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So you want to make money online as a teen. Here are six legit online jobs that I recommend. Don't worry! I'm not going to talk about selling your old clothes or taking surveys. Let's get right into it!
1. Start a YouTube channel
You're probably tired of hearing this but it's true and you can't deny it. Starting a YouTube channel in your teens is a great way to make money online. The way that most YouTubers make their money on YouTube is by having ads displayed on their videos. To apply for monetization and have ads attached to videos, you need to have tallied 4000 hours of overall watch time on your channel within the past year and have at least 1000 subscribers. While it does take a lot of work and consistency before you start earning from Google AdSense, it will be worth it in the end.
Here's why I recommend starting a YouTube channel:
1. It's free! Time is your only investment. Later, you can choose to invest in a camera or other gear but it's not necessary when starting out. You don't need expensive editing software either as there are a number of free editing tools out there.
2. It's a way to make money from your passion. There are many stories of singers, comedians and other talented individuals being discovered through YouTube.
3. It can be extremely profitable. Why do you think some people are full-time YouTubers? YouTube can help you gain financial freedom.
Start your YouTube channel today!
2. Become a Fiverr seller
More than likely, you've heard of fiverr.com. Fiverr is a marketplace which connects buyers to freelancers. As long as you are 13 years of age or older, you are able to use their platform so why not sign up to become a seller and make some money. After signing up to become a seller, you must create gigs to start getting orders. What are Fiverr gigs? These are the services that you offer. You set your prices and say what you will do. There are so many services you can offer on Fiverr. Social media management, graphic design, video editing, story writing, even just coming up with a business name or slogan for someone. There are no limits as to what service you can offer (as long as it follows Fiverr's guidelines).
3. Sell T-shirts online
Selling T-shirts online has never been this easy. There are print on demand sites that make your job so much easier. All you need to do is come up with a design or funny text that will capture the attention of buyers. A site that is perfect for teens interested in this business is cafepress.com. Cafepress is an American online retailer of stock and user-customized on demand products. You get the chance to have your own customized online shop, sell your designs on 250+ products...not just apparel and earn a sales commission on all products. You do the fun part, designing, while Cafepress takes care of the shipping and all those other stuff. There are no set-up or up-front costs so you really have nothing to lose.
4. Be a voice actor on Voices.com
Have you ever been told that you have a unique or nice voice? You can sign up to be a voice actor on voices.com (with your parent's permission of course). Voices.com is an online marketplace that connects buyers of voice over with over 200,000 voice talent. According to the site, if you're providing voice over for cartoons and animation, the industry rates generally range from $100 for a short, 15-second animation, all the way up to $10,000 for the starring role in an animated short. You can expect even higher if you're cast to play the lead role in an animated feature film. As you see, it's possible to make quite a lot of cash being a voice actor. By registering with Voices.com, you represent that you are at least 13 years old.
5. Start a blog
If you enjoy writing about a specific topic, why not start a blog? There are tons of successful bloggers making thousands of dollars a month writing about what they love. Isn't that amazing? Of course, it didn't become successful overnight. To start a successful blog, you normally have fees to pay, for example you'd have to purchase a domain name and buy hosting and there is no guarantee you'll start earning even six months down the line. However, if you put in the work, blogging can turn out to be very profitable.
If you're not sure if you want to invest the money in starting a blog, Wix allows you to choose their free plan for setting up a blog. You'll be given a free subdomain. Blog there and see if you like it. If you do then I suggest putting in the investments because "free" blogs tend to be harder to monetize later on.
6. Stream on Twitch
If you're a gamer, you'll definitely enjoy this online job. Twitch.tv is a place where people live stream themselves playing video games. Just like YouTube, Twitch streamers generate ad revenue. They also make money through Twitch subscriptions, donations etc. Other than your gaming equipment which you probably have already, you might want to get yourself a microphone. You'll also need streaming software. OBS (Open Broadcast Software) is a popular choice plus it's free. Just the fact that you can earn an income from your hobby is amazing. This might be perfect for you!
Get your parent's permission when attempting any of these methods. Also, remember you're still underage, so more than likely you'll need their help when it comes to collecting your earnings.
Well there you have it! These are 6 ways to make money online as a teen. Remember it's not a get-rich quick scheme. It takes time and work but you can do it!