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How Can Kids Earn Money Online?

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Why not try one of these ideas for some extra pocket money?

Why not try one of these ideas for some extra pocket money?

Kids Want to Earn Money

Do you know that kids can earn money online too? Earning some money on the internet has become so widespread that within another decade, almost anyone will have to ability to earn a bit of money or even an income. And some smart kids have joined the earn-money-online train by learning entrepreneurship at a young age.

While some online opportunities are not age-specific, you will find that there are many online money-making ventures that kids can’t venture into until they are sixteen. But the good news is that there are jobs you can do in your spare time, even if you are not yet sixteen.

If you are under sixteen, you can earn money in a number of ways, but first, you’ll need an adult's consent and in some cases, expect some form of parental supervision. If you are over sixteen, there are more online jobs you can do. Some may require minimal supervision, but with most, you can go it alone.

You must be prepared to work extra hard for extra money, but you must also approach it more as a hobby, or something you absolutely enjoy doing. There is a lot of hard work that goes into earning money either online or offline, and it doesn't matter if you are a kid or an adult; you'll have to start off being inspired. Then make sure you are patient and work persistently at whatever you choose to do.

Kids will need online supervision.

Kids will need online supervision.

To Parents: Kids Online Need Supervision

Allowing kids under sixteen to earn money online is a great idea, but it requires adult supervision. They must be overseen and monitored. The internet is a global community, and just as in any community, you wouldn't let your kid wander around aimlessly in the community without guidance.

You should check periodically to make sure they are not using any illegal means to make money on the internet. They should also be observed to guard against them getting obsessed with making money online and thus neglecting their studies.

Earning extra cash by themselves will serve as a foundation for a future where they will have acquired the ability to handle financial challenges on their own.

Ways to Earn Money Online if You Are a Kid

If you are under sixteen, before you decide to earn money online (or offline), you must understand that you can only work in your spare time. An online job must not affect your schoolwork in any way. Secondly, you must get adult consent, and this is equally important.

And if you are a parent and you’ll like your kid to learn some money-making skills or simply learn how to make some pocket money, here are some ideas to consider:

  1. Selling T-shirts
  2. Selling candy
  3. Writing (freelance)
  4. Taking paid surveys
  5. Tutoring
  6. Selling on eBay

1. Selling T-Shirts Online

Whether you are creative or not, you can do this and earn good money online and even offline too. Designing and selling t-shirts online for money is not so hard, but you will need to learn how to use T-shirt designing software. Sounds difficult? Not really.

Kids who earn money online can earn it in two ways. Sell your designs by uploading them to a marketplace like SpreadShirt (it’s free). Creating your designs is not hard and can be anything from cartoon-like characters to doodles or any other simple type of sketch.

You can learn to use simple software like Microsoft Paint to create your designs and have them printed on t-shirts you can sell online or offline. Your parent or an older sibling can help you out with transactions and how to get the money you've earned.

If you are over sixteen years, you can open your own free T-Shirt store online and sell not only tees but caps, hoodies, mugs, phone cases, sportswear, sweatshirts and more. People who buy from you will come from all corners of the world, from New Jersey to New Zealand. When they buy from your online store, it’s at the click of a button.

Additionally, creating an online store means you can sell your products to other kids at school or the people in your neighbourhood.

2. Selling Candy

This may appear like an offline job for kids, but it involves some online buying too.

For as little as a $15 investment, you can make money by selling candy at school. This is a good example of "physical" selling offline. With your little investment, which you can loan from your parent or relative, you can buy large variety packs of candy (or other edibles) online from major wholesalers like Costco or Sam's Club (Macey's costs a bit more).

You buy wholesale and sell the individual pieces at regular market prices, less a few cents if you wish. A kid can earn money by doing this, every school day, five days a week.

You can also sell games and cards to your schoolmates because many kids love games and cards and will willingly buy from you. There are game companies that will offer their affiliates a free store to sell their products. Amazon and eBay are two large companies that allow you to sell their products. You must be eighteen to be able to join Amazon or eBay, so again, you’ll need the help of an adult to set up an account on your behalf.

3. Writing (Freelance)

You can earn money online writing for other people. This is called freelance writing

There are many freelancing services out there, and depending on your reading and writing skills and what you've been asked to write about, you may be qualified enough to write for people online or even offline.

