7 Best Online Jobs for Teens in 2021 [New In-Depth Guide]

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Key Takeaways

  • Online jobs give you experience future employers will be looking for
  • You can easily earn money from the comfort of your home and pajamas
  • Working from home and remotely, seemingly has become the new norm
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Introducing: 7 Best Online Jobs for Teens in 2021


If you are a teen (or if you have a teen) and don’t want to leave the comfort of your home (or your pajamas) – I might have the right work-from-home jobs for you. 

Honestly, I never thought I would be working from home one day.

In school, it felt like my teachers and professors engrained the following in me:

  • Graduate
  • Find a 9 to 5 job
  • Drive to work every day
  • Build someone else’s dream

Not once was I told that I could:

  • Find a fair paying job from home
  • Build my own online business

I learned those 2 items fairly late in my life (I was 25). 

So for all of those teens out there: Dare to be different.

"Dare to break the cycle and earn money online. Dare to fail and build your own business."

The most important part is actually starting.

For those of you (parents or teens) who may still be skeptical that earning money online may not be the right option, check again:

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More over, with the dawn of COVID and social distancing, working from home and remotely, seemingly has become the new norm.

Check out these captivating statistics as it relates to online work:

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So, as you can see, working from home really only has benefits. 

The only thing I would caveat here as it relates to online jobs for teens is to make sure to take regular breaks.

For me, the reasons I work from home include:

  • Flexible hours
  • Increased savings
  • Ability to work anywhere

Plus, I save 1 hour of my life, because my commute to and from the office is canceled. 

Let’s check out the best online jobs for teens to make a few bucks – and potentially turn their jobs into a business.

1. Social Media Influencer

MMW Rating
5/5

Do you like writing?

Do you like social media?

Do you like interacting with others online?

"Twitter is one of the easiest ways with one of the highest – and most unexpected ways to make money."

How do you make money on Twitter?

  • Build an audience
  • Create incredible daily content
  • Develop an online course to sell
  • Promote your course through Twitter

If you want to learn how to create content, then check out the Create 24/7 Twitter course.

I personally took this course and my Twitter followers increased by 446% over a 30 day period. 

Now let’s say you followed the Create 24/7 course, built your Twitter audience and are now ready to make a course.

What courses can I make to earn money on Twitter?

You can create a course about virtually anything and make $1,000s each month. Below are some topics I’ve seen:

  • How to invest
  • How to send an email
  • How to flip used items
  • How to start a business

As you can see, there are so many courses out there. 

The point is, anyone can earn money. 

How do you sell your course on Twitter?

There are multiple platforms you can sell your courses. 

I’ve seen most people sell their course on GumRoad or LinkTree. 

You’ll find the Create 24/7 Course on GumRoad, but my link will lead you straight toward that course. 

Check it out. 

The sky is the limit for your earning potential on Twitter.

2. DoorDash

MMW Rating
4/5

Ok, ok, so this isn’t exactly an online job – but becoming a dasher is actually pretty well paying because this job is in demand!

Especially with COVID and everyone wanting on-demand delivery services, DoorDash is the next best job out there.

Here’s what you’ll need to be a dasher:

  • A car
  • 18 years old
  • A smartphone

DoorDash sometimes also has pretty nifty sign-on bonuses.

"Honestly, you could consider DoorDash more like a part-time job because you can earn some serious money if you take the time."

For example, you could earn around $40 per hour simply through food delivery services. 

Just remember, to earn the big bucks, you’ll have to:

  • Deliver during prime time (lunch or dinner)
  • Work as many deliveries as possible
  • Decline the lower-paying jobs

So, to earn up to $40 per hour, in addition to DoorDash, you may have to sign-up to additional food delivery services.

3. Rover

MMW Rating
4/5

Do you love dogs?

Do you love earning money?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may want to consider earning some extra money through a side hustle with Rover.

