Luckily, you don’t need a job to make money — you can make it on your own from the Internet if you put in a bit of time and energy. Here are 7 top ways to make money as a teen in 2020.
1. Buy/Sell on Facebook Marketplace
The way it works is, you find something undervalued on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. It could be a sofa, a TV, a car — anything. You inspect it for damage, and note that damage to the seller. Then you haggle the price as low as possible before buying.
2. Start A Marketing Business
The majority of marketing now takes place online. But the majority of businesses were still started off-line by older people that don’t fully know how the Internet works. That’s your advantage. You grew up with the Internet since day 1. You’re faster, smarter, and better at anything online than most older people, and you can use that advantage to make a business.
3. Take Online Surveys
It works like this: you join a website like SwagBucks or SurveyJunkie, you enter a bit of personal information, and then they start sending you surveys that are relevant to you that you can fill out to make cash. It’s not a whole lot of money — on average, between $5-$10/hour — but it’s still money. If you get fast enough, you can do it in the background between homework or movies.
4. Amazon Mechanical Turk
Amazon Mechanical Turk is an epic online factory. People submit jobs that computers still aren’t good at (like reading text from an image and then entering it into a database) and then pay you based on project completion. Some people on Mechanical Turk make more than $10/hour! Most make close to $4 or $5, though — but keep in mind the majority of Turkers are from less educated countries and generally have less efficient workflows.
5. Start YouTubing
Make videos about trending issues. Or something you’re passionate about. Or just vlog about your day and your life. As long as you provide value to your viewers, you’ll grow. It won’t be fast, but if you put enough time and energy into YouTube, it’ll easily pay you the most out of any of the other 6 ways to make money as a teen.
6. Write Simple Articles For Companies
Since the pool of article writers is global (check out UpWork or Fiverr for bad examples), the average writing level is actually pretty bad. It’s not hard, either — companies will give you a topic, sometimes with an outline included, and ask you to write a certain number of words. Some companies will pay as much as $20-$30 per article, and each article could take you 1–3 hours to write.
7. Learn To Edit Videos
It doesn’t really require much skill, and you can get started today with simple software like Adobe Premiere or Final Cut. To get started, watch a 20-minute tutorial video like this and play around for a few hours. Once you learn two or three simple transitions and how to cut, you can already start charging for simple gigs. I know teens that easily make over $15/hour doing this while still going to school.