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Articles > Money July, 23, 2016

How To Make Money Online As A Teen

Louise Dunne
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Whether you are a poor uni student or simply not ready for the world of work, it doesn’t mean you have to be strapped for cash. In fact, there are several ways to make money online if you’re a teen, that’s if you don’t fancy stacking bread at Tesco’s at 3am. And best of all, for most of them you don’t even need to leave your house, and you can do it on the side of other commitments. We searched far and wide,  and listed the best below:

1. Sell things on Ebay/ Gumtree… but the right way

Ebay and Gumtree, two websites that are so easy to use – have a look in your wardrobe or under your bed, in the garage or your Nan’s attic and put them on sale! But make sure you write a thorough description (spell check it!), take photos of the items in well-lit conditions, with an uncluttered background and post it on the same day it’s been paid for, if you can. This will help you build your reputation as a seller! After your item is sold, eBay takes a small percentage, but on Gumtree it’s totally free.

Make money online as a teen by selling things through ebay

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2. Take paid online surveys made specially for young people

You can make money online easily by taking part in paid online surveys any place, any time if you sign up to a mobile-friendly website e.g. on the way to school or while in a queue. Market Research companies want your opinion on their brands/products and you can get paid for giving it, usually in shopping vouchers. Sometimes you get to test unreleased products and get to keep them too! Some offer group chats which you can attend, which pay up to £70.

Just be careful to sign up to one which is certified by the MRS (they make sure the research is fair and legit and it won’t be sold on to third party spammers) and of course – make sure the pay out is good by checking reviews.

If you’re not a member, click here to join us and 140,000 others at The OpinionPanel Community! Made especially for teens or anyone aged 16 – 30 in the UK, you get up to £4 per survey and every time you rack up £25 you’ll be sent a voucher code to use in dozens of popular high-street and online shops. You could even get £70 for longer chats! Excuse the shameless self promotion 😉

Online surveys for teens

The OpinionPanel Community – paid surveys made specially for teens in the UK.

3. Get money back when you shop

A number of banks like Halifax and Santander offer cashback or rewards if you bank with them, as well as websites like ‘TopCashback’. This is where you receive a percentage of cash after you make purchases, either online or in store, using the bank card or via the cashback websites. It’s basically free money so why not take advantage of it?

4. Task Rabbit 

Fancy running some errands for people in your local area? On Task Rabbit, you can become a ‘Tasker’, doing hundreds of different things such as IT support, organising a closet, helping someone move house or wrapping Christmas presents for those who are too lazy, I mean too BUSY, to do it themselves!

Teens do tasks on task rabbit

photo by Robobobobo


5. Sell your old toys – and I don’t mean to young kids…

You might be thinking “but my toys are only from the last 10-20 years, they can’t be worth anything surely?” You couldn’t be more wrong! Original Furbies, rare Pokemon cards, Tamagotchis, poly pockets, beanie babies, Gameboy colours and so much more are going for big money these days. So get nostalgic and go through you’re old toys in the loft. You never know, you may find some hidden treasure!

make money online by sellign toys like furbies

6. Take photos and sell them

Think you’ve got some great pictures sitting in your Instagram account? If you sign up to stock photography websites like Shutterstock, Dreamstine or iStock, you can make money online by uploading any of your own pictures that you’ve taken and submit them for approval. Once they’re approved, people can purchase the image or purchase a license to use your image. You’ll then get a cut of the sale from the stock website. So now’s a good time to sharpen those photography skills!

Make money online as a teen by taking photos and selling them

Photo by naixn

7. Review websites and apps for cash

Websites like Usertesting pay members to review websites and apps for money. You’ll be asked if you want to review a site/app and once accepted, you’re given instructions on what to do on the website. You’ll then record your voice and mouse movements using a software they provide, and talk through your actions.

8. Sell second-hand course books

That 620 page molecular physics book burnt a £90 hole in your pocket. Now it’s gathering dust, but remember – those in the year below will need it now! Consider selling the coursebooks you no longer need to a friend or family member, or if no-one you know needs it, there are websites specifically set up as marketplaces for student materials, such as You can also go to the Facebook page or forum (if your younger peers have made one), and broadcast your sale there!

Sell old course books

Photo by Walt Stoneburner

Use any of these 6 simple methods to make money online and you’ll be stretching out your jeans pockets with a wad of cash in no time. So you can finally start planning that weekend break, purchase those designer trainers or simply buy a Tesco finest meal for once. Which ones are you going to try out? Comment below if you have any other ideas!

