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How Can a Teenager Make Money Online? 5 Ideas To Consider in 2023

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How Can a Teenager Make Money Online?  This is a question that recently come up in my keyword research. 

It made me think about when I was younger.  Back then I had 2 paper rounds and I’d be lucky to make more than £10 a week.  It depended on how many leaflets were in that week’s paper and I did this for maybe 1-2 years.

I think now really that back then there weren’t a lot of jobs for your typical teenager at the time.  Some of us when we were 15 got part-time jobs.  I had one friend work at the corner shop and another that did washing up at the weekend over the Italian Restaurant and I’m sure there were others but STILL, this was before everyone had the Internet.   

Fast forward to now and WOW HOW MUCH THINGS HAVE CHANGED.  

If a teenager wants to make money now then they needn’t look any further than Google and the Internet.

All a teenager needs from 13 years old onwards is a phone, tablet, or PC and the opportunities are there.  

In fact, many teenagers now are finding ways to make money online and even to the point that their older family members are struggling financially whilst they are not.

It really is the way of the world but what can your typical teenager do to start making money online today? 

1.)  Start a Youtube Channel

Creating content on YouTube has become an increasingly popular way for teenagers in recent years to make money and build a successful career online. 

Some recent examples of Teenagers that have made it on Youtube Include the following;

*Note I couldn’t find Youtube Channels for the last two and the ages above I’d guess (are) are older. 

So for your average teenager (or Adult), that might be interested.  Here are some steps that can be taken to start making money on YouTube and overtime set up a successful business:

  1. Choose a niche:  To build a successful YouTube channel, it’s important to choose a specific topic or niche to focus on. This could be anything from gaming, beauty, fashion, cooking, or music.  By choosing a niche, you can build a loyal following of viewers who are interested in your content.
  2. Create high-quality content:  Once you’ve chosen your niche, it’s time to start creating content.  Focus on creating high-quality videos that are engaging, informative, and entertaining.  Make sure your videos are well-lit, well-edited, and have good sound quality.  The more effort you put into creating great content, the more likely you are to attract viewers and grow your audience.
  3. Build an audience:  One of the most important factors for making money on YouTube is building a large and engaged audience.  You can do this by promoting your videos on social media, collaborating with other YouTubers in your niche, and engaging with your viewers through comments and social media.
  4. Monetize your channel:  Once you’ve built a following, you can start monetizing your channel. There are several ways to do this, including:
    • Advertising revenue: YouTube pays you a percentage of the advertising revenue generated by your videos.  To be eligible for advertising revenue, you need to have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the past 12 months.
    • Sponsorships:  Brands may be interested in sponsoring your channel if you have a large and engaged audience. This can be a great way to earn money, but it’s important to be transparent with your viewers about sponsored content.  Also, Affiliate Marketing can too be another way (MORE ON THIS SOON)!!!
    • Merchandise:  You can create and sell your own merchandise, such as t-shirts, hats, or mugs, through platforms like Teespring.
  5. MOST IMPORTANTLY:  Be patient and persistent building a successful YouTube channel takes time and effort.  Keep creating high-quality content even if you’re not making money right away.  With time and dedication, you can build a successful YouTube channel and make money online as a teenager (or Adult, the same ideas apply).

So this is obviously one of the main ideas that I think spring to mind for Teenagers but next let’s look at…

2.)  TikTok and Short Viral Videos

Much like Youtube another proven way that Teenagers can make online is of course with TikTok.  

TikTok has become one of the most popular social media platforms in recent years, with millions of users sharing short videos every day.  It’s not just a platform for entertainment, but it’s also a great opportunity for teenagers to make money online. 

Here are some ways teenagers can use TikTok to earn some extra cash:

  1. Become an Influencer – If you’re good at creating engaging content that people love to watch, you can become an influencer on TikTok.  Influencers are people who have a large following on social media, and they use their influence to promote brands, products, or services.
    As an influencer, you can earn money through sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, or brand partnerships.
  2. Sell Products – If you have a talent for creating art, crafts, or other handmade items, you can sell them on TikTok.
    Many people use TikTok to showcase their products and reach a wider audience. You can sell your products through your own website, Etsy, or other online marketplaces.
  3. Offer Services – If you have a particular skill, such as graphic design, video editing, or writing, you can offer your services to others on TikTok.  You can create a video showcasing your skills and offer your services to your followers.

