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6 Ways Kids Can Earn Money Online

Updated on October 11, 2017
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I love crafts works. I made my first ragdoll when I was 10 as a class project for a jumble sale and made my first rag rug when I was 16.

Today’s kids are smart and intelligent and a large number of them are keen to get into a simple business that will earn them some extra pocket money.

Kids, some as young as thirteen, have found unique ways to make money online with some even making more than some adults earn from a nine to five job.

If you are under sixteen, you can earn money online in a number of ways, but the first thing you need to know is that you must have an adult's consent and expect to have some form of parental supervision. If you are over sixteen, you'll probably need minimal supervision and in some cases, go it alone.

Thre was an article published online not too long ago (you can Google it) that tells us how a 21-year-old high school drop out had made over a million dollars online through internet marketing. Apparently, he achieved this within his first year.

What do you think about that?

If he can do it that means some other youths out there can achieve the same too.

But be prepared. There is a lot of hard work that goes into earning money online and it doesn't matter if you are a kid or an adult, you'll have to be persistent and patient.

But, it is fun work too.

Young Kids Can Make Money Online Too
Young Kids Can Make Money Online Too

Of course, there are some not-too-hard ways you can earn money whether online or off-line, as long as you have a keen interest and you have the drive that's required.

At the onset, it may appear like a difficult task but remember, it's been done before and is still being done even as you read this article.

If you have internet savvy parents, they can introduce you to blogging or even the rudimentaries of internet marketing, probably the simple stuff. This will go a long way in helping you imbibe the habits of simple entrepreneurship and finding simple money making opportunities in your spare time.

Extra cash on the side may help you 'bump up' your pocket money where you'll be able to pay, for instance, for driving lessons, gifts, sporting gear, or extracurricular activities.

Six Ways You Can Make Money Online

If you are young and want to earn money online, or if you are a parent and your kid or any other youngster you know wants to start getting some online business experience, here are some moneymaking ideas to start off with.

1. Design and Sell T-Shirts Online

Whether you are creative or not, you can do this and earn good money online and offline too.

Designing and selling tshirts online for money is not so hard but you will need to learn how to use a T-shirt design software. Sounds difficult? Not really.

If you are sixteen years old and above, you can open your very own T-Shirt store online and sell not only tees but caps, hoodies, mugs, phone cases, sportswear, sweatshirts and more. People who buy from you will come from all corners of the world, be it New Jersey or New Zealand because all they will do is love your designed t-shirt and order for it at the click of a button.

But if you are younger than sixteen but smart enough to want to make some money, a parent or your older sibling (if you have one) can help you out with transactions and how to get the money you've earned.

Additionally, creating an online store means you can sell your products to other kids at school or people in your neighbourhood.

Best of all, you can open your own online shop for free.

2. Make Money Selling Candy at School

For as little as a $15 dollar investment, you can make money by selling candy at school.

This is a good example of "physical" selling offline. With your little investment which you can loan from your parent or relative, you can buy large variety packs of candy, (or other edibles) from major wholesalers like Costco or Sam's Club (Macey's cost a bit more), and sell the individual pieces at the regular market prices. A little tidy sum can be made doing this every school day, five days a week.

You can also sell games and cards to your schoolmates because many kids love games and cards and will willingly buy from you.

There are games companies that will offer their affiliates a free store to sell their products. eBay and Amazon are 2 large companies which allow you to sell their products. But you must be eighteen to be able to join Amazon or eBay.

3. Freelance Writing

Yes, you can earn money writing for other people. This is referred to as freelance writing

There are many freelancing services out there and depending on your reading and writing skills and what you've been asked to write about, you may be qualified enough to write for people online or offline.

Some who are 7th-grade level and above can write and get their message across. Complex writing may not be necessary as long as there are no typing errors, the grammar is fair and you get the points across which is primarily the main goal.

There are kids who need to write out their essays or do a report on a school project and they may need your help. It shouldn't be for free. You can use your expertise (as a good writer) to create reports on a subject you are passionate about and sell them online for some small profit.

The reports need not be more than 7 to 20 pages long and should only contain content that people or other kids can use.

4. Earn Cash Taking Paid Surveys Online

Another way you can make money is by filling out paid surveys online. It is so easy to do, you need zero experience and if you do surveys consistently, you will always earn a bit of money on the side.

Both the young and adults fill out paid surveys every day and this is a legitimate opportunity for you to make at least $2 an hour.

With some online survey sites, you also earn free stuff for your opinion about their products - anything from games and gift cards to packs of edibles. It's very easy to do a few surveys each day

One thing though, you have to know which websites to use and how to use them. And if you need guidance on how to succeed in paid surveys, you may want to try reading this guide on how to take paid surveys for extra cash

5. Offering Tuition to Children

Yes, it's true, you can earn pocket money offering tuition to younger kids online or offline.

Today's younger generation is more computer savvy and smarter when it comes to using computers and being on the internet. Why can't they then offer tutorials to the older generation on how to use the internet or any operating system.

Making money by offering tutorials may require that you source for initial financing to buy a good quality headset and webcam. Here is where your parents or relations can help you out in order to start your tutoring business online. You can always pay them back from your earnings.

If you want to spread the word about what you do, make some flyers and distribute them in your locality. Your grandparents or elderly relations can also help advertise your skills among their friends and acquaintances.

It is certain they will love to do that for you.

6. Sell on eBay

If you are 18 and above, you can sell on eBay. Who said online selling was only for adults?

Though eBay doesn't allow minors to set up an account, your parents can create an account for you. Once the account is set-up you can start to create items such as crafts, artworks, t-shirts, etc., and earn money by selling these items that you make.