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  1. Eleni Y

    This is great, I didn’t know about a couple of these!

    • Iulia

      This is great! I will try selling some of my clothes on ebay, i have too many

  2. Rebecca Lulendo

    this is great, especially the Sellstudentstuff website, since i’m going to start university this september, i can try and find books for my course. Thanks!

  3. Tia Wassell

    Some of these are really good ideas but it is important that you use approved websites for the surveys and product testers as a lot of them are just spam.

  4. Rhys Hyde

    This is rather interesting, and I had been thinking about selling a few things of mine I don’t need in order to do a clear out, I have way too much stuff I don’t need.

  5. April Basista

    This is awesome! I didn’t know about task rabbit that is really cool!

  6. Sunnah Ijaz

    There are so many ideas

  7. Lacey smith

    These are some great refreshing ideas, definitely going to checkout task rabbit! Carboots are also great for some quick cash!

  8. Rebecca Emslie

    Filling in surveys is great on certain websites but be careful some will bombard you with spam and viruses just be tech savvy

  9. Mohit Kotak

    I think these ideas are very good to earn extra money but are mainly for those people who are quite skilled. Otherwise it was very good to find out such ideas and ways to earn.

  10. Louis Crook

    This is amazing, definately a few ideas on here that I did not know about, will be sure to try a few!

  11. Marlena Krolik

    This have me so much ideas!

  12. Andrius Savcenko

    Got to try a few of these for sure

  13. Walyu Anas

    This article is very helpful when it comes to new young students who are willing to be independent!

  14. Austen Lowe

    Some fantastic ideas 🙂

  15. andreas rossides

    I think…that’s great ways to make money from your home but you probably need to spend a few hours first !!

  16. Shez Khan

    that’s some good ways to make quick money #ILikeIt

  17. Adekemy Akintola Saelo

    I think… These are great ideas, specially the ebay one, sell things you dont want or you can even buy something for £10 and sell it for £20

  18. Moynul Hussain

    Some great pointers about how to manage whilst away for uni, as things tend to get tight very quickly.

  19. Chloe Head

    I didn’t realise a few of these! Its a great article

  20. Francesca McKee

    I think these are great ideas I will definitely use them!

  21. Alejandra Tapia

    I think…this is good advice as I didn’t know about cashbacks.

  22. lorraine briscoe

    omg got to try some of these out

  23. Megan

    Love the photography idea; as an student studying the arts, I have plenty of photographs that I could send off for submission on these sites to perhaps earn money!

  24. Shona Douglas

    Task Rabbit… sounds like a great idea – is this not only for London though? Helpful if you live in London I guess! sellstudentstuff – why did I not know about this???!!!

  25. sinead convey

    some fab tips thank you!

  26. Macauley Kenney

    I think…selling drugs could also bring in the wonga 😉

  27. kheriya sharif

    I should try out some of these

  28. Nicola M

    I think.. These are great ideas also summer is also coming and a great time to get the pounds in as everyone is around and car boot sales are also good


    This has been an eye-opener for me, I am definitely trying out a few of these.

  30. Cathryn Redle

    Hey saw this piece mentioned on Hosting Foundry just want to comment that i loved it too 🙂

  31. Harriet

    These are great ideas to help you gain some money!!! I hadn’t heated of a couple of these.

  32. Tolu

    Really useful and also if you have a personal skill like catering, sewing, hair, makeup, etc you could make money from that in Uni too! Some Uni students would love your service and it could increase your revenue.

  33. naissen

    Owww that’s really nice :p it’s like a dream coming true ! Having and gaining money was like a dream for me ! And these are really good ideas ! Everybody have to try these ! Really interesting especially we’re in summer!

  34. rajiv

    It’s very good to improve online knowledge about the possibility of working and social network and online work and money making

  35. salah

    This is great

  36. Will Pritchard

    Awesome will definitely do this during my time at university, just incase aswell you can try depop to sell on your items to people local to you

  37. Adam Ali

    I think…these methods to make money are great

  38. Yasmina El Far

    I think most of them are really clever ideas, this is great

  39. Keyiana Puryear

    I think…This helps alot. I will try it

  40. Afsana Begum

    These are great ideas!

  41. Shamanta Ali

    thank you for the article!

  42. Maariyah Sidat

    this is great stuff, definitely going to do some of these 🙂

  43. James Webb

    I think this is a really good article for students!

  44. Alisha Shah

    I think this was very helpful as a launchpad

  45. Konnor Gear

    Thank you for some ideas, I will definitely try a few of them

  46. Jane

    Wow thank you this was actually so useful!

  47. Ben Fishy

    This is brill didn’t see some of these and I can see a few helping me out in future.

  48. Maria hood

    this is great, you earn money!!!!!

  49. Kim

    I really liked these ideas, although some of them were not for me. I found the promo thing funny and I feel you need that in life sometimes. But yes, to conclude my ramblings I thought these were some really good tips.

  50. emmerson tucker

    This is great !!!

  51. el mehdi lamrhari

    I think…making money it all about you and your way who you think and how u act. for me best way to make money is about creating your own stuff

  52. Usama Ahmed

    you can earn money by learning some computer skills and working on freelancing sites like upwork freelancer etc.

  53. ayman miftahi

    I think…good

  54. Anya

    Don’t forget about transcriptions. All online, done remotely, all you need is your computer. Can spend as little or as much time as you like doing it 🙂

  55. Catriona Graham

    this is great and many of them work. I haven’t heard of a few but I will try them see how well they work.

  56. Fernando Rea Amorim

    Helped me a lot.

  57. bekhti khaouni

    This is great, I didn’t know about a couple of these!

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  59. mostafa shams

    I think…thats good work for many people to mack money

  60. Hardeep Kaur

    These would be very useful for all students with or without money problems!!

  61. danny andrade

    I think…this can help a lot of people

  62. Maddy Parr

    I think…this gave me so many great ideas I’m so happy I found this!

  63. Sukhadewa Ram Dukiya

    These are good ideas to earn the money and spend the own ur money. I mean we don’t ask to parents and some one else that we are purchasing something, and if we have to earn the money by himself definitely we will spendthe money in limited

  64. divina matondo

    this is really good because it allows teens to earn money their own way

  65. Vlad Tudose

    Very useful article. I might try some of these, since I study alot of subjects at College and getting a job would be too much for me. Also, love the cheeky self-advertisement in number 2

  66. Kumail Raza

    great information i like it

  67. abood aboody

    I hardly know any of these

  68. Margarida Santos

    I think… its is really creative! and also quite nice foe students in need of money, as most of us are..

  69. Francis Musau

    This it great give me a few other things I can do instead of staying idle

  70. Jade Manning

    I hardly know any of these

  71. Kwadwo Aggor

    Those are creative ideas to make substantial money in the long-term. I love the idea of selling second-hand course books…I have a lot in my closet.

  72. Ashiesh Watts

    Other than these things their are many more”you can sell your notes, you make your own website,Can try your luck on stock, can review on music for money and many more.

  73. Iaomaï

    I think… Paid surveys are a great way of helping young people and students on a day to day basis especially these times when students are not generally financially stable and independent and may need a few financial gains here and there quite often to pull them through those tough times.

  74. Henry Giles

    Thats cool

  75. Han Yang Chua

    Those are great advice but most of them even spent more time but earn less compare to taking a part time job. Moreover, there’s still chance of not getting reward by some fake websites so need to be careful.

  76. Niamh Tattersall

    It’s obviously going to be hard finding a Saturday job when I start Uni in September as everyone else will be wanting to do the same! These are really good ideas as well as having a part time job now and just saving all your money up and then using it for Uni! I’d just like to earn money in a way that wouldn’t interfere with my studdies and not take up a lot of my time! I think selling some of my unwanted belongings would be the best option 🙂

  77. Stelios Kalorkotis

    It is hard to sell your photos on websites like istock for the reason that many people try it out posting their photos, resulting the website having thousands of photos and being hard for you to sell. Not saying that you shouldnt try it out though

  78. Sabrina Ashfaq

    I think…that this is absolutely fantastic, as university is coming up and being in a good financial position is the first thing on my list.

  79. Sally Endean

    Very useful and will help for first year uni next year!

  80. Jazmin Winkler

    Sounds great thanks for sharing!

  81. Fleur Moore

    This is great! I’m always taking pictures and now i have a proper professional camera I should take advantage of these websites!

  82. Lauren Mclachlan

    I think…these are great ideas! I’m so into photography. I do babysitting locally which is how I earn my money!

  83. Mudassar luqman

    wow Nice Thanks For Sharing

  84. mario kodra

    I think..thats very helpful

  85. Darina Savova

    These are really useful and creative ideas although the most of them cannot bring you money immediately so you have to be patient I think.