It’s true that there are a number of ways to make money online that come with age 18 and above requirements.
However, as parents will tell you, teens who are younger than that want money, too!
Thankfully, there are a lot of different legitimate ways for kids to earn money on the internet.
They might vary from low-paying online jobs for teens to more serious jobs which can be full on careers!
Teenagers who aren’t getting hired or who don’t have a way to get to work can work right from home with some of the options on this list.
What kinds of websites will pay teenagers?
There are many different kinds of ’em, actually!
As we explained in our recent “Online jobs for college students” post, half the battle is knowing where to look and what to look for.
The teenagers of today are tech-savvy and have a lot of experience in a variety of programs. Add in the fact that the web is second nature to them and teens will actually find a wealth of opportunities for earning money on the web.
Teens, just like adults, might want to start off with some survey sites if they’re new to making money online.
Once you get your bearings with that and you’re ready to get serious, there are ways to put those skills to work. There are a variety of writing jobs that accept work from teenagers, as well as design work.
There are scams out there, as well, no matter what work you’re looking into. So you have to be careful.
As a rule of thumb, never pay any kind of fee – registration fee, application processing fee, etc. All legitimate companies and websites that you can use to earn money are free to use. They’re supposed to pay you, not the other way around.
To make it easier for you to avoid scams, I’ve compiled this list of legitimate online money making opportunities that any teen – 17, 16, 15, 14, and even 13 and younger – can take advantage of.
First, we’ll take a look at survey sites.
A. Survey Sites For Teens
In case you’re unfamiliar with survey sites, they’re a staple of casual internet earners everywhere.
They work much like you’d think– you take the surveys, you collect the reward.
Rewards tend to be minimal, but they’re great casual work that teens can do while they’ve got some free time.
It’s an easy way for beginners to start making extra cash online.
No to mention that you can feel good about voicing your opinion about products, games, and movies that you love.
SurveySavvy is a site that is great for those who want to buckle down and really make some cash.
They have a lot of members, a lot of surveys, and they pay out pretty well.
They’re among the bigger names in online survey taking, so it’s worth checking out if you’re looking into these things.
2. Ipsos i-Say
This well-known market research group is accepting people who are at least 14.
There are plenty of good reasons to use this service, from the high rate of good-paying surveys to the variety of cashout options (everything from gift cards to cash.)
They also have a mobile app, for teens who are out and about.
There are a few things about MySurvey that I think are really great.
The age cap is only 13, and they are also accepting applicants from all over the world!
One of the best things about their system is that surveys are very equal-opportunity. Teens, adults, and seniors alike will find surveys that value their opinion and pay out accordingly.
4. Kidz Eyes
This is the only survey site that doesn’t accept anyone above the age of 12!
Kidz Eyes is a company that does market research specifically targeted towards children. They’re a company that’s over 50 years old, belonging to the even bigger market research firm C&R Research.
The site has a bright, poppy aesthetic that makes it easy on kid’s eyes (no pun intended!)
1000 Points equal out to $10, which you receive in the form of a check.
5. Panel Polls
Panel Polls is a market research company targeted at families.
They are offering surveys/panels to the kids and the parents alike!
Billed as a great way to influence the products you love while teaching your children the value of money, Panel Polls is accepting kids 6 to 17.
These guys are accepting teens over 14.
Despite the name, they’re also offering their services to people all over the globe. That means that if you live in a country with a low cost of living, this can actually be a great way for teens to join in and earn a nice chunk of money!
A nice, casual site that takes residents of Canada and the US who are 13 and over.
They payout to PayPal instead of a check, which means it’s easier for teens to handle it all on their own.
This is another site that is accepting people 13 years of age or older, though adults are perfectly welcome, too.
Information was scarce on this one, but they seem to be a safe and easy-to-use site.
MyView is a site that is accepting applicants who are 14 and above.
It pays out in rewards points which can be spent on prizes or Amazon gift cards, but you can also get paid to cash by sending the credit to a Visa card.
If you saw my SurveySatrap review of MyView, you’ll recall that their BBB rating is slightly controversial, but I haven’t experienced any issues in using them.
As you can probably guess from the name, this is a site which is geared specifically to Hispanic users (whether or not they actually speak Spanish.)
You get paid out via check.
This is another one of those sites with a super low age cap, letting you start as early as 6!
11. Focus Forward
Another site that pays through check, Focus Forward is a split between a survey group and a focus group.
You can be as young as 13 if you want to join this panel, so teens who want to be rewarded for their opinions should definitely check this out.
This site is also accepting people who are 13 years old.
It works on a point system, but you can convert to points to cash which is paid through check.
They offer a pretty wide variety of surveys that are targeted at younger users, so there is no shortage of opportunities.