Some young kids who are 7th-grade level and above can write and get their messages across. Complex writing may not be necessary as long as there are no typing errors, the grammar is fine, and you get the points across, which is primarily the main goal.

There are students who need to write out their essays or do a report on a school project, and they may need your help. It shouldn't be for free. You can use your expertise as a good writer to create reports on a subject you are passionate about and sell them online for a small profit. The reports need not be more than 7 to 20 pages long and should only contain content that young people or other kids can use.

4. Taking Paid Surveys

You can make money online by filling out paid surveys. It is one of the easiest online jobs to do, and you need zero experience to do it. If you do surveys consistently, you will always earn a bit of pocket money on the side.

Both the young and adults fill out paid surveys every day, and this is a legitimate opportunity for you to make at least $2 an hour, depending on what goals you wish to achieve. With some online survey sites, you also earn free stuff for your opinion about their products, and it can involve anything from games and gift cards to packs of edibles. It's very easy to do a few surveys each day, and it takes roughly a quarter of an hour to complete one.

Know which websites to use and how to use them, and if you need guidance on how to succeed in paid surveys, you may want to try reading a guide on how to take paid surveys to make extra cash.

5. Tutoring

Yes, it's true, you can earn pocket money teaching or writing essays for other kids online or offline. Today's younger generation is more computer savvy, and they are technologically smarter than their parents and grandparents. were their age group. So, when it comes to using computers, notebooks, and smartphones, being on the internet is like being in a second home.

The older kids can actually tutor other kids, and some are known to offer tutorials to the older generation, teaching them how to use the internet, apps, and any operating system.

Making money by offering tutorials online may require that you source initial financing to buy a good-quality headset and webcam. Here is where your parents or relations can help you out to start your tutoring business online. You can always pay them back from your earnings.

If you want to spread the word about what you do, make some flyers and distribute them in your locality. Your grandparents or elderly relations can also help advertise your skills among their friends and acquaintances. They will certainly love to do you that favour.

6. Selling on eBay

Who said online selling was only for adults? If you are over eighteen, you can sell on eBay.

Though eBay doesn't allow minors to set up an account, your parents can create an account for you. Once the account is set up, you can start to create items such as handmade crafts, artwork, t-shirts with your designs, caps, mugs, and simple stuff like this. There are always some people out there, anywhere in the world, that will like your products and some will buy.

If you make crafts like rag dolls, beaded bracelets, paintings, or pottery, you can put them up on eBay to sell. Discuss your creative abilities with an adult and ask them to please show you ways to translate them into cash.

You also sell your used or unused school supplies that you no longer need on eBay. You can also sell toys and stuffed animals you've outgrown, as long as they are in great condition.

If you have gifts you got at Christmas, for instance, sell them on eBay too. Basically, presents, supplies and unwanted items are some of the things that can be sold online. You can also sell items you find in garage sales, boot sales, garden sales, thrift stores, or any other items you can get at giveaway prices.

Bonus Idea: Some Kids Test Games

Some kids make money online testing new video games.

Kids Can Earn Money Online with Encouragement and Guidance

Starting early to learn entrepreneurial skills has its advantages and working for about a couple of hours each day means spending less time watching television, playing video games, or generally being idle. The feeling of earning money for themselves will boost their confidence even further and help them learn to become future entrepreneurs.

Who knows, a kid that is inspired to do these things may become the next young millionaire. It does happen.

Parents or mentors can further check online websites or books that write about ways for kids to make money online and discuss the possibilities with them.

Self-Made Teenage Millionaires

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: How do I make designs on t-shirts?

Answer: Join Spreadshirt.

It’s free to join and register. You can design T-shirt’s and sell your designs as well.

Question: Can you do a t-shirt at 14-years-old?

Answer: Yes, you can.

Question: How can I get freelance writing jobs?

Answer: Visit these websites and take it from there:

I hope this helps.

Question: Would I make a profit off of selling things on eBay?

Answer: Yes you can.

© 2009 viryabo


viryabo (author) from Lagos, Nigeria. on July 10, 2020:

There shouldn't be any doubt Hasini. As the article states, he/she can start by spreading the word locally, with family, and at school. Flyers can be created for free with MS word, PP, Paint, or something like Canva that even has a template for flyers.

He/she can also go online on Youtube to see how other kids started off in their own different ways.

This is like preparatory work for the kid before starting a business.

Hope this helps.

