by Carrie Lowrance
Are you a teen who is looking for a job that you can do from home? This is definitely the ideal setup when you’re running to and from school, doing homework, and attending after school events.
Working a traditional job can be hard to squeeze in the mix. There are lots of opportunities to find jobs online and chances are they may pay a little better than a traditional job too.
Most of these jobs are for making extra money, nothing substantial like a traditional job, but it’s a start.
1. Online Surveys/Reward Sites
Swagbucks-Teens as young as 13 can sign up and can make money various ways including referring friends, searching the web, surveys, and more.
Survey Junkie-Teens can take surveys on this site.
Toluna-Teens can sign up and earn cash from taking surveys.
Harris Poll-Ages 13 and over can sign up to take surveys.
Opinion Outpost-Ages 13 and over can sign up to take surveys.
Note: Because you are under seventeen, you will need your parent’s permission to sign up.
2. Customer Service
UHaul-This well-known company hires teens (ages 16 and over) as customer service representatives. You need a high-quality headset and high-speed Internet service to do this job. Pay starts at $7.50-$8.50. Bonuses are possible between $14-$15 an hour.
3. Music Review Jobs
Slice the Pie-If you are 17 or older you can get paid to listen to music. Payment per track ranges from $0.05-.$0.20 cents and payment is through Paypal twice a week.
Music Xray-Listen to music and give your feedback. Pay per song is $0.05-$0.20 cents.
4. Tutoring Jobs
Enroll-You have to be at least 15 years old to be able to sign up on this site and tutor people one on one. If you have a subject that is your specialty, why not make some money for helping people? It’s a win-win.
SameSpeak-You have to be at least 16 to sign up for this site and you must be a native English speaker. The pay for teens is $10 per 30 minutes.
5. Sell your old textbooks
You can find the best prices for your old textbooks on Bookscouter. This site compares buyback offers from thirty-five different sites. Plugin your ISBN’s and you will see a list of different buyers and what they will pay.
You choose a buyer. Most buyers will provide a free shipping label too. Once they receive it they assess it for quality and if it’s as described, they will deposit money into your Paypal account.
6. Sell Your Designs
All you have to do to get started is to create a free account and then upload your designs. The company will pay you a commission on every item sold via Paypal.
7. Sell Your Services and Talents
Fiverr-Are you good at drawing, writing, or an SEO whiz? Then you can sell your services and talents on Fiverr. However, don’t let the “five” in the name scare you, you can sell your services for much more than that.
Sure you can charge $5 for a quick job that only takes you 15-25 minutes to do. However, for more complex jobs you can charge much higher, say $40-$60 per project. Of course, what you are offering will make a big difference in how you set a price.
Keep in mind that Fiverr takes a 20% commission on all jobs.
Upwork-You have to be at least eighteen years old to work on Upwork, this is because of the legally binding contract you have to sign to work with them. This site matches businesses with clients. You work as a “freelancer” on the site and there are lots of jobs you can do. Anything from creating a logo to writing an article to proofread a book.
Unlike Fiverr, you have to bid for jobs. However, there are listings all the time. Another thing to consider is you have to buy connections. It used to be a “free” account with Upwork came with 60 connections. What’s a connection? Think of connections as gold coins.
It used to be that every job was worth 2 connections. Now you have to pay for connections and each job is worth either 2, 4, or 6 connections. You can get 10 connections for $1.50 all the way up to 80 connections for $12 and there are ranges in between there.
You have to spend a little money to use this site but you may still want to give it a try. Like Fiverr, Upwork takes a 20% commission on all jobs. However, this gets lower the more work you do.
Make and Post Videos-Did you know that you can make and post videos on YouTube and make money? This is a great idea if you know a specific skill or know-how to repair something or are a video game expert.
Your video must abide by YouTube guidelines for you to get paid money by people viewing your video. Some ways to make money include allowing ads to be placed on your videos or by endorsing products.
For more information, go to YouTube to find more specific instructions on making videos and how to make money with your videos.
One thing to keep in mind is growing a YouTube channel takes time and it’s not going to explode overnight. It may take a while to make money but if you love making videos and it’s your passion, it’s worth it.
Want to dig deeper? Check out YouTube Secrets by Sean Cannell and Benji Travis.
There are many ways you can find work online. There are jobs for creatives, writers, tech gurus, and beyond. The best thing about the Internet is you are never limited when it comes to work.
You can try different things and see if it’s a good fit in a much more relaxed way. Best of all, you won’t be under the thumb of a traditional boss. Of course, if you commit to something online, you need to stick with it.
However, chances are your online working experience will be much more relaxed than with a traditional job. So what are you waiting for? Jump in and find your perfect online job today.
Carrie Lowrance is a writer and author. Her work has been featured on Huffington Post, The Penny Hoarder, & Crosswalk. She is also the author of two children’s books, Don’t Eat Your Boogers and Brock’s Bad Temper. You can find out more about Carrie and her writing at carrielowrance.com