Teenage is a period of life when you’re full of energy and wish to do a lot of things. Normally, most teens depend on their parents for money. Sometimes, this money might just not be enough for you to spend on your wants. What would you do if this is your case? And you might not wish to take a job because it could divert your mind from studies and energy to other pursuits.
Actually, there’s nothing to worry about. You can still make some decent money as a teenager. And that too, without a job or working part-time or even full-time. As a matter of fact, you could use any of these top 13 tips to make decent money as a teenager and enjoy the work too.
As a teen, if you find this interesting, continue reading. Because in this article, I will be discussing the top 13 tips for every teenager to make decent money without a job.
All these 13 tips are time-tested and proven. And the small tasks that you could do are all legit. Therefore, I would encourage you to go ahead and try any of these 13 tips and make some extra money.
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Since doing a part-time job is out of the question, you would wonder what’re the other ways to make some decent money. Therefore, you could find any work that I’m listing in these tips. Furthermore, you can choose what kind of work you wish to do depending on your skills and interest.
1. Paid Online Surveys
The best way to make decent money as a teenager is to start doing paid online surveys. Obviously, the money you get from these paid online surveys won’t make you rich. However, they will give you some extra cash at hand to spend on your needs and wants or even save.
There’re countless paid online survey websites. These are operated by renowned international market research companies. Joining them is free of cost as long as you’re above the age of 12. Some of the websites that I would recommend include Swagbucks, InboxDollars, and Toluna.com, among others.
When you complete an online survey, the website rewards you for your efforts in points. Once you collect a specific number of points, you can redeem them for cash or even free shopping vouchers on top online stores such as Amazon. In fact, thousands of teenagers in the world are already making decent money this way.
2. Write a Book
As a teen, you can also make some decent money by writing a book. Of course, this would make you ask, who would be interested in publishing your book? You don’t need a publisher actually. All you need to do is go online on Amazon Desktop Publishing and follow the instructions there to publish a book free of cost.
Kindle Desktop Publishing, as it’s called, allows people to create their own books and also sell them through Amazon, the single largest online retailer in the world. Of course, Amazon will retain a part of the money as their commissions for letting you sell the books, but you can make a really decent amount of money.
3. Sell Online
If you’re an artist such as making portraits, paintings, sculptures, or even costume jewelry, you can open an online marketplace and make money even while sleeping. That’s because such stuff is in great demand not only in India but also around the world.
There’re several places where you can open an online marketplace. For a teenager, I would suggest you set up an online store using Facebook Marketplace because it’s free of cost. However, the products you’re selling through Facebook Marketplace can be seen only in an area of about 100km from your location, which is fairly good. Then we also have other platforms such as Shopify and Etsy where you can sell such stuff.
4. Play Online Games
When I talk about playing games online, I don’t mean PUBG. Instead, I’m discussing games that are not yet available to the public and that you could play to earn some decent money. These games are available on online survey websites and some others too.
Actually, these games are uploaded by their developers or companies. They expect you to test these games as you play and write a brief review. And for your efforts, they will reward you with points, which are redeemable for cash.
5. App Testing
App testing is something you can do online, without leaving the comfort of your home. There’re several websites where you can register as an app tester. They don’t really need software professionals to test these apps. Instead, they hire common people like you and me for this work.
Companies that want to launch apps will usually allow a small number of people to test them and write their user experience. And they use your reviews to correct any glitches that may be there in the app, before launching them to the public. This is an excellent and interesting way to make some decent money as a teenager.
6. Website Testing
UserTesting.com allows teenagers to test websites and pays them some money. You don’t need to be a website developer to qualify for UserTesting.com. In fact, they want ordinary people to test websites for their customers.
All that you need to do is register on UserTesting.com and wait for your application as a website tester to be successful. Later, UserTesting.com alerts you by email whenever there’s a new website for testing. Or you can visit their website and find websites that are up for testing.
You’ll have to answer a few questions and write a brief review about your experience with the website you test. This allows developers and website owners to make improvements where necessary.
Blogging is the best way for every teenager to earn money and that too without doing any job. As a matter of fact, you can become a celebrity blogger if the articles you write become popular and you gather thousands of followers for your writings.
All you require to become a blogger is in-depth knowledge about something and excellent writing skills to create amazing, engaging, interesting, and relevant content. Also, you can go for a paid website that costs as low as Rs.3,000 per year in India, along with lots of other essentials.
There are multiple ways to make money from a blog. Google AdSense is one of the easiest ways but if you want a better income from the same traffic, you can learn about affiliate marketing and promote affiliate products from your blog.
Maybe you’re unaware, but YouTube allows everyone with a Google account to open a free channel on their single largest video-sharing platform. Once you open a channel, upload amazing videos that people would love watching and sharing with others. You can make any kind of video such as educational or entertainment, games, sports, or even news reviews.
It’s possible to make money from your YouTube channel using Google AdSense. You could also do affiliate marketing through your YouTube channel. Another superb way to monetize your YouTube channel is by selling your own merchandise.
9. Voice Over
Surely, you’ve watched an animated film of a kid’s movie. And you might be wondering who gives the voices to these characters. Actually, these voices are given by voice-over artists. Almost anyone with a good and clear voice can become a voice-over artist and make decent money as a teenager.
To become a voice-over artist, you’ll have to make short voice clips as samples and upload them on various websites that provide the work. If any movie maker likes your sample, they will contact you for the work of giving voiceovers to their characters in documentaries or even big-ticket productions.
10. Social Media Assistant
The work of a social media assistant is for teenagers who love Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other such platforms. This is a very enjoyable job where you can do some tasks such as uploading interesting pictures or content for a person and making some money.
Generally, high-net-worth individuals hire social media assistants because they want to create a brand image for themselves. And they pay well too. Other than uploading content, you would also have to respond to comments on their social media pages such as Facebook.
If you’re on Facebook or Instagram and have a lot of friends, you could work as a micro-influencer for some company, during your spare time. This isn’t a job. Instead, it’s a very prestigious role that you will play. It means that you will be representing a company or brand or product or service among your friends.
A lot of companies look for teenagers that study at colleges to become their micro-influencers. Your work is simple: uploading content that the company wants and promoting its brand or service or product in your circle of friends, acquaintances, and relatives.
12. Create a Course
Nowadays, there’s a huge demand for online courses, in the new normal that we’re seeing in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath. There’re websites such as Udemy.com where you can create a good course about anything from your school or college subject or a hobby and upload it on e-learning platforms to make money.
Most of these websites provide free resources that enable you to create a superb online course. And whenever anyone that wishes to do your course buys it, you make some money. Of course, the e-learning platform where you upload the course will charge some commissions, but you get to keep a major share of that money.
13. Sell Stock Photos
It doesn’t matter if you have a superb camera, as long as your smartphone has a good one. You can take amazing pictures of anything such as people, monuments, nature, and places, and upload them for sale on any stock photo website to make money. Registering on these stock photo websites is free. They will charge you a commission only when somebody buys full rights or partial rights to use your photos.
This is one of the simplest and easiest ways to make money, as long as you have that eye for superb pictures. Stock photo website such as 123RF or Shutterstock among others displays your photos under various categories for free. You can visit their website and learn more about how to sell stock photos online and make decent money as a teenager.
As you can see, these 13 tips to make decent money as a teenager without a job are all legit and don’t involve many skills. Almost everyone can perform these simple tasks and start making money right away. As a matter of fact, you can use more than one of these 13 ways to make money online. There’re no upper and lower age limits to make money using these ways. However, YouTube requires that you should be over 13 years old, due to their internal policies, to become a YouTuber.