Jonas lim on July 04, 2020:

My first try

Hasini on June 30, 2020:

i have a doubt , can you provide websites in which chlidren can tutor the elders . i am having trouble in finding it.

Alijah on May 12, 2020:

It seems like it will help the future for when the kids grow up and they can become rich and famous

moviesreviews on May 16, 2018:

Some great ideas. I found offering tuition to children the most interesting.

viryabo (author) from Lagos, Nigeria. on December 07, 2015:

Thanks tpksarathy88

. . . and growing up with smart entrepreneurial skills makes for a brighter future.

Thanks for visiting.

tpksarathy88 on December 07, 2015:

You showed better guidance for the kids to become smart. Wonderful writing...

viryabo (author) from Lagos, Nigeria. on January 22, 2015:

Thank you for visiting @LadyE

Good thing too, kids of today seem to be quite enterprising and are always looking for ways to earn extra money.

Elena from London, UK on January 09, 2015:

Awesome Tips. Every little helps in the family and it's a good foundation for them. They will appreciate the value of money too. I particularly like the Private Tuition and Freelance Writing.

tamar on March 29, 2013:

I need money right now

viryabo (author) from Lagos, Nigeria. on January 21, 2013:

Hi Lin.

You can design T-shirts online with your own designs, and sell them on eBay.

Lin on January 19, 2013:

Where do you sell t shirts

adelaida medina on April 13, 2011:

how do i get my 15yr old started in game testing he wants this

Salman Farees on March 06, 2011:

Thanks for Sharing. Please visit my web for top many making affiliate..

shez on January 20, 2011:

i want to earn for many things

viryabo (author) from Lagos, Nigeria. on January 17, 2011:

Thanks Pete, and thanks for visiting and leaving a nice comment.


Pete from best food processors on January 16, 2011:

I like the idea of kids earning money by offering tuition. This is such a great idea because I think the kid that is struggling with the work could be more responsive to being taught by one of their friends who they know and trust. It could also inspire them to improve if they see what the other kid is capable of. I really like this, thanks.

Patsy on October 25, 2010:

I say wait til your 16 then get a job. What dumb kid will want a job or buissnuss when they can do chores. I find it dumb. Kids should be focusing on school and after school activitys.

samabraham on August 02, 2010:

Earning money has online never been this easy and transparent. You would find great tips on how to make that dream amount every month. So go ahead and click here for more details and open floodgates to your online income. All the best.

viryabo (author) from Lagos, Nigeria. on August 01, 2010:

Hi John, thanks for the visit, and for leaving a comment. Hope this helps.


Socialat, thanks for your nice comments. Will surely visit your blog. I hope kids and parents find it useful.


Socialat on July 31, 2010:

Very well described. I'm sure many kids will follow your ideas to get their pocket money. I have listed 16 Ways for Kids to Make Money in my blog. Leave your response.

john on July 27, 2010:

hopefully it will keep mine out of trouble this summer

viryabo (author) from Lagos, Nigeria. on July 18, 2010:

Thats right Sunnyglitter, and its not a bad way to keep them occupied during the holiday months.

Thanks for visiting.


Sunnyglitter from Cyberspace on July 18, 2010:

These are great tips for kids to make money online!

samabraham on July 02, 2010:

Earning money has online never been this easy and transparent. You would find great tips on how to make that dream amount every month. So go ahead and click here for more details and open floodgates to your online income. All the best.

whatup on May 28, 2010:


viryabo (author) from Lagos, Nigeria. on May 10, 2010:

Hi dr.amit, im glad you found this interesting and from what you tell me, it seems you are on your way to earning great money online. That's fantastic.

Goodluck in all your endeavours, and thanks for the visit.


dr.amit3739 on May 09, 2010:

Really superb!

You've describe all the money making methods. And I love it all. I'm also working on many paid survey companies and in Adsense for more income.

Your sincerely


viryabo (author) from Lagos, Nigeria. on December 23, 2009:

Try this site Princess Twinkle. Hope it helps.

Thanks for visiting.

PrincessTwinkle on December 23, 2009:

with the freelance writing where would the children sell it ???

viryabo (author) from Lagos, Nigeria. on July 14, 2009:

Thank you for the nice comments hubpagewriter. Glad you like it.

hubpageswriter on July 13, 2009:

I like what you have written here. Very useful and informative..thanks for sharing..