Best Websites for Teens to Earn Money Online

Every year, high school and college students find themselves scrambling for ways to make some easy money during summer break, or even during the school year.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many decent paying jobs available for teens, especially in a rough economic climate. However, there are a number of websites that offer very easy money for teens online.
For a teenager who is disciplined and responsible, online jobs are the easiest way to earn a significant wad of cash year-round.

Websites That Offer Easy Money for Teens

Teenagers today have an assortment of skills that are useful on the Internet. For those who are skilled writers, earning money will be that much simpler. Additionally, there are well paying jobs available for teenagers who know how to write web pages or programs, are skilled at making crafts or collecting antiques, or are just interested in making a bit of cash from using the web like normal.
Finding those opportunities often involves wading through a mountain of garbage and scams. This article will provide teens with a complete guide for the best opportunities on the web that offer easy money for teens.

1. Sell Local Things Online

One of the easiest ways to make money fast, especially if you already have a pile of “junk” in your basement just collecting dust, is to sell your goods online. You may think that as a teen you have nothing worth selling, but you’d be surprised. Old video games, game consoles and even certain books often sell for more than you might expect on eBay.

Even if you don’t have anything, if you can get your parents to lend you $100 to $200 in “starter funds”, you can go to AuctionZip, find an antiques auction near you, and buy some box lots of vintage goods you can sell on eBay for profit.

I don’t suggest this lightly. This is actually how I personally started making a fair amount of cash on the Internet years ago, so I know that it works. It does take work — traveling to antiques, carrying stuff around, photographing, listing and packaging – but if you enjoy this kind of thing, you’re going to love selling antiques on eBay.
Even if you know nothing about antiques and have no interest going to auctions, you might consider actually making things like crafts, signs, pins or even electronics, and selling that on Etsy.

Teens under 18 are allowed to use Etsy to sell goods, so long as their parents are the ones managing the accounts.
Another place to sell stuff online — whether it’s crafts, antiques or anything else, is Craigslist.

Craigslist is fast becoming the go-to website for everything from apartment hunting to car shopping and everything in between. Become a seller there and you’ll have a huge audience of people looking to buy your stuff.

2. Easy Income for Teens Who Can Write Articles

For any teen that has excellent writing skills, the Internet offers an abundance of cash just sitting there for the taking.
Yes, it may take a full eight hours a day of good solid writing work — but what could be better than rolling out of bed at ten in the morning and going to your summer job at home, in your pajamas? Sounds too good to be true? Well put on your pajamas and check out these opportunities.

At ArticleSale.com, you can write as many articles as you like, and put them up for sale on the site.

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Prices for most new articles on the site range from between $2 to $7, but as you gain experience and sales, those prices will go up because people will recognize that experience. The downside to this particular site is that you have to sit around waiting for your articles to sell — and many of them may not. There are no guarantees.

A similar site as this is Constant Content, where you can also post your articles for sale to potential buyers.

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Sales for these articles are typically listed at around $20 to $25 for “usage” (meaning the buyer only buys rights to publish once, but doesn’t own the copyright), or $40 to $100 for “Full” rights.
Typically, buyers will buy usage rights, but since prices are higher, you really need to sell your article by making the summary field very compelling.
If writing random articles isn’t quite your thing, you might consider writing reviews for Sponsored Reviews instead.
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The catch here is that you need to already have your own established blog or website. Sponsored Reviews essentially serves as the middle man, to get you companies willing to sponsor content on your blog. They pay you via Sponsored Reviews, and you publish the review article on your blog. That’s it.
If you don’t have your own blog, you can still make money by writing on the Internet. However, if you’re just getting started, you’re going to have to start writing for websites that pay bottom-dollar for articles. One such site is Demand Studios (now known as StudioD).

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You can apply here, and most likely get accepted as an author, but you’ll need to wade through long lists of really weird and surreal topics to find one that you can even figure out how to write about. One former Demand Studios author explained the experience as follows:
“I immediately began searching in their ‘Find Assignments’ section, looking for a topic that would be appropriate for me to write about. That was my first reality check. This section can be quite laughable, to put it nicely. For example, when I searched their section on animals, looking specifically for dog-themed assignments, some of the topics under this heading included ‘How to Change the Heating Coil in a 1994 Cavalier,’ ‘How to Troubleshoot an Airhandler Float Switch,’ and ‘What are IRS Plan Disqualification Penalties’.”
The cold, hard truth about online writing is that you have to start somewhere, and that somewhere means writing really boring articles for peanuts — and lots of them. Once you build a reputation and a large online profile of articles, your name alone can earn you much more per article, but this takes years.

There are some sites that may serve you better. For example, Writers Domain promises $15 to $17.50 for a standard article, assuming you pass the application process.

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Of course, it isn’t fair to assume that just because you’re a teenager, you don’t have the writing skills or experience to achieve higher-paying writing gigs. Maybe you’ve been running your own successful blog for years. That’s experience, and that’ll land you writing jobs easily.

One of the best places to monitor for regular new online writing gigs is the jobs board at ProBlogger.

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Of course, if you feel like you have what it takes to write in the big leagues – in print – you might purchase an inexpensive monthly subscription to Writers Market, and pour over the database listings.

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You’ll find everything from publishing agents and publishing companies to magazine article job postings and even writing contests! Spend time every day writing for a few of the opportunities found here, and you never know, you may become one of the youngest published authors in your community!

3. Make Money Doing Reviews

Okay, so maybe you don’t write at all. That doesn’t mean that you can’t find a good way to make money online. There’s a lot more to the web than just writing content.
One of the most popular reasons many people use the Internet is to research products before buying them. This has turned online “reviews” into one of the most popular types of content on the web.
If you like sharing your opinion about products and services, then there are countless opportunities to earn income from your opinions. One of the coolest websites like this is MusicXray, which will pay you for listening to and giving feedback about music!

If you’re a music lover, you may find it hard to believe you can make money listening to music, but it’s a fact.
Or you could take the usual route of writing up reviews about actual products at a site like SliceThePie.
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For a site like this to be profitable, you’ll need to devote a good part of your day to completing reviews for the site. Just doing one or two may not appear to pay out a whole lot, but if you stay dedicated to it every day, you could earn some pretty decent cash.
A similar review site to this is one called Reviewstream. Reviewstream has plenty of categories to review. Everything from Airlines and baby products to education and electronics.
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Yet again, individual review earnings aren’t huge, but with this kind of work it’s all about putting in the hard work and developing a high volume of reviews over time. Before you know it, you’ll be raking in the dough.


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