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Easy Ways For Teens to Make Money Online That I’m Trying for Myself!

Hi I’m Joshua and I just turned 14. My mother taught me that if I ever wanted or needed money for anything, I should never resort to asking for handouts. If I really needed cash, I better switch on the brain, get creative, and be prepared to work for the money myself. jnmomSo whenever I need to EARN money for games and extra stuff I wanted, I ask my mom for extra chores around the house or simple tasks I can help with her business.

Here’s what inspired me to try online marketing. One of the jobs I’ve recently been given was to go through mom’s email and Facebook messages to clear out the spam (and the saddest love notes I’ve ever seen from people she doesn’t even know. You know who you are). What surprised me most was the number of messages she gets on Facebook from people she hardly knows, asking to “borrow” money because the person was going through “hard times.”

mindblown-jsYeah, actual grown ups write to MY mom asking for money. If you have a cellphone or internet access, there’s no reason why you can’t make that $50-$100 you’re asking mom to Paypal you.

Come on, if you’re really hard up on cash, stop wasting time on Facebook. Stop looking for people to mooch off of. Just start figuring out how to solve the problem. My mom is MY mom. She works hard to support me and to save for my future….. not you.

Anyway, this made me realize I NEVER want to be FLAT BROKE or DEPENDENT on others for money. It’s why I decided to find ways to make money, so regardless of what financial obstacles I may face in the future, I will know that with today’s technology and opportunities, there will always be ways to generate cash and take care of myself. I’m going to make this work.

If you want to learn about the different ways you can EARN some extra money, this information might be just what you need! Ready? Here we go…

Fiverr (13+):

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You can probably tell by the name, this website showcases services costing $5. You post the service you want to offer for $5 so visitors to Fiverr who are interested in what you’re offering can find you. I know for a fact (check for yourself!) that a woman on there made around $1,916 JUST making messages out of alphabet soup! The idea seems simple and silly, yet so many people bought it! It just shows that if it’s interesting and people are curious enough, they’ll be more than happy to pay for it. If you want to make some easy money, click here to get started.

(Enter your name and email below to grab your list of 35 interesting Fiverr gigs you can make money with starting today! I’ve compiled the list and uploaded the info for you – FREE. You’re welcome.)

 

 

Drop Shipping (13+):

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This is a really great way to make some cash from real products WITHOUT having to stock inventory or having to ship anything to your customers! You basically choose a product you want to sell online (I’m going to do this on Ebay with my mom’s help because you have to be 18 to open an Ebay account.). So for this example, let’s say you choose a digital camera and the wholesale cost is $150. You then mark up the price and list it on Ebay for $200. When it sells, you send the drop shipper the buyer’s information and the $150. You KEEP the other $50! Then the drop shipper ships the item to your buyer! Click here for a huge list of drop shippers to get started!

FreeEats (18+ *see below):

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This program looks too good and easy to be true, and I thought so too until I started receiving little Paypal payments from it LOL. Basically, you get paid at least 25 cents for reading text messages and answering some survey questions from FreeEats. They actually pay you $1 to register and you make $1 for referring others to join too. The only downside of the referral program is you can only earn a maximum of $50 (50 people). After that you don’t get paid for anyone who joins using your link, but you still get paid for reading the texts FreeEats sends your way!

This is a screenshot I just took of my paypal mobile app. $2 might not be much, but I can use the $40 I made in less than 2 hours so far, to buy a couple of books on Amazon, a video game on Ebay, or even take my mom out to a movie again while I save up what I make on Fiverr! Click here to give this a try!

* You have to be 18 or older to register, but according to their Terms of Service, my mom can register as many mobile phone numbers SHE OWNS into the program. It’s HER mobile account, so SHE OWNS the number I use. That was my secret way around it. 🙂

Swagbucks (13+):

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Now just to let you know really quick, this is to make pocket change. 300 or something points will get you $3. I mostly try to do surveys there, and so far I’ve only received 1 point per survey despite it saying “Win 30 points” because “Sorry you do not qualify for this survey.” And if you play games on here you can win up to 10 points, but you don’t earn the points just by playing it, it’s based on your score. If you have extra time you could earn some points on here, but this definitely isn’t a way to make a lot of money quickly.  It can add up over the weeks, but it will take a while for sure. Here’s a link to sign up if you’re interested.