Rover is your app where you could sign up for one or more of the following services:

  • Dog sitting
  • Dog walking
  • Dog daycare
  • Dog boarding
  • Dog transport

If you are a pet sitter, you could earn on average around $25 per day – for sitting a dog!

Not only that, but you can sit your dog from the comfort of your home.

How much better does it get?

"Make sure to meet the dog owner for the first time in a public place."

You may actually want to do your “dog drops” in a public place if you don’t feel comfortable sharing your home location with the dog owners. 

However, this may get some pushback from the dog owners, as they may want to see your home to make sure it’s suitable for their dog. 

What’s included with Rover:

  • Pet insurance
  • Sitter background checks

4. Swagbucks

MMW Rating
2/5

If you want to sit in your pajamas all day long, in your bed and want to earn some money for a few hours’ worth of work, you may have found your calling with Swagbucks.

You can earn money through Swagbucks by:

  • Shopping
  • Playing games
  • Taking surveys
  • Watching videos

You can be as young as 13 years old to start your Swagbucks account.

Here’s my experience while working with Swagbucks: Although I qualified for a few surveys, I was rejected from many.

Why?

Because my profile did not fit the demographic of other surveys. 

So keep in mind that your acceptance rate to take these surveys may vary.

Through Swagbucks, you typically earn money in the form of points. 

You then redeem these points for cash.

Can you make money from Swagbucks?

The short answer is you’ll make some money – but there are other side hustles out there that can generate much more income for the same amount of time than Swagbucks. 

From my experience, I earned about $1 per hour.

It’s certainly a way to make some extra moolah.

5. InboxDollars

MMW Rating
2/5

Similar to Swagbucks, InboxDollars is another website giving you the freedom to earn money right from your bed.

To date, InboxDollars has paid about $60 million in rewards cash. 

A small percentage of that could be yours too!

However, unlike Swagbucks where you can be as young as 13 to open an account, with InboxDollars, the minimum age to open an account is 18.

How do you make money with InboxDollars?

  • Couponing 
  • Watch videos
  • Take profile surveys
  • Paid Email – getting paid to read your email

And honestly, similarly to my experience with Swagbucks, InboxDollars only pays you about $1 to $2 an hour, depending on the activity you select. 

6. ySense

MMW Rating
3/5

Guys and Gals – there is another online tool out there, in addition to Swagbucks and InboxDollars that will add some extra cash to your pockets right from the comfort of your home.

This time, it’s called ySense.

YSense is actually much more simplified version of Swagbucks (which is a great thing).

ySense gives you the opportunity to earn money from your bed through the following activities:

  • Paid surveys
  • Watching videos
  • Downloading apps
  • Trying new services
  • Trying new products
  • Refer friends to YSense
  • Signing up for websites
  • Completing simple tasks

Just keep in mind that the minimum ages to open accounts on these earn online websites vary.

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How much do you earn from ySense?

Truth be told, it’s not a lot of money. 

From my experience, it’s probably a few dollars per hour of work. 

Is ySense like a side hustle?

No. Your income potential is not as high as any other regular side hustle income stream. 

ySense is a good way to earn some extra cash throughout the year. You could earn somewhere around $100 per year, depending on how often you use ySense.

7. Fiverr

MMW Rating:
4/5

And last, but certainly not least is the awesome tool called Fiverr.

My best friend actually sells her products on Fiverr and during the holiday months, she earns north of $3,000 per month!

She’s been bugging me for a while now to check out Fiverr, so when I started writing this post, I knew it was my opportunity (and my bestie was very proud of me!). 

If you enjoy writing and if you are detail-oriented, Fiverr might be the right place for you to earn some extra bucks.

Here’s what you can sell on Fiverr:

  • Consulting 
  • Making crafts
  • Editing articles
  • Writing articles
  • Teaching lessons
  • Building resumes
  • SEO optimization
  • Transcribing audio files
  • Painting or drawing pictures
  • Help increase Twitter or Facebook followers

How much money can you make on Fiverr?

It depends on the industry and the service you provide – so you can earn anywhere from $5 to $500 per gig. 

