similar to Swagbucks, but instead of earning points, it’s always cash.

Pros

  • Unlike some survey sites, your answers will never be rejected, meaning you always get paid for what you do. And in cash, rather than points or credit.
  • There is no minimum amount for withdrawal.

Cons

  • Qmee’s pay is on the lower side compared to some other survey sites.

Other Side Hustles for Making Money Online

7. Sell Stock Photos Online

If you have some great photos, you can sell them to stock photo websites such as Alamy or Shutterstock, Stocksy and Getty. You could also set up your own website selling your pics, although this would take more time and you’d need to put in some effort to marketing your site.

Pros

  • If you’re taking photos for enjoyment anyway, it’s a no-brainer to sell them online to make some extra money.
  • You get validation of your awesome photography skills when people find and use photos that you’ve taken. Which could be a good start to getting into a freelance photography career later down the line.

Cons

  • Most of the stock photo sites have a minimum age requirement of 18, so if you’re under 18, you might need to sell your pics through a family member.

8. Make Money Walking with Sweatcoin

Sweatcoin is an app that tracks how far you walk outdoors and awards you Sweatcoins, which can be exchanged for a whole range of stuff. If you walk to school/work/uni/college, just fire it up and eventually, you’ll be able to exchange your steps for stuff that you want.

Pros

  • It’s next to no effort (except for the walking of course). It just runs in the background and your balance goes up with your steps.

Cons

  • You don’t get a lot of Sweatcoins for the steps you take, so if you don’t walk a lot, you’re unlikely to make very much.

9. Make Money Selling Old Textbooks

Lots of colleges and universities will buy back old textbooks for money, but at a fraction of a cost of what was paid for them. You could get savvy and not only sell your old textbooks online (Facebook groups are a good place to do this – you tend to get more than on eBay), but also buy and sell your classmates’ books too.

Pros

  • If you’re studying at college or university, you have access to plenty of students wanting to get a bit of money for their textbooks.

Cons

  • You’ll have to do some research into where you can sell the books, as textbooks on eBay don’t always reach their valued price, and Amazon incurs a fee for selling.

Ways to Make Money by Freelancing

Unlike the side hustles we’ve looked at above, freelancing can put you in a position to make some serious money, depending on what you choose to do and how much effort you put into it.

And, the experience that you get learning how to work as a freelancer will be hugely valuable once you’ve finished your education. It may even lead you to run a successful business or help you to get a job you want.

Freelance Work for If You Can Code

If you want to make a packet in the future, learning to code is a pretty good way of doing that. Tech jobs are constantly on the increase and people in this industry make a lot of money. And you can start now! If you don’t already know how to code, places like Codecademy will get you started.

It can take a while to learn, but it’s a skill worth having, not only for jobs like these. More and more industries and roles are looking for employees to have coding skills as technology develops.

10. Make Money Building Apps

The app market certainly isn’t slowing down and there is plenty of money to be made for the savvy teen who knows how to build an app.

Pros

  • If your app is successful, you could make thousands.
  • You can get some serious satisfaction from creating apps that make people’s lives better.

Cons

  • If you’re working alone on an app, it can be difficult to deal with problems that crop up when you’re coding, so it might be worth trying to find places where you will be able to get help with issues.

11. Design and Build Websites for Money

Although there has been an increase in people creating their own websites using website builders (which I will talk about later), plenty of people and organisations still want their own custom website.

Pros

  • You can use your creativity and skills to help people and companies.
  • You’ll learn other useful skills, such as how to fulfil a client brief, problem-solving, and how to negotiate payments from clients.

Cons

  • You are competing with people who can build websites on sites like Wix and WordPress for less money, so you will need to be sure of how to sell your skills to prospective clients.

12. Start a Side Business Teaching Other People to Code

If you can code, you’ll know what a great skill that is to have. A lot of people would like to learn how to do it too. Well, why not earn money teaching other people to code? You could set up your own course or give private tutoring sessions.

Pros

  • This is a really big market, so you’ll have plenty of willing students that you can teach online.
  • You will learn additional skills, such as how to communicate complicated ideas to other people.

Cons

  • It’s vital that you stay on top of advancements in tech, or you risk your knowledge becoming out of date. Which means bye-bye tasty income…!

