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How To Make Money Online As A Teen

July, 23, 2016

Louise Dunne Hey! I'm a blogger and editor at The OpinionPanel Community. Member since December 2015.
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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!

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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 sellstudentstuff.com. 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
    January 6, 2016 at 1:50 pm

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

  2. Rebecca Lulendo
    February 3, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    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
    January 26, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    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. April Basista
    September 10, 2016 at 7:57 pm

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

  5. Sunnah Ijaz
    February 22, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    There are so many ideas

  6. Marlena Krolik
    September 8, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    This have me so much ideas!

  7. Andrius Savcenko
    September 8, 2016 at 1:31 am

    Got to try a few of these for sure

  8. Nicola M
    February 4, 2016 at 12:30 am

    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

  9. rajiv
    June 4, 2017 at 4:56 am

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

  10. Mohit Kotak
    May 31, 2017 at 10:14 am

    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.

  11. salah
    March 14, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    This is great

  12. Will Pritchard
    February 8, 2017 at 11:15 am

    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

  13. Adam Ali
    November 11, 2016 at 1:09 am

    I think…these methods to make money are great

  14. Yasmina El Far
    September 20, 2016 at 5:10 pm

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

  15. Keyiana Puryear
    September 18, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I think…This helps alot. I will try it

  16. Afsana Begum
    September 17, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    These are great ideas!

  17. Shamanta Ali
    September 16, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    thank you for the article!

  18. Louis Crook
    September 16, 2016 at 10:23 am

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

  19. Rhys Hyde
    September 15, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    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.

  20. Maariyah Sidat
    September 15, 2016 at 11:07 am

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

  21. James Webb
    September 13, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    I think this is a really good article for students!

  22. Walyu Anas
    September 7, 2016 at 7:18 pm

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

  23. Austen Lowe
    September 7, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Some fantastic ideas 🙂

  24. andreas rossides
    September 7, 2016 at 10:32 am

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

  25. Shez Khan
    September 7, 2016 at 8:27 am

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

  26. Alisha Shah
    September 6, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    I think this was very helpful as a launchpad

  27. Adekemy Akintola Saelo
    September 6, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    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

  28. Moynul Hussain
    September 6, 2016 at 5:08 pm

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

  29. Chloe Head
    September 6, 2016 at 4:57 pm

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

  30. Francesca McKee
    September 5, 2016 at 11:01 pm

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

  31. Alejandra Tapia
    September 5, 2016 at 9:21 pm

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

  32. lorraine briscoe
    September 4, 2016 at 6:14 am

    omg got to try some of these out

  33. Megan
    September 3, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    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!

  34. Lacey smith
    September 1, 2016 at 12:14 pm

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

  35. Shona Douglas
    August 31, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    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???!!!

  36. Rebecca Emslie
    August 31, 2016 at 2:29 pm

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

  37. sinead convey
    August 31, 2016 at 9:42 am

    some fab tips thank you!

  38. Macauley Kenney
    August 30, 2016 at 10:46 pm

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

  39. Konnor Gear
    August 30, 2016 at 11:36 am

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

  40. Jane
    August 29, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Wow thank you this was actually so useful!

  41. Ben Fishy
    August 27, 2016 at 4:41 pm

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

  42. Maria hood
    August 27, 2016 at 3:25 am

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

  43. Kim
    August 17, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    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.

  44. emmerson tucker
    August 15, 2016 at 8:44 am

    This is great !!!

  45. el mehdi lamrhari
    August 14, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    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

  46. Usama Ahmed
    August 9, 2016 at 12:41 pm

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

  47. ayman miftahi
    July 27, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I think…good

  48. Anya
    July 6, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    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 🙂

  49. Catriona Graham
    July 1, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    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.

  50. Fernando Rea Amorim
    June 20, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Helped me a lot.

  51. bekhti khaouni
    May 28, 2016 at 1:52 am

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

  52. Jelena Knezevic
    May 17, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Thanks!

  53. mostafa shams
    May 7, 2016 at 7:02 pm

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

  54. Hardeep Kaur
    May 3, 2016 at 10:19 pm

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

  55. danny andrade
    May 3, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I think…this can help a lot of people

  56. Maddy Parr
    April 16, 2016 at 6:53 pm

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

  57. Sukhadewa Ram Dukiya
    April 12, 2016 at 5:15 am

    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

  58. divina matondo
    April 9, 2016 at 8:41 pm

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

  59. Vlad Tudose
    April 8, 2016 at 1:36 am

    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

  60. Kumail Raza
    April 5, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    great information i like it

  61. abood aboody
    April 4, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I hardly know any of these

  62. Margarida Santos
    March 22, 2016 at 11:41 am

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

  63. Francis Musau
    March 22, 2016 at 2:39 am

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

  64. Jade Manning
    March 19, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I hardly know any of these

  65. Kwadwo Aggor
    March 19, 2016 at 9:15 am

    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.

  66. Ashiesh Watts
    February 29, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    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.

  67. Iaomaï
    February 26, 2016 at 3:26 am

    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.

  68. Henry Giles
    February 24, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Thats cool

  69. Han Yang Chua
    February 24, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    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.

  70. kheriya sharif
    February 10, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I should try out some of these

  71. Darina Savova
    February 7, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    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.

  72. Niamh Tattersall
    February 6, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    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 🙂

  73. Stelios Kalorkotis
    February 5, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    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

  74. Sabrina Ashfaq
    February 2, 2016 at 11:23 am

    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.

  75. Sally Endean
    January 29, 2016 at 7:16 pm

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

  76. Jazmin Winkler
    January 28, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Sounds great thanks for sharing!

  77. Fleur Moore
    January 27, 2016 at 9:22 pm

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

  78. Lauren Mclachlan
    January 27, 2016 at 4:34 pm

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

  79. Mudassar luqman
    January 26, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    wow Nice Thanks For Sharing

  80. mario kodra
    January 23, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    I think..thats very helpful

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