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How to make money as a teenager

Let’s talk about how to make money as a teenager by becoming an online entrepreneur. Here we are not going to talk about how to make money as a teenager by doing stuff like pet sitting or becoming a newspaper delivery boy. That is so old school. Everyone can do that.


As a teenager, you don’t have many opportunities to make money by doing physical jobs. However, the internet has opened up some amazing opportunities to make money regardless of your age, gender, or nationality. So, let us find unconventional ways to make money as a teenager

Don’t worry, all the money-making methods that we describe here are 100% legal

Actually, you don’t have to risk your life doing illegal things to make money. There are plenty of legitimate and doable ways to make money online as a teenager. So, in this blog post, we’ll share some inspiring stories about young entrepreneurs who are making more money than their parents.

Before everything else, learn how to “stay” rich

The first step of becoming rich and staying rich is by knowing how to manage the money that you are going to make as a teenager. Without proper money management skills, you will end up losing all the money you are going to make.

Remember, the goal is not just to become rich, but to stay rich forever!


Making money as a teenager – Let’s find some inspirations!

As we have promised, we are not going to talk about how to make money by doing physical labor. We’ll think forward and see how to become an entrepreneur and make money. Here are some inspirations for you.

The list doesn’t end here. However, that is more than enough for you to get the idea. Now, as you could see, almost all our young entrepreneurs are not even in their teenage years.

Five definite ways to make money as a teenager

  1. Start your own online business
  2. Become a YouTuber
  3. Start writing a blog or start a podcast
  4. Make money by playing videogames
  5. Become an online freelancer

In this blog post, we’ll focus on the above five ways to make money as a teenager. Below we will discuss each of these methods in detail.

Start your own online business

As you could have seen from the previous examples, most of them have started their online businesses to make money. Of course, they must have got some support from their parents. However, think about it; they were not even teenagers. Compared to them, you have better capacity and knowledge to start a business to make money.

Starting a business is getting easier every day. There are hundreds of fantastic business services and tools that enable you to get your business up and running in no time. You can check our all-in-one guide to starting a business to learn more.

However, in some countries and states, you will need the support of an adult to register your business. Don’t let this demotivate you. Ask for their help, and make yourself the face of the business.


Here is an inspiration

For example, check this video about John’s crazy socks. John is an amazing kid who was born with down syndrome. However, he and his father managed to build a million-dollar sock company.

By the way, if you like to learn how to start an online sock business, check out this article about how to start selling socks online.

Start an online dropshipping store

If you don’t have much money to invest in starting a new business, you can easily start an online dropshipping store. Dropshipping is an easier way to handle the order fulfillment for your online store. Also, now it has become extremely popular with all-new DIY shopping cart platforms, payment gateways, and easy-to-use social media advertisements.

Become a Youtuber to make money as a teenager

Ryan, the seven-year-old YouTuber on our list has made more than $22 million by reviewing toys on youtube. I am not here to say that you should do the same. However, if you can start creating compelling video content regularly, you can have a chance of making money on  YouTube as a teenager.

You can make Youtube videos under many topics to monetize them. For example, you can start an educational channel to re-teach the subjects that you are learning. Also, you can start a crafting channel, DIY channel, household hacks, pranks, workout channel, etc. Today there is a lot of free video editing software that you can use to create fantastic videos for your YouTube channel.

The secret behind making money on YouTube is to build the audience first. Start creating engaging and humorous videos to keep your audience engaged to your channel. Also, you will have to make videos continuously to offer your audience something new every day.

Start writing a blog or start a podcast to make money as a teenager

Blogging or starting a podcast is another great way to make money as a teenager. I make money from this blog by serving Google ads on it. When you create a blog or a podcast, make sure to start creating content about something that you do every day. So, you don’t have to put an extra effort to create content.

Now, I write this blog about online marketing and eCommerce, because I have experience running a couple of eCommerce stores for some years now. However, if you don’t have an experience like that, don’t try to start a blog about a niche like this. Instead, you can try creating a blog about celebrity gossips, viral stories, etc. Such stories can get a large number of shares on social media, and your blog will be a hit in no time.

How to monetize a blog or a podcast?

There are several ways to make money from a blog or a podcast. As I told earlier, you can serve Google ads on your blog to make money. So, when people click or view those ads, you can make money. Also, you can use affiliate marketing to make money from a blog. In affiliate marketing, you can promote someone else’s products on your blog to drive sales to that product. So, in return, you can get a commission for each sale they make.

Make money as a teenager by playing videogames

Making money from videogames is like a childhood dream come true. In this blog post about how to make money by playing video games, we have explained five ways to make money from video games. As a teenager, if you have a passion for playing video games, you can make money on the side by doing something you love.

Become an online freelancer to make money

Before I have started my online businesses, I did freelancing to make money to invest in my businesses. If you have some skills like graphic designing, language, coding, writing or mathematics (the list doesn’t end here!), you can register on a freelancing marketplace like Fiverr or UpWork and start making money from the gigs.

Also, you can find plenty of simple jobs like to update social media pages of the businesses, replying to customer messages on Facebook messenger, etc. These type of jobs are called virtual assistant (VA) jobs. When I started, I did such VA jobs for a local hotel to make $10 a day by working for just an hour every day.

How to make money as a teenager? Now you know five simple ways!

Remember, the internet has opened up many legitimate opportunities to make money online. All you have to do is give it a try; For example, you don’t need to invest a single dollar to start freelancing. However, I have friends who are making more than $3000 per month by designing logos on freelancing marketplaces.

Research for more methods to make money online as a teenager. You don’t need to pay for any courses or books to learn how to make money online. There are plenty of free online resources to learn everything from scratch.

Influence your friends to think about online money-making methods, and once you have your gang working on the same idea, you will never lose your motivation.

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