    Also you can use TikTok to promote your freelance services on other platforms like Fiverr or Upwork.
  4. Participate in Challenges – TikTok challenges are a fun way to engage with your followers and potentially earn some money.  Many challenges come with prize money, and if you’re creative enough, you might be able to win the prize money.  You can also create your own challenge and ask your followers to participate, which can help you gain more followers and potentially make more money.

Overall, TikTok can be a great platform for teenagers to make money online.  By creating engaging content, promoting products or services, offering services, or participating in challenges, teenagers can earn some extra cash while having fun on the platform.

However, it’s important to remember that success on TikTok requires hard work, dedication, and creativity.

3.)  Start a Gardening or Dog Walking Service on Facebook

My nephew is a good example of this.  He hasn’t done this for a while but at 15 years of age, he created his own local Gardening Business.  I was actually quite surprised by how much work he got.  In the end, he stopped doing it as he got a full-time job after leaving school but this example just goes to show that this is something you can do.

So many teenagers have Facebook despite the fact that you need to be 18 to create an account.  On the record I am not telling anyone under 18 to break Facebooks T&S but creating a Facebook Business page is easy and even advertising your services through local Facebook groups is also easy.

What you can do is ask a parent or older relative if you can use their account to create a page and then go from there.  

Gardening is just one example.  Dog walking is possibly another and car washing could be one too.  I am sure there are others but its fairly simple to do.  Create a Facebook page, add your contact details and then use local groups for your area to share your business page.  There is nothing stopping a teenager from printing cards to leave in shop windows, hand out leaflets etc.  and the Internet is definitely the place the place to start.

DEFINITELY this works I seen it but now here’s another idea…

4.)  Sell on Etsy, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace

Selling online has become a popular way for teenagers to make money. Platforms like eBay, Etsy, and Facebook Marketplace offer a great opportunity for teenagers to sell products and make some extra cash. 

Here are some tips on how teenagers can make money online by selling on these platforms:

  1. Find Products To Sell – To get started it’s important to find things to sell.  This is the easy part really.  Have a look around your house and see if there is anything like old toys, books or clothes you no longer want.  You can also ask your family if they have anything that you can sell.  Also you can try making crafts and jewellry to sell on ETSY.
    This is the most important thing getting started.  Your first sale is the key and continuing on from there but just make sure that you have a means to print labels and have packaging ready to get items posted ASAP. 
  2. Create High-Quality Listings – Creating high-quality listings is essential to attracting potential buyers. Make sure to take clear and attractive photos of your products and provide detailed descriptions.
    Be sure to add the right keywords in your titles and descriptions too as this can also help your products show up in search results.  It really depends on what your selling but this can definitely make all the difference.
  3. Price Competitively – Pricing your products competitively is important to make sales.  Researching the prices of similar products on the platform can help you determine a fair price for your products.  Also, check SOLD items on eBay to help you decide on the top end your products might actually sell for.
    Also DON’T FORGET to factor in shipping costs when setting your prices.
  4. Provide Excellent Customer Service – Good customer service can help you build a loyal customer base.  Responding to messages and inquiries in a timely manner, providing accurate tracking information, and resolving any issues or complaints quickly can help you earn positive reviews and repeat business.
    You should also take extra care in the beiginning to ship your early sales on time.  Do not offer same day delivery at first.  Go for 1-2 days, 2-3 days but ship same day next day if you can and if you can afford it use tracking to show on the system that you are fullfilling your orders on time.  
  5. REINVEST IN MORE THINGS TO SELL – Check yard sales, garage sales, Facebook marketplace for job lots of things you can part out.  This is when you can start making the real money if you know what you’re doing.   Also, Aliexpress, Alibaba is a good place to look for some bits to sell but be careful about low quality products.

    If you are selling on ETSY to make home made jewelry or whatever else make sure you are reinvesting in supplies to keep up with your customer demand.  I’ve never sold on ETSY but I know this is important.

    Also, on eBay use promoted listings (I set mine at 2%), send offers to help items that are listed Buy It Now and reprice items that are not selling.  I’ve been on eBay 12 years and this is definitely my best advice. 

5.)  Enter The World of Blogging and Affiliate Marketing

Blogging and affiliate marketing are two popular ways for teenagers to make money online. Blogging involves creating content on a website, while affiliate marketing involves promoting products and earning a commission for each sale made through your unique referral link. 

