If you’re a teenager searching for a job, the idea of flipping burgers at your local burger spot or bagging groceries at the neighborhood supermarket may not seem too appealing. But since the options for teens are limited, you’ll have to settle for what you can get.
Or do you? Not necessarily. Thanks to the variety of online jobs found across the web, you can get to work and start making money from the comforts of your home. Keep reading to explore some options worth considering:
Babysitting and Nanny Services
While these services technically aren’t provided online, you can use the web to garner the exposure you need and get hired in a jiffy. Some platforms to help you get started:
Whether you want to offer date night, after school, or full-fledged nanny services on your downtime, Care.com has you covered. To get started, visit their website and create an online profile. Once you’ve passed the screening, your profile will be displayed for those looking for childcare in your area. On average, teen nannies are compensated at a rate of $13.25 per hour.
Prefer to do something outside of babysitting? You can also search for pet care, tutoring, and housekeeping opportunities on the platform.
Sitter City is another way for teenagers looking for babysitting opportunities to get noticed. It’s free to create and list your profile. Even better, you can search for jobs near you and submit applications directly from the website.
Urbansitter.com is a network of babysitters and nannies that can connect teenagers looking for work in this line to parents in need of their services. It’s free to sign up and you will keep all of the earnings generated by providing services.
If you’re at least 16 years of age, you may want to consider work-from-home customer support jobs. Pay varies by company, but generally starts around $8.50 per hour. Start by checking out online offerings from Uhaul as they have a track record of hiring teens with little to no work experience for remote customer service roles. As long as you can demonstrate exceptional customer service skills and during training, you should be good to go.
Do you have a knack for creating customized goods? If so, create and sell them on CafePress.com to earn money. Cafepress allows you to create apparel for adults and children, drinkware, stationery, accessories, stickers, household goods, cases, and covers.
Start by selecting “Design Your Own” from the dropdown menu. Once you’ve customized your product, you can list it for sale in the Cafe Press marketplace.
Etsy is the perfect place to sell all your handcrafted goods for a profit. It only takes a few minutes to create an online store and the listing fee is only $0.20 per item. You’ll pay a five percent transaction fee and 3 percent + $0.25 in payment processing fees each time an item sells. But no other monthly fees will be assessed, and the funds will be deposited into your account right away.
So, if you sell a bracelet for $5, you’ll only pay $0.85 in fees ($0.20 listing fee, $0.25 transaction fee, $0.40 payment processing fee).
Shopify is another e-commerce platform that is designed to help you sell just about any physical product. You can build your online storefront for free using one of their pre-built templates, and monthly plans start at $29. They also offer a 14-day free trial to help you get your feet wet.
Do you have an Instagram page with thousands of engaged followers? If so, influencer marketing may be a good fit for you. It’s where companies will pay you to post about and promote their products. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to sell your own products to your followers in-between promoting for others.
Online Reviews and Surveys
The opportunities are practically endless for online reviews and surveys that teens can complete in exchange for money. Some places to search for opportunities to start rolling in dough:
|Company||Minimum Earnings||Age Requirement|
|Global Test Market||$5 per survey||14 or older|
|Harris Poll Online||Earn points redeemable for electronic gift cards and merchandise||13 or older|
|MySoapBox||Earn gift cards from top retailers, including Walmart, Target, Starbucks, Whole Foods, Apple, and The Home Depot||13 or older|
|Paid Viewpoint||Cash payments through PayPal or Virtual Incentives||13 or older|
|Panelpolls||Earn virtual points redeemable for e-Giftcards and cash||13 or older|
|Slice the Pie||Cash payments through PayPal||13 or older|
|Survey Junkie||Earn points redeemable for e-Giftcards or PayPal||13 or older|
|Swagbucks||Earn points redeemable for up to $50 in cash
$10 bonus for signing up and spending at least $25 through the Swagbucks store
|13 or older|
|YouGov||Earn points redeemable for cash or vouchers||16 or older|
Whether you choose to snag a job through an online tutoring program, like Same Speak, or explore independent job boards, you’ll find that there are thousands of paid tutoring opportunities out there. As an online tutor, you’ll control your income and can tailor your schedule to best suit your needs.
Freelance Writing and Services
Fiverr offers thousands of online freelance writing opportunities if you’re at least 13 years of age or older. The base rate on all jobs is $5, but contractors earn even more with add-ons that enhance the scope of work or guarantee a faster turnaround time. And you can either apply to the jobs or create your own listing.
You can also list various other types of services you offer in the following categories:
- Digital marketing
- Graphics and design
- Music and audio
- Programming and tech
- Video and animation
Another way to put your freelance writing talents to work online is through Freelancer.com. Simply sign up to be a worker, complete your profile, and start searching for jobs. Pay varies by project, but you can earn several hundred to well over a thousand dollars per month.
Beyond freelance writing services, you can search for opportunities in over 1,350 categories, including:
- Data entry
- Customer support
- Graphic design
- Logo design
- Website design
How to Prepare for an Online Job
Ask Your Parents For Permission
Some online jobs for teens will not let you move forward with the application process without permission from your parents. So, why not let them in on your plans when conducting a job search to avoid them being caught off-guard when you’re applying or start to earn extra money?
Do Your Homework
Not all online jobs are created equal. In fact, you may run across several scams when conducting your search, so pay attention to customer and industry reviews to avoid being taken advantage of. And if the opportunity is requesting an up-front investment, that’s your queue to exit as quickly as you can.
Sign Up For PayPal
Most online opportunities offer compensation through PayPal and will usually ask for your PayPal name and email address in order to process payments during the application process. Keep in mind that you’ll need a bank account such as a checking account to get started with PayPal as they’ll send small deposits to verify your identity.
Prepare For the Interview
Depending on the type of job opportunity you decide to pursue, it may be necessary to complete an interview with your prospective employer. This includes speaking with the parents of children you intend to babysit or the manager for work-from-home customer support jobs with Uhaul. Regardless of the opportunity, you’ll need to be prepared.
A few tips to help you out:
- Research the company beforehand.
- Speak slowly and let the interviewer talk.
- Practice responding to mock interview questions.
- Ask the right questions.
- Be ready to start the interview at the pre-arranged time.
The Bottom Line
As a teen, you’ll have to do a little legwork to find the perfect online opportunity. But if you’re willing to spend some time scouring the web and completing applications, you’ll be sure to land an online job in record time.