Ways to Make Money If You Can Write

If you know how to wield a keyboard and write stuff that keeps people interested, there is definitely money to be made online with writing.

13. Make Money on Postloop

Postloop is a site where you can get paid as a content writer, which means writing blogs but also posting comments on other blogs and forums for money.

Pros

  • Although it might not make you a packet, writing on Postloop can help you brush up your writing skills and help you get ready for some of the other writing jobs out there.

Cons

  • You have to get an initial rating by writing ten posts before you start making money, so there’s a bit of a hoop to jump through before you see your money.
  • It takes a bit of time to get efficient at writing posts to their required standard, so you can start off on lower pay.

14. Write Articles for HubPages and Get Paid

On HubPages, anyone over 13 can get paid to write articles. After signing up, you pick an ad programme for ads to be placed on your articles, and you and Hubpages split the revenue from the adverts.

Pros

  • This is a good space to practice your writing before starting your own blog.
  • It’s easy to get started and you don’t need to put in the time and energy into creating your own site.

Cons

  • The income you make can be low compared to having your own blog.
  • The money goes into PayPal so you will need to use the account of someone over 18.

15. Make Money with Your Own Blog

Bloggers write about topics they’re knowledgeable and interested in, and blogs that get followers can be monetised through various forms of advertising or from bloggers selling products on their sites.

Pros

  • Blogging is fun and a great way to share your knowledge and opinions with other people who share the same interests.
  • You can learn a lot of additional skills which could lead to further income streams, including how to create a site on WordPress, SEO, and content planning.

Cons

  • Lots of blogs start out well then tail off pretty quickly. This is because it can take some time to write decent posts as well as build up a good following. So if you want a successful blog that you can make money out of, you will need to dedicate yourself to it.

16. Write E-Books for Money

Once upon a time, to get people to read books you’d written, you had to find a publisher and jump through all sorts of hoops. And even then it was only the lucky few that had their books published. Today, places like Amazon’s Direct Book Publishing means that you can get your book out there as soon as it’s written.

Pros

  • It’s easy to make your book available for people to buy online.
  • If you’re a blogger, you can compile some of your posts to create e-books, without having to start from scratch.

Cons

  • You will need to spend some time promoting your e-book so that your potential readers know it exists.
  • E-books is a big market, which means there is a lot of competition out there.

17. Write Paid Articles for Other People’s Sites

Lots of websites are always looking for guest writers. Some sites and blogs have their rules for writing guest articles on their pages, and others you will have to contact to find out about sending in a pitch.

Pros

  • This can be a good alternative to having your own blog, because deadlines from other people can keep you to a writing schedule.
  • You will have the opportunity to write about different topics rather than picking one and sticking to it, like you might have to with your own site.

Cons

  • You may end up writing about topics that you find boring.
  • Some sites don’t compensate their guest writers a great deal.

18. Help Companies to Write Email Campaigns

Companies and entrepreneurs need successful email campaigns as part of their marketing strategies. If you think you can write persuasively, you could try approaching some companies to see if you can write their emails.

Pros

  • If you get good at it, this could be a great stepping stone into a future career, as email is a vital way for companies to get and keep their customers.

Cons

  • Lots of companies will want people with experience, so you could find it tough to get started. It may be worth trying to get experience for lower pay through sites like Freelancer first (although once you have a few under your belt, make sure you start charging a decent rate).

19. Offer Freelance Writing Services on Reddit

There are a few subreddits with people looking for freelance writers, such as r/writersforhire. You can put your own ad up or respond to ads that are hiring writers.

Pros

  • There isn’t much you need to set up as long as you have a Reddit account.
  • Like some of the other writing options, this is a good way of getting your foot in the writing door before starting your own blog or applying to write guest articles.

Cons

  • There are a lot of ‘for hire’ posts than ‘hiring’, so you’ll need to make yourself stand out amongst the competition.

Ways to Make Money If You’re Visually Creative

20. Logo design

Companies, organisations and entrepreneurs need logos, and you can learn to design these pretty easily using low-cost software or websites like Canva or Wix Logo Maker.

Pros

  • Once you get the hang of it, designing logos doesn’t really take up a lot of time, so you can fit it in around your other stuff.