SliceThePie (13+):

I’m actually just trying this now and it seems great! You earn 5 cents for every music you listen to and review. I think your pay increases daily and you earn bigger payments with better quality reviews. I have to warn you though that you need to be very specific on your reviews, or else you’ll get a message saying “Sorry your review isn’t specific enough.” Oh, it helps to include keywords like tone, rhythm, etc. in your reviews. So far seems like an easy way to make some extra cash. Here’s the link if you want to sign up.

I haven’t been able to try out the following programs because I don’t meet the minimum age requirements (I’m 14), but I might check them out once I reach that age.

Affiliate Marketing (18+):

Promote other people’s stuff and when someone buys, you get paid! That’s what affiliate marketing is. Kinda like drop shipping, except instead of getting the product at wholesale cost and marking up the price, you earn a percentage of the sale price. You can promote affiliate products on your blog, social media, and pretty much anywhere! Here are some networks that my mom’s been using with success:

  • Rakuten Linkshare – Popular brands such as Starbucks, iTunes, and Walmart.
  • Amazon – Books, music, video games, clothing, kitchen tools, even car parts!
  • Clickbank – You can earn commissions as high as 75%!
  • JVZoo – Huge variety of products to promote!
  • Shareasale – They have over 3,900 merchants to promote from!

Click here to see how the Marketing Chick (I just call her “Mom”) does affiliate marketing.

User Testing (18+):

You can join their panel of reviewers, visit an app or website, and earn $10 for each review that you give. My mom uses their services for her own websites. First, click here to go to their website – this specific one because there is another page for people to see the reviews for their products and sites. It seems easy and interesting enough, so I’d definitely give it a try when I can.

Liveops (18+):

Here you work as a customer support agent. The hours are flexible, the pay is pretty good, and if you need help with your job, your supervisor is just a chat away. So what’s the work? You take calls, answer any questions, and get paid about 25 cents a minute. Sounds simple enough… that is, unless there is someone very disturbing on the other side. But you don’t have to take stuff like that personally anyway, so it shouldn’t be a big deal. You can take whatever schedule you want and get paid for it! How awesome is that?! Click here to check it out.

Ebay (18+):

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of Ebay, but I’ll explain it anyway! Ebay can either be an auction house or just a place to sell stuff. You can sell clothes, gadgets, kitchenware, and even cars! If you have anything to sell, this is the place to do it. My mom’s sold a few random things like a new box of perfume and an old computer mouse on there, and it looked really easy! I must warn you though, some products AREN’T bought. So there is a chance that nobody will buy your item, or only 1 person will bid for the lowest price. If you use it properly you can make a large amount of money. Click here for the website.

Opinion Outpost (18+ I think):

This is a place where you take surveys for points which are then redeemed for cash. I don’t really know if Opinion Outpost is 18+ because when I tried to sign up I got rejected without a reason. I believe that each point is worth 10 cents, so if you have 100 points you get $10 via Paypal. Just a word of caution. My mom tried to apply for a few surveys to help me with my research and the majority have come back with “You do not qualify” responses. She did qualify for a few, but was so bored just sitting there answering questions, I think she was starting to get really mad. So….. if you get bored easily, this may not be for you. But if you have the patience to sit still, read, and answer questions for 15-90 minutes at a time, click here to try it out.

So these are the companies that I checked out and I tried to sign up with. I’ll be posting detailed income reports for the ones I was able join, so make sure to subscribe to my email updates using the form below to be notified! Let’s do this!

 

 

Comments

  1. Awesome advice and read. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Frank Garon says:

    Great article here! I love how many different ways to make money you found. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work!

  3. themommy says:

    Lookie that! You’ve got comments already… #highfive! You’re doing great, Sweetie! So very proud of you… Love you! 🙂

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