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Easy Ways To Make Money Online As A Teenager

By Andrey Y.

make money online as a teenager

Youth is the best period of your life!



Doesn’t money make the best days of your life even happier? As for me, the answer is evident. The Internet has made this as achievable as never before.

So, what are the ways to make money online as a teenager? Let’s figure them out!

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Why making money online is a great opportunity for teenagers


There are lots of opportunities today’s world opens up for teenagers. So many places to visit in the world, so many things to try out, etc.

Who wouldn’t like to make their life more colorful and interesting?

However, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Everything has its price.

The question is – where could young people get this extra money to live a full life?

No doubt, it’s almost impossible for teenagers to live off pocket money nowadays. Unless they were born with a silver spoon in the mouth, of course. Then, this should do the trick

Otherwise this problem requires another solution.

For instance, going to a shop or fast food restaurant nearby and running errands for its manager.

Yet, it doesn’t sound too promising, does it?

You could hardly live out your dreams this way. This work is quite wearing. Besides, it doesn’t bring in enough money.


If we were living 20 years ago, you’d have to put up with this. Taking such a job would be the only real opportunity for teenagers to raise some money for their needs.

Fortunately, it’s not the case anymore. Thanks to the Internet, almost any teen now may easily find work they like and even make a fortune out of it.

The example of Sean Belnick can back up my words.

This guy was only fourteen years old and had about $600 budget when he created his e-commerce website – He started selling office chairs online. And in 2008, after 7 years of running his business, Belnick declared $42 million in revenue.

Not bad, right?

The list of young successful entrepreneurs isn’t limited to Sean. There are many names like Chris Phillips, the founder of Dot5Hosting, who had made his first million by the age of 18, and, of course, Mark Zukerberg, who came into money while studying at college.

The point is, all of their achievements have become possible due to the opportunities the Internet has brought about.

So, let’s outline some ways you could use to make money online as a teenager.

How you could make money online as a teenager  


1. Online surveys

One of the easiest ways to make some extra money for teenagers is taking part in online surveys.

What’s on customer mind?

This is the most precious thing for companies. It’s necessary to know it for improving their products and working out marketing strategies.

The good news for teens is that companies need this information so much that they’re ready to pay money to find it out.

Websites like Swagbucks, MyPoints and CashCrate allow you to take part in different surveys, play online games and watch videos, etc. For this, you get some points which you may trade in for cash or gift cards later.

This way of making money online is the least demanding, it won’t bring you much money, though.

2. Freelance platforms

Do you have a talent for writing or drawing? Enjoy doing it?

Before the Internet broke the mold, your relatives could have told you off for spending your time on these tasks.

Now, you could turn your passion into your bread and butter.

If you can draw, write or know how to code, online platforms for freelancers open up great opportunities for you.

Websites like Fiverr and Upwork give you a hand in the search of people who need your talents and knowledge. There, you may find plenty of orders including design, copywriting, web development and so on.

The registration there is free. Yet, you must pay some fees from each order for using these platforms.

3. E-commerce platforms

If writing and drawing aren’t your cup of tea but you’re good at creating things, then you could also make money online.

You may simply sell your crafts or artworks by using online e-commerce platforms like eBay, Amazon or Etsy.

The beauty of these websites is that you don’t need to look for buyers. They’re already there – these e-commerce platforms are well-known and have loads of visitors every day.

However, the level of competition there is really high. And probably, at this point of your life, you don’t have efficient tools to stand out from your rivals.

Anyway, if you’re sure that your products are special, you could give it a try.

4. Tutorial websites

If you’re young, it doesn’t mean you can’t teach people something.

Many websites are ready to hire teenagers as tutors. So, if you’ve got good knowledge of a subject, you’re welcome. You could register on the platforms like Tutor and Chegg and help people in their learning.

There are also websites like SameSpeak and SkimaTalk which allow teens to earn some money as English tutors.

So, if you think that teaching people is your calling, this way of making money is fit for you.

5. Dropshipping business

Let’s go back to Sean Belnik and his website.

To start selling office chairs and end up being a millionaire, he got along with $600.

$100 for hosting.

$500 for promotional campaign.

That was enough.

Well, you might be wondering – what’s about the chairs? Where did he get them? Made them by himself? Stole them?

No way!

He just employed dropshipping model for his business.

For this, you don’t need to buy goods in advance and store them. The things you need are your website to promote the products and reliable business partner who takes care of the rest of the tasks.

Not bad, right?


And as Belnick’s case shows, dropshipping model is profitable, easily scalable and, most importantly, affordable. Thus, even teenagers could take a stab at it.

So, if you’re a teen dreaming of getting to the list of young successful entrepreneurs, dropshipping is a way to pull it off.

No matter whether your goal is to get some extra money or launch a serious business. Today, you have plenty of opportunities to make money online as a teenager. If you want to gain financial independence, you don’t need to put it off until becoming an adult.

By Andrey Y.
Andrey has just joined AliDropship team. He’s exploring dropshipping business from the very beginning. And, he’s going to share with you the most essential things newcomers need to know.
Mary June 20, 2019 8:24:24

I have been longing to know more about online business, but still thinking of what to sell.

peter June 21, 2019 10:16:11

Goodmorning, am new to dropshipping and from the tutorial i took online, i just lunch my online store, the url is, the store is not perfect yet for advert as there as some things i haven’t done right, please can you help me go through the store and help profer solution to it

    Andrey Y. June 21, 2019 10:40:34

    Hi, Peter!
    Unfortunately, I can only take a brief look at your site because I’ve got my hands full with my work.
    But, you can show your store to the guys from Dropship club (here is the link They do online store reviews professionally and they’re going to give a hand with it. Feel free to get in touch with them

Abdulraqib Durojaiye June 21, 2019 17:26:16

Thanks for sharing this, it really will be helpful.

Jethro Chris June 22, 2019 8:01:04

Hey Peter, I just had a quick look at your webstore, good work btw but there are lots of things that is not quite right. And tools to be added. Send me a mail at so we can talk.

    Andrey Y. June 24, 2019 5:00:58

    Hi there!
    I’m sorry, I didn’t get what exactly you’re trying. If you can’t get in touch with our managers, please let me know by leaving your comment below and our team will contact you in the shortest time.

Nel July 13, 2019 22:29:43

And herein below lies the real secret to Sean Belnick’s success! His stepfather, a VETERAN OF THE OFFICE FURNITURE trade! – it is my experience a lot of those who are really successful (not all, but a lot! even in alidropship success stories) are developers, have some sort of technical background behind them……… in this case Sean B’s biggest asset was his stepfathers career! marry the dropshipping model into the mix and its a perfect partnership of course! 😀 (but the moral of the story is his success was not entirely dropship model dependent) but a bunch of variables.

“ was created in 2001 by its then fourteen-year-old founder Sean Belnick. With a $500 investment and the advice of his stepfather Gary Glazer, a veteran of the office furniture business”.

    Olga L. July 15, 2019 11:19:38

    Hi, thank you for pointing this out 😉

    Yes, Sean Belnick had a huge advantage at the very beginning of his business journey. Still, being led by his stepfather’s expert advice, he picked dropshipping business model out of all the alternatives – and it tells a lot about the prospects of this type of a venture 😉

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