Online Jobs For Teenagers
Online Jobs For Teenagers – How It Starts…
We are a three-person family, our son has no older or younger sibling and because I have a comfortable career my wife decided to stay at home and has only recently gone back to work. Having only one child means that you can splurge on stuff that you may not normally buy if there are two, three, four or more kids in the house. As a result he usually gets what he wants.
But that came to a screeching halt one day when we realize we were spending upwards of $100.00 per month on toys (mostly action figures) and probably more on games for his Nintendo Wii, 3DS, DS or DSiXL – add on a iPod and games from iTunes, plus an iPad and his own laptop… well you get the picture that he’s spoiled.
So we got to thinking, what can we get him to do so that he understands the value of money? He’s young (he is now 9 years old) so a “real job” is out of the question. My next thought was to hit Yahoo Answers to look for jobs someone that young could do — there are none. Finally we saw a post on our community mailbox for carriers. BINGO. He will deliver newspapers.
So we got him a smallish route of about 130 papers, that had to be delivered two times per week and would make him between $100.00 and $150.00 per month.
It was a challenge. For him, and for us. As the route is not close to home we would go with him - rain or shine. But he did well and braved it for just a little over a year. We only pulled him from this as he’s going into Grade 4 and we want him to focus on school and participate in extracurricular activities like soccer, floor hockey and whatever else he shows an interest in.
He definitely understands the value of money now and his requests for toys has dropped. I’m sure some of it has to do with his age, but we’re not spending like crazy after him any longer.
This then got us thinking about what types of jobs could he do online at his age, and thinking into the future what kind of online jobs for teenagers are available?
This is a pretty long post but I have done some research and provided some ideal online jobs for teenagers. Some of these can generate pocket money for teenagers and will be hard for them to “get rich quick” and some could generate some real money for them. All these are legitimate opportunities! I don’t believe in “get rich quick” schemes, nor would I condone anything illegal.
Popular Online Jobs for Teenagers
Survey Websites – Quick Cash for 20 Minutes of Work
There are dozens of survey websites out there that may appeal to your teenager. Here are fourteen sites that I found:
- mysurvey.com (an international company offering opportunities)
- ipsos i-say.com (ipsos is a heavy hitter, one of the largest survey companies)
- cada-cabeza.com (for those that can read and understand Spanish)
These are only a few – there are hundreds out there, just go over the site with your teen. Most of these sites will accept teens 13 and over – a great first online jobs for teenagers!
Most of these sites will pay around $2.00 for each survey taken, and normally most surveys will only take about 20 minutes time. Yes it’s not the most lucrative but if your teen can do two surveys per day or about 60 per month that will give them around $120.00 per month for completing surveys.
Many of the sites also pay start-up bonuses of $5.00 for just signing up with them. Others also provide point bases system where points can be used to purchase food at places like 7-11, Taco Bell, Burger King, Arbys or a host of other merchants.
I’m sure over time they will get bored and this online jobs for teenagers will go by the wayside but until then they can get paid for surveys (and save YOU some cash).
Look at the companies, do your research because there are some scary stories out there (did a 100 page survey and got $5.00 for it). If you have used any of these sites please leave some feedback in the comments.
Article Writing and Product Reviews
Do you have an especially talented teen that loves to write? Why don’t they make use of that talent and write articles? Article writers can make (at minimum) $5.00 for a 500 word article and the better they get the more that they can demand.
There is no age restriction when it comes to article writing – a person of any age can do it.
One of the best places for your teen to start their article writing career is using the website FIVERR (at fiverr.com). Here service providers (your teen would be a service provider) would advertise their offer (writing articles, posts for blogs, product reviews etc.,) for $5.00. FIVERR keeps $1.00 and your teen gets $4.00. Through this method the more contract your teen gets, the more they make. They get contracts by people purchasing articles from them on specific topics.
Once they get experience and a solid reputation behind them, they can start to market their services on other freelance websites. I know of article writers that make a full-time career just doing this – we’re talking $30k per year or more simply by writing articles, blog posts and product reviews.
If your teenager is a computer whiz and is scoring 100% on their programming assignments and just coded a replacement to their schools student tracking systems then perhaps its time to put their skills to good use coding for others. Congratulations – your son or daughter is now a consultant and can probably make real good money (a lot more than article writing and taking surveys).
Sites like elance.com can help your teen get started.
There are a lot of online jobs for teenagers out there, simply need to put your thinking cap on – or hit Google and start searching. I will be adding more to this post (through follow-up posts) over the next few weeks and months that will give you more ideas, research information on jobs that would be ideal for your teen.
There are online jobs for teenagers out there!