In case you’ve never heard of them, Global Test Market is a group that is very well known in the world of market research. They’ve been doing business for many years, and according to them, have partnered with 1200 or so companies in their time.
As you can imagine, all of this clout equals out to more surveys for you!
Instead of picking and choosing your surveys, you’ll generally be invited via email. Since this can be a little infrequent, it’s recommended to sign up for this service in addition to some others.
14. Harris Poll
Harris Poll is a pretty well-known site when it comes to this.
They accept 13-and-up, and payout via rewards points, which are then converted into gift cards.
15. Mindfield Online
This site does a good job at representing itself as a place that values your thoughts and wants to compensate you for them.
They’ll pay you via PayPal, check, or Amazon credit.
16. Valued Opinions
This site does accept applicants who are 13 and above, BUT you will need your parents’ permission before you are allowed to finish registering.
Payment can be done as Amazon credit or via prepaid Visa cards, which are pretty much cash.
Testspin will accept applicants who are 13 or older. However, they seem to have a low rate of surveys available.
SpringBoard is accepting people who are 14 or over, which they will then pay via PayPal or by check.
There is one warning about using this site, though: the payout minimum is very high at $50.
B. Get Paid to Write
One of the many great things about writing for money is that it doesn’t come with an age limit.
If you can write good enough for people to pay you, it doesn’t matter if you’re 12 or 22!
Furthermore, teens (known for their erratic sleeping habits) can make money while making their own schedule.
I won’t say that it’s the easiest work in the world, but there may be job-level wages to be made if they spend a lot of time writing.
This site pays you out in traffic royalties instead of a flat payment. There’s a method to this, which I’ll explain here briefly.
There’s no doubt that Triond actually pays up the fees that you’ve earned, so that’s not a matter of concern. The trick is that you need to come at it the right way if you want to get significant traffic on your articles.
Newbie writers will want to educate themselves on SEO (Search Engine Optimization) which is a basically the art of writing in a way that makes your stuff appear on Google searches.
You’ll need to write a lot of a good, SEO’d articles that will attract viewers. If you can, it’ll make a great passive income stream.
Helium (no longer available)
The way Helium does their thing is similar to Triond in that they pay you for the traffic your articles receive.
However, they do also pay you a flat fee.
So they pay you a flat fee, but it’s more of a formality since you’ll only be making $1.
You gain access to these funds by doing an arduous side-by-side rating task of other articles, which while seemingly simple, really starts to wear on the brain after a little while. So that’s not great.
However, they do also have access to a place where you can take article ideas for clients and start making flat fees from anywhere around $5 to $100!
Since a lot of writing content sites have an age restriction, that makes this option pretty good for teens who want to make money writing.
This is basically a content writing agency where businesses can order content of all kind, and writers get paid to write the content.
And yes, they accept applications from teenagers as well.
There are also other sites that can pay you for writing, though, after a certain point, teens would actually be better off delving into freelancing (while we’ll address below.)
This is another subreddit which is mainly focused on writing gigs.
Not only you can find writing projects to take on, you cam also post ads offering your writing services.
C. Freelancing Sites
Those teen skills that I spoke about up above in the beginning of the post are no joke.
While the skills that teens pick up, like Photoshop or coding languages, are usually incidental, just a little bit of polishing will make them full-on employable skills!
Coders are slated to become the highest-paid and most needed professionals of the next few decades, so it is a worthy investment of time.
23. Scriptlance (Now part of Freelancer.com)
As you would guess from the name, Scriptlance is a freelancing site that is focused on coding jobs.
You’ll be pleased to know that you can also find writing jobs here, though they are primarily focused on coders.
Teens will want to practice writing convincing applications to these jobs, which is a good life skill to boot. If your proposal is excellent, it will dramatically increase your chances of landing the job!
Like I said up above, coding is lucrative.
If you speak multiple coding languages or have an expert understanding of one, you can cut straight to making a thousand dollars a month or more (provided you put in the time!) Code-savvy teens can’t miss out on this opportunity.
One of the major freelancing sites that has been around for a long time.
You can earn money as a teen here by working on all kinds of projects– writing, coding, design, etc.
Another very well-known site for teen freelancers to bring home the bacon.
You can find freelancing projects related to a variety of subjects, from writing and design to translation, coding, and more.
The good thing about freelancing is that you are not limited to any one skill. Any type trade skill can be freelanced; so that means writing, coding, design, even social media management are all freelance-able jobs. Teens who want money should dive right in and get going because these can be viable career paths.
This is a subreddit page where people who need to get something done, post ads to hire other people to do it for them. There are all kinds of projects here, but mostly writing related gigs.
You have to be at least 13 years of age to join Reddit and any of its subreddit communities including this one.