Here are some tips on how teenagers can make money online with blogging and affiliate marketing:

  1. Choose a Niche –  This I think is very important when making a blog.  You don’t want to be writing about a mish-mash of different things.  I would also not recommend setting up several blogs at once.  It is much better to work on one thing so choose a niche that you’re passionate about.  Something you like that you’re knowledgeable and passionate about which you can create engaging content about that will attract readers.
    You should make sure this is an area where you can continue to keep going with new ideas and content and you should also make sure there is a means to monetize your content on top of this.
    Amazon and Google Adsense you should maybe forget about as you will only make pennys.  Look for good paying affiliate programs on platforms such as Clickbank, Digistore24 and on companys websites.
  2. Create High-Quality Content – This really goes without saying.  Make sure to write articles that are well-researched, informative, and engaging.  Break up text by using short paragraphs (2-3 sentances or less) and include Images, videos, GIFs, tables, highlighted text, bordered sections of text, buttons and more to help make your content more visually appealing.  Be sure to check out the work on similar websites to yours for ideas.
  3. Build a Following – When it comes to making money with affiliate marketing this is very important.  By growing your readership and social media following, you can reach a wider audience and potentially earn more commissions.  Collecting emails and email marketing is important too.  Google will not immediately start sending traffic to your site so if you can you will want customers who you can make future sales to too.
  4. Choose Affiliate Programs Wisely –  This is very important too.  In regards to building a following you must build trust and to do this you need good reviews from good customer experience.   I think this pretty self explanatory.  To get good reviews you want good products and this is why when you are affiliate marketing you want good affiliate programs.  
    Do your research first and also do not start creating content for affiliate products you have not yet been approved for.  I’ve made this mistake loads of times.  I’ve written whole articles and the affiliate program has rejected my application.
  5. Get The Right Kind of Guidance – I will be blunt here.  Many that try affiliate marketing and blogging will FAIL to even make ONE SALE xx  Some will give it a few months before calling it a day and this can be for a number of reasons but I’d say things like rookie mistakes, inactivity and not having the right training and support in the beginning top this off.
    So its important to invest in the right resources to get started.  I’d say these are WordPress hosting and a domain.  You can maybe start off here for $10-$20 for a domain and 3 months hosting.

I would next recommend you download my To-Do list here.  Before you start blogging you need to add plugins, legal pages, set up social media channels, set up Google analytics and search console.  Click HERE for my free resource page.

I would say next try and get together 50 Ideas.  Choose 4-5 categories and come up with 10 ideas for each.

This should keep you busy but keep in mind you will want someone to tell you were you are going right and wrong.   

I will NOT sugarcoat this professional coaching can be expensive.  The affiliate marketing course I am currently recommending is $1000 ($800 with my link) and my 2nd one that comes with my own free coaching + free hosting plus other stuff is $50 a month.  I will actually tell you what I think with each new post you publish [You can start for free HERE]

This will cost you money to get started to do things properly but Blogging and affiliate marketing can be very lucrative for those that can get the hang of it.  There are plenty of success stories out there and certainly, blogging and affiliate marketing can be a great way for teenagers to make money online. 

With the right mindset, hard work, dedication, and a commitment to providing quality content and promoting great products this is 100% doable.  The first 4 Ideas can be great to but seriously if AM and blogging interests you check out my FREE RESOURCES PAGE HERE  I will be glad to help out.

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  1. Hello, Alex. You have come up with some fantastic ways for a teenager to make money online. I see children, teenagers, and young adults on all of the platforms you mentioned, from Tik Tok to Instagram.

    I believe that technology and the way we do things today are evolving. You’re correct, Facebook, the minimum age is supposed to be 18 – which I didn’t realize until I discovered my children had an account. In any case, when children have access to mobile devices, they will find a way.

    My 14-year-old daughter began blogging last year. I host her website at Wealthy Affiliate, and it was surprisingly simple to get started. I’m still not sure what the exact age is for a teen to be paid by an affiliate program. Do you know? Which makes me wonder if a 14-year-old can even join an affiliate program?

    When I did a bit of research it seems like you have to be 18. But, then again, maybe I didn’t find the right program. I’ve heard there’s so many out there. I guess for now I’ll keep everything under my name until we either figure that out or she turns 18 – whichever comes first.

    Oh before I forget even though your nephew has gotten a job, it is very inspiring to know that he did give his gardening business a try. I’m sure he learned many skills and built up wonderful habits. Teens in my area, are also starting businesses, it seems like they are no longer working at the local stores as much as they used to.

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