Making Money Online

 How to Make Money Online for Teens

Tired of feeling broke?

Are you annoyed that you don’t have time to work because you’re so busy with school?

Or are you fed up with making minimum wage because you’re “too young” to make a substantial wage?

I’ve been there. I worked a regular teenage summer job for 3 years, anywhere between 20-40 hours a week, at $9 an hour. I didn’t hate my job, but I knew that I could make money online even as a teen. If I had spent that many hours working online than I could’ve made 2 or 3 times the amount of money I was making at my summer gig.

So I did some research and found ways that I could make anywhere from an extra couple dollars to thousands depending on how much effort I put in.

I’m here to show how to make money online as a teen

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing in my opinion the best way to make money online as a teen. It’s basically advertising somebody else product for them and receiving a commission when they make a sale from your affiliate link. There are millions of dollars to be made using affiliate marketing.

The easiest way to get started is by making a blog or review site. I recommended creating a site in a niche that you enjoy and could talk about for hours without getting bored. This way you wont burn out before you even start making a solid income from your site. If your into making money online for years to come then Affiliate Marketing is the thing for you.

I think Affiliate Marketing is by its self the most important aspect to learn for making money online. So I have created a Teens Guide to Affiliate Marketing, which will teach you how to become an affiliate marketer along with providing you with the best services and resources available.

Paid Survey’s

Paid surveys can be a great way for you to make an extra cash. Most sites are free to use and you only have to be 13 or older to participate. They work by paying you anywhere from 50 cents, to a few dollars per survey that you complete. You can do them in your spare time or when your procrastinating on completing that book report that is due tomorrow.

The best way to make money on these survey sites are by using their referral programs, which will allow you to make money for every person that you get to sign up and a portion of all the money that person makes, depending on the site. The more people you refer, the more money you make. I know someone that made over $3,000 for completing some surveys, but mostly just referring people to the sites. Personally my favorite site to use is Swagbucks.

You wont become a millionaire through payed surveys (at least I haven’t found a way) but it is a great way to get your feet wet in making money online.


Fiverr is a freelancer site. So if you know how to do any type of graphic art, web design, code, writing, video creation, animation, music, digital marketing, or anything in between than you could be monetizing your hobby.

If you don’t know any of those skills than I would highly suggest learning one of them, because once you learn it you’ll be able to use that skill for years to come and will have a way to make money whenever you want. 

Pro Tip: Learn Code, it’s one of the most needed jobs not just on Fiverr but in any industry. You can get a Beginners Guide to Coding Here


This is for all the gamers. Tired of hearing your parents complaining about you “play video games too much”.  Well turn that time spent gaming into money or even a full-time job! All you need to get started is a gaming console or PC, webcam (recommended), and a broadcast software.

You earn money on Twitch by running ads, gaining subscribers, donations from supporters or getting sponsored by a variety of companies. When someone subscribes to your channel, which will cost them $4.99, the money will be split between you and Twitch, resulting $2.50 to your pockets. Ads will bring in on average $3 per 1000 non-subscribers. While sponsorship’s and donations have no set amount of money they can be the most profitable portion of your streaming business.

This can be a great way to take your love for gaming and turn it into a way to make money online! Don’t forget you can also record you streams and later post them to YouTube, gaining more followers and money in the process.

Now go turn on that webcam and Ps4 and get to work!


Instagram is quickly becoming one of the most popular social media sites. With over 400 million monthly and 75 million daily users you can create a page with hundreds of thousands of followers in almost any niche.

Seeing the magnitude of Instagram it’s no surprise that brands and marketers are shelling out large sums of money to what are called social influencers. You could be on the receiving end of that next brand deal. Or you could create your own brand and drive traffic to your website or blog. Selling them any product you own or referring them to a product that you receive commission on.

The more followers you have, the more money companies will be willing to pay you for a sponsored posts. You can make hundreds of dollars for one post. Just remember to make sure it’s a quality product that you promote, you don’t want to lose your credibility or trust from your loyal followers.

When you get tired of running the account you can always sell it. Large Instagram accounts sell anywhere from $10,000 to $100,00+. Then you can start building up another account in the same or different niche. The possibilities are almost endless!


YouTube is a great way to make money online as a teen. With over 1 billion active monthly users there’s no worry about over saturation anytime soon. There are tons of niches and sub-niches, so if you enjoy something there’s a great probability that a lot of other people feel the same way.

YouTubers make money through googles adsense, brand deals, or promoting their own product. Learn some ways to make your first $1000 on YouTube Here.

If you’ve ever been on YouTube you might have heard the term “YouTube Money”. YouTube money is no joke, there are channels that make over $100,000 a month just from adsense. Don’t expect to be making that kind of money right away or even after a couple years, but it goes to show that the sky’s the limit.

So grab your camera and start creating, you could be the next viral channel


Reselling is a huge industry. The basics of why reselling is so successful is because the demand of certain products, such as Yeezy’s, are so high and since they sell out in seconds their resale price skyrockets. You will be able to sell items 2-5 times there original value.

If you want to be successful in reselling you will need to have a bot. A bot is something that allows you to automatically check out. Without a bot your chances of copping that new hyped release are close to none. You can get the bot that I personally used to cop 3 pairs of Yeezys Here. Make sure at first to go for only items that will have high resale values, which will limit your chances of losing any money.

You can resell products one Ebay, Grailed, or Kixify, but they take a percentage of every sale. The best way is to create your own website and sell through your own site to maximize your profits. The problem with having your own website is getting people to find it. I suggest creating an Instagram account to drive traffic to your website.

I’ve personally made over $4,000 from reselling. So if you love the streetwear/sneaker culture then reselling is for you.

Listening To Music

If you love listening to music, why not listen and make money while your doing it? Its not only enjoyable but is one of the easiest ways to make money online. There are many sites out their that want your opinion on new music and are willing to pay you for it. Majority of these site only require you to leave a short review in order to be paid.

My favorite sites to use, all of which can be accessed even if your younger than 18

1. Fusion Cash

2. Slice the Pie

3. musicxray

4. Hit Predictor

You wont be be able to quit your job by using these site but they can provide for a decent side income and who doesn’t want extra money? Especially if all you have to do is listen to music.

Final Tips

1. Create a PayPal

PayPal is a must need if you want to make money online. It is the easiest and fastest way to get paid. If you’re under 18 you will need to have a parent make an account with you.

2. Use Multiple Sites

If you want to make the most money possible then I suggest using multiple sites. If your doing surveys, sign up for at least 3 sites. If your using Twitch, partner it with YouTube. If you’re writing a blog use Instagram to drive traffic. By using this method you increase your chances of getting seen.

3. Be Consistent

There’s that old saying “Rome wasn’t build in a day” and it applies to making money online. At first it may seem like you will never have a popular blog or YouTube channel but if you are consistently putting out quality content, I promise that you will see growth. Of course with growth comes money.

4. Take Action

If you are reading this you’ve probably made a decision that you want to make money. Take action on that decision and start your new money making method. Action takers are the most successful people.