Being broke sure doesn’t help with the uncertainty and confusion of being in that vague place somewhere between childhood and adulthood. And you are not alone if you find yourself wondering how to make online as a teen.
Out of all the methods to make money online, the methods that are carried out over social media are generally the most suitable for teens today. Because if you are a teenager in 2024, chances are you are still pretty social media savvy even if you are not an internet expert.
You can leverage your social media acumen to make money online as a teen through Youtubing, promoting job openings online, affiliate marketing, and even drop shipping and email marketing.
Passive income is the latest obsession among money-minded teens of today and sharing job openings through the Synkdup Headhunter Program is probably one of the laziest ways to make money online out there.
The only limitation is that you need to have a U.S based social media network for it to work for you. And, earning about $100 in passive income daily is only one of the benefits.
It is ideal for teens looking for a low-responsibility, high-returns gig online. Because unlike other recruitment marketing programs, with Synkdup, you are not concerned with actually recruiting the job applicants. A headhunter only boosts the visibility of the job openings online without being responsible for any other recruitment functions.
According to a new Pew Research Center survey of American teenagers aged 13-17 years which was conducted to determine the popularity of various social media platforms among teens, YouTube tops in popularity, being used by 95% of the surveyed teens.
The next most popular platform, TikTok, is being used by 67% of teens, making YouTube the most popular platform among teens by a large margin.
So, if you are a teen, I think it is safe to assume that Youtube is the social media platform you are most adept at and comfortable with. And if you are, it would make a lot of sense to consider the platform if you are looking to make money online.
There are two main ways to make money with your youtube channel - with and without monetization.
If you have 1000 subscribers on your youtube channel or more than 4,000 public watch hours in the past year, you can monetize your channel by linking it to an approved Google AdSense (or equivalent like Adbuff, AdRev, and Fullscreen Media) account and joining the YouTube Partner Program.
The two simplest ways to earn money if your channel is monetized are:
If your channel is not monetized, the simplest ways to make money with your Youtube channel include:
This is a tried and tested way to make money online without spending a penny and I would suggest this for teens because they tend to be the target demographic for many online scams.
It is based on a purely commission-based payment model involving no real responsibility, which is ideal for a teen.
You ought to check out these programs:
If you meet these requirements you can market something the affiliate way with very basic social media marketing through posts and reels and stories and so on. And your niche may be based on any kind of perceived or actual expertise or authority based on profession, personal interest, or personal experience.
If the specified action that makes you entitled to a commission is taking a paid subscription instead of making a purchase, you may be paid on a recurring basis till the subscription continues instead of a lump sum commission.
Affiliate programs may come with widely varying attribution periods ranging from 24 hours to several months.
Amazon’s affiliate program, for instance, comes with a 24-hour attribution period which means you will still get your commission if :
A user lands on a particular Amazon page through an affiliate link you shared and leaves the page without making a purchase and returns to the page sometime again in the next 24 hours without using your link, and makes a purchase.
In contrast, the affiliate programs that run on the last-click attribution method only pay you when the purchase was made on the same visit to the company’s page that the user made through your affiliate link.
There has never been a more vocal generation of teens than this one - you guys have a word for everything from ghosting to hangriness. You can leverage this richness of urban slang very profitably through e-mail marketing.
If you are a teen you are probably very good at conveying crisp messages in writing without even realizing it simply because of how much you guys text on social media. The playful brevity you intrinsically find cool in texts and Twitter posts is very appreciated in the email industry as well.
You don’t have to have the writing skills of a blogger and can write decent promotional emails with very basic English writing and a general sense of advertisement tone.
Anyone with very basic writing skills can learn all about how to write for email marketing by reading up on it on the internet. And if you do that and team it up with your knowledge of trends, memes, and pop slang, you are in for an online earning adventure.
You should also consider prevalent practices like these after discussing them with the client:
If you have got a product or service to offer of your own, you can use these tips to market your own brand using your own email list.
Dropshipping is probably one of the methods you least expect to come across while researching how to make money online as a teen, but, just hear me out.
Teens today are particularly knowledgeable about technology and gadgets like phones, cameras, speakers, and computers. At least way more than I was as a teen.
If you have some money on your hands and can reach an agreement with a supplier to ship orders out to your customers, you can make decent money selling online through drop shipping.
The supplier or drop shipper may be a wholesaler of, say, mobile phone batteries, earphones, chargers, accessories including body covers, or any small item you want to sell online.
I’d suggest you redirect the user to a page of your collection on the same platform as you posted on. Because the platform would not push your posts forward as much if they prompt users to leave the platform and go to another.
So, even if you have enough cash to purchase only the minimum quantity the wholesaler sells of a product like, for example, protective tempered glass screens, and are able to strike a deal with the wholesaler, you should definitely consider drop shipping.
If you are anything like a typical 2024 teenager, you have probably got yourself an online network of many people on social media. And this social media following might be a goldmine you are sitting on without realizing it.
There are countless other ways to make money online as a teen, but I’d say you should consider using one of the listed methods first if this is your first time. Though, you are more likely to end up using a combination of some of these methods rather than using any one method exclusively.
You need to take into account your personal assets and limitations while considering your options rather than deciding on a method based solely on the returns it offers.
And remember to save money once you start earning online, trust me, you are going to need it in your early twenties. Hope you found the article helpful and best of luck!