Cons

  • You might have to spend some time finding people that want to pay you to design logos for them. That means doing some research and marketing. Alternatively, you could sell your logo designing gigs on a site like Fiverr (more on Fiverr later).

21. Design and Sell T-Shirts Online for Money

Spreadshirt, Zazzle, and SellMyTees are all sites where you can upload t-shirt designs. These companies print and sell your t-shirts to customers, giving you a chunk of the profit.

Pros

  • If you only have a few designs, you can still make money without setting up a website or online shop. This gives you chance to test the water of t-shirt design before making a commitment.

Cons

  • Some of these websites only give you a small cut from the profit, so if you don’t sell a large number of t-shirts, you won’t make a lot of money. The alternative is to sell through your own online shop, but this will mean spending time creating a shop, marketing, and dealing with payments.

22. Make Money as an Online Illustrator

If you’re handy with a pencil, you could consider selling your illustrations online. You can set up an online portfolio pretty easily and approach all sorts of different people and organisations, either creative or commercial.

Pros

  • If you enjoy drawing, making money whilst you’re doing it is a real win-win situation!
  • You can work on lots of different projects in different areas.

Cons

  • You might have to put some work in on the front end to start getting clients to buy your illustrations, which can be difficult to fit in around other commitments.

23. Earn Money as an Animator

Animators create moving images in a whole range of different areas. Those who usually start out in animation enjoy drawing as a hobby, or creating characters using technology.

Pros

  • Lots of the big software providers will give you a free license if you are a student.

Cons

  • It can take a long time to build up your skills and you are likely to need some specialist training, which can cost money (although look out for free trials and student deals).

24. Sell Handmade Goods Online

Platforms like Etsy and Folksy are awesome if you are handy with arts and crafts and want to make some money selling your creations on the web.

Pros

  • This is a way of making money with little commitment but a lot of potential. You can start with one or two pieces and see how it goes, and it may turn into something much bigger.
  • When you run an online Etsy store, or similar, you can pick up other skills, such as customer service, money management, and SEO.

Cons

  • If you end up making the same product over and over, it can get a bit boring.
  • You have to compete with a lot of other sellers on the marketplace, so you have to make sure that your shop is appealing.

25. Make Money Selling Your Artwork Online

If you’re an art student, or even if you just do art as a hobby in your spare time, you could turn your work into cash. As well as places like Etsy, you can also set up your own website, or even sell things through Facebook or Instagram

Pros

  • If you’re making art anyway, this a no-brainer way to make extra money, and to give yourself more space at home.
  • If you make digital art, you can sell it over and over again.

Cons

  • If your pieces take a long time to create, it can be difficult to make money back for the time that you put into your creations.

Ways to Make Money Selling Other Stuff Online

26. Sell Stuff on eBay for a Profit

On eBay, you could sell stuff that you make, vintage items, or things that you find on the web. For example, you could find individual collector’s items and sell them as a collection for a profit, and vice versa.

Be aware that you need to be 18 or over to have your own account, but you are allowed to use the account of someone over 18 with their permission.

Pros

  • There are not really any start-up costs other than buying stock, which depends on what you’re selling.
  • You can buy things when the auctions end at less popular times and sell them on for profit in the busier times (Sundays are usually a good day to sell).

Cons

  • You have to be careful to follow eBay’s rules in terms of their refunds, returns and customer service – so make sure you do your homework on that.

27. Sell Stuff on Facebook Groups

Your local area will have a buy and sell group. People often need to get rid of stuff in a hurry, meaning you can buy it (or maybe even acquire it for free) and sell it on for a profit. You could even buy things for cheap on eBay that aren’t well listed, then sell them from a more visible position on Facebook.

Pros

  • It’s super easy to put listings on Facebook marketplace, so you can get going straight away.
  • You don’t have sellers’ fees like on eBay.

Cons

  • It’s definitely easier to buy than to sell, so you’ll have to do your homework to find out which kinds of items will sell well on Facebook. You don’t want to end up out of pocket.

Way of Earning Money by Sharing Your Knowledge

If you are at college or university, the chances are, you’ve got some valuable knowledge that you could pass onto others and make some money.

28. Earn Money through Online Tutoring

If you happen to be particularly good at a specific subject, you can earn money by providing online tutoring for those who struggle with it.