If you make crafts like, for instance, rag dolls, colourful beaded bracelets, paintings, or pottery, you might be able to sell them.

You can discuss your creative abilities with an adult and ask them to please show you ways to translate them into cash.

Additionally, if you have lots of unused school supplies that you no longer need when school starts again, you can sell them on eBay. You can also sell toys and stuffed animals you've outgrown as long as they are in great condition. Maybe you aren't even excited about them anymore.

Perhaps you received a gift you didn't like for Christmas, and you didn't even bother to open the pack. You can sell it off too. Things like these - presents, supplies and unwanted items, are some of the things that can be sold online.

At ebay, you can also sell items you find in garage sales, boot sales, garden sales, thrift stores, or any other items you can get at giveaway prices.

You can almost turn "garbage into gold" by buying and reselling stuff on eBay.

Kids Can Earn Money with Encouragement and Guidance from Adults

As parents, we can encourage our kids to learn how to make money to pay for the extras they desire and earning online is a good way to start. It's less tedious than washing cars, cleaning out sheds, mowing lawns, or shovelling snow in the cold for a few bucks.

Starting early to learn entrepreneurial skills has its advantage and working for an hour a day will ensure they tow the right path.

You'll find that they spend less time watching television or playing video games and will enjoy the feeling of earning money for themselves.

Perhaps they may become young future millionaires because they started a business in their spare time and at a young age, right from home.

Adults and parents can check online websites or books that write about ways for kids to make money online and discuss the possibilities with them.


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Supervising Your Kids

Allowing children under sixteen to earn money online is a great thing but they must be supervised closely by an adult who must make sure they monitor them. The internet is a global community just as any community, and you wouldn't let your kid wander around aimlessly in your community, will you.

Because the internet is a global community and not just as any community, you don't want your kid wandering aimlessly around without guidance. You should check periodically to make sure they are not using any illegal means to make money on the net.

They should also be monitored so that they do not get obsessed with making money and neglect their studies.

Finally, earning extra cash by themselves will serve as a foundation for their future, where they will possess the ability to handle their financial challenges on their own.

Self-Made Teenage Millionaires

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      viryabo 2 years ago

      Thanks tpksarathy88

      . . . and growing up with smart entrepreneurial skills makes for a brighter future.

      Thanks for visiting.

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      Parthasarathy Krishnamoorthy 2 years ago from Madurai, India

      You showed better guidance for the kids to become smart. Wonderful writing...

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      viryabo 3 years ago

      Thank you for visiting @LadyE

      Good thing too, kids of today seem to be quite enterprising and are always looking for ways to earn extra money.

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      Awesome Tips. Every little helps in the family and it's a good foundation for them. They will appreciate the value of money too. I particularly like the Private Tuition and Freelance Writing.

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      tamar 5 years ago

      I need money right now

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      viryabo 5 years ago

      Hi Lin.

      You can design T-shirts online with your own designs, and sell them on eBay.

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      Lin 5 years ago

      Where do you sell t shirts

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      adelaida medina 7 years ago

      how do i get my 15yr old started in game testing he wants this

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      Salman Farees 7 years ago

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      shez 7 years ago

      i want to earn for many things

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      Thanks Pete, and thanks for visiting and leaving a nice comment.


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      Pete from best food processors 7 years ago

      I like the idea of kids earning money by offering tuition. This is such a great idea because I think the kid that is struggling with the work could be more responsive to being taught by one of their friends who they know and trust. It could also inspire them to improve if they see what the other kid is capable of. I really like this, thanks.

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      Patsy 7 years ago

      I say wait til your 16 then get a job. What dumb kid will want a job or buissnuss when they can do chores. I find it dumb. Kids should be focusing on school and after school activitys.

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      samabraham 7 years ago

      Earning money has online never been this easy and transparent. You would find great tips on how to make that dream amount every month. So go ahead and click here for more details and open floodgates to your online income. All the best.

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      Hi John, thanks for the visit, and for leaving a comment. Hope this helps.


      Socialat, thanks for your nice comments. Will surely visit your blog. I hope kids and parents find it useful.


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      Socialat 7 years ago

      Very well described. I'm sure many kids will follow your ideas to get their pocket money. I have listed 16 Ways for Kids to Make Money in my blog. Leave your response.

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      john 7 years ago

      hopefully it will keep mine out of trouble this summer

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      Thats right Sunnyglitter, and its not a bad way to keep them occupied during the holiday months.

      Thanks for visiting.


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      Sunnyglitter 7 years ago from Cyberspace

      These are great tips for kids to make money online!

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      samabraham 7 years ago

      Earning money has online never been this easy and transparent. You would find great tips on how to make that dream amount every month. So go ahead and click here for more details and open floodgates to your online income. All the best.

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      Hi dr.amit, im glad you found this interesting and from what you tell me, it seems you are on your way to earning great money online. That's fantastic.

      Goodluck in all your endeavours, and thanks for the visit.


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      dr.amit3739 7 years ago

      Really superb!

      You've describe all the money making methods. And I love it all. I'm also working on many paid survey companies and in Adsense for more income.

      Your sincerely


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      viryabo 8 years ago

      Try this site Princess Twinkle. Hope it helps.

      Thanks for visiting.

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      PrincessTwinkle 8 years ago

      with the freelance writing where would the children sell it ???

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      viryabo 8 years ago

      Thank you for the nice comments hubpagewriter. Glad you like it.

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      hubpageswriter 8 years ago

      I like what you have written here. Very useful and informative..thanks for sharing..