It also comes down to how often you use Fiverr and how well you market yourself.

However, this platform certainly could be considered a potential source for a side-hustle income. 

Again, it just depends on the industry and service you are targeting.

Payment Methods: PayPal & Bank Account for Minors


Ok, now the juicy part: How do you get paid through these online jobs?

Chances are, you are paid 1 of 2 ways:

  • Via PayPal
  • Direct deposit into your bank account

My point is this: If you are a minor – or a parent of a minor – you’ll need to set up a PayPal account and a bank account. 

Remember: To obtain a PayPal account or a bank account, you’ll need to be of legal age, which is 18 years.

If you are younger than 18, then it’s time to talk to your parent or legal guardian to help you set up your own bank and/or PayPal account.

If you don’t know where to start?

Call your customer service representative at your local bank and at PayPal to help guide you through the process.

Beware of Scams


I want to make sure I caution you to watch out for potential online scams. 

So if you are a teen reading this article, do yourself (and your family) a favor by giving your parents some form of update on your online work plans. 

Make sure to ask yourself some of the following questions before giving any personal information:

Caution Best Course of Action
Vague job description
If the job requirements are so simple a 5 year old could do them, be on the look out. A real job will have specific requirements.
Is the job wanting me to pay them?
If yes, avoid it. You are here to earn money – not to pay money. It’s likely a scam.
Your search results don't make sense
Always do your research before accepting a job offer. If you find your search results don’t make sense, then chances are, it’s a scam.
Am I asked to meet in person?
If yes, remember why you signed up for the job in the first place: To work from home. Chances are, it’s a scam. If you believe this truly is part of the job, then tell your parents or guardians and have them join you while meeting your potential employer.
Is it too good to be true?
If yes, don’t do it. Remember, if it’s too good to be true, then it probably isn’t true. Don’t expect to be earning $500 an hour as a dog walker.
Are all the questions about me and my personal life?
If you find that you are being asked too many personal questions, then chances are it’s a scam. Don’t reveal your most personal information. That’s no one’s business but yours.

Sadly, in this day and age, we all need to be careful with the online world.

There are too many people out there that want harm over good, so you are only doing yourself (and your parents) a favor if you are doubly careful.

Online Jobs for Teens: Summary


Online jobs for teens are available in many shapes, sizes and forms. 

If you are a teen or a parent of a teen, take some time to consider the online jobs that are out there. 

Seriously, these are legit ways to earn money from home – while in your pajamas. 

The only items teens would need to start these online jobs would be:

  • Wifi
  • Computer
  • Discipline

Remember – just because these jobs are online doesn’t mean you can slack off. 

As you start on your journey to earning money – I want you to remember that pursuing millionaire status or financial independence takes 2 things:

  • Patience
  • Hard work

It’s not going to be easy to save (and invest) that money you earn from your online jobs when you see your friends go to the movies, buy new clothes or party. 

But that’s where you have to be disciplined.

The best part about these online jobs for teens is that you gain experience, which is something your future employers will be looking for.

If you want to learn how to invest your hard-earned money and work your way toward millionaire status, check out my dollar cost averaging article here.

Now go out there, earn money, save it, and invest it!

Your bank accounts will thank me later!

Job Type What You Do Earning Potential Minimum Age MMW Rating
Build courses to sell
5/5
13
5/5
Earn money by selling your writing skills, critiquing websites, building resumes, etc.
4/5
13
4/5
Deliver food
4/5
18
4/5
Pet sitting
3/5
18
4/5
Earn money by taking surveys, completing simple tasks and referring friends
2/5
16
3/5
Earn money by doing surveys, playing games, etc.
2/5
13
2/5
Earn money by reading emails, playing video games, taking surveys, etc.
2/5
18
2/5
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Fiona Smith
The Millennial Money Woman was founded by Fiona Smith. She holds her Master of Science Degree in Personal Financial Planning and has co-founded a local non-profit community teaching financial literacy to young professionals.

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