Pros

  • When exam times roll around, you can bank by helping students whose parents will happily part with their pounds to make sure their kids do well.
  • Plenty of options are available to you. You can set up on a website like Superprof (although you need to be over 16), or you can try advertising on places like Facebook groups or Gumtree.

Cons

  • It leaves a bit less time for you if you need to study, so you’ll need to consider how to manage your time.

29. Make Money by Delivering Webinars

Money can be made by giving webinars on a whole range of topics. You can charge for your webinars, or sell products and services, or make money through affiliate marketing.

Pros

  • This is also a great way to practice your public speaking skills, which will be invaluable to you in the future.
  • There are sites where you can host your webinars, such as Webinar Jam. Or, alternatively, you can build your own site, although you’ll need to do more marketing if you choose that option.

Cons

  • You will need to provide the webinars at a set time, so you’ll need to fit it around your education and other commitments.

30. Create and Sell an Online Course

A really great way to make a passive income is to sell online courses. This is where you create all the course materials in advance (PDFs, videos, etc.) and learners can buy your course and study it in their own time. You may provide some input as you go along, such as marking assignments, depending on how you set up your course.

Pros

  • You have the option of selling your course on a site like Udemy, where they will do the promotion and payment side of things on your behalf. Or you can set up your own site for selling your course (more work but you could make more profit).

Cons

  • There is a lot of work that you need to put in on the front end. You might have to prepare written materials, videos and quizzes for your prospective students.
  • You’ll want to impress your students so that you’ll get good reviews and sell more courses, which can be difficult when you’re starting out.

Legit Freelance Ways to Make Money

31. Become a YouTuber

The biggest YouTubers make an absolute mint, but there are plenty of smaller YouTubers out there who are also making money. If you have a passion or an idea for a channel, why not give it a try?

Pros

  • You can learn a whole bunch of fun skills when creating a YouTube channel, such as video editing. Not to mention skills that could help you in your future career, such as SEO (that’s Search Engine Optimisation for those not in the know).

Cons

  • It can take quite a while to build up enough of a following to start making money from your channel. Particularly if you want to monetise it through YouTube, as you’ll need 1,000 followers and 10,000 hours of watch time.

32. Become a Podcaster

If you think you can talk about a subject in a way that would be interesting for listeners, or put together music podcasts, this could be a fun way to make some money. You can earn through advertising on your podcast, charging a subscription fee, or crowdfunding on a site like Patreon.

Pros

  • This is something that you could potentially set up with friends. Chats and discussion are interesting for listeners, and makes the process more fun for you.
  • You can learn different skills, such as editing, marketing, and public speaking.

Cons

  • It can take some time to build a following, and to make money from a podcast, you need a following.

33. Become a Social Media Influencer

If you have a good number of social media followers, particularly if you have a special niche on, say, Instagram, you can make money as an influencer. This is where companies will pay you to advertise their products. You could also make money by signposting your followers to your blog or by selling your own products (such as e-books).

Pros

  • If you already have a lot of followers on social media, you can start contacting organisations to offer your services without having to put too much in on the front-end.

Cons

  • If you don’t have a large following, you will need to get creative on figuring out how to get more followers on your accounts. And this could take some time.

34. Earn Money as a Video Editor

Video editors take videos and polish them to get them ready for release. This might include adding graphics, music, and other effects. You could work for YouTubers, companies, musicians, and so on.

Pros

  • Once you know what you’re doing, there is quite a lot of freelance work to be found on the various freelancer platforms and Reddit.

Cons

  • You’ll need to find the right software, and some of this can be quite pricey. It may be worth experimenting with free or free trial software to begin with to see if you enjoy it.

35. Make Money as an Audio Editor

Interviews, music, podcasts and other audio files are frequently in need of editing by companies and individuals. This involves polishing the audio, balancing the sound levels, adding effects, and so on.

Pros

  • These skills could be handy in various other future projects or jobs where you create your own video and audio.
  • Although some audio editing software costs money, Audacity is superb, and free!

Cons

  • It can take a while to get really skilled at editing, so you might have to practice for a while before you can start getting paid.

36. Start an E-Commerce Site

You don’t have to make, buy or store things in order to sell them. E-commerce sites have suppliers that they use, so your website is almost like the middleman between the supplier and the customer.