The gigs posted on Reddit are not associated with the website itself. These are all private offers from members. So be sure not to get scammed here. Ask for full payment before you release the work, or work something out so you don’t get taken advantage of.
D. Reward Sites
These are similar to, but distinct from, survey sites.
A lot of the survey sites listed above are survey-specific, but these are sites that take a more general approach to making money/rewards. You can watch videos, take surveys, play games, it all depends on the site.
Whereas a large chunk of survey sites were looking to reward via check, a lot of these sites offer points systems which are used to get gift cards (though some offer PayPal gift cards, which is just a roundabout way of getting money.)
The rewards sites that are offering their services to teens are:
28. Quick Rewards
This is by far my favorite reward site, mainly because of their no-minimum-payout system and their very fast payout.
Request a PayPal payment and you will have it within minutes in you PayPal Account.
Perhaps the most famous online reward program is Swagbucks, and thankfully they do accept teen members so long as you are at least 13 years of age.
30. Cash Crate
Allows anyone under 18 with parent permission to participate.
They accept members from 13 and up.
You can join if you are at least 13 years old.
E. Misc. Options
These are the few sites I found which didn’t fit strictly into any of these categories.
If you’re looking for some off-the-beat ways to make money, these are it!
I’ve written about Fiverr before, so you may be familiar with it.
Fiverr is a site that is built on the principle of “I will do X task for $5.”
You choose the task and advertise your services.
You can check out my Fiverr article if you want more details about how to succeed, but basically, you want a task that takes you very little time to do.
The quicker the better.
And then you want to advertise and line up as many customers as possible. It can get more nuanced, but that’s the site in summary.
For the more scholastic teens out there, enroll is a tutoring site that accepts applicants 15 and over.
They promote their casual, yet academic system as a viable option for adults and teens alike to make money tutoring (or get tutored.) Of course, you’ll want to be knowledgeable enough in the subject to do the teaching, but otherwise, it’s easy money.
Teens love to express themselves in tangible ways, so there are plenty of teens who have crafting skills.
Perhaps sewing, knitting, weaving? What about metal work?
Any craft skill like that can be used to make products that you sell through Etsy.
The unfortunate catch is that your parent/older sibling will need to be the account’s manager since it’s 18-and-over in the terms of service.
36. Slice the Pie
A fantastic option for the music-loving teen in your life.
Slice the Pie pays you in order to listen to & review music as long as you’re 13 or over.
You listen to a short clip and then judge it on a 1 to 10 scale, providing a few sentences about your impressions on the matter.
Lots of new and indie artists are using StP as a way to get a feel for how people feel about their music.
You’ll get a pretty low payout, about 8¢ to 20¢ per song. But if you just want to hang out in your room and listen to music for a few hours, it’s a great reason to use StP and get paid at the same time.
There was a time when I may have pegged Jingit as the ideal teen moneymaking site, though recent changes in policy have made it slightly less perfect.
On the surface level, it is a lot like the rewards sites from above. Watch videos, give opinions, and do other cash-earning activities.
Jingit used to deposit all the money onto a custom Jingit debit card, which was great for teens with no bank account. However, they’ve shifted to a more traditional transfer system, which is fine, but less unique.
You’ll need a Facebook profile and text plan to join (something most teens couldn’t go without anyway.)
Another fantastic option for teens, especially teens who don’t like working!
Qmee is an extension you install on your internet browser that pays you in return for monitoring your browsing habits. They aren’t trying to monitor you personally or bust you for anything– just seeing where you go so they can do market research.
You make money passively just for having it installed, and you can install it if you’re a teen in the US or the UK.
This is a much more serious job than most other ones we talked about.
U-Haul lets you work from home which I think most kids (and even adults) would appreciate.
They hire seasonal and temporary at-home customer service workers as young as 16.
It’s more or less a normal job opportunity, except at home.
40. My Likes
For the social media-hungry teens of today, there’s My Likes.
It sounds just like it is: a site that pays you to sell your likes/retweets/etc. Follow the instructions on the site, and you’ll get paid, no fuss.
Pays to PayPal or Amazon and you can join at 13 years or older.
Teens might not be full adults yet, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need money, or they don’t want their own.
The options on this list can help them start making money and get a grasp of the burgeoning economic sphere that is the internet.
It is estimated that fewer and fewer children of the modern world will trend towards traditional 9-5 jobs, and instead are investing in opportunities like freelancing and online work.
A teen who is dedicated and willing to improve can make money during spring break or through the long summer break while they don’t have any pressing obligations.
Any teen could spend the summer learning to code and be ready to make actual big money by the end. So, if you’re a teen or you know any, pass this information along and give them a head start.
The online world is only going to create more jobs and opportunities as it grows.