Pros

  • Setting up an e-commerce site on Shopify (or another website builder) is pretty straightforward.
  • You’ll learn other useful skills, such as how to communicate with businesses like wholesalers and drop shippers, customer service skills, finance skills, and so on.

Cons

  • To get people to your site, you’ll need to promote it so that potential customers know you exist.
  • It can be quite stressful if you encounter technical issues with your site.

 

37. Make Money Doing Freelance Voiceover Work

Ever fancied being the voice of a cartoon? Or perhaps even the voice of a meditation track or business training video? There are loads of possibilities for doing interesting voiceover work online. You can start by creating some samples for different types of projects you could be interested in, then applying for work.

Pros

  • There is a lot of voiceover work available on the freelancer platforms.
  • You have the opportunity to work on lots of different projects.

Cons

  • To get the better-quality jobs, you’ll need to invest in a good microphone, and they can be a little pricey. Try having a look for one on eBay to get your started.

38. Work as a Freelance Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants provide online help with administrative and support tasks for people who need extra assistance, such as entrepreneurs. It’s a bit like being a personal assistant but you might only do a few hours a week for any one client.

Pros

  • This is another great opportunity to learn a range of different skills, such as administrative skills, communication skills, and more.
  • You could pick up clients in different industries and learn about which areas you might want to work in in the future.

Cons

  • As this kind of job doesn’t need any specific qualifications, there is often quite a lot of competition, particularly from people in countries where the living costs are lower.

39. Make Money Providing Online Customer Support

Just like companies and entrepreneurs needing the services of virtual assistants, they may also need help with customer services. You’ll find these kind of jobs on freelancer platforms (although remember that these have different age restrictions).

Pros

  • There is quite a lot of work available for potential customer service reps.
  • Customer service skills are valuable skills to have for a lot of jobs and projects that you might work on in the future.

Cons

  • Dealing with tricky customers can be awkward and stressful. Even more so because you’re on your own and don’t have any colleagues to talk to about it.

40. Build Websites on Website Builders and Make Money

You don’t need to be able to code to build a great website. Website builders like Wix, WordPress and Squarespace all allow you to build stylish websites without the need to programme (although some allow you to add code, meaning you can build those skills on the side).

Pros

  • Most website builders are really easy to learn, and even WordPress, which has a ton of cool functionality, is pretty easy to use once you’ve gone through the learning curve.
  • If you get good at it, you can charge a lot of money for swish sites.

Cons

  • Technology in this area is always changing, so you’ll need to keep learning if you want to make sure your skills are up to date.

41. Become a Social Media Account Manager

Savvy on social media? As I’m sure you’re aware, a social media presence is pretty essential in 2020. There are lots of small companies and entrepreneurs who need help with their social media campaigning. So, why not offer your skills up to help with managing social media accounts, and fill up your bank account while you’re at it?

Pros

  • This will look great on your CV if you’re looking for jobs in the future, as it’s a skill that all companies will need in one form or another.

Cons

  • There are some studies that have connected heavy social media use with depression and anxiety, so be sure to look after yourself and schedule fun and relaxing offline activities.

42. Become an SEO Expert

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation, and SEO whizzes are able to sort out websites and content so that they come higher up on the pages of search engines. This means more business for these websites, so it’s in serious demand.

Pros

  • SEO isn’t super technical to learn, but it is in demand, which means you can start to make money without having to get any qualifications or loads of experience, as long as you can prove your ability.

Cons

  • Search engines are constantly evolving, so SEO is another area where you need to keep updating your knowledge.

43. Make Money with Freelance Proofreading

If you’re good at English and know the difference between their, there and they’re, you could make money with freelance proofreading. People who don’t have strong English skills in all sorts of areas are always looking for help with polishing their written work, whether that’s school or uni work, business documents or emails.

Pros

  • There is always proofreading work available online, especially with more and more people across the world using English as a second language.

Cons

  • There is a lot of competition for proofreaders, so you may have to start by taking on some lower-paid work to begin with.

44. Work as a Transcriptionist

Transcriptionists listen to audio files and type out the text. You can get some work from the freelancer platforms, or on sites that specifically work with transcriptionists.

Pros

  • This can help you improve your listening skills and typing speed, both of which will be really handy for future jobs and projects.

Cons

  • You might need to buy a foot pedal – this helps you scroll back and forth through the audio – and these can be around £50.

45. Earn Money Doing Data Entry

Data entry is pretty big business on the web, and there is always money to be made copying data from one place to another, such as into spreadsheets or other documents.

Pros

  • There are a lot of data entry jobs on the web, as well as opportunities on the freelancer platforms, so you will always have work to do.

Cons

  • It can be quite boring and mundane, so you need to be sure that you are able to concentrate on small details for long periods of time.

46. Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

This is where you advertise for other people, whether it’s one a blog, social media, website, or other places. You’ll need to have a following of some kind, but if you do, this is a good way to make money.

Pros

  • If you’re doing something you enjoy and have followers, you can make money from doing something you enjoy.
  • You have a choice about which kind of products and services you advertise, so you can keep it in line with your interests.

Cons

  • It can take time to build an audience on your chosen platform.

47. Earn Money Playing Video Games

Enjoy playing video games? You could get paid to play by streaming yourself playing games on a site like twitch.tv, as long as you can do it in an entertaining way. This is another potential platform for affiliate advertising.

Pros

  • Popular gamers can earn quite a bit of money.
  • You can play and earn at times that suit you.

Cons

  • This is another way of making money that needs an audience, which, as I’ve mentioned, can take a while to build.
  • You’ll need the right equipment, which not only includes a really good computer, but also a good microphone and streaming software.

48. Become a Video Game Tester

Games need testing before their release, which means going through every possible menu, setting, and move that can be made. To be a game tester, you will need to be extremely methodical and provide detailed and accurate descriptions of bugs and glitches.

Pros

  • Over time, you can earn a good living from testing games.
  • You’ll get to experience loads of great games on different platforms before anybody else.

Cons

  • You’ll need to do your homework to find companies that need people to test games and send prospective applications (you may not see that many jobs advertised). Your school/college/university career service might be able to help you with putting together a prospective application.
  • You might need to buy a bunch of different consoles to give you the most opportunity to test games

A SPECIAL MENTION:

49. Make Money with Fiverr Gigs

Fiverr is a site where you can offer freelance services. You can do anything that people want to buy – writing poems, designing logos (more on that below), voiceovers, and even giving advice. So, a load of things on this list can be offered on Fiverr.

Pros

  • Anyone over the age of 13 can use Fiverr. This is much more accessible for teens of all ages than Freelancer, where the minimum age is 16, and UpWork, where the minimum age is 18. So, you have much more freedom on Fiverr.
  • There are plenty of teens making good money on Fiverr – it’s very doable if you put in the time and effort.

Cons

  • It’s a competitive market, so it would be worth having multiple gigs on the platform, and learning about how to best market your gig. Why not try a few different ideas on this list and see which ones you like best?
  • Fiverr gigs tend to pay a little less than some of the other freelancer platforms, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t move onto those when you get a bit older.

Conclusion

Clearly, for teens that are willing to put in some work, there is plenty of money to be made online. Go over the list above and make a shortlist of some of the ideas you might be interested in. If you try something and it doesn’t work out, you can return to the next idea on your list.

There are a few considerations that you need to make before starting work online.

Tax responsibilities for teenagers

If you’re in full-time education, the chances are, you won’t earn above the taxable amount. However, if you earn over £12,500 in a year, you will have to pay tax. So, that’s something to bear in mind if you start making more than just pocket money.

Also, if you’re over 16, you might have to make national insurance contributions on over £6,365 per year.

Make sure you find out your tax responsibilities from HMRC. You don’t want to risk an unexpected bill.

A little note about safe internet use

Working online, as much as any online activity, requires you to exercise some caution. Make sure you keep your information private, don’t say anything you wouldn’t say to someone face to face, and remember that anything you put online could be accessed by anyone in the future. That’s really important when you’re thinking about your future work and career.

How to make sure you get paid as a freelancer

If you work as a freelancer where you contact clients outside of platforms like Fiverr and Freelancer, you will need to make sure you get paid. A good way of doing this is to get your clients to sign a contract and to pay you a deposit upfront (for example, you could charge half the price for building a website in advance). There are lots of good resources online, so, as ever